49 of the Best Things to Do in London: September 2020

As we continue to ease out of lockdown with our fingers firmly crossed that we’re not sent back into it, some of London’s biggest events get the go-ahead, from London Fashion Week to Totally Thames, plus a smattering of exhibitions and brilliant independent theatre. Masks on, let’s go…

Lead image: The inaugural London Mural Festival launches this month (artwork: Dale Grimshaw)

1 Totally Thames, various locations
1-30 September

Totally Thames returns this September, with a slightly adjusted, Covid-secure programme of river-related activities, heritage events and public art installations taking place throughout the month. Look out for Thames TideFest, a celebration of fun on the river with London’s biggest angling competition and paddlesports like kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding all taking place at Strand on the Green on Sunday 6 Sept; Brunel’s London, a boat trip under three Brunel Bridges to the launch ramps of Brunel’s monster ship on the Isle of Dogs, plus a guided tour through Brunel’s Thames Tunnel, taking place daily in Sept (Mon-Fri meet at 10.20am at Embankment Tube Station, Sat-Sun meet at 11.10am, tickets £14-£16); a Sea Kayaking Taster Weekend at Chelsea Kayak Club (5-6 Sept with two-hour sessions at 9am, 11.30am and 4pm); and a Timeless Thames Music Night, a live-streamed event from The Steamship Project Space exploring the stories and the metamorphosis of the river through talks, spoken word, folk music and sea shanties (Sat 26 Sept, 6pm-11pm).
totallythames.org

2 London Mural Festival
Throughout September
The inaugural London Mural Festival launches this more with more than 150 global artists heading to London to paint some 40 large scale walls, alongside a plethora of smaller activations. As well as using London as a vast canvas to celebrate creative communities across the world, there will be a 100-artist hoarding jam taking place at International Quarter London (IQL) in Stratford, closing the festival on 3 & 4 October. The festival will showcase art from local, national and international talent, including Camille Walala, Gary Stranger, Lucy McLauchlan, Mad C, Marija Tiurina, Otto Schade, Suiko and Zabou. Wembley Park will unveil its LMF commission as part of its new site-wide public art trail, which launches this autumn.
londonmuralfestival.com

3 Openaire Float-In Cinema
From 2 September
It’s move over drive-in, hello float-in, when a new joint venture between Openaire, Merchant Square and GoBoat comes to town in September. A fleet of 16 eco-boats will provide the seating for up to 128 people at this innovative new alfresco cinema experience on Regent’s Canal. First, you can captain your self-drive vessel around Little Venice, before mooring at Merchant Square to settle in and see the film – just don’t rock the boat. A giant 6-metre by 3-metre hi-res LED video screen will beam blockbuster hits such as Titanic and A Star Is Born across the water, while high quality audio will be provided via sanitised wireless headphones. The line-up includes afternoon showings of family favourites such as Toy Story and The Lion Kings, while evenings lend themselves to singalong showings of Grease, Rocketman and The Greatest Showman. Tickets are £200-£250 for boats accommodating six to eight people, while deck chairs are £15 each. Running from Wednesday to Sunday throughout the month from 2 Sept.
openaire.co.uk

4 Backyard Cinema Reopens Capital Studios 
From 2 September
Backyard Cinema at Capital Studios in Wandsworth will be the first immersive cinema to reopen in London, with new creative ways to (safely) transport you to enchanted worlds and rediscover your favourite films. The cinema seating plan has been completely redesigned with a reducing capacity for their two immersive cinemas, and the street-food garden, The Yard, and Studio Bar with live music, cocktails on tap and its award-winning pizzas are also back.  The Winter Night Garden opens from 4 September, when you’ll be able to venture through the magical wardrobe into an enchanted forest to discover the Lost Theatre. Then, from 16 October, The Snow Kingdom – a magical ice Kingdom filled with wondrous marvels and an actual river – opens. Complimentary screenings for NHS staff take place on 2 & 3 September, before reopening fully to the public on 4 September.
13 Wandsworth Plain SW18 1ET; backyardcinema.co.uk

