53 Things to Do in London: October 2017

Lead image: Alexander Whitley: 8 Minutes (photo: Johan Persson)

1 The World of Anna Sui, Fashion & Textile Museum
Until 1 October
On the cover of The World of Anna Sui by Tim Banks is a catwalk shot of a look that exemplifies the glamorously eclectic style of fashion designer Anna Sui. Located in the ‘fairytale’ section of her thematically organised new exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in Bermondsey is the bold pirate dress in question. It’s inspired in part, she explains, by Marie Antoinette – but also Barbarossa the pirate and 70s band The New York Dolls. ‘It’s quintessential Anna Sui,’ she says proudly. ‘It has all the elements: the roses, the black and white with red. There are also the fishnets to evoke the punk movement. All in one outfit! With over 125 full outfits on display, the exhibition ranges from early looks first modelled by Naomi Campbell in 1991 up to the cowboy and cheerleader design worn recently by Gigi and Bella Hadid.
83 Bermondsey Street SE1 3XF; 020 7407 8664; ftmlondon.org

2 Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film
1 October-3 November
The Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film returns, celebrating the magic of the movies, while shining a spotlight on cinema’s most stunning scores. The programme features immersive movie and music experiences, including screenings, concerts with a film flavour, exhibitions, talks and tours, and opens with a celebration of David Lynch, since music always plays such a big part in his films. Another highlight is Jaws in Concert, which screens Steven Spielberg’s original summer movie blockbuster accompanied by a live performance of that iconic score (21-22 October).

3 London Cocktail Week, London-wide
2-8 October
London Cocktail Week is fast approaching and with over 250 London bars taking part in the festivities. The London Cocktail Week Village, taking over Old Spitalfields Market for the week, is a must visit, hosting an impressive 40 bespoke pop-up bars, trucks, vans and even bicycles from the biggest names in drinks. They’ll be serving up contemporary twists on all your favourites while creating some of their own speciality drinks. This year the event has gone digital – no more wristbands, guidebooks or queuing! Just buy your ticket for £10, download the free DrinkUp.London app, enter your unique code and activate your pass to enjoy signature £6 cocktails at all participating bars simply by flashing your phone!
The Cocktail Village, Old Spitalfields Market E1 6EW; drinkup.london/cocktailweek

4 Stephen King On Screen, The BFI
Until 3 October
The BFI has announced Stephen King On Screen, a season of film and television dedicated to the living legend, one of the most frequently adapted and versatile writers in history, and as formidable a cinematic force as a literary one. Kicks off on 1 September with Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Stephen King on Screen on 1 September at 6.15pm (tickets £6.50) and continues with almost daily screenings of King classics including Carrie, Stand by Me and The Shawshank Redemption. Do check out the Stephen King Weekender from 22-24 September, celebrating King’s 70th birthday with screenings, discussions and events.

5 Tori Amos at the Royal Albert Hall
4 October
One of the most successful, prolific and influential artists of her generation, Tori Amos’s 15th album, Native Invader, is an intense feast of melody, protest, tenderness and pain. The complex influence of America’s alt-right Super PACs, lobbyists and think tanks informs much of the tension in Native Invader. She will be showcasing her new songs at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets £43.30-£68.80.
Kensington Gore SW7 2AP; royalalberthall.com

6 The Grime and the Glamour, Barbican Cinema
Until 5 October
New York in the 70s and 80s: a time of fear, poverty, uncertainty… and unparalleled artistic freedom. From 29 September-5 October Barbican Cinema screens The Grime and the Glamour, a unique film season which captures a period of significant historical change and creative energy in New York. The city’s economic decline can be glimpsed through movies, including in Madonna’s iconic turn in Desperately Seeking Susan.

