21+ top things to discover in September

21+ top things to discover in September

Pictured: Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival

Art events in London and Surrey in September 2022


The Art of the Cartoonist – The Arts Society Wimbledon at Sacred Heart Church Hall – 14 Sep 

The award-winning cartoonist Harry Venning will be tracing the history of his profession with examples from George Cruikshank to Charles M. Schulz. And he’ll be drawing live, too! 


Ungentle – Studio Voltaire – 16  Sep – 31 Dec  

Ungentle, the new important and exciting film work by Huw Lemmey and Onyeka Igwe explores the complex relations between British espionage and male homosexuality. 


The Covid Chronicle – Merton Priory Chapter House – 10 – 25 Sep

Described as a ‘Bayeux Tapestry’ for the 21st century  and set up by artist Wendy Bliss, The Covid Chronicle consists of 142 submissions from around the world carefully curated and stitched together to symbolise unity and personal experience of the pandemic.


Merton Arts Festival – Artists’ houses, gardens and studios across Merton – 17-18 Sep

Artists’ Open House is back in Merton! Over 70 craftsmen, painters, makers and photographers from across the borough are showing their work from homes, gardens and studios.

Theatre picks in London and Surrey in September 2022


The Two Popes – Rose Theatre – 9-23 Sep 

Starring Olivier-award nominee Nicholas Woodeson and Game of Thrones’ own Anton Lesser, The Two Popes is famous for its recent multi-award-winning film adaptation, with its stage version just as compelling. 


Gits & Shiggles Comedy – Best of Edinburgh Fringe – Half Moon – 6 Sep 

Stand-up emerging, established and alternative: September edition of Gits & Shiggles brings you the best comedy straight from Edinburgh.   


The Doctor – Richmond Theatre – 20-24 Sep 

Provocative and intellectually stimulating, The Doctor explores the questions of gender, race and identity in the modern world. Starring Olivier Award winner and BAFTA nominee Juliet Stevenson. 


Yellowman – OTT – 5 Sep-8 Oct 

Gene and Alma shared a childhood. She longs for a life outside of their little village. They can’t escape the racial tensions of the Deep South in the 1960s, though, as their relationship evolves and Gene’s fate tragically becomes entwined with hers. A Pulitzer Prize-nominated play.  


Iphigenia in Splott – Lyric Hammersmith Theatre – 26 Sep-22 Oct 

A monodrama inspired by the Greek myth – after an extremely successful run at the National, Iphigenia in Splott returns to the stage in Hammersmith with Sophie Melville reprising her role as Effie. 


An Inspector Calls – New Wimbledon Theatre – 9-17 Sep 

Winner of 19 major awards (including four Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards), Stephen Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls makes a comeback in Wimbledon – now perhaps more relevant than ever… 

Music events in London and Surrey in September 2022


The Drifters – Fairfield Halls 2 Sep 

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and listed among the Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine, The Drifters are rock & rolling to Croydon! Don’t miss their classic hits.  


Mr B – The Gentleman Rhymer – Half Moon – 7 Sep 

Mr. B brings you chap-hop: hip-hop but with the Queen’s English. Tune in for his biggest hits including Just Like a Chap and Straight Outta Surrey.  


Seasick Steve – Pryzm, Kingston – 30 Sep 

Something for country blues aficionados: Seasick Steve comes to Kingston to celebrate the release of his new album, ‘Only On Vinyl’ dedicated to, you guessed it, lovers of vinyl everywhere. 


Gwenno – Banquet Records – 21 Sep 

Gwenno, an acclaimed Welsh musician, comes to play an in-store set to celebrate the release of her Cornish language album, Tresor, inspired by powerful woman writers and artists. 


Black Umfolosi – Landmark Arts Centre -17 Sep 

Formed by a group of talented, self-taught, Zimbabwean musicians, Black Umfolosi’s spectacular performances showcase the beauty of traditional imbube music, gumboot dance and Zulu dance.  


