From art in skips in Finsbury Park to an outrageously long ‘Floydy’ lunch in Clapham and big-hitters like London Fashion Week, London Design Festival and LAPADA, there’s a lot going on in London this week. Here’s our top 15…
Lead image: Skip Gallery founders Baker & Borowski (photo: Richie Hopson, courtesy Arts Building)
1 ‘Floydy’ Lunch at Trinity in Clapham
Adam Byatt’s Michelin starred Trinity in Clapham is hosting a very special ‘Floydy’ Lunch this Saturday. The outrageously long lunch will celebrate the legendary Keith Floyd, who Jamie Oliver called ‘the most brilliant food presenter in history’. This year’s festivity marks the 10th anniversary of Keith Floyd’s death and, in honour of his timeless legacy, you can expect a three-course feast of his most loved dishes, accompanied by a selection of his favourite wines. Aside from indulging in the finest food, diners will also be joined by the writer James Steen, who worked with Keith in the last year of his life on his autobiography, Stirred But Not Shaken. 12.30pm arrival for a 1pm lunch. Find the menu here. Tickets £50 via eventbrite.com or by phoning 020 7622 1199.
4 The Polygon, Clapham SW4 0JG; trinityrestaurant.co.uk
2 Skip Gallery x Arts Building: Look at This, Finsbury Park
Until 15 September
Finsbury Park’s best-known creative industries hub, Arts Building, has collaborated with Skip Gallery founders to present Look at This, their largest and most ambitious art show to date. Skip Gallery founders Lee Baker and Catherine Borowski have selected six acclaimed contemporary artists, including David Shrigley, Gavin Turk and Maja Djordjevic, to join them in this thought-provoking exhibition, which will transformed seven skips into artworks. Originally conceived as a series of site-specific artworks housed in skips in everyday public locations, Skip Gallery has grown from being a whimsical one-off to an evolving international artistic collaboration. Skips are a ubiquitous but frequently overlooked reminder of the throw away culture of the city, lending a playfully profound irony to the exhibition of artwork within them.
Morris Place, Finsbury Park N4 3JG; facebook.com/events
3 British Street Food Awards Final at Hawker House
The annual British Street Food Awards – now in its 10th year – return to Hawker House this weekend to see the winners of five regional heats do battle in the final. Thousands entered, hundreds competed, and now 16 finalists will cook to be crowned a champion at Hawker House in Canada Water. Each of the traders will put forward two dishes, and you get to vote for your favourite over the weekend, before expert judges reveal the winners on Saturday. There’s a huge range of food on offer, from posh poutine to Malaysian fried chicken roti, and Filipino grilled chicken to vegan doughnuts. Free canapes will be given out from the Hellman’s food waste truck, and there’ll be a great range of drinks at the Hawker House indoor and outdoor bars. Tickets are just £5, which includes a cold beer on entry. Open 5pm-midnight on Friday 13 September and 12pm-midnight on Saturday 14 September.
Canada Street, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7PJ; britishstreetfood.co.uk
4 Mini Mode – London Kids Fashion Week
Mini Mode – London Kids Fashion Week, returns for a fourth season to showcase both established and emerging childrenswear designers from around the globe. Taking place over two days during LFW at St Mary’s in Wyndam Place, the event now features both an industry and consumer show. The industry show will be held on Friday 13 September to showcase new SS20 collections, while the consumer show will be held on Saturday 14 September with a matinee and afternoon show and the latest See-Now-Buy-Now collections for AW19, as well as a selection of children’s entertainment, Kid’s DJs kid hosts and interviews in between the show. Brands taking part include London’s award-winning children sunglasses brand Zoobug, French cashmere specialist Oscar et Valentine and Little People London.
St Mary’s, Wyndam Place, York Street W1H 1PQ; mini-mode.co.uk
5 Peckham Festival, various locations
Peckham Festival showcases the best of the area’s creativity and community projects with exhibitions, workshops, walks, talks, performances, music, film and more. Highlights include the Made in Peckham Open Studios, taking place at multiple venues across the weekend, a night of free music at Super Unison Rehearsal Studios featuring the DIY femme punk of CHARMPIT, plus a hand-picked selection of gourmet musical treats from the local area, and a pedal-powered film screening of Bohemian Rhapsody by Electric Pedals at Copeland Park.
6 London Fashion Week
In response to the ever-changing fashion landscape and the growing public interest towards London Fashion Week, the British Fashion Council is opening the event to the public for the first time. The LFW schedule will now facilitate two audiences: the trade audience, which will attend catwalk shows across the five days; and the public audience can buy tickets to six catwalk shows running at the official London Fashion Week Hub from 14-15 September, as well as creative installations, industry-led talk panels, the DiscoveryLAB experiential space where fashion meets art, technology and music, and a brand new #PostiveFashion Designer Exhibition at The Store X, 180 Strand, exploring compelling stories around sustainability, community and ethics. Look out for citywide activations and events curated by the BFC in partnership with retailers and cultural institutions, too.
7 LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, Mayfair
LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair is one of the most foremost international showcases for art and antiques. One of only two yearly events to grace the beautiful Berkeley Square, the highly anticipated art event returns to London for its 10th anniversary this year. Exhibitors are all members of LAPADA, the world’s largest association of art and antiques dealers, meaning you’ll find a diverse collection of pre-vetted jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art from some of Britain’s leading art and antiques experts. Prices range from £500 to £500,000, making it a great event for both established collectors and first-time buyers. Tickets cost £20 online or on the door.