7 The Untouchables by David Yarrow at Maddox Gallery
Until 5 October

Maddox Gallery celebrated its official launch on Westbourne Grove on 15 September with the launch of The Untouchables, the highly anticipated solo exhibition from the world’s leading wildlife photographer, David Yarrow. Guests in attendance included Jamie Redknapp, Piers Morgan, Tamara Ecclestone Rutland and Hugo Taylor. David Yarrow captures the planet’s most remote landscapes, cultures and endangered animals. His methods for enticing dangerous animals near enough to his lens for the best photograph include researching which animal is most attracted to which scent and then coating his camera in it as he lays in wait.
112 Westbourne Grove W2 5RU; maddoxgallery.co.uk

8 Johnny Morant at Roundtree Tryon Gallery, St James’s
Until 5 October
A lifelong ambition to sail the Ionian and Mediterranean seas has resulted in a new solo exhibition for contemporary figurative painter Johnny Morant showing at St James’s Roundtree Tryon Gallery. Inspired by a love of sailing and keen to immerse himself in local life, Morant’s new show – Mare Nostrum – traces the artist’s physical and emotional response to life at sea. The 60-piece collection of oil on mixed media deftly captures Morant’s observational style using his unique and considered colour palette and viscosity of light. From the whirling brushstrokes in the Beach Seller to the dazzling, meditative colours of the sea in La Farfella, Morant calmly observes the sea, the beach and the people that occupy it.
7 Bury Street, St James’s SW1Y 6AL; rountreetryon.com

9 BFI London Film Festival
4-15 October
The 61st BFI London Film Festival will be serving up Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, as this year’s American Express Gala. The film, which looks back on when tennis champion Billie Jean King took on Bobby Riggs in 1973, will receive its European Premiere on Saturday 7 October at Odeon Leicester Square, with Stone herself, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, and the legendary Billie Jean King expected to attend.

10 Perception Festival, Omnibus Theatre
4-29 October
What inspires us to go against the grain, take chances, make radical choices and find a new tribe? Find out at Omnibus Theatre’s now annual Perception Festival. The line up includes vibrant drama, music and debate. This year’s theme examines what it means to step outside the box. Explore the discomfort, uncertainty, rebellion and bravery of going against the tide. Highlights include A Cracked Plaster Sky (24-28 October), which, inspired by real stories of women working in street prostitution, tells the irreverent and painfully amusing story of Grace, and the voice inside her head.
1 Northside, Clapham Common SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org

11 Frieze London
5-8 October

View, browse and buy world-class art from the best international galleries at the Frieze Art Fairs in the beautiful surroundings of Regent’s Park. Every year, Frieze hosts two important art fairs side by side in the Royal Park: Frieze London which showcases the best of contemporary art, and Frieze Masters which specialises in art from the past. Also don’t miss Frieze Sculpture, with work popping up in the park itself.

12 Wimbledon BookFest
5-15 October
It’s been an eventful 11 years since Wimbledon BookFest launched and this autumn the line up includes an enigmatic selection of authors, broadcasters, politicians, entrepreneurs and philosophers. Among the bestselling novelists are Salman Rushdie, Matt Haig, AL Kennedy, Anthony Horowitz and Tracy Chevalier. Household names from the world of politics and current affairs include Alan Johnson, Evan Davies, Chris Patten and Jon Sopel, while Chris Broadman, Judy Murray and Brian Moore provide unique insight into the world of sport. Wimbledon BookFest takes place at a number of venues throughout Wimbledon, but the main site is on Wimbledon Common with a festival bookshop and refreshments from Bayley & Sage and Wimbledon Brewery.
Wimbledon Common SW19 5AZ; wimbledonbookfest.org

13 Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane
5 October-7 January 
Somerset House and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair present Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane, a homecoming exhibition of the British-Moroccan artist, showcasing his vibrant fusion of contemporary cultures through new and celebrated works. The exhibition will be the first UK solo show of his work in seven years, fusing North African culture with familiar Western imagery and iconography.
Strand WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk

14 Imagination and Its Contents
Until 6 October
Imagination and Its Contents, on now at the Frestonian Gallery, presents work by Sara Barker, Anthony Caro and Laurence Owen. The works in this exhibition span the 40 years since Caro wrought the elegant lines of ‘Table PieceZ-8’ to the absolute present in which Owen’s ceramic works emerged from the fire of the kiln and Barker’s delicate metalworks sprang forth from their painted aluminium bases.
2 Olaf Street W11 4BE; frestoniangallery.com

15 Alexander Whitley: 8 MINUTES
6-7 October
8 Minutes by former Choreographic Affiliate of The Royal Ballet Alexander Whitley sold-out at Sadler’s Wells back in June. Now is your chance to see it again, this time at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Inspired by the sun and solar research, the piece combines dance with music and film, featuring a score specially created by the electro-acoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl and an installation of high-definition imagery from BAFTA award-winning visual artist Tal Rosner. Tickets £16 (concs £12). Performances at 7.30pm.

16 The Cake & Bake Show, ExCel
6-8 October

The Cake & Bake Show at ExCel is the UK’s biggest event dedicated to the nation’s current great love. The show is brimming with all things baking, decorating and sugar craft, with celebrity experts on hand to show you the way to the best bakes. The fabulous line-up includes Great British Bake Off winners Candice Brown and John Whaite, Master Patissier Eric Lanlard and top chef and cookery teacher Rosemary Shrager.

17 Herne Hill Music Festival
6-15 October

Herne Hill Music Festival returns with a programme offering locals their usual range of music from jazz, folk and blues, to family and children’s concerts and classical music. Highlights this year include Catch Me A Song dinner and cabaret at The Half Moon on Friday 6 October (7pm, tickets £45) with Sixteenfeet productions (a collection of songs performed live by West End performers will bring you music from the world of Jazz Swing, Musical Theatre, Motown, Soul and Classical), and Dance with the Winds at The Oak Building, Herne Hill School, on Wednesday 11 October (7.30pm, tickets £10), where the London Consorts of Winds has worked with choreographers to create new pieces.

18 National Theatre Posters
6 October-31 March 
National Theatre Posters, curated by design critic and writer Rick Poynor, will open in the National Theatre’s Wolfson gallery in October, exploring poster design at the NT from 1963 to the present. Each art director led the theatre’s graphic design studio in creating images for posters, programmes and now digital artwork. The exhibition features posters designed by Ken Briggs, Richard Bird, Michael Mayhew, Charlotte Wilkinson and current Creative Director Ollie Winser and the Graphic Design Studio. On 27 October, you can take a tour of the exhibition with curator Rick Poynor. Meet at the Wolfson Gallery at 12pm (£3).
Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk

19 M Victoria’s Dog Brunch
7 October
M Victoria is set to host a barking mad party to mark the end of London Fashion Week. There’ll be a special paw-strutting runway event by Tail-or-Made, a new tailoring concept for dogs and their owners by Saville Row master Mark Rodrigues, the chance to pose for a Vogue-worthy cover shot snapped by a fashion photographer, M’s Doggy DJ spinning the decks, and M Executive Chef Michael Reid will be hosting masterclasses on cooking for your canine companion. You can also enjoy a two-course menu simultaneously with your pup thanks to the the 6 Legs Menu (£35, of which £10 is donated to the Dogs Trust).
Zig Zag Building, 74 Victoria Street SW1E 6SQ. To book your spot email RSVP@mrestaurants.co.uk

20 Fun Palaces
7-8 October
Inspired by theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price’s idea for a ‘laboratory of fun’, Fun Palaces will once again pop up all over the country. The event, founded by writer Stella Duffy, will see Fun Palaces pop up in libraries, museums and venues across London and the UK. Highlights include Submerged at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (a day-long programme of maritime fun on 7 October), Actors Alive scientists at the Omnibus Theatre Fun Palace, Clapham (an immersive show marrying art with the science of light on 7 and 8 October) and St James’s Piccadilly Eco Fun Palace on 8 October, which celebrates planet earth on Harvest Sunday.
Search for your nearest event online at funpalaces.co.uk

21 Knives in Hens, Donmar Warehouse
Until 7 October
A ploughman and his wife live a simple existence in a pre-industrial time, until the hated local miller ensnares them in a struggle of knowledge, power and attraction. David Harrower’s haunting and poetic Knives in Hens established him as one of the UK’s leading playwrights, and multi-award winning director Yaël Farber brings her distinctive style to this tense, modern classic, opening at the Donmar Warehouse on 17 August.

