Lead image: Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror, part of THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE
1 Shadowman by Richard Hambleton at Maddox Gallery, Westbourne Grove
Until 2 October
A major new exhibition of paintings by the late New York street artist Richard Hambleton is opening in London this month. From 19 September-2 October, visitors will be able to see a collection of over 60 original works and photographs, including many that are rare or previously unseen at the Westbourne Grove Maddox Gallery. Presented by Andy Valmorbida, Shadowman will be the first major exhibition of Hambleton’s work since the artist’s death in October 2017.
112 Westbourne Grove W2 5RU; maddoxgallery.co.uk
2 London Cocktail Week, across London
London Cocktail Week is back and bigger than ever! With 300 bars signed up to the Cocktail Tours – each serving at least one £6 Signature Serve – a Cocktail Village spread over three spaces in the heart of Brick Lane, plus cocktail classes, parties, special menus and more, it’s going to be one heck of a week. From Clapham to Clerkenwell and all London boroughs in between, the London Cocktail Week team has cherry picked a list of venues serving the very best drinks in the capital. There’s also a huge list of special events, including The Light House by The London Essence Company, an immersive journey exploring the essence of light and innovative low-calorie cocktails in Covent Garden; and Grand Marnier presents A Touch of Rouge, cocktails, dinner and an exquisite contemporary dance performance by The Divine Company at Oriole Bar. A digital pass is £10, which entitles you to £6 festival cocktails in 300 bars, first-look access to pop-ups and parties and free entry to The Cocktail Village.
3 An Evening with 3 Michelin Star Basque Chef Eneko Atxa, Covent Garden
Celebrate the gastronomy of the Basque Country during an evening with Eneko Atxa, one of the world’s most recognised chefs. Get to know the man behind Bilbao’s three Michelin-starred Azurmendi and one Michelin-starred Eneko Restaurant as Chef Eneko cooks an exquisite five-course tasting menu with canapés, coffee and petit fours. Each course will be matched with a different local wine, a selection of traditional Txakoli white wines unique to the Basque region and produced at Gorka Izagirre, Chef Eneko’s own family winery. Enjoy dishes such as red mullet with Iberian sauce and duxelles, seared and herb smoked duck breast, and Basque vanilla sponge. £157.50 pp (including service charge). From 7pm.
1 Aldwych, Covent Garden WC2B 4BZ; designmynight.com
4 Perception Festival at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham
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 event examines what it means to step outside the box and explore the discomfort, uncertainty, rebellion and bravery of going against the tide, via the mediums of drama, music and debate. Highlights include the Omnibus Theatre Fun Palace (7-8 October), A Dangerous Woman (11-12 October), Jesse Sebastian Flamenco (22 October), and last year’s hit, A Cracked Plaster Sky (24-28 October).
1 Northside, Clapham Common SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org
5 Frieze London, Regent’s Park
The 16th edition of Frieze London launches this month with a showcase of international contemporary art. This year marks responses to contemporary issues with a new section entitled Social Work, which celebrates artists who challenged the male-dominated art market of the 1980s. 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.
6 Wimbledon BookFest
Wimbledon BookFest returns with a diverse programme of talks, debates and workshops showcasing literary names, politics, current affairs, sport, film, music, children’s events and much more in the Big Tent on Wimbledon Common. The Festival opens with broadcaster and bestselling author Graham Norton discussing his new novel A Keeper with Andrew O’Hagan. Other big names include Sebastian Faulks, Lionel Shriver, Yotam Ottolenghi, Sophie Kinsella, Jessie Burton, Billy Bragg, Michael Rosen and Hilary Alexander. Set on Wimbledon Common, close to Wimbledon Village, a specially commissioned Big Tent seating up to 500, and an intimate William Morris themed marquee, provide the focal point for the festival.
Wimbledon Common SW19 5AZ; wimbledonbookfest.org
7 Handmade at Kew
Handmade in Britain returns to Kew Gardens for the fourth 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. This year there’s also a programme of talks on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 October in the beautiful Nash Concervatory. Tickets from £17 (kids £6).
