It may have been ages for us since September marked the need for a new school blazer, but that doesn't mean we stop looking at September as the start of something 'new'.
I'm not taking up any night classes or anything virtuous like that, but I am welcoming September by trying to do more LOVELY LONDON THINGS. Things like eating at Syrian pop-ups to promote world peace, attending photography exhibitions and, ya know, covering all my home-made cocktails in vodka infused chocolate cream.
If you're looking for something fun to do in our fair capital this month, then look no further...
Dine in the sky, suspended 25 metres into the air.
Not your average dining location and definitely not one for those (like me) who would be PETRIFIED in this situation. Tickets for this bizarre aerial dining experience are selling fast, so look through the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus (different top chefs are taking the reigns on different days) and book in before it's too late. Prices start at £50pp for a four course breakfast and this 'restaurant' (can you call it that?!) will only be open from 17th-30th of September, so don't miss it! More info and bookings here.
Break bread and start conversations at the Conflict Cafe.
It's not often that a pop-up has a truly inspiring message, but the Conflict Cafe - returning to London this month - certainly has one. Run by peace-building NGO International Alert, the Cafe is taken over by a different cuisine each week to celebrate the food of conflict-areas where they run peace-building projects. Expect incredible flavours from Syria, the Middle East, Nepal, Colombia, and Armenia & Turkey. There are dates throughout September and the Conflict Cafe is within the House of Vans at Waterloo. More info and tickets here.
A beer soaked menu fit for a king.
I am very excited about the launch of Wahleeah, partly because it's so damn rare to see "cool" and "different" restaurants opening up in Fulham, but mostly because I've heard talk of cornflake coated french toast with bacon and maple butter on the brunch menu. The dinner menu is beautifully beery, with seemingly everything coming with some sort of beer butter, beer sauce or beer ketchup. This is the type of menu you can expect and you can head on down there as of now. WOOP! Find it at 18 Farm Lane, Fulham (very close to Fulham Broadway, basically).
The very best in contemporary portrait painting at the BP Portrait Award 2015 exhibition.
Selected from a record-breaking 2,748 entries by artists from 92 countries around the world, this exhibition at the National portrait Gallery shows off the best of the best. Expect everything and anything from
parents to poseurs, figurative nudes to famous faces and expressive sketches to piercing photo-realism. Entry is free but the exhibition closes on the 20th of September, so don't miss out! More info here.
Enjoy the high life with a great movie in a swanky private screening room with a glass of bubbly and a lush 3 course dinner.
If you'd rather enjoy your cinematic experiences with a flute of champagne than, say, an overpriced bucket of flat Fanta, then you need to check out the listings for Film & Fizz at One Aldwych. Expect modern films like Kingsman and Far From The Madding Crowd alongside Scream (for Halloween, yes I know that's not in September) and Christmas classics as we approach mince pie season. Tickets are £55 each, including champagne and a three course meal, and you better snap them up quick here.
Everything going very, very wrong at the top of the world's largest mountain with intense 3D drama and a healthy dose of Jake Gyllenhaal? WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE, PEOPLE?! I'm going to see it at the IMAX for ultimate special effects fun. Opens nationwide on the 18th but there are IMAX previews from the 11th which you can book here.
Solve a murder mystery.
Okay let's be clear, I think murder mystery events are *very* cool. You may not agree, but if you're tempted to solve a murder without the hassle of joining the Met, then head for an Appetite for Murder in St Paul's at the end of the month. It's a team game (a body has been found locked in a freezer, you guys!) and a race to solve it. Tickets are £30 each and you can find more info here.
Walk a mile in somebody else's shoes. Literally.
I love this idea from The Empathy Museum. As part of the month long Totally Thames Festival you can don somebody else's shoes and take a walk around Wandsworth, listening to an audio guide recorded by the person whose shoes you're wearing. It's a clever way to connect with the people who live and work around the river in a completely immersive way. And it's free. And I love it. More info here.
Grab a bargain and see the latest catwalk trends at London Fashion Weekend.
It's back! And this season it's all taking place in Chelsea's lush Duke Of York Square. Expect catwalk shows, makeovers and designer bargains galore. 24th-27th of September. Buy tickets here.
Learn more about gin and whiskey at a dedicated masterclass.
Should you really feel guilty about mid-week boozing if it's educational? I certainly don't think so. Learn more about your favourite tipples with a class at Minster Exchange or Bury Court. I did the gin one with Sipsmith a few months ago and it was a LOT of fun. More info and booking here.
Top your cocktails with booze laden cream. YES.
I like to put cream on things - drinks, desserts, body parts - but regular cream now seems exceptionally boring now that I know that vodka cream exists. You heard me, VODKA CREAM. At 14% ABV it comes in flavours like caramel, chocolate, peppermint and strawberry. I know what I'm topping my next cocktail with! Find yours at Firebox.
Grey Goose errrrrrrything.
If you're in the City this month, you need some Grey Goose in your life. Luckily there's currently a dedicated menu of goosey vodka treats at The Sterling, including the Grey Goose Le Fizz; a mix of Grey Goose, St Germain Elderflower and a squeeze of lime topped with soda. Race you to the bar. Book a table at The Sterling and enquire about special offers here.