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What’s On in London This Week? The Town Culture Diary

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What’s On in London This Week? The Town Culture Diary

Don't miss the best cultural events in the UK during the month...


What’s on in London this week? From the hottest show openings, new art exhibitions in London, restaurants to book into and tickets to buy now. Here’s your culture guide to the month ahead…

What’s on in London? September 2018

1 September

Crafty Fox Market

Crafty Fox Market

The September edition of the ‘ultimate craft market’ returns to Elephant & Castle for a one-day event of independent, artisan shopping. Meet 30 brilliant traders selling a range of products including prints, jewellery and organic beauty and take part in free workshops such as collaging with artist . Until 4 September, free entry, 

2 September

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre - Little Shop of Horrors

See outdoor theatre in full flourish at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s summer season that kicks off with Peter Pan and runs through August with The Turn of the Screw, As You Like It and Dinosaur World Live. Until 15 September,

BBC Proms

Played to the tune of 2018, this year’s BBC Proms line-up at the Royal Albert Hall includes feminist rap, NYC punk-disco and a YouTube sensation. The programme also covers more classical territory and celebrates the centenary of mnstein’s birth, as well as suffrage for (some) women in the UK. Until 8 September,

Carlos Cruz Diaz

Carlos Cruz-Diez: Luminous Reality at PHILLIPS X

Presenting masterworks from throughout the career of Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, the exhibition will include significant and previously unseen artworks, as well as works from important, private collections. Considered one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries, this exhibition of Cruz-Diez’s work will focus on his exploration of kinetic-optic art through the use of colour, light and illusion. Until 6 September. 

3 September

Wellcome Collection’s Summer Exhibition: TEETH

Wellcome Collection's Summer Exhibition: TEETH. Operator attending to mans teeth

Running from 17 May – 16 September, this weird but wonderful event will feature more than 150 objects including cartoons, advertisements, chairs, drills, caricatures and more which all relate to teeth! Head down to Wellcome Collection, Euston Road to get your teeth stuck into this interesting event and learn all about the teeth you use every day! Free event, until 16 September, 

Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy Exhibition


Jump on the train to the Tate Britain from March to September to learn a bit about the fascinating and renowned artist, Picasso. The exhibition takes you through the talented artist’s life during one year and explores how the honoured artist dealt with personal, artistic and political problems through artwork. Until 9 September,

4 September

Edward Bawden at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Known for his illustrations for Fortnum & Mason and the London Underground, Edward Bawden’s works will be shown in the most wide- ranging exhibition since his death at Dulwich Picture Gallery. His works of fine art, which have largely been forgotten, will be on display including 18 scarcely seen war portraits and his early paintings of the everyday. Until 9 September,

MasterChef Finalists Take Over South Bank

Six MasterChef finalists will be joining together to work their gastronomic magic at The Jam Shed Supper Club this July – September. Featuring spectacular views of the Thames and St Paul’s, the rooftop event will take place at London’s iconic Southbank Centre and will see Steve Kielty kick things off . Until 8 September,

5 September

Imperium 1 & 2 at The Gielgud Theatre


Cicero, the greatest orator of his age, devoted all his energy and cunning to preserve the rule of law and defend Rome’s Republic against political rivals, discontented aristocrats and would-be military dictators. Imperium follows Cicero’s triumphs and disasters, through power struggles, civil wars and personal highs and lows, told through the eyes of Tiro, his loyal secretary. After a sell-out season in the Swan Theatre, Gregory Doran’s epic productions of Imperium: The Cicero Plays, based on the bestselling Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris and adapted by Mike Poulton, is a backstage view of Rome at its most bloody and brutal. Until 8 September 2018.

7 September

National Arepa Day

National Arepa Day

brings Venezuelan food to London with its wonderful blend of creative, traditional and colourful cuisine. On September 8th, the Bethnal Green branch will be transformed into a late-night party in honour of ‘El Día Mundial de la Arepa’ or World Arepa Day, a celebration of the cornflour street food. Expect £1 servings from chefs Kathe Cunin and Gus Salguero, and free-flowing Latin American inspired cocktails all night long. It’s a fiesta not to miss! Until 28 September,

8 September

London Mezcal Festival

London Mezcal Festival

Returning for its second year this September, Mezcal Week takes over the city to host a week-long fiesta of dinners, parties and events. The ultimate celebration for those who enjoy a glass of the Mexican spirit, party-goers can hit the Mezcal Festival in London Bridge, foodies can take a seat at a one-off dinner with well-known Mexican chef Santiago Lastra, while guests can grab a drink at one of London’s renowned mezcal venues. Mezcal aficionado or not, a good time is guaranteed.¡Salud! Until 16 September,

Fortnum’s X Frank 2018 (FXF18)

This year, for Fortnum & Mason’s annual artistic collaboration, art collector Frank Cohen lends a body of work by British landscape artist, John Virtue. Fortnum’s X Frank 2018 (FXF18) will exhibit the 70 large-scale monochromatic works across the floors of the luxury London store in Piccadilly.  Until 20 October.

