25 things to do in London in September 2024

London comes alive in September with city-wide celebrations, family fun and exciting festivals, as the city basks in the last weeks of summer.
A woman walks along a path passing autumnal trees with clear skies and the London Eye in the background.
The London Eye. © visitlondon.com/Jon Reid

Make the most of the last few weeks of summer in September, when the weather is normally still warm and there's a whole range of unmissable events in London.

As the summer school holidays come to an end, the city welcomes an exciting lineup of architecture, fashion and music festivals – but there are still plenty of fun things to do for those family days out at the weekends.

Top September activities in London

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  1. With the summer holidays over, it's a great time to visit London's top attractions without the crowds: Make memories at your favourite attractions this autumn.
  2. ...Or see many attractions in one go with a sightseeing pass: The London Pass and the Go City London Explorer Pass each allow you to visit multiple spots.
  3. Get your sightseeing fix with London's top tours: Learn about London's history, seek out hidden gems or enjoy a thrilling ride seeing the capital's iconic sights.
  4. Discover somewhere new within reach of the capital on a day trip from LondonExplore exciting historic locations including Windsor, Stonehenge, Oxford, Paris and more.
  5. Get together with friends to enjoy London's top activities and experiences: Try your hand at axe-throwing, get competitive at indoor go-karting and go on an aerial adventure at Gripped.
  6. Explore London's world-famous sporting venues with a stadium tour: With the football season in full swing, why not go behind the scenes of your favourite team's ground.
  7. Soak up some September sun in the picturesque Kew Gardens: Or spot the leaves turning to autumnal hues in London's top parks and gardens.
  8. Take the family for a day out to a top UK theme park: Thrill seekers can get their fix at Thorpe Park, or make memories with the little ones at LEGOLAND Windsor
  9. Go on a scenic walking tour of London with an expert guide: Follow in the footsteps of the beloved Paddington Bear, or discover The Beatles old stomping grounds.
  10. Join a London foodie experience: Enjoy fine dining aboard the Bustronome bus tour, soak up the sights on a panoramic afternoon tea tour, and much more.
  11. Take in some culture as many museums and galleries launch new exhibitions this month: Or explore cultural attractions after dark with fun-filled lates events.
  12. Enjoy alfresco movie watching at London's trendy outdoor cinemasGrab some popcorn and catch a film under the stars on a warm September evening across the capital.

London theatre in September

Scottish nanny mrs doubtfire stands on stage holding two pot lids with a smoking bosom.

  1. Book your seat for London's top musicals: Be entertained by long-running musicals such as Lion KIng and Wicked and classic comedies such as the Book of Mormon.
  2. See the spectacular Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre: See the beloved Roald Dahl book come to life on stage. 
  3. Marvel at Six The Musical at the Vaudeville Theatre: Meet six Tudor queens who have overcome historical heartbreak at the hands of Henry VIII.
  4. Watch Back to the Future: The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre: Join Marty McFly on his epic adventure to save his own existence.
  5. See the world's most hilarious nanny in Mrs Doubtfire The Musical: The beloved film starring the late Robin Williams makes its way to the London West End.
  6. Sing along to your favourite pop hits at ABBA Voyage at the ABBA Area: The world-famous band are brought to life at this spectacular show in London.

London exhibitions in September

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  1. Immersive yourself in the works of some of the world's most celebrated artists at FramelessSee paintings by Van Gogh, Dali, Klimt and more at this unique London exhibition.
  2. Discover a once-in-a-century exhibit, Van Gogh: Poets and Loversat The National Gallery: Explore this spectacular collection of the artist's most beloved works including the iconic 'Sunflowers' and '‘Starry Night over the Rhône’. 14 Sep-19 Jan
  3. Don't miss Monet and London: Views of the Thames at the Courtauld Gallery: Encounter some of the artist's most impressive impressionist paintings created in London.  27 Sep-19 Jan
  4. Explore In the Eye of the Storm at the Royal Academy of Arts: A confronting exhibition that showcases the modernist movement in Ukraine between 1900 and the 1930s. Opens 29 Jun
  5. Be inspired at Patric Prince: Digital Art Visionary at the Victoria and Albert Museum: See Prince's unique collection of digital art through 14 pieces that span from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Until 15 Sep
  6. Uncover the colourful career of Michael Craig-Martin at the Royal Academy of Arts: His highly influential collection of works includes sculpture, installation, painting, drawing and print. 21 Sep-10 Dec
  7. Encounter inspiring pieces at Women Artists in Britain 1520-1920 at Tate Britain: Follow women on their journey to becoming professional artists from Tudor Times to the First World War. 16 May-13 Oct

For more things to do in September in London, download the Visit London app.

Find heaps of seasonal special events and activities with our ultimate guide to autumn in London. Alternatively, take a look at the handy events calendar and guide to what's on in London, including the best London theatre shows

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see this London weather page.