56 Things to Do in London: September 2018

Lead image: See Nish Kumar at this year’s Greenwich Comedy Festival (photo: Idil Sukan/Draw)

1 Meatopia, Tobacco Dock
31 August-2 September

Founded in the US by the late great Josh Ozersky and brought to the UK by chef Richard H Turner, Meatopia is a festival of high quality, ethically sourced meat, all cooked over ethically sourced wood and charcoal by some of the world’s leading top chefs. A weekend-long love affair of meat, drink, fire and music, Meatopia UK has become a legendary event for food lovers. Guest chefs include Sam Bryant of Coal Rooms, Jackson Boxer & Andrew Clarke of St Leonards, and Smoke & Salt’s Aaron Webster & Remi Williams. Guiding these new faces through the thick, delicious smoke will be Meatopia veterans Yotam Ottolenghi, David Carter of Smokestak and Meatopia UK Founder Richard H Turner. Tickets from £22.50.
meatopia.co.uk ­

2 Concours of Elegance 2018, Hampton Court Palace
31 August-2 September
The Concours of Elegance 2018 at Hampton Court Palace represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to see arguably the finest car in the world. The Concours d’Elegance Best in Show-winning 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer ‘Boat Tail’ comes to the UK for the first time since 1958. Based on the 1927 Mercedes S-Type, the unique ‘Boat Tail’ was one of the most powerful road-going automobiles in the world in period, developed as the perfect road-going, race-capable car. Visitors to this year’s event will also be treated to around 60 other extremely rare or unique vehicles in the Main Concours event. Telling the complete story of the motorcar, the Concours will begin with a 1903 Panhard et Levassor and finish with one of 2018’s most exclusive supercars. Adult tickets from £40, over 60s £25.

3 Little Wing Film Festival, Islington
31 August-2 September
Little Wing Film Festival, which takes places at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington, is agrass roots festival screening films exclusively from emerging filmmakers. The festival has several thousands of pounds worth of prizes to give to its winning filmmakers, with the aim of providing sustainable compensation for young artists trying to get their foot in the door, in addition to exposure and experience. The event will feature seven screenings of short films with a social conscience, from environmentalism to gun control, as well as a short featuring Sir Ian McKellen voicing an alcoholic kite. There will also be a festival submission strategy workshop for filmmakers. The Little Wing Film Festival is organised by young creatives, for young creatives.
109 St Paul’s Road, Islington N1 2NA; littlewingevents.com

4 Camberwell Fair, Camberwell Green
1 September
Camberwell Fair exploded onto Camberwell Green in 2015 with the first Fair for 160 years after it was banned by the authorities in 1855 for causing ‘immoral and riotous behaviour’. Up until then, there had been an annual fair on the same site since 1279, when people would come together to dance, trade, eat, drink and be merry. Now in its 4th year since being relaunched, the modern Camberwell Fair stays true to those same principles with three music stages, 30 stalls showcasing community organisations and independent traders, games, food, bars and a daytime carnival led by street band Kinetika Bloco. 12-9pm. Free.
Camberwell Green SE5; camberwellfair.co.uk

5 Cycling Gin Safari Through Dickensian London with Flash Pack
2 & 15 September
Lifestyle company Flash Pack specialises in mini adventures for 30 and 40-somethings, such as this great Cycling Gin Safari. You’ll begin in Lambeth, where Jack Harris, your expert guide, will take you to collect your vintage-style Pashley bike before heading to a boutique gin distillery beneath the railway arches in Bermondsey, where you’ll learn all about the craftsmanship that goes into curating your favourite drink, and taste different gins. Then onwards you go, through the industrial splendour of Dickensian London, discovering old wharves that Charles Dickens used as inspiration for Fagin’s Den in Oliver Twist and popular food markets. You’ll be sticking to cycle paths and quiet roads. From £58.

6 Totally Thames, various locations
1-30 September

Totally Thames will be taking place throughout the month of September, bringing the river to life via an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events down the 42-mile stretch of water. Look out for the atmospheric Bascule Chamber Concerts in a cool subterranean space by Tower Bridge (20-23 September), TideFest, a celebration of recreation on the Thames, in Chiswick on 2 September, and the Rivers of the World exhibition at gallery@oxo (29 August until 9 September).

