September in London 2018

 
 
 
 
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The Second Violinist
Hacienda Classical
Boy Blue Entertainment
The Great River Race
Christian Marclay: The Clock
The London Design Festival
Videogames
I Object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent
OnBlackheath
London Brunch Fest
Barnes Film Festival
James Graham's Sketching
Missing
Revive at Studio 5: Havana Moon
Dance Umbrella
Antony and Cleopatra
Chilly Gonzales
Wanderlust 108
Art Car Boot Fair
Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival
Goose Island LDN Block Party
Hospitality in the Park
Chiswick House Dog Show
Nomad Cinema: Brompton Cemetery
Champagne Bar by Shalini Misra at Decorex 2018
Prom 75: Last Night Of The Proms
BBC Proms in the Park
Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance
Olivier Award winner Iwan Rheon stars in Foxfinder
Designjunction
100% Design
Space Shifters
Tamara Rojo is at the Festival of Ideas
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room
Pinter At The Pinter: One For The Road / The New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes To Ashes
Pinter At The Pinter: The Lover / The Collection
HowTheLightGetsIn
London Transport Museum's Depot Open Weekend - Moving London
This Vexed Question: 500 Years Of Women In Medicine
HighTide Festival
Black Mirror
Ribera: Art of Violence
Kraft Beer Oktoberfest
Open House London
English National Ballet: Lest We Forget
The Turner Prize 2018
Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue
Holy Sh!t
London Design Biennale
Michael Walters and Michael Marcus star in The Inheritance: Part 2
 

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Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo are at the National, the V&A offers a 'hands-on' Videogames experience and Shard architect Renzo Piano is the first to be shown at the new Architecture Studio at the Royal Academy of Arts. LondonTown has the best London events starting in September 2018.

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ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company: Sylvia

This dance piece brings to life the struggles of Suffragette Sylvia Pabkhurst.

Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station , Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 01st - 22nd September 2018

 

Dance, hip hop, soul and funk combine to bring to life the struggles of Sylvia Pankhurst, a leading figure in the Suffragette movement, in a dance drama co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. Sylvia is a co-production between the ZooNation dance company, Old Vic and Sadler's Wells, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW.

 
 
 

London Brunch Fest

A festival dedicated to breakfast in bread, smashed avocado and the full English.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 01st - 02nd September 2018

 

A food festival dedicated to our favourite weekend meal, somewhere between breakfast and lunch, London Brunch Fest takes over The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, on the first weekend of September. The Barge House, famous for their breakfasts in breads - a sourdough loaf hollowed out and packed with all your breakfast favourites - Urban Pantry (runner-up in Time Out Love London Awards 'Most Loved Local Brunch Spot'), and The Dayrooms Cafe are just three of the restaurants serving up their best brunch menus. As well as the headline restaurants there's a marketplace full of brunch and breakfast related treats plus a programme of talks and events. Love brunch? Check out our favourite London Brunch spots.

 
 
 

Totally Thames

A month of events to celebrate London's main waterway.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station , Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 01st - 30th September 2018

 

Month-long event Totally Thames returns this September with river-related events taking place along the river's entire 42-mile course through the capital. The festival - much of which is free - celebrates the main waterway which winds its way through the heart of the city, through a diverse mix of art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges at various riverside locations from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond. This year, the event looks at the river as a source of creativity that connects London to other cities around the world. Events include Rivers of the World, an exhibition of river-inspired artwork created by young people from around the world; Mother Danube, a week of free performance at unique riverside locations; and Bascule Chamber Concerts, a programme of events curated by Iain Chambers in the atmospheric subterranean Victorian space.

 
 
 

London Design Biennale

Design installations and exhibitions from 40 countries, cities and territories.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 04th - 23rd September 2018

 

Produced by the team behind the London Design Festival, the three-week long London Design Biennale brings an international element to the design festival. Held for the first time in 2016, the biennale returns in 2018 bringing design installations and exhibitions from 40 countries, cities and territories to the heart of the capital. Exhibitors respond to this year's theme 'Emotional States' through contemporary design, their immersive presentations occupying the former royal palace at Somerset House, including the famous Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace.

 
 
 

About Leo

This play delves into the world of English-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington.

Jermyn Street Theatre, 16B Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LT

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 05th - 29th September 2018

 

This September, Jermyn Street Theatre hosts the world premiere of Alice Allemano's About Leo. Directed by Michael Oakley, the play delves into the world of English-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington, renowned for her surrealist works that continue to be exhibited at galleries across the world. Moving from modern Mexico to 1930s France, the story follows Carrington - a notoriously reclusive individual - as she meets with journalist Eliza Prentice, who has a family connection that needs to be explored.

 
 
 
 

Nomad Cinema: Brompton Cemetery

See Frankenstein, Rebecca and Jane Eyre amid the headstones of the west London cemetery.

Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, Kilburn, London, SW10 9UG

Tube: Fulham Broadway Station

 

Dates: 05th - 07th September 2018

 

This September Nomad Cinema sets up the big screen amongst the colonnades and catacombs of Brompton Cemetery for a trio of shadowy screenings. It starts with the 1931 cinematic version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in the year of the 200th anniversary of the publication of the book. Hitchcock's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, follows. Finally, on the Friday night, the 2011 film of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, with Judi Dench as the housekeeper, Mrs Fairfax, is shown in atmospheric cemetery. Each of the three screenings will be introduced with a five minute reading from the source novel. You're welcome to BYO picnic and/or enjoy the catering on site but note: there are no alcoholic drinks for sale so bring your own but only in plastic bottles or cans - no glass is permitted. Enter via Old Brompton Road North Gate.

 
 
 

Unlimited Festival

Festival celebrating the artistic vision and originality of disabled artists.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 05th - 09th September 2018

 

It was one of the highlights of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012 now, six years on, the biennial Unlimited Festival returns to the Southbank Centre celebrating the artistic vision and originality of disabled artists. Highlights of this year's festival include the British Paraorchestra, Jess Thom (aka Tourettes Hero), writer and comedian Jackie Hagan and comedian Lawrence Clark who stops off at the Southbank while touring with his show, The Irresponsible Father's Guide To Parenting, following its premiere at this year's Edinburgh Festival. The all-blind Inner Vision Orchestra, led by blind sitar master Baluji Shrivastav, brings together dancers, musicians, storytelling and film, and asks its audience to consider sight and sightlessness inAntardrishti - Inner Vision.

 
 
 

Holy Sh!t

A Jewish couple tries to get their child into the local Church Of England school.

Kiln Theatre (formerly Tricycle Theatre), 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR

Tube: Kilburn Station

 

Dates: 5th September to 6th October 2018

 

For the opening production of the Kiln Theatre (the newly refurbished replacement for the Tricycle Theatre) Indhu Rubasingham directs the premiere of Holy Sh!t, a dark comedy by Alexis Zegerman which follows the antics of a Jewish couple trying to get their child into the local Church Of England school. What begins as a light comedy goes to some dark places as the play explores issues of race, religion and identity and how identity changes when you become a parent. NOTE: Not suitable for under 14s.

