Visiting London is fun at any time of the year. There’s so much to see and do that you will be absolutely spoiled for choice. You could also end up missing a tonne of fun things to do if you don’t make a plan before you go.
Everyone knows about the ‘big’ things there are to do in London. Visiting Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, the Tower of London, Harrods and so many other places that there’s not really room to list them here.
But what if this is not your first visit to London? What if you regularly pass through Heathrow airport and get to spend a week or two visiting this amazing city? What kinds of things might you do if you wanted to see a little more of what London is really about this September?
If you’re after a few different and quirky things happening in London this September /October, read on for three tips of slightly-out-of-the-ordinary things to do.
- Amy Winehouse fans can visit loads of events in September planned by the Amy Winehouse Foundation to celebrate what would have been her 30th birthday. Photography exhibits, painting exhibitions, pop-up stores selling Amy merchandise and a crazy parachute jump on the 29th of September will all aim to raise funds for the foundation. The foundation aims to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.
- Rediscover the work of Macdonald ‘Max’ Gill at the PM Gallery. Largely forgotten, the various works on display include those discovered in an attic of a remote home he shared with his wife. Max was responsible for many important documents including the design of the official Coronation programme for King George VI. Max was an illustrator, map maker, graphic artist, architect and mural painter and the exhibit covers 50 years of his work.
- Visit the chocolate fashion show! Who wouldn’t want to be in the audience for the presentation of dresses made by fashion designers and chocolate experts? See dresses made completely of chocolate, chocolate cooking demonstrations and chocolate pastry demonstrations. Ticket prices are really reasonable and you can take the kids! Whatever you do don’t miss a visit to the tasting room if you are lucky enough to attend this event from 18-20 October. Reading the chocolate website alone is enough to get your mouth watering!
As you can see, London is not all about bridges, cathedrals and tourist hot-spots. There’s always something amazing to see, and visiting the kinds of venues listed above is an interesting way to get out among the locals. Planning your trip to London ahead of time is your best chance of finding the quirky places to visit. The Heathrow Express website has an interesting news tab where you can get updates of exactly what’s on in London if you need a place to start your search.
The locals in any city are always interested in seasonal events and exhibitions and you might just find you stumble upon something extraordinary!