We’re pretending it’s still summer and pulling out all the stops with epic events and outdoor entertainment galore in Vauxhall this September. Here are our finest and quirkiest picks for early Autumn, in the place where anything goes.
Fancy some Brazilian food with salsa on the side? Tia Maria is inviting you to brush up your dancing skills by learning forró – think salsa, but with a Brazilian twist! Book a taster class for free, or practice your pro moves with the professionals for £7.50. All finished up with a DJ set and party after 9pm to dance the night away.
Every Sunday through Sept | Tia Maria Bar & Kitchen SW8 1RB | Free
The Ding Dong Gong Show is a comedy show where the power is firmly in your hands. Fresh-faced comedians test their funny bones on the audience and a tough panel of judges, and must make their mark in 5 minutes. And if you are lucky enough to be handed a ‘gong’ you’ll send someone off stage quicker than you can say Simon Cowell!
Every Sunday through Sept | Vauxhall Comedy Club SW8 1SP | £6+ and drinks packages available
All dedicated step-trackers, rejoice! Our walking tour favourites are back, and leading you through the sights, history and hidden secrets of Vauxhall’s past and present. Learn from an expert why our neighbourhood has been proud to be ‘different’ from day dot.
11am-2pm | Meet Oval Station | £12
Karaoke kings and queens – we want you back for one last hurrah! Our last Bearpit of the summer season will not disappoint. With a prize to be won for the best vocal performance, bring a crowd and make an afternoon of it, soaking up the last of the summer sun in the best garden for outdoor entertainment.
3pm-7pm | Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens SE11 5HL | Free
Reckon your pooch has what it takes to be crowned ‘best dressed up dog’? or how about take home the award for ‘best trick’ or ‘cutest puppy’ – it’s all to play for at the annual dog show. Plus for the humans in the crowd there’ll be games, quizzes, and face painting.
2-4pm | Kennington Park, SE11 4BE | Free
Following an acclaimed run, dazzling the audiences in Edinburgh, Myra is back at The RVT to resume her mission of healing and entertaining, joined on stage by her sister Rose and cabaret superstar, the amazing Christina Bianco. Utilising her ‘unique’ people skills, Myra selflessly takes on the woes of the audience and special guests. Not to be missed.
Doors open 7pm | Royal Vauxhall Tavern SE11 5HY | £12
We told you the line up was epic this month at Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden! Our favourite arches of entertainment are providing a full-on drag show, stage games and comedy – so we expect you’ll be choking on your prosecco.
11am-3pm | Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden SW8 1SP | £49
Not your average walking tour – Industrial Lambeth are serving up a guided tour of the riverbanks where creative workshops and industrial factories were once founded. Join your Lambeth Tour Guide, Jenni Bowley, to discover gin-makers, brewers, ironworks, coffee roasters and, of course, a few larger-than-life characters along the way.
11am-1pm | Meet at Vauxhall Tube Station SW8 2LN | £12
You guessed it – expect three solid hours of Spice Girls hits alongside 80’s / 90’s / 00’s pop classics. Spice-up your life with a delicious brunch menu and posh cocktails in a club space fit for a 90’s nostalgia party. Dressing up is very much welcomed, so don your glitter, leopard print or ginger wig and you’ll blend in nicely.
11:30am-3pm | Fire Nightclub SW8 1RT | £45+
Calling all die-hard AFL fans and Aussies! Come along to this screening at the crack of dawn to watch the grand final on massive screens. Enjoy the excitement of the Granny into a post game all-Aussie DJ set until close. What’s not to like!
4:30am-12pm | Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden SW8 1SP | £12
Meet micro urban flower farmers, encouraging all to reconnect with flora and fauna for the love of mother nature. If you’re green-fingered and want to get more clued up on sustainable gardening practices, embracing seasonality and generally saving the planet – this expert talk at the Garden Museum is one for you.
7pm-8pm | The Garden Museum SE1 7LB | £20