With summer drawing to a close and the weather cooling down, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the autumn. For me, the summer just flew by, but that was no doubt in part due to COVID-19. (It’s hard to keep track of time nowadays!). I’m not entirely sure why, but September is my favourite month in London. For some reason, I find the city has this particular energy to it in September and everything feels fresh. Maybe it’s because the summer is over and everyone is recharged. Whatever it is, I’m not complaining. It’s a fantastic time to be in London.
Since September is my favourite month, I have a particular set of activities I like to do this time each year. Now, I want to share that with you all since maybe you’ll find something in here you want to do too.
First off, I love to do a big walking trip along the River Thames from one end of London to another. I usually start around Putney Bridge in West London and walk along the river all the way to Tower Bridge near the City of London. It takes a few hours to do, but it is well worth the trek. It’s also a fantastic way to experience London, especially for the first time.
Next, I love to visit all of my favourite parks. It’s always good to start with the classics, like Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, Holland Park, The Regent’s Park, and St. James’s Park. But I also love going out of my way to others, like Battersea Park, Greenwich Park, Clapham Common, Hampstead Heath, Richmond Park, and Kew Gardens. The grass and the air is fresh. Everything feels like there are so many possibilities. It is a great time to be outdoors and take it all in. This is probably my favourite London September activity.
It is also just a great time to walk through London’s busy streets and experience this vibrant city. I tend to shy away from overpopulated areas in London when I can, but in September, I love walking through the main shopping districts in Soho and the West End. It’s always great to walk up and down Regent’s Street or have a cup of tea in a local tea shop. For some reason it feels like there are more people around in September, but I don’t mind it. It makes me feel like I’m part of something larger than myself, and I love that.
If you’re going to be arriving in London soon, try some of these activities out. They don’t sound like much in a city filled with possibilities, but sometimes, it’s the little things that touch us the most. For me, it’s the best way to feel and experience London.
Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines and stay up-to-date with the latest coronavirus guidance on the UK government website . If you aren’t ready to explore London yet, don’t worry – explore London at your own pace!
This post was written in late August 2020. Please consult the UK government website for the latest coronavirus guidance.