September 2023: September has arrived already, and with it the darker nights and the start of a new school year. But its not all bad news! The arrival of autumn also means that London’s cultural scene is back from its summer holiday, with absolutely loads of cracking new theatre, major art and museum exhibitions opening this month, not to mention a plethora of culture-forward festivals like Open House London, the London Design Festival and Totally Thames. And while August was definitely a bit of a washout, we’re due a late summer heatwave over the first half of September, meaning there should be plenty of time to cram in a few more park hangs, beer garden sessions, lido visits and alfresco theatre trips before the cold weather arrives. So get out there and make the most of it!
No matter what your vibe, tastes or interests, there is always something to do in London. When the sun’s out, London’s parks turn into leafy social clubs, restaurants dust off their outdoor seating and fountains erupt from dusty concrete squares and suddenly the city air is filled with alfresco theatre.
Whether you want to see cutting-edge art exhibitions, iconic attractions, secret spots, world-beating theatre, stunning green spaces, it’s all here and you can probably fit all this in and more still barely feel like you’ve scratched the surface of the city. And that’s before you factor in all those historic London pubs, the latest must-visit restaurants and vibrant LGBTQ+ venues. And if you need somewhere to stay? Check out London’s best hotels or Airbnbs.
This London bucket list (curated by our editors and always hotly debated in the Time Out office) is a good place to start because exploring this city can be a little daunting. There’s something for everyone here, but you need to know where to look.
Plus, if you want to know what’s happening in London, like, right now, check out things to do in London this week and things to do in London this weekend. After a few days pottering about in the capital, you’ll be more than ready to reel off Dr Samuel Johnson’s famous quote: ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’
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