22 Frank Hinks at The Cello Factory, Waterloo
Until 8 October
Illustrator, author, and prominent QC, Frank Hinks, will present his original hand-painted illustrations at The Cello Factory in Waterloo to celebrate the publication of his illustrated storybook Rock of Ramion. Hinks will showcase over 100 colourful surreal paintings from 29 September-8 October that illustrate the adventures of his family, who have been transformed into larger than life characters for his fantasy storybook Rock of Ramion.
33/34 Cornwall Road SE1 8TJ

23 National Chocolate Week, various locations
9-15 October
Chocoholics, assemble! National Chocolate Week returns to London with a host of talks, tastings and demonstrations, as well as exclusive products, chocolate meals, cocktails and recipes. Do check out Bean to Bar Britain, a pop-up shop bringing together one of the largest collections of British chocolate makers ever, on Marshalsea Road, Borough. The shop is open daily from 9am-6pm for the duration of National Chocolate Week. Also part of the event is The Chocolate Show opens at Olympia from 13-15 October, with celebrity chef demonstrations, masterclasses, tastings, sculptures, a pop-up chocolate restaurant and a bar with chocolate and drink pairings (£15 on the door or £12.50 in advance). 
For the full listings see chocolateweek.co.uk

24 Guy Denning at Box Galleries
10-31 October
Box Galleries and Guy Denning have joined together for his first solo show in five years this October in the heart of Chelsea. The new work encapsulates Denning’s renowned abstract figurative style, but somehow he appears to have developed his work to another level. New unseen works will be revealed at the exhibition and prices range from £995-£8,000.
Box Galleries, 402 Kings Road SW10 0LJ; boxgalleries.com

25 Dance Umbrella
11-28 October
Dance Umbrella, which celebrates 21st century choreography with contemporary dance performances at venues across London, returns to London this month. Opening Dance Umbrella 2017 is Origami at Circus West Village Piazza, Battersea Power Station, on Wednesday 11 October (1.30pm & 7.30pm). Inspired by the ancient Japanese art, the free, 40-minute performance of Origami sees the unlikely pairing of a monumental shipping container and a gravity defying dancer to create a breath-holding spectacle. The event will then go on to dramatically transforming the London cityscape at Peninsula Square, Greenwich, Artillery Square, Woolwich, The Queen’s Gardens, Croydon and Trinity Buoy Wharf.
For the full listings see danceumbrella.co.uk 

26 Bavaria Meets Berlin in Brixton
12-14 October
Inspired by the underground beats of Berlin, the team behind Brixton Rooftop is adding a bit more bite to their bratwurst for Oktoberfest this year. Brixton Beach is swapping its Speedos for Lederhosen to launch its fully covered and heated winter structure, with the biggest selection of stein-served beverages south of the river. Street food regulars Mac to The Future and The Lambassdors will be dishing up their take on Bavarian classics, alongside a special appearance by Herman Ze German. There will also be a multitude of events and experiences over the course of the weekend, including Wurst Karaoke Ever, Bier Stein Pong and Oompah bands performing classic dance floor fillers. Open 6pm-11pm on Thursday and until 2am on Friday and Saturday.
Pope’s Road, Brixton SW9 8JH; brixtonoktoberfest.com

27 Handmade at Kew
12-15 October
Handmade in Britain returns to Kew Gardens for the third edition of Handmade a Kew, a four-day international contemporary craft event that offers you the chance to invest in beautiful, unique products and unearth the stories, inspirations and processes behind the exquisite work of some of the world’s most talented craftspeople. Expect ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork, wood, sculpture and jewellery for this contemporary craft extravaganza. Tickets £16 in advance or £18 on the door.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB; handmadeinbritain.co.uk