5 London Grads Now at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
3-25 September
Saatchi Gallery reopens on Thursday 3 September with London Grads Now, a thought-provoking exhibition showcasing works by graduating students from London’s leading fine art schools. More than 150 graduating artists from the likes of Royal College of Art, UCL: Slade School of Art, Goldsmiths: University of London, UAL: Chelsea College of Arts and UAL: Central Saint Martins have organised an exhibition to showcase their works in a Covid-secure way within international-quality gallery spaces. Victoria Cantons, MFA graduate and curator of the selected works from UCL: Slade School of Art, refers to her artists as ‘fresh graduates who provide a snapshot of the exciting ideas, explorations and discussions that are occurring in art today. The work is important as a reflection of the experience we’re going through now.’ Tickets £3 (Saatchi Gallery Members free).
Duke of York’s, King’s Road SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com

6 Free Pints at JUBEL Pop Up Bars, various locations 
4 September 
JUBEL, the exceptionally refreshing craft lager cut with fruit, launches five outdoor pop up bars across London from Friday 4 September. To celebrate, JUBEL is giving away free Peach pints, a classic pilsner style beer combining lively lager with the zest of ripe peaches, across all five bars for Tappy Hour (6pm-7pm) on the day. JUBEL pop ups will launch at Big Chill Brick Lane, Four Quarters in Hackney Wick, Barge East in Hackney Wick, Vapianos at Tower Bridge and The Oyster Catcher in Greenwich. Each bar will be kitted out with deck chairs and oil drum tables, so stick around and try JUBEL’s other two delicious beers, Grapefruit and Elderflower. Open Friday 6pm-late, Saturday 1pm-9pm and Sunday 12 midday-8pm.
Follow @jubelbeer 

7 Concours of Elegance 2020, Hampton Court Palace
4-6 September
The Concours of Elegance returns to Hampton Court Palace with another splendid parade of classic, rare and unique cars. This year, with additional Covid-secure measures, the event will once again bring together a selection of 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a two-day driving tour in the days running up to the main event. Plus, there’s the Club Trophy, which sees some of the UK’s most prestigious car clubs offer up their finest examples to an independent panel of judges, and the winning Club Trophy car will secure a place in the following year’s main Concours of Elegance event. Tickets from £30.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU; concoursofelegance.co.uk

8 Secret Garden Concerts, Streatham
5 September
London Concertante’s Secret Garden Concerts come to a dramatic conclusion on 5 September in the Grand Finale event featuring Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn. The socially distanced alfresco summer concert series provided an outlet for the chamber ensemble to reach audiences in a new way before concerts are allowed to resume. Taking place in an outdoor garden venue at London Concertante’s HQ in Streatham Hill, the outdoor performance will be accompanied by a sparkling wine reception and delicious menu. Musicians include The David Gordon Trio, The Camarilla Ensemble, London Concertante’s Guest Director Jonathan Stone, harpsichordist David Wright and, of course, London Concertante itself. Tickets from £45 (£85 with food).
secretgardenconcerts.com

9 Wight Spirit 1968-70 at Masterpiece Art, Holland Park
Until 5 September
Wight Spirit 1968-70 is a landmark exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the seminal Isle of Wight Festival. When Isle of Wight began in 1968, 10,000 people attended the event, but by 1970, with a line-up including Jimi Hendrix and The Who, the crowds had swelled to 600,000. A landmark in Britain’s cultural history, the festival formed the blueprint for now legendary open-air festivals like Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds. The exhibition features new sculptures by Guy Portelli, including a large-scale glass mosaic panel featuring the hand prints of more than 80 festival performers; a selection of photographs taken by the late Charles Everest, who had unparalleled access to the performances on stage; and a feature-length documentary.
Masterpiece Art, 3 Norland Place, Holland Park W11 4QG; masterpieceart.co.uk

10 Kara-soaky at Bunga Bunga, Battersea 
From 5 September 
Bunga Bunga is making a splashing return to its original Battersea home with the launch of London’s liveliest new night on the tiles, ‘Kara-soaky’. Bunga Bunga has reincarnated its karaoke offering to tick the Covid-safety boxes, taking the power shower to the next level with three shower cubicles, each with a spotlight and shower head fitted with a microphone and disposable cover. Plus, the venue has been transformed into an Instagrammable Italian bathroom, bedecked with bathroom props, including loofahs, rubber ducks and even mini bathtub drinking vessels. The tables will be separated by see-through shower curtains and big screens will be spaced throughout the venue to display each kara-soaky performance. The Kara-soaky experience will be accompanied by a two or three-course Italian feasting menu featuring a Bunga Bunga signature metre-long pizza. Available every Friday and Saturday from £27pp (£17pp with EOTHO).
37 Battersea Bridge Road SW11 3BA; bungabunga.com