7 The Height of The Storm, Richmond Theatre
1-8 September
Jonathan Pryce and Dame Eileen Atkins lead the cast of compelling family drama The Height of The Storm, which makes its debut at Richmond Theatre before beginning a limited West End run. The play written originally in French by Florian Zeller follows André and Madeleine, a couple who have been in love for over 50 years. However, on the weekend that their daughters come to visit, strange things begin to happen as flowers are delivered, a woman from the past turns up and André begins to feel that he isn’t there at all. Directed by Jonathan Kent.
Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ; atgtickets.com

8 Sirens at Greenwich Theatre
4-8 September
Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sirens is a hilarious play about three Greek Sirens who find themselves washed up on Hastings beach in 2018. While it’s no longer common practice to sit around naked on a rock, the sirens are still cursed that any man who hears their voice dies instantly, which can be a bit of a drag. Produced by the award-winning Zoo Co, the production is captioned and BSL inclusive. Catch it from 4 until 8 September.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk

9 Classic Boat Festival at St Katharine Docks
7-9 September
The Classic Boat Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary at St Katharine Docks this month. The festival is set to welcome around 40 colourful boats from around the world, from vintage sailing boats to motor boats, alongside an assortment of waterside activities and live music from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Sea Shanty Singers. Some of the most highly anticipated boats this year include 15 of Dunkirk’s Little Ships, the oldest working tug MT Kent, historic wooden sailing vessel Lady Daphne and St Portwey. You can even take a tour of the Thames on Lady Daphne, enjoy free taster kayaking sessions with Moo Canoes, take craft classes like weaving, lino cutting and printing, and Sharky & George will host a historic Treasure Hunt for the kids. The Classic Boats Festival is part of Totally Thames, which hosts a series of river-related events throughout September.
St Katharine’s Way E1W 1UH; skdocks.co.uk

10 Paradise Now, Eccleston Yards
7-15 September 
London’s first wellbeing playground will open at Eccleston Yards on the boundaries of Belgravia and Victoria this month. The outdoor urban spa, pioneered by multi-sensory visionaries Bompas & Parr, will offer an engaging journey inspired by the latest wellness trends, such as biohacking, Nootropics, Rehydration technology, urban nature bathing and touchscreen chromo-therapy. The installation will showcase a number of the latest scientifically-proven wellness trends, which should leave you feeling like you’ve just returned from a week-long holiday in a mere 30 minutes. A timetable of workshops, including meditation classes with Re:Mind and Q&As from some of London’s top trainers, will help you get into the flow of things. 11-am-8pm. Entry is free.
Eccleston Yards, 21 Eccleston Place, Belgravia SW1W 9NF; ecclestonyards.com

11 Known Unknowns at The Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Until 8 September
Known Unknowns is a major exhibition of 17 contemporary artists on display at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. The collection, featuring artists like Tom Anholt and Theo Ellison, were selected for their status as largely unknown but greatly admired by their artistic peers for breaking new ground in their respective fields. The selection of works on display feature a diverse range of art forms, including painting, sculpture, video and mixed media.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com 

12 The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Covent Garden
Until 8 September

Far from the rolling hills of Cornwall, Poldark’s Aidan Turner is currently on stage in Martin McDonagh’s wonderfully dark play The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noël Coward Theatre. Directed by Michael Grandage, this is a rare revival of McDonagh’s satire, which follows Turner’s character Mad Padraic, who is a terrorist deemed too violent to be a member of the IRA. Currently booking up until 8 September, this blistering production doesn’t look like one to be missed.
85-88 St Martin’s Lane WC2N 4APdelfontmackintosh.co.uk 

13 Goldsmith’s Gallery for Contemporary Art Opens, New Cross
From 8 September
Disused Victorian baths and water tanks are being renovated to create a new contemporary art gallery that will open to the public on 8 September. The first show will be a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Mika Rottenberg, who will respond to the building incorporating purpose-built installations alongside sculptural objects (running from 8 September until 4 November).
St James’, New Cross SE14 6NW; goldsmithscca.art

