47 Great Things to Do in London: August 2017

It’s #SummerInLondon! From alfresco theatre in Regents Park to Notting Hill Carnival and an immersive bee hive experience at Kew, you won’t be short of things to do in London during the summer holidays this August…

Lead image: The World of Anna Sui (photo: Isetan Mitsukoshi ad)

1 International Clown Week at Junkyard Golf Club
1-6 August
Junkyard Golf Club is embracing International Clown Week (yup, it’s a thing!) with a twisted show of mesmerising clown and magic performances, giveaways and wicked circus cocktails. Attendees can expect to get down with legendary performer’s Dott Cotton and The Magic Ball Man, gear up with some LED clown masks and take part in some creepy clown crazy golf on Junkyard’s famous clown course Bozo. A round of golf is £9.50 including booking fee.
Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 6QL; junkyardgolfclub.co.uk

2 Future Forest by Bompas & Parr, Westfield Stratford
Until 28 August
Westfield has unveiled two multi-sensory experiences as part of its fantastical Future Forest installation by Bompas & Parr – the immersive Fruit Cloud and the Forest Zorb Lagoon. Families can discover the power and potential of nature in the sensory Fruit Cloud experience, which runs at Westfield Stratford City from 22 July-3 August and Westfield London from 15-28 August. Pop on a raincoat before entering the enclosure, filled with Bompas & Parr’s apple, blackberry or peach flavoured edible fog and the sounds of an abstract forest soundscape that creates a ‘tart’ sonic environment to balance the sweetness of the cloud. You can also walk, tumble and jump on water on the Forest Zorb Lagoon.

3 New Kids on the Block with London Beer Lab
4 August
In conjunction with London Beer City, London Beer Lab is hosting a special beer tasting event, New Kids On The Block, to shine a spotlight on some of the newest breweries in town. Hosted at London Beer Lab’s Brixton taproom, you’ll get to sample an array of styles from some of London’s 100 or so microbreweries under the guidance of an experienced brewing tutor, and potentially taste some of the early offerings of the next household name in London’s Craft Beer scene. 6.30pm. From £11pp.
London Beer Lab, Arch 41 Nursery Road, Brixton SW9 8BP. For tickets see londonbeerlab.com 

4 Furr & Mankowitz – 45RPM at 45 Park Lane
Until 5 August
Exuberant artist Christian Furr, who created a masterpiece when he painted The Queen, is working on a new partnership fit for royalty with acclaimed rock photographer, Gered Mankowitz. Mankowitz travelled with The Rolling Stones and the God of Rock himself, Jimmy Hendrix and had an enviable knack for catching them in their raw, unadulterated form. Using bold, psychedelic colour, royal purples, deep blues and metallics, risk taker Furr has brought these photographs into the future, while still maintaining their timelessness, something that only a true master can achieve.
45 Park Lane W1K 1PN; 020 7493 4545; dorchestercollection.com 

5 London Craft Beer Festival
4-6 August
London Craft Beer Festival marks its 5th birthday with its biggest event yet, featuring the best breweries from around the world, top DJ sets and some of East London’s best restaurants. Co-founders Dan Sylvester and Greg Wells will also dedicate a bar to their neighbouring brewers in East London, including 40Ft, based in shipping containers in Dalston, and CRATE in Hackney Wick, who will stand alongside a line-up of 45 of the world’s best, including the internationally renowned Dugges from Gothenberg, New York ‘craft beer godfathers’ Sierra Nevada, and Huddersfield’s Magic Rock. The weekend’s soundtrack will be provided by DJ sets from Hot Chip, Foals, Norman Jay MBE and Metronomy’s Olugbenga, plus food from Haggerston’s Middle Eastern grill Berber & Q, tapas from Morito, Gunpowder in Spitalfields and Hoxton Pizzeria Radio Alice, among others.
Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Hoxton Square, Shoreditch N1 6HD; londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk

6 Tanguera at Sadler’s Wells
Until 6 August
With a cast of over 30 dancers, singers and musicians, Argentina’s classic tango production. Tanguera returns to Sadler’s Wells for a strictly limited run from 19 July-6 August. When Giselle, a young French woman, arrives in Argentina as one of the first waves of European immigrants, she meets Lorenzo, a port worker who falls in love with her at first sight. But as Giselle falls deeper into Buenos Aires’ seedy underworld, Lorenzo must fight to win her love.
Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell EC1R 4TN; 020 7863 8000 or visit sadlerswells.com 

7 Duck & Waffle’s Midnight Feast
9 August
Duck & Waffle will be hosting its first ever Midnight Feast on Wednesday 9 August, starting at 11.30pm. In order to showcase the incredible late-night menu that runs throughout the night at Duck & Waffle, the team will be putting on a spectacular four course sharing feast, expertly crafted by Dan Doherty with perfectly paired cocktails from Rich Woods. Tickets are £85 with limited availability.
40th floor, 110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; duckandwaffle.com

8 Animal-friendly travel talk with Alesha Dixon, Brixton
10 August
Singer and TV personality Alesha Dixon will be talking about the importance of being an animal friendly-traveller at a free event in London ahead of World Elephant Day. Alesha will discuss her work as an ambassador for the charity World Animal Protection and her emotional trip to Thailand earlier this year, where she witnessed the cruelty behind elephant rides and shows at popular tourist venues. The event on August 10 is being held in collaboration with Intrepid Travel and will take place in the travel company’s Brixton HQ. From 6.30pm. Free.
Intrepid Travel, Level 1 Piano house, 9 Brighton Terrace SW9 8DJ. To book a place see intrepidtravel.com

9 No Sex Please, We’re British
Until 13 August
Claire Swindale, Greenwich’s most decorated and decorative Photographic Designer and Digital Artist, introduces her latest interiors collection with an exhibition at the Ben Oakley Gallery in Greenwich Market. Colourful, eccentric and quirky, the collection of wallcoverings and textile prints marks the watering down of Soho’s once infamous night life. Opening 11am on Friday 28 July 2017 and showing weekly Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am-6pm.
Ben Oakley Gallery, 9 Turnpin Lane, Greenwich Market SE10 9JA; benoakleygallery.com 

10 Foyles Storybox Festival
Until 13 August
The worlds of Cat in the Hat, Alice in Wonderland and The Gruffalo will be brought to life in Foyles Storybox Festival this summer, with free events for all the family. This year’s celebration of stories will also examine the big issues tackled by leading young adult writers and their readers. Immersive experiences are at the heart of the programme, which includes a unique performance from the stars of acclaimed interactive production Adventures in Wonderland.

11 Mrs Orwell, Old Red Lion Theatre
1-26 August
Mrs Orwell at Old Red Lion Theatre stars Cressida Bonas and Peter Hamilton Dyer. Written by Tony Cox, the production explores the private life of George Orwell, one of the most public icons of the 20th century. Set in London in 1949, we find George Orwell is in the last chapter of his life, but he still believes he has at least three novels in him. To keep his morale up, he promptly proposes to friend Sonia Brownell (played by Bonas). When Sonia learns that she is his only hope, she must decide whether to succumb to the advances of Lucien Freud or enter a platonic marriage with one of the country’s most renowned writers. Tickets £18.
418 St John Street EC1V 4NJ; oldredliontheatre.co.uk

12 Secrets of the Movies
10-24 August
Secrets of the Movies is a free interactive event for all the family at The Gallery in Soho. Presented by Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) on behalf of UK film distributors, the summer event features free family fun activities every day, including live stunt performances, a video booth, giant games and film quizzes, presentations on film animation, ‘creative stations’ and much more. You’ll also find a gallery exhibition of some 75 film poster artworks and behind-the-scenes photographs, some classic films and contemporary works by international filmmakers and a focus on the impressive line-up of British films to be released before the end of 2017 (including Paddington 2, Murder on the Orient Express and Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool). Oh, and don’t miss the unique model cinema, custom-built for FDA from 25,000 LEGO bricks.
The Gallery, Soho, 123 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EW; thegallerysoho.com

