Supreme September: what to do in London as a sizzling summer closes

London events
London events

Far from a month of winding-down, closure, the warmth of summer giving way to the cool dampness of autumn, September is (for a start) often one of the British calendar year’s warmer and sunnier months; plus, don’t doubt it for a second, there’s a great deal going on throughout the capital on every one of its 30 days – whether you’ve made the base for your short-break in the city the San Domenico hotel London, or anywhere else…

Movies on the River

(Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames Street EC3N 4DT; until 8th September)

Tower Millennium Pier

Don’t miss the boat on this one – it’s a true first; a summer outdoor cinema experience… on the River Thames! So why not draw up a pew on the top deck of a boat and catch a classic like Jaws, a recent smash like Dunkirk or a fast-becoming cult favourite like The Greatest Showman? (Life jackets aren’t optional; you shouldn’t need one!)

London Brunch Fest

(Brick Lane E1 6QL; 1st-2nd September)

Let’s face it; when it comes to all things culinary, there’s very little that can better a top-quality brunch, which is precisely why – for foodies and for, well, those who just really like their food – the emergence of a festival devoted totally and utterly to the noon-ish portmanteau of breakfast and lunch is like manna from heaven. So, look out for The Pickle House being in charge of all the drinks on hand (Bloody Marys and more, naturally), as well as Café Miami, The Dayrooms Café and Urban Pantry doing the serving when it comes to the delicious breakfast and brunch plates.


(Shooters Hill Road SE3 0TY; 8th-9th September)

Far from its chequered history down through the ages (which includes being a black spot for highway men), today Blackheath’s cultivating a reputation for itself as fine destination for summer music festivals. And this year’s no exception because, for the fifth year now, OnBlackheath’s set to bring the spheres of music and food together for a spectacular and delicious all-weekend occasion. Food-wise, they’ll be many a professional cook in action, while music-wise sets are expected from the likes of Squeeze, Paloma Faith, De La Soul, The Lightning Seeds, Corinne Bailey Rae and Billy Bragg.

The Great River Race

(Starts at Millwall Slipway, E14, and finishes at Ham House, Richmond, TW10; 8th September)

Great River Race

Don’t doubt it; this event’s not your run-of-the-mill boat race but more an on-the-water-marathon, the winners of which will be crowned the UK’s Traditional Boat Champions; so prestigious is the event. Set to feature a total 300 separate crews drawn from right across the globe, it’s a day that features far from merely the most athletic and serious competitors, for many participants will doubtless be recreational rowers in the most outrageous fancy dress imaginable! For those standing on the riverside watching the drama unfold, it’s bound to be a colourful, spectacular sight, indeed – expect everything from Chinese dragon boats to Hawaiian war canoes and Viking longboats to Irish curraghs, shallops, wherries and whalers.

London Fashion Week Festival

(180 The Strand WC2R 1EA; 20th-24th September)

Just the event to top off any luxurious stay at one of the hotels near Kings Road Chelsea London, this appreciation of extremely cutting-edge and yet beautiful (and decidedly pricey) fashion enables attendees to shop curated edits of designer collections on show at London Fashion Week itself, the edits being drawn from across around 150 of the biggest and most exciting brands around. There’s also the opportunity to attend takes from industry insiders as well as, of course, sit on the front row at a show or two – who could resist?