Berkeley Square W1J 6EB; lapadalondon.com
8 StreetFest at Oval Space, Hackney
The UK’s leading urban arts festival, StreetFest, returns to the capital to celebrate street culture with London’s best names in street dance, urban music and live arts for the whole family. Hoping to inspire the next generation of counterculture creatives, young people can take part in street art, manga and graffiti workshops, as well as dance battles alongside award winning Bboy crew Soul Mavericks and Bgirl collective b.supreme. Hotly tipped DJs Chloëdees and RBC will be on the decks, with headline sets from counterculture iconics DJ Ron and Shortee Blitz. Originally emerging from east London’s underground scene, StreetFest is now in its 11th year, championing the maverick artists and unsung heroes from the vibrant local creative community. 2pm-10pm. Tickets £10 in advance or 15 on the door (family ticket £20).
29–32 The Oval, Hackney E2 9DT; streetfest.net
9 Bermondsey Street Festival
Bermondsey Street Festival returns once again to celebrate one of the coolest streets in London. Every year, this vibrant community comes together on Bermondsey Street to celebrate local surrounding shops, artists, galleries, businesses, restaurants and bars. You’ll find tons of stalls with everything from handbags to leather aprons and peanut butter to honey – all made or potted in Bermondsey – as well as the Chestertons Community Stage with live music from 11am to 6pm, the much-loved Holly & Lil Dog Show, a brass band in Leathermarket Gardens and more.
Bermondsey Street SE1; bermondseystreetfestival.org.uk
10 London Design Festival, various locations
This year marks the 17th edition of the London Design Festival, which returns to venues across the city to celebrate the city as the design capital of the world. From exhibitions and installations to fairs and trade shows such as 100% Design and designjunction, as well as new Design Districts launching in Chelsea and King’s Cross, the programme is huge. Special projects include Take the Plunge, a playful installation by Volume Creative in collaboration with Virgin Voyages, taking place at Oxo Tower Wharf, and the Walala Lounge by Camille Walala in South Molton Street. The London Design Festival will also host the Global Design Forum, a mix of talks, debates, tours and workshops reflecting the most innovative thinking in design today.
11 Music Hall at Greenwich Theatre
More than 50 years ago, Greenwich Theatre Limited launched its dream of creating a top-class theatre from a near-derelict building on Crooms Hill near Greenwich Park. Back then, Music Halls were mostly held in the upstairs room of the Green Man pub, which then stood at the top of Blackheath Hill. As part of its 50th celebrations, Greenwich Theatre is taking a trip down memory lane by bringing back this unique style of entertainment. Writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer will chair the evening, with the inimitable Colin Sell at the piano, alongside Colette Kelly, Peter John and full supporting company. 7.30pm. Tickets £16.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
12 Butterfly Biosphere at Grosvenor Square, Mayfair
Until 15 September
Discover the Pleasures of the Nectar Dome at the Butterfly Biosphere, the latest installation by multi-sensory visionaries Bompas & Parr. Immerse yourself in the colourful and enchanting world of butterflies, sip nectar and watch them hatch in this unique butterfly biosphere located in Grosvenor Square in Mayfair. It’s the world’s first Lepidopterarium – that’s butterfly house to you and me – to combine butterfly ecology, nectar tasting and an abundance of photo opportunities in a shimmering, pink-lit paradise. After an experiential walk to the biosphere, a wildlife guardian will guide you into the enchanting world of butterflies, advising you on how best to appreciate the fascinating creatures. You’ll also don a pair of rainbow spectacles to enhance your butterfly vision and be able to sit on a throne for a selfie with brightly-coloured wings. The experience will also highlight the fact that London’s butterfly population is in trouble – having declined by 76% over the last four decades. Open 10am-7pm.
Grovesnor Square, Mayfair W1K 2HP; mayfairandbelgravia.com
13 Dinosaur Day, Crystal Palace Park
The dinosaurs are set to take over Crystal Palace once again! Following successful conservation work on the Grade I listed dinosaur sculptures last year, the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are hosting a vibrant weekend of tours of the enchanting Dinosaur Islands, alongside Palaeo planting and gardening sessions to bring ancient landscapes back to life around the sculptures, and children’s storytime and craft workshops. The event is being run by Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs as part of Heritage Open Days. Tours of the island will be free but must be booked in advance – booking details will be online in early September. 10am-4.30pm.
Dinosaur Lake, Crystal Palace Park SE19; heritageopendays.org.uk/dino-day
14 Bellevue Road Summer Fair, Wandsworth Common
Bellevue Road Summer Fair will be back celebrating its eight year with live music, community stalls, street food, a falconry display, dog show and plenty for fun for all the family. Taking place on Wandsworth Common, you’ll also find more than 50 market stalls selling an array arts, crafts, jewellery and clothing, alongside pop-up bars to keep the fun flowing and a 10K walk around the common lead by the Friends of Wandsworth Common (suitable for adults and older children). While you’re there, make sure to browse the impressive selection of independent shops, boutiques and restaurants along Bellevue Road.
Bellevue Road, Wandsworth Common SW17 7EG; facebook.com/events
15 Live Well London Presents: The Sunday Sessions, Urban Wellness Retreat
15 September 2019
Live Well, the inclusive wellbeing, health and fitness festival that takes place in London in early spring, is hosting its first ever Live Well Sunday Session on 15 September. The half-day urban wellness retreat offers the chance to invest in you, whether it’s to unwind after a hectic week or kick-start your wellness journey with a full programme of fitness sessions and inspirational talks. Highlights include the F.I.T JAM Dance with influencer and celebrity trainer Faye Edwards, Yoga Flow with David Kam, Meditation with Mind: Unlocked founder Niraj Shah, and a panel discussion with experts on making a 360 approach to wellbeing work in the real world. 10am-2.15pm. Tickets £25 including a goody bag filled with products worth over £150.
The Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval E2 9DT; livewelllondon.com