13 National Theatre’s River Stage
Until 28 August

The National Theatre’s River Stage presents five free weekends entertainment from the UK’s leading arts and culture organisations, kicking off on 28 July. Enjoy an eclectic combination of theatre, DJs, family fun, vibrant dance, outdoor cinema, workshops and live music acts with weekend takeovers from the likes of HOMEManchester, WOMAD, Rambert dance company and the National Theatre itself.
For the full weekend line-up see nationaltheatre.org.uk 

14 Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre Season
11 August-23 September
Following its sell-out success in 2016, Jesus Christ Superstar returns to the unique surroundings of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, the production returns to give audiences one final chance to see it in its original home. Declan Bennett, Tyrone Huntley, David Thaxton and Peter Caulfield reprise their performances as Jesus, Judas, Pilate and Herod. The legendary score includes I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar. Tickets £25-£52.50 (premium seats £65, including best seat, programme and glass of wine).
A 10-minute walk from Baker Street tube (use postcode NW1 4NU); openairtheatre.com

15 Craft Beer Month, Brook Green Market and Kitchen
Until 19 August
The school playground turned market space will play host to four weeks of free weekly guided tastings through a series of Tap Takeovers. Spend the day sampling the best of London’s craft beer, streetfood and organic produce while enjoying the bustling vibes of Brook Green Market and Kitchen. Craft Beer Month will feature Portobello Brewing Co (29 July), Solvay Society (5 August), Signature Brew (12 August) and Hop Stuff (19 August). The tastings are completely free of charge and will be an excellent opportunity to learn all about craft beer from industry specialists through a series of talks about the art of brewing and the opportunity to meet the brewer. 
Addison Primary School, Bolingbroke Road entrance W14 0DT; brookgreenmarket.co.uk

16 NOT The Royal Academy, Llewellyn Alexander Gallery
Until 19 August
Over 12,000 paintings are submitted each year to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (running now until 20 August). Only 800 pictures finally make it onto the walls, so what happens to the paintings that are not accepted? Inspired by the original Salon des Refusés held in Paris in the 19th century and celebrating its 27th year, NOT The Royal Academy at Llewellyn Alexander Gallery is a feature of London’s summer art scene. All paintings are for sale and may be taken immediately, creating space for another to be displayed, resulting in an ever-changing exhibition.
124-126 The Cut, Waterloo SE1 8LN; 020 7620 1322; nottheroyalacademy.com 

17 Spotlight at Seven Dials
19 August
Spotlight returns to Seven Dials near Covent Garden on Saturday 19 August with a free one-day music and performance festival. From 12-6pm the area will be transformed into a traffic-free entertainment hot spot where visitors can enjoy a series of live performances on the main stage, as well as exclusive activities and promotions in over 95 brands and restaurants. The open-air stage will showcase performances of Disney’s smash hit West End musicals The Lion King and Aladdin, 50 piece indie choir Some Voices, 2017 Glastonbury performers Old Dirty Brasstards plus The House & Garage Orchestra. You’ll also find chill-out areas, free glitter stations, a GIF photo booth, free fashion illustrations, live music on additional stages and a pop-up bar with free cocktails from Monmouth Kitchen.

18 Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibit 
Until 20 August
Almost 250 years ago, the Royal Academy’s founding members agreed to hold an ‘Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Designs … open to all Artists’, to help finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools. Now, nearly 250 years later, Royal Academician Eileen Cooper explores themes of discovery and new talent in the RA’s latest Summer Exhibition, running until 20 August.
Burlington Housem Mayfair W1J 0BD; 020 7300 8090; royalacademy.org.uk 

19 2017 V&A Illustration Awards shortlist
Until 20 August
The V&A has announced the shortlisted artists for the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards to celebrate the best of book, editorial and student illustrations published over the last year. From the inventive storytelling of Beatriz Lostalé Seijo’s The Odyssey to the humorous homage to Hokusai in A. Richard Allen’s Trump Wave (below), this year’s shortlist shows that illustration has never been more diverse and innovative. On show until 20 August.

