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Top things to do near Canary Wharf that you cannot afford to miss this month!

This month we're celebrating the River Thames and commemorating the Great Fire of London, plus lots more fun in the Canary Wharf area.

SAIL ROYAL GREENWICH

Sail Royal Greenwich is back on 15-18 September. Fifteen fabulous tall ships will be cruising up and down the river Thames from Royal Arsenal Woolwich through the Thames Barrier round The O2, and past the glorious frontage of the Old Royal Naval College and Queen's House.

You can enjoy watching the tall ships from the river front or you can get a cruise ticket to go onboard. There's fireworks in the evenings too which would be an amazing time to be on deck.

If you can't get a ticket for a Tall Ship, you can enjoy the firework display from a City Cruises boat with a glass of wine, canapés and live jazz music.

TOTALLY THAMES

Totally Thames is a month-long festival celebrating the famous river and takes place along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames in London. There are lots of events along the river including Floating Dreams by Ik-Joong Kang – an art installation in the water next to the Millennium Bridge. There are also special cruises, exhibitions and archaeology, and even concerts in the bascule chambers at Tower Bridge.

There are2-for-1 river ticket offers for the whole of September and there are riverside dining offers too.

GREAT FIRE OF LONDON

It's the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London in 1666 which destroyed lots of The City of London. The Great Fire Anniversary weekend is from Friday 2 September to Sunday 4 September so there are lots of events happening including a London's Burning arts festival. (Some events are going on throughout the month and beyond so do check the website for more information.)

The Monument has to be a focus for the weekend as it commemorates where the fire started, and The City rising from the ashes. For the special weekend it's free entry but you do need to book in advance. The opening hours are extended to 8am to 10pm so it would be a fantastic time to get the evening views as that's not normally available.

St Paul's Cathedral is offering late opening on Friday 2 September and Saturday 3 September and is actually encouraging visitors to take photos during those times so make the most of it (photography is not normally permitted). As St Paul's Cathedral was so affected by the 1666 fire there are a series of talks, walks, sermons and debates about the Great Fire.

And as we mentioned last month, Fire! Fire! is the major exhibition on at the Museum of London right now, and is well worth seeing.

MARITIME FOLK FESTIVAL

Back in Greenwich, at the National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark, there's The Landlubbers' Maritime Folk Festival on 24 September.

During the day, you can stomp your feet to sea shanties, hear the salty yarns of the ship figureheads or try your hand at some traditional maritime crafts at the National Maritime Museum with lots of free fun.

In the evening, it's for adults only so head over to the Cutty Sark as the festival culminates with BBC Folk Club winner the Nest Collective's new monthly Shanty Sessions.

ART DECO FAIR

There is also plenty to do this month away from the water and tales of fire.

At English Heritage's Eltham Palace it's all art deco decadence and thirties splendour at the Art Deco Fair on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September.

There are lots of vintage stalls for the shoppers so make the fair your reason to visit Eltham Palace as it's a fascinating 1930s showpiece with the unique combination of a medieval great hall and beautiful gardens.

BANK NOTE GALLERY

As the new polymer £5 note is launched on 13 September, the Bank of England Museum has a new gallery dedicated to banknotes opening a week before on 7 September.

It includes the very earliest paper money and early forgeries too, as well as unseen artwork and designs for the tiny details that are contained within each note.

You can see a £5 note altered to a £50 note and used to buy a cow at a county fair in 1850. And find out about the hundreds of counterfeiters who received the death penalty in the early 18th century.

The new gallery builds a clear picture of how banknotes have changed since the Bank was established in 1694. And it's interesting to see the changing face of the Queen on notes.

Just so you know, the new £5 will be followed in summer 2017 by a polymer £10 note featuring Jane Austen and, by 2020, a polymer £20 note featuring JMW Turner.

MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE!

At The O2 you can see Marvel Universe Live! in this arena stunt spectacular from 15 to 25 September. With a cast of over 50, you can see the Marvel super heroes and villains together on stage.

There are special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. Definitely an action-packed family show.

CANARY WHARF EVENTS

It's always pleasing to see how much is going on in Canary Wharf.

In the Crossrail Place Roof Garden on Thursday 8 September, there's a romantic fairy tale in the evening as Leftovers sees Elizabeth packs a suitcase to flee a reality she is not ready to face. As possessions reveal her past, Elizabeth is forced to see that timeless lies soon catch up with you. It's free but you do need to book tickets in advance.

Also in the Crossrail Place Roof Garden, you can see The Tempest on the evening of Thursday 22 September. It's a story of love, freedom and the consequences of heavy drinking. Again, the performance is free but you do need to book tickets in advance.

From Thursday 22 September to Sunday 2 October the Spiegeltent returns to Canada Square Park with an eclectic programme including comedy, music, kids' activities, dance, cabaret, acrobatics, kids theatre and more.

By choosing to stay at Fraser Place Canary Wharf you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in July. Check out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon! 

You can also check-out what's on in Kensington, by clicking here


Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.

Image credits requested: Thames Festival: © Barry Lewis