11 September

Voice & Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament

Westminster Hall will host an exhibition that delves into the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Until 6 October,

Dust to Dawn, Bermondsey Project Space

Philip Volkers, Burning Man

Those who have always been interested but have yet to commit themselves to can peek into the festival’s radical self-survival and expression at , where photographs from Philip Volkers’ art book, Dust to Dawn, will reveal over a decade of the festival’s most spectacular moments.

13 September

START Art Fair

START Art Fair will return to the Saatchi Gallery for its fifth edition, providing a platform for emerging artists and young galleries worldwide. Exhibitor presentations and curated projects will feature some of the newest, most exciting contemporary art from over 50 artists and 25 countries. Until 16 September,

Vilebrequin’s Womens Pop-Up in Mayfair

Vilebrequin's Womens Pop-Up in Mayfair

Taking over Burlington Arcade until September, the iconic French brand Velebrequin has transformed a 20 square foot space into a flawlessly intimate underwater oasis. Selling a specially curated selection of products from bikini’s to swimsuits, and beachwear, there’s nowhere better to get your summer wardrobe this year. 10-11 Burlington Arcade, London.  Until the end of  September, 

Sunrise Yoga with Pandora Paloma at


Pandora Paloma, holistic nutrition and life coach and founder of , will be hosting an hour-long sunrise yoga class at the newly-opened . Pandora is a trained life coach and a 200-hour trained yoga teacher, specialising in vinyasa flow and restorative yoga, as well as meditation techniques and breath-work. The class will take you through moves designed to relax your body and rejuvenate the mind and is suitable for any ability. Tickets can be claimed for free from

Sublime Symmetry, Guildhall Art Gallery

William De Morgan, Persian Coloured Rice Dish (1872 - 1907)

Inspired by ancient Persian pottery and a trainee of Wiliam Morris, William De Morgan went onto become a leading ceramist of the late-Victorian period. Son of Augustus De Morgan, the first Professor of Mathematics at University College London, William had maths in his blood. Morgan Senior tutored Countess Ada Lovelace – the first computer programmer. No wonder, then, that his son saw beauty in symmetry and satisfaction in well-proportioned craft.

14 September

Richard Rosen Yoga Workshops

Renowned Californian teacher Richard Rosen will join triyoga this September for an exclusive five class workshop on the importance of hollows (e.g. the backs of our knees) and domes (e.g. the cranial vault). His thorough knowledge on the subject will have you leaving the workshop with a thorough understanding of how to incorporate these movements and exercises in your own practice. Drop in to one-off classes or join the whole workshop programme, and tune into Richard Rosen and triyoga’s podcast to hear more about the authenticity and purpose of yoga. Sign up at . 

Anya Hindmarch’s Chubby Cloud

Anya Hindmarch Chubby Cloud

In celebration of London Fashion Week, British brand Anya Hindmarch has created Chubby Cloud, an ‘experiential installation’ inspired by the cloud motif in their new ‘Chubby’ collection. Hosted in from 14-16th September, visitors are able to experience, jump on, sink into, crawl up in and have a nap on the world’s largest beanbag. Under the breathtaking Reubens ceiling there’ll be talks, bedtime stories, meditations and music, along with Chubby Cloud inspired cakes in the Chubby Cloud Café and the chance to buy the latest Chubby Collection alongside items available exclusively at the event. Highlights include Derek Blasberg in conversation with Edie Campbell, talks by ’s Yana Peel and by Daisy Goodwin, the creator of ITV’s ‘Victoria’, Imran Ahmed of and Anya Hindmarch herself. Tickets available at

The M & Rich Energy Sunset Polo Party

On September 14th, the will play host to a partnership between, and M Bar & Grill Twickenham for an afternoon of steak, cocktails and polo. Ticket holders will be welcomed with a cocktail reception followed by a 3-course Argentinian-style meal prepared by chef Mike Reid. Mingle with polo players and try your hand at one of the world’s oldest sports to win prizes and to finish off this glamorous VIP experience, guests will be escorted to the Ham Polo Club for a BBQ, live music, and DJs playing on into the night. Tickets £95 available at