28 Notting Hill Silents presents Piccadilly at St John’s Church
13 October
Notting Hill Silents presents Piccadilly (1929), starring Anna May Wong at the candlelit St John’s Church in Noting Hill. A tale of desire, jealousy and murder, director E.A Dupont’s masterpiece is a sultry, scandalous and opulent contribution to the late silent era. This classic film will be accompanied by the evocative music of the restored organ, played by Donald MacKenzie, resident organist at the Odeon, Leicester Square. Doors open at 7pm for an 8pm start. There will be popcorn and a bar available. The church is heated but can be cold in October so warm clothing is advised. Tickets £10.
Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill W11 2NN; stjohnsorganproject.com

29 Pages from Mind Travellers Diaries at Dorothy Circus Gallery, Notting Hill
From 13 October
Renowned contemporary Italian gallery, Dorothy Circus Gallery, is excited to announce the opening of its temporary British branch in Notting Hill to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The gallery will showcase important pop surreal icons and new international figures in a magical exhibition titled Pages from Mind Travellers Diaries, mirroring the Gallery’s restless mood and Ideologies. The first exhibition will feature artists including Kazuki Takamatsu, Joe Sorren, Marion Peck and Ray Caesar, popular names already known in the world of pop surrealism.
79-81 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill W11 2AG; dorothycircusgallery.com

30 Lost in LA at Hamiltons Gallery, Mayfair
Until 14 October
Hamiltons Gallery presents Lost in LA, the most recent series by the photographer Christopher Thomas. With these atmospheric black and white photographs, Thomas brings his unique style of city portraiture to Los Angeles. As with his previous series, he transports the viewer to a silent city, devoid of human presence and cars, particularly extraordinary in a portrait of L.A. The exhibition includes classic views and motifs associated with the city, such as the Hollywood Sign, Randy’s Donuts, Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and Santa Monica Beach, as well as more unexpected pictures.
13 Carlos Place W1K 2EU; hamiltonsgallery.com

31 DESIGNERS at Little Black Gallery, Chelsea
Until 14 October
Jean-Marie Périer is one of France’s best known photographers. DESIGNERS at Little Black Gallery in Chelsea, his first exhibition in London, is perfect for London Fashion Week. When ELLE magazine gave him carte blanche to produce a series of images, to be called The World of Fashion Designers, he produced a series of striking images of icons of the fashion industry, such as Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Gaultier (photographed as the Pope), Vivienne Westwood, Galliano and Stella McCartney. This series has now been brought together for your viewing pleasure, and each work is for sale.
13A Park Walk, Chelsea SW10 0AJ; thelittleblackgallery.com

32 Cabbages and Frocks’ Dog Day Afternoon
14 October
Pitter patter down to the Cabbages and Frocks Market in Marylebone village for another special Dog Day Afternoon on 14 October. One of the highlight of the day will be the Good Boy Dog School headed by Dima, who will be presenting the same dog display as on Britain’s Got Talent at 12noon and 2pm. Enter the free doggy competitions, from 2.30pm, with categories like Best dog trick, Waggy tail and Miniatures and toy breeds. There will also be canine couture and doggy accessories, vintage clothing for two-legged beings, and the chance to meet dog trainer Rob Alleyne, author of the book The Trouble-Free Dog. 11am-5pm
St Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone High Street W1U 5BA; cabbagesandfrocks.co.uk

33 Earth Wind & Fire at Griffin Gallery, Notting Hill
Until 20 October
Griffin Gallery is delighted to present Earth Wind & Fire, a celebration of contemporary Australian Indigenous art, and Western European contemporary art, presenting six esteemed Australian Indigenous artists alongside seven British artists. The exhibition, opening on 7 September, offers a fresh look at indigenous Australian art’s rich tradition of 60,000 years.
The Studio Building, 21 Evesham Street, Notting Hill W11 4AJ; griffingallery.co.uk 

34 Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum
From 20 October
Playful seals, nuzzling bears and a valiant-looking bald eagle are featured in phenomenal images from the finalists of Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s 53rd competition at the Natural History Museum. The exhibition of 100 images records the beauty and drama of the natural world, from tiny insects to massive mammals. This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries. See winning images selected by a panel of judges for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Look out for the accompanying photography events.

