The hot weather may have evaporated, taking with it late nights in the pub garden, summer festivals and tinnies in the park, but there is still plenty of fun to be had – indoors.
Autumn has now well and truly arrived, and we have put together a list of the best events coming up this month.
From London Fashion Week pop-ups to drinking wine from a car boot and finding love at a Mexican-themed singles night, we’ve got you covered.
September is going to be sublime.
Make your way through a maze at London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week will run from 13 to 18 September this year, and Anya Hindmarch has something special planned for the occasion.
Much like previous years, the English fashion designer has put together an art installation for people to marvel at. Previously, she has showcased a huge woven tunnel known as ‘The Weave Project’, but in 2019 it’s an altogether different vibe.
Say hello to the Postbox Maze.
The immersive art piece, which was created by maze and puzzle designer Adrian Fisher, is bright red (like a postbox, we presume) and is described as ‘a unique tessellated design’. Inside the maze, you can find letters and other correspondence from The Postal Museum, some of which date back hundreds of years.
Postbox Maze is located inside Brewer Street Car Park in Soho and will be open from Friday 13 September until Monday 16 September.
Tickets cost £13 and will get you 30 minutes to explore (and try your best to get out of) the maze.
Drink wine from a car boot
If wine is your jam, grab a glass and head over to the Bloomberg Arcade in the City.
The Wine Car Boot, an independent market that showcases the very best in independent wines, is back for another year so you can sample, sniff and swirl grapes of all shapes and sizes.
There are usually some great deals to be had, and this year’s traders include Vinoteca, Berry Bros & Rudd and The Winemakers Club, as well as The New Zealand Cellar, Lea & Sandeman and Vagabond wines.
The event is free, the vino is not.
Have a glass while at the market or buy a few bottles to take home.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try the tasting pack. For £12, you will get five tokens to try different wines.
Go looking for a lover at a Mexican-themed singles night
The team at Rande’s pop-up restaurant in Dalston are tired of online dating.
So, this September, they are encouraging people to meet IRL instead, with a new singles night dubbed ‘Rande’s revolt against Tinder’.
How does it work? Get yourself a ticket and head to the venue, where you will be placed in a group with strangers at a communcal table.
Chat, flirt and bond over Mexican cuisine with four dishes on offer, including vegetarian options. This is fine dining, which means no tacos, burritos or nachos in sight.
They’ve stocked up on tequila though.
Tickets cost £39.50 and the event takes place on Thursday 12 September. If you can’t make that date, you could always go along to the one in October.
Channel your inner artist and draw a yogi
Illustrator and yoga teacher Kate Philipson has combined the peaceful science of yoga with art in this yoga life drawing class.
The class will start with a breathing exercise to get you into the drawing mood, and then you will put pen to paper as a live yogi holds various poses.
No previous experience is required, and all materials are included.
The event will be hosted at Second Home in London Fields on Wednesday 11 September and tickets cost £15 (which includes a glass of wine).
Be a street food critic for a day
It’s the 10th anniversary of the British Street Food Awards and the final will take place next weekend on 13 and 14 September.
Not only will you be able to munch on delectable dishes from the 16 finalists who will battle it out for the top spot, but each guest will also be able to vote for their favourite trader. A panel of judges will then decide the winner.
Some of the finalists include Kokodoo, Makasih, Buffalo Truck, Utter Waffle and Homeboys, and there will be flavours from all over the world, such as Malaysian fried chicken roti, Filipino grilled chicken and Indian slow-cooked lamb burgers.
The awards will be held at Hawker House near Canada Water and tickets cost just £5 (but, as expected, you’ll have to pay extra for the food). Come hungry.
Eat cheese at a new market
Speaking of street food, Kerb has just launched a brand new market space in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials.
The food hall will feature a mix of traders including Wheelcake Island – think Taiwanese pancakes – Club Mexicana with its vegan dishes, Big Shot Coffee + Donuts, Monty’s Deli (try the Reuben sandwich) and Claw, a seafood joint that will serve up sustainable lobster rolls, plus much more.
However, the trader that is on everyone’s lips only serves one type of product: cheese.
Please welcome the world’s first-ever cheese conveyor belt, which will feature 25 items – it really is too gouda to be true (sorry).
OK, so this one isn’t technically an event, but it’s an all-you-can-devour-cheese on a revolving belt, so we couldn’t resist adding it to the list.
Watch a scary classic in a pop-up cinema
If there’s anything that screams autumn, it’s cinema nights.
Temple cinema has returned to the Andaz hotel and this year’s theme is scary classics, hosted together with East End Film Festival.
Watch on in horror as Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) confesses to seeing dead people in The Sixth Sense, marvel at Anthony Hopkins’ superb acting skills as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs or enjoy Alfred Hitchcock’s hit movie, Psycho.
It’s the perfect excuse to hold someone’s hand during date night.
There are two ticket types; fork out £15 for just the movie or splash the cash for the £40 option, which includes a bag of popcorn and a Bento box from Miyako.
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