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Get set for a taste of both the historic and the modern with flights and vacations in London. Take a history lesson while you tour the Tower of London, or get the lay of the land with a ride on the London Eye. With so much to see and do, there’s plenty for everyone in London.
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September is a great time to visit London, whatever the weather. Get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors at Kew Gardens. Or choose which of the month-long calendar of events along the Thames you fancy attending – from colourful regattas to thrilling river races. Otherwise why not head out of London to watch the Ryder Cup, it’s the first time Scotland has hosted this event since 1973.
Each Sunday from 1-4pm, right up until 7 September, local music artists perform for Busk The Box at Boxpark. Head to the square in front of Shoreditch’s contemporary mall and take in the curious sight of a transformed shipping container, now a stage for unsigned talent.
Seek solace this summer at Kew Gardens Summer Festival, running up until 7 September. Go on a sensory journey with Plantasia – kick off your shoes on the therapeutic barefoot walking trail and sample medicinal gin cocktails in the gin and tonic garden at weekends – you’ll learn about the life-enhancing properties of plants and feel enlightened by the experience too.
Historic Royal Palaces will host what promises to be an unforgettable performance of Handel’s Fireworks Music and Illuminations on 14 September. Listen to a magnificent 30-piece orchestra and watch a breath-taking Georgian fireworks display in the romantic riverside setting of Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace.
Open House London is London’s largest annual festival of architecture and design, taking place on 20-21 September. Take advantage of this city-wide celebration and enjoy free and open access to more than 800 outstanding examples of historic and contemporary buildings and public spaces.
Vodafone London Fashion weekend takes place from 18-21 September at Somerset House. Enjoy this exclusive fashion experience and see the highlights from this past year’s London Fashion week with designer catwalk shows and pop-up shops showcasing the latest Autumn Winter trends.
Sunday 21 September will be your last chance to taste the delights of Street Feast. This summer-long stretch of night markets appear every Friday and Saturday night at Dalston Yard, tempting you with street food favourites like Korean burritos, crisp fried chicken and juicy burgers.
The Great River Race, also known as London's River Marathon, is held on 27 September. Don your fancy dress and watch this spectacular boat race along the banks of the river to celebrate Totally Thames.
Scotland plays host to the greatest tournament in match play golf on 23-28 September. Fly from London Heathrow to Glasgow or Edinburgh and hire a car or catch a train to Gleneagles to show your support for either Team Europe or Team USA in the Ryder Cup. Tickets for Practice days (Tuesday to Thursday) are available to buy.
Cooler climes this month create the perfect conditions for a cultural tour of London. Visit the city’s best museums – sleep-over with dinosaurs, get transported back to Victorian London with Sherlock or don your best fancy dress for Halloween.
Take part in The Big Draw – one of the world's largest drawing festivals, taking place from 1 October. The Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Library have hosted events in the past, so look out for what’s on this year.
On 3 October the young (aged between 7 and 11) and young at heart can spend the night at the museum when you book tickets to Dino Snores — Sleep over at the Natural History Museum. From 7pm to 9.50am you’ll experience a torch-lit trail of the dinosaurs before snuggling down in the shadow of Diplodocus.
The 58th BFI London Film Festival takes place from 8 to 19 October. Grab your chance to see some of the world’s best films over this 12-day celebration of cinema.
From the 8 to 27 October the greatly anticipated London restaurant festival takes hold. Book tickets and enjoy some of London's finest cooking from Michelin-starred restaurants to neighbourhood bistros. Or pick up your Festival Graze Passport and receive a complimentary drink when you purchase a plate in any participating restaurant.
Head to Regent's Park from 16 to 19 October for the Frieze Art Fair 2014. This year’s theme is Live and Focus. Live involves participatory works; while Focus looks into works from both new and esteemed contemporary artists.
If BBC's adaptation of 'Sherlock' has reignited your curiosity for Sherlock Holmes you can delve into the mind of this fictional detective from 17 October at the Museum of London. Exhibits will include original Holmes manuscripts and the coat worn by Benedict Cumberbatch.
London celebrates Diwali on 23 October. Join the celebrations in Trafalgar Square and soak up the lively atmosphere – there will be free entertainment including music and dance performances, food stalls and a range of activities for children.
November is a patriotic month for us Brits. Before the city turns festive with pop-up ice-skating rinks and Santa's grottos, the skies light up with firework displays to commemorate Guy Fawkes, and later the Lord Mayor's Show. Remembrance Sunday soon follows, with a glorious show of red poppies to mark those who lost their life in the line of duty.
The Lord Mayor's Show takes place on 8 November from 11am until 2.30pm. Find a space to spectate along the three and a half miles between Bank and Aldwych, and watch the huge procession of marching bands, floats and acrobats pass by. Or gather at 5pm for the Lord Mayor's Firework display.
Commemorate Remembrance Sunday on 9 November at the Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall. The march past takes place along Whitehall and Parliament Street from 8am – a fitting tribute to all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.
Show your respects on 11 November and visit the spectacular Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, marking 100 years since Britain's involvement in the First World War began. Each of the 888,246 ceramic poppies represents a British military fatality during the war.
Book tickets to attend the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2, taking place all week up until 16 November. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see the world’s greatest players compete for the last title of the season.
Get in the festive spirit with free entry to the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland from the 21 November up until 4 January 2015. Browse the Bavarian markets for yuletide gifts, warm up with a mulled wine and enjoy a bratwurst in the Grand Hall. Or book tickets to some of the best attractions including The Magical Ice Kingdom or Santa Land.
Acclaimed as one of the best jazz festivals in the world, EFG London Jazz Festival runs all week up until 23 November. This is a great opportunity to see a variety of world-class artists and emerging stars perform in fantastic locations across London, from the Royal Festival Hall to the London Barbican.
From the 26 November up until 3 January 2015 Christmas at Kew transforms the already breathtaking botanic gardens into one of the most magical displays in London. During the daytime enjoy traditional Christmas festivities including a visit to Santa’s Grotto. Or follow the glittering night-time trail from 5pm to 10pm, guided by a mile long festoon of illuminated snowflakes.
Don’t miss The Lego Show at the ExCeL London from 27 to 30 November. Not just for kids, this interactive show features workshops with professional brick builders and Lego designers, a brick marketplace (where you can pick up new and second hand Lego) and impressive displays from around the world.
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Bloomsbury has attracted writers and liberal thinkers for centuries. Home to the British Museum, British Library and the Charles Dickens’ Museum. St. Pancras is the transport hub for Eurostar, and provides fantastic transport links to London areas and Europe.
London’s shopping institutions, such as Selfridges and Liberty, mix with fantastic high street shops and premium designer brands. Take a break from the shops and visit Baker Street, home to fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.
At the heart of London’s monarchy, politics and iconic landmarks. Visit Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence, and Westminster Abbey, the chosen wedding venue of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Known as the leafy neighbourhoods of London, Paddington is bordered by Hyde Park and fashionable Notting Hill is characterised by its green squares. A haven for antiques, second hand books, and the weekly, Portobello Road Market.
One of the most beautiful areas of London and great for history and the arts. Surrounded by stunning Georgian and Edwardian architecture. Visit the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum while you’re here.
YouTube vlogger Jimmy Hill took a musical tour of London and then jumped on a ferry to explore the Isle of Wight Festival. See how he got on in the video below. Also, visit #BestSummerEver to see more videos and find out how you can win flights and other prizes.
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