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Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
On Blackheath
The Great River Race
Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park
Great Gorilla Run
Open House London
Bermondsey Street Festival
The London Design Festival
Last Night of the Proms
You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70
The National Wedding Show
Turner Prize 2016
The Middle - Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection
Totally Thames
Saw & Sand Festival
DesignJunction
Sharon Eyal And Gai Behar: L-E-V OCD Love
HandleBards: Richard III and Much Ado About Nothing
100% Design
Astronomy Photographer Of The Year
Brazil Day
The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects
Primal Scream will be at On Blackheath
The Libertine
Ardizzone: A Retrospective
 

 

Swoon over Pride and Prejudice at the Open Air Theatre, rock with Primal Scream at OnBlackheath and dip into design with the London Design Festival this September.

 
 

Bjork Digital

Immersive virtual reality exhibition on the Icelandic pop star.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 1st September to 23rd October 2016

 

It doesn't get much more immersive than the inside of Bjork's mouth. But that's exactly where Bjork Digital, an immersive virtual reality exhibition on the Icelandic pop star and artist, will take you. This exhibition of digital and video works, resulting from collaborations with some of the world's finest visual artists, uses the latest virtual reality technology to take her music to another dimension. Included in Bjork Digital is Black Lake, an immersive film directed by Andrew Thomas Huang and featuring panoramic visuals and cutting edge surround sound, and Notget VR, in which Bjork is presented as a digital moth giantess transformed by stunning masks created by artist James Merry. Bjork herself will be in London this month, performing a special, one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 21st September.

 
 
 

Totally Thames

The month-long festival returns with 150 river-related events.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station, Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 1st to 30th September 2016

 

Month-long event Totally Thames returns this September with 150 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. Events this year include Floating Dreams, a major installation by top Korean multimedia artist Ik-Joong Kang; Mooring, a new play that confronts themes of riverside homelessness and remorse; Life Afloat, a new exhibition exploring the history of houseboat life; and Tidefest, a series of family friendly events and activities.

 
 
 

HandleBards: Richard III and Much Ado About Nothing

Cycling Shakespeare troupe pedal to Chelsea Physic Garden.

Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden, London, SW3 4HS

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 1st, 2nd and 3rd September 2016

 

Hugely popular when they appeared here last year, cycling Shakespeare troupe the HandleBards pedal across the UK to perform at Chelsea Physic Garden on the first weekend of September. But this time they're performing Richard III and Much Ado About Nothing. The HandleBards, who describe themselves as beautifully British and bonkers, are a four-strong, all-male troupe of cycling players who take on all the characters between them. Described by Sir Ian McKellen as "outrageous" and "uproariously funny", the eccentric troupe use their bikes to power various surprises and contraptions on stage. Doors open an hour before the performance so bring a blanket and leave time to enjoy a picnic and a complimentary Chelsea Physic Garden inspired Beefeater London Garden Gin and tonic.

 
 
 

Pride and Prejudice

The sell-out 2013 production is back to conclude this year's Open Air Theatre season.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 2nd to 17th September 2016

 

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre season in 2016 will be concluded by the 2013 sell-out production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade and directed by Deborah Bruce. The ultimate romantic comedy, the story of the Bennet sisters haplessly searching for love still gains much admiration today and, as stated by The Times, this production sees "Jane Austen's most beloved novel re-born". So, now is your chance to swoon over Mr Darcy once more, this time in the beautiful setting of the Open Air Theatre.

 
 
 

Meatopia

London's meatiest food festival is back for its fourth year.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 2nd, 3rd and 4th September 2016

 

London's meatiest food festival, Meatopia returns for its fourth year in 2016. Originally conceived by the late Josh Ozersky, the concept is the biggest festival of BBQ and smoking to hit London, welcoming a raft of UK and international chefs, restaurants, butchers and food heroes. Taking place at Tobacco Dock, the carnivore's paradise will treat guests to tasting sized portions of dishes from a number of renowned chefs and iconic restaurants. This year's line-up is yet to be announced but, with a new Friday night event, it's set to be the biggest Meatopia yet.