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB; handmadeinbritain.co.uk
8 Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions at Somerset House
From 4 October
Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions is the first major solo UK exhibition from South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga, opening at Somerset House this month. In it Ruga reveals a mythical world which challenges perceptions of cultural identity in post-apartheid South Africa, addressing ideologies, social and state structures, and the politics of gender inequality. The result is an incredibly vibrant and striking body of work featuring photography, film, sculpture and hand-crafted petit point tapestry. Born in Umtata, Ruga has been seen as a figurehead for a new generation of artists in South Africa who are using myth and alternate realities as a contemporary response to social issues.
The Strand WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk
9 The Cake & Bake Show, ExCel
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 sugarcraft, 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. There will also be book signings, Le Cordon Bleu Demonstrations & Workshops, market stands, a kids zone, champagne bar, sugarcraft zone, baking theatre and decorating stage.
10 Catford Gin Festival
South London’s premier gin event returns to the Broadway Theatre in Catford this month. Hosted by the Forest Hill Gin Club and Team Catford, and sponsored by Fever Tree Premium Tonic Water, the three day festival in the main auditorium of the theatre will showcase local distillers such as Dulwich-based Fatty’s Organic Gin alongside those from further afield like Colonsay Gin from the Hebrides in Scotland. Full gin and tonics will be available to buy from each stand. There’ll also be food from Catford Food Market traders including Raastawala, Renee’s Plant Powered Kitchen and Croquette Man. Tickets are £25, which gets you entry to a session, a commemorative copa balon gin glass, tote bag and tasters from each of the distillers. Sessions take place Friday and Saturday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
11 Brixton Bazaar at at The Department Store, Brixton
Clapham-based ethical family lifestyle brand, Lala & Bea, is launching the first Brixton Bazaar this weekend. The three-day event will take over the downstairs space at The Department Store with a mix of independent retail brands, kids workshops, parenthood talks, wellbeing treats and more. Friday night kicks off with the Positive Working Motherhood panel chat, where three successful businesswomen share advice on how to juggle work and a busy family without burning out (ticketed event). Saturday is family day, with a slime workshop, the chance to design your own t-shirt, a reading corner and face-painting, plus a marketplace with womenswear, childrenswear, homewares and jewellery and an evening performance by the hilarious and searingly honest Scummy Mummies (ticketed event). Sunday is wellbeing day, where parents can enjoy some quality me-time.
248 Ferndale Road, Brixton SW9 8FR; lalaandbea.com
12 Herne Hill Music Festival
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 alt-classical composer-performers Bastard Assignments, playing at The Half Moon on Friday 5 October at 8pm, Brixton harmonica wizard Errol Linton at The Prince Regent on Saturday 6 October at 8pm, and dinner and cabaret with Sixteenfeet Theatre who will perform musical delights from the West End and Broadway as well as swing, opera and jazz at The Half Moon on Friday 12 October at 7pm.
13 Bake With A Legend – Bake With The Great British Bake Off
With Bake Off fever in the air, there’s never been a better time to get baking – and who better to learn from then the stars of the nation’s most beloved show? Bake With A Legend offers a range of baking classes hosted by an ever-growing line-up of Great British Bake-Off past contestants across the UK. Join Jane Beedle for Jane’s Christmas Bakes on 6 October in London, where you’ll learn how to create baking masterpieces worthy of a coveted Hollywood Handshake, before a post-baking sit down with your Star Baker host to get candid insights into their time on the show. Tickets are £99pp or £190 for two, including all ingredients and equipment for the three-hour session. Future London dates include Andrew Smyth’s Christmas Class on 8 December and Glenn Cosby’s Patisserie Delights on 23 February 2019.
14 Fun Palaces, across London
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 Universe All! at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (expect sci-fi exploits, strange new worlds and alien invaders, 6 October), a new under fives’ story time session with Arsenal in the Community and drumming fun at the Lewis Carroll Children’s Library in Islington, and Colour, Cogs and Sound at Pimlico Library (art, drawing, painting, theatre, beatbox and stories from the community, 6-7 October).
Search for your nearest event online at funpalaces.co.uk
15 Dennis of Penge at The Albany, Deptford
The Albany theatre in collaboration with Oval House presents a performance dedicated to Penge. Dennis of Penge is written by Annie Siddons with original music by Asaf Zohar and is part gig, part poetry and part theatre performance. It has been loosely inspired by Euripides’ The Bacchae and is a story all about poverty, addiction, friendship, chicken shops, love and SE20.
Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG; thealbany.org.uk
16 Urban Food Fortnight, various locations
Until 9 October
Urban Food Fortnight connects restaurants and retailers with London’s edible gardens and small producers to showcase the best food and drink on offer in the city with special menus, one-off events, workshops and supper clubs. Run by London Food Link, the fortnight throws the spotlight on the hidden delights of the capital’s good food scene, from Tottenham made cheese to Stratford sourced fish, Enfield reared lamb and Hackney grown salad.
17 Clapham Fringe
Until 14 October
Performing arts festival Clapham Fringe returns for its fourth year, running 27 September until 14 October with theatre, comedy, family shows and more. Look out for Died Blondes on 7 October, by award-winning writer Joan Ellis. Ellis re-imagines the last words of two infamous women – movie star Marilyn Monroe and murderer Ruth Ellis – piecing together the latest theories to create two dramatic monologues that enable these so-called dumb blondes to find their voice, moments before they die. Marilyn Monroe, JFK’s ex-mistress, whispers secrets about the Kennedy clan down the phone to ex-husband Joe DiMaggio, telling him exactly who wants her dead and why. Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, alone in her cell minutes before her execution, reads her letter to lover David Blakely, justifying why she shot him. 9pm-10pm. Tickets £5.
Bread and Roses Theatre, 68 Clapham Manor Street SW4 6DZ; claphamfringe.com
18 Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet, Greenwich
Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet – the 70s & 80s soul, funk and disco night for those who remember the hits from first time round – returns to The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich after a hugely popular event in March. HSDY is much more than just a disco with choreographer-led dance routines (Carwash, Love Train etc) to get everyone into the groove, vinyl DJs Auntie Maureen (Latitude, Wilderness) and hula-hooping DJ Da’Lynne (Model Market, Dreamland Margate) will be on the decks playing classic floor-fillers, plus there’s a best outfit catwalk competition and free retro sweets. 10% of profits from HSDY nights go to Cancer Research UK. 7.30pm-midnight. Tickets £15.
Park Row, Greenwich SE10; haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk
19 Temperate Tipples at Kew Gardens
For just two nights, you’ll have the chance to sample delicious drinks from around the globe in the world’s greatest glasshouse, the Temperate House. The jewel in Kew’s crown, it is the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse and has just reopened its doors after an extensive five-year restoration. From a delectable Argentinian rosé to an unusual Japanese ale, try an eclectic array of drinks from all four corners of the earth, while surrounded by a staggering 10,000 plants and live music. From grape or grain, to glass, you’ll discover the making-processes behind these drinks, the effect climate has on taste, and how they have come to be served and enjoyed here in the UK. Plus, more than half of the 12 wines on offer will be vegan-friendly. Tickets: £25. 6pm-9.30pm. Over 18s only.
20 SIX, London Arts Theatre
Until 14 October
SIX is a pop-concert musical that finally gives the six wives of Henry VIII the chance to tell their tale, remixing five hundred years of her-storical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of sisterly sass-itude. Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn (loosely based on Lily Allen) , Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr channel their inner pop stars with tales of lost love, abuse and betrayal at the hands of King Henry VIII. After a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe, this hip, high-energy production, written by Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss, is now in London. Tickets £6-£39.50.
Great Newport Street WC2H 7JB; artstheatrewestend.co.uk
21 The Posh Mum Club, Richmond
The Posh Mum Club, which encourages women to inspire each other and share ideas so that they may excel in every aspect of their lives, organises luxury events and workshops to bring women together. The next event takes places at The Petersham Hotel in Richmond, with talks from Venetia Archer,CEO of Ruuby App, and Sadie Reid, Editor of Hip & Healthy and founder of Luxe Hardy, who will both be speaking about their business journey so far. There will also be a pop-up shop in support of React, a charity that helps children with cancer, and EF Medispa will be providing a skin analysis on the day. The goody bag includes a mini facial from EF Medispa and more. 11am-1.30pm. Tickets are £25.