 
 
 

The Second Violinist

Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy's modern opera - a foreboding story of a life falling apart.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 06th - 08th September 2018

 

The latest collaboration between Irish playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy, The Second Violinist is a modern opera that tells the foreboding story of a life falling apart. The drama at the Barbican unfolds as Martin, an orchestral violinist, is consumed by social media platforms, morbid fantasies and violent video games. Seeking solace in the music of Italian Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, his inner turmoil becomes ever more apparent as he searches for beauty in a dark world. Concluding its five star reviewThe Guardian said, "Like its recurring filmed image of a murmuration of starlings, it soars."

 
 
 

I Object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent

Symbols of protest, these objects have been used to mock the powerful and give a voice to the people.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 6th September 2018 to 20th January 2019

 

Journalist, historian and Have I Got News For You regular Ian Hislop has been on a mission to find stories of dissent, subversion and satire hidden within the vast collections of the British Museum for I Object, the museum's new autumn exhibition. Exploring how people have used objects to subvert official ideology and to mock the powerful throughout history, the display highlights handpicked objects associated with dissent - like the suffragettes of the Edwardian era, and the work of outspoken Chinese artists. Often anonymously created, the pieces give a voice to those who would otherwise be without one. From a defaced Roman bust to 18th century satirical prints to modern African cloth, each object has been chosen because of the subversive or satirical message it carries. A highlight of the exhibition is an artwork by Banksy, a hoax piece called Peckham Rock which was secretly 'installed' by the artist in the museum in 2005.

 
 
 
 

An Adventure

Award-winning writer Vinay Patel presents a new work.

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line) , Goldhawk Road Station, Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)

 

Dates: 6th September to 20th October 2018

 

Renowned for his BATA Award-winning BBC drama Murdered by My Father and the critically acclaimed True Brits, Vinay Patel returns to the Bush Theatre with An Adventure. An epic and technicolour love story, it starts in 1954 with a woman who's just discovered that, having been told she's doomed to marry one of five men, she might end up with the person she'd been hoping for all along. Following headstrong Jyoti and her suitor Rasik, it takes audiences on a journey through the fall of the Empire, travelling from the shores of post-Partition India to the forest of Mau Mau Kenya and then the industrial upheaval of 1970s London.

 
 
 

Phoenix Season

The centre celebrates the reopening of its Grand Hall with this special season.

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 

Dates: 6th September 2018 to 28th January 2019

 

Three years since the Grand Hall at the Battersea Arts Centre was devastated by a major fire, the hall reopens with great fanfare with a dedicated Phoenix Season. The series will be made up of shows that celebrate people's determination and creativity, giving platforms to artists and leaders of the future. With its run interrupted by the fire back in 2015, Missing by physical theatre company Gecko will be the opening production of the season while other shows include Adam, the true story of a young Egyptian trans man; I'm A Phoenix, Bitch, Bryony Kimmings' first solo show; and Superblackman an exploration of power, mental health and representation.

 
 
 

Missing

This show takes audiences on a journey into a world of striking imagery, multiple languages and beautiful music.

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 

Dates: 06th - 15th September 2018

 

Acclaimed physical dance theatre company Gecko were halfway through their run of Missing in 2015, when the Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre was destroyed by fire present. So it's entirely appropriate that they should be the ones to reopen the performance space to complete the run of their visually stunning show. The visceral performance looks at the warped psyche of a woman called Lily and what happens when she unearths the depths of her forgotten past. Audiences will be taken into a world of striking imagery, multiple languages and beautiful music. The show is part of the Phoenix Season which reopens the Grand Hall.

 
 
 

Foxfinder

Dawn King's darkly comic thriller comes to the West End with an all-star cast.

Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 6th September 2018 to 5th January 2019

 

Olivier Award winner Iwan Rheon, who plays Ramsay Bolton in Game Of Thrones, stars alongside Poldark actress Heida Reed, Olivier nominee Bryony Hannah (Call the Midwife) and Paul Nicholls in the West End premiere staging of Dawn King's darkly comic thriller. Gifted foxfinder William Bloor arrives at the Covey farm to eliminate a vulpine infestation. Instead, he unearths dark secrets that hint at far greater dangers in the countryside. Rachel O'Riordan, whose production of Killology at the Royal Court won her the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre, directs.

 
 
 

Pinter At The Pinter: One For The Road / The New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes To Ashes

Jamie Lloyd marks the 10th anniversary of the playwright's death, featuring an all-star cast.

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 6th September to 20th October 2018

 

The Jamie Lloyd Company's season of Harold Pinter's one-act plays - featuring all Pinter's short plays as well as some of his poems and sketches at the theatre named after him - begins with a quartet of his most political works. The Pinter at the Pinter series, which marks the 10th anniversary of the playwright's death, features an all-star cast. This initial programme, to kick things off, stars Paapa Essiedu, Kate O'Flynn, Sir Antony Sher and Maggie Steed. It includes One For The Road, in which a tenacious government official interrogates a dissident and his family, and the premiere of Pinter's newly-discovered satirical sketch, The Pres and an Officer. Lloyd directs all of the plays except for Ashes To Ashes, which is directed by Lia Williams.

 
 
 
 

Revive at Studio 5: Havana Moon

Dancers, actors, Cuban-themed food and cocktails recreate The Rolling Stone's Havana Moon concert.

Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0HX

Tube: Stepney Green Station

 

Dates: 07th September 2018

 

Even if you weren't at The Rolling Stones' 2016 concert in the Cuban capital you'll feel as if you were at this fully immersive screening of their iconic gig at the Troxy. Dancers, actors, Cuban-themed food and cocktails, as well as large-scale set designs, recreate The Rolling Stone's Havana Moon concert. The free, open-air gig in Havana was staged in the week Barack Obama's historic visit opened up the country and was originally witnessed by over half a million fans. Revive at Studio 5, who specialise in immersive screenings of iconic gigs, use the latest cinematic technology, lighting equipment and concert production sound so audiences can relive incredible music events with hundreds of other fans.

 
 
 

Tower of London Food Festival

A fabulous food and drink festival in the dry moat of the Tower of London.

Tower Of London, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 07th - 09th September 2018

 

Join Michel Roux Jr, Nadiya Hussain and Melissa Hemsley for a fabulous food and drink festival in the dry moat of the Tower of London. The three-day Tower of London Food Festival has over 100 hand-picked artisan producers, live music at the bandstand, vintage games and hands-on culinary masterclasses in 'The Classroom'. Top celebrity chefs and cooking experts Jose Pizarro, Marcus Bean and Billy and Jack, runners up on BBC One's MasterChef in 2016, will be doing live demos, interviews and book signings. What's more, all tickets include free entry into the Tower of London itself.

 
 
 

St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival

Vintage sailing and motor boats are brought together for the event's 10th anniversary.

