September is upon us, but we’re not ready to let go of summer just yet! Make the most of the last of the sunshine (sob) with a whole range of outdoor activities and events in the capital. From food festivals, sport events and exhibitions marking London’s very best in design and architecture, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Grab your diary!
Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF
A true celebration of all things carnivorous, Meatopia is every meat-lover’s paradise! The weekend-long festival brings the best in chefs, meat, music and beer to London, and promises six things: real fire, nothing but the best, ethically sourced meat, nose to tail treats, the best in beverages and live music and entertainment. With food from the steak aces at Hawksmoor to the Bleecker St. Burger masters, the best meat-makers in the capital will be here in their droves. Don’t miss it, book here.
Image: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
South Park Lawn, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST
3 September, 1-6pm
Down at the Olympic Park this September, there’s going to be a fantastic free summer festival for you to enjoy! In celebration of National Paralympic Day and as part of the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival 2016, there’ll be a day of inclusive sports, music, film and dance, arts and poetry as well as street theatre and performance. One for all the family, it’s a great way to celebrate the beginning of this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio.
The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN
4 September – 30 October
For those who don’t know, 2016 is the year of Roald Dahl’s centenary – and to celebrate, you’re invited to dine with Mr and Mrs Twit! With wicked production from Les Enfants Terribles theatre company and gastronomical delights created by Bompas & Parr, this dining experience takes you on a sensational journey right into the pages of The Twits. Expect some deliciously grotesque delights in the form of bird pie and a murky cocktail, complete with glass eye. A night you won’t forget! Book here.
Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF
Powered by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, Future Fest comes to the capital for a weekend of ideas, talks and experiences to inspire people to change the future. The festival’s themes for 2016 are love, play, work and thrive – four principles that it will shine a light on to inspire attendees to challenge perceptions and open their minds to new ideas. With a range of top speakers lined up (from a food futurologist to musician and writer Pat Kane), the event will certainly excite the mind. Book tickets.
Open House is back! The capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design welcomes the public to explore the London they love, giving access to some of London’s most magnificent buildings for one weekend only. Visit the greatest buildings and spaces across the city; with more than 700 buildings, walks, talks and tours on offer. Find the full list of places you can visit so that you can plan ahead, here.
Another annual event that’s back for September, the London Design Festival returns. The creative community in the capital is huge, and there’s only one way to celebrate it – a week-long festival across a number of galleries and venues! The unmissable celebration of design includes a huge variety of events, from exhibitions featuring fashion, light installations and graphic mastery to panel talks on furniture and innovation in the industry. See the full 2016 programme, here.
Timber Lodge Café, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20
25 September, 12.30-5.30pm
Join the east London community at the end of the month for a free festival celebrating local produce in true harvest style. With the theme of ‘Make, Grow, Do’, The Harvest Stomp celebrates London’s vibrant local food scene with a host of food and drink stalls, workshops and live entertainment. There’s even a Cream of the Crop Contest which invites you to enter your very own food creations, whether it’s homemade jam or an impressive harvest bake! Visit the website for more details.
What have you got in the diary to do in London this September? Share the events you’ll be going to in the comments below!