Mud Morganfield – Eel Pie Club – 1 Sep 

Mud Morganfield, the eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters, is firmly rooted in the best traditions of Chicago blues and is backed by a group of terrific musicians. A real treat for all the blues fans out there.  


Diana Jones – Sound Lounge – 9 Sep 

Award-winning singer-songwriter known for her gritty Appalachian-influenced songs, Diana Jones hits the stage in Sutton to charm the audience with her beautiful Americana music.  

Community events in London and Surrey in September 2022


Networking lunch – Light House Wimbledon, 22 Sept

Join Time & Leisure at the Light House in Wimbledon for a fantastic event with guest speaker Esther Stanhope, who will be giving a motivational workshop on why we only need to be 80% perfect.


Women in Business Lunch – Warren House Hotel, 28th Sep

Open to businesses of all sizes, including home-based and freelancers, the event offers a relaxed atmosphere to build new and valuable connections over a delish two-course lunch and a glass of wine. Plus a fab workshop. Organised by Kingston Chamber in partnership with Time & Leisure


RGS Centenary Autumn Show – 10 Sep – St Margaret’s Church Hall  

Into gardening? Roehampton Garden Society is putting on a wonderful autumn show in Putney filled with prize-winning vegetables, fruits and flowers grown by local gardeners – and, of course, yummy home-made chutney and cakes! 


Guided Walk: Trees and Invertebrates – Cannizaro Park 11 Sep 

Join Senior Tree Inspector Greg Packman to find out how trees support thousands of animals without a backbone or bony skeleton. 


Autumn Arts Market, Wimbledon Piazza, 17-18 Sep 

A family-friendly arts and crafts fair and a weekend full of cultural and artistic events – meet the makers, grab a bite and shop for the most unique pieces.  


Celebrating the 40th year anniversary of the u3a movement – Wimbledon Piazza and Drake House – 21 Sep 

Open to everyone, Merton u3a is celebrating its “official birthday” with displays, entertainment and plenty of fab activities – and free refreshments! 

Top festivals in London and Surrey in September 2022


Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival – 23-25 Sep 

A spectacular display of the very best of British-grown flowers and the creativity of design with the breath-taking backdrop of Horace Walpole’s own mansion.


Wimbledon Bookfest: Sunset, 22-25 Sep 

Celebrate the beloved local book festival and enjoy this year’s stellar-line up of writers, award-winning novelists and best-selling memoir authors, including Kit de Waal, Robert Harris and Melvyn Bragg. 


Trash to Treasure Fest – Landmark Arts Centre – 13-23 Sep (Open Day: 17 Sep) 

A local arts festival that encourages residents to repair, reuse, and recycle their unwanted electricals. Activities include Gregg Segal’s photography exhibition and a Repair Café! 


Barnes Bookfest, 23-25 Sep 

Continuing Barnes’ thriving literary traditions, the Bookfest promises an amazing weekend of talks, screenings and events led by a selection of the best authors, including Ben Macintyre, Tim Marshall and Anthony Horowitz.  


Wimbledon Brewery Beer Festival – The Wimbledon Brewery Tap Room, 9-11 Sept

Join the 1st Annual Wimbledon Beer Festival to be held at the home of beer in SW19, The Wimbledon Brewery. Taste the best of Belgian & London Keg and cask, along with a few regional specials. The brewery will have up to 30 different beers along with locally produced cider and of course, delish Wimbledon Garden Gin cocktails. There will be food trucks, DJs and tasting sessions available. Tickets from £10


Surrey Gin Fest, Loseley Park, 10 Sep and Wimbledon Gin Fest, Wimbledon Park, 17 Sep 

The country’s biggest outdoor gin festival – expect live entertainment, delicious food and of course: lots and lots of delicious gin! 


Barnes Food Fair, Barnes Green, 17 September

Head to Barnes to try a fabulous selection of cuisines from around the world, including France, Germany, Colombia, Ecuador, Thailand and the Caribbean. Plus live music on the Bandstand, delish cocktails and great BBQ!