14 Taste the Emerald Isle
Throughout September
Taste The Emerald Isle, organised by Bord Bia, Tourism Ireland and Selfridges, is a two-month celebration of the rich, bountiful food and drink produced in Ireland today. There will be three special, hosted events: On 10 September, Clodagh McKenna will host the Ireland’s best culinary talent dinner (6.30pm-9pm, £60); on 11 September, Simon Lamont will host a Carlingford Oyster and Glendalough Gin tasting evening (6.30pm-9pm, £30); and on 17 September, Rory O’Connell and JR Ryall will host  – Ballymaloe Cookery school dinner (6.30pm-9pm, £60). On 13 September, there will be an Irish Tasting Afternoon in the Foodhall and Wine Shop on 13 September from 3-7pm. The celebration runs until 9 October.

15 Tomma Abts at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington
Until 9 September

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery is presenting the first UK solo exhibition of Turner Prize winner Tomma Abts’ work. One of the most significant artists of her generation, Abts is known for her acrylic and oil paintings whose extraordinary magnetism belies their modest 48cm x 38cm scale. This survey at the Serpentine – the largest exhibition of her work to date – includes paintings and casts, mostly produced over the last 10 years.
Kensington Gardens W2 3XA; serpentinegalleries.org 

16 Stitched – Cut – Painted at One Paved Court, Richmond
4-15 September
Stitched – Cut – Painted is a group exhibition by White Noise Projects on show this month at One Paved Court. Displaying work by Annamarie Dzendrowskyj, Buffy Kimm and Rachel Pearcey, the emphasis of the show is on the embodied forms of engagement in the works of the three artists. Hanna Ten Doornkaat curated the pieces to show the unique process and interpretation that is present in each of their creations. They all act as a reaction to their physical surroundings with visual and tactile experiences all explored. It’s a great opportunity to see some pieces really play with the ideas of flatness, intimacy and depth and how they blur into one another within the architecture around them.
1 Paved Court, Richmond TW9 1LZ; onepavedcourt.co.uk

17 Blood Wedding at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham
4-23 September
See Federico Garcia Lopez’s Blood Wedding at The Omnibus Theatre in Clapham this month. This adaptation will explore London’s Spanish community, shining a light on cultural differences in the current socio-political climate. It is directed by Clapham-local George Richmond-Scott, a current associate director for Everyone’s Talking About Jamie.
1 Clapham Common Northside SW4 0LH; omnibus-clapham.org

18 OnBlackheath Festival
8-9 September
Returning to the green expanses of Blackheath, ONBlackheath 2018 features a stellar line-up, headlined by south London’s own living legends, Squeeze, on Saturday, followed by Platinum-selling Londoner Paloma Faith on Sunday. Billy Bragg, The Divine Comedy, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lightning Seeds, De La Soul and the chart-topping Greenwich & Lewisham NHS Choir will also grace the main stage. On stage two, you’ll have Craig Charles Funk and Soul, Dirty Vegas, Norman Jay, Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ frontman Huey Morgan, and last year’s hugely popular and irresistibly catchy act, The Mariachis. It’s not just about music either, ONBlackheath offers festival goers a weekend of great street food and family entertainment. Adult tickets start from £92 for the weekend.

19 The Art Deco Fair at Eltham Palace
8-9 September

Can there be a better setting than Eltham Palace for a fair full of the decadence and the splendour of the 1930s? The Art Deco Fair is a fabulous day out for all the family, featuring an abundance of vintage stalls that will satisfy the most demanding shopper, plus the opportunity to enjoy an opulent journey into Eltham Palace’s past. 10am-6pm. Adults £15, kids £9.
Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich SE9 5QE; english-heritage.org.uk

20 The San Miguel Find Your Rich Experiment, Shoreditch
12-13 September
San Miguel is launching a pioneering national psychological test to challenge how Britons define wealth. The Find Your Rich Experiment will integrate RFID technology to log sensory instincts from participants, with choices collated into a personalised profile that will uncover what ‘rich’ truly means to you. Tests will challenge your taste buds as you sample six pairs of identical food cubes each, recording your preferences, before moving into the scent room and identifying your favourite smells from 6 matching scent orbs. Further rooms will challenge instinctive choices to sounds and textures. Tickets £17.
The Yard, 89 1/2 Worship Street, Shoreditch EC2A 2BF; sanmiguel-findyourrich-london.eventbrite.co.uk