35 Alexis Peskine: Power Figures at October Gallery, Bloomsbury
Until 21 October
October Gallery presents a new exhibition of works by Alexis Peskine, his first solo exhibition in London. Growing up in Paris, Peskine speaks of witnessing institutional racism and a severe lack of multi-cultural representation in the media and public sphere. His practice, reflective of this, focuses on the complexity of themes impacting people from the African Diaspora. His signature pieces are large-scale portraits rendered by the painstaking process of hammering nails of different lengths and diameters, with pin-point accuracy into wood to create breath-taking composite images.
24 Old Gloucester Street WC1N 3AL; 020 7242 7367; octobergallery.co.uk

36 MADE LONDON, Marylebone
19-22 October 
MADE LONDON, one of the top selling events for designer-makers in Europe, returns to One Marylebone this month to showcase the best and most original contemporary craft and design. Discover a range of work from makers across all media, including ceramics, glass, wood, precious metals and textiles, from established designers alongside emerging talent. Mosaic artist Cleo Mussi will be taking over the Belfry Room to create a Rest and Reset space charecterised by soothing sounds and incredible mosaic artworks. Open 10.30-5pm. £10 on the door, under 14s free (Early Bird tickets are half price until 30 Sept: madelondon-marylebone.co.uk/buy-tickets).
One Marylebone NW1 4AQ. To book see madelondon-marylebone.co.uk

37 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
19-22 October
The Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea offering a chance to see artists and gallerists across the globe and to buy works ranging from £100-£6,000. There will be a host of expert talks exploring everything you need to know about how to start or grow an art collection, plus a series of hands-on workshops.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; affordableartfair.com

38 The Art of Champagne at Le Pont de la Tour
Until 22 October 
To celebrate Champagne harvest season and National Champagne Week, Le Pont de la Tour is offering guests Champagne tasting events as well as live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6pm-9pm on the Bar & Grill terrace. On Wednesday 4 October, enjoy Champagne and caviar with Kings Fine Food (£40pp), on Friday 6 October, you can enjoy dinner and learn how to sabrage (open a Champagne bottle with a saber, £60pp), and on Friday 20 October, it’s Champagne and oysters with The Wright Brothers (£40pp). A selection of Champagne and Champagne cocktails will be offered to pair with caviar, smoked salmon and oysters, and guests will also be offered two glasses of house Champagne and two caviar blinis priced at £20, until 22 October.
Butlers Wharf Buildings, 36 Shad Thames SE1 2YE; lepontdelatour.co.uk

39 Snowfest 2017
23-29 October
Snowfest 2017 will see a flurry of offers, talks and events land across Ellis Brigham Mountain Sport’s London stores from Monday 23 October, marking the arrival of our new 2017/18 winter ranges. Highlights of the week-long event include the official, free-to-attend launch party on Tuesday 24 October with Glühwein, beer and pretzels plus a performance from singer-songwriter Tom Speight performing, The Ortovox Off Piste Awareness Tour on 25-26 October with internationally renowned snow and avalanche expert Henry Schniewind, and Faction Skis’ first-ever feature-length film at the Prince Charles Cinema on Wednesday 25 October. Visit any of Ellis Brigham’s four London stores during Snowfest for the chance to win £1,000 worth of snowsports gear.
For the full listings and to register for opening night, see ellis-brigham.com