15 September

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

Before his death last year, Azzedine Alaïa worked with the Design Museum to curate an exhibition of his works called The Couturier. Stories from his life are told through over 60 garments that give an insight to the designer, who very much danced to the beat of his own drum. Until 7 October,

The Murdér Express

Hop on Board a 19th-century dining car for an immersive experience of top-class food and theatre. Until 23 September,

Hix Oyster Festival

Oyster Festival

For a day of oyster-eating, seasonal drink-pairing and a whole lotta shucking, head to Mark Hix’s Oyster & Chop House on September 15th for his annual Oyster Festival. Guests will meet and hear from oyster growers from all over the country and, of course, eat as many as possible – British rock and native oysters are priced at only £1. Tickets from £5,

Contagion, Touring

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Contagion, photo Chris Nash

The pandemic of influenza that devastated Europe as the First World War ended killed more people than all the casualties of that horrific conflict. Contagion, a new ballet by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, boldly re-visits this terrifying time in a work commisioned by , an arts venue with a remit to re-imagine those years of turbulence. So many artists and poets were slain in the deadly clash of nations but little is felt or known of the victims of its aftermath like the painter Egon Schiele who died as the disease, known then as Spanish Flu, swept the world from India to the West. A surprising postscript to the acts of artistic remembrance.

16 September

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings at The Royal Academy

The Royal Academy of Arts are hosting an impressive event this September to mark 50 years of Renzo Piano’s pioneering work. The five month long event will be the first up-close exhibition in London about the spectacular architect in almost 30 years. The fascinating exhibition will take you through his life whilst focusing on key aspects which have marked his career and changed several cities skylines forever. Head down to Piccadilly to explore one of the greatest architects of our time and get an an insight into his current projects.  Until 20 January, 

Renzo Piano

17 September

Adrian Houston: A Portrait of The Tree

After realising that many of our trees were at risk from global warming and disease, Adrian Houston set out to give trees a voice. He asked people such as Richard Branson and Jasper Conran what their favourite tree was before photographing it. Until 28 September,

AH Helmingham

19 September

London Design Fair

Amidst the bustle of LDF, designers will come together at to share specially curated products. Don’t miss the Sunday panel on kitchen design with Deodora & CO’s very own Carole Annett. Make your way to see some of the 120 showrooms and over 600 luxury brands showcased at The Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.  Until 23 September, 


Koestler Trust x Southbank Centre: ‘I’m Still Here’

'Lucy', from HM Young Offenders Institution, Cookham Wood

Koestler Trust’s 11th exhibition in partnership with Southbank Centre, I’m Still Here, presents art by offenders, secure patients and detainees, curated by the inmates’ families to allow a personal exploration of what it’s like to have a loved one behind bars.

21 September

Christian Marclay: The Clock

The product of years of painstaking research; Marclay poured through hours of clock footage to produce a real-time 24 installation of clocks. Taking the viewer through myriad film genres, once a month the gallery will remain open for 24 hours to allow visitors to watch the whole installation as intended. Until 20 January, 

The Inheritance, West End

Directed by Stephan Daldry, The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez comes to the West End after a sell-out Young Vic run. Transposing E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End to 21st century New York, the epic play in two parts asks what it’s like to be a gay man after the AIDS crisis.

24 September

Mooncake Festival at Tea Room

On September 24th, the will celebrate the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival in traditional Canton-chic style. Alongside their delectable classic menu will be mooncake treats and occasion-themed cocktails. There will be music, there will be celebrating and there will mouth-wateringly good food. Tickets from £11.80, 

Mooncake Festival at Tea Room

25 September

The Clumsies at Blind Spot

From 25 – 28 September, will be bringing their expertise to the heart of Covent Garden, mixing away behind Blind Spot’s boutique tea counter façade and secret golden hand. Guests will be able to sample a selection of award-winning serves from the bar ranked 6th in  The Blind Spot team, with their own ‘Spin the Globe’ menu of international cocktails, are delighted to be welcoming a taste of Athens through their hidden door this September. From Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 September, free booking at 


26 September

Dance Umbrella

dance umbrella

The 40th anniversary of London’s international dance festival, Dance Umbrella, features Big Dance Theatre’s new romp told through the diaries of Samuel Pepys. Other highlights of this Old Vic festival include Sasha Milavic Davies’  – a celebration of female movement created by over 200 London women. 26 September – 21 October.

