The September Effect

Despite having finished studying and enjoying gloriously long summer holidays a good few years ago, September will always invite the feeling of a fresh start. It’s chance to think about where I want the rest of the year to go, and how I’m going to get there. I might not buy a new pencil-case, but you’ll probably find a new top in my wardrobe to help give me a little new season spring in my step.

I went on a bit of a blog holiday a few months ago, which somehow turned into a blog sabbatical. So I’m using the September effect to get right back on track, do the things I love doing, and share it with anyone who wishes to drop by. I’ll admit now, it might be a bit of a slow start but bear with me. Over the next month I’ll be sharing some of the things I’ve done since the last post, mixed in with a few things taking place in the next couple of weeks that I have my eye on. Here’s a little taster…


The Regent’s Canal Walk is a perfect activity at this time of year (when it’s dry of course) and can be done in just a couple of hours.

Up at the O2

Up at the O2 offers fantastic views, but how do they compare to other high points across London?


Bruges, Sardinia, Sark, Guernsey and Westerham were five lovely places where I chose to escape city life.

And for the month ahead … ?

River Thames

Totally Thames is set to celebrate one of London’s finest free attractions with a series of events over the next month. It’s a great opportunity to remind yourself how lovely it is to walk along the river (especially at night).

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition returns for another year and I’m intrigued to see who the winners are.

The Great Gorilla Run is back on 20 September and I’m wondering if I can get into the city in good time to see it.

There’s a new(ish) market on the scene over at Wapping and I’m hoping it’ll be as good as its sister market in Brockley.

As there are a couple of things to celebrate this month I’m hoping I can use it as an excuse to get some new city eats ticked off the list and maybe a sneaky cocktail hour. I’ll be looking at Hot Dinners and Bar Chick for inspiration.

The crazy pace of this city life continues!

Whilst some things will never change (cocktails are always on my radar), I’m hoping to shake things up on the blog a bit so you should see a fresh new look and some new features before the year is out.

Are you experiencing the September effect? What are you planning to do this month? Do you have any recommendations from the summer we can take into autumn?


  1. September 4, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    Yay you’re back! I’d definitely like to get to the Astronomy photography exhibition -I don’t get to Greenwich that much but always love it when I go! The Great Gorilla Run sounds pretty hilarious; have you heard of the Color run ?? I’m doing it and can’t wait to run around the Olympic park covered in coloured paint!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      September 9, 2014 / 8:25 pm

      🙂 thanks for the welcome back! I was meant to do the Colour run last year but had to pull out. A few of my friends have enjoyed it so I am sure you’ll have a great time. You’ll have to let me know! Laura x