The big event happening in London during September is The Rugby World Cup games. London will host several games at three different venues, The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, The Twickenham Stadium, and Wembley Stadium. The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will host its very first rugby match, while also celebrating the Rugby World Cup’s 125th anniversary. The match will serve as a test event for the Stadium and a warm up fixture for Samoa and the Barbarians. The Twickhenham Stadium is the home of English rugby and they will be hosting the final match. .
The following games will be held in London in September:
2015 Rugby World Cup Games
- 23 September 2015: France vs. Romania
- 24 September 2015 New Zealand vs. Namibia
- 20 September 2015: New Zealand vs. Argentina
- 27 September 2015: Ireland vs. Romania
- 18 September 2015: England vs. Fiji
- 19 September 2015: France vs. Italy
- 26 September 2015: England vs. Wales
If you plan on visiting London for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, do not miss out on several other big events that will be going on in September. If you are looking for hotels near twickenham stadium with parking, then must go for Park Grand London Heathrow.
“Totally Thames” is a month-long celebration of the famous London River Thames. Due to the celebration celebrating the river, there are numerous water based events and activities around the city. This festival replaced the annual 10-day Mayor’s Thames Festival last year and now includes the “Great River Race.” A colourful spectacle where more then 300 vessels travel a 21 mile route past some of London’s most iconic landmarks, the Great River Race is a wonderful way to enjoy the River Thames. Most of the events are free to see and will exhibit some of the best artists London has to offer. Some riverside restaurants will be offering up specialty menus just for the festival and many river cruise companies will be offering “2 for 1” river travel, as well. This celebration runs from September 1st through September 30th.
Another event called the “Open House,” throws the doors open to hundred of buildings and spaces around the capital to celebrate London’s architectural wonders. There are more than 800 free guided tours, architectural-themed walks, cycle rides, debates, and activities available during this event. It is a great opportunity to explore iconic buildings that are not open to the public and learn about the details and history these spaces, and even private homes of the rich and famous, include. In previous years, popular places to see during this event have been 10 Downing Street, the London Eye, City Hall, Mansion House, and the Bank of England. This event takes place on September 19th and 20th this year.
“London Design Festival” gives the public a look at the latest design trends through exhibitions, installations, talks, seminars, and parties at many different venues. This year will be the 13th London Design Festival and will lead the way in innovation and showcase the creative talents with more than 350 events taking place around the capital. T
his year, be sure not to miss these particular exhibitions:
‘A Bullet from a Shooting Star’ by Alex Chinneck in the Greenwich Peninsula
The Victoria and Albert Museum, hub of the London Design Festival, for numerous installations, events, talks and workshops, including Mexican architect Frida Escobedo’s Mexican Pavilion, which can be viewed all summer in the museum’s John Madejski Garden
Renowned architect David Adjaye’s installation in Somerset House’s historic courtyard.
This year the London Design Festival runs from September 19th through September 27th.
“The Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival” is part of London’s rich heritage. During t his festival, participates dress up in traditional pearl-button suits and parade from Guildhall to St Mary-le-Bow Church, it is truly a glitzy display. The Pearly Kings and Queens were founded in the 19th century by Henry Croft, an orphan who worked as a street sweeper in Somers Town, London. As a sign to recognize fellow market traders, they sewed buttons onto their garments. One day, Henry decided he wanted to help the needy as he had helped the Costermongers. He needed to stand out to collect money for charity and swept the streets of London for pearl buttons until he had enough to cover a whole suit. He became so popular for helping the poor that he started asking other Costermongers for assistance and thus became the Pearly Kings and Queens legacy. After 125 years, the are still many who carry out Henry Croft’s charitable aims and the traditions have been passed down within the families. Today, their autumn harvest festival raises money for the Whitechapel Mission.
The Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival starts on September 27th.
If you plan on staying in London to see any one of these fantastic festivals/events, why not stay at any one of the luxurious hotels from the Shaftesbury Hotel collection.