The end of summer is set to bring some of London’s most exciting events. 

Considering a trip to London this September? If so, you’ll be visiting the city at one of the best times of the year. September is a great time to visit the city to avoid the summer and school holiday travel chaos, while still enjoying the remains of hot weather and outdoor events in the capital. 

While the sun is still shining, make the most of central London’s conveniently located sights and attractions which can almost all be reached on foot or by bike. You’ll find the city beginning to get quieter with fewer tourists around, meaning you can enjoy many places to yourself and experience the city like a local. 

To have maximum time spent exploring and minimum time stuck travelling, make your base in West London that has quick, easy access to neighbourhoods such as Kensington and the West End and is just a short distance from the beautiful River Thames.  

The Great River Race

The Great River Race is one of London’s most unique and fun free events happening in September. The race is a 21.6-mile marathon with over 300 crews from around the world. A huge variety of competitors take part in the race, from serious athletes to people raising money for charity and some who join to get dressed up and have a good time. The race begins all the way over in the Isle of Dogs, however, the best thing about the race is that it can be viewed from anywhere along the Thames. 

The race comes to a close near Teddington, a short distance from Richmond and passes by Westminster, Chelsea and Fulham along the way, meaning if you’re staying in West London you can set up by the riverside or in one of the many gardens and parks to watch the race. If you’d like to enjoy some food and drinks, Tattershall Castle is a floating pub near Embankment which offers excellent river views. 

Alternatively, if you’re keen to be up close, the Great River Race has tickets to a passenger boat which follows the entire race all the way from East to West London. 

Plant Based Social

London is seeing both vegan and sustainable food and products being celebrated more and more. Plant Based Social is an exciting new concept in Hackney’s Bohemia Place Market. The area used to be known as Hackney Vegan Village but this September, it will host an event featuring some of the city’s best vegan, ethical and sustainable traders. 

You’ll find stalls selling great food, clothing, art and more, which will be accompanied by live DJs, singers and musicians. There will even be a vegan tattoo artist and nail artists, as well as delicious vegan dessert stalls and bars selling vegan cocktails. The event is running on the 17th and 18th of September and is completely free, so it makes the ideal, guilt-free day out in the city.  

Open House London

Have you ever wanted to see the secret side of London? If you’ve ever seen photos of London’s beautiful buildings and wondered where some of the city’s famous faces get to live and work, this could be the event for you. 

Open House is a special yearly event where more than 800 homes and buildings are open to the public. This includes famous locations that can’t usually be accessed, as well as secret hidden gems you didn’t realise existed. You won’t just discover homes either; schools, hospitals, churches and government buildings will all be involved. 

In previous years some of the best locations included St. Bart’s Hospital, the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices, the Reform Club and The Hurlingham Club. This year’s attendees will also be able to enter a ballot to have the chance to explore 10 Downing Street, where virtually no members of the public are allowed to go. The event is completely free and will take place from 8th – 21st September. 

Not only is this a unique way to see the city, but as many of the buildings are centrally located, it’s easy to get around on foot. Closer to the time, there are often walking tours around some of the highlights or you can check the website to find all of the best places to see. 

Kew the Movies

For a more relaxed September event which is perfect for everyone, whether you want a romantic date night or an evening out with kids, Kew the Movies fits the bill. For the first week of September, the beautiful Kew Gardens will be running a daily line-up of classic movies that you can enjoy surrounded by the peaceful nature of the gardens. 

There will be morning, afternoon and evening showings, and films that are diverse, from child-friendly Moana and The Gruffalo to musicals like West Side Story and action films such as No Time to Die. Tickets are affordable and getting to Kew Gardens is conveniently located around twenty minutes from central London by tube. 

If you’re staying in West London, the gardens are even closer, and it’s the perfect excuse to combine it with a day out in the sunshine. Kew Gardens has acres of grounds to explore, from its famous greenhouse to the Chinese Pagoda and treetop walkway. So, spend the day exploring all Kew Gardens has to offer, bring a picnic filled with fresh produce and enjoy a movie under the stars. 

The Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

For an evening of entertainment right in the centre of London, The Proms hosted by the BBC is an unmissable event. The Proms is one of London’s most popular musical events, seeing classical musicians from around the world host amazing performances each night. 

The events run for eight weeks through the summer until the 10th of September. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of Mozart or Beethoven; musicians perform an array of fun and well-known tunes from hit musical numbers to pop music on the charts. 

The Proms is an enjoyable event for everyone and is intended to bring music to the masses, meaning you’ll find at least one evening’s line-up that you’ll love. Hosted in the spectacular Royal Albert Hall, not only will you get to visit one of London’s most iconic concert venues, but the hall is centrally located in Knightsbridge, just a short walk from Kensington and the capital’s best attractions such as Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and the West End. 

Visit all of these and more from West London

If you’re keen to cheer on a boating team, sample some excellent vegan food or sing your heart out in the Albert Hall, staying in one of Nestor’s West London properties will mean you only have a short distance to travel.

Each property has quick and easy transport links to Heathrow, as well as is within walking or cycling distance to all of the best shops, restaurants and attractions in central London. 

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With modern and comfortable properties in Kensington, Victoria and beyond you can see a late-night concert or a movie under the stars without worrying about getting home late.