What to do in London in September?

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In September in London, it is still summer with many outdoor activities such as the Totally Thames festival or The Great River Race. Do not miss the festival of the Pearly Kings and Quens who parade with their traditional costumes adorned with more than 3000 mother of pearl buttons.

Finally, enjoy the exhibition at the Design Museum dedicated to director Stanley Kubrick where many accessories are presented.

August and the Notting Hill Carnival

With more than a million people, the carnival of Notting Hill is the largest in Europe. Colorful and lively, it celebrates Caribbean culture for 3 days.

The carnival begins on Saturday with a competition of steel-band orchestras then continues on Sunday with the children's parade and ends on Monday with the grand parade (10 am-00pm).

For security reasons and due to high traffic, Ladbroke Grove metro station is usually closed. Other nearby stations may be partially closed where only exits are allowed.
Finally the buses do not serve the stations on the route of the carnival.


When?August 28 - September 1, 2020
Or ? Notting Hill
Price: Free

Metro - Ladbroke Grove : closed Sunday and Monday
- Latimer Road : closing at 23:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday
- Notting Hill Gate : reserved for the Sunday and Monday outing from 11 a.m. to 19 p.m.
- Westbourne Park : reserved for the Sunday and Monday outing from 11 a.m. to 18 p.m. Closes at 23:30 p.m.
- Royal Oak : reserved for the Sunday and Monday outing. Closes at 18 p.m.


Buckingham Palace open to the public in September

During the summer period, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public who will be able to visit the queen's apartments, the royal reception room or the Throne Room.


Limited places. Reservations recommended on the websiteGreat Britain tourist office.


When?  Until September 27, 2020
Or ? Buckingham Palace
Price: € 30.50

Metro bus Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Victoria11, 211, 239, C1, C10


Visit the Palace of Westminster, seat of the British Parliament

On the occasion of parliamentarians in September, the Palace of Westminster is open to the public. A unique opportunity to visit the House of Commons and Lords, the nerve center of British politics, and understand how the parliamentary monarchy works.

An informative and impressive visit to share with the family.

Reservations and information on the site de See tickets (visit with an audio guide in French) or on Expedia (guided tour).

Metro bus River shuttles Westminster3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211, 453Westminster Pier

When? August 1 - September 30, 2019
Or ? Palace of Westminster
Price: From £ 20 for a tour with an audio guide


BBC Proms: the biggest classical music festival in September

Around a hundred classical music concerts are given for nearly two months at the Royal Albert Hall, in Hyde Park and broadcast live on the BBC.

Festival program

When? Until September 12, 2020
Or ? Royal Albert Hall


Metro bus Knightsbridge 9, 10, 52, 70, 360, 452, N9, N52

Exposition Body Worlds

Conceived by the German professor Gunther von Hagens, the Body Worlds exhibition aims to explain the mysteries and the transformations of the organism by relying on real human bodies.
This traveling exhibition presents a total of 200 bodies and organs kept intact thanks to plastination, a technique for preserving human bodies invented by Gunther von Hagens.

With over 45 million visitors, Body Worlds Vital is one of the most visited health exhibitions in the world. Often described as a "life changing experience", Body Worlds will give you a better understanding of the complexity of the human body.

Information and reservations at the British Tourist Office 

When? Until October 1, 2020
Or ?  London Pavilion at Piccadilly Circus
Price : 27 €

Metro bus Piccadilly Circus3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139, 453


Totally Thames

This festival takes place along the Thames where many activities are offered: exhibitions, shows, river cruises in the company of speakers, regattas, fishing, rowing, kayaking, paddleboarding ...

All information on the Totally Thames website

When? 1 - 30 September 2019
Or ? Along the Thames
Price : Free



The Great River Race: The Great River Race in September

This great river race on the Thames brings together more than 330 teams from all over the world each year who engage in a real river marathon over a distance of 31km, aboard traditional boats.

The race is open to everyone regardless of their level and performance: from accomplished athletes to aspiring athletes who come above all to have fun. Many athletes and spectators dress up for the occasion.

Registration and information on the Grand Site website of the race.

Departure at 12:45 pm at Millwall Dock Splipway
Arrival around 15:45 p.m. at Riverside Below Ham House - Richmond

When? September 5, 2020
Or ? From Midlwall Dock Slipway to Ham House
Price : Free for spectators


London Design Festival

London Design a professional and cultural event that brings together the world's greatest designers for a week.

Seminars, exhibitions, festivities, product launches and installations are organized.

Festival program on the website.

When? 12 - 20 September 2020
Or ? Victria & Albert Museum and Somerset House
Price : Most events are free



Open House or museum night in September

For a weekend, the doors of certain places usually closed to the public (private houses, mansions or historic buildings) are open to the public. The Open House thus gives access to more than 750 emblematic buildings and offers guided tours.

In addition, some attractions that are usually chargeable, such as the Shard or the London Eye, are free during specific time slots.

The full program of visits is unveiled during the 2nd week of August on the website.

When? 19 - 20 September 2020
Or ? All over London
Price: Free


Mamma Mia! The Party

Mamma Mia! The Party is a theatrical dinner in a setting that is intended to be the replica of the tavern from the film with Meryl Streep.
For four hours, enjoy a spectacular show, a gourmet three-course Mediterranean meal and an ABBA nightclub to dance to !!!

Information and reservations on the London Box Office website.

When? 22 September 2019 - 16 February 2020
Or ? The 02 Arena
Price : 180 €

Metro bus North Greenwich 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472, 486


Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

During this festival which celebrates the autumnal harvest, the Pearly Kings and Quens parade in their traditional costumes adorned with over 3000 mother-of-pearl buttons.

They take the stage in the courtyard of Guilhall then parade to St Mary-le-Bow Church for the thanksgiving service.

When? September 29, 2019 - 13:00 p.m. to 15:00 p.m.
Or ? Guilhall Yard (district of the City) and St Mary-le-Bow Church
Price : Free

Metro bus St Paul's, Bank8, 21, 25, 43, 76, 141, 242
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