St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge Approach, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 07th - 09th September 2018

 

Climb on board classic, historic and working boats, which are moored in St Katharine Docks next to Tower Bridge, at the St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival, returning for its 10th anniversary in 2018. The annual celebration brings together 40 vintage sailing and motor boats including 15 Little Dunkirk Ships, the heroic vessels from the 1940 Dunkirk evacuations. There will also be live entertainment as a programme of waterside activities including stand-up paddle boarding, canoe tasting sessions, a treasure quest and live music from The National Youth Jazz Orchestra. There will be food and drink on offer as well as an array of nautical stalls. It's all part of Totally Thames, a month-long celebration of London's primary waterway.

 
 
 

Festival of Ideas

Gilbert & George, Tamara Rojo and Es Devlin appear at the RA's celebration of creativity.

Royal Academy Of Arts at 6 Burlington Gardens, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ES

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 07th - 16th September 2018

 

A ten day celebration of creativity, culture and critical thinking, the first Festival of Ideas at the Royal Academy of Arts calls on a veritable who's who of the art world to share their thoughts. Held in the new 250-seat Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, at the Royal Academy's newly revamped campus, the line-up includes Gilbert & George, Director of the V&A Tristram Hunt and artist and designer Es Devlin - whose latest project adds a fifth lion to Trafalgar Square for the London Design Festival. Playwright James Graham and Rupert Goold, artistic director of the Almeida Theatre, come together to talk about making theatre. You'll also get the chance to hear from Bob and Roberta Smith, photographers David Bailey and Don McCullin, author Sebastian Faulks and artistic director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo, among others. There's a family strand with at talk by The Tiger Who Came to Tea author Judith Kerr, interactive storytelling and appearances from Lauren Child and Cressida Cowell.

 
 
 

Videogames

This major new show looks at the complexity of video games and their importance in the design field.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 8th September 2018 to 24th February 2019

 

Embracing the current renaissance in Videogames, the V&A presents a major new show this September. The first show to fully consider the complexity of video games as an important design field, it will look at how a new wave of designers, players and critics are pushing the medium's boundaries. Exploring the design and culture of the medium since the mid-2000s - when fast-tracked technology increased access to the internet - the exhibition will investigate groundbreaking contemporary design work and rebellious player communities, as well as the political conversations that define this movement. Visitors will be able to explore large-scale immersive multimedia installations and take part in hands-on interactive experiences. Object-based displays will also be present, providing a glimpse of design materials from leading studios.

 
 
 
 

The Great River Race

The rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, with over 330 boats taking part.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station , Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 08th September 2018

 

Regarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race gathers over 330 boats for a 21.6 mile race from the Isle of Dogs in east London to Ham House west of London. Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way along the Thames to the idyllic semi-rural Richmond shores. Since launching in 1987, entries have snowballed from a mere 72 entrants to a massive 330 boats carrying over 2,000 competitors, racing for 35 trophies. Festivities along the river at Richmond begin at noon with live music, a children's beach, donkey rides and food and drink stalls, finishing with a spectacular riverside party at Ham.

 
 
 

OnBlackheath

Squeeze headlines on Saturday and Paloma Faith tops the bill on Sunday.

Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0UA

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 08th - 09th September 2018

 

Music and food festival OnBlackheath returns this September for its fifth year with Squeeze headlining on Saturday and Platinum-selling British artist and fellow Londoner Paloma Faith top of the bill for Sunday. Billy Bragg, The Divine Comedy, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Lightning Seeds, De La Soul, Craig Charles Funk and Soul and Huey Morgan are just some of the acts announced in the first round of confirmed artists. There's more jazz-funk from the James Taylor Quartet, Mexican music by The Mariachis and snooker legend Steve Davis takes to the decks with collaborator Kavus Torabi. As well as the music, there's street food, bars and fun family entertainment.

 
 
 

Prom 75: Last Night Of The Proms

Sir Andrew Davies conducts the rousing finale of the 8 week classical music festival.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 08th September 2018

 

Sir Andrew Davies conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Singers, with saxophonist Jess Gillam and baritone Gerald Finley, in the annual feast of classical music. The Last Night of the Proms, which brings the annual celebration of classical music to a rousing close, features Parry's Blest Pair Of Sirens, Wood's Fantasia on British Sea-Songs, Arne's Rule, Britannia!, 'Land Of Hope And Glory', Jerusalem and The National Anthem. Tickets are almost as hard to come by as Centre Court passes for the Wimbledon finals, but like the tennis, the whole thing is broadcast live on the BBC - and all round the world. Plus, on the same night, there's the popular Proms in the Park party in nearby Hyde Park.

 
 
 

BBC Proms in the Park

Gladys Knight, Matt Goss and Lisa Stansfield join Michael Ball in Hyde Park.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 08th September 2018

 

Held on the same night as the Last Night of the Proms, Proms in the Park is Britain's largest outdoor classical music event and offers a rousing alternative finale to two months of the BBC Proms for those unable to snare tickets to the Royal Albert Hall. Held in nearby Hyde Park, the BBC Proms in the Park has its own line-up featuring Gladys Knight, Matt Goss and Lisa Stansfield as well as Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban, and the tenor Joseph Calleja. They'll join Proms in the Park favourites the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe. Presented by BBC Radio 2's Michael Ball, it's a great place to enjoy five hours of evening entertainment and a live big-screen link-up to the Royal Albert Hall for the traditional Last Night sing-along followed by a sensational firework finale to cap things off.

 
 
 

Chilly Gonzales

The award-winning Canadian pianist performs from his Solo Piano album cycle.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th September 2018

 

Grammy-Award-winning Canadian pianist and composer Chilly Gonzales, who last year appeared in London in "a mesmerising evening" (Financial Times) at the Barbican alongside Jarvis Cocker, plays the second of two London concerts, following his Cadogan Hall appearance with this show at Queen Elizabeth Hall. He performs an hour of pieces from his Solo Piano album cycle, after which he is joined by Stella Le Page on cello and Joe Flory on drums to perform hits and hidden surprises from the rest of his repertoire. Famous for the way he intersperses his live performance with entertaining commentary, this performance is no different with playful explanations about how music works.

 
 
 
 

Divine Proportions

A unique dining experience that brings together feast and fetish.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 11th September 2018 to 12th January 2019

 

Renowned for hosting quirky and immersive events, the Vaults keep up the tradition with Divine Proportions, a unique dining experience that brings together feast and fetish. Based on the story of Dionysus, God of Wine and Merriment, the immersive event takes the ancient Greek myth as a starting point and offers an exploration of female beauty and sensuality, personal freedom, expression of gender fluidity and sexual desire. Guests will be led on a mythical and theatrical journey before sitting down to enjoy a feast inspired by Greek mythology. Expect juniper and beetroot cured salmon, roast guinea fowl breast with orange saffron, and caramelised white chocolate with coconut milk and Manuka honey ganache. Following dinner, it will be time to venture to the Underworld for late-night revelry amongst the darker celestial beings.