 
 
 

One Love Festival

The festival finds a permanent home this year.

Hainault Forest Country Park, Romford Road, Chigwell, London, IG7 4QN

Tube: Grange Hill Station

 

Dates: 2nd, 3rd and 4th September 2016

 

Set up in 2008 to mark the 30th anniversary of Reggae legend Bob Marley's legendary Kingston concert of the same name, One Love Festival finds a permanent home in 2016, turning Hainault Forest Country Park into the capital for reggae. With a friendly and chilled vibe, the line-up mixes old school artists - Lee 'Scratch' Perry, the 80 year old originator of reggae and dub, is one of this year's headliners - and the new generation of dub. As well as music by The Gladiators, I Kong, Sister Nancy, Brinsley Forde, Natty, and Bass Odyssey Sound System Meets Saxon Sound System presenting a 40th anniversary special there are stalls selling crafts, clothing and records. And as the day rolls into night the festival transforms into a true Jamaican style celebration.

 
 
 

The Inn At Lydda

Imagined meeting between Jesus and Caesar between the Resurrection and the Ascension.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 2nd to 17th September 2016

 

Mortally ill Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar sets sail for Jerusalem to be healed by an apparently miraculous man called Jesus but when he arrives at the city of Lydda, Caesar learns that Jesus has been crucified three days earlier in John Wolfson's tantalising drama. This Shakespeare's Globe production is directed by Andy Jordan and stars Stephen Boxer as Tiberius Caesar and Joseph Marcell, who first came to fame as Geoffrey in the hit NBC TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in the role of Caspar.

 
 
 

The Great River Race

The rowing equivalent of the London Marathon.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station, Pimlico Station

 

Dates: Saturday 3rd September 2016

 

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 will 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.

 
 
 

The Emperor

An extraordinary tale of corruption, avarice and the collapse of absolute power.

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 3rd to 24th September 2016

 

A world premiere based on the book by legendary journalist Ryszard Kapuschinski, The Emperor brings to life an extraordinary tale of corruption, avarice and the collapse of absolute power. Kathryn Hunter, Walter Meirjohann and Colin Teevan - the team behind the critically acclaimed hit Kafka's Monkey - bring the production to The Young Vic stage to tell the story of the demise of a ruler from the perspective of his staff.

 
 
 

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery

An outstanding range of the surviving examples of the medieval period.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 3rd September 2016 to 8th January 2017

 

From the 12th to the 15th centuries, England was internationally famous mainly for one type of artistic product: elaborate luxury embroideries. S ought after by Kings, Popes and Cardinals, these beautiful objects are displayed in Opus Anglicanum (Latin for 'English work') which brings together Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery , an outstanding range of the surviving examples of this celebrated period. This is a chance to see the exquisite craftsmanship and to explore the world in which they were created. Alongside the magnificent embroideries, many from the V&A's own collection, will be paintings, manuscripts, metalwork and sculpture which put the embroideries in context.

 
 
 

National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival

Film, comedy, music, poetry, theatre, dance and the chance to try out inclusive sports.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: Saturday 3rd September 2016

 

Four years on from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and just four days ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, National Paralympic Day gives festival-goers the opportunity to try out different disability and inclusive sports for free. Held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the event includes the Liberty Festival a free festival featuring two outdoor shows: 'Nodus Tollens', from Deaf and Hearing Ensemble, set around a large smoking 'volcano'; and Bingo Lingo, centred around a giant outdoor participatory bingo game. There's film, comedy, music, poetry, theatre and dance including performances from the Up! Orchestra, and Marc Brew Company's 'Uchronia', presented by Sadler's Wells.

 
 
 

Angel Canal Festival

A one-day event with a fun fair, boat trips, regatta and live music.

