At the start of each and every month I bring you a list of free things that you can do in the capital. From outdoor ideas to free events, you will find something that suits you when you’re thinking of what to do in London.
There’s something about September which brings the promise of new beginnings, it’s a time for one last push on the things that you wanted to achieve this year, the chance to try new things and make some last minute resolutions. There is plenty of new things going on in the capital, so it’s a great time to get involved and do something you’ve never done before (for free!)
Here I have put together 10 free things to do in London in September, I would love to hear if you try any of them.
1) The London Design Festival will be held from 15th-23rd September and has been going since 2003. There are always a whole host of free exhibitions to visit, and the installations will pop up all over London, with the centre of the festival being the V&A. Keep checking the London Design Festival website to be the first to know about new installations.
2) Open House London- on the 22nd-23rd September, some of London’s most famous buildings open their doors to the general public. If you’re anything like me and curious about what goes on behind closed doors, check out their highlights here.
3) The Yuko Mohri art installation at Camden Arts Centre is available to view until 16th September. The exhibition orchestrates relations between electromagnetic force-fields, patterns of light moving through water and a reconfigured Yamaha reed organ from 1934.
4) Totally Thames is a celebration of the river that runs throughout the month of September. The river is such a key part of London, and brings about the never ending debate of which is better- north or south of the river? Totally Thames will give you the chance to learn more about the river, with free talks, exhibitions, and boat races. The Great River Race takes place on 8th September.
5) Natural History Museum- now that the weather is getting a little bit cooler, it’s an ideal time to enjoy the indoor attractions that London has to offer. Head to the Natural History Museum and you can easily spend a whole afternoon browsing their free exhibitions.
6) Columbia Road Flower Market is a beautiful and bustling street where you can find the very best flowers and plants in London. The market runs every Sunday morning, you can either go early to (try) and avoid the crowds, or head down later on to snap up some bargains. My colleague recently bought a house plant there for £2! If you don’t fancy spending any money at all, the insta-perfect street is well worth it for a browse.
7) Escape to the country and visit Epping Forest. Epping Forest borders Greater London and Essex, and is the perfect place to go when you need some rest and reflection away from the busy streets of the capital. You could spend the day here and even bring a picnic to make this a completely free day out.
8) Head to Portobello Road to check out the markets and beautiful surrounding houses in Notting Hill. Within the markets you will find every treasure under the sun- they may not be the most affordable items, but they’re certainly fun to browse through. The picture-perfect multi-coloured houses are also a massive must-see for anyone heading to this area.
9) This month, Christie’s will be displaying and auctioning items from the Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn. The auction will be on the 27th September, but the public are able to view the collection at Christie’s King Street from the 23rd September for free. Items include things from her wardrobe, annotated film scripts (including one from Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and original portrait photographs. If you’re a Hollywood film buff, this is for you!
10) Head to Richmond Park and wonder at the beautiful deer that call this place home. You’ll find them leisurely chomping on the grass- just make sure you admire them from afar.