London in September is enjoyed to the fullest but in a different way. Summer is on its last legs but it is still warm enough to make outdoor plans and, in addition, in this month there are not so many tourists in the city so you can visit more calmly.
Do you want to know everything you can do in London in September? Keep reading!
1. Get to know the famous Shakespeare's theater
If you love theater, one of the most fun things to do is to visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre or The Globe, as everyone knows it in the city. It is a modern replica of the building that in the sixteenth century William Shakespeare's artistic company built to represent the works of this literary genius.
As the original theater did at the time, it only performs plays between the months of May and October, so if you travel to London in September you can not miss the opportunity to know such an iconic place in the city like this, either attending a theatrical performance or joining a guided tour inside The Globe to discover how the dramatic art was in the Elizabethan era.
Where is The Globe?
Located near the Millennium Bridge and the Tate Modern, with its white color and rounded appearance, you will immediately see that it stands out among the surrounding buildings and that it is not just another theater like the ones you can find in the West End.
2. Explore the Thames with the Totally Thames Festival
Summer in London bids farewell in style with the Totally Thames festival, a great event organized in September that includes many activities held in different parts of central London with the famous river that runs through the city as the absolute protagonist.
Around the Thames there is a wide program of cultural activities where you can find from street art and food and craft markets, to workshops for families, concerts and fireworks.
Being the entrance to the Totally Thames festival free, this event is the perfect complement to a route along the banks of the Thames during your trip to London. You will learn in a very fun way about one of the icons of the city! And, of course, I would complement this activity with a cruise on the Thames to fully enjoy this river and the good London weather that is still in September.
3. Excursion to the outskirts of London: Stonehenge and Bath
Taking advantage of the fact that the weather in London in September is still good and not excessively cold, if you are going to be at least a week in the city one of the essential plans that you must do during your stay is an excursion to Stonehenge and Bath, two very different enclaves to the British capital that will complete your trip.
Given the proximity of both sites to London, the best way to know them is to book an organized excursion to Stonehenge and Bath for a full day by bus. In my opinion this is the most convenient option, as you won't have to worry about planning all the logistics of the trip yourself. They will give you everything done and you will just have to let yourself go and enjoy the tour a lot.
These types of excursions to the outskirts are great to get the most out of your trip to London, as they will allow you to explore other very important places in the country in a short time and add new experiences during your vacation.
4. Don't miss the West End musicals
The West End is the western part of London. It is a place where part of the city's elite live and where you will find the Abbey and the Palace of Westminster, and it is considered the European mecca of musicals. If the Americans have Broadway, the British have West End. And September is, in fact, the month in which musicals begin to be reborn after the summer break.
If you like this genre you can not miss visiting the most legendary theaters in the area as Her Majesty's Theatre, Lyceum Theatre or the Apollo Theatre to enjoy the spectacular musicals that take place inside. The Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King or Moulin Rouge are just some of the incredible performances you will find.
5. Cross London Bridge accompanied by a bunch of sheep
During the Middle Ages, shepherds used to cross London Bridge with their flocks of sheep to reach the city and sell them in the market. This practice continued for several centuries until, it is not known exactly when, a time came when modernity left no room for this custom and ended up being eradicated.
However, in recent years the tradition of crossing London Bridge with a flock of sheep has been recovered and is one of the most curious things you can see in London in September if you are walking around the area.
However, if you want to participate in the show in detail you will have to get a ticket on the website of the organization. If you run out, you can always cross it anyway and admire the beautiful structure. You can even get a ticket for Tower Bridge to access the glass walkway and see the River Thames from 42 meters high.
6. Have a blast at the Underbelly Festival at Southbank
If you are not much into traditional theater, this festival is for you. On its stages there are plenty of live shows such as cabaret, circus or music but there are also plenty of food stalls where you can take all kinds of delicious snacks while enjoying the atmosphere.
In addition, there are also shows for children so it is a place to spend a relaxing time with the family, you will have a great time!
7. Attend the first floating cinema in the United Kingdom
While September temperatures are still warm enough to spend time outdoors, one of the most fun things to do during your stay is to attend the city's first floating cinema at Paddington Basin.
Before the screening begins, you'll have time to hop on a boat to cruise the waters of Little Venice and explore the area. After mooring the boat at the dock, you can choose to watch the movie from the water or on one of the loungers on the shores of the venue.
There will be no more romantic plan than eating popcorn while watching a movie in such a unique setting. Are you up for the Openaire Float-In Cinema?
8. Go bargain hunting at Walthamstow Flea Market
If you love to dive into flea markets for unique items and bargains, you can't miss Walthamstow Flea Market. What better plan to do on a September afternoon than to lose yourself among the stalls of this vintage flea market?
Organized by Trumans' Social Club, the largest brewery in the UK, for only £1 you will have the opportunity to have a good time browsing through the market's products such as antique furniture, retro clothing and jewelry, decorative objects and other curiosities.
And what would an event like this be without music, beer and street food? At Walthamstow Flea Market you'll be able to have a few dances and nibble on a little bit of everything- you'll leave with your bags and your belly full!
9. Enjoy the latest trends at The London Fashion Week
London is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and in the month of September celebrates its popular fashion week, where established designers and new talents come together to present their proposals.
If you love this world, do not forget to make a hole in your agenda to attend one of the events open to the public organized by the London fashion week. There you can take note of the new trends, go to fashion shows and enjoy a lot of shows interacting with the coolest people in the British capital.
Do you like the idea? Then I recommend you take a look at the website of The London Fashion Week to find out all the news of the edition and make the most of it.
10. Discover unique London buildings at the Open House Festival
Traveling to London in September is an excellent opportunity to participate in the Open House Festival, an event where several buildings in the British capital that are normally closed to tourists open their doors to the public so they can visit them.
On the festival's website you can find the full list of buildings that are part of the initiative and if you want to discover more curious places in the city, check out the post 10 secret places in London. Get your camera ready because they will not leave you indifferent!
11. Capture the beauty of Hyde Park with your camera
One of the places that I like the most and that you must visit in London in September when the weather is still good is Hyde Park, one of the Royal Parks of the British capital.
If you feel like disconnecting for a moment from the hustle and bustle and the crowds in the streets of London, it is best to take advantage of a sunny day of your vacation to visit the largest park in the center of the city.
In the last days of September, when the color of the foliage of the trees begins to change, it is the perfect time to take a photographic route through the park capturing with your camera all the beauty of the vegetation and its nuances.
What are the temperatures in September?
During the month of September, maximum temperatures are around 20ºC and minimum temperatures are around 13ºC.
Summer is an ideal time to travel to London because the days are longer and there are more daylight hours for outdoor activities.
In addition, it is the season with less rainfall so it is unlikely that rain will spoil your plans.
What is the tourist flow in September?
The peak tourist season in London takes place in summer, which means the city is packed with tourists, hotels are bursting at the seams and prices soar.
However, compared to June, July and August, September is a quieter month as the new school year begins and many visitors return to their places of origin.
You will not find as many people in the tourist areas so it is a good time to go to London if you want your trip to coincide with the summer.
What are the prices in London in September?
During the summer the hotel occupancy in London is practically total and the prices are quite high.
The situation changes in the month of September because at the end of the season most visitors leave and hotels lower their prices, making it easier to find accommodation for less money in the center.
What to pack to travel to London in September?
Although summer comes to an end in September, temperatures remain pleasant during the day so I recommend packing light clothes for those sunny days when it is warm.
However, the days are gradually shortening and the cold is making an appearance, so you will also have to include in your luggage some warm clothes, especially to wear during the night.