21 Greenwich Comedy Festival
12-16 September
The Greenwich Comedy Festival is back celebrating its tenth anniversary this month with an all-star line-up including Russell Howard, Aisling Bea and Rob Delaney among its headliners. Each year the festival sees over 10,000 comedy lovers from across London coming to the National Maritime Museum to watch the great talent on offer. The festival was created by locals Cass Randolph and Will Briggs, who spent a lot of their childhood at Up The Creek club with their step-father Malcolm Hardee, and wanted to bring the energy of a traditional club to a big festival setting.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich SE10 9NF; greenwichcomedyfestival.co.uk

22 START at Saatchi Gallery
13-16 September
The START Art Fair is returning to the Saatchi Gallery for its fifth edition to showcase the best UK and international emerging contemporary artists to collectors, investors and art lovers in London. This year the selection includes over 50 artists, such as Hein Thit who uses 1960 comic strips as a backdrop to his bold nudes.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; startartfair.com

23 Peckham Festival
14-16 September
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 Social Music in Copeland Park, with great sets from top Peckham talent on Saturday and a showcase by local groups on Sunday, plus the Meet the Makers Open Studios, taking place at multiple venues.

24 Bellevue Road Summer Fair, Wandsworth Common
15 September
On 15 September the Bellevue Road Summer Fair will be back celebrating in Wandsworth for its seventh year. There’ll be plenty to do with over 40 stalls, music, street food and a dog show to while the hours away. The community street festival is suitable for all ages with children’s activities as a central part of the day.
Bellevue Road, Wandsworth Common SW17 7EG; wandsworth.gov.uk/events

25 Mini Mode at LSO St Luke’s, Old Street
15 September
Mini Mode – London’s Premier Kids Fashion Week – is an exciting new platform to showcase kids fashion during London Fashion Week. Founded by UK childrenswear designer, Amanda Rabor, Mini Mode provides a unique spotlight on kids’ fashion, showcasing both emerging designers and established kids brands from around the globe during London Fashion Week. Mini Mode covers a range of fashion from toddlers through to teens. Designers include ARI London, BEBEBEBE, Coco Chic, Deena London, Hunter + Boo, Isossy Children, Liberated Folk, Roses & Rhinos and ZOOBUG LONDON.
LSO St Luke’s, Old Street EC1V 9NG; mini-mode.co.uk

26 Little Shop of Horrors, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Until 15 September
The award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a London landmark – a firm fixture of summer in the city, providing a cultural hub in the beautiful surroundings of a Royal Park. Following a successful run of As You Like It,Little Shop of Horrors takes to the stage, running from 3 August until 15 September. Directed by Maria Aberg, the production sees Seymour, Audrey and East Side florist Mr Mushnik tussle with a new plant that has killer potential. Tickets £55-£59. 
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park NW1 4NU; openairtheatre.com

27 Jurassic Weekend in Crystal Palace
15-16 September
The dinosaurs are set to take over Crystal Palace once again. Hot off the heels of their successful conservation work on the Grade I listed dinosaur sculptures, the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are hosting a vibrant weekend of tours of the enchanting Dinosaur Islands; theatre with The Iguanodon Restaurant, a hilarious street theatre performed in a life-sized Iguanodon; short films and talks by science, history and art experts; Paleo planting and gardening sessions to bring ancient landscapes back to life around the sculptures, and children’s craft workshops. 11am-4pm.
Crystal Palace Park SE19; cpdinosaurs.org

28 LAPADA Arts & Antiques Fair, Mayfair
14-19 September
LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair is one of the most foremost international showcases for art and antiques. It’s one of only two yearly events to grace the beautiful Berkeley Square. Some 100 exhibitors present work from across the art, antiques, design and decorative arts spectrum. Including jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art, authenticity is assured thanks to a 70-member specialist committee pre-vetting everything on sale. With prices ranging from £500 to £500,000 and above, sought-after pieces appeal to both the established collector and first-time buyer alike.
Berkeley Square W1J 6EB; lapadalondon.com

29 Bermondsey Street Festival
15 September
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. There’s something for everyone with more than a hundred stalls with food and crafts, plus the infamous dog show, music and dance.

30 London Design Festival, various locations
15-23 September
London Design Festival, one of the world’s most important annual design events, is made up of some 400 events and exhibitions. Landmark projects include Es Devlin’s Please Feed the Lions, an interactive sculpture in Trafalgar Square, and Kellenberger–White’s series of alphabet chairs at Broadgate. There are also 11 Design Districts to explore (new districts include Fitzrovia and West Kensington), as well as four Design Routes. Follow the Brixton Design Trail to find powerful exhibitions like True Love, a world premiere of paintings by Brixton-based Nigerian artist Abe Odedina, commissioned by Danny Boyle and responding to testimonies from young people in South Africa who have had traumatic experiences (hosted by Squire & Partners at The Department Store).

31 Anthony & Cleopatra at National Theatre
18 September-19 January
This month Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo take on the roles of Anthony and Cleopatra in one of Shakespeare’s best tragedies. General Mark Antony rules in the wake of the death of Caesar and his assassins. Having reached the heights of power, he has also fallen painfully in love with Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt. The play explores the tear between love and duty as the pair hurtle towards their destiny. Directed by Simon Godwin, the previews begin on 18 September.
Upper Ground SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk

32 Shadowman by Richard Hambleton at Maddox Gallery, Westbourne Grove
19 September-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

33 Urban Food Fortnight, various locations 
20 September-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.

34 London Fashion Week Festival
20-23 September

London Fashion Week festival is the only event that gives you unparalleled access to the prestigious, star-studded industry event that is London Fashion Week. Experience the best of British and international fashion including a showcase of designer and trend catwalks shows, pop-ups, shopping events, beauty events and pampering sessions, plus industry talks. Tickets from £20.
The Store X, 180 Strand WC2R 1EA; londonfashionweekfestival.com

35 Skin at Greenwich Theatre
20-22 September
Award-winning hip-hop dance theatre group 201 is bringing their latest production of Skin to Greenwich Theatre this September, after the international success of their last show Smother. The production follows the story of a boy’s journey of gender transition through the medium of dance in a sensitive adaptation choreographed by Andrea Walker. A cast of seven dancers perform fusions of urban and contemporary styles to an original score in this exploration of family, identity and belonging.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk

36 Rock of Ages at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
20-22 September
An LA love story put to a soundtrack of over 25 rock anthems, Rock of Ages has been hugely popular since the original Broadway show opened back in 2009, even being turned into an all-star film. Now a new tour is heading to the Churchill Theatre in Bromley this month from 20 to 22 September. The comedic musical seems set to have you singing along to epic songs, including We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Can’t Fight This Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is. The feel-good show was written by Chris D’Arienzo and choreographed by Nick Winston and stars Jodie Steele and Luke Walsh among its leads.
High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk

37 Tootopia, Tooting
21-23 September
Tootopia, the end-of-summer extravaganza, returns to salute all that is great about vibrant Tooting. Discover local landmarks, exquisite eateries, and secret watering holes or get stuck exciting activities, workshops and outdoor parties curated by local businesses and venues, including Tootopia Kids. Take the Tooting Food Trail and discover the latest foodie additions to Tooting’s burgeoning foodie scene, or head for the Street Food Takeover for great eats and beats with a line-up of DJs and live acts.

38 Deptford X Festival
21-30 September
Deptford X festival, which returns for the 19th time this month has, since its conception, seen artists and artworks breaking out of the traditional gallery space and take to the streets. The festival has two elements: a fringe programme of independent projects that runs parallel to a curated programme, Platform, which sees five emerging artists creating new works of art in public spaces.

