12 Smashing Things To Do In London This September

share on:

September is a bit of an odd month; we’re only just nearing the end of summer, yet we’ve already heard the C word a few too many times (that’s Christmas, FYI).

Here’s a few things to tide you over until autumn, and keep you a safe distance away from anything too festive.


1. Dance the night away at OnBlackheath Festival


With top acts including The Libertines, Metronomy, De La Soul, Jake Bugg and Seasick Steve performing in one of south-east London’s most beautiful parks, OnBlackheath is a feel-good festival like no other. There’ll be an amazing food village boasting tasty stalls and demonstrations from celebrity chefs, as well as plenty of fun activities for people of all ages.

OnBlackheath takes place on the 9th and 10th September. Get hold of weekend and day tickets here.


2. Enjoy the last of the sunshine at this epic summer garden party


If, like many of us, you’re severely lacking in the ‘garden’ department (London, eh?), then this garden party may just fill a whole in your life. This one’s in the form of an epic, al fresco day party at Studio 338’s great outdoor space. There’ll be plenty of booze, plenty of music and lots of jolly good laughs.

Get your tickets here. 


3. Watch a film al fresco-styley at Luna Cinema


Watch a movie under a cosy blanket at this outdoor cinema, and try not to get distracted by the epic views of London from Alexandra Palace. Choose from either La La Land or The Lost Boys, treat yourself to some food and drink from the onsite bar, and get yourself settled under the stars.

Get your tickets here.


4. ABODE in the park


If electronic music is your thing, this festival is calling your name. Based in Finsbury Park, it’s set to be ABODE’s biggest and best event to date. Expect to see some of the greatest names in house music (including Infinity Ink, Darius Syrossian and Secondcity), multiple stages and a bunch of ridiculously tasty food stalls.

The festival takes place on September 24th and you can get your tickets (including VIP tickets) here. 


5. Head to an exclusive Secret London screening of Guardians of the Galaxy at Backyard Cinema

Backyard Cinema Miami Beach

After a successful exclusive viewing of Dirty Dancing in August, we’re continuing the trend with a special screening of Guardians of the Galaxy. You might remember us putting a poll out on our Facebook page, asking you to vote for your favourite movies, and GOTG came out on top. So, on Monday September 11th, head down to Backyard Cinema and come and say hello!

Get your tickets here. 


6. London Fields Lido

London Fields Lido
[Peter Smith]
At the very end of the month (September 30th), London Fields Lido is finally reopening to the public after a devastating period of closure. “But it’s going to start getting cold then, isn’t it too late?”, we hear you ask. Well actually no, because the lido will be heated to a pleasant 25℃ all year long. Delightful.


7. Play arcade games with a futuristic twist…


Ever fancied a bit of a virtual reality? You know, a wee break from this reality that we endure every day to step into an epic world of mountain climbing or Zombie apocalypses. You’ll get an hour in the VR arcade, with opportunities to play a variety of games, including Fruit Ninja, Everest VR and Alice in Wonderland Stories.

Get your tickets here. 


8. Hospitality in the Park


Brought to you by Hospital Records and in its second year, Hospitality in the Park is the best drum ‘n’ bass experience you’ll find in the city, hands down. Headliners include London Elekricity, My Nu Leng & Dread MC, Mala, Fred V & Grafix Live, and the festival is set to fill Finsbury Park with impressive production and sound design, plus a range of amazing BBQ food, craft beer and street-food.

Get your tickets here. 


9. Brick Lane Vegan Night Market

[Temple of Seitan]
Old Truman Brewery is hosting a new night market and it’s going to be totally vegan. Vegan Nights is set to join the already brimming collection of markets that east London has to offer, but this one will only be from 5pm onwards. All the big names in the vegan street food game will be present, from ‘fried chicken’ connoisseurs Temple of Seitan to Biff’s Jack Shack who will be serving up those tasty looking ‘chicken wings’. Entry will be free and opening night will be September 28th, from 5-11pm.

Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, E1 6RU. Stay updated with their Facebook page for more details.


10. Camden Grilled Cheese Championship

Mathew Carver, the man and legend behind The Cheese Truck and The Cheese Bar, is bringing together five of London’s best to battle for the prestigious title at the city’s very first Grilled Cheese Championship. If you fancy getting involved, you’ll get a set menu of grilled cheeses, and will be expected to cast a vote. The menu will be priced at £20 and the event will take place from 6pm on September 14th. To reserve a table, get in touch with The Cheese Bar at booking@thecheesebar.com.


11. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the last round of ‘Just Desserts’ Festival

A post shared by Nonna’s Gelato (@nonnasgelato) on

Yeah, that’s right, there’s a festival dedicated entirely to desserts. The market is celebrating all things laced with sugar and it’s throwing a last hurrah at Mercers Walk in Covent Garden on September 14th. Expect to see cakes, pastries, pavlovas, doughnuts, gelato… the whole shebang.


12. Catch the last of the artsy, pop-up maze in Greenwich


September is your last chance to check out the pop-up maze at NOW Gallery in Greenwich Peninsula. Entrance is free and it’s guaranteed to jazz up your Instagram feed. So go on, get lost.


[Photo by Fred Mouniguet]

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.

Leave a Response