14 Smashing things to do this September

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by Talia Gilliham |
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As we grasp onto those last few days of long nights in beer gardens and sparse rays of sun-shine, we’re here to make sure you send this season out with a bang, no matter what the weather. From floating BBQs to a dedicated brunch weekend and an almighty gin festival, here’s how to spend your September with zero summer regrets.


14 Smashing things to do this September

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Feast on vegan grub at one of London’s coolest bars - London

Over 50 of London's hottest vegan traders are taking over East London this September, with the return of Hackney Vegan Village. Apart from being the number one place to grab delicious street food, drink crisp craft beer and taste CBD juices, it's also a top spot for bagging a deal on some sustainable clothing. And if you decide to go for our brunch package, you'll get a meal, reserved seating at trendy bar Night Tales and some complimentary cocktails to kick off the night ahead.

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Pose with a kooky cocktail in a 1970s kitchen - London

Retro wallpaper, a crazy amount of knick knacks, and the funkiest kitchen you've ever laid eyes on? Taking us back in time, the wonderfully kitsch Bobby Fitzpatrick is kitted out with head to toe 70s decor, making for some extremely Instagrammable moments. The slushy pina coladas and drool-inducing pizzas are also well worth writing home about too; we suggest pen and paper for the real 70s deal.

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Live the crazy life of a stockbroker in 1990s New York - London

Think you've got what it takes to survive the wicked world of Wall Street? The Immersive Wolf of Wall Street Experience drops you into the chaotic life of famous fraudulent stockbroker Jordan Belfort. Across the four floors, you'll come up against wild characters, tough deci-sions and temptations as you're exposed to Jordan's lavish lifestyle. Will you be swayed to choose a life of crime and debauchery or join the FBI to fight it?

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Do a workout that packs a punch - London

If your fitness isn't where you'd like it to be, then rest assured that you'll be quickly whipped into shape by the boxing coaches at Box Clever Sports. Whether it's one-to-one combat training you want to try, or high intensity group sessions with your pals, this vintage boxing gym in London has something for everyone. So, bring your A-game, and be prepared for things to get very sweaty...

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Jump aboard a floating BYOB BBQ - London

Complete your summer with the best BBQ 2019 has to offer, and you'll be pleased to know it doesn't involve any dodgy deckchairs or dirty ice buckets. Ditch your mate's garden for open water and climb aboard BBQ Boats, where you'll be manning the wheel and battling the grill, accompanied by the eye-catching backdrop of Canary Wharf. With the option to bring your own food and booze, you'll be able to drink and dine on whatever you desire (AKA endless halloumi and prosecco).

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Get a slice of the action at this huge pizza festival - Birmingham

The biggest pizza festival in the country is returning to Birmingham, and we're already salivating over the promised foodie offerings. The UK's leading pizzerias will be showing up at Brum's Big Fat Pizza Festival, topping their dough with everything from mounds of meat to lashings of Nutella. Local street food vendors will also be dishing out epic desserts and sides, along with a whole host of entertainment and music so you can dance off the cheese coma to make room for more slices.

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Attend a mega gin festival - London

Calling all gin fans; the fantastic three-day event, Press For Gin, is back in town, and it's bringing even more juniper-based fun. Bespoke cocktails are just a finger twitch away thanks to the gin-summoning buttons dotted about. And to distract you from pushing that button one too many times, they've got small plates inspired by the spirit, live music and opportunities to take home some incredible prizes.

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Play hi-tech darts surrounded by pizza and prosecco - Manchester

Fairground-themed darts hub Flight Club are bringing brunch into the equation, and it's the ultimate place to head for food and fun in Manchester. When you're not showing off your skills on the state-of-the-art interactive dart boards, fill your time with prosecco-pouring and paddle pizza-munching at their bottomless weekend offering. The DJ will also be keeping spirits high, making sure you're all having a blast whether you're winning or losing.

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Attend the brunch celebration of the year - London

What happens when you combine discount prices, bottomless brunches and the best food spots in London? You may call it 'heaven on earth', but we call it Brunch Weekender. For one weekend only, brunchers from far and wide can find a £20 bottomless brunch or a £10 dish and drink deal anywhere, from big-name beer hubs to a flatshare-themed bar. Will you choose bacon bagels or tasty tacos? Teapot cocktails or coconut mimosas? Gourmet crumpets or PB&J French toast? Impossible to decide? Sorry about that.

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Scoff £1 wings at Europe’s largest chicken wing show-down - London

London Wing Fest is back for an end of summer blowout fit for the greediest of meat eaters. £1 wings are the name of the game at this epic foodie festival, but that's not even scratching the surface of what's in store. Think red-hot eating challenges, fairground frolicking and live music to soundtrack the messiest feast you've had all year. Who will be crowned the master of wings? There's only one way to find out (you guessed it... visit all 18 vendors and try every single wing in sight, obvs).

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Drink botanical cocktails on a foliage-filled terrace - Manchester

Botanical bliss awaits at new bar Eden in Manchester, and being drop-dead gorgeous isn't the only thing it's got going for it. This space is filled to the brim with floral fixtures, including the dreamy outdoor terrace which happens to be the perfect place to enjoy one of their themed cocktails (raspberry rum spritz, we're coming for you first). Killer globally inspired dishes can also be found, along with a night of karaoke and throwback tunes in their under-ground retro party room.

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Try authentic Greek food at The Real Greek

Branch out and sample delicious Greek cuisine at The Real Greek, who has just launched their Filoxenia Dinner Menu which celebrates authentic Greek hospitality. For just £12.95, you can mix and match four delicious dishes across almost the entire main and vegan menu. Mmm.

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Have a field day at a doggy brunch - London

We've found the brunch of your dreams: doggy brunch. Bernhard Mayer at Sloane Place has teamed up with animal welfare charity Mayhew to launch a new weekend doggy brunch that helps the lives of animals in need. At the brunch, humans can indulge in delicious dishes, whilst dogs can munch on a canine cookie. Pawwwwfect!

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Play a POKÉMON Detective Pikachu game at Inamo - London

To celebrate the release of POKÉMON Detective Pikachu on Digital Download, DVD, Blu-ray™, 3D Blu-rayTM, 4K and Limited Edition 4K, POKÉMON has partnered up with sushi restaurant Inamo to host an exclusive detective game for one weekend only! Whilst you dine on delicious sushi, you'll be tasked with finding an image of Pikachu on the restaurant's hi-tech tables to win an amazing prize. This event is only on from 21st & 22nd September 2019, so you better act quick if you want to attend!

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