What’s on guide: September

With life getting busier every week and new bars, restaurants and events opening every month, staying on top can be tricky. So here’s a round up of this month’s hottest happenings in and around the local area…­­­­­
What? Totally Thames Festival
Where? Various, London
When? Until Monday September 30th 2019
Enjoy a weekend of family fun with a rather spectacular view of Tower Bridge as your backdrop at this month-long festival. Try out river retrospectives, unique historical boat trips, organised adventure swims, as well as checking out the beautiful installations across the Thames itself. It's all about discovering – as well as celebrating – all the interesting things about one of the key life forces of our city.
What? London Fashion Week Festival
Where? 180 The Strand, Strand
When? Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th September 2019
Got a passion for extremely beautiful (and pricey) fashion? Shop a curated edit of designer collections from over 150 brands, go front row for a show and listen to talks from industry experts so you can get a head start on next season's trends all while swinging your comp tote bag. Fancy. Don't miss this year's Positive Fashion Designer Exhibition, where ideas for a more ethical, sustainable and community-based fashion industry can be built, curated by the most progressive of fashion designers.
What? Emerge Festival
Where? Various venues, London
When? Friday 27th - Saturday 28th September 2019
Culture ‘lates’ are such an important part of London nightlife that, until recently, there was a four day festival dedicated to them – Museums at Night. It’s not happening in the capital this year, but we may have something even better. From its ashes comes Emerge Festival, a similar concept, but with a kind of endurance challenge. With Emerge, your ticket is swapped for a wristband that will get you into as many of the 30 ‘late’ events as you can make on the night.
What? London Design Festival
Where? Various, London
When? Saturday 14th - Sunday 22nd September 2019
This year the V&A celebrates 11 years as the festival's hub, with a range of special displays and installations across the museum, plus a huge programme of events, tours, and workshops from Global Design Forum. Eleven 'Design Districts' and one 'Design Route' will also offer their own line-up of events and exhibits which showcase local artists and creative industries.
What? HowTheLightGetsIn
Where? Kenwood House , Hampstead Heath
When? Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd September 2019
Broaden your mind and your horizons at the ‘world's largest’ philosophy and musical festival, HowTheLightGetsIn. Held at Hampstead Heath's Kenwood House, attendees can listen in to speakers including economist and politician Yanis Varoufakis, broadcaster and journalist Emma Barnett, musician and visual artist Brian Eno, political activist and filmmaker Tariq Ali and many others, as they debate subjects from politics and art to philosophy and science. Once your mind's buzzing, calm down by listening to some acoustic music in the beautiful pastel-coloured building or lighten the mood with some stand-up comedy.
What? ‘Friday the Thirteenth’ Mini-thon
Where? Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square
When? Friday September 13th 2019
Scare yourself senseless on Friday 13th by heading along to this six-hour long horror fest dedicated to, you guessed it, slasher film ‘Friday the Thirteenth’. See if you can make it through part one to four of the horror series at one of Prince Charles Cinema’s legendary movie marathons.
What? The East London Vintage Kilo Sale
Where? York Hall, Bethnal Green
When? Sunday September 15th 2019
Bargain hunters can rummage through tonnes of vintage clothing at the East London Vintage Kilo Sale. Grab what you fancy, take it to the scales and pay just £15 per kilo for your well-picked wares. Weigh more or less? With an average of 3-4 items per kilo, you can bag yourself a whole new outfit with change for a twenty.
What? Mark Leckey: O’ Magic Power of Bleakness
Where? Tate Britain, Millbank
When? Tuesday 24th September 2019 - Sunday 5th January 2020
At the centre of this major exhibition of new and existing works by Turner Prize-winner Mark Leckey is a life-size replica of a motorway bridge near where the artist grew up. It's being used as the site for a new audio play about changelings and 'fairy-raids' as part of this multimedia 'son et lumière' show.