11 Canopy Market & Alfresco Art at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross
Until 6 September
The ever-popular Canopy Market is moving to Coal Drop’s Yard for the summer to create a canal-side open-air shopping experience. The area, known for its independent craftspeople and brands, has undergone a huge regeneration in recent years to combine Victorian heritage and contemporary architecture to dramatic effect. The market is free to attend and will trade Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm. Coal Drop’s Yard has become quite the alfresco district of late, with outdoor exhibitions, installations and FRAME’s outdoor workouts. Check out Games We Play, a new exhibition from The Photographers’ Gallery capturing the joys of summer through a subversive lens; Pools by German artist Stephan Zirwes’ is a striking installation of two ‘pools’ in Granary Square that take the place of the fountains for the summer; and the Lollypop Lounge on the Canalside Steps, where 12 giant ice lollies ‘melt’ into the grass among stripey, socially distanced deckchairs.
King’s Cross N1C 4DQ; coaldropsyard.com

12 Chiswick Festival at Chiswick House & Gardens
Until 6 September
A team of local event organisers have come together to put on a festival to help Chiswick House & Gardens get back on its feet after having to cancel all of its events due to coronavirus. Kicking off in the gardens on 21 August, there will be 20 days of live, alfresco, socially distanced acts – one per evening – from big-name comedy to local bands and classical performances, as well as inspirational speakers and daytime fitness classes. Highlights include live music from the Old Dirty Brasstards on 2 Sept, stand-up with Dara Ó Briain, Suzi Ruffell and Nathan Caton on 4 September and comedy bingo game-show with Bogan Bingo on 3 Sept. The festival will help to cross-promote Chiswick House & Gardens own fundraising initiatives, while running their own fundraisers and sharing some of the revenue from ticket sales. Times and ticket prices vary.
chiswickfestival.com

13 Peckham Salvage Yard 
6 September  
Hunt for personal treasures, rummage for bargains and refresh your living space with unique finds at Peckham Salvage Yard. Located within Peckham’s Copland Park, Peckham Salvage Yard is south London’s go-to destination for vintage gems and salvaged old things, with over 60 hand-picked traders offering 20th Century furniture, salvaged French homewares, curiosities and collectables, kitschenalia, reclaimed industrial fixtures and unexpected oddities. Location on Copeland Road, the massive salvage yard is also conveniently located next to an array of new local restaurants, food vendors, cafes and bars. 11am-6pm. £1 entry.
Unit 8, 133 Copeland Road, Peckham SE15 3SN; facebook.com 

14 Black Minds Matter Market at BOXPARK Croydon 
6 September 
To support Black Minds Matter UK, BOXPARK has collaborated with food and cultural events group Carib & Co Brunch to host a monthly marketplace for black-owned businesses across its London venues. Head for BOXPARK Croydon this Sunday to support and shop at an impressive selection of black-owned British brands, including Leanne Creative, EduCup Yourself, KokoKrafts and The Aqua Closet. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the event aims to raise money for Black Minds Matter UK, the charity providing free mental health support for black individuals in the UK. In addition to the market stalls, Carib & Co Brunch will be displaying artwork from a group of talented black artists including pieces by SLD Cartoons, founded by Shakira Lagrin, and Custom Street Fashion, brought to you by The Purple Girl. 11am-6pm. Adults £3, children free.
99 George Street, Croydon CR0 1LD; boxpark.co.uk 

15 Rooftop Comedy Experience at Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham
6 & 7 September 
The team at Bussey Rooftop Bar are working in partnership with award-winning production outfit Plosive to bring guests the best comedy alongside panoramic views, pizza and classic cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks. The Rooftop Comedy Experience launched back in August, and headlining on Sunday 6 September is panel show pro Sara Pascoe, alongside the provocative Dane Baptiste and viral comic Laura Lexx. On Monday 7th, Nina Conti, nominee and Live at the Apollo and Cats Does Countdown regular, will headline the show, alongside Shooting Stars scorekeeper Angelos Epithemiou and another support act. Tickets are £30 for two, £60 for four, or £70 for five (over 18s only, advance bookings only). 
133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; busseyrooftopbar.com