39 Hungry Heart Presents Bruce Springsteen’s Birthday, Hackney Wick
22 September
Hungry Heart – London’s only Bumper to Bumper Springsteen party – is back to celebrate the most important event of the year, Bruce Springsteen’s Birthday! Join the Hungry Heart crew and the capital’s craziest Springsteen fans for a liberating, life-affirming night of hit after hit from Bruce’s back catalogue spun by the Hungry Hearts DJ, from big hits like Thunder Road and Born to Run to Dancing in the Dark, plus a few niche live versions. Bleecker Burger will be in situ to keep you fueled, and there’ll be plenty of beers courtesy of Crate Brewery and friends to keep the vocals lubricated for a good old singalong. Tickets £12.50.
Mick’s Garage, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick E9 5EN; hungryheartevents.com

40 Open House London, various locations
22-23 September
Open House London returns to give you the chance to take a look around some of London’s extraordinary buildings, many of which aren’t normally open to the public, from the late-Georgian Custom House in the City to a crypt-like forgotten subway station in Crystal Palace, the largest purpose-built mosque in Western Europe, the Roca London Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects and Blackheath Conservatoire, which is part of the oldest-surviving multi-purpose arts venue in London.

Things to do in London in September: See Rock of Ages at Churchill Theatre Bromley

See Rock of Ages at Churchill Theatre Bromley

41 SLG Fire Station Opening Weekend, Camberwell
22-23 September
South London Gallery opens the former Peckham Road Gallery on 22 September. The £4 million renovation will see a new contemporary arts space with an education space upstairs allowing the gallery to expand its arts programme to more of the local community. As well as free events, workshops and tours, you can see KNOCK KNOCK: Humour in Contemporary Art, which explores the enduring use of humour as a device in contemporary art. Featuring works by more than thirty artists, the show spans the SLG’s main space and three floors of its new annexe in the former Peckham Road Fire Station. 11am-6pm.
78-80 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8PR; southlondongallery.org

42 LTM’s Acton Depot Open Weekend
22-23 September
From 11am-5pm on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September, Acton Depot will be holding an open weekend exploring moving around in London. Looking at what keeps the city moving, all ages will be able to explore the innovations, marvels and people who have all helped to make London what it is today. For £12 for adults and £10 for concessions, expect a jam-packed weekend full of tours, talks, activities and special Depot highlights this month. Adults £12, under 18s free.
118-120 Gunnersbury Lane, Acton Town W3 9BQ; ltmuseum.co.uk

43 Caterpillar at Theatre503, Battersea
Until 22 September
From 29 August until 22 September, Theatre503 will be home to Caterpillar, a darkly funny play written by Alison Carr. Set on the busiest weekend of the year in a faded seaside town, Bayview is the only B&B closed for business. The tender drama is about the moment we find ourselves standing on the edge: do we step off?
503 Battersea Park Road SW11 3BW; theatre503.com

44 The Tusk Rhino Trail, various locations
Until 22 September
The Tusk Rhino Trail has landed! The London-wide art installation, curated for wildlife welfare charity Tusk by Chris Westbrook, celebrates the magnificence of the rhino and highlights the severe threat of poaching to their survival. Each rhino has been specially designed, decorated and embellished by internationally renowned artists, including The Chapman Brothers, Ronnie Wood, Eileen Cooper and Axel Scheffler. The unique works of art are on display at iconic London sites until World Rhino Day on 22 September 2018, before being auctioned at Christie’s on 9 October 2018. The funds raised will support Tusk’s work to protect rhino and other iconic African species.

45 London Mastaba, Hyde Park
Until 23 September

The London Mastaba is a magnificent temporary sculpture, unveiled in Hyde Park by world-renowned artist Christo for the summer. It features 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform on the Serpentine Lake. It is the first major outdoor public work by Christo, and coincides with his exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries, with his late wife Jeanne-Claude. The incredible work will be on display until 23 September for everyone to enjoy.
Kensington Gardens W2 3XA; serpentinegalleries.org 

46 Floats Road by Charlie Duck at The Pump House Gallery
Until 23 September
The Pump House Gallery is holding the first institutional solo exhibition of Charlie Duck’s work this summer, named Floats Road. The Kent-born artist is a graduate from the Royal College of Art and works across drawing, painting and sculpture from his studio in Frankfurt. His work is well received and he has featured in a number of group exhibitions and installations across the UK and Europe in the years since his debut. Floats Road will be on display at the contemporary arts gallery, which sits in the beautiful surroundings of Battersea Park.
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; pumphousegallery.org.uk 

47 Ribera: Art of Violence at Dulwich Picture Gallery
From 26 September
This month sees the opening of one of the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s most anticipated exhibitions of the year, Ribera: Art of Violence. 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