27 September

Aēsop Richmond’s Dinner Series

Head down to Aēsop Richmond and take a seat at one of their unique dinners to explore the transformative journey of seasonal ingredients. With an event taking place each season, guests will learn about the ingredients on their plates from initial growth through various treatments. 27 September – 8 November, tickets from £70, 

Aēsop Richmond's Dinner Series, plate of food

Allelujah! at The Bridge Theatre

Bennett’s work is back onstage after the writer’s five year hiatus. In Allelujah, Beth is an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital, serving a town on the edge of the Pennines. When the hospital is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive, a documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. Until 29 September.

Riedel’s Ultimate Sensory Wine & Glass Experience

Maximilian Riedel, 11th generation CEO of the legendary wine glass producer Riedel, will be travelling to London to host the ultimate sensory wine and glass experience for wine consumers. Maximilian will lead guests through a sensory experience, showcasing the phenomenal difference that glassware can make to the ability to enjoy fine wine. The tasting will take place at the stunning Royal Horticultural Halls in London where Maximilian will guide those present through an enjoyable and educational tutored session.  All attendees will also take home a Riedel Performance Tasting Set, worth £90, free of charge. Tickets from £60 per person, available at


30 September

Beauty & Wellness Convention

Beauty & Wellness Convention

On September 30th, beauty, fashion and wellness lovers are invited to newest edition of The Beauty & Wellness Convention event. Set in the , the event will host talks by industry professionals and A-listers including Dr Agnes Electra, and in the  Conference Hub, with the aim of helping visitors to ‘look good and feel great’ whilst taking responsibility in the fight to make the world a greener place. Meet personal trainers, skin care specialists, personal stylists, nutritionists and make-up artists amongst the strong speaker line-up, and enjoy complimentary classes at the Wellness Studio. To top it all off, nosey around the curated Green Shopping Village for the best brands in health, beauty and wellness. Tickets £10,

1 October

IWM London; BBC One, London

and in association with the BBC, have commissioned Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to create a new film about the First World War. The film is being made exclusively with original archive footage from the Imperial War Museum and audio from the BBC archives. The footage has been hand-colourised and restored using the finest digital techniques and will premiere as part of the in 2018 and air on BBC One. Screenings throughout October & November. 

Foxfinder at The Ambassadors Theatre

Iwan Rheon

Dawn King’s Foxfinder will have its West End premiere starring Olivier Award-winner Iwan Rheon. William Bloor, a foxfinder, arrives at Judith and Samuel Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected fox infestation. The Covey’s harvest has failed to meet their target and the government wants to know why. Trained from childhood, William is fixated on his mission to unearth the animals that must be to blame for the Covey’s woes. The unsettling and dark, comic drama is directed by Rachel O’Riordan, whose production of Killology at the Royal Court won the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre. Until 5 Jan 2019. 

PAD London

PAD London, the internationally acclaimed art and design fair, returns to Berkeley Square for its 12th edition. Set to turn heads this year are the unconventional Objet d’Emotion jewellery presentations byValeryy Demure, which will be the first of contemporary jewellery to ever show at PAD.

3 October

Survey, Jerwood Gallery

Simeon Barclay, Handicap (2016). Multi colour neon, black acrylic. Photograph Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. Image courtesy of the artist

Through its web of alumni artists and informed curators, The Jerwood Charitable Foundation has taken the country’s creative heartbeat. Established artists have nominated two artists in the first five years of their career, a list that has been whittled down from 72 to 15, whose work reflect the state of the artistic landscape throughout the country. Political and challenging, this will be the ultimate one to watch list.

4 October

Moniker Art Fair at The Old Truman Brewery

Moniker Art Fair once again brings a tour de force of urban art to Brick Lane’s . The fair ups the ante this year in a partnership with Berlin’s to mark urban art’s rise to prominence in both the public eye and personal collections.

5 October

Jude Christian’s othellomacbeth

In othellomacbeth, Shakespeare’s two brutal, poetic plays are condensed and told from the female perspective. Under the direction of Jude Christian, cycles of violence give way, allowing the wronged women of Othello to exact their revenge on Macbeth in a society showing the cracks of patriarchy.

6 October

Crafty Fox Market

Crafty Fox Market

The October edition of the ‘ultimate craft market’ returns to Elephant & Castle for a one-day event of independent, artisan shopping. Meet 30+ brilliant traders selling a range of products including prints, jewellery and organic beauty and take part in a free drawing workshop from . Until 4 September, free entry, 

9 October

Gig: The Vryll Society

Rocky and electro, this Liverpudlian band have created a moreish sound for nostalgic, contemporary types. More, please.

