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What's On in London? September 2023

Bask in the last few weeks of Summer, with city-wide celebrations, family fun, and exciting festivals in September! The weather is extremely pleasant, with autumn colours starting to arrive at Hyde Park and London’s other greatest green spaces.

So, what are you waiting for? Show some love for London and the amazing places that make up the city, by reading our ‘What’s On’ guide below:

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

Get your fashion fix at the first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of French couturière, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel!

Arriving at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Saturday, 16 September, the exhibition charts the establishment of the House of CHANEL and the evolution of her iconic design style which continues to influence the way women dress today.

Over the 200 outfits on display, 122 are new additions, including international collections for never seen before pieces, some over 100 years old! The curator Oriole Cullen, was also the mastermind behind the V&A’s most recent fashion blockbuster, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.

Distance from The Hari: 0.8 miles
Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum

London Design Festival

Watch London turn into a giant gallery during the London Design Festival, as dynamic and innovative projects pop up across the capital from 16 – 24 September.

Located around London’s Brompton Road, the district spans from Kensington to Knightsbridge, with the Vctoria and Albert Museum, acting as a hub for the festival with a range of exhibitions and installations… Which is just moments from our hotel doors! As one of the world’s leading design events, the Festival has also served as the blueprint for design weeks and festivals globally and continues to be a key moment on the cultural calendar, perfect for a day out with family or friends!

Distance from The Hari: From 0.5 miles
Photo Credit: London Design Festival

Totally Thames

Celebrate the River Thames with arts events, active adventures, environmental initiatives, heritage and education programmes!

Totally Thames takes place on, beneath, and along the River Thames and hosts pop-up performances, boating events, art installations, river clean-ups, live performances, talks, workshops and much more. The month-long programme runs the 42-mile stretch of the Thames through working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses.

Distance from The Hari: From 0.8 miles
Photo Credit: Thames Festival Trust

Open House Festival

Discover hidden secrets of the capital as you peek inside some of the most iconic buildings and architecturally unique spaces around the city!

From Wednesday 6 – Sunday 17 September, visitors can go through the keyhole of special spaces and places across London and beyond, from private homes to government buildings and historic sites that are normally closed to the public and just waiting to be explored. Also, with a wide range of special events, guided tours, and activities for children and families, there is something for everyone.

Distance from The Hari: From 0.2 miles
Photo Credit: Open City

Gin & Rum Festival

For the Gin & Rum lovers!

Grab your loved ones and head to the Gin & Rum festival at The Kia Oval on the 23rd September, where you can choose from over 120 of the best gins and rums on the market, including the best of British, spirits from around the world and a huge range of flavoured products.

Even if gin and rum aren’t your spirit of choice, you can make your way to the cocktail bar, where you will find a selection of seasonal coktails, authentic sipping tequilas, beer and of course bubbles! All whilst enjoying music from an award-winning DJ and live entertainment.

Distance from The Hari: 2.2 miles
Photo Credit: Gin & Rum Festival

Paula Rego: Crivelli's Garden

Enjoy the Paula Rego: Crivelli’s Garden exhibition at The National Gallery from now until 29 October 2023.

Thirty years ago, Dame Paula Rego, The National Gallery’s first Associate Artist, was commissioned to create a mural for the then new Sainsbury Wing Dining Room. Nowadays, visitors can explore this monumental altarpiece and painting and it’s relationship with the National Gallery staff that inspired it.

The exhibition also celebrates Dame Paula’s connections to the National Gallery and her time as a resident artist, and is a tribute to the work and life of one of the most important artists of her generation.

Distance from The Hari: 1.8 miles
Photo Credit: The National Gallery

Hugglets TEDDIES Festival 2023

A festival of teddies? Why not!

Meet thousands of teddy bears and artists from around the world in the heart of London at Kensington Town Hall on Sunday 17 September.

Hugglets Teddy Festivals bring together enthusiasts, collectors, artists, suppliers and teddy bear makers worldwide and see’s up to 100 stands and thousands of teddy bears for sale, with prices ranging from a few pounds to over £1,000. Visitors can expect to see both antique and modern bears, as well as clothes, accessories and bear-making supplies!

Distance from The Hari: 2.3 miles
Photo Credit: Hugglets

Historical Highlights Tours at Somerset House

Historical Highlights Tours return to Somerset House on Tuesday 5 September.

Inviting visitors to discover its varied and surprising history, in a newly upgraded one-hour experience, Somerset House shares the story of its historic building over the centuries: from its status as a royal palace, its prime location on the Thames and key role in the naval history of Britain, to being an important cultural center today.

Explore an unrivalled architectural gem, get exclusive access to the Deadhouse and areas hidden away from public view, and learn more about the fascinating individuals who have lived and worked at Somerset House over the centuries.

Distance from The Hari: 2.5 miles
Photo Credit: Somerset House by Kevin Meredith

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