City Road Basin, , Islington, London, N1 8GJ

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: Sunday 4th September 2016

 

The annual one-day Angel Canal Festival is based around the City Road Lock on the peaceful Regent's Canal in Islington and features all sorts of attractions and events for the whole family. Attractions include a children's fun fair, boat trips, regatta, live music, street theatre and a boat rally. With 80 stalls and gazebos arranged along the towpath, there's plenty to choose from - expect to find stalls selling anything from crafts, books, jewellery, food and drink. As well as local businesses, there are a variety of local and national charities on site to raise awareness for their respective causes and to provide entertainment. The festival will be opened, as it is each year, by the Major of Islington, who arrives by boat from the London Canal Museum and gives a welcome speech before starting the Bell-Boat Race in the City Road Basin. Summer may be winding down but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a family day out by the canal.

 
 
 

Dinner at the Twits

Adults only dinner of foul food and entertainment from Mr and Mrs Twit.

The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 4th September to 30th October 2016

 

No revolting children allowed at Dinner at the Twits - and it's not for the faint of heart or soft of stomach among the adults either. Celebrating a hundred years of Roald Dahl, Dinner at the Twits will include a banquet of deliciously disgusting dishes - you'll find a glass eye in your cocktail, and a slice of bird pie - and this fabulously foul food is served while you're entertained by your horrid hosts, Mr and Mrs Twit. Les Enfants Terribles and ebp, the team behind the Olivier Award-nominated smash hit Alice's Adventures Underground, have been working with gastronomic wunderkinds Bompas & Parr to create this gloriously gruesome interactive theatrical dining experience.

 
 
 

The American Wife

A look at what happens when everything you know is thrown into question.

Park Theatre, 11 Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3JP

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 7th September to 1st October 2016

 

Stephen Fife and Ralph Pezzullo's play, The American Wife, looks at what happen when everything you've ever know is thrown into question. When Karen Ruiz's husband is accused of being a terrorist, she endeavors to clear his name. But can she maintain faith in him, her marriage and the government? Or will she discover that the only person she can believe in is herself? Directed by James Kemp, the production will be staged at the Park Theatre this September.

 
 
 

London Design Biennale

A new international element to the London Design Festival.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 7th to 27th September 2016

 

Produced by the team behind the London Design Festival, the three-week long London Design Biennale brings a new international element to the annual London festival. Held for the first time in 2016, the biennale brings design installations and exhibitions from over 35 nations to the heart of the capital. Exhibitors respond to the 2016 theme 'Utopia by Design' through contemporary design, their presentations occupying the former royal palace at Somerset House, including the famous Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court where London-based designers Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby have installed Forecast - a giant kinetic wind powered sculpture.

 
 
 

The London Flower Show

This brand new event celebrates gardening, forestry and produce.

Osterley Park and House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, London, TW7 4RB

Tube: Osterley Station

 

Dates: 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Sep 2016

 

A brand new consumer event, The London Flower Show at Osterley House and Park is a celebration of gardening, forestry and produce. An ideal family day out, it will feature floral arrangements, a fresh produce market, art installations, entertainment, music and over 20 show gardens, allowing visitors to enjoy every element of garden design. There will also be an open-air delicatessen, live cooking demonstrations from top UK chefs, a dedicated children's play space and work by the very best garden designers.

 
 
 

No Man's Land

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart reunite on stage.

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

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

 

Dates: 8th September to 17th December 2016

 

Seven years after starring in Waiting for Godot together, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will reunite on the London stage in 2016 for a revival of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land. Directed by Sean Mathias, the production of Pinter's masterpiece will embark on a UK tour before stopping in London's West End for a limited 14 week staging at the Wyndham's Theatre. First staged on Broadway in 2013, McKellan will reprise the role of boozy poet Spooner while Stewart will once again take the role of Hirst. The play follows the drunk duo as they embark on a drinking session in a Hampstead pub before continuing the night at Hirst's nearby stately home, soon descending into a power game that's further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

 
 
 

Saw & Sand Festival

See amazing sand sculpting and mythical creatures created from two-metre tall tree trunks.

Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 9th, 10th and 11th September 2016

 

The team behind the London International Ice Festival are bringing the Saw and Sand Festival to the Walled Garden and Cherry Orchard of Chiswick House this autumn. An immersive event with huge sculptures, street food, live entertainment, bands, vintage DJ, rides, games, beach volleyball and sandcastles to build, there is something for everyone. The festival centres around monumental sand sculpting and chainsaw wood carving as great sculptures are created live in front of the audience on a large scale. Three-metre high sand sculptures created on themes like 'Wonders of the World' and 'London Life' and two-metre tall tree trunk carvings of 'Mythical Creatures' will be carved out over the course of the weekend - and on Sunday afternoon you can vote for your favourite.

 
 
 

Last Night of the Proms

Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez is the star soloist at the final concert.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Saturday 10th September 2016

 

Featuring much flag waving and patriotic anthems - including Arne's Rule, Britannia!, Elgar's Pomp And Circumstance March No 1 In D Major 'Land Of Hope And Glory' and Parry's Jerusalem - the Last Night of the Proms brings the annual celebration of classical music to a rousing close. The final concert is traditionally very different from the eight weeks that precede it, following a lighter, 'winding-down' vein and often pandering to popular classics. 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.

 
 
 

On Blackheath

Primal Scream, Belle & Sebastian and Hot Chip play at the laid back festival.

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

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

 

Dates: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2016

 

Music and food festival On Blackheath returns for its third year in 2016, with headliners Primal Scream and Belle & Sebastian. Further performances come from Hot Chip, Lonelady, James, Squeeze, Thundercat and Laura Groves. Further to the music, there's also craft beer from the local Meantime Brewing Company and a food village where pro cooks present live demos and food vendors serve up tempting treats. Additionally, being a family friendly festival, there are also lots of activities to keep the little ones entertained.

 
 
 

BBC Proms in the Park

Britain's largest classical music event.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Saturday 10th September 2016

 

Held on the same night as the Last Night of the Proms, Proms in the Park is Britain's largest 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 outdoor BBC Proms in the Park has its own line-up featuring some of the biggest names in both pop and classical music - last year The Jacksons headlined. Families and friends gather with picnic hampers and rugs for five hours of evening entertainment and live performances followed by a sensational firework finale to cap things off.

 
 
 

You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70

This major V&A exhibition examines the optimism, ideals and aspirations of the late sixties.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 10th September 2016 to 26th February 2017

 

Taking its title from the famous 1968 Beatles song, this major V&A exhibition examines the optimism, ideals and aspirations of the late sixties, expressed through music, fashion, film, design and political activism. Taking visitors on a musical odyssey through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century, music highlights include Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Gonna Come', The Who's 'My Generation' and Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. The Paris protests of May 1968 which prompted John Lennon to write the famous Beatles song 'Revolution', World Fairs, the Woodstock Festival of 1969 and communes on the West Coast of America all get air time in the exhibition as it considers how the revolutions of the 1960s changed the way we live today.

 
 
 

Dreamplay

A reimagining of August Strindberg's 1901 play for a modern audience.

The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 10th September to 1st October 2016

 

Staged at The Vaults this September, Dreamplay is a new and unpredictable version of August Strindberg's 1901 play. Presented by BAZ Productions and directed by Sarah Bei, it reimagines the story for a modern audience and plays on universal human doubts and anxieties. A promenade performance, it sees the audience enter the tunnels and drift into an underground 'unconscious' exploration of their dreams as the story and multi-media performance unfold. The piece follows a young woman who arrives on earth from 'above' and embarks on a disorienting journey through different settings, meeting a myriad of characters and experience different emotions along the way.

 
 
 

Brazil Day

Brazilian music and sport from the Rio Games in central London.

Trafalgar Square, Central, London, WC2N 5DS

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

 

Dates: Saturday 10th September 2016

 

Celebrate the Rio Games and enjoy Brazilian music and sport at this free event bringing a taste of Brazil to central London's Trafalgar Square. DJs and live music show the cultural diversity of the country - from bossa nova to samba - creating a street-carnival atmosphere in the centre of London. There will also be a sporting dimension with interactive games and highlights of Rio 2016 - where athletes from more than 200 nations strive to prove they're the best in the world - shown on the big screen.

