Friday, August 29, 2014

Things to do in London in September

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that September 2014 in London is going to be just as exciting as every month is in the capital. Visiting England now summer is drawing to a close might not seem very appealing, but aside from the fact that with the leaves on the trees turning golden and orange London can be just as beautiful at this time of year as any other, there are plenty of indoor activities if you want to avoid getting wet! In between attending classes at our English Centre in London, we definitely recommend checking some of these events out.

Firstly, one for you music lovers. On 13th and 14th September, just a short journey away from our English school, a music festival that is promising great things is being held. ‘OnBlackheath’ is taking place for the first time ever, and there’s going to be plenty of great music, food and entertainment for all ages. Famous names at the festival include Frank Turner and Aloe Black, and there will also be some acts you may not have heard of – but perhaps you’ll discover your new favourite band! The entire area surrounding Blackheath Common over this weekend is sure to have a great atmosphere, so even if you can’t get a ticket, check out some of the chilled bars and pubs in the local area and enjoy the lively vibe.

Into art? Between 13th and 21st September the 12th annual London Design Festival is being hosted, which means that design-focussed events will be taking place all over the capital. Top attractions include temporary features at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and ‘A Place Called Home’ feature in Trafalgar Square, where ‘homes’ will be set up in the square showcasing top designers’ interior design skills. Also, look out for some unusual windows on Regent Street between these dates…

For the duration of September, a number of events are scheduled centred around the River Thames, for the Totally Thames Festival 2014. From 5th to 9th September, discover some magnificent vessels gathered in Greenwich, for a Tall Ships Festival. Here, you can admire the amazing ships for free, or take a voyage on one on a Thames cruise. We’d highly recommend heading to Greenwich on the evening of 5th September for a spectacular fireworks display, (if you can’t make this there’s also a display the following evening at Royal Arsenal Woolwich!), with the wonderful backdrop of the ships, for free! Another event worth visiting the river for is on 27th September, when the Great River Race will happen and over 2000 competitors take part in a boating marathon.

The last event we want to recommend, (we really didn’t plan it this way, but apparently September is a great month for festival fans – there are festivals for every interest though!), is Merge Festival 2014. This festival is all about contemporary culture, in the form of music, performance and art. Between 18th September and 19th October, the area around the Tate Modern and Borough Market will be alive with music and pop-up exhibitions, which will mostly be free to attend. 

So there you have it, a month full of festivals and plenty of free things to do that sound amazing; September is looking like a pretty good month for a trip to the capital…