 
 
 

Boy Blue Entertainment: Blak Whyte Gray

Boy Blue's critically acclaimed piece returns to the Barbican.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 12th - 15th September 2018

 

Boy Blue's critically acclaimed Blak Whyte Gray returns to the Barbican, following its Olivier Award nomination in 2017. Created by Boy Blue's founders Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy and Michael 'Mikey J' Asante, the piece pairs hip-hop dance with the rhythmical groove of music and moves evoking Africa. Giving expression to experiences of contemporary life in a world in flux, Blak Whyte Gray is infused with an unexpected abstract quality. There's a "rich and melancholy joy" says The Guardian of Blue Boy's dance piece, as the company tackles "the nature of identity in an awesome three-part show".

 
 
 

Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance

Classical and contemporary dance by the prima ballerina.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 12th - 16th September 2018

 

The famous Russian ballerina, Natalia Osipova, performs classical and contemporary ballet pieces, as well as showcasing new works. Contemporary pieces by Alexei Ratmansky and Ivan Perezan are added to by an original solo created for her by Yuka Oishi, whose piece Renku, choreographed with Orkan Dann, won the Rolf Mares Prize for Outstanding Creation of the Year in 2012. Special guest, American Ballet Theatre Principal David Hallberg, joins Osipova in two duets and dancers Jason Kittelberger and Jonathan Goddard complete the company. Goddard joins Osipova in Flutter, a new work by rising star Ivan Perez, who has created work for Ballet Moscow and Balletboyz.

 
 
 

Pinter At The Pinter: The Lover / The Collection

David Suchet stars in Part two of Jamie Lloyd's season of one-act Pinter plays.

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 13th September to 20th October 2018

 

Part two of The Jamie Lloyd Company's season of Harold Pinter's one-act plays brings a bruising double-bill of comedies starring John Macmillan, Hayley Squires, David Suchet and Russell Tovey (best known for playing the werewolf George Sands in BBC drama Being Human). The programme includes two miniature comedic masterpieces from the 1960s, The Lover and The Collection. The former features a conventional, suburban couple in unconventional circumstances; the latter explores the sexual desires of two London couples.

 
 
 

Christian Marclay: The Clock

Marclay's unique 24-hour installation goes on display for free.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 14th September 2018 to 20th January 2019

 

Sees Christian Marclay's unique installation, The Clock, at Tate Modern this autumn. Twenty-four hours long, the mesmerising piece is a montage of thousands of film and televisions images of clocks, edited together to show the actual time. Several years of rigorous and painstaking research and production led to the piece, with the final result showcasing a vast range of narratives, settings and moods with the space of a few minutes. Visitors will be able to see the installation for free during the day while once a month the gallery will remain open throughout the night to allow the full 24-hour installation to be shown.

 
 
 
 

Renzo Piano

The Shard architect is the subject of the first exhibition in the RA's Architecture Studio.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 15th September 2018 to 20th January 2019

 

He has designed some of the most striking buildings in our modern cities, from the Pompidou Centre in Paris to The Shard in London and the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. In September 2018, Renzo Piano is the subject of the first annual architecture exhibition in the Royal Academy of Arts' newly refurbished galleries in Burlington Gardens. The first survey exhibition on the 'starchitect' in London for almost 30 years, the display will document his early days as a young architect working with Richard Rogers and move on to more recent projects. See his landmark buildings through rarely displayed drawings, models and full-scale maquettes in an exhibition which reveals the process behind his best-known creations.

 
 
 

The London Design Festival

Hundreds of events and landmark projects form the 16th festival.

 

Dates: 15th - 23rd September 2018

 

Celebrating London as the gateway to international design, the London Design Festival returns for a 16th year in 2018 with hundreds of events and landmark projects. The annual festival takes in sectors as diverse as fashion, architecture, retail, typography, photography and textiles in an ambitious city-wide project. Over nine days in September, cultural institutions like the V&A, Somerset House and the Design Museum take part and the city is divided into eight design districts - there are hubs in Brompton, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Islington, Queens Park and Shoreditch. Events vary from product launches in tiny boutiques to massive trade shows including designjunction and 100% Design. Look out for headline grabbing landmark projects in the city and at the V&A.

 
 
 

Wanderlust 108

Join in the mindful triathlon where the three elements are run, yoga and guided meditation.

Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 15th September 2018

 

Producers of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, Wanderlust presents the world's only mindful triathlon this September. Moving to Battersea Park in 2018, Wanderlust 108 involves a 5km run (or walk), an outdoor 90-minute yoga class and a guided meditation. There will also be free scheduled aerial yoga, acro-yoga, hooping and walking meditation classes as well as live music and DJs, artisanal vendors selling everything from clothing to jewellery, local food and plenty of further activities. The line-up includes Adriene Mishler, Julie Montagu, Goldie, Michael James Wong, Mona Lisa Godfrey, Jonelle Lewis, Will Sebastian, AcroYogaDance, Jasmine Hemsley and Gaur Gopal Das.

 
 
 

Art Car Boot Fair

Get original art from up and coming artists, recommended by Art Car Boot Fair veterans Sir Peter Blake and Gavin Turk.

Granary Square, Good's Way, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 16th September 2018

 

A car boot sale with a difference, the Art Car Boot Fair 'reboots' for 2018, moving to Granary Square and taking place on and around the piazza outside Central Saint Martins college of art. This year, the one-day festival celebrates its fifteenth anniversary with the launch of an additional event - the eco-friendly Art Cycle Basket Fair. Up and coming artists, recommended by Art Car Boot Fair veterans Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Rachel Howard and Mat Collishaw, will bring everything they need by bike. Both fairs take place at the same time and place. Artists lined up for the main fair include Billy Childish, Blek le Rat, Philip Colbert, Juno Calypso, Keith Coventry, Gavin Turk, Mat Collishaw, Pure Evil and Charming Baker. Music is by Andy Weatherall, DJ-ing and selling his exclusive 12"s and woodcuts, Kevin Rowland (of Dexys Midnight Runners' fame), finishing with Miranda Sawyer and Lulu Levan.

 
 
 

Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

Welcome the new season in style, dressed in extravagant Smother Suits.

Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, City, London, EC2P 2EJ

Tube: Moorgate Station , Bank Station, St. Paul's Station, Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 16th September 2018

 

Each year, on a Sunday in September, London's Pearly Kings & Queens come together to welcome the new season in style - and boy what a style they have, with extravagant Smother Suits covered top to toe in sparkly buttons, badges and glitter. The free festival starts in the afternoon at 1pm at Guildhall Yard before a parade to St Mary-le-Bow church for a harvest festival service. No doubt the celebrations will then continue with some pints of ale and plates of jellied eel at an East End boozer - perhaps interspersed with a spot of Morris dancing. Offerings are donated to the Whitechapel Mission, a charity aiming to help those caught in poverty. A second Pearly Kings & Queens Harvest Festival is held in October in Covent Garden, at St Paul's Church.

 
 
 
 

Decorex International

Over 400 high end interior design companies and a Champagne Bar by Shalini Misra.