Nightingale Lane, Richmond TW10 6UZ. To book see eventbrite.co.uk
22 BFI London Film Festival
The 62nd BFI London Film Festival will be serving up gala screenings of Widows by Steve McQueen, Stan & Ollie by Jon S Baird, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by the Coen brothers and a special showing of cinema’s great screwball comedy Some Like It Hot at Mayfair’s Curzon Cinema. Special events include talks with the likes of Keira Knightley, Alfonso Cuarón and David Hare, as well as surprise screenings and awards for the best films, documentaries and features. The festival takes place at venues across the capital and has cemented itself as one of industry’s top events.
23 Another England at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
10 October-11 November
The third edition of NOW Gallery’s annual photography exhibition, Human Stories, opens this month with Another England. The show has been developed in partnership with Historic England, to showcase a series of archive photographs and research drawn from their work to map the past 100 years of the nation’s history from a Black and Asian perspective. The has been curated by Kaia Charles and Tamsin Silvey to examine the impact of things like migration, religion and home, as well as unpicking embedded racism in contemporary society.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk
24 What Remains by Ambrosine Allen at bo.lee gallery, Peckham
12 October-3 November
bo.lee gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of Ambrosine Allen’s work, showcasing her expanding series of intricate collages, meticulously created using layer upon layer of tiny paper cuttings. The subjects are landscapes, often epic in scope, but with a detailed aesthetic that references 17th and 18th century engravings of a geographical nature. Each of her impressive pieces on display often takes several months to complete before they can be seen.
222 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4NL; bo-lee.co.uk
25 Cabbages and Frocks’ Dog Day Afternoon
Pitter patter down to the Cabbages and Frocks Market in Marylebone village for another special Dog Day Afternoon. One of the highlight of the day will be the amazing dog displays led by Dima of the Good Boy Dog School, as seen on Britain’s Got Talent, at 12noon and 2pm. Enter the free doggy competitions, from 2.30pm, with categories like Best in Show, A Bit of Ruff (for mixed breeds), Waggy Tail, Miniatures & Toy Breeds. There will also be canine couture and doggy accessories and vintage clothing for two-legged beings. 11am-5pm.
St Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone High Street W1U 5BA; cabbagesandfrocks.co.uk
26 Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum
From 19 October
Now in its 54th fourth year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of life on earth. Explore the world’s best nature photography, chosen from over 45,000 entries by expert judges and exhibited on 100 light panels. The images were awarded for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Experience the changing face of nature and uncover the surprising, and sometimes challenging, stories behind the photographs.
27 MADE LONDON, Marylebone
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. Ekta Kaul will be hosting embroidery workshops during the craft fair, where you can embroider a map of London and learn embroidery from an award-winning textile artist. Open 10.30am-5pm. Earlybird tickets £5 (available till end of September), otherwise £10 on the door.
1 Marylebone Road NW1 4AQ; madelondon-marylebone.co.uk
28 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
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. Tickets £8-£25.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; affordableartfair.com
29 Dance Umbrella, various locations
Until 21 October
Dance Umbrella, which celebrates 21st century choreography with contemporary dance performances at venues across London, returns this month. Highlights include Out of the System by CRXSS PLATFXRM, a fresh perspective on dance and street culture featuring a live freestyle dance battle (Shoreditch Town Hall, 12 October at 6pm) and Threshold by Le Patin Libre, a dancing on ice showcase that experiments with the choreographic possibilities of ‘the glide’ – a state that allows the body to travel at speed through space, without moving (Alexandra Palace ice Rink, 18-21 October).
30 Hogarth’s Progress at Rose Theatre in Kingston
Until 21 October
This month the Rose Theatre in Kingston is presenting a double bill by Nick Dear titled Hogarth’s Progress. The imaginative and entertaining combination of his comedies, The Art of Success and The Taste of the Town, follow the extraordinary lives of British artist William Hogarth and his wife Jane in the imagined scenario of two monumental pub crawls through 18th century London’s high society and underground debauchery. Dear is best known in recent years for his much-loved adaptation of Frankenstein at the National Theatre, which was directed by Danny Boyle.