16 Ian Cumberland: Presence in Absence  
7 September-5 October 
Presence in Absence is a new a solo exhibition by Irish artist Ian Cumberland at JD Malat Gallery in Mayfair. Best known for his hyperrealist portraits of isolated subjects in detailed interiors, Cumberland explores themes of mass media culture, surveillance, the notion of the human ‘self’ and how we are manipulated to believe in lifestyles and material goods. Presence in Absence consists of installations that utilise portraits as part of a multi-part tableau, establishing a dialogue between objects. Cumberland’s works involve an assemblage of theatrical objects, adding abnormal touches and unsettling atmospheres within mundane interiors, giving rise to an acute degree of realism. The subjects are caught in moments of escape from their psychological containment, similar to one experienced by people during the pandemic. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm.
30 Davies Street, Mayfair W1K 4NB; jdmalat.com

17 RS No. 9 Carnaby, Soho
From 9 September
Carnaby, the birthplace of 60s Swinging London, has an an iconic heritage, so it’s only fitting that musical legends the Rolling Stones should choose it as the location for their world-first flagship store, RS No. 9 Carnaby. The new store will showcase exclusive new fashion and merchandise under the RS No. 9 Carnaby brand, including men’s, women’s and children’s fashion and accessories. The shop will feature all the hallmarks of the iconic band, from the use of their distinct red and black colourways to a glass floor featuring their lyrics, fitting rooms adorned with iconic album artwork and the band’s continuing releases pulsing from the speakers.
9 Carnaby Street, Soho W1F 9PE; no9carnabyst.rollingstones.com

18 Rooftop Film Club Drive In, Alexandra Palace
Until 9 September
Rooftop Film Club, which has hosted alfresco film screenings on London rooftops from the Bussey Building in Peckham to Stratford’s Roof East and The Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, has spent most of summer at Alexandra Palace with a safely socially distanced drive-in. But all good things must finally come to an end, and the final listed date for this event is 9 September, with a screening of Grease. You can take your own snacks and drinks, or order concessions like popcorn and chocolate, Popdogs hot dogs and drinks online. Tickets £27.50-£29.50 per car.
Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY; rooftopfilmclub.com

19 Do Robots Dream of Electric Bees? Annka Kultys Gallery, 
10 September-10 October
Annka Kultys Gallery is making history as the first commercial art gallery to represent a humanoid robot artist, Ai-Da Robot, in Do Robots Dream of Electric Bees? Ai-Da is the world’s first ultra-realistic robot artist, who made the headlines last year for making over £1m in sales before her inaugural exhibition at Oxford University opened. The upcoming exhibition, a play on the novel by Philip K. Dick, presents new works by Ai-Da including oil paintings, drawings and sculptures, as well as one video work. The exhibition deals with themes from global warming, the extinction of species to the uses and abuses of future technologies. Aided by computer vision, Ai-Da can draw, and is a performance artist. Since her creation last year, Ai-Da has shown at the Barbican, Tate Modern, Ars Electronica and Abu Dhabi Art. Open Thurs-Sat, 12pm-6pm.
Unit 3, 1st Floor, 472 Hackney Road E2 9EQ; annkakultys.com

20 Tenet at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
Until 17 September
Riverside Studios in Hammersmith is now fully open to the public following the easing of lockdown restrictions, with a new programme that includes screenings of Christopher Nolan’s hotly anticipated sci-fi epic, Tenet. The film – one of the first major new releases since lockdown – is breaking new ground opening in territories outside the US. Originally due to launch in July, the film is the follow-up to Nolan’s 2017 war epic Dunkirk and has been called ‘his best movie since Inception’ following secretive press previews. The action-packed time-travel movie stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, John David Washington and Kenneth Branagh. Several screenings daily. See website for times. Tickets from £10.
101 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith W6 9BN; riversidestudios.co.uk

21 Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, various locations
Until 12 September
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), the festival of outdoor theatre, is set to be the UK’s first full festival since lockdown. The programme, running across the Royal Borough of Greenwich and east London, features site-responsive theatre, dance and street arts including large-scale installations celebrating the NHS and the environment, a spotlight on black-led artistic work, and a pop-up programme of socially distanced touring performances. Highlights include 846 Live, an arresting outdoor performance created in response to the murder of George Floyd, featuring a live DJ and sound design (12 September, North Woolwich); Dancing City, returning to Canary Wharf as a more intimate, socially distanced programme of outdoor dance (5 Sept, 1-5pm); and Fire Garden at Thames Barrier Park, an atmospheric immersive experience where trees glow and flowers blossom into life with flames (11-12 Sept, 8-10pm). All events will have free, allocated access for local residents, with further free and paid ticketing arrangements to help manage capacity.
festival.org/gdif