40 Beauchamp Bazaar, Chelsea
24 October
Ormiston Families’ Beauchamp Bazaar is one of the charity’s most glamorous fundraising events of the year. Now in its 6th year, the annual bazaar aims to raise funds to support children and young people in the East of England. For one night only, the Ormiston Bazaar offers shoppers the chance to browse a range of carefully selected boutique stalls boasting some of the finest homeware, clothing, design, food and wine from London and beyond, including stylish accessories by Chukka Belts, vibrant cushions by Susi Bellamy, feather wreaths and accessories by Plucking Fabulous and luxury fine jewellery by Bear Brooksbank. 4pm-9pm. Tickets £20 from ormiston.org with a limited number available on the door. All proceeds from the event go directly to Ormiston Families.
St. Columba’s Church, Pont Street, Chelsea SW1X 0BD

41 Opera Holland Park at the Royal Albert Hall
25 October
Investec Opera Holland Park returns to the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on 25 October for Opera and the Silver Screen, an exploration of the operatic numbers that feature in popular 20th and 21st century films. This night of glitz and glamour will see some of Investec Opera Holland Park’s top artists, including Lauren Fagan, perform iconic music used in films such as Pretty Woman, Philadelphia and The Godfather. 8pm. Tickets £19.50.

42 Palimpsest by Caroline Yates at Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon
Until 27 October
The crowd or gathering is a signature of Caroline Yates’ work; depicting the shapes they form within a space, observing the relationships and choreographic patterns created, be it city commuters or other animals and their behaviour. She is interested in the anonymity of crowds; the security and comfort, or threat and menace of large numbers and the way we, as crowds, are sometimes unwittingly channelled or herded into spaces. In this latest body of work Yates is making a transition from figurative work into abstract. She examines the developmental stages involved in the process, making a palimpsest of the works that lie beneath, as glimpses of hidden layers emerge through intaglio processes – the act of erosion reveals a stain or trace, uncovering or disinterring memories.
Hicks Gallery, 2 Leopold Road SW19 7BD; hicksgallery.co.uk

43 The Luxury Property Show, Olympia
The Luxury Property Show, now in its 11th year, remains the only property show in Europe dedicated to luxury property overseas, where visitors can discover the very latest homes from the world’s leading developers and agents. ‘The Luxury Property Show has firmly established itself as a key event for those looking to buy their dream home overseas,’ says Eddie Sikora, Director of the show. Standard tickets are free, VIP tickets £15 (VIP lounge access, free conferences and a drinks reception on Friday 27 October).

44 Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Aladdin, Sadler’s Wells
31 October-2 November
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s tour of Aladdin, David Bintley’s magical tale of love, trickery and triumph , visits London’s Sadler’s Wells from 31 October-2 November. With music by BAFTA award-winning composer Carl Davis (played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia), sumptuous sets by Dick Bird and glittering costumes by Sue Blane, this classic story of Aladdin and his adventures with a magic lamp is stunningly brought to life through ballet.
Rosebery Avenue EC1R 4TN; 020 7863 8000; sadlerswells.com

45 Reverberation at The Book Club, Shoreditch
Until 5 November 2017

Reverberation at The Book Club in Shoreditch is a series of large images inspired by The Beatles seminal album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, by studio Discordo’s legendary Photographer-Director Dean Chalkley and Creative Director Ciaran O’Shea. The works employ a range of approaches from pure photography to amalgamations of print, text, painting and collage to explore the 13 celebrated album tracks, including Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and She’s Leaving Home, from a renewed and personal perspective. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, which is 50 years old this year, is considered by critics and music lovers to be one of the greatest records ever made.
The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH

46 Apologia at Trafalgar Studios
Until 18 November
Hollywood and Broadway icon Stockard Channing will return to the London stage this summer, to star in a new production of Olivier Award winner Alexi Kaye Campbell’s acclaimed drama Apologia, directed by the multi-award winning Jamie Lloyd. Channing plays Kristin Miller, a firebrand liberal matriarch of a dynamic family, who is presiding over her birthday celebrations. An eminent art historian, Kristin’s almost evangelical dedication to her career and her political activism has resulted in her sons – Peter, a merchant banker, and Simon, a writer – harbouring deeply rooted and barely suppressed resentments towards her. The fissures in her relationship with them are brought to the fore by the recent publication of her memoir.

