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Ramona Tells Jim
Jasper Johns
The Great River Race
The London Design Festival
London Design Fair
OnBlackheath 2017


The Wellcome Collection explores the relationship between graphic design and health, The London Design Festival covers everything from fashion to architecture, and the capital's meatiest food festival, Meatopia, returns. LondonTown gives the lowdown on the best London events in September 2017.



The capital's meatiest food festival returns for a three-day feast.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


Dates: 1st, 2nd and 3rd September 2017


London's meatiest food festival, Meatopia returns once again in 2017. 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. Previous line-ups have included the likes of Pitt Cue, Duck & Waffle, Social Eating House, Berber & Q and Hawksmoor so we can expect big things again this year. And, with the return of the Friday night session, which was introduced in 2016, it's another three-day affair.


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 3rd September 2017


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.


Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?

The first major exhibition exploring the relationship between graphic design and health.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station, Euston Station, Warren Street Station


Dates: 7th September 2017 to 14th January 2018


This September, the Wellcome Collection presents the first major exhibition exploring the relationship between graphic design and health. Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? brings together around 200 objects to consider the role graphic design plays in constructing and communicating healthcare messages across the globe, demonstrating how it has been used to persuade, inform and empower. Featuring work by influential figures in graphic design from the 20th century and drawing from both public and private collections, the exhibition will highlight the widespread and often subliminal nature of graphic design, featuring everything from cautionary posters to neon pharmacy signs.



The Globe presents the world premiere of Tristan Bernays' new play.

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

Tube: Mansion House Station


Dates: 8th September to 1st October 2017


This September, Shakespeare's Globe hosts the world premiere of Tristan Bernays' brand new play, Boudica. Directed by Eleanor Rhode, the ancient history play tells the story of one of Britain's most infamous women, who was a queen, a warrior and a rebel. The epic tale of power, politics and love is set in AD 61, Britannia and follows Boudica, the widow of The King of the Iceni, as she tries to claim her rightful throne.


The Great River Race

The rowing equivalent of the London Marathon is bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station, Pimlico Station


Dates: Saturday 9th September 2017


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.


Rachel Whiteread

The most comprehensive exhibition to date of he first woman to win the Turner Prize.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 12th September 2017 to 4th February 2018


In autumn 2017, Tate Britain stages the most comprehensive exhibition to date of Rachel Whiteread, the first woman to win the Turner Prize. That accolade came in 1993, the same year she made House (arguably her best known work), an 'inside out house' where the fireplaces of the interior could be seen on the outside. This life-sized cast of a condemned terraced house in London's East End, only existed for a few months but established Whiteread as one of the Britain's leading contemporary artists. This exhibition brings together well-known pieces such as Ghost, Untitled (100 Spaces) and Untitled (Staircase) alongside works that have never been exhibited before.


The London Design Festival

This annual festival covers everything from fashion to architecture.


Various Venues Dates: 16th to 24th September 2017


This 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 vary from product launches in tiny boutiques to massive trade shows including designjunction and 100% Design, all part of this fun, fascinating exploration of cutting edge design across the city.


Ramona Tells Jim

A darkly comic play about the inescapable gravity of young love.

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: 20th September to 21st October 2017


Fifteen years after an ill-fated teenage romance during a school field trip to the Scottish Highlands, Ramona returns the close-knit village to reconnect with Jim and clear her conscience about the scandal that changed both of their lives. A darkly comic play about the inescapable gravity of young love written by Sophie Wu.


Basquiat: Boom for Real

The first large-scale exhibition in the UK on late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London, EC2 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station


Dates: 21st September 2017 to 28th January 2018


This September, the Barbican hosts the first large-scale exhibition in the UK on late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat: Boom for Real draws from international museums and private collections to showcase the work of the pioneering prodigy of the downtown New York art scene, who came to the media's attention in 1978 when he teamed up with his classmate Al Diaz to graffiti enigmatic statements across the city under the collective pseudonym SAMO. A famously self-taught artist, Basquiat then went on to become one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. This exhibition will bring together more than 100 works, many of which have never before been seen in the UK.



The art fair returns to London for a seventh year.

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

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Sep 2017


DesignJunction returns to London for a seventh year in 2017, bringing together a series of exhibitions and installations. 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. 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

Launched in 2016, the fair is back for its second year.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Sep 2017


Launched in 2016, the London Design Fair is an extension of The London Design Festival, taking over a whole floor of the Old Truman Brewery. Last year saw over 200 international exhibitors, showcasing the very latest in contemporary interior products, including furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories go on display, and, while this year's line-up is yet to be announced, it's expected to be just as big.


Jasper Johns

A new exhibition on one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

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

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 23rd September to 10th December 2017


The Royal Academy hosts a major Jasper Johns exhibition in 2017, showcasing his work in the Main Galleries show. Regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Jasper Johns has remained central to American contemporary art since his arrival in New York in the 1950s and, as the Evening Standard stated, "few living artists have influenced the course of art as profoundly as Johns". This exhibition will show his early paintings alongside his sculptures, prints, collages and drawings, giving focus to a different chapter in his career. It provides a rare opportunity to see such a vast collection of the artist's work outside of America.


OnBlackheath 2017

Metronomy, The Libertines, Travis and Jake Bugg perform this year.

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

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


Dates: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017


Music and food festival OnBlackheath returns this September for its fourth year, with headliners Travis and The Libertines. Also taking to the stage will be electronic four-piece Metronomy, American blues ace Seasick Steve, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg and soulful singer KT Tunstall. Further to the music, there will be a John Lewis Food Village where visitors can enjoy award-winning street food, communal dining, a food demonstration stage, guest chefs, pop-up restaurants and a Meantime Craft Brewery Bar. Children are also catered to with the Family Playground, featuring an adventure area, giant art walls, crafting and a storytelling stage.

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