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What's On September

Ends 30 Sep 2019 at 11:59 PM

Make a splash this September


Totally Thames

All of September is Totally Thames , the month-long celebration of the River Thames. The festival hosts events along 42 miles of the river and highlights this year include Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager (the world’s oldest rowing race which takes place between London and Albert bridges) on Wednesday 4 September, The Barking Stink project which uncovers the Thames’s smelly history, and The Ship of Tolerance which will be moored at Bankside.

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Nearest piers: across London

This September at Greenwich Peninsula

The O2 is home to the world’s most popular music, sport, entertainment and so much more. This month, you can get up to 60% off superstar brands at ICON Outlet shopping where a brand new Adidas Store has opened. Also recently opened at The O2, you can take a trip to a Mediterranean paradise at the all new Mamma Mia! The Party. On Saturday 7 September, SAMPLE Autumn, a pop-up fashion, homeware and craft market will take place on Peninsula Square and there'll be a pop-up cinema on the peninsula's Central Park showing Grease, Bohemian Rhapsody and Four Weddings and a Funeral Friday 20 - Sunday 22 September.

Nearest pier: North Greenwich


The famous Leake Street tunnel beneath Waterloo station comes alive this autumn. Featuring graffiti workshops, dancefit classes and live music and a variety of taster experiences, #LeakeStreetLIVE celebrates urban culture and creativity, providing immersive experiences suitable for all. Events take place throughout September.

Nearest pier: London Eye (Waterloo)

Moon exhibition

The National Maritime Museum is currently playing host to The Moon Exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. The Moon exhibition is the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to Earth’s celestial neighbour and features over 180 objects, including artefacts from NASA's Apollo 11 mission.

The Moon is at the National Maritime Museum until January 2020.

Nearest pier: Greenwich

Join the Docks

Join the Docks is a brand-new festival at London’s historic Royal Docks. Join the Docks boasts over 400 events and takes place across September. Just a few of the events taking place this month include Guru Dudu Silent Disco Tours, Flight Exhibition at Silver Building and free performances of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Thames Barrier Park. Inspired by the Thai festival of Loi Krathong, Wishful is a magical spectacle of water and light and takes place on Saturday 28 September at Silvertown Quays.

Royal Docks Pumping Station will also be open to the public as part of Open House London.

Nearest pier (for now!): North Greenwich then Emirates Air Line

London Transport Museum

All aboard! Sail along the Thames to Embankment Pier and let the kids take the wheel at the London Transport Museum while the little ones explore, climb and role-play their way around classic London transport characters including a real bus, mini tube train, and Thames ‘Nipper’. Even the older kids will be fascinated while they fix a broken-down mini tube train.

Nearest pier: Embankment

A river runs through it

As part of Totally Thames, [email protected], Oxo Tower Wharf, will host A River Runs Through It. From dazzling light installations to delicate paper sculptures; vibrant screen prints to exquisite reclaimed art and even bottled London smells, A River Runs Through It explores the central role which The Thames plays through art and will be at the [email protected] Wednesday 4 - Sunday 8 September.

Nearest piers: Bankside or Blackfriars

The London That Never Was

From a crystal Tower Bridge to a concrete Covent Garden, discover some of London's shelved plans at Guildhall Gallery's The London That Never Was. The London That Never Was is a free exhibition opening Friday 6 September.

Nearest pier: Blackfriars

Greenwich Comedy Festival

Now in its 11th year, Greenwich Comedy Festival brings street-food, craft beer and laughs-aplenty to the National Maritime Museum Wednesday 4 – Sunday 8 September. Headliners bringing giggles to Greenwich at this year’s festival include Jason Manford, Sarah Pascoe and Reginald D Hunter.

Nearest pier: Greenwich

Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival

The Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is back from Friday 6 to Saturday 14 September. There are 18 free screenings in various locations across Woolwich, including two open-air events in Woolwich Artillery Square; Black Panther (12A, 20:00, Friday 6 September) and First Man (12A, 20:00, Saturday 14 September) will launch and end the festival respectively. For younger audiences, there's Matilda (U, 16:00, Shrewsbury House, Friday 13 September) and Akeelah and the Bee (U, 14:00, Woolwich Centre Library, Saturday 14 September) and you can see Vertigo (PG, 8pm, Friday 13 September) in the grounds of Severndroog Castle.

Nearest piers: Woolwich or North Greenwich

Thank you for having us

Inspired by plastic pollution in the North Atlantic, Thank You For Having Us is an adrenaline-fuelled performance featuring daring aerial acrobatics, high-wire stunts, pyrotechnics and live music that will transform the City’s streets into a spectacle! Starting at the corner of King Street and Cheapside, and ending at St Paul’s Cathedral, this mobile performance takes place for one night only 20:00 – 21:00 on Saturday 7 September.

Nearest piers: Tower

Tate Britain: Mark Leckey and William Blake

Two brand new exhibitions open at Tate Britain this month. Opening on Wednesday 11 September, William Blake explores some of the visionary artist's most iconic images. Showcasing over 300 original works, including watercolours, paintings and prints, William Blake at Tate Britain is the largest show of Blake’s work for almost 20 years.

Also taking place at Tate Britain, Mark Lecky's O' Magic Power of Bleakness will display unseen and existing work by the Turner Prize-winning artist. From Tuesday 24 September, a life-size replica of an M53 motorway bridge, a reference to the arist's upbringing in the Wirral, will take up residence inside the gallery. Home of a previously unheard audio play, the motorway bridge addresses the subjects of youth, class and nostalgia, recurring themes across Lecky's work.

‚ÄčNearest pier: Millbank

London Bridge Open kitchen

On Friday 20 September London Bridge Open Kitchen will be cooking up a storm at Guy's Courtyard. From midday, the entire space will be transformed into a pop-up food market serving the best street food that London has to offer. Entry is free and dishes start from just £5!

Nearest pier: London Bridge City

Open House London

Open House London is back and it’s bigger than ever! Over 800 historic, quirky, contemporary and iconic London buildings will be opened up to the public on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September. Buildings to explore over the open weekend include the Parliamentary office block Portcullis House (nearest pier: Westminster), the John Nash designed British Academy (nearest pier: Embankment), and Custom House (nearest pier: Tower).

Travel bulding-building on Open House weekend with 2-For-1 River Roamers!

Nearest piers: across London

Car Free day

Sunday 22 September is London Car Free Day. Cars will not be permitted in an area of Central London which will enable Reimagine festival to take place. Newly pedestrianised centres across the capital will be reinvigorated; Bank Junction will become a picnic area and yoga and meditation sessions will take place on Tower Bridge, activities that would ordinarily be impossible in the capital’s congested streets.

Get around London for less on Car Free Day with 2-For-1 River Roamers!

Nearest piers: Tower to Bankside

Emerge Festival

A brand new festival comes to London on Friday 27 & Saturday 28 September. Emerge Festival celebrates London's nightlife with gigs, performances, DJs, poets & cocktails taking place at over 40 iconic venues across London. From a live performance by South London's Greentea Peng at Whitehall's Banqueting House (nearest pier: Embankment) to Nighttime photography masterclasses from The Monument (nearest pier: Tower) and even a silent disco on Tower Bridge, Emerge Festival represents the diversity of London's nightlife with a single ticket costing £15 - £25.

Nearest piers: across London