London has a packed calendar of sporting and cultural events all year round, which don’t stop just because summer’s over. If you’re planning a trip to London this September, find out what’s on near you.
In many ways, September is the ideal time to take a weekend break or longer trip to Britain’s dynamic capital. The temperatures are less stifling but the cold and rain haven’t arrived in full force, and the start of the new school year means you won’t have to deal with long queues or so many crowds when visiting the city’s top attractions. There are also plenty of exciting events taking place in London in September to help you get even more out of your trip.
Proms in the Park
The Last Night of the Proms on 7 September is one of the season’s biggest music events, with live performances featuring some of the country’s top classical musicians and composers taking place in venues around the UK.
The most popular of these events is Proms in the Park, held in Hyde Park and led by pop legend Bryan Ferry before the event culminates in a big-screen link-up to the closing performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Proms in the Park is an open air alternative to the exclusive Albert Hall event, giving you the chance to enjoy the late summer evening and great music with thousands of like-minded people.
London Fashion Week
Followers of fashion flock from all over the world to see the latest trends being set at London Fashion Week (LFW) each September. LFW is one of the world’s leading fashion events, not only in terms of sales figures that regularly exceed £100 million, but also in the record crowds it attracts, with a media profile comparable to any sporting event.
If you’re eager to see the latest designs being paraded on the catwalk, more than 100 shows take place across the five days from Friday 13 September to Tuesday 17 September, dedicated to individual designers and collections as well as wider themes. LFW returns once again to Somerset House in the heart of the city, offering ease of access to transport links.
The Mayor’s Thames Festival
This historic riverside festival is to be significantly expanded for 2013, extended from the usual two-day weekend to 10 days of musical, artistic and educational events. The Mayor’s Thames Festival runs from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 September and is dedicated to celebrating the locale of the Thames, which has been at the heart of London’s development since its founding.
Notable performances confirmed for this year’s festival include the first ever floating art fair on the Thames, a water-borne ‘Ships’ Opera’ being coordinated by Turner Prize winning artist Richard Wilson, children’s choirs and exhibitions of artworks inspired by the river and its surroundings. Several boat races will also take place over the 10 days, including the Great River Race of 340 boats and a much slower barge driving race.
England vs Moldova World Cup Qualifier
One of the biggest sporting events of the new football season sees England take on Moldova at Wembley Arena on Friday 6 September. This will be the fourth time these teams have faced off, the most recent being a previous FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier the same time last year, and this will be the England team’s first World Cup qualifier on home soil, securing their standing in Brazil.
Tickets are already on sale for the decisive match, priced from £25 to £55 or £20 for the family enclosure (£10 for children), with a limit of eight tickets per purchase, and the match kicks off at 8.00pm. Hotels in Wembley close to the stadium are likely to sell out close to the event, so avoid disappointment by making your reservation in advance.
What London events are you most looking forward to this September?