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Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance
Art Car Boot Fair
Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival
London Design Festival
London Mezcal Week
Cariad Lloyd is at the London Podcast Festival
The Handmade Fair
Wanderlust 108
Renzo Piano
Beazley Designs Of The Year
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Wanderlust 108

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: Saturday 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.

 
 
 

Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 12th to 16th Sep 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.

 
 
 

Art Car Boot Fair

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

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Sunday 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.

 
 
 

Renzo Piano

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 theRoyal 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.

 
 
 

Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

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

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

 

Dates: Sunday 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.

 
 
 
 

Beazley Designs Of The Year

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 15th to 23rd September 2018

 

The world's first plastic-free shopping aisle, Marvel's Black Panther costumes and an eco-friendly water bottle made by Will and Jaden Smith are among the shortlisted entries for Beazley Designs of the Year. The Design Museum displays 87 nominations across six categories - fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design - from innovative designers from around the world. The fashion category includes items from Nike's Nigeria National Football Team and Elon Musk's most powerful rocket is among the top designs in transport, a futuristic design for going beyond earth's orbit. Nominations also include electronic self-healing and recyclable skin, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Burberry's rainbow check and Royal Ballet costumes designed by Erdem.

 
 
 

The London Design Festival

 

Various Venues Dates: 15th to 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 exciting installations. Look out for landmark projects in the city and at the V&A. Alphabet, by Kellenberger-White, brings colourful alphabet chairs to Broadgate, MultiPly is an interactive maze-like installation in The Sackler Courtyard of the V&A and everyone's invited to a tea party on the first floor of Fortnum & Mason's. A citywide event, cultural institutions like the V&A, Somerset House and the Design Museum take part and design districts create hubs in Bankside, Brompton, Clerkenwell, Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Mayfair and more. This year, for the first time, Paddington and St James's join in with an installation which reacts to light and wind over Regent Street. Events vary from product launches in tiny boutiques to massive trade shows including designjunction, Decorex, the Design Fair and 100% Design. In Trafalgar Square, a fluorescent red lion is added to the four famous big cats by Nelson's Column as set designer Es Devlin invites you to 'feed the lion' - with words.

 
 
 

London Mezcal Week

Sin Gusano, 258 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4DG

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 10th to 16th Sep 2018

 

In celebration of the agave spirit London Mezcal Week brings a week-long Mexican fiesta to bars across London with tastings, dinners, talks, parties and special cocktails. The Lost Alpaca, the new basement bar at Floral by Lima is serving up its signature Lima Negroni while the bar at Ella Canta carries a great selection of carefully-sourced rare mezcals. The Oaxacan Art Show at Juju's in Shoreditch explores the relationship between art and mezcal in Oaxacan culture. But the headline event of the week is the Mezcal Tasting Festival, a full-scale agave takeover at TT Liquor. Finally, not to be missed, London's only dedicated mezcaleria, Sin Gusano, hosts five special events including a mezcal master class hosted by Victor Perez.

 
 
 

London Podcast Festival

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Sep 2018

 

Now in its third year, London Podcast Festival returns to Kings Place with podcasts on everything from dating to death, pop culture to panel games. Among the popular podcasters putting in an appearance are comedian Chris Gethard, host of Beautiful Anonymous, Superego with special guests Tawny Newsome and Rob Delaney, and a live recording of Cariad Lloyd's award-winning podcast featuring Andrew Hunter Murray, Erin Gibson and Dane Baptiste. There's more chat from The Allusionist, I Was There Too with special guest Tony Way, The Complete Guide to Everything and Do the Right Thing with Tawny Newsome, Jordan Brookes and Mat Osman as special guests. Fancy creating your own podcast? Over the weekend there'll be workshops and discussions for podcast makers.

 
 
 

The Handmade Fair

Hampton Court Green, Farm Cottages, Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, London, KT8 9AT

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 14th, 15th and 16th September 2018

 

Kirstie Allsopp's The Handmade Fair celebrates its fifth year on The Green at Hampton Court Palace this September. With a raft of talented producers and crafters, Kirstie promises, "a joyous few days of crafting in a beautiful setting". You can learn modern calligraphy at a workshop by Lauren Cooper of Oh Wonder Calligraphy, how to make a willow birdfeeder with Eddie Glew and try Indian block printing with Tess Hucker of The Arty Crafty Place. Creative sessions are split into four categories including paint and print, home and garden and sewing and textiles. Stock up on handmade crafts and find the materials to try crafting at home.

 
 
 

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