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Amazing Things To Do in London in September 2023

The best events, exhibitions and all-round great things to do in London in September 2023

Alex Sims
Liv Kelly
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Alex Sims
Written by
Liv Kelly
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September in London may be ‘back to school’ time, but it’s also when the city comes alive. A lot of London’s cultural scene goes into semi-hibernation mode over the summer, but come autumn it kicks back into gear with landmark museum exhibitions, new theatre and art shows and brand new food and drink openings. 

There’s also a whole host of city-wide fests taking over the capital, including Open House London – giving us a chance to get a sneak peek inside usually private buildings – London Design Festival and Totally Thames – the brilliant celebration of London’s watery main artery complete with an illuminated flotilla installation

While autumn is still on the horizon, summer isn’t over yet. So make sure you grab your final chance to enjoy the spoils of the season by booking a seat at some of London’s best rooftop bars and alfresco restaurants and lolling about in the city’s best urban beaches, parks and lidos. Get your diary out and start filling it up now.

RECOMMENDED: Want to get really organised? Start planning your perfect October in London now. 

Things to do in London in September

  • Museums
  • South Kensington

Coco Chanel, noted Nazi and one of history’s greatest designers, is the subject of the V&A’s next major fashion exhibition. ‘Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto’ will explore the French couturiere’s enormous influence, from her Parisian roots to establishing the House of Chanel. Expect oodles of sequins, tons of power suits and the overpowering odour of Chanel No5 wafting over you as you wander about. This is an in-depth look at the looks that defined the look of a century. It’s good they’re concentrating on her fashion manifesto though, because her political one hasn’t aged particularly well.

Need a break from city living? This relaxed art class will transport you to the pristine shores of Lake Garda. Lakes & Mountains Summer Sessions, presented by Time Out and TUI Lakes & Mountains, is a painting session at the drop-dead gorgeous Shoreditch Treehouse, hosted by the excellent Brush and Bubbles. Open to all skill levels, the session will have you sipping prosecco while creating your own masterpiece inspired by the dreamy holiday destination. Plus, you’ll leave with a little keepsake to brighten your walls. 

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  • Music
  • Music

The most famous classical music concert series on the planet enters its last few days for 2023 this month, but it’s going out with a bang. Look out for The Chineke! Orchestra – Europe’s first majority Black and ethnically diverse ensemble – playing Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, The Aurora Orchestra performing Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ by heart, Rufus Wainwright’s ‘Baroque pop’ party and the ever-phenomenal ‘Last Night of the Proms’ featuring cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and soprano Lise Davidsen. 

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