Syon Park, Road, Brentford, Kensington, London, TW8 8JF

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 16th - 19th September 2018

 

Decorex, the longest-standing design and interior show during The London Design Festival, returns to Syon Park, with Robert Adam's Syon House providing an elegant backdrop to the event. Names to look out for include A RumFellow, with its collection of textiles designed in collaboration with indigenous artisans from around the world. Another highlight is Blackpop's new fabric and wallpaper collection under license with Sir John Soane's Museum. Over 400 companies exhibit new products and collections from contemporary, traditional and bespoke furniture to the latest lighting, floor coverings, fabrics and wall coverings, accessories and bespoke services. While primarily a trade event, members of the public are able to attend the show on the penultimate day.

 
 
 

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

The Canadian comedian uses the sparkly decoration of her young daughter's bedroom as a starting point.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 17th September to 20th October 2018

 

Dark and warped humour from London-based Canadian stand-up, Katherine Ryan, who uses the sparkly decoration of her young daughter's bedroom as the starting point for her musing on gender inequality, motherhood and suburban life. Ryan presents an "invigorating take on sole parenting" (The Guardian) and weaves Melania Trump, Khloe Kardashian's 'revenge body' and the hit musical Hamilton into her show.

 
 
 

Antony and Cleopatra

Sophie Okonedo plays the Egyptian queen while Ralph Fiennes portrays Roman ruler Mark Antony.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 18th September 2018 to 19th January 2019

 

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play lovers Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre as Simon Godwin follows the success of Twelfth Night with another Shakespeare production in the Olivier. Hotel Rwanda actress Okonedo starred opposite Damian Lewis in 2017 and now squares up to another A-list leading man, playing the Egyptian queen while Ralph Fiennes, star of the English Patient, portrays Roman ruler Mark Antony. With design by Hildegard Bechtler.

 
 
 

Still Alice

Sharon Small takes the central role in Christine Mary Dunford's adaptation of Lisa Genova's award-winning novel.

Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, London, TW9 1QJ

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 18th - 22nd September 2018

 

Television and stage star, Sharon Small, best known for playing Barbara Havers in The Inspector Linley Mysteries, takes on the central role in Christine Mary Dunford's adaptation of Lisa Genova's award-winning novel. As anyone who's read the book will know, Still Alice gives an honest account of life with a progressive disease. It introduces us to 50 year-old Alice Howland, a renowned linguistics professor at Harvard University, as she battles with early-onset dementia and explores the effects the disease has on identity, family and relationships. Sharon Small reprises the role of Alice on her first UK tour in almost twenty-five years, having played it at West Yorkshire Playhouse earlier this year.

 
 
 

HighTide Festival

Theatre, comedy from Tim Key, music and eleven family shows.

Walthamstow Town Square Gardens, Walthamstow Town Square, London, E17 7JH

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station

 

Dates: 18th - 30th September 2018

 

Following a successful first year in 2017, HighTide Festival returns to Walthamstow popping up in two giant heated tipis in Walthamstow Town Square Gardens. As well as theatre, comedy, music, and family entertainment the free to enter site is lit up by neon pieces from God's Own Junkyard. The ticketed festival programme includes eleven family shows. Local company Baby Panda presents Five Little Monkeys while visiting companies include HighRise Theatre with Lil.Miss.Lady, exploring the history of Grime, and Waltham Forest company Stand and Be Counted presenting Where We Began, exploring notions of home. Comedy highlights include Tim Key's Megadate and five productions fresh from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Tallulah Brown's coming of age tale, Songlines, is a highlight, featuring live folk music from TRILLS, who also perform a one-off gig. Food traders from the local area and further afield include sausage and vegan dogs by Walthamstow Dogs, Vietnamese street food and Mexican dishes by Homies on Donkeys.

 
 
 
 

100% Design

Vast showcase for more than 400 architects, product designers and interiors specialists.

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, Earls Court, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 19th - 22nd September 2018

 

The commercial cornerstone event of The London Design Festival, 100% Design is a vast showcase for more than 400 architects, product designers and interiors specialists. Diving the Olympia exhibition centre into areas for the workplace, interiors and emerging brands, the fair hosts product launches for decorative lighting, furniture and fittings as well as providing a platform for newcomers. Thomas Heatherwick, Dezeen Editor in Chief, Marcus Fairs, Kelly Hoppen and Marcel Wanders are just four of the industry experts at 'Talks with 100% Design' while Dealer Day is a chance to network and attend seminars and talks. Predominantly a trade show, doors are open to the public on the final day.

 
 
 

This Vexed Question: 500 Years Of Women In Medicine

Discover forgotten female figures from more than half a millennium of medical practice.

Royal College Of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE

Tube: Great Portland Street Station , Regent's Park Station, Warren Street Station

 

Dates: 19th September 2018 to 18th January 2019

 

Highlighting the intriguing stories of famous and forgotten female figures from more than half a millennium of medical practice, This Vexed Question brings you face to face with the women who have changed the course of medicine. From 13th century manuscripts to 17th century advertisements, the exhibition at theRoyal College of Physicians reveals Britain's first women doctors, well before 19th century pioneers like Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.Discover the fascinating stories of Dr James Barry (born Margaret Ann Bulkley), see the fate of suffragette doctors and marked milestones in NHS history up to and including 2018 - the first year in which men and women are expected to be represented in the medical profession in equal numbers.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: Lest We Forget

Three of Britain's top choreographers are inspired by the First World War.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, City, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 20th - 29th September 2018

 

The English National Ballet's "clever mix of experiment and accessibility" (The Guardian), Lest We Forget, returns to Sadler's Wells this autumn. Presenting bold new pieces by three of Britain's top choreographers, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett, all are inspired by the First World War. Scarlett's 'No Man's Land' makes "sensitive use of a difficult Liszt score"; Maliphant's 'Second Breath', conjures the pity of war itself; while Khan's 'Dust' turns the dancers' arms into "a writhing rope" (The Telegraph).

 
 
 

Designjunction

200 design brands, pop up shops and a ribboned walkway jutting out into the Thames.

Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, Off Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PH

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 20th - 23rd September 2018

 

For its eighth year designjunction, a key part of the London Design Festival, moves to the South Bank. The Riverside Walkway will showcase a series of outdoor installations including Mud Shell, an innovative housing project marrying ancient earth architecture techniques with drone spraying technology to transform temporary housing into permanent homes. Nearby, Oxo Tower Wharf and Bargehouse house 200 international design brands and temporary pop up shops as well as hosting product launches, installations, exhibitions, a specially curated talks programme and spaces to relax, meet, work and eat. A jetty covered by steel arches and colourful ribbon, promoting inclusion in design, looks ahead to the Saint Etienne Biennale in 2019.

 
 
 

The Inheritance: Part 1

Examining the lives and loves of a generation after the Aids crisis.

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 21st September 2018 to 5th January 2019

 

Following a sold-out run at the Young Vic, Matthew Lopez's new play, The Inheritance, comes to the West End for a strictly limited season. Directed by multi Olivier Award winner Stephen Daldry, this "monumental and transcendent" (Time Out) production questions how much we owe to those who lived and loved before us. The New York-set drama examines the lives and loves of a generation after the worst of the Aids crisis, who are drawn together by their love of E. M. Forster and his book, Howards End. The production, played out in two parts, stars John Benjamin Hickey, Kyle Soller, Andrew Burnap and Paul Hilton.

