Royals, Beer & Harry Potter – Things To Do In London September 2016

It's fun to be in London in September. It's a great month, with plenty to celebrate, including Totally Thames, a month-long free arts festival on the banks of the river Thames; and London Mela, a celebration of Southeast Asia with music, dance, and great food.

September is also the last month of the year to book private tours of Buckingham Palace. Be one of the lucky few to wander through QEII's residence. But you must book now. The weather will be sunny & bright, making it an ideal time to go on an enchanting day trip to the English countryside. Stonehenge, anyone?

Most Popular Activities

Things to Do in London September 2016

The Royal London Tour + Buckingham Palace

The Royal London Tour + Buckingham Palace

The insiders tour is only available in August and September. Stroll through St James's Park to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the British royals. From a prime viewing position, watch the Changing of the Guard. After the ceremony, enter Buckingham Palace, and explore Queen Elizabeth II's State Rooms and treasures from the Royal Collection.

Tower of London + Thames River Cruise

Tower of London + Thames River Cruise

Two must-sees with a flexible one-day pass. First stop is the Tower of London, the historic tower founded in 1066 and home to the Crown Jewels. Then board a Thames river boat to see the splendour of London, with history at every turn. Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Waterloo Pier, Tower, and Greenwich Pier.

VIP Private Tour in a London Black Cab

Private Tour in a London Black Cab

Take to the streets in your own traditional London black cab! See London's top attractions and hidden treasures — alleyways, the smallest house and squares. Upgrade for an extra hour and discover even more hidden treasures. Black taxis can accommodate up to five people. Includes hotel pickup.

London Eye – The Champagne Experience

London Eye: The Champagne Experience

Breeze right past the long lines and be rewarded with a glass of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne.Then, in the sky, spot all famous London landmarks. Your visit also includes the interactive London Eye 4D Experience, skip-the-line tickets, champagne for you and fruit juice for your children, with an in-flight pack and binoculars.

Harry Potter Walking Tour

Harry Potter Walking Tour

Step into the real Diagon Alley, catch a glimpse of The Leaky Cauldron, pose by the mythical Platform 9¾, and visit other locations featured in the Harry Potter movies. Stand on the bridge that gets destroyed in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. You get the inside scoop as you see the London locations that inspired J.K. Rowling's vision. It's a magical tour for Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Top Day Trips From London

Things to Do in London September 2016

Druids + Romans + Royals In One Day

Romans + Royals In One Day

Stonehenge, Bath & Windsor. You explore the mysteries of Stonehenge, then drive through Wiltshire and Somerset, passing thatched-roof cottages. Visit Bath, home to the only hot thermal springs in Britain. Travel to Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II's favourite castle, and see Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215. This small-group tour includes luxury mini-coach transportation, all entries, and guided tours.

Salisbury + Lacock + Bath

Salisbury + Lacock + Bath

Discover the English countryside's most famous treasures. You visit the Wiltshire town of Salisbury, famous for its 750-year-old cathedral with the tallest spire in England. A highlight will be seeing one of the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta. Next, travel to the medieval village of Lacock, featured in Harry Potter films. Explore Bath's famous Georgian architecture and Roman baths. Includes hotel pickup and transportation by luxury coach.

Paris Day Trip + Champagne Lunch on the Eiffel Tower

Paris Day Trip + Champagne Lunch on the Eiffel Tower

Board the sleek Eurostar — destination Paris! In Paris you breeze past the long lines to the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. Sip champagne, dine on French food, and take in the sweeping views of Paris. Next, glide on a Seine River cruise past monuments, bridges and churches. Now you can shop, wander, or visit the Louvre. Includes round-trip Eurostar tickets, champagne lunch, Seine River cruise.

The Best of London Theatre

Things to Do in London September 2016

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

See the long-running hit musical that traces a tragic love story set in the shadows beneath the Paris Opera House. The world premiere was in 1986 at Her Majesty's Theatre in London and it's been performed around the globe since. Make the most of your night out on the town with a pre-show dinner at nearby Prezzo Restaurant. Choose from standard seating, top price seating or top price seating & dinner tickets.

Top Food, Tea & Pub Events

Things to Do in London September 2016

Private Tour of London's Historic Pubs

Private Tour of London's Historic Pubs

Discover English the best tipples with Britain's Beer Sommelier of the Year. Learn about the history of pubs, beers, and charming British customs. You visit historic pubs plus a Victorian gin palace rebuilt in 1666 after the Great Fire of London. A half-pint of beer in each pub is included. You also receive a mini-tutorial on the art of tasting British beer & ale.

Medieval Banquet and Merriment by Torchlight

Medieval Banquet and Merriment by Torchlight

That's right — knights in armour, magic shows and bards singing medieval ballads! By flickering torchlight in vaulted cellars a stone's throw from the Tower of London you'll feast with Henry VIII and colourful characters straight from the pages of British history. Minstrels and strolling players will entertain as you sup on a hearty four-course traditional English meal with wine and beer.

Festivals & Events

Things to Do in London September 2016

Totally Thames

Totally Thames

It's London's largest free arts festival. Totally Thames brings the river to life with a month-long celebration of river-related events — art, music, family fun, talks, walks, and boats. The party continues along the river down the 42-mile stretch of the Thames. The highlight is the last night lantern procession and the fireworks finale.
• Along the Thames
• September 1 to 30, 2016
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The Great River Race

The Great River Race

It's London's river marathon, the boat race that follows the River Thames, covering 22 miles from the Docklands to Surrey. It attracts over 330 crews from around the globe and appeals to every level of competitor, from serious athletes who like to win to amateurs who like to have fun. It's a great fun day out in London along the Thames.
• September 3, 2016
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London Mela – A Celebration of Southeast Asia

London Mela – A Celebration of Southeast Asia

Thousands flock to west London for this celebration of music, dance, visual arts, comedy, children's events and great food. Mela comes from the sanskrit word to meet and is commonly used to describe a large gathering of people celebrating artistic, religious or political events – like fair or a festival.
• Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, Ealing, London W3
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Great Gorilla Run

Great Gorilla Run

Rated one of the UK's best running events, The Great Gorilla Run is a charity fun run where thousands dress as gorillas to run, jog, or walk to raise money to help save a species on the edge of extinction. The route starts at Minster Court and passes London's most iconic landmarks, including the Tower Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral.
• September 17, 2016
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What's On at the Museums

Things to Do in London September 2016

Scottish Artists 1750-1900

Scottish Artists 1750-1900

Get inside the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace to see this exhibition of 80 works from the Royal Collection of the best of Scotland's artists.
• The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
• Ends October 9, 2016
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Measuring Time – A Free Exhibition

Measuring Time

This fun exhibition displays hundreds of timepieces from throughout history.
• Science Museum
• Ends October 23, 2016
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Fighting Extremes – From Ebola to ISIS

Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS

Learn all about what Britain's armed forces are doing to deal with current global issues.
• The Imperial War Museum, London
• Ends November 13, 2016
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Sunken Cities – Egypt's Lost Worlds

Sunken Cities Egypt's Lost Worlds

This fascinating show is all about the incredible story of recently discovered Egyptian artefacts from the Greco-Egyptian era. The unusual thing here is that these items were found beneath the sea!
• British Museum
• Ends November 27, 2016
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Undressed – A Brief History of Underwear

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

This lays bare the undercover history of our most personal garmets.
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Ends March 17, 2017
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Free Museum Tour – Medieval and Renaissance Galleries

Medieval and Renaissance Galleries

These free daily tours introduce you to the stunning Medieval & Renaissance Galleries of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Daily at 11:30 am
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