22 Cocktails in the City
11-12 September
Cocktails in the City returns to the capital for a two-day alfresco cocktail garden party this September. The event will bring together 30 of the city’s most innovative bars for an unforgettable weekend of eclectic cocktails, in the sunny open-air surroundings of Bedford Square Gardens in Bloomsbury. A wide range of cocktails will be on offer, from a delicious Italicus cocktail sorbet courtesy of The Coral Room to trendsetting new drinks, sustainable serves and the latest in low and no-alcohol drinks and champagne cocktails. Experiences include live music from Nightjar and The Piano Works supported by Hennessy, spirited tasting sessions hosted by The Mixing Class and cocktail making sessions hosted by TT Liquor. Tickets cost £15 including a welcome cocktail, live music, mainstage demonstrations. Additional cocktails will be priced at £7.50 and all profits will go to The Drinks Trust to support hospitality workers affected by lockdown.
Bedford Square, Bloomsbury WC1B 3ES; cocktailsinthecity.com

23 Cinema on the Piazza, Covent Garden 
11-13 September 
Covent Garden, the Royal Opera House and Luna Cinemas have partnered to offer London’s only free open-air cinema on Covent Garden’s Piazza. Running this weekend only, the three day alfresco cinema experience will allow audiences to experience some of the Royal Opera House’s most popular performances just a stone’ s throw from the world renowned venue, including Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland and La Bohème. There will also be afternoon matinee performances for everyone with The Greatest Showman, Back to the Future and Mrs Doubtfire. You can order food for collection from nearby restaurants, plus there’s an open-air bar. Tickets sold out quickly, but two additional screenings have just been announced – tickets will go live on Thursday 10 September at 12pm. Tickets are free, but a donation to support the Royal Opera House is encouraged.
West Piazza, Covent Garden WC2. See coventgarden.london to book

24 Sophie Cundale: The Near Room at South London Gallery, Camberwell
Until 13 September
The South London Gallery reopened both its main building and the Fire Station on 15 August, with new opening hours of Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-6pm. The galleries reopen with four exhibitions: Sophie Cundale: The Near Room in the Main Gallery, Abbas Zahedi: How to Make a How from a Why? and Working Progress, both in the Fire Station Galleries, and The Rita Keegan Archive (Project) in the Archive Room – all running until 13 Sept. The Near Room sees artist Sophie Cundale present a new film, supernatural melodrama following the journey of a professional boxer after a near-fatal knockout. The title, The Near Room, is taken from the boxer Muhammad Ali’s description of a vivid, hallucinatory space he would enter when in the depths of a fight. Entry is free but you’ll need to book a timed entry slot online in advance (small number of walk-up tickets will be made available daily). Face coverings required.
65-67 Peckham Road SE5 8UH & 82 Peckham Road SE15 5LQ; southlondongallery.org

25 Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Until 13 September
The National Maritime Museum is celebrating its reopening by offering free access to the 2019 Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition. In 2019 the competition attracted 4,602 entries from 90 different countries, with just over 100 awe-inspiring images making the cut to feature in the exhibition. From spellbinding skyscapes and galaxies to extraordinary photographs of aurorae, the exhibition showcases the world’s greatest space photography, including the winners and runners up of each of the eight different competition categories. On display in the National Maritime Museum’s dedicated photography gallery until 13 September 2020. Book in advance to visit. Open 10.30am-4pm. The 2020 competition shortlist has also been revealed, click here to see this year’s entries.
Park Row, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk

26 Bar W12 & Film Club at Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush
Until 13 September
Westfield London is launching a new outdoor entertainment space this week. Bar W12 will open for summer drinks and pizza on the lawns, with socially distanced picnic tables and deckchairs around the site, as well as free screenings of family classics every Thursday to Sunday. Designed with social distancing in mind, the alfresco venue will be operated by Westwood Sports Pub & Kitchen. The bar will serve summer drinks and pizza, while the brand new outdoor cinema will screen movies including Rogue One: Star Wars Story, Finding Dory and Moana, with free showings at 3pm and 6pm. For a more comfortable experience, you can buy cushions to relax on from the centre’s Guest Services Hub, with all proceeds going to Westfield London’s national charity partner, Save the Children. Open daily with Eat Out to Help Out available Mon-Weds from 4pm-11pm.
Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush W12 7GF; westfield.com/london

