Mail Rail

After the opening of the Postal Museum in August, the most anticipated attraction of learning about the postal services history is the opportunity to hitch a ride on Mail Rail. The subterranean railway line transported post between Whitechapel and Paddington until it closed in 2003 after 80 years. The first train leaves (unlike other London trains) sharpish on the 4th September. You can book you unique commute here.

London Design Festival

London Design Festival will be returning to the capital this September, celebrating and promoting London as the design capital of the world. Now in its fifteenth year, venues and institutions across the city will be hosting a variety of events and exhibitions between the 16 – 24 September 2017. Some notable exhibitions include Ross Lovegrove’s fluid sculpture Transmission (pictured), and Villa Walala by Camille Walala. Most of the events are free to enter but for some booking is necessary. To find out more head to the London Design Festival website.

Fashion & Design Month 2017

In celebration of two of the capital’s biggest dates in September, London Design Festival and London Fashion Week, September will once again be declared fashion and design month on Regent Street. Throughout the month there will be a programme of complimentary events, talks, creative classes and activities in different venues on the street, including celebrity speakers and new creative workshops designed to help you nurture that creative side. Tickets must be reserved in advance at regentstreetonline.com

Open House London

From 16 – 17 September Open House opens the doors of some of London’s most iconic buildings and sites. From the well known like the Barbican and the BT tower to the hidden gems that are 155 Holland Park Avenue and the only all wooden church in London, Open House proves London’s status as one of the most architecturally diverse and interesting places in the world. This year there are 150 never before featured buildings you can visit. Visit the Open House website for more information.

The Last Night of the Proms

Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra weave together many of this season’s musical strands into the exuberant celebration that is the Last Night of the Proms. Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Malcolm Sargent, the longtime chief composer of the Proms, and composer Zoltán Kodály.  For more information and tickets, head to the BBC Proms website. Saturday 9th September, Hyde Park. 

Southbank Architecture

Brutalism is of course the marmite of architecture; love it or hate it, it has divided opinion for generations. This month Southbank are offering architecture tours, showcasing some of the most innovative buildings in London. The tour lasts for approximately 1 hour and 15mins, beginning at Royal Festival Hall Ticket Office. Each tour is unique and the route taken varies depending on the day’s activities and events. Head to the Southbank website to book.

Elephant Residency: The Gardening Society

Michelin-starred restaurant The Elephant has taken residency at the John Lewis Gardening Society’s pop-up terrace. The summer rooftop space on the retailer’s fifth floor has been transformed into a lush roof garden – the perfect setting to host a lunch and dinner menu from Elephant’s chef proprietor Simon Hulstone. Dishes on the sustainable set menu, which costs from £19 for two courses, includes Mayfield Farmhouse chicken crackling, South Devon black garlic aioli with Lyngenfjord prawns and a Pimm’s jelly with cucumber and strawberries. Until 24th September. John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street.