What's on in September 2019: Glorious Things to do in London this Month

Carly McCormack

2 September 2019

This September, view the latest trends at London Fashion Week, discover William Blake's lesser-known artworks and watch the highly anticipatedDownton Abbeyfilm

What's on this September 2019 in London 

2 September 2019 | Carly McCormack

London Design Festival, across London 

London Design Festival will once again transform the capital this September with more than 400 site-specific installations and exhibitions, which bring together the world's best designers, artists and architects. The theme of this year's festival is the growing effects of climate change and many projects are promoting powerful messages within their artwork, from Sam Jacob’s Sea Things, which explores the future re-use of plastic and Paul Cocksedge’s Please Be Seated, which reflects on the ever-changing aspects of community. Designer Dan Tobin Smith and creative studio The Experience Machine, in partnership with Gemfields, have created VOID, a multi-sensory installation in Islington that mimics the inside of a gemstone.

Read our guide to London Design Festival HERE.

Please Be Seated by Paul Cocksedge 

Date: 14-22 September 2019 Time: All day Price: Free Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: londondesignfestival.com

Second Hand September, across London

Embrace Second Hand September, a new month-long initiative run by Oxfam and supported by supermodel Stella Tennant. The campaign urges shoppers to buy only pre-loved clothing throughout September, in order to raise awareness of the environmental impact of fast fashion. There is also the opportunity to win prizes by sharing your second-hand wares on Instagram using the hashtag #SecondHandSeptember and tagging @OxfamGB in the caption. Competition closes at 10am on Friday 27 September.

Stella Tennant and her daughter Iris, styled by Bay Garnet for Oxfam’s Second Hand September. Photograph: Tom Craig

Date: 1-30 September 2019 Time: All day Price: Free to Sign Up

Website: oxfamapps.org

London Fashion Week, across London

For the very first time, this September's London Fashion Week will open its doors to the public. Purchase tickets to immersive experiences spanning catwalk shows, installations, panels and exhibits, including DiscoveryLAB, featuring an eclectic selection of designer showrooms, and a #PositiveFashion exhibition, which promotes equality and sustainability within the industry. The name to know this year? Greek designer Eftychia Karamolegkou's eponymous label, Eftychia, takes cues from traditional men's tailoring and was shortlisted for this year's prestigious LVMH prize.

London Fashion Week; Peter Pilotto, BFI Photography

Date: 13-17 September 2019 Time: Varies Price: £135-£245 Location: The Store X, 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA Closest Station: Temple

Website: londonfashionweek.co.uk

BMW PGA Championship, Surrey

The five-day BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in Surrey is one of the biggest golfing tournaments in the world. Watch sportsmen including Rory Mcilroy, Justin Rose and John Rahm compete for victory. Away from the green, guests can enjoy an array of food and drink options and live music from Rudimental and Anne-Marie. Upgrade to a VIP ticket for a three-course feast and flowing champagne within Wenworth's grand ballroom.

Date: 18-22 September 2019 Time: Varies Price: From £32 LocationWentworth Drive, Virginia Water GU25 4LS Closest Station: Longcross Station

Website: bmw-golfsport.com

William Blake: ‘The Artist’ at Tate Britain, Southwark

This September, view an intimate collection of lesser-known artwork by the great William Blake. His poetry remains and thrives in modern history, yet his art was famously underappreciated when he first presented them to the public. There will be more than 300 of his works on display at Tate Britain, presented as an immersive recreation of the exhibition that he held over 200 years ago.

William Blake's Newton 1795-c. 1805, Photo Courtesy of Tate

Date: 11 September 2019 – 2 September 2020 Time: 10am – 4.30pm Price: £18 Location: Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG Closest Station: Pimlico

Website: tate.org.uk

Goodwood Revival, West Sussex

Don your finery this September and head to the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex for the world’s most celebrated historic motor-racing event. The final event on summer's social calendar, Goodwood Revival recreates the ‘golden era’ of the Motor Circuit, between 1948 and 1966. Period costume is much encouraged and the standard is exceptionally high – think woolen waistcoats, pin-sharp blazers, flat caps and tea dresses. Ogle at classic cars, aircraft displays and retro stalls, while children are kept entertained on the roller rink and at the Revival cinema. Bring your own hamper or try one of the many street food options, accompanied by lashings of champagne.