 
 
 

Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park

A line-up of live music for the audience of Britain's most popular radio station.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Sunday 11th September 2016

 

The last of the big outdoor concerts played at Hyde Park, BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park is headlined by Elton John playing classic songs and tracks from his well received latest studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night. Madness, Status Quo and the Grammy-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter, LeAnn Rimes and Jamie Lawson add to the A-list line-up at the one-day festival in the park. The programme also includes MOBO nominated British singer-songwriter Andreya Triana and Scottish rock band, Travis, performing some 25 years after they began and in the same year they released their eighth studio album 'Everything At Once'.

 
 
 

Below Stairs

Designers respond to the museum's restored Regency kitchens.

Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Bankside, London, WC2A 3BP

Tube: Holborn Station, Chancery Lane Station

 

Dates: 13th September 2016 to 4th March 2017

 

The end of the seven-year restoration project at Sir John Soane's Museum is celebrated with Below Stairs, an exhibition which includes four contemporary works by leading designers, created in response to the restored Regency kitchens, open to the public for the first time this September. Olympic Torch designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, along with Jasper Morrison, Martino Gamper and Paul Cocksedge have created works for the display which coincides not only with the completion of the museum's restoration but also with the London Design Festival.

 
 
 

The Middle - Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection

A contemporary response to the Dutch masters and fine art of the Wallace Collection.

Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 15th September to 27th November 2016

 

British artist Tom Ellis has spent the last four years immersing himself in the stunning works of art at the Wallace Collection and, from September 2016, he reveals his artistic response. Works vary from large-scale paintings, shown on runners in the Front State Room, to sculpture, figurative paintings and furniture. You'll encounter his work across three spaces: the Front State Room, the exhibition galleries, and on the front lawn of Hertford House which overlooks Manchester Square in Marylebone.

 
 
 

Good Canary

John Malkovich directs this English speaking premiere of Zach Helm's play.

Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT1 1HL

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 16th September to 8th October 2016

 

Making his London theatre directing debut, award-winning actor and director John Malkovich presents an English speaking premiere of Zach Helm's Good Canary. Staged at the Rose Theatre Kingston, the gripping play tells the story of Jack who, following rave reviews for his first novel, is on the verge of signing a mega deal with a leading publisher. But, with his wife Annie struggling with addiction and mental illness, will she cope with the public scrutiny that comes hand-in-hand with success?

 
 
 

Imogen

Shakespeare's Cymbeline is renamed and reclaimed as Imogen.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 17th September to 16th October 2016

 

As part of Emma Rice's inaugural season at Shakespeare's Globe a new version of Cymbeline will be showcased, renamed Imogen. Aiming to make the Globe a more gender equal stage, this move comes to show how women have a strong narrative in the plays. With Imogen speaking three times more than Cymbeline, Rice stated "It really is her story". The story follows Imogen as she enrages her father, Cymbeline, by marrying against his will. When lies are then told to her husband, Posthumous, he decides she must die. As a result, she must re-imagine herself and fight for the life she deserves.

 
 
 

Great Gorilla Run

Some serious monkey business on the streets of London.

Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, Bankside, London, SE1 2UP

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: Saturday 17th September 2016

 

There's some serious monkey business going on in London this September; back for its 14th year the Great Gorilla Run will be bounding through the streets of the capital. Aiming to raise money to save the world's remaining gorillas, hundreds of people will be pulling on their gorilla costumes and running, jogging or walking the 8km City and Bankside route. Expect to see many humorously adapted costumes, including cheerleading gorillas prancing across Tower Bridge and ballerina gorillas perfecting their poise by the Tate Modern. Runners hoping to participate need to pay a registration fee which can be done through The Gorilla Organisation website (a gorilla costume is included!).

 
 
 

Open House London

Go behind closed doors and explore London's architectural gems.

