37 Smashing Things To Do In London In September 2018

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Can you believe it’s September already? Better fill your diaries before you blink and it’s over.

Don’t put your shorts away just yet, we reckon there’s still a little bit of sunshine left before we can all start raiding our scarf collection – after all, it’s technically not Autumn until September 23rd. With a plethora (any excuse to use that word) of different events happening throughout the month, there’s plenty to keep you all busy and entertained.

1. Head to the top of the Shard for a classy Champagne party (September 1)

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Nothing fills the soul with an outsize sense that this is your moment than an epic view over the whole city, glass of champagne in your hand. Now you can enjoy exactly that at Moët & Chandon’s Champagne Party, held at the Shard. Revellers are invited to don their classiest white duds for four hours of funk, soul and free-flowing champagne. Tickets cost £35 and you’ll get a welcoming glass of Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne when you arrive, too. Get your tickets here.

2. Enjoy a chilled evening with The Little Orchestra (September 14-15)

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Join The Little Orchestra for a stunning evening at Stoke Newington Town Hall, where they’ll be travelling back in time to 1814 Vienna with their performance of Beethoven’s bacchanalian 7th Symphony, as well as key moments from his first and only opera, Fidelio. In the midst of political anguish, the city of Vienna turned to the hedonistic ways of balls, banquets and concerts. It was during this time that Beethoven showcased his 7th Symphony and the hugely successful opera, Fidelio – both of which capture the joy of the era. Fast forward to 2018, and The Little Orchestra are recreating these magical performances in a super-chilled space with a bar that promises to keep you hydrated all night. Get your tickets for A Dance of Decadence here.🌟Sponsored. 🌟

3. Go dancing in the street at Soho Jazz Jam (September 8)

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London’s best-kept secret, The Piano Bar, will be taking to the streets of Soho for their legendary Jazz Jam. With over 30 acts from the best jazz clubs around the world, this Soho street party is set to be the ultimate jam session, with everything from jazz to soul to be-bop. Taking over Carlisle Street on Saturday, September 8, we’re pretty sure the Soho Jazz Jam will be one of the most exciting events to round out the summer. Check out the VIP tickets here, or register for free tickets here.

4. Get messy on a giant obstacle course (September 8-9)

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This TV game show-inspired obstacle event Rough Runner promises no ice baths, no electricity, and no barbed wire – just big, epic challenges that offer the opportunity for glorious victory or hilarious mishaps. The event, which will take place in Finsbury Park, combines running – with a choice of a 5km or 10km course –with up to twenty obstacles along the way, including a giant ball pool, ‘hang rough’ rings, Big Balls and a 40-metre water slide. Sign up here.

5. Get Ziggy with it at a cocktail bar inspired by David Bowie (from September 20)

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Back in 1973, David Bowie threw a big party at Hotel Café Royal to say goodbye to his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. Now, fast forward to 2018, and a cocktail bar is about to open in his honour – in the very same spot that the party was held. There’ll be photos adorning the walls – some rare and iconic – all of which were taken by Mick Rock, Bowie’s official photographer in 1973. The menu will feature some of Bowie’s favourite drinks, as well as cocktails inspired by his life. Read more about it here.

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6. Enjoy bottomless chicken, rum and laughs at Comedy Brunch (September 8)

Combining bottomless fried chicken with bants, beats, and booze, this Comedy Brunch is the ideal way to spend a Saturday. With a wicked lineup of comedians, including Aurie Styla and Judi Love, this brunch is guaranteed to have you giggling your abs into shape. Pair that with 90 minutes of bottomless rum punch and chicken from BIRD, and you have the funniest afternoon of your life. Get your tickets here.

7. Be mind-boggled at New Scientist Live (September 20-23)

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Full of ideas and discoveries, New Scientist Live is for everyone who’s curious about science and why it matters. Covering topics such as immortality, brain surgery and the dark side of the universe, there’ll be over 140 speakers and 100 exhibitors who will come together at the ExCel Centre to deliver thought-provoking talks and showcase groundbreaking discoveries. There’ll also be plenty of interactive experiences and workshops so that you can get involved. To get your tickets for an exclusive price of £16, head over to Fever

8. Explore a colourful labyrinth in Clapham (Sep 15-23)

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The beautiful Colourscape installation consists of nearly 100 psychedelic chambers to wander around. It’s popping up on Clapham Common for eight days – find out more about Colourscape.

9. Have a boogie at Studio 88’s late-night musical soiree (September 13)

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Studio 88, the late-night spot where the music never stops, is hosting an exclusive evening with bottomless drinks and top tunes. A six-piece live band will bring the noise all night long, and they’re taking requests. Want to hear Ed Sheeran, followed by Eminem, followed by Phil Collins? It’s an eclectic playlist, sure, but if it’s what you want to hear, they’ll play it. Your ticket will include a glass of prosecco when you arrive, a complimentary signature cocktail, plus two hours of bottomless drinks, including house spirits and mixers and selected beers and wines. Get your tickets here.

10. See all the noodz at Tokyo’s favourite ramen bar (September 6-13)

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Ramen Nagi are taking up residence in the St Christopher’s branch of Bone Daddies, serving up hot bowls of noodles that might be the fanciest ones we’ve yet seen. Founded in 2006 in the backstreets of Tokyo, Ramen Nagi found fame with their challenge to create a new ramen every day for a year – resulting in 365 delicious variations, and a measure of notoriety. They’ve now turned their eyes towards the UK, but for one week only. Forever and ever, ramen. (See also: London’s best ramen restaurants.)

11. Jump on the never-ending hype at London Brunch Fest (September 1-2)

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London loves festivals. And brunch. So it stands to reason that someone would smash the two together, à la avocado and toast, to create London’s first ever Brunch Fest. The brunch spots in question are Waffle On, Urban Pantry, The Joint, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, Benito’s Hat, On Cafe, Finest Fayre, Mac to the Future and Arancini Bros. So it’s safe to say that there’ll be a wide variety of grub on offer. Hackney faves The Pickle House will operate the Bloody Mary bar(!) and live music will run throughout the weekend. Like Glastonbury, but with more avocados and fewer wellies. Get your tickets here.

12. Have a nosey inside some of London’s most mysterious buildings (September 22-23)

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The US Embassy, Nine Elms. Photo: @usa_in_uk

Open House is an annual opportunity to peek inside over 800 buildings that are usually closed to the public for FREE. And the programme is even bigger for 2018. Get into 10 Downing Street, the revolving floor of the BT Tower, the vaulted crypts of the Crystal Palace subway, and so much more. Find out more here.

13. Get inspired by great design at London’s designjunction (September 20-23)

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designjunction, now in its eighth year, is heading to London’s South Bank to showcase impressive, world-class design. There’ll be so much for design-lovers to see and do over the weekend: from product launches and boutique pop-up shops, to installations and talks. Find out more about the event and installations here.

14. Watch a movie in a south London gin distillery (September 7-10)

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South London gin producers, Hayman’s Gin, are opening the doors to their Balham distillery and hosting four ginspired film screenings, complete with G&Ts and gin flavoured popcorn. They’re going for a back to school theme (because, apt) and showing classic screenings such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club. Find out more and book tickets here.

15. Tuck into a meat feast at Blacklock’s new Shoreditch branch (from September 24)

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Blacklock is surely one of the best steak restaurants in London, so you can imagine our excitement when we found out they were opening a third branch in Shoreditch. The team have been working closely with their friends in New York – the renowned cocktail bar Slowly Shirley – and they’ll be collaborating to create a bespoke cocktail list – exclusively available in Shoreditch. Here’s what happened when we went to the launch of the Blacklock City restaurant.

16. Check out Pergola’s fancy new venue that’s open all year round (from September 27)

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Pergola have unveiled plans for their new rooftop hangout, perched atop the summit of Olympia London. Much like their seasonal hangout in Paddington, this one will be stuffed full of street food and enviable floral displays. However, unlike Paddington, Pergola Olympia will be a year-round affair – one that also offers peachy views across London. Read more about it here.

17. Celebrate the Thames at this river-ting month-long festival (September 1-30)

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Totally Thames is an annual celebration of the River Thames, featuring brilliant and diverse events such as a Thames swim, riverside walks, as well as lots of exhibitions and workshops for children and adults alike. View the full lineup of events here.

18. Get tipsy-upon-Thames at this floating wine festival (September 22-23)

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Wine Over Water, London’s floating wine festival, will be the perfect opportunity to try different wines from all over the world. Discover award-winning wines from South Africa, Hungary, France, Italy, Romania, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, taste up and coming wines from volcanic islands such as Sardinia and Sicily, and try your luck at some blind tasting competitions, where you’ll have the chance to win cases of wine. It’s certainly a Riesling to be cheerful. Read more about it here.

19. Celebrate peace and love at London’s mini Flower Power Festival (September 1)

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Studio 388 is about to be transformed into a psychedelic playground, throwing us all back to the swinging 60s and 70s for one night only. There’ll be a hippie market, spectacular performers, lots of glitter and face paint, as well as endless amounts of dancing. Get your tickets here. ☮️💜

20. Watch a collection of short films in an underground shaft (September 6-27)

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Step into this unique location at the Brunel Museum for a night of adventure. Before the three short films – each dealing with topics of exploration and adventure – you’ll have access to the beautiful Midnight Apothecary roof garden, which has a campfire (ft. free marshmallows) and delicious wild cocktails and grub. Get your tickets here.

21-26. Catch some live music at one of London’s best gigs

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Ezra Furman, experimental singer, songwriter and mixed-genre artist, will play O2 Academy Brixton on September 4. Garbage, the iconic alt rock band headed by Shirley Manson will also play there later in the month, on September 24. Our golden girl, Kylie Minogue, is bringing her Golden Tour to the O2 Arena on September 26, 27, 28, while R’n’B star Jason Derulo plays Wembley’s SSE Arena on September 28. Finally, 50 Cent will be thuggin’ at the O2 on September 20. (Oh and, of course, the Arctic Monkeys are also in town, but unfortunately their gigs are very sold out.)

27-30. Catch these new movies, all released in September

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Photo: The King of Thieves

Watch Chloë Moretz star in The Miseducation of Cameron Post; an interesting coming-of-age film about a homosexual teenager sent to a conversion camp – released on September 7. The King of Thieves, based on the Hatton Garden Heist, boasts a killer cast (i.e. Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent and Michael Gambon) and is released on September 14. Finally, Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in The House With A Clock In Its Walls, an American fantasy film about a house with a mysterious ticking noise. It’s released on September 21.

31-37. Alternatively, why not try out some of these absolute gems? 💎

🍸 Treat yourself to some seriously indulgent cocktails at The Chocolate Cocktail Club
🕯 Listen to some stunning classical music by candlelight
❄️ Head to London’s Ice Bar: the coolest place in the city in more ways than one
🥃 Be plunged into complete darkness at Mac & Wild’s multi-sensory whisky tasting
💦 Get boozy in a hot tub as you float alongside West India Quay
🏛 Get cultured at one of London’s excellent free museums
📺 Or, of course, if you don’t fancy leaving the house, you could always watch this stuff on Netflix

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.