24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL; rosetheatrekingston.org
31 In Focus: Self-care for Success at London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
Marriott Hotels is launching a series of panel discussion events at London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, beginning with In Focus: Self-care on Thursday 25 October. Panellists Nadia and Katia Narain, authors of Self-Care for the Real World, Laura Archer, author of Gone for Lunch, and Andy Cope, happiness researcher and author of The Art of Brilliance, will offer their insights into the world of self-care and happiness as part of a career. Marriott Hotels’ panel discussion series is designed to empower individuals to pave their own way to success. Chaired by journalist and renowned podcast host Pandora Sykes, the events have been themed around current career trends, from side-hustles to self-care, to help ambitious people reach their full potential. Free. 6.30pm-8pm.
Grosvenor Square W1K 6JP. Reserve a spot via eventbrite.co.uk
32 Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival
This month Battersea Park will be transported to the Alps once again for the 45th annual Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival. This year’s event will be a celebration of all things winter sports with après themed street food and bar areas, live music and entertainment, all the latest apparel and technical equipment and showcases from the world’s best ski resorts. While this year will also see the introduction of some intriguing new additions, including dog sledding, favourites including the ice rink and the ‘Mount Battersea’ slope will all be back as well.
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; skiandsnowboard.co.uk
33 70 years of Israeli Cinema, Curzon Soho
70 years of Israeli Cinema is a four-day film festival celebrating critically-acclaimed Israeli films and emerging talent. From eye-opening, subversive feminist and queer documentaries to internationally successful comedies, it’s a rare opportunity to discover the vanguards and veterans of Israeli cinema on the big screen. Each night will show films themed by LGBTQ+, Women, Immigration and Tradition in Society, and there will also be two feature films from critically-acclaimed female director Rama Burshstein, the first Orthodox Jewish woman to find commercial success as a film director with the support of the Orthodox community. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with Asher Tlalim, a cherished contributor to Israeli film. All films will be in Hebrew or Arabic with English subtitles.
34 Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018, National Maritime Museum
From 24 October
Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition celebrates 10 years of outstanding images shot by astrophotographers around the world. The 31 spellbinding winning images of the cosmos from this year’s competition will be on display alongside a selection of 69 of the best photographs from previous years, in a special exhibition hosted at the National Maritime Museum. From distant galaxies to our very own Milky Way and neighbouring planets, the entries reflect our enduring fascination with the night sky. Images on display include the winners from the nine main categories, as well as two special prize winners. Tickets £10.
35 In the City at Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich
Until 26 October
Exploring how more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, In the City showcases different artistic perspectives on these ever-changing urban environments on global scale. The collection of work by nine contemporary artists, including Trevor Burgess, Jock McFadyen and Marguerite Horner, explores urban space in locations around the world, from the UK to Myanmar, using different sources such as photographs and newspapers. Painter Matthew Krishanu explores the memory of his childhood in Bangladesh through his work.
10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich SE10 9BD; greenwichunigalleries.co.uk
36 Erdinger Oktoberfest London, Stratford
Until 28 October
37 HarvestFest at Skylight, Wapping
Until 28 October
London’s most imaginative rooftop destination, Skylight at Tobacco Dock in Wapping, launched HarvestFest, its all-new autumn season in late September. A celebration of the russet tones and mellow fruitfulness of autumn, HarvestFest will help Londoners transition into the colder months with a whole host of seasonal additions, events and surprises that define this beautiful season. Drinks on offer will see apple ciders, buckets of beer and warming spiced cocktails take the forefront, with the summer staples of croquet and pétanque replaced with an array of new seasonal games including Horseshoes, Pumpkin Draughts and Hay Bale Skittles.
Pennington Street Car Park Entrance, Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com
38 33 by Studio Weave, Greenwich Peninsula
Until 28 October
33 is a three-storey decorative folly that references a mix of historical architectural styles – Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian – in an abstract way. The structure is a delicate timber studwork with a galvanized steel staircase in vibrant yellow. On the second level, the floor is finished in epoxy paint stencilled graphics that symbolise the flat room settings within the ‘home’. The intention is to focusing on the discourse of ‘what home is’. Created by Studio Weave, in collaboration with HATO and illustrator Jay Cover, 33 launched as part of London Design Festival and is open for pre-booked visits until 28 October. 33 will then be in situ for three years as a community space.
