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Installation view of Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain

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Installation view of Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain
Basquiat: Boom for Real
Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen
Wanderlust 108
Open Weekend: London Uncovered
BBC Good Food: FEAST
Hospitality in the Park
Raindance Film Festival
London Fashion Week Festival

© Tate (Joe Humphrys)

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.


Basquiat: Boom for Real

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

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 21st September 2017 to 28th January 2018


This weekend sees the opening of the Barbican's large-scale exhibition on late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, marked by two new Banksy's. 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.


Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen

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

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 22nd September 2017 to 21st January 2018


Head to The House of Illustration this autumn for a rare opportunity to see little-known production designs by celebrated political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe. The new exhibition, Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen, will invite guests to step into an imagination that is acerbic, explosive and unmistakable with a showcase of works by the celebrated political cartoonist. It will feature costumes and props from Pink Floyd's The Wall, Disney's Hercules and English National Ballet's The Nutcracker. For more work by Gerald Scarfe, head to the plush Scarfes Bar in Rosewood London.



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

Tube: King's Cross Station


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


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. At this year's show Renault's TreZor, voted the 'Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year' by the Festival Automobile Jury, make its UK debut. Turkishceramics creates an installation in Granary Square celebrating the history of ceramics in Turkey. Taking place across five Kings Cross destinations, DesignJunction extends from Cubitt House to The Crossing, a five-storey space hosting installations showcasing Rado watches, Blackbody lighting, Kirkby Design fabrics and Corian work surfaces.


Wanderlust 108

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: Saturday 23rd September 2017


Producers of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, Wanderlust present the world's only mindful triathlon this summer. Taking place in Victoria Park, 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.


Depot Open Weekend: London Uncovered

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

Tube: Acton Town Station


Dates: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2017


Only open twice a year, London Transport Museum's Acton Depot invites you in to explore everyday design like the history of the Moquette seating and you'll even get to have a go at printing your own. Fun for adults and children, there are drop-in family craft activities, a miniature railway you can ride on and a bitesize family tour of favourite vehicles highlighting key pieces in the collection. Get hands on with some of quirky artefacts like the Gibson Ticket machine which dispensed tickets on all London Transport buses between 1953 and 1993 then refuel at the pop up food village or on the Routemaster Bus Bar.


BBC Good Food's Feast

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

Tube: Tower Hill Station


Dates: 22nd, 23rd and 24th September 2017


BBC Good Food hosts the first-ever food and drink festival in the Tower of London's dry moat. The three-day FEAST will host up to 200 cutting-edge food and drink companies from across the globe along with renowned chefs such as Tom Kerridge, Michelle Roux and John Torode. The line-up includes The Feast Kitchen, with live cooking demos from rising stars and well-established chefs. Pick up dishes from all corners of the London food scene at pop-up restaurants, enrol on a masterclasses at Le Cordon Bleu Skills School and join in the Feast Workshops; highlights include a steak workshop with Ginger Pig and cocktail masterclasses with The Rolling Drinks Trolley.


Hospitality in the Park

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station


Dates: Saturday 23rd September 2017 - 12noon-10pm


The final festival of the summer, Hospitality in the Park comes to Finsbury Park for its second year on Saturday 23rd September. A feast of drum'n'bass with forays into grime, jungle and dub over nine stages and arenas, the line-up includes the 22 piece London Elektricity Big Band and Roni Size, making his only London festival appearance and celebrating the 20th anniversary of his Mercury Award winning album 'New Forms'. Further sets come from the likes of Mala, My Nu Leng, Calibre, Alix Perez, Danny Byrd, Sir Spyro, Fred V & Grafix, Etherwood and Audio. 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.


Raindance Film Festival

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 20th September to 1st October 2017


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 Oh Lucy!, a Japanese film starring Josh Hartnett. The 12-day programme includes around 200 feature films, shorts programmes, seminars and workshops. Among the noteworthy screenings there's 'You Are Killing Me Susana' by the producer of Frida and starring Gael Garcia Bernal as well as 'That's Not Me' featuring an "outstanding performance from emerging actor Alice Foulcher" (The Guardian). Get fully immersed in the latest releases in the virtual reality arcade, get a masterclass with Drop Dead Fred director Ate de Jong and enjoy a closing night gala after party at Planet Hollywood.


London Fashion Week Festival

The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 3DA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 21st - 24th September 2017


Britain's biggest biannual showcase of British and international fashion presents catwalk shows, talks by industry experts, hair and beauty tips and trends as well as more than 150 designer brands under one roof. Following on from London Fashion Week and accessible to all, London Fashion Week Festival invites you to join designer Alice Temperley or listen to Lesley Miller, Senior Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the V&A, discussing 'Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion'. On Friday the current cast of Britain's Next Top Model take to the catwalk, Saturday sees the duo behind Fyodor Golan talk about their work and on Sunday Wolf & Badger invites you to a breakfast celebrating sustainability in fashion.


Rachel Whiteread

Comprehensive exhibition on the first woman to win the Turner Prize.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 12th September 2017 to 4th February 2018


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.



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