Various Venues London, , City, London, W1J 9LN

Tube: Woolwich Station

 

Dates: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2016

 

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 850 of the city's sites and buildings - including London landmarks like 'The Gherkin', Lloyd's of London, Battersea Power Station, The View from the Shard and the Bank of England. There's a wealth of architectural gems to choose from including some of the most beautiful buildings - old and new like the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station. 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.

 
 
 

Bermondsey Street Festival

Bermondsey Street, , Southwark, London, SE1 3TD

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: Saturday 17th September 2016

 

Bermondsey Street Festival returns to south London for its tenth year in 2016, closing the street and surrounding areas to traffic to create a pedestrianised day of fun. Bringing a party atmosphere to the area each year, the festival honours Bermondsey's historic reputation as 'London's Larder' by inviting more than thirty local restaurants to bring their food to the streets. Liquid refreshments are also covered, with the street's vibrant bars and pubs serving drinks in the parks and beer made by the local Southwark Brewery. There will also be artists, musicians, dancers, actors and fashionistas showcasing their work, dancing, music, children's entertainment and the acclaimed Bermondsey Dog Show.

 
 
 

The London Design Festival

Over 400 events and exhibitions showcase cutting edge design across the city.

Various Venues London, , South Kensington, London, W1J 9LN

Tube: Woolwich Station

 

Dates: 17th to 25th September 2016

 

If you want to see a crazy golf course by Paul Smith in Trafalgar Square click on over to the London Design Festival website and get involved in the Kickstarter campaign. Should funding reach its target the golf course will be a highlight of the festival, an all-encompassing celebration of the capital's design industry. The annual festival takes in sectors as diverse as fashion, architecture, retail, typography, photography and textiles in an ambitious city-wide project. Cultural institutions like the V&A, Somerset House and the Design Museum often take part and the city is divided into design districts - there are hubs in Brompton, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Islington, Queens Park and Shoreditch. Events in each vary from product launches in tiny boutiques to massive trade shows including designjunction and 100% Design. A fun, fascinating exploration of cutting edge design across the city.

 
 
 

Astronomy Photographer Of The Year

Eye catching images from within our solar system and far into deep space.

Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

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

 

Dates: 17th September 2016 to 25th June 2017

 

The winning images of Astronomy Photographer of the Year are presented in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich which showcases some incredible images of the sky, from within our solar system and far into deep space. Images on display include winners from all nine categories: Aurorae, Skyscapes (sponsored by Insight Investment), People and Space, Our Sun, Our Moon, Planets, Comets and Asteroids, Stars and Nebulae, and Galaxies. A further prize 'The Sir Patrick Moore for Best Newcomer prize' is given to an amateur astrophotographer who has taken up the hobby in the last year and who has not entered the competition before. Finally, a special Robotic Scope prize is given for photographs taken with a remotely operated robotic telescope.

 
 
 

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects

Explore the interactive installation - guaranteed to make you smile.

Chelsea College Of Art And Design, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 17th September to 12th October 2016

 

Here's something cheer you up: step inside The Smile, one of the London Design Festival's landmark projects. Just like the real thing, The Smile curves up at the corners but this smile is 34 metres - that's 10 metres longer than a tennis court - it's made out of timber and lights up like a lantern at night. Visitors can walk through the rectangular wooden tube from end to end, passing up its funnel-like space and exploring the sensory experience of light, texture and sound as the slope gradually rises. You'll find The Smile, designed by Alison Brooks Architects, on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17th September until 12th October 2016.

 
 
 

Sharon Eyal And Gai Behar: L-E-V OCD Love

Exploring themes of thwarted love and broken hearts.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th September 2016

 

Israeli dancers Eyal and Behar draw inspiration from Neil Hilborn's text OCD to explore themes of thwarted love and broken hearts through the lens of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Performed to deep, pulsing beats and tribal grooves the music for OCD LOVE is the work of the company's third creative, sound artist Ori Lichtik, one of the founding fathers of the techno scene in Israel.

