The weather is starting to cool down and the summer holidays are officially at an end, but that doesn’t mean that a trip to London isn’t a great way of spending a long weekend in September.
Once the children return to school for a new term, many city attractions become a little quieter and easier to get around, so many visitors to the city purposely put off their trip until then to make the most of their time staying at the Park Grand Paddington Court.
To help you plan your visit, we’ve created a list of reasons to travel to the capital in September. We have also picked a few of the biggest events arriving in the city then, so what are you waiting for? Get those bags packed and head to our 4-star hotels in London to enjoy a memorable few days away.
Stunning parks and green spaces
One of the best things about September in the city is that the colour palette of many of London’s popular parks and green spaces start to change to a more autumnal look. They are a perfect spot for a picnic and a great place for the budding nature photographer.
Nearby Hyde Park is just a short stroll away from the Park Grand Paddington Court. Head over to visit the Princess Diana Memorial garden complete with stunning water feature and a children’s play area – it’s always a little quieter once the new school year begins if you’re travelling mid-week.
You can also get your arts fix in this serene setting as the Serpentine Gallery and lake is located just a few minutes’ walk away. It features some of the latest contemporary pieces of artwork from talented artists around the globe, so it’s well worth a visit this September.
If all of that walking has given you an appetite, head back to the Park Grand Paddington Court for our delectable Indian afternoon tea London. It is as colourful and vibrant as the changing leaves in Hyde Park.
Emerge Festival – 27th & 28th September 2019
If you want to try and cram in as much culture as you possibly can during a short stay at one of our 4-star hotels in London, then the Emerge Festival should definitely be on your to-do list.
Many London museums offer late-night openings during the month of September, but the Emerge Festival goes one step further and offers a wristband that gives you late-night access to an amazing 30 attractions which take on a whole new personality once the sun sets.
Head to Wellington Arch during the festival as it transforms into a gin bar, take a stroll over to the stunning eighteenth-century Apsley House or head over the river to see a gory Victorian surgery taking place inside the Old Operating Theatre.
As there are so many attractions taking part this year, it’s a good idea to map those closest to the Park Grand Paddington Court as your starting point. This will give you the best opportunity to fit in as many of the attractions as you possibly can.
A late lunch is also a good idea to free up more time in the evening, so why not book one of our Indian afternoon tea London experiences to kickstart your after-dark adventure?
Hit the shops
London is a fashion followers dream, and with the new season collections hitting the high street in September there’s no better opportunity to update your wardrobe ready for the cooler months or grab a few gifts for the folks back home.
With world-famous Harrods filled with high-end luxury goods, the iconic Liberty department store and the historic coach house containing the designer Bluebird collections, you really will be spoilt for choice when you decide to spend a few hours shopping in London.
If big brands aren’t exactly your thing, London also has plenty of amazing market shopping experiences that are located just a short Tube ride away from the Park Grand Paddington Court.
From the undercover hustle and bustle of Covent Garden Market and the surrounding streets filled with an array of fantastic street performers to hunting for a bargain at Portobello Road, there’s certainly no shortage of open air retail opportunities. If you’re a foodie, Borough Market should definitely make the cut.
After shopping ‘til you drop, head back to our 4-star hotels in London to refuel with an Indian Afternoon Tea London. This is the perfect time to rest those weary feet after splashing that cash.
Just remember to leave a little extra space in your luggage if you’ll be heading off for some retail therapy this September as London really is a mecca for the dedicated follower of fashion. You’re bound to find a few essential wardrobe staples that you won’t be able to leave behind.
Totally Thames festival
Running throughout September, the Totally Thames festival is designed to celebrate London’s most famous waterway and offers plenty of activities and exhibitions for you to get involved with.
Some of the highlights for this year’s festival include a look at the tradition of foraging on the river banks as well as some of the treasures discovered over the years. A slightly ‘scented’ exhibition outside the National Theatre charts the history of the river’s industrial past.
There is plenty to see and do taking place all over the embankment and river areas. The good news is, it’s easy to reach the festival via Tube from the Park Grand Paddington Court as the Tube station is located just a short stroll away. Be sure to check out what’s on offer before you check in to our 4-star hotels in London this September.
Just remember to bring a good pair of walking shoes and a Tube station map as many of the events are dotted around the city. Alternatively, why not use the river as a mode of transport during your stay and get an even better insight into the role the Thames plays in the daily lives of Londoners and tourists alike?