London comes alive in September every year. There is vibrancy all around as the city is set to usher in a festival month with a wide range of celebrations taking place during this time. Millions of tourists visiting the city during this month feel overjoyed as they get opportunity to save some money with free access to many of the events here. So, why not book cheap flights to London right away and experience the city at its best with umpteen festivities all around? London is ready to welcome you with its warm weather and summer being at its fag end.
Browse over the list of selected events that will be taking place in London during this liveliest month. Knowing these events prior to your visit will keep you updated and prepare well for your trip. The must-see events in London that will take place in September this year include Mayor’s Thames Festival, Great River Race, London Design Festival, Open House London, and Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival.
Here’s an interesting account of these top events that shouldn’t be missed out in any case. These festivals/events offer great insight into the traditions of London and Londoners.
Mayor’s Thames Festival
The Mayor’s Thames Festival is a 10-day-long event held every year in September to celebrate London and its River Thames. The prominent highlights of the festival include carnival processions, educational events, art installations, dance performances and live music. Most of the events are free-to-attend.
“Totally Thames” is yet another festival associated with London and River Thames, which will be taking place in September for the entire month. It is one of the biggest festivals to be celebrated along the 42-mile-long bank of the river with more than 100 events taking place. The Totally Thames is a new event and will make its debut in September this year. The festival will showcase river-themed educational, musical and art events on the River Thames as well as along its bridges and banks. Apart from arts, music and educational events, this 30-day spectacular event will also be featuring environmental, exploration, foreshore archaeology, exciting river races, colorful regattas, and various other river-linked community events in 17 riverside boroughs in London.
Great River Race
The Great River Race will take place on September 27, 2014 on River Thames in London. This colorful event will see the participation of more than 300 vessels. The Great River Race, which is also called a marathon on River Thames, will start at Millwall Dock Slipway, London Docklands, from 12.40 pm and the crossing line to be reached by the winner at 3.40 pm at Ham House. The day-long free-to-attend event will conclude at 7 pm. The race will cover a 21-mile-long route and pass through some of the most prominent landmarks in the city.
Around 300 crews from different parts of the world are expected to participate in the Great River Race this year. Whoever possessing a traditional-style, coaxed boat, without riggers or sliding seats, and at least 4 paddles or oars to propel it, will be able to take part in the race free of cost. The race will see more than 2,000 competitors competing for 35 different trophies. Among other highlights of the event include charity stunts and fancy dress show.
Open House London
The Open House London is yet another remarkable event to be held in the city starting from September 20 to 21, 2014. This free-to-attend event offers opportunity to a large number of locals and tourists from world over to see more than 700 buildings, which are among the most interesting, awesome and unusual. Most of these buildings usually don’t’ provide access to the people, but they will open doors to the people for two days. The people are also welcome to take part in debates, cycle rides and architecture-themed walks.
The two-day event in the year 2013 offered opportunity to visit some of the prominent buildings such as 10 Downing Street (British Prime Minister’s Residence), Battersea Power Station (famous landmark now colonized by wildlife such as black redstarts and peregrine falcons) , and the 30 St Mary Axe (London’s tall round office building, also known as The Gherkin). Apart from these, people were also offered chance to see at least 100 private homes.
London Design Festival
The London Design Festival will take place from September 13 to September 21, 2014. This year the London Design Festival will be in its 12th edition. Renowned world over as the “Design Capital of the World”, London will be all set to welcome leading professionals from different countries to showcase their latest world. The festival will offer opportunity to people to see over 300 exhibitions and events being organized by hundreds of individuals and studios showcasing the latest in design innovation and trends. Though the festival will be held at many locations throughout London, the Victoria and Albert Museum will however be playing a major role in the London Design Festival this year.