 
 
 

Helaine Blumenfeld: Hard Beauty

A personal portrait of sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld OBE.

Hignell Gallery, 12-14 Shepherd Street, London, W1J 7JF

Tube: Green Park Station

 

Dates: 22nd September to 27th November 2016

 

Hignell Gallery's new exhibition, Hard Beauty, presents a personal portrait of the career of sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld OBE. Curated by Abby Hignell, the exhibition offers a new insight into Blumenfeld's impact on contemporary sculpture at a vital point in her career. The exhibition features new pieces in bronze, marble and terracotta as well as rarely seen drawings and works on paper, showcasing how she continues to take risks in her work and career. Highlights include new Two Sides of a Woman which, made from white marble, is seemingly weightless, and Crescendo, which appears to suggest the wings of a bird or the petals of a flower in bloom.

 
 
 

100% Design

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

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Sep 2016

 

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. This year the theme is 'Experience' which runs throughout the show, seen in specially commissioned installations, immersive and sensory experiences. Talks are curated by the Design Museum which is 'on loan' until it opens at its new Kensington home on 24th November 2016. And, making its debut alongside 100% Design is LuxuryMade, a new show of contemporary high end furniture, fabrics and carpets, lighting and accessories from names like Lasvit, Cassina, Poltrona Frau and Zimmer & Rhode. You'll find LuxuryMade in Olympia's Pillar Halls, parts of which have been hidden from public view for over 20 years,

 
 
 

Bjork

The Icelandic pop star performs sold out shows at Royal Albert Hall and Hammersmith Apollo.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 21st September 2016

 

The Icelandic singer-songwriter, known for her eclectic music style that gambols through electro, art-pop and avant-garde, performs a one-off show at Royal Albert Hall, falling amid the Bjork Digital exhibition at Somerset House. This concert on 21st September sold out so quickly that an additional London show has been added three nights later, at Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on Saturday 24th September. These shows are her first non-festival UK show for three years, and the first in London since the release of her current album 'Vulnicura'.

 
 
 

The Libertine

Stephen Jeffreys' wild romp through 1670s London.

Haymarket Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

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

 

Dates: 22nd September to 3rd December 2016

 

The History Boys actor Dominic Cooper plays notorious poet, playwright and rake John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, who was undone by his legendary appetite for excess in Stephen Jeffreys' heady historical drama. The Libertine, famously made into a 2004 film starring Johnny Depp, follows this most ardent of hedonists, forced to reconsider everything he thinks and feels after a chance encounter with an actress at the Playhouse. Terry Johnson directs this wild romp through 1670s London.

 
 
 

DesignJunction

An exciting insight into some of the most innovative products and creations in the design world.

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

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th Sep 2016

 

DesignJunction returns to London for a sixth year and makes King's Cross its home with four hubs dotted around the 67 acre site, including Granary Square where ten exhibitions and installations will be displayed. Held during, and a big part of, the London Design Festival, designjunction gives visitors an exciting insight into some of the most innovative products and creations in the design world. Design hubs can be found at Cubitt, a two-floor pavilion in Lewis Cubitt Square - a showcase for contemporary lighting - The Canopy, a pop-up venue for retailers to show everything from technology to textiles, and The Crossing in Central Saint Martins. The cutting edge show also has a seminar programme, large-scale installations and places to eat. Added extras include a late night shopping event with special discounts, free fizz, a design masterclass, live demos and music.

 
 
 

London Design Fair

Tent London and Super Brands merge to become the London Design Fair.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th Sep 2016

 

Merging Tent London and Super Brands London, the London Design Fair is new for 2016, extending The London Design Festival event from two to three floors of the Truman Brewery. Over 200 international exhibitors, showcasing the very latest in contemporary interior products, including furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories, will be on display at the event which this year launches the British Craft Pavilion. Fifteen country pavilions include 100% Norway, a key element of the fair, the new 'This Is India' pavilion and country showcases on China, Portugal and Switzerland. With a growing trade focus there are two trade-only days and two trade and consumer days - on 24th and 25th September 2016.

