Bid goodbye to one of the warmest months of the year and children school summer holidays as September brings a light touch of cool and plenty of city-wide celebrations. There's always lots happening in this lively month, both outdoors and indoors. You can join in the Brazil Day celebrations; view the largest collection of silverware; taste African food and drink; take a tour about the Great Fire; watch short films by the Canal; learn how the UK Parliament works; enjoy a boat trip in Hurley; savour Grenache wines; walk along Crane River; participate in a food swap; or admire the Pearly Kings and Queens. Whatever event or activity suits the family or your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in and around London this month.
1 September - Selling Exhibition: Silver for "A British Summer"
Did you known that London has the largest selection of silver for sale in the world? They are housed in the London Silver Vaults and every few months, the vast variety are displayed through selling exhibitions. Whether you're looking to buy or browse, this exhibition of luxury antique dating back over 300 years and contemporary silver items is FREE to attend. The current exhibition features tea serving items, champagne coolers, trophies and horse memorabilia that spell traditional British Summer, and inspire dining, home decoration and celebrations. Click here to reserve your ticket.
Time: 9am - 5.30pm Venue: The London Silver Vaults Address: 53-64 Chancery Lane Southampton Buildings, London, WC2A 1QS, United Kingdom Website silvervaultslondon.com
Join a guided walking tour of the most notorious fire in British history courtesy of City of London Guide Lecturers Association. The Association promotes and maintains a high standard of guiding in, and lecturing about, the City of London. The walk is conducted through the eyes of a London resident, Samuel Pepy, who recorded the disastrous fire in the summer of 1666 in his diary. You will start at the Fish Street Hill exit of Monument underground station (Circle and District Line). Your City of London Guide will share stories about the Fire's progress through the narrow and congested streets, the breakdown of social order and how the fire was combated. You will also learn about the the firefighting equipment used in those days, the post-fire laws and how London was rebuilt. The walk ends at St Paul's Cathedral. Click here to get your ticket.
You and your family can enjoy 3 days of African cuisine at The South Bank Centre with Pop Up Africa. Held in conjunction with the Africa Utopia Festival, The African Street Food Takeover will transform the South Bank Centre Square into a street food market. You can choose from some 30 stalls of authentic African cuisine representing countries from across the continent and tantalise your senses with the smell and flavours of spices used from Lagos to Lilongwe. The African Food & Drink Takeover is London's biggest food market dedicated to African food and drink by the African Inspired Pop-Up events company. Click here to register your attendance.
Time: 12pm - 6pm daily
Venue: Festival Square, The Southbank Centre
Address: Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25 September - Lady Lucy Day Trip
Pensioners and their families can enjoy a one day cruise courtesy of Henry Tapper. Henry is the founder and CEO of Pension PlayPen, an online resource that provides clear and independent guidance on workplace pensions. He also runs a not for profit linkedin group aiming to get pension people and their friends to socialise. To participate, simply click here to get your ticket. Then take a short drive to the village of Hurley and meet Henry at Peter Freebody's boatyard where you can enjoy a trip up and down the river.
Venue: Peter Freebody's boatyard
Address: The Mill Pond, Hurley, Berkshire, SL6 5ND, United Kingdom
Phone: Henry Tapper- 07785 377768
The Floating Cinema is one of London's cultural highlights, delivering an annual programme of unusual and interesting films, talks, performance and workshops. This summer, the boat will travel to Hackney Wick, King's Cross and Mile End. You can enjoy an onboard screening of artist, documentary and fictional short films that explore hedonistic utopias, magical music and the ecstatic allure of dancing from dusk to dawn. Click here for your free ticket to the 70 min rolling programme.
Time: 4.30pm - 7pm
Venue: Canal Side Steps
Address: Granary Square Regent's Canal, London, N1C 4AA, United Kingdom
To celebrate all that is wonderful with Brazil, the Embassy of Brazil in London in partnership with Brazil's Ministry of Sport and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (APEX) will be hosting Brazil Day in London's Trafalgar Square. Supported by the Mayor of London, this event will showcase the cultural diversity of Brazil and celebrate the country's hosting of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. You and your family can enjoy street carnival atmosphere, sports on the big screen, live music from bossa nova to samba, and food stalls offering churrasco barbecue, Amazonian superfood açaí, pão de queijo (cheesebread), and other treats.
Time: 12pm - 7pm
Venue: Trafalgar Square
Address: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
The UK Parliament debates the issues of the day, and checks, challenges the work of UK Government. Parliament and makes law that affect everyone in the country. The UK Parliament Outreach and Engagement Service encourages greater engagement between the public and the House of Commons and House of Lords and invites you to join them in learning more about how the UK Parliament works and . Through the sessions, you can understand what makes up the Parliament, the role of your MP, the process of making a law and how you can get involved. Click here to register your space in the session.
Join Clerkenwell London as they celebrate International Grenache Day. Until recently, Grenache was at best ignored in much of the world. The grape originates from the Mediterranean region and is chiefly responsible for two of the world's most celebrated reds, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and, a more recent star, Priorat. You can enjoy an evening of free wine tasting, live music and discovery of Grenache. You will also meet the producers of reds, whites and dessert wines made from that grape variety and sip through wines from France, Spain, Australia and many more. Click here to get your ticket.
Time: 6pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Clerkenwell London
Address: 155 - 157 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3AD, United Kingdom
Crane Park Island is a beautiful reserve of woodland, scrub and reedbed where visitors can get close to nature. It is home to the threatened water vole, kingfisher and rich aquatic life in the shallow stretches of River Crane. The London Wildlife Trust and the Friends of the River Crane Environment invite you to join them in a walk along the river. Expert Andy Overall will lead you in foraging for mushrooms and fungi along the river banks and fallen wood in the surrounding area. Click here to reserve your space.
Time: 10am - 11.30am
Venue: Meeting at Shot Tower beside Crane Park. 3 minutes walk from Ellerman Avenue
Address: Crane Park Rd, London, Twickenham TW2 6DF, United Kingdom
Phone: 07702 669 888
If you're into food swapping, then take a short drive to check out the Henley on Thames gathering organised by Apples for Eggs. This social enterprise grew from a Facebook page for swapping excess home produce to hosting seasonal events in 7 locations across the UK. No money changes hands in this food and the currency is your home produce. Therefore you will need to bring some of your home-made delicacies to exchange with other local home producers. You can go home laden with other lovingly made goodies to stock your cupboards. Visit the website for more information on the food swapping arrangements. Click here to register your participation.
Time: 10.30am - 12pm
Venue: The Local Larder
Address: Address: Willow Marina, Willow Lane, Wargrave RG10 8LH, United Kingdom
25 September - Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival
Photo courtesy of The London Pearly Kings and Queens Society
You and your family can experience London's 140 year old Pearly tradition at the annual the Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival celebrations at Guildhall Yard. This colourful London tradition has been kept alive by some 30 Pearly Families, who remain figureheads for the capital's working class communities and raise money for various charities. The families will be decked out in elaborate finery with hundreds of bright pearl buttons and staging traditional entertainment like maypole and Morris dancing in front of Guildhall before parading to St Mary Le Bow Church.