 
 
 
 

Kraft Beer Oktoberfest

16 craft beers served in 1L Steins in an urban beer garden.

Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6DR

Tube: Borough Station , Elephant & Castle Station

 

Dates: 21st - 22nd September 2018

 

German Kraft, a microbrewery with its roots in Germany, gives us something to look forward to: an Oktoberfest weekend in Mercato Metropolitano that has everything we love about the traditional beer festival, including live German music, Scheinshaxen, wurste and - most importantly - Steins full of beer. Four local breweries - including Gipsy Hill, Anspach & Hobday and Mondo Brewery - are joined by three microbreweries to give you 16 different craft beers served in 1L Steins in an urban beer garden.

 
 
 

Open House London

Go behind the doors that are usually closed to the public.

 

Dates: 22nd - 23rd September 2018

 

One weekend a year we get to go behind doors which are, for the rest of the year, closed to the public and see inside London's architectural landmarks. The fantastic, free Open House London allows access to more than 800 of the city's sites and buildings. This year's highlights include the newly opened Aga Khan Centre, Bloomberg's European HQ and The Bridge Theatre. There's a wealth of architectural gems to choose from, including old favourites like the BT Tower and Burlington House, now part of the new Royal Academy of Arts, as well as City of London icons, the Cheesegrater and 'The Gherkin'. You can also get inside some of the grandest private homes in your own neighbourhood - it's a voyeur's dream come true. For the more serious students of contemporary design, this is a chance to visit spaces by famous modern architects, some of whom give talks and tours of the buildings they've designed. Entry to some houses is only permitted via pre-booked tickets acquired through the website www.londonopenhouse.org. You're advised to bring booking confirmation with you.

 
 
 

Darbar Festival

This festival brings the best of Indian classical music and dance to London.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 22nd - 23rd September 2018

 

The Darbar Festival, a regular fixture on London's event calendar since 2006, takes place at the Southbank Centre, the Barbican and Sadler's Wells, bringing the best of Indian classical music and dance to three London venues over three months. One of the only festivals that offers the two kinds of Indian Classical music - Hindustani from the North, and Carnatic from the South - it was set up in memory of Bhai Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee, an inspirational teacher of the tabla. As well as live concerts and dance there are talks, workshops and 60 minute hatha yoga classes set to classical Indian music.

 
 
 

HowTheLightGetsIn Festival

Kenwood House hosts the world's largest philosophy and music festival.

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR

Tube: Highgate Station

 

Dates: 22nd - 23rd September 2018

 

The world's largest philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn comes to London September. Hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas and taking place in the grounds of Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, the festival has a programme of debates, talks, music and comedy, bringing together more than 100 events in total. Witness cognitive scientist Steven Pinker in debate, see human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell take part in The Morality of the Tribe, and watch author Deborah Levy debate mystery and the supernatural. Other guests on the line-up include mathematician and Hawking collaborator Roger Penrose, Nobel prize-winning Amy Chua and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein. Music wise, expect everything from dance music to intimate singer-songwriter gigs.

 
 
 

Goose Island LDN Block Party

Live music, DJs, smoked meats and one off brews from the US beer makers.

Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London, E2 9DY

Tube: Bethnal Green Underground Station

 

Dates: 22nd September 2018

 

The Chicago-based Goose Island Brewery is bringing beer, live music and street food to Shoreditch this summer with the LDN Block Party, its biggest beer festival of the year. Moving to Oval Space in Bethnal Green in 2018, the street party on Saturday 22nd September closes the road so you can dance the night away in a true Block Party style. There's live music from Laura Misch, Willie J Healey, Dream Wife and a DJ set from one of indie band Ghostpoet as well as a special headliner. Head over to Harley Dogs on the 'Hop Terrace' for hop smoked meats served from the back of a Harley Davidson or visit 'John's Diner', named after Goose Island founder, John Hall, for savoury donuts paired with the Goose Island Vintage ale. With Goose IPA and one off brews exclusive to LDN Block Party 2018, this is one for the beer lovers.

 
 
 
 

Hospitality in the Park

Drum'n'bass, grime, jungle and dub played over nine stages and arenas.

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station

 

Dates: 22nd September 2018

 

The final festival of the summer, Hospitality in the Park comes to Finsbury Park for its third year on Saturday 22nd September. A feast of drum'n'bass with forays into grime, jungle and dub over nine stages and arenas, the line-up includes headliners High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Foreign Beggars, LTJ Bukem, plus Metalheadz head honcho and drum and bass royalty, Goldie. Further sets come from the likes of Aliz Perez, Barely Legal, Black Sun Empire and Children of Zeus among others. Amateur DJs are encouraged to mix their tunes for Hospitality on the Cuckoos Nest stage and 12 hand-picked street food vendors serve food from The Cheese Truck, Le Bun, Anna Mae's Mac & Cheese and more.

 
 
 

London Transport Museum's Depot Open Weekend - Moving London

A rare chance to discover the hidden treasures of the London Transport Museum in Acton.

London Transport Museum Depot, 2 Museum Way, London, W3 9BQ

Tube: Acton Town Station

 

Dates: 22nd - 23rd September 2018

 

Only open twice a year, London Transport Museum's Acton Depot invites you in to explore the inventions, innovations and people behind the story of transport in London. In celebration of the Year of Engineering, Moving London focuses on the creation of the London Underground and the pioneers of civil engineering who built it. Fun for adults and children, there are talks with with author Anthony Badsey-Ellis and Geoff Marshall, master of 'Tube Station Trivia'. Go beyond the buses and trains and enjoy talks about London City Airport and the history of the Woolwich Ferry and Docklands. Get a tour of the poster store with expert guides, enjoy family craft activities, ride on a miniature railway and explore vintage vehicles at the back of the depot.

 
 
 

Chiswick House Dog Show

Old fashioned fun for your four legged friend.

Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 23rd September 2018

 

One of the biggest and certainly the best dog show in London town, the Chiswick House Dog Show is a fun day out even if you don't have a four legged friend. With celebrity judges - David Tennant, Mel Giedroyc, Wayne Sleep and Ant and Dec have all judged in the past - and 18 classes to enter, there's always something to see and it's fun finding out whether you agree with the judges' on who's the best dressed or which pooch really does have talent. Good old fashioned games - like the human fruit machine - create the feeling of a village fair and there are over 40 stands selling everything from dog beds to country coats. Food and drink stalls get busy but you can always bring your own picnic, set down a rug and make a day of it. Each year the fancy dress competition sparks creativity and this year the theme is the circus, joining in the CIRCUS 250 nationwide celebration - marking 250 years since the first circus came to London.