20 Alfresco Pride & Prejudice at Fulham Palace
24 August
Fulham Palace is host an alfresco production of Pride & Prejudice, based on the novel by English treasure Jane Austen, with outdoor theatre company Illyria on Thursday 24 August, so pack up a quintessentially British picnic and enjoy this feisty, vibrant, romantic and nationally acclaimed comedy under the stars. Also, in September, you can catch open-air screenings of La La Land and The Great Gatsby with the Luna Cinema.

21 Where the Thunderbird Lives, The British Museum
Now until 27 August
The British Museum will explore the rich cultural heritage of the Northwest Coast of North America through a collection of evocative and powerful objects spanning thousands of years. Where the Thunderbird Lives: a cultural resilience on the Northwest Coast of North America, on until 27 August, celebrates the way communities in the region maintained their unique identity.
Great Russell Street WC1B 3DG; britishmuseum.org

22 Notting Hill Carnival
27-28 August
It’s fair to say Londoners have a love/hate relationship with the Notting Hill Carnival these days, but there’s no denying every year we remain dazzled by the colour and imagination on show. Perhaps now more than ever is a time when the community needs to come together.

23 Yerma at the Young Vic
Until 31 August
Billie Piper returns in Simon Stone’s Olivier Award-winning production Yerma for a strictly limited run at the Young Vic. She plays a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child. Simon Stone’s award-winning version of Lorca’s tragedy of yearning and loss won plaudits from audiences and critics alike when it premiered in the Young Vic’s Main House in July 2016, with Piper receiving the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at the 2016 Evening Standard Theatre Awards and the Best Actress Award at the 2017 Olivier Awards. Maureen Beattie, Brendan Cowell, John MacMillan and Charlotte Randle return to join Piper in the company.
Young Vic, 66 The Cut SE1 8LZ; 020 7922 2922; youngvic.org

24 Summer Screen Prints, Somerset House
3-23 August
Somerset House and Print Club London have collaborated on the fifth edition of the Summer Screen Prints exhibition, which brings limited-edition film prints to Somerset House throughout August, such as In Bruges. This year’s display will be the most extensive to date, inspired by the Film4 Summer Screen programme.

25 Knives in Hens, Donmar Warehouse
17 August-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.

26 Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival
21-26 August
Now in its fourth year, the Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival has announced the line up for its week-long extravaganza devoted to the jazz piano trio. Highlights include on 21 August Piano Trio Festival Pianothon, 22 August Marialy Pacheco Trio (pictured) and Tin Men and the Telephone, and 23 August Trio ELF.

27 Outdoor Cinema at the Barbican
25-27 August
The Barbican is hosting its first-ever outdoor, on-site cinema surrounded by the Centre’s dramatic architecture, complementing the major exhibition Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction. Featured films include Stanley Kubrick’s defining masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

28 Alexandra Palace, Foodies Festival
26-28 August

Foodies Festival Returns to Alexandra Palace for a Bank Holiday feast with the new judge of The Big Family Showdown, Rosemary Shrager, Michelin-starred chefs Atul Kochhar and Adam Simmonds, Veneta’s Head Chef Jamie Thicket & Oklava’s Selin Kiazim cooking their signature recipes in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre. They will be joined by MasterChef’s Juanita Hennessey, Emma Spitzer, Jane Devonshire and Tony Rodd. You cna also feast on Street Food Avenue, learn to bake in the Cake and Bake Theatre, enjoy vintage afternoon tea, taste wine, champagne and craft beer in the Drinks Theatre and buy from local producers in the Artisan Market. Ther’s also a Childrens Cookery Theatre and live music on the Success Express Music Stage. Tickets from £16.
Alexandra Palace Lower Field, Alexandra Palace Way N8 7HP; foodiesfestival.com

