What’s on in London for September?

sunWith the summer virtually over everyone back from there holidays and the children back to school; London slows down a little, but September has a few worthy things to take a look at.

Rock legend Rod Stewart is continuing his run at the O2 centre until 3rd June. He will be performing all his classics and of course some of his more recent recordings. Tickets are still available for some nights; see the O2 website for details.
Also at the O2 Centre from the 7th till 26th will be Bon Jovi. This well-known rock band will be performing all their classic tracks and playing some new material too.  Tickets are from £30 to £73.65
Something special on the 12th will be ‘Trooping of the Colour’ which dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century. This annual event is held at Horse Guards parade to mark the Queen’s birthday. All the pageantry and spectacle that the British are known for will be on full display. Entry does require advance tickets; however if you can’t get a ticket the procession can be seen down the Mall for free. If you want to see it you should get there by 10.00 a.m.
The 5th is Epsom Derby day; one of the oldest and most famous horse races in the world. This year it will be in the presence of her Majesty the Queen. Tickets cost from £15 – £70.00.
On 15th to the 19th another famous racing event takes place. Royal Ascot it is one of the most well-known events in the horse racing calendar with her Majesty the Queen attending every day during the meeting. Over 500,000 visitors attend the racing over the 5 day duration of the event. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Royal Ascot Website.
Like food? Then ‘A Taste of London’ on the 17th till the 20th is bound to take your fancy. The food show takes place in Regents Park and is a must for anyone who loves a variety of good food. As well as the many food stands to visit, you will also be able to sample fine food and drink from some of Britain’s top restaurants and see cookery demonstrations from top chefs. Further details can be found on the event website.
Between the 18th and 20th marks the 180th anniversary of the opening of Covent Garden’s iconic Market Building.  This weekend there will be many events to celebrate the occasion, including a giant birthday cake, ice sculptures, party games on the piazza, workshops, entertainment from Covent Garden’s street performers and much more.
Come and bag a bargain. On the19th the famous Harrods summer sale begins. Make sure you come early to get the best buys. This event is always very popular so be prepared for big crowds.
The start of Wimbledon is on the 21st.  This famous tennis tournament goes on for two whole weeks, with the best tennis players from all over the world competing to see who will be Wimbledon Ladies and Men’s Champion for 2010.
The City of London Festival 2010 starts on the 21st. The event is on till the end of the month and there will be lots of midsummer concerts and events.  Every Summer this event brings the cities’ unique buildings and spaces to life.  Most of the events are free.
If you love music then check out the Hard Rock Festival in Hyde Park; an event not to be missed. It starts on the 25th and runs over three days. The concerts will feature headlining artists like Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam with supporting bands such as The Hives, Gomez, The Gaslight Anthem and many more.  Tickets from £47.50 – £62.50.
Starting on the 25th till the 27th is The Clothes Show taking place at Earls Court, London.  The event is based on the popular T.V. show that bares the same name; it is the largest fashion and beauty show in the world. Featuring catwalk shows, hair and beauty demonstrations plus loads more stands showing the art of fashion and beauty. Tickets are £24.00.
The 30th June marks the first day of Henley Royal Regatta. This event is very high up on the social sporting calendar and dates back to 1839. If you like the spectacle of two teams challenging each other in a rowing race down the Thames, this is for you.  With many marquees supplying the refreshments of cool Pimms or a chilled Beer what better way to spend a nice summer’s afternoon. Enclosure price is from £11 – £18.00 on weekends.

Firstly on 8th till the 19th there is “A Garden party to make a difference”. This is a special event held in the grounds of Clarence House; the London home of the Prince of Wales. Every day there will be special activities such as Music, Comedy, Gardening events and of course food aplenty. Tickets price is £15.

10th till the 11th – Muse are performing at Wembley Stadium.

11th till the 12th – The mayor’s festival is on the bank of the Thames. A whole host of activities will be taking place such as a market, street performers, food stalls, music and much more.

17th – The Turning Point Festival at the London Roundhouse in Chalk Farm features live music from Ms Dynamite, Professor Green, Toddler T and many more live performers. There will also be Circus performers, a fashion show and an outdoor market. Tickets are from £15 to £28.

17th – Natwest series One day International cricket match at the Oval – England v Pakistan.

19th till the 26th – The start of the London design Festival. Taking place at selective venues in London with the centre piece at Trafalgar Square where there will be daily events and a large mechanical Octopus set up as the centre piece of the Festival. There will also be special attractions at The Victoria and Albert Museum. See the evening news paper for further details or visit their web site.

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