What’s on in September 2018: 10 Glorious Things to do in London

Switch up your social plans this September with our guide to what's on in the capital, from London Design Festival to enthralling new art exhibitions

What's on in London this September 2018

Food Writers Festival, Spring Restaurant, 3-24 September

Every Monday throughout September, fans of food and writing can enjoy talks from much-loved food writers at the impeccably stylish Spring restaurant in Somerset House. The esteemed line-up includes Kay Plunkett-Hogge, Skye McAlpine, Rosie Birkett and Olia Hercules, who will discuss a range of topics from personal recipes to favourite restaurants. Each talk will include a light afternoon tea and a selection of drinks, as well as readings from the writers’ books and Q&As.

Date: 3-24 September Time: 2pm-4pm Price: £29.62 Location: Spring, Somerset House, Lancaster Place, WC2R 1LA Closest Station: Temple 

Website: springrestaurant.co.uk

London Design Festival, 15-23 September

London Design Festival returns this month, celebrating the capital's London's diverse and impressive design scene with a week of innovative design projects and installations. Skandium is creating an Eco Townhouse in South Kensington, showcasing an array of eco-friendly Danish design. Further highlights include Alphabet by Kellenberger-White, which is a typography-inspired installation in Broadgate and commissioned by British Land, Dazzle by graphic design studio Pentagram at the V&A, and a site-specific immersive exhibition at Sketch in Mayfair.

Date: 15-23 September Price: Free Location: Throughout London 

Website: londondesignfestival.com

London Fashion Week, 14-17 September

Celebrate London Fashion Week in the capital with Anya Hindmarch's wonderfully immersive Chubby Clouds installation, which will playfully transform Banqueting House in Westminster into a room full of clouds, crafted from beanbags. You can also visit a one-day exhibition on Monday 17 September celebrating the 30th anniversary of Jenny Packham, held at the Jenny Packham townhouse on Carlos Place in Mayfair. One of our favourite florists, By Appointment Only, is transforming the façade and interiors into a floral masterpiece for the occasion.

Date: Anya Hindmarch, 14-16 September; Jenny Packham, 17 September Time: 9am-5pm Price: Free Location: Banqueting House, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2ER; Jenny Packham,  Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3AN 

Website: anyahindmarch.com; jennypackham.com

The Jewellery Cut, 17-18 September 

Join the Jewellery Cut for two days of jewels, live talks, champagne and shopping at the heart of London's Old Bond Street this September. Shop designer jewellery at a range of prices, from fashion jewels starting from £30 right up to bespoke gold creations. There will also be a series of masterclasses offering insights into diamonds, jewellery designs and trends. Tickets include access to a masterclass, a late-night champagne shopping event and private tours of the showroom with The Jewellery Cut founder Rachael Taylor or style-and-confidence coach Loulou Storey. 

Date: 17-18 September Time: 10am-6pm; late-night champagne shopping event 5.30-8.30pm Price: Free; masterclasses from £20 Location: 5 Old Bond Street W1S Closest Station: Green Park

Website: eventbrite.com

John Virtue, Fortnum & Mason & Frank Cohen, from 10 September

As part of the collaboration between well-known art collector Frank Cohen and Fortnum & Mason, the store will be exhibiting more than 60 works by abstract landscape painter John Virtue. The artist’s large-scale black and white canvases, created using a mix of white acrylic paint, black ink and shellac, will provide a provocative juxtaposition among the iconic Fortnum’s colours and gilt. The works chosen include abstract landscapes that challenge the viewer to see beyond the paint to make out landmark sites, such as London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye and The Gherkin.

Date: 10 September-20 October  Location: 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER Closest Station: Green Park 

The Story of Us and Them by Conor Harrington, HENI Gallery, from 14 September 

The Story of Us and Them is a new exhibition at the HENI Gallery in Soho by Irish-born, London-based artist Conor Harrington. Opening mid-September, the exhibition focusses on renewed nationalism and controversial policies that lead to division, and the mentality of an ‘us and them’ society. Harrington is known for his expressive oil paintings and graffiti-style murals, which mix classical and contemporary art. 

Date: 14 September-13 October Time: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm Price: Free Entry Location: HENI Gallery, 1st Floor, 6-10 Lexington St, W1F 0LB Closest Station: Picadilly Circus 

Website: henipublishing.com

Art Month at Seven Dials, Covent Garden, all September

Seven Dials in Covent Garden is presenting Art Month this September, showcasing a splendid array of photography, cookery, floristry and all things art. Enjoy a customisation workshop at Tatty Divine; try your hand at making a terrarium at Carousel or enjoy a eyebrow masterclass at Benefit. 

Date: 1-30 September Time: Varies Price: £10 Location: 45 Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9HD Closest Station: Covent Garden or Holborn 

Website: sevendials.co.uk

Elusive Space, Paul Feiler; The Way She Sees It, Catherine Armitage, The Redfern Gallery, from 26 September

There's a double-dose of excellent art at the Redfern Gallery in Mayfair this month. A retrospective of the late Paul Feiler's work will mark 100 years since the painter's birth. Often inspired by the coastline of Cornwall, the display will span different decades of Feiler's career. Running concurrently on the lower gallery is the work of his widow Catharine Armitage, who painted alongside the artist and will be showcasing a series of new paintings.

Date: 26 September-27 October  Location: 20 Cork Street, W1S 3HL Closest Station: Green Park 

Website: redfern-gallery.com

Website: fortnumandmason.com

Jazz Brunch at Tate Britain, every Saturday in September

Head to Tate Britain on Saturdays throughout September for brunch with a toe-tapping twist. Guests dining at the museum's renowned Rex Whistler restaurant will be serenaded by the FB Pocket Orchestra, playing jazz, ragtime and popular hits from the twenties and thirties. Start your Saturday with a kick by trying a gin-based Corpse Reviver cocktail, made famous in the thirties by legendary bartender Harry Craddock and originally designed as a hangover cure.

Date: 28 July-29 September Time: 12pm-3pm Price: From £10 Location: Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG Closest Station: Westminster 

Website: tate.org.uk

Saatchi Gallery, all September

Head to the Saatchi Gallery this September for an abundance of enthralling art. START Art Fair, 13-16 September, presents a global roster of contemporary emerging arts from all corners of the world and is ideal for collectors and enthusiasts alike. New exhibitions that have been eagerly awaited include Cash is King: The Art of Defaced Banknotes and Black Mirror: Art as Social Satire, which explores political uncertainty and the power of social media in a modern world. 

Date: Throughout September Time: 10am-6pm Price: Free Entry Location: Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, SW3 4RY Closest Station: Sloane Square 

Website: saatchigallery.com

Totally Thames Festival, all September

The annual celebration of the River Thames returns for a month of eclectic culture and entertainment. Highlights include foreshore archaeological walks; water sports; art exhibitions and a unique evening of poetry and hip-hop on 12 September, which will present contemporary poets reading hip-hop inspired prose. 

Date: 1-30 September Time: Varies Price: Most Events Free Location: Throughout London 

Website: totallythames.org