13 October

King Lear

The Dule of York Theatre’s King Lear will supposedly be Ian McKellen’s last go at Shakespeare in a staging so intimate that half the theatre’s stall seats were removed. Until 3 November,

17 October

Souljourn Yoga Experience with The Girls Home

The Girls Home presents an evening with The Souljourn Yoga Foundation of New York. Enjoy a relaxing evening in the magical surroundings of 42 Acres in Shoreditch from 7.30 pm. Snacks and drinks will be served after an hour Global Yoga Class. Everyone who attends will be lucky enough to receive a goody bag containing stress-busting gifts! There will be the beautiful & exclusive The Home of Love Merchandise available to buy on the evening to further support The Girls Home project. 7.15pm, 17 October, tickets from £32.00 at 

21 October

Magnus Lindberg – Triumph to Exist, Royal Festival Hall

Composer Magnus Lindberg marks the centenary of Armistice with a major new work using the text of Edith Södergran’s poem Triumph to Exist, as part of . The  and Choir will premiere Lindberg’s new setting of the poem at the Royal Festival Hall alongside three other works with powerful wartime resonance: Debussy’s Berceuse héroïqueRequiem Canticles, Stravinsky’s adaptation of the Catholic requiem mass; and The Eternal Gospel, Janáček’s 1914 oratorio. Until 10 November, tickets available through 

23 October

Gig: Cat Power

Cat Power

Multi-talent extraordinaire Chan Marshall is vocalist, songwriter and producer to her new album Wandered – with exquisite results.

24 October

Gig: Khruangbin


Born in Texas and influenced by 60s and 70s Thai funk, this new band’s twangy instrumental feels familiar yet unique. Meditative and psychedelic.

25 October

Gig: Lord Huron

Lord Huron

Their song The Night We Met featured in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, and went platinum in January. Worthy endorsement or not, this combination of folk, acoustic and electro is just right.

26 October

Artes Mundi 8 at National Museum Cardiff

Bouchra Khalili. The Tempest Society. Digital film. 2017. Sound. Colour.

Artes Mundi 8, the UK’s political prize for art that engages with everyday life and social issues, opens its shortlist exhibition at . The prize of £40,000 is up for grabs by contenders Anna Boghiguian, , Trevor Paglen and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross

Architect Thomas Heatherwick's studio in Coal Drops Yard

Coal Drops Yard opens in King’s Cross, giving the historical coal facility a new life as a 50 store-strong shopping district with the likes of Pual Smith and Barrafina interwoven in a contemporary design with the surviving structures, street and rich ironwork of the original Victorian coal drops.

27 October

First Amongst Equals at the Foundling Museum

First Amongst Equals at the Foundling Museum

As part of The Foundling Museum’s year-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the centenary of female suffrage and International Women’s Day, Maker Not Muse is a series of talks which rewrites the narrative of women as artists and creators rather than subject of matter. About time too. Until 13 Jan 2019,

29 October

Gig: Jennie Abrahamson

Jennie Abrahamson

A hit in her native Sweden, her fifth album Reverseries develops Abrahamson’s dreamlike and ethereal sound. Original and energising.

30 October

Fire & Fury, Sadler’s Wells

Yvette Knight, Fire and Fury

When courtiers first saw Louis XIV dressed in a gold lamé, a radial crown around his face, they little thought this was the start of a great art form – ballet. The Roi Soleil made a political as well as an artistic point. The ‘s The King Dances imagines the beginnings of ballet among the extravagant court when Louis led the arts of Europe – and established his own one-man state. In the same evening, a new dance – Ignite – will premiere, inspired by Turner’s The Burning of the House of Lords and Commons. Bravo, Birmingham.

20 November

Pinter at the Pinter

Harold Pinter
A roll call of great names, including Keith Allen, Martin Freeman and Celia Imrie, will tread the boards in Pinter at the Pinter, a season where all 20 one-act-plays by the 20th-century playwright will run together for the very first time, and at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Until 26 January 2019.

28 November

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 191-33

Albert Birkle, The Acrobat Schulz V 1921

Albert Birkle, The Acrobat Schulz V 1921

Tate Modern explores the art of the Weimar Republic (1919-33) in a year-long, free display, drawing upon the rich holdings of The George Economou Collection. This presentation of around seventy paintings and works on paper addresses the complex paradoxes of the Weimar era, in which liberalisation and anti-militarism flourished in tandem with political and economic uncertainty. Until 14 July 2019 

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