Central park, Greenwich Peninsula SE10: greenwichpeninsula.co.uk
39 Luna Cinema at Natural History Museum
The Luna Cinema is continuing their wonderful list of film screenings into autumn with the announcement they will be partnering up with the Natural History Museum. The iconic location of the Hintze Hall, which is home to the 25-metre blue whale skeleton of ‘Hope’, will be hosting a special programme this Halloween. The Blair Witch Project and Silence of the Lambs will be screening in the space on Sunday 28 October, with Ghostbusters and The Shining on the line-up for Monday 29 October. As well as a complimentary box of popcorn, guests will also have the opportunity to see the museum’s new exhibition ‘Life in the Dark’ before the film starts.
Cromwell Road, Kensington SW7 5BD; nhm.ac.uk
40 Remembrance Art Trail, Canary Wharf
29 October-11 November
The UK’s only Remembrance Art Trail returns to Canary Wharf in association with the Royal British Legion next month, commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One. The 11-piece trail, created by British artist Mark Humphrey and commissioned by Canary Wharf Group, will debut four never-before-seen works – including a dedication to Nick Beighton, a British Paralympian, para-canoeist and former British Army Officer. Humphrey’s Nick Beighton Part 1 and 2 showcases the inspiring story of how Beighton, injured upon return from war, overcame adversity to compete in the Paralympics and inspire millions across the country. Expected to take centre stage is the iconic Every One Remembered, returning to London after a four-year tour of the country. The piece is courtesy of the Royal British Legion, who commissioned Humphrey to produce the work in 2014.
Various locations throughout Canary Wharf E14; canarywharf.com
41 The Paper Traveller at Kensington Central Library
30 October-3 November
A new immersive show will be taking over Kensington Central Library from 30 October until 3 November. The Paper Traveller is part treasure hunt, part immersive theatre and explores library spaces through pop-up books, miniature sets, sound installations and intimate theatre performances. The mastermind behind the show is Marie Klimis who has designed it for just one audience member at a time. You will be equipped with headphones to travel around the library, meeting weird and wonderful characters along the way, taking you on an adventure through books. Just make sure you don’t get lost in one.
Kensington Central Library, 12 Phillimore Walk W8 7RX; marieklimis.com
42 Lily Forwood, 2-Part Return at GX Gallery
Until 1 November
2-Part Return follows on from Lily Forwood’s show Journeys, exhibited at London’s iconic Gherkin. The new title is taken from one of the many tickets she collects and uses within her works, and represents her return to London as two people after the birth of her son a year and a half ago. The exhibition is an amalgamation of her life in drawing. The stations that were drawn and redrawn, littered with tickets and jostling crowds, having become something else since meeting her partner and father of her child in a Calais refugee camp – these things have taken on a darkness and heaviness that were once before a comfort. A symbol of barriers. Papers. Tickets. Passports. Checks.
43 Denmark Hill Camberwell SE5 8RS; gxgallery.com
43 Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film
Until 2 November
The Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film 2018 celebrates 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 Jurassic Park in Concert – one of the biggest film franchises of all time projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ magnificent score (29-30 September). Other highlights include Afternoon Tea with Live Opera in Royal Albert Hall’s elegant Verdi restaurant, featuring award-winning soprano Felicity Hayward performing operatic movie favourites (27 October).
44 othellomacbeth at Lyric Hammersmith
Until 3 November
Lyric Hammersmith is staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal plays in othellomacbeth. The condensed version of the plays is performed by an ensemble company of actors to draw parallels between the two stories of powerful and violent men driven to prove their masculinity. The innovative production is directed by Jude Christian, who has previously worked on Lela & Co at the Royal Court and The Seagull at the Lyric in 2017. The set is designed by Basia Binkowska, who won the Linbury Prize for stage design in 2017, which gives graduating designers the opportunity to work with some of the UK’S leading theatre companies.
Lyric Square, King Street W6 0QL; lyric.co.uk
45 Mika Rottenberg at Goldsmith’s Centre for Contemporary Art Opens, New Cross
Until 4 November
Disused Victorian baths and water tanks have been renovated to create a new contemporary art gallery, the Goldsmith’s Centre for Contemporary Art Opens, which opened on 8 September. The first show is a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Mika Rottenberg, who is known for her ability to highlight themes such as the inequality and the fragility of the human body, spun through a lens of humour and absurdity. Two new works have been commissioned for the exhibition: Untitled (Ceiling Projection) and Study#4, which examine the human body’s physical and psychological potential and limitations.