 
 
 

The Turner Prize 2018

The most notorious prize in the world of contemporary art.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 25th September 2018 to 6th January 2019

 

The Tate's Turner Prize, set up in 1984, has been courting controversy ever since and in 2018 the works by the four shortlisted artists are, for the first time, all film. From one central room, with sofas and art books, are four black boxes, one for each artist, where the films are screened. Be warned: it will take you over three hours to see the two films by Naeem Mohaiemen. Our reviewer only managed to see half of one, Two Meetings and a Funeral, a fascinating documentary on the Non-Aligned Movement in the 1970s. Forensic Architecture presents evidence to challenge state institutions. In this case, the Israeli government attempting to clear Bedouin community in the Negev region with tragic consequences. Charlotte Prodger's film, shot on her iPhone, is an intimate portrait - you can feel the camera moving with her breath. Three films by Luke Willis Thompson raise issues of police brutality and violence. Reliable for its ability to divide opinions, this year's Turner Prize got just two stars from The Times while Adrian Searle, writing in The Guardian, described it as, "the best lineup for years" - five stars.

 
 
 

Company

A new take on Stephen Sondheim's play.

Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 26th September to 22nd December 2018

 

Marianne Elliott - best known for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse - directs a new take on Stephen Sondheim's Company at the Gielgud Theatre. Staged this September, it will re-cast the lead, Bobby, as a 35-year-old woman named Bobbi, played by the award-winning Rosalie Craig. In this adaptation, Bobbi rebels against her married friends, who all think it's high time she settled down. Broadway star and Olivier Award-winner Patti LuPone returns to the West End for the first time in 25 years to star as Joanne and Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc plays the role of Sarah.

 
 
 
 

James Graham's Sketching

Nine writers update Dickens for a modern day audience and London plays a starring role.

Wilton's Music Hall, Graces Alley, Off Ensign Street, London, E1 8JB

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 26th September to 28th October 2018

 

He's one of the hottest playwrights in London right now - three of his plays (Ink, Labour of Love and Quiz) have been staged in the West End in the space of a year. Now James Graham is giving eight emerging playwrights a stage. Selected from 800 applications, the eight writers each submitted an untold story in which London plays a starring role. Updating Dickens for today, Graham and director Thomas Hescott have taken the Victorian novelist's first novel, Sketches by Boz, as a starting point and tasked the writers with creating the heroes and villains, the invisible people and characters who inhabit London today. Written by Aaron Douglas, Chloe Mi Lin Ewart, Alan Gordon, Adam Hughes, Ella Langley, Himanshu Ojha, Sumerah Srivastav and Naomi Westerman as well as James Graham, who brings all nine stories into a cohesive play, it's an exciting prospect. In this exploration of 24 hours in London you'll discover the city's secret spaces, meet drag queens and squatters and hear an intriguing story about keys and hidden doors. The choice of venue - the atmospheric Wilton's Music Hall in Tower Hamlets - is no accident. The very walls are seeped in history (if only they could talk) but it's the first time a piece of new writing has been staged here. What a way to make history.

 
 
 

Kylie

The superstar is back with a tour in support of her new album.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 26th - 27th September 2018

 

Kylie's appeal is enduring and irresistible and the recent release of her new track 'Dancing' - "a song that easily ranks among Kylie's finest" (The Guardian) - has only strengthened her public appeal. Here she is back for another tour for 2018 in support of new album Golden. The show will be a mix of classic Kylie pop as well as songs from the latest release, her first studio offering in four years which sees her team up with Taylor Swift collaborators Liz Rose and Nathan Chapman. New songs will be mixed with her amazing back catalogue, most of which is devilishly catchy, and Kylie will be making the most of costume changes, daring backdrops and expert lighting at The O2 Arena to showcase her love of a good show.

 
 
 

Dance Umbrella

One of the world's leading dance festivals returns for its 40th anniversary.

 

Various Venues Dates: 26th September to 21st October 2018

 

One of the world's leading dance festivals, Dance Umbrella returns for its 40th anniversary, bringing new and fascinating dance to venues across London. In 2018 the festival opens with Big Dance Theater's UK debut of 17c at The Old Vic, which takes audiences on a romp through the frank diaries of Samuel Pepys. Other highlights include Sasha Milavic Davies' Everything That Rises Must Dance, a celebration of female movement with more than 200 women from London; Red at the Southbank Centre, providing a look at a famous Chinese ballet from the period of the Cultural Revolution; and The Great Tame, the latest work from celebrated Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou. These are just some highlights, check the official website for the full programme.

 
 
 

Raindance Film Festival

George Michael and Amir Khan feature in the 12 day festival celebrating independent films.

Vue Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 4LR

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 26th September to 7th October 2018

 

The Raindance Film Festival, described by The Guardian as "the indie-est film festival this side of the Atlantic", opens with the UK premiere of Princesita, an "unsettling and dark coming-of-age fairy tale" (Variety) by award winning director Marialy Rivas. The 12-day programme includes around 200 feature films, shorts programmes, VR exhibits, seminars and workshops. George Michael: Freedom -Director's Cut and Team Khan, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about professional boxer Amir Khan, feature among the noteworthy entries from the UK. Ballet Now, up for the Best Documentary Award, counts Elisabeth Moss among its executive producers. As well as screenings you can get fully immersed in virtual reality at the OXO Tower, get a masterclass with Allison Anders, director of 90's indie hit Mi Vida Loca, and enjoy a fireside chat with music-video director Tony Kaye.

 
 
 

Space Shifters

Jeppe Hein, Roni Horn and Anish Kapoor reflect on the Hayward's refurbished spaces.

The Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 26th September 2018 to 6th January 2019

 

Thousands of litres of recycled oil form a waist-high horizon that surrounds you as you walk down a gangway through inky liquid. Richard Wilson's monumental installation, 20:50, occupying an entire upper space of the Hayward Gallery, is one of 20 works in Space Shifters, an exhibition which explores the gallery's refurbished spaces. All of them alter or disrupt our sense of space in ways that are subtle yet dramatic. Participating artists include Jeppe Hein, Roni Horn, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama and Alicja Kwade whose WeltenLinie - featured in the New York Times' "The 10 Best Things We Saw at the Venice Biennale" - is shown for the first time since its premiere there last year. Glass, mirrors, stainless steel spheres, reflection and refraction help us to see the Hayward Gallery in a new light.

 
 
 
 

Ribera: Art of Violence

Monumental works by the artist celebrated for his images of human suffering.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 26th September 2018 to 27th January 2019

 

The first UK show of work by the Spanish Baroque artist and printmaker, Jusepe De Ribera (1591-1652), bringing together his most sensational, shocking and masterfully composed work. Ribera, also known as lo Spagnoletto or 'the little Spaniard', has long been celebrated for his images of human suffering. This Dulwich Picture Gallery exhibition shows eight of his monumental canvases, alongside preparatory drawings, showing his striking depictions of saintly martyrdom and mythological violence.