48 HarvestFest at Skylight, Wapping
From 27 September 
London’s most imaginative rooftop destination Skylight, has announced HarvestFest, an all-new autumn season, launching at Tobacco Dock in Wapping on 27 September 2018. 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

49 Maggie’s London Culture Crawl
28 September
Experience a year’s worth of culture in one night with Maggie’s London Culture Crawl, a nighttime fundraising walk to raise money for Maggie’s Centres across the UK. The London Culture Crawl is a 10-mile night walk through London, starting at 7pm at The Design Museum. Along the route walkers will have exclusive after-hours access to seven cultural venues including the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, finishing at Maggie’s Barts, the new Steven Holl-designed building in Smithfield. Maggie’s is a charity that supports anyone affected by cancer with free, professional support, workshops and groups. Entry is £40 and the fundraising target is £150.
To sign up see maggiescentres.org

50 Freeman at Canada Water Theatre
28-29 September
A new play inspired by the first man in America to plead insanity as a defence is being performed by Strictly Arts on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September. Written by award-winning writer Camilla Whitehill, it threads together six real life stories from William Freeman to Sarah Reed through physical theatre, shadow puppetry, spoken word and gospel singing. The hard-hitting play examines the unspoken link between mental health and systemic racism, while asking if history is bound to repeat itself and if anything has really changed since that first notorious case?
21 Surrey Quays Road SE16 7AR; canadawatertheatre.org.uk

51 Nunhead Art Trail 
29-30 September
Nunhead Art Trail showcases the work of local artists and craftspeople in their own homes, studios, or public venues in Nunhead. An incredible array of artwork is exhibited, from intricate jewellery to beautiful ceramics and striking, large-scale works that would make quite a statement on your wall, with much of it for sale at affordable prices. As well as arts & crafts, the event features dance, performance and poetry. 11am-6pm.

52 Allelujah! At Bridge Theatre, London Bridge
Until 29 September
Alan Bennett’s latest play Allelujah! is all about The Beth, an old-fashioned hospital on the edge of the Pennines threatened with closure. A sharp and funny production, it tackles some heavy issues facing the elderly patients with an awful lot of heart. See it at Bridge Theatre, near Tower Bridge. Tickets from £15.
3 Potters Fields Park SE1 2SG; bridgetheatre.co.uk

53 Sounds and Sorcery at The Vaults, Waterloo
Until 30 September
Sounds and Sorcery, an immersive celebration of Disney’s Fantasia, is now on at The Vaults, London’s home for immersive theatre and alternative arts. Pop on a pair of headphones and step inside the maze of tunnels underneath Waterloo station, where a 96-piece orchestra will guide you on an interactive journey. You’ll relive the world of Fantasia with binaural sound, 3D projections, elaborate set designs and dazzling lighting effects. Tickets from £30.
Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NNsoundsandsorcery.com

54 SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World, King’s Cross
Until 30 September
SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World is the latest project by Bompas & Parr. The interactive exhibition at the new British Museum of Food will explore the past, present and future of ice cream, with the chance to experience glow-in-the-dark ice cream, a sub-zero ice chamber, an ice cream cloud and the world’s first hundreds and thousands fountain. The exhibition demonstrates how our relationship with ice cream has evolved through the ages, from the ornate sorbet moulds of 1700s Rome to the rise and fall of street vendors’ ‘penny licks’ in the 1850s. There’s even an ice cream café. Tickets £12.
Gasholder 11, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square N1C 4BY; bmof.org

55 Black Cat: Bohemia, Underbelly Festival Southbank
Until 30 September
The Black Cat Cabaret has been captivating the city’s audiences with its dark and daring brand of cabaret entertainment for more than a decade. Black Cat: Bohemia, the company’s most ambitious show to date, premières with the company’s first headline run at Underbelly Festival Southbank. Combining high skills acrobatic feats and spectacular ensemble work with comic turns and live music, the show’s 12-strong cast elevate cabaret and circus to new levels of jaw-dropping glamour, perfectly fitting for the 250th anniversary of the world’s first circus. Tickets from £19.
Jubilee Gardens SE1 8XXtheblackcat.info

56 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



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