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Yes, we’ve got a case of post-holiday blues too. But, it’s not all doom and gloom as there’s plenty of fun stuff to do in London in September! From photography exhibitions to hundreds of boats, here are 6 fantastic things to do in the capital before the temperatures cool down for autumn.

Open House London

Led by a community of Londoners, Open House is a unique celebration of London’s housing and architecture across different boroughs. This yearly free event gives curious participants the opportunity to enter a multitude of London buildings that are normally closed to the public. Expect to explore some of the coolest private buildings in the city!

Where? All over London – there are over 800 locations to choose from!

When? From 6th September to 17th September

Bloomberg European HQ
Bloomberg European Headquarters. Credit: Open House London

Buckingham Palace

It’s not every day you get to see where Queen Elizabeth II spends a lot of her time. In fact, one of the world’s most famous palaces only opens its golden gates to the public for a short period of time throughout the summer. Full of opulent furnishings and stunning artworks, Buckingham Palace is a royal spectacle like no other. But be warned, you’ll leave wondering why the heck you weren’t born a royal…

Where? Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA

When? Gates are open to the public until 24th September

Blue Drawing Room
Blue Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace – Royal Collection Trust, © His Majesty King Charles III 2023

Prix Pictet Human, 2023

Discover the work of twelve shortlisted photographers for the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability at the V&A Museum. This year’s theme, Human, explores experiences, emotions, relationships and challenges that define our collective existence.

Where? Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

When? Opening on 29th September

The London Podcast Festival

OK, it probably doesn’t get any more millennial than this, but the London Podcast Festival has been a hit since it launched in 2016. Taking place in Kings Place, the festival runs over two weekends and features a fantastic variety of live recordings from some of the biggest names in the podcasting world (as well as plenty of fresh talent and new discoveries to get addicted to).

Where? 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

When? From 7th September to 17th September

London Podcast Festival
Credit: The London Podcast Festival

Totally Thames Festival

Take part in the annual celebration of the River Thames with a vast selection of activities, cultural events and adventures along 42 miles of it. This years Totally Thames Festival will see around 40 beautiful vintage vessels assemble in the central basin of St Katherine Docks for the Classic Boat Festival. Other highlights include Kayak Taster Sessions at Kew Bridge, public art installations by the waterways on The Line, workshops, exhibitions, guided archaeological walks and more!

Where? River Thames

When? From 1st September to 30th September

River Thames

The Barbican Conservatory

Formerly one of London’s best kept secrets in the City, the Barbican Conservatory is a joy for plant aficionados, hard-core ‘grammers and all-round explorers alike. Home to over 1,500 species of plants (some of which come from areas as diverse as South Africa and Brazil and are considered endangered species in their natural habitat) and three ponds, you’d be forgiven for thinking this stunning venue located in the Barbican Centre looks straight out of a post-apocalyptic film set.

From 10th September, the Conservatory will host a spectacular commission by Indian sculptor Ranjani Shettar. Cloud songs on the horizon will feature a series of large-scale suspended sculptures made from wood, stainless steel, muslin and traditional Indian crafts. All the sculptures are handcrafted and draw inspiration from the complexity of nature.

Where? Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

When? Select days every week

Barbican Conservatory
Credit: Max Colson

Don’t forget to tag us in your September adventures @goldentoursuk!

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