 
 
 

Ardizzone: A Retrospective

Retrospective of the much-loved children's illustrator and Official War Artist.

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 23rd September 2016 to 15th January 2017

 

The House of Illustration stages a retrospective of English illustrator and author Edward Ardizzone, the much-loved children's illustrator who drew the pictures for Mark Twain's 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'. Ardizzone was best known for his illustrated stories including Little Tim and the Brave Sea-Captain and his picture book, Tim All Alone, for which he won the Kate Greenaway medal. But he was also an Official War Artist who created adverts for Shell and Guinness in his spare time.

 
 
 

The National Wedding Show

Everything you need for the big day under one roof.

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 23rd, 24th and 25th September 2016

 

Planning a wedding can turn what should be The Happiest Day Of Your Life into a full blown nightmare - known as 'bridezilla' in extreme cases. If you want to avoid this unappealing moniker, The National Wedding Show can help you find things you never knew you needed for your big day. There are the invitations to sort out, table settings, photographs, menus and cake to think of, not to mention the all-important dress. It's all been thought of here. You can check out over 300 exhibitors, see make-over demonstrations, interviews with top designers and catwalk shows four times daily. Get expert advice on everything from venues and vicars to cake and cards all under one roof. Everything you need, in fact, to achieve the highest levels of perfection for Your Special Day. There's even a bar so your husband-to-be can take some time out when he gets all tired and emotional.

 
 
 

Abstract Expressionism

This exhibition challenges preconceptions about abstract expressionism.

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

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 24th September 2016 to 2nd January 2017

 

Modern art scholars, be prepared to leave your preconceptions at the door. This autumn exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art challenges preconceptions about Abstract Expressionism arguing that it was not unified, its roots go back further than you'd think and it wasn't all about painting. Using major works by the New York School, where members included Pollock, Rothko, De Kooning, and Newman, the exhibition draws on works from all over the world to back up its claims. Epic canvases, drawings, sculpture, and photography are all part of this, the first significant survey of Abstract Expressionism in Europe for fifty years.

 
 
 

Turner Prize 2016

Returning to London after a move to Glasgow last year, this is a must for lovers of contemporary art.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 27th September 2016 to 8th January 2017

 

Set up in 1984, the Tate's Turner Prize has been courting controversy ever since. The most notorious prize in the world of contemporary art, it carries a large cash prize - there's 40,000 in the pot - and instant fame for the winner who must be a British artist under fifty and have staged an 'outstanding' exhibition of work completed within the year. The shortlist always seems to feature conceptual art of the most difficult-to-understand sort. But despite the uproar from stuffier elements in the tabloids, this show is always great fun. No matter what your view, the return of the Turner Prize to London in 2016 - following its temporary move to Glasgow last year - makes this a must for lovers of contemporary art.

 
 
 

The Boys In The Band

Mart Crowley's groundbreaking play is given its first UK revival in nearly 20 years.

Park Theatre, 11 Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3JP

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 28th September to 30th October 2016

 

A landmark play in gay theatre, Mart Crowley's groundbreaking The Boys In The Band is revived at the Park Theatre this September - the first UK revival in nearly 20 years. Set in a New York apartment, the seminal piece sees nine men gather for a birthday celebration. Doctor Who actor Mark Gatiss plays Howard, a self-avowed 'pock-marked, Jew fairy' who receives a surprise gift: a beautiful male hustler. When party host Michael - played by Ian Hallard - gets an unwanted gift of his own, the night descends into hilarity and heartbreak.

 
 
 

No's Knife

Lisa Dwan continues to shine the light on late playwright Samuel Beckett.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 29th September to 15th October 2016

 

After a sold-out international tour of the Beckett Trilogy, Lisa Dwan continues to shine the spotlight on late playwright Samuel Beckett with the world premiere of No's Knife. Being staged at The Old Vic this September, the production will present a fresh interpretation of the monologue, with Lisa bringing her unexpected and compelling voice to the unperformed writing.

 
 
 

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