29 Wimbledon Park Food Festival
26-28 August
Wimbledon Park Food Festival returns for the fourth year running on August Bank Holiday weekend. Filled with delicious produce, it’s a memorable day out that’s perfect for dedicated foodies and families. Sample fresh, regional food and drink from more than 50 stallholders, from artisan bread and pastries to crêpes, fudge, smoked BBQ pulled pork, cheeses and charcuterie. You can also learn new skills from expert demonstrations and talks, and relax in beautiful surroundings to the backdrop of live music. Picnic on straw bales while the children play garden games, listen to storytellers and have their faces painted. Adults £6, under 12s £2.
Wimbledon Park (near the tennis courts) SW19 7HX; fantasticbritishfoodfestivals.com

30 Kobe Week at SUSHISAMBA
28 August until 3 September
SUSHISAMBA hosts ‘Kobe Week’ from 28 August until 3 September, showcasing some incredible and inventive dishes from the Kobe region of Japan, which is famous for its beef. Try the likes of Robata-grilled Kobe Ribeye with kabocha, kuromitsu and mustard cress, Kobe Tiradito with yuzu sorbet, black sesame and ponzu, Kobe Tartare with almond, yuzu and roasted tomato, and even a Kobe English Breakfast with kobe sausage, bacon, asparagus and mustard. Not to mention a Kobe cocktail, a classic riff on an Old Fashioned with Yamazaki Japanese Whisky treated to a wash of the highest grade Kobe fat before being stirred with maple and salted caramel.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; sushisamba.com

31 The Hive at Kew Gardens
Until September
Kew has launched The Hive, a 17-metre multi-sensory – and hugely Instagrammable – experience created by British artist Wolfgang Buttress to highlight the extraordinary life of bees. The lights and sounds inside the multi award-winning Hive, which was inspired by scientific research into the health of honeybees, are triggered by bee activity in a real beehive at Kew. It’s a visual symbol of the pollinators’ role in feeding the planet and the challenges facing bees today. Do check out Kew’s number of open-air concerts and movies too, including Ghostbusters (30 August), Pulp Fiction (6 September) and a sing-a-long Grease (7 September), with wood-fired pizzas and gourmet burgers.
Kew, Richmond TW9 3AE; kew.org

32 Alberto Giacometti at the Tate Modern
Until 10 September
Celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman, Alberto Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognisable works of modern art. Tate Modern presents the UK’s first major retrospective of his work for 20 years.
Bankside SE1 9TG; 020 7887 8888; tate.org.uk

33 The Art of Brick: DC Super Heroes, South Bank
Until 10 September
Developed in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, The Art of Brick: DC Super Heroes at London’s South Bank is a special exhibition showcasing more than 120 sculptures created exclusively from LEGO® bricks inspired by the characters, iconography and rich legacy of the DC mythology. Located in a purpose-built tent behind the National Theatre.
Corner of Upper Ground and Cornwall Road SE1 9PP; aotbdc.co.uk

34 The Learned Society of Extra-Ordinary Objects, Somerset House
Until 3 September
This summer, Somerset House’s Terrace Rooms will transform into the HQ of The Learned Society of Extra-Ordinary Objects, a fictional society inspired by the real history of Somerset House. The Society’s recreated ‘Club Room’ will set the scene for a unique design exhibition centred on imagination, narrative and storytelling involving 30 designers. Check out the Learned Society Late on 8 August. For an evening fuelled by the spirit of storytelling through design with a couple of complimentary drinks from the Royal Society’s Famous Gin Bar and Roofer’s ‘Round the Back’ vending machine.