47 Street Fans, The Fan Museum, Greenwich
Until 31 December
Earlier this year the little-known craft of fan making was included in the Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Craft, categorised as ‘critically endangered’. Earlier this year, The Fan Museum launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £14,000 to help realise a pioneering project that aims to reinvigorate within the UK this once thriving craft form. Jointly conceived by The Fan Museum and Paris-based street artist Codex Urbanus, Street Fans sees an international cast of 30 street artists team up with leading contemporary fan maker, Sylvain Le Guen, to design and create one-of-a-kind folding fans that the Museum will exhibit from 19 September–31 December 2017.
12 Crooms Hill SE10 8ER; 020 8305 1441; thefanmuseum.org.uk 

48 Ink, Duke of York’s Theatre
Until 6 January
Fleet Street. 1969. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asks the impossible and launches The Sun’s first editor’s quest: to give the people what they want – no matter the cost. Following a sell-out season at the Almeida, Ink – written by James Graham (This House) and directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III) – transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season from 9 September. With a cast featuring Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Matilda) and Richard Coyle (The Associate, The Lover), this ruthless, red-topped new play leads with the birth of this country’s most influential newspaper.
St Martin’s Lane WC2N 4BG; 0844 871 7623; inktheplay.com 

49 The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre
Until 6 January 2018
Direct from a record-breaking sold out run at the Royal Court Theatre, Jez Butterworth’s epic play The Ferryman transfers to the Gielgud Theatre in the West End, running until 6 January 2018. Starring Paddy Considine and directed by Sam Mendes, The Ferryman is set in rural Derry, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A hard day of work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead – but this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho W1D 6AR theferrymanplay.com

50 Iconoclasts: Art out of the Mainstream, Saatchi Gallery
Until 7 January
Saatchi Gallery presents Iconoclasts: Art out of the Mainstream, a major new exhibition featuring the work of 13 contemporary artists. Iconoclasts explores the experimental and often transformational practices of a small group of groundbreaking artists, inviting us to engage anew with what modern day iconoclasm might be. By using a myriad of unusual image-making practices – from branding imagery onto human skin to sculpting curving structures out of crow feathers – these artists are breaking the mould, ushering in a new age of artistic defiance.

51 Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017, Royal Observatory Greenwich
Until 22 July 2018
Russian photographer Artem Mironov beat thousands of photographers from around the world to be declared Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017. His photograph, The Rho Ophiuchi Clouds, will take pride of place at the corresponding exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Now in its ninth year, the competition received over 3,800 entries from over 90 countries. The best of these exceptional photographs are showcased in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

52 Space Descent VR, Science Museum
Until 26 January 2018
Let astronaut Tim Peake guide you through a thrilling, high-speed journey back to Earth in Space Descent VR, an immersive virtual reality experience at the Science Museum. Created by the award-winning Alchemy VR for the Science Museum Group, Space Descent VR puts you inside the descent module of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for the unique opportunity to experience the 360° 3D view as it makes the dangerous 400km journey back to Earth from the International Space Station. ‘It really is breath-taking – and that comes from someone who has spent an awful lot of time using VR systems while training for my first mission,’ said Tim Peake. ‘Science Museum visitors are going to experience something that truly is very close to the real thing!’ Tickets £7.

53 Diana: Her Fashion Story, Kensington Palace
Until 2018
From the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances to the glamour and elegance of her later life, Diana captivated the world’s attention as a trendsetter. Now, 20 years on from her death, Diana: Her Fashion Story presents an extraordinary collection of garments – from the glittering ball gowns of the 80s to the chic Catherine Walker Suits and tailored shift dresses of Diana’s 90s ‘working wardrobe’. Tickets are £16.50 (concs £13.70) for visits until 28 February 2017. From 1 March 2017, tickets are £19 (concs £15). Kids go free (must be accompanied by an adult).
Kensington Gardens W8 4PXhrp.org.uk/kensington-palace


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