St James’, New Cross SE14 6NW; goldsmithscca.art
46 KNOCK KNOCK at South London Gallery, Peckham
Until 18 November
The South London Gallery is launching their new annexe in a former fire station with an exhibition exploring humour in contemporary art titled KNOCK KNOCK. Curated by gallery director Margot Heller in collaboration with artist Ryan Gander, the exhibition will be shown across both the old and new galleries and will feature a selection of work by more than 30 artists including Joyce Pensato, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Hardeep Pandhal. The new site, across the road from the original gallery, has been renovated by 6a architects as an exhibition space, education area and artist’s studio.
82 Peckham Road SE15 5LQ; southlondongallery.org
47 Special Forces: In the Shadows at the National Army Museum, Chelsea
Until 18 November
Extreme training. Secret missions. Total dedication. Explore the hidden world of the Special Forces. This major exhibition presents ideas of security and secrecy through the lens of the Special Forces. Discover who these soldiers are, the skills they need, and the operations they’ve undertaken at home and abroad. The exhibition looks at the work of these units as well as the skills and dedication needed to make the cut. Tickets are £8.
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT; nam.ac.uk
48 Yayoi Kusama: THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE
Until 21 December
THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE, an exhibition of new works by Yayoi Kusama, features new paintings, works from the iconic My Eternal Soul series, and painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures. The exhibition also marks the debut of INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – MY HEART IS DANCING INTO THE UNIVERSE, an immersive, large-scale mirrored room full of suspended paper lanterns covered with polka dot patterns, which conveys the illusion of being unmoored in endless space. Throughout her career, Yayoi Kusama has developed a unique and diverse body of work that, highly personal in nature, connects profoundly with global audiences. Continuing to address the twin themes of cosmic infinity and personal obsession, her new works are testament to an artist at the height of her powers as she approaches her 90th birthday. Entry is free via timed tickets and must be booked in advance online.
16 Wharf Road, Islington N1 7RW; victoria-miro.com
49 Yamal: The Stream of Life at The Horniman Museum, Forest Hill
Until 6 January 2019
The Horniman Museum is hosting Yamal: The Stream of Life in their newly unveiled World Gallery this month. Showcasing beautiful photographs from life in the Yamal region of north west Siberia, captured by esteemed British photographer Bryan Alexander, the works capture aspects of traditional life, and how it has been affected by the changes taking place in the region socially, culturally and environmentally. Highlights include this image of residents Neseynya Serotetto and Tyurko Puyko taking a selfie while dressed in traditional Nenets reindeer skin clothing. The exhibition coincides with a larger programme of events at the museum, including an installation of life-size crochet animal sculptures on display.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk
50 Ladies of Quality & Distinction, The Foundling Museum
Until 20 January 2019
Ladies of Quality & Distinction is a new landmark exhibition that reveals portraits and stories of the remarkable women whose roles in the history of the Foundling Hospital has previously been overlooked. The show will explore the lives of the women who supported the day-to-day running of the institution, alongside the 18th century duchesses whose pioneering actions helped establish the UK’s first children’s charity. Marking 100 years of female suffrage, the exhibition resets the focus of the Hospital’s story, temporarily replacing the portraits of male governors that line the walls of the Museum’s Picture Gallery. Included are magnificent court portraits by leading painters William Hogarth, Thomas Hudson and Godfrey Kneller.
40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury WC1N 1AZ; foundlingmuseum.org.uk
51 Ribera: Art of Violence at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 27 January 2019
One of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s most anticipated exhibitions of the year, Ribera: Art of Violence, opened in late September. Exploring the work of Spanish Baroque artist and printmaker Jusepe de Ribera, the show brings together some of his best, and most shocking, work in the first major UK exhibition dedicated to him. It has been curated to explore the theme of violence in his paintings and sketches as a form of artistic expression as he often used the art of human suffering as an inspiration in his creations. Visitors will be able to see the exclusive selection of 45 works on show at the gallery until 27 January 2019.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk