Things To Do

55 Simply Smashing Things To Do In London In September 2020

By Alex Landon


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 23. With a plethora of different events happening throughout September, there’s plenty to keep you all busy and entertained!

1. Dive beneath the waves at London’s Little Mermaid Cocktail Experience

Little Mermaid

The powerful storytelling of Hans Christian Andersen will meet innovative themed cocktails, a mesmerising underwater realm, and enchanting hosts at The Little Mermaid Cocktail Experience, arriving in London on this September. Taking the origins of The Little Mermaid story, this cocktail bar will deliver a spellbinding immersive journey beneath the waves, where magic, desire, and cocktails combine for an unforgettable experience. Cocktails—each designed to rouse multiple senses—will be themed around scenes from the classic tale, and a cast of performers will help bring the story to life. It’s all set to take place in a magical and immersive underwater world, where enchantment reigns and mysterious figures emerge from the depths. Do not miss this one – tickets are available here!

2. Explore London’s new and improved Harry Potter art gallery (September 1)

Soho’s House of MinaLima has the cred to back up its fandom: the gallery’s founders were the graphic designers for the Harry Potter films, meaning stuff like the Marauder’s Map, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, and The Daily Prophet have all issued from their boundless imagination. Now ensconced in a bigger Soho venue, this place will enchant you all over again. See more here.

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


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

4-7. Learn something new at these brilliant talks

Fever Talks

Having been hosted online throughout the lockdown, Fever Talks are making a triumphant return to cinemas and lecture halls around town this September. If you’ve fancied learning about subjects such as The Science of Psychedelics, Quantum Physics for Beginners, or the Secrets of Serial Killers, now’s your chance. See the full list of talks here.

8. Chill beneath the stars at London’s favourite open-air cinema

Outdoor cinema

Luna Cinema are the UK’s number one outdoor cinema outfit, so you know they’re dab hands at al fresco film nights by now. Wimbledon Park, Dulwich Park, and the South Grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital are just a handful of sites playing host to their magical movie nights, and we’ve got your tickets lined up here.

9. Sample gin and pies at Holborn Dining Room (September 1)

Reopening to the public after the lockdown, Calum Franklin’s house of pies has been sorely missed these past few months – and that’s only partly down to the restaurant’s 500-strong gin collection… Read all about it here.

10-11. Forget about your worries at an adults-only soft play night

Adult Soft Play

All the jubilant anarchy of a children’s play area, with the added bonus of not a child in sight. Yep, it’s adults-only here, so throw yourself with gay abandon down slides and through tunnels, before hitting the bar for drinks. Unleash your inner child with some tickets here, or turn the whole thing into a bottomless affair with their new brunch offering!

12. See glorious outdoor Shakespeare shows in pub gardens (September 1-30)

In the sixteenth century, budding playwrights would often be faced with a raucous drunken crowd when unveiling new work. Shakespeare in the Garden isn’t likely to be quite so boozy, but the allure of sipping pints whilst watching The Tempest is a tempting prospect. More info here.

13. Bob along to the UK’s first ever float-in cinema

Float-in Cinema

We love it when a new open-air cinema rocks up in London, but this one hasn’t so much rocked up as it has serenely floated into Paddington Basin. Dock your boat (or take a seat in the waterside deckchairs) for an unforgettable night of film. Tickets are available here.

14. Wing it at this rooftop bottomless chicken wing feast


Wings, rooftop, prosecco – what more could you want? Ok then, here’s a little more: the wings and prosecco are both bottomless, and the views are pretty limitless too. Head to Peckham for this mouthwatering affair, but get your tickets here first.

15. Fill your feed with art at London’s first Mural Festival (September 1-30)

More than twenty full-scale murals will arrive as part of the city’s first-ever Mural Festival, which will certainly brighten life up after a gloomy few months. Expect works from the likes of Camille Walala, Mr Doodle, Gary Stranger, and Ben Eine. Find out more here.

16-17. Return to London’s glorious candlelight concerts

Things to do in London: classical
Photo: @mitchellcolver

It certainly feels like the seasons have been rushing by this year, but to experience them all in one night is quite a feat. Kick back for a gorgeous candlelight concert, where the London Concertante will perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in beautiful Southwark Cathedral. Snag your tickets here.

Meanwhile, stunning Grace Hall will play host to the return of Fever’s dreamy Jazz by Candlelight sessions, where some of the UK’s top upcoming jazz acts will serenade you. Tickets are available here.

18-19. Consume a frankly terrifying amount of cheese with The Cheese Bar’s September deals (September 1-30)

Bless The Cheese Bar, who are choosing to extend two mouthwatering deals into September. Up in Camden, you’ll find their bottomless raclette on offer for a mere £12 per person on Wednesday nights. In Seven Dials, meanwhile, they’re giving you bottomless cheese at their cheese conveyor belt restaurant – enough to send you to cheese heaven! Read all about it here.

20. Putt your money where your mouth is on this rooftop crazy golf course

Roof East

Crazy golf, that noblest of sporting contests, can scarcely be improved – but sticking a course on the rooftop at Roof East, East London’s playground for adults, was a really canny move. Just don’t blame us if the cocktails mess with your putting game… Tickets are available here.

21. Scoff your way through Islington’s new food market (September 4)


A new, sustainable food market dedicated to showing off the best artisan food and drink, Boulevard Market is a particularly tasty arrival to Islington Square this month.

22. Brunch with your favourite West End stars

West End Musical Brunch

All-singing fare from West End stars meet a delicious, prosecco-filled brunch. West End Musical Brunch has been a stalwart of the brunch scene for years, so it’s about time you tried it, don’t you reckon? Find your tickets here.

23. Visit London’s first new flower market in 150 years (September 6)

A crosstown rival to the famed Columbia Road Flower Market, Chiswick Flower Market becomes the first new flower market in town in over a century. They’ll be aiming to prove that west is best come opening weekend! Find out more here.

24. See the first new film in UK cinemas since March

Arriving to a swathe of warm reviews (which can’t be entirely attributed to the fact that it’s the only new release in cinemas), Tenet rockets us back into the twisty cinematic world of Christopher Nolan. John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kenneth Branagh (dodgy Russian accent and all) star in a nail-biting race to save the human race. Find your tickets here.

25. Feast into the twilight at London’s new late-night sandwich bar

Despite the name, The Breakfast Club aren’t sticking to breakfast any more. They’re moving into late-night territory with Saint Elmo’s (a canny film reference to The Breakfast Club’s spiritual successor), which will save face-filling sandwiches, including a chicken kiev creation that we’re pretty keen to try. Read all about it here.

26. Party ’til 2am with this rooftop dining experience

World-class DJs are one thing, but brilliant chefs serving up a delectable three-course meal as well? Get thyself to Soho’s Century Club, where you’ll find all this, plus a party running into the night, on their ace roof terrace. You can find tickets here.

27. Rock on down to the new Rolling Stones shop (September 9)

Rolling Stones Symbol
Photo: Unsplash

This month, The Rolling Stones will be opening their own shop, billed as the band’s first ever flagship store! ‘RS No. 9’, located on 9 Carnaby Street in Soho, will offer fans a chance to indulge in the world of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, by browsing a huge range of fashion, merch, and one-of-a-kind pieces. See more here.

28. Pay tribute to a jazz legend (September 10)

Candlelight Jazz Club

Miles Davis is one of the titans of jazz, a man whose career brought mainstream success and critical acclaim in spades. You’ll hear his greatest hits performed by a talented jazz ensemble at this candlelight concert, and your tickets are available here.

29. Have a nosey inside some of London’s most mysterious buildings (September 19 & 20)

Whilst Open House 2020 may not be quite so big as previous years – thanks to a certain pandemic – it’s still your best chance to peek inside important buildings that are usually closed to the public. This year’s highlights include Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College and New Scotland Yard, but many more are hosting online tours. Read all about it here.

30. Meander down the river on your own private picnic boat

Photo: GoBoat

Before summer breathes its last, you’ve simply got to take a jaunt on London’s fleet of floating picnic boats. Cruise down Regent’s Canal or a bucolic stretch of the Thames near Kingston with pals – we find it’s best enjoyed with a giant pitcher of something alcoholic, personally. Tickets are available here.

31. Conquer your pals at a bottomless brunch with hi-tech beer pong

Digital Beer Pong

Whilst your aim may steadily nosedive as the bottomless brunch winds on, the chance to defeat allcomers in the noble arena of the beer pong table mustn’t be passed up. You can find your tickets here.

32. Cruise down the Thames on a floating candlelight concert (September 26)

Floating candlelight

Romance takes to the waters of the Thames with this charming floating candlelight concert, and it’s perhaps the cutest date night suggestion we’ve yet made! Tickets are available here.

33. Eat your way through the capital’s cheesiest places

Cheese Crawl

Over bar crawls? Keen for a more refined experience? Tackle the London Cheese Crawl, which winds its way through the city’s cheesiest spots – including a detour to the royal cheesemonger – for a simply brielliant day out. Find your tickets here.

34. Escape to these charming seaside towns near London


Fresh air, a sea breeze, and a bag full of fish and chips. There’s simply no other way to enjoy a seaside town, is there? Ooh, maybe ice creams! And amusement arcades! A boat trip? Find all this and more at our favourite seaside towns near London

35. Get high with this rooftop film night

Rooftop cinema

Bar Elba have hit upon quite the winning formula in the past year: ice rink in the winter, and now a rooftop cinema in the summer. Check it out before the nights start getting chilly! Tickets here.

36. Make cute new friends at this dog-filled rooftop (September 27)


What’s better than sundowners on a dreamy London rooftop? Sundowners on a dreamy London rooftop filled with adorable doggos, of course. Dog Day returns to Skylight this September, and you don’t even need a dog to head along.

37. Tick these unforgettable UK natural wonders off your bucket list

Before autumn starts to wrap its sodden, leaf-strewn fingers around us, plan a jaunt to the most incredible natural wonders in the UK, which we’ve helpfully rounded up for you!

38. Feel positively tropical at this island-inspired bottomless brunch


Tropical vibes abound at Cotton’s, where two hours of bottomless rum punch and a menu of Caribbean-inspired brunch dishes will make your afternoon a joyous affair. Tickets can be found here.

39-43. Mosey along to a top London art exhibition

About time you got out and saw some art, isn’t it? This lot will get your culture fix sorted nicely, with many extending their runs to give you time to catch them.

🖼 Titian: Love, Desire, Death: six mythical paintings reunited for the first time in 400 years
🌊 Andy Warhol: Tate Modern’s brilliant retrospective is open now
🌲 Among the Trees: mesmerising multidiscplinary show at the Hayward Gallery
🍄 Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi (ends Sep 13): last chance to catch this Somerset House show
😱 Aubrey Beardsley (ends Sep 20): scandalous Victorian avant-garde is in residence at Tate Britain

44-55. Alternatively, why not try out some of these absolute gems

The Dare Skywalk

We highlighted some brilliant London spots throughout August, and honestly it’d be rude if you didn’t go visit them this month…

🐦 Jacu Coffee: home to a £30 coffee made with rare bird droppings
🍳 Balans Soho Society: where brunch is served until 6am
🧇 Nosteagia: where bubble tea and buffle waffles make it all bubbles erryday
🍎 Apple Butter: dine beneath an apple tree at this cute Seven Dials caff

😨 The Dare Skywalk: knee-knocking climb up the new Spurs football stadium
☕️ Coffee Addict: home to luridly-coloured lattes
🏛 London Mithraeum: London’s Roman temple has reopened to the public
🚴‍♀️ SoulCycle: punishing, exhilarating exercise class is a city favourite

🦄 The Cauldron: magical cocktail bar serves pornstar martinis from a unicorn’s head
⭐️ Saint Aymes: gorgeously decorated cafe with edible gold-topped coffees
🍦 Chin Chin: liquid nitrogen makes the smoothest ice creams in town
🍕 Flat Iron Square: a foodie paradise tucked beside a railway line in London Bridge

More things to do inspiration…

😁 200 fab and FREE things to do in London
🚶‍♀️ The 500 best things to do in London
🙃 All our ideas for unusual places to visit in London

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