Date: 13-15 September 2019 Time: 7.30am – 10pm/9.30pm on Sundays Price: From £59 Location: Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0PH Closest Station: Chichester

Website: goodwood.com

BBC Proms in the Park, Hyde Park 

BBC Proms closes on a high note this September, with the return of Proms in the Park. Michael Ball will host an evening of outdoor live music with a 60-piece orchestra, set in the leafy surrounds of Hyde Park. Barry Manilow headlines the event, alongside Jack Savoretti, Chrissie Hynde, Gabrielle and The Lighthouse Family. 

Date:  14 September 2019 Time: 4pm Price: From £49.55 Location: Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH Closest Station: Hyde Park Corner

Website: bbc.co.uk

OpenHouse London, across London

Step inside London’s hidden treasures during OpenHouse weekend. More than 800 buildings and spaces across the capital, which are normally closed to the public, will be free to visit including No10 Downing Street, Barbican Centre, Guildhall, The Old Bailey and many of the city’s idyllic churches. Admission is free but some buildings and tours require pre-booking. There are over 30 participating boroughs, so look out for an OpenHouse location near you.

No 10 Downing Street

Date: 21-22 September 2019 Time: Varies Price: Free 

Website: openhouselondon.org.uk

Downton Abbey Film, across London

The highly anticipated cinematic release of Downton Abbey debuts this September. The film revisits the Crawley family as they await a royal visit from King George V and Queen Mary, which unleashes scandal and intrigue amongst the household. Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Hugh Bonneville (Earl of Downton) and Dame Maggie Smith (Dowager Countess) are among returning cast members, while newcomers to Downton include Killing Eve’s David Haig, playing the royal butler, and Geraldine James as Queen Mary.

Photo Courtesy of Carnival Films

Date: 13 September 2019 

Website: carnivalfilms.co.uk

Tim Walker's Wonderful Things at Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington 

The biggest-ever exhibition of Tim Walker debuts at the V&A this September, showcasing more than 150 images from the photographer's prolific career. Walker reportedly scaled the roof of the South Kensington museum as part of his research for the exhibition, which includes ten new photographs inspired by the V&A's permanent collection. Walker's work blurs the lines between fashion, fantasy and reality and includes portraits of Edie Campbell, Lily Cole, Alexander McQueen and Stella Tennant, as well as David Attenborough, Peter Blake and David Hockney, with enchanting set designs by longterm collaborator Shona Heath.

Tim Walker's Duckie Thot, Aubrey’s shadow, Fashion: Saint Laurent London, 2017 © Tim Walker Studio

Date: 21 September 2019 - 8 March 2020 Time: 10am - 4.15pm/Friday 10am - 8.15pm Price: £15 Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: vam.ac.uk

The Wine Series at 67 Pall Mall, St. James's

The members-only wine club 67 Pall Mall is opening its doors to the public this September for a calendar of quaffing good events, including masterclasses, tastings and supper clubs. Highlights include a Tuscan cheese and wine night; an oyster shucking workshop and a women-only evening celebrating females within the wine industry. 

Date: 29 September - 8 November 2019 Time: Varies Price: Start from £40 Location: 67 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5ES  Closest Station: Green Park

Website: 67pallmall.co.uk

Evolution by Christian Voigt at Bel-Air Fine Art, Mayfair 

Marvel at a monstrous display of pre-historic wonders this September. German photographer Christian Voigt presents Evolution, showcasing hyper-real images of dinosaur fossils, from London's National History Museum, as well as museums in Frankfurt and Berlin. He is the first artist to be granted such intimate access to these fossils, which are presented as three-dimensional, magnificently detailed photographic studies. 

Tyrannosaurus-Rex by Christian Viogt, Senckenberg Nature Museum: Frankfurt am Main

Date: 25 September - 20 October Time: 10am - 7pm/Sunday 12pm - 6pm Price: Free Location: Bel-Air Fine Art London, 105 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1DN Closest Station: Bond Street

Website: belairfineart.com

Totally Thames 2019, across London

The Thames is once again transformed this September to celebrate the great river and all of its history. Art exhibitions, installations, live music and performances run throughout the month, against the backdrop of the Thames. Don't miss The Ship of Tolerance, a 60-foot long wooden ship located on the Royal Docks, created by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The art project was previously awarded the prestigious Cartier Prize for the Best Art Project of the Year in 2010 and features a colourful sail, made up of silk panels painted by primary school children and refugee groups across the UK.

The Ship of Tolerance

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

Website: totallythames.org