September may have arrived but the weather may just hold on for a little while longer. Winter hold your hats; we aren’t done yet! September brings a treasure trove of events perfect for autumn fun, so don the flip flops a little while longer and head on in to London for food markets, sport and music festivals. Just pack an umbrella for those unexpected showers!
Totally Thames Festival
Returning for another year, the Totally Thames festival graces the banks of the River Thames this September. Bigger than previous years, the celebration will take place across the whole of the month and is one of the many London events in September worth making a splash about. Read our guide to what’s going on down by the river.
This meaty food fest is a carnivalesque, cornucopia of carnivorous delights. London’s hunger for protein shows no sign of waning so for its fourth year this celebration of butchery and booze will include an opening night of music combined with, yep, you guessed it, hulking slabs of meat. Expect 25 chefs creating bespoke dishes live every day, whole roasted beasts, trucker caps, fun music, dancing, a dedicated craft beer section and live demos.
Dinner at the Twits
Roald Dahl was a master of creating fantastically grotesque, squirm-inducingly foul stories. And ‘The Twits’ has a solid claim to being the nastiest of all – the book’s monstrous couple dine out on bird pie, beard pickings and worm spaghetti. All things considered, it doesn’t sound like ideal fodder for a pricey immersive dining experience. But Bompas & Parr are teaming up with theatre specialists Les Enfants Terribles to create what they’re calling ‘the worst dinner party in the world’ – and it sounds pretty special.
If you like your meat grilled, your music loud and your beer on tap then Grillstock will be some sort of nirvana arriving in Walthamstow. Chow down on pit-smoked ribs while dancing (or simply nodding, depending on how much you’ve eaten) to live music at this meaty feast. The weekend will host a line-up of more than 25 bands and DJs as well as a low and slow BBQ competition. And if you’ve got the talent, be sure to enter the hot-dog eating competition.
Hackney One Carnival
An afternoon of bright, noisy fun in Hackney as a carnival parade fills the borough’s streets. Yes, the Hackney One carnival might not match Notting Hill for scale but East London definitely pulls out all the stops with feathery, glittery and winged costumes all dancing to the beat of steel pan bands on floats and wandering musicians. Hackney Town Hall Square will host the area’s best young musicians, Gillett Square will be transformed into an all-day play area, and Ridley Road will host the after-party, with reggae, soca and Brazilian music.