As London re-opens this is the first month since covid restrictions have eased, where there really are things to go and visit for your September Super Seven. More than ever, this is the time to be a tourist in your city. Visit the iconic palaces or museums you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t because… Well now, “Because I am a Londoner..”, I am really asking you to venture out and support those special attractions big or small that make London so great.
Greenwich : A visit to Greenwich and a day on the river thames is fabulous at the best of times. I’ve been twice since lockdown, both times on the new Uber MBNA boats and I love it. I re-visited the extraordinary Painted Hall at the weekend to see GAIA. A temporary installation by Luke Jerram, as part of the 2020 GDIFestival . It started on 28 August and runs until 12 September. Have a look at the programme, there are some amazing events happening – Gaia ENDS on 6 September. It is well worth seeing.
Canary Wharf : Canary Wharf is quieter with many offices still empty. So what better time to visit and take advantage of the many truly fabulous restaurants and some culture thrown in. Two things have caught my eye. The London Mural Festival which begins on 1 September with a colourful Camila Wahala installation to draw you over. The other is Dancing City on Saturday 5 September. As part of the GDIF above, this is a day of performing dance around Canary Wharf. If we can’t see dance inside – let’s take it outside!
As part of the Visit London campaign I did for Because I’m a Londoner recently, I have since visited the Royal Mews. If you haven’t been, it is such a treat. As a working stable, it is fantastic opportunity to see the Royal coaches and learn about their history. The Royal audio guides, I think are some of the best so they work well for children as well as adults. Kids activities and trails run at weekends, and you may well see horses in the courtyard. The Royal Mews is home to as many as 36 horses at any one time. With the George IV exhibition is still running, they have combination tickets, so make your day a historical royal one.
Macmillan Coffee Morning with Claude Bossi and Petals at Bibendum: Every year I support the Macmillan Coffee mornings. This year my friend Jonathan, who runs Petals has organised a coffee morning in the beautiful ground floor of Bibendum. From 8am – 10.30am/ Claude Bossi will be providing coffee and croissant, and you will get a little posy of flowers. There is no charge for tickets, instead he is relying on your generosity in donations for this special morning. There is a limit on 60 places, as everyone has to sit down, so get your booking in by calling 0207 589 1480.
Pitzhanger Manor | Hogarth’s London Voices, London Lives: Pitzhanger Manor reopens its doors on the 10 September with this long awaited exhibition. William Hogarth’s painting of Rake’s Progress will return to Pitzhanger for the first time in 200 years and sit where it began, at the heart of a new exhibition depicting life in London then and now.
Museums you may not have heard of, but are definitely worth a visit. Please visit their respective websites, as they all have new opening times, and PLEASE donate along with your ticket if you can.
The Foundling Museum – East London. Only open at weekends.
The Old Operating Theatre – Bankside. Only open at weekends.
Sherlock Holmes Museum – Baker St. Open only on selected days
The Garden Museum – Southwark
Dulwich Picture Gallery – East London. Gardens are open, museum due to open in the Autumn
The Horniman Museum – South East London
Florence Nightingale Museum – by Thomas’s Hospital
Museum of London – Docklands
Carnaby Street opens a dedicated Rolling Stones shop at No9 Carnaby Street on 9 September. If you haven’t seen my favourite video of 2020, it features Paul Mescal (Normal People). The Rolling Stones had the genius idea to film a new video of Scarlet in Claridges Hotel during lockdown… Watch Rolling Stones Scarlet HERE.
London Mural Festival : Check out over 20 + murals that will be up all over London for September in this inaugural festival.
Chiswick Flower Market: There is a new flower market opening in West London, and something along the lines of Columbia Road. It starts on 6 September 9.30 – 3pm and they will run once a month until Christmas. It has been set up with social distancing in mind, so expect one way systems.