 
 
 

Erdinger Oktoberfest

The authentic beer festival returns, moving to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E15 2EE

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: 27th September to 28th October 2018

 

This autumn, German brewery Erdinger presents an authentic Oktoberfest experience in London, building a traditional Bavarian beer hall at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With a capacity of 3,000 people, the hall will have over 220 bench tables set in a huge open-plan hall made from wooden floors and walls. The interior will be decorated with floral garlands and a traditional blue and white striped roof while the exterior will be purpose built to resemble a traditional 19th-century Bavarian beer hall. There will be live music and entertainment, a full-scale German fun fair, food stalls selling traditional Bavarian food and, most importantly of all, over 25,000 pints of premium Erdinger Weissbier (wheat beer) and smooth lager Fischers Hell shipped directly from the brewery in Bavaria. Over 40 expert Bavarian waitresses will also be flying over to serve the guests and train British staff how to carry up to 10 steins of beer at one time.

 
 
 

Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue

The artist duo have filled the ground floor of the gallery with an abandoned swimming pool.

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 

Dates: 27th September 2018 to 13th January 2019

 

An abandoned swimming pool fills the ground floor gallery of the Whitechapel Gallery as part of the major survey exhibition on artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset - their first major UK show. The Whitechapel Pool, a large-scale site-specific installation, relates to the gentrification of London's East End and meditates on the fate of civic space. It's part of This is How We Bite Our Tongue, featuring figurative and metaphorical sculptures by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. Gay Marriage, for example, is a work that consists of two urinals with their plumbing tangled and connected while Too Heavy is a huge aluminium rock weighing down a trampoline.

 
 
 

The Joy of Sake

The world's largest sake celebration outside of Japan.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 28th September 2018

 

The Joy of Sake, the world's largest sake celebration outside of Japan, comes to London for the first time this summer. First held in Honolulu, the festival has been celebrating the ancient art of sake brewing for 18 years and comes to London at a time when the UK has enjoyed a 240% increase of sake sales over a decade. Running for one evening at the Barbican Centre, the festival will bring together hundreds of premium sakes, all of which will be in peak condition, along with sake-themed small plates from top London restaurants. There will be 192 Japanese breweries represented at the event and guests will be able to help themselves to self-serve tastings while feasting on dishes from SushiSamba, Hakkasan, Dinings and Chisou.

 
 
 

Hacienda Classical

"Probably the best rave since 1997" - NME

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 28th September 2018

 

Pioneering DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering perform alongside the Manchester Camerata orchestra and special guests for a performance of Hacienda classics. Hacienda Classical won rave reviews after its first Royal Albert Hall visit, NME called it "Probably the best rave since 1997" and Mixmag termed the event, "a near two hour blend of house music's greatest players with an audience dancing and singing from the off". Now coming into its third year, 2018's show will keep the best bits of the previous two shows while adding new songs and guests.

 
 
 
 

Measure for Measure

This very modern adaptation brings gender fluidity to the West End.

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 28th September to 24th November 2018

 

Bringing gender fluidity to the West End, Josie Rourke's adaptation of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure sees Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden alternate the roles of powerful Deputy and powerless Novice. The plot is centred around Angelo, who uses ancient rules to sentence citizens to death, and Isabella, the sister of a man facing such fate. When Isabella continues to plead for her brother's release, Angelo agrees to save him if Isabella agrees to sleep with him. With the role switch taking place within each individual showing, this production will explore how these roles are perceived when played by different genders. Additionally, this modern adaptation will be set in the year of the play's original performance, 1604, and also in 2018.

 
 
 

Barnes Film Festival

Bringing together the great and good of south west London's actors, filmmakers and directors.

 

Dates: 28th - 30th September 2018

 

The Barnes Film Festival returns for a third year in 2018, offering an alternative to the central London film festivals dominating the scene. The festival brings together the great and good of south west London's actors, filmmakers and directors including Emmy award-winning actor and director Stanley Tucci, actor George MacKay, writer and producer Steven Moffat, and TV producer Sue Vertue. The line-up includes workshops, discussions, screenings and competitions and this year it focuses on first time films, screening the debut films of established directors, actors and producers.

 
 
 

Black Mirror

Works by 26 contemporary artists, exploring the role of art in uncertain times.

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, London, SW3 4SQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 28th September 2018 to 13th January 2019

 

An exhibition for these uncertain times, Black Mirror shows the importance of art when the truth is stranger than fiction. Taking its title from Charlie Brooker's hit TV show, the Saatchi Gallery exhibition showcases works by 26 contemporary artists, exploring the role of art in social satire. Turner Prize nominee Richard Billingham's photography series, Ray's A Laugh, shows the realities of living in poverty, Chilean sculptor Alejandra Prieto transforms rejected lumps of coal into a beautiful, desirable objects, and Jessica Craig-Martin's candid close-ups give a voyeuristic view of high society hedonism. Polish artist Aleksandra Mir parodies newspapers by drawing them with childlike tools - bringing a whole new meaning to 'fake news'.

 
 
 

The Inheritance: Part 2

Stephen Daldry directs this hilarious and profound heart-breaker in two parts.

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 28th September 2018 to 5th January 2019

 

Hearts are broken and emotional wounds salved as young gay men in modern-day New York continue to wrestle with their feelings in the closing chapter of Matthew Lopez's two-part drama, The Inheritance, which transfers to the West End after a sold-out run at the Young Vic. The critically-acclaimed production - "extraordinary and epic" (Sunday Times) - is directed by Stephen Daldry and stars Michael Walters and Michael Marcus, Benjamin Hickey, Vanessa Redgrave and Kyle Soller.

 
 
 

Oceania

The first major survey of Oceanic art in the UK celebrates the art of the South Pacific.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 29th September to 10th December 2018

 

Exploring themes of voyaging, place-making and encounter, Oceania marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts, founded in 1768, the same year Captain James Cook set sail on his first expedition from Plymouth on the Endeavour. The first major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the United Kingdom, this ambitious exhibition celebrates the art of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, encompassing the vast South Pacific region from New Guinea to Easter Island, Hawaii to New Zealand and bringing together exceptional works from the ancient past through to the present day.

 
 
 
 

Professor Brian Cox presents The Planets

A fresh musical and visual look at Holst's The Planets.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 29th September 2018

 

Opening the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2018-19 season at the Barbicanwith a big bang, the orchestra joins forces with Professor Brian Cox and conductor Ben Gernon to take a fresh musical and visual look at Holst's The Planets, 100 years to the day since the celebrated work received its premiere. Music meets science in a fascinating visual and aural exploration of this much loved work.

 
 
 

Soft Cell

Marc Almond and Dave Ball reunite for a one-off 40th anniversary show.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 30th September 2018

 

The sound of the '80s, synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell reunite for one last time at The O2 on Sunday 30th September 2018. "It will be a real statement and send off, and thank you to every fan" promises Marc Almond. He is back with Dave Ball for a one-off show, 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye', their first in the UK for 15 years. Hugely influential, their unique brand of electronic music can be heard on well known tracks like Tainted Love (1.35 million copies sold, and counting) and across five albums, book-ended by their debut, 1981's 'Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret', and 2002's 'Cruelty Without Beauty'. Not one to miss, "This last ever final show will be the best ever ending" says Marc Almond.

 
 
 

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