London Events in September


Key events taking place on 8, 9 and 10 September
  • The Mayor’s Thames Festival takes place on the Southbank on Saturday and Sunday, finishing with a Parade on Sunday evening at Victoria Embankment from 19:45 – 22:00. Blackfriars Bridge will be closed to traffic from 18:00 – 23:00
  • The Paralympic Games Marathons take place from The Mall to The City and back on Sunday from 08:00 – 14:15. Roads in central London and Tube stations along the route will be busy
  • The Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony takes place at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday from 19:30 – 22:30. The area will be very busy from 17:30 onwards
  • Our Greatest Team Parade takes place on Monday from 13:30 – 16:00. Athletes from Team GB and ParalympicsGB will parade through The City to Buckingham Palace. Most roads affected by the event will close at 11:00 with those around Guildhall and Gresham Street closing at 06:00. Large crowds of spectators are expected

For more information on event routes and road closures of the 3 central London events, please visit

Motorists are advised to avoid driving in central London on Sunday and Monday. A number of buses will be on diversion. If you are travelling to any of the above events by public transport, please allow plenty of time. To plan your journey, please visit

Paralympic Games travel update
Transport to and around East London is expected to remain busier than usual until the Paralympic Games end on Sunday.

Public transport

From 07:30 – 09:30 and 16:00 – 19:00 the following lines are expected to remain very busy; the DLR between Canning Town and Prince Regent until Saturday and the Jubilee line between Waterloo and Stratford and the Central line between Holborn and Stratford until Sunday.

Please avoid Canary Wharf from 17:00 – 19:00 and Oxford Circus from 17:30 – 18:30 tomorrow if possible, as they are expected to very busy.

Canning Town, North Greenwich and Stratford are expected to be busy, particularly as spectators leave events from 21:00 daily, until Saturday evening.


Monday 10 September is the last day that the Paralympic Route Network (PRN) will be in operation. It is being removed as follows:

  • Midnight tonight – Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich area
  • Midnight Saturday 8 September – ExCeL and North Greenwich Arena area
  • Midnight Monday 10 September – remaining PRN network

The A2, A12, A13, Upper Thames Street and Lower Thames Street are expected to be busy again tomorrow in the morning peak. Roads east of St. Paul’s, including those in and approaching the City of London, and around Games venues are also busier than usual.

Although not affecting Games traffic, a burst Thames Water main on the A406 North Circular Road at Brent Cross caused serious disruption yesterday. Two out of the five westbound lanes have now reopened, along with the full eastbound carriageway. TfL and Thames Water continue to work around the clock to fully reopen the road. Drivers are urged to still avoid the area if possible. For real time traffic updates, follow us on twitter.


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