35 All Creatures Great & Small, The Fan Museum, Greenwich
Until 16 September
All Creatures Great & Small at The Fan Museum is a celebration of humorous and curious fans decorated with animal subjects. Animals have been a source of inspiration for fan painters throughout the centuries. Nearly all manner of beasts appear in this display of fans dating from the 1700s onwards, including an early 18th-century Dutch fan delicately painted with pheasants, parrots and turkeys. There are also a number of pieces from the 20th century, when animal subjects became a distinct trend in fan art. Entry £4.
12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ER; 020 8305 1441; thefanmuseum.org.uk

36 Pop-Up Screens, various locations
Until 22 September
Prepare yourself for a summer of cinematic joy as the legendary Pop Up Screens is back, bigger and better than ever before – with an epic programme of classic films, guaranteed to give you the perfect summer movie night out including Pretty Woman at Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith on 5 August, The Big Lebowski at Coram’s Fields, Bloomsbury on 11 August and Mean Girls at Kennington Park on 20 August, Four Weddings & A Funeral at Manor House Gardens in Hither Green on 26 August.

37 WALALA X PLAY at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
Until 24 September
Camille Walala has transformed NOW Gallery into a maze of colour and wonder with WALALA X PLAY, a labyrinth of zigzag paths, winding walls and suspended shapes, all covered with Camille’s signature geometric patterns and vibrant colours. As well as an eye-popping immersive experience, WALALA X PLAY is also a puzzle – a 3D game of ‘spot the difference’ in which you’re encouraged to hunt down anomalies in the pattern, with fresh inconsistencies introduced every month. Camille has also designed two ping pong tables that are available to play on every day of the installation. Free to visit. Suitable for all ages.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk

38 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

39 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Apollo Theatre
Until 7 October 
Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell will star in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, opening at the Apollo Theatre on 13 July. The truth hurts. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday, as Brick and Maggie dance around secrets that threaten to destroy their marriage and family.
Shaftesbury Ave, Soho W1D 7EZ; 033 0333 4809; youngvicwestend.com 

40 The Ferryman, Royal Court Theatre
Until 7 October
Direct from a record-breaking sold out run at the Royal Court Theatre, Jez Butterworth’s epic play The Ferryman transfers to the West End from 20 June-7 October. 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.
Chelsea SW1W 8AS; 020 7565 5000; royalcourttheatre.com 

41 John Singer Sargent at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 8 October
Dulwich Picture Gallery present the first UK show in nearly 100 years devoted to watercolours by the American artist, John Singer Sargent. Renowned as the portraitist of his generation, Sargent also devoted time to developing his watercolours, which dazzle with light and colour, demonstrating a technical brilliance and striking individuality.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road SE21 7AD; 020 8693 5254; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

42 Fahrelnissa Zeid at the Tate Modern
Until 8 October
It’s a Tate Modern double, as they will also present the UK’s first retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid, reappraising her work in an international context. Zeid was a pioneering artist best-known for her large scale colourful canvases – some over five metres wide – fusing European approaches to abstract art with Byzantine, Islamic and Persian influences.
Bankside SE1 9TG; 020 7887 8888; tate.org.uk 

43 Pani at The Horniman
Until 26 November
Pani is the word for water across parts of South Asia. In this thought-provoking display, artist Daksha Patel explores the relationships between people and water. Using vibrant maps and symbols on terracotta, he draws attention to environmental threats, and the challenges encountered by the people and wildlife that depend on this precious resource.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; 020 8699 1872; horniman.ac.uk

44 Sir John Franklin Exhibit at the National Maritime Museum
Until 7 January 2018
This summer, the National Maritime Museum (NMM) will host a major exhibition, developed by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the NMM and Parks Canada, and in collaboration with the Government of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust, exploring the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their final expedition – a mystery that still remains unsolved today. With over 200 rare objects on show, the exhibition will cast light on what really happened.
Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF; 020 8858 4422; rmg.co.uk/franklin

45 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.

46 Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, V&A
Until 18 February 2018

This month the V&A will open the first ever UK exhibition exploring the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his profound and continuing influence on modern fashion. Rather than a retrospective, the exhibition will focus in detail on the latter part of his career in the 1950s and 60s, arguably one of his most creative periods. Tickets £12.

47 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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