27 London Design Festival, various locations
12-20 September
The London Design Festival returns to venues across the city with a mixture of online and IRL events. As the various Design Districts fathom what they can and can’t achieve, the programme will be a little last-minute this year, but one thing we are looking forward to is the 2020 Landmark Project – The Hothouse by London-based architecture practice Studio Weave. The large-scale installation, located at International Quarter London (IQL) in Stratford, will provide a controlled habitat for cultivating plants that would not ordinarily grow in the UK’s climate. Garden Designer Tom Massey has developed a concept for the planting scheme of exotic plants from all over the world, creating an edible jungle of guava, gourd, chia seed, avocado, pomegranate, quinoa, mango, lemon, sugarcane and pineapple. Alarmingly, scientists predict that if the current rate of climate change continues to accelerate, all of these crops could potentially be grown outside in the UK by 2050.
londondesignfestival.com

28 Wimbledon BookFest, Wimbledon Common 
12-14 September
Wimbledon BookFest, London’s leading community-based literary festival, will hold The Last Days of Summer LIVE Weekend Festival on 12-14 September. Taking place in a bespoke open marquee on Wimbledon Common, the event will feature former Olympic Table Tennis player and author of Black Box Thinking and Rebel Ideas, Matthew Syed, comedian, writer and mental health advocate Ruby Wax, journalist and podcaster Pandora Sykes, broadcaster Jeremy Vine, comedian Andy Hamilton, and bestselling novelists David Nicholls and Jessie Burton. New voices include NHS palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke and Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson. You can also test your general knowledge in Encyclopedia Britannica’s fun family quiz for all ages.
wimbledonbookfest.org

29 Comedy On The Terrace: Nina Conti & friends, Alexandra Palace
13 September

The last in the series of Comedy On The Terrace at one of London’s most iconic venues – Alexandra Palace – takes places this weekend. On Sunday, ventriloquist extraordinaire Nina Conti, whose laugh-out-loud routines have led to sell-out international tours and propelled her onto our TVs, will perform a quick-fire set of brand new material, alongside the best of her current repertoire, as will fellow comics Sean McLoughlin, Maisie Adam and Fin Taylor (MC). To make a real night of it, there will also be street food and a large bar serving everything from indie craft beers and wine to cocktails, all of which can be ordered and paid for via an app. 6pm-10pm. Advanced booking is required (tables are available for 2-6 people). Tickets are £15pp.
Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY; alexandrapalace.com

30 Rooftop Comedy Experience at Roof East, Stratford
13-17 September
Award-winning production outfit Plosive, which has been bringing comedy to the rooftop in Peckham, is now headed for Stratford. On 13, 15, 16 & 17 September, Roof East will host four nights of socially-distanced stand-up featuring Netflix star Simon Amstell (13th & 17th), Off Menu podcast co-host Ed Gamble (15th), comedian and author Sara Pascoe (17th), Mock the Week regular Milton Jones (16th), Viceland star Jamali Maddix, Feel Good creator Mae Martin (15th), Taskmaster champion Lou Sanders (16th) and more. Tickets from £12. The fun also continues over in Peckham, with Alan Partridge and Taskmaster star Tim Key alongside Live at the Apollo’s Ivo Graham on Sunday 13 September at 8pm to bring guests the best comedy alongside panoramic views, pizza and classic cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks (tickets from £30 for two, advance bookings only).
Roof East, Floors 7 & 8, Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park E15 1XE; roofeast.com

31 S&P Gallery Launch, South Kensington
15 September
Smith & Partner, the London-based limited-edition art print specialist, is launching its first ever bricks-and-mortar gallery on 15 September. Smith & Partner specialises in selling limited-edition art prints, making them a great port of call for first-time art buyers. But while browsing and buying art online has been a saviour for many collectors during the coronavirus lockdown, nothing beats the experience of being able to view art in person. Now, first-time buyers and keen collectors can have the best of both worlds, with the launch of the new S&P Gallery in South Kensington, showcasing limited-edition, contemporary and modern artworks by emerging artists and Old Masters from around the globe. Contemporary British artist Deborah Azzopardi will make a special guest appearance at the gallery launch on 15 September – as will Miss Aniela, whose work is pictured above – and guests who spend over £2,000 during the event will receive a free Azzopardi print, signed by the artist herself.
58 Gloucester Road, South Kensington SW7 4QT. To secure your place at the launch evening, join the guest list via the Smith & Partner website

32 London Fashion Week
17-22 September
London Fashion Week is presenting a mix of digital and physical events this year, from brands such as Burberry, Richard Quinn, Matty Bovan, Emilia Wickstead, RIXO, Phoebe English, Bianca Saunders and more.  Physical events, in both womenswear and menswear, will take place with the likes of Amanda Wakeley, Roksanda, Temperley London, Victoria Beckham, Sharon Wauchob, Simone Rocha and University of Westminster Menswear, while purely digital activations will come from the likes of Evening Standard, Fashion Zoo, Jamie Wei Huang, Mercedes-Benz, MTV, Tiger of Sweden, Vinti Andrews and Xander Zhou.
londonfashionweek.co.uk

33 Bermondsey Street Festival
19 September
Bermondsey Street Festival returns once again to celebrate one of the coolest streets in London, although things will look a little different this year. Given the Covid-19 restrictions, this year the event will become the Bermondsey Street Festival Market. A smaller yet no less vibrant event, it will bring together the usual collection of creators and artisans selling prints, self care, ceramics, jewellery and more, alongside top food and drink opposite Tanner Street park, so that you can picnic in the park while enjoying street entertainment and music.
Bermondsey Street SE1; bermondseystreetfestival.org.uk

34 Open House Festival, various locations
19-27 September
The Open House festival is taking place this September, more ambitious and varied than ever. In response to Covid-19, alongside the familiar format of opening buildings, there are a number of new collections of programming allowing you to experience Open House in different ways, from documentary films to online events, self-led walking tours and a new podcast. Collections include Architecture for Climate Change, Culture at Risk, Radical Housing, Local Discoveries and Pubs. Open House London 2020 will take place on 19 & 20 September, with additional events taking place until the 27 September. The only ballot building in the programme this year is New Scotland Yard and the ballot will close on 2 September.
openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk

35 Architecture for Dogs at Japan House London, High Street Kensginton
From 19 September
Japan House London will be the first destination in Europe to host the internationally acclaimed Architecture for Dogs exhibition. Featuring a collection of 16 architectural designs for different dog breeds including the Beagle, Bichon Frise and Poodle, the exhibition offers a fun and insightful exploration into how it is possible for dogs and their human companions to be at their happiest through interaction with specially designed architectural pieces. The exhibition offers smaller dogs the opportunity to interact with a number of the designs, such as Architecture For Long-Bodied Short-Legged Dogs, designed by world-renowned architectural practice Atelier Bow-Wow. Other exhibits include A new home for Snoopy and a candy floss cocoon inspired by the distinct fur of the Bichon Frise.
101-111 Kensington High Street W8 5SA; japanhouselondon.uk 

36 Summer Showtime on The Coaling Jetty, Battersea
Until 20 September
Summer Showtime at The Coaling Jetty’s is a series of open-air theatre performances and cinema screenings from local companies Archlight Cinema and The Turbine Theatre. The historic Grade II* listed Coaling Jetty has incredible views of the river, making it a great spot for a late-summer evening al fresco. Highlights on the big screen include Grand Budapest Hotel (Fri 11 Sept, 8pm), Life of Brian (Sat 12 Sept, 8pm) and Ferris Buellers Day Off (Sun 20 Sept, 4.30pm), while the theatre delivers the likes of Aesops Fables (Weds 9 Sept, 2pm), Vivenne De Vil with One Look (Fri 11 Sept, 5pm) and The Femmes: Vintage Vocal Harmony (Sun 13 Sept, 2pm). You can also enjoy special pre-theatre menus, picnic boxes and takeaways from local retailers including Megan’s, Vagabond Wines, Fiume and Battersea Brewery. Cinema tickets are £30 for two seats  or £50 for four seats).
batterseapowerstation.co.uk

37 SLEEPLESS, A Musical Romance, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Until 27 September
SLEEPLESS, a new musical starring Jay McGuiness from The Wanted and Kimberley Walsh of Girls’ Aloud, alongside a 12-piece jazz orchestra, is the first fully staged, indoor musical to be back up and running post lockdown. The timeless romantic comedy tells the story of Sam, a brokenhearted man who moves to Seattle following the tragic death of his wife. When his 10-year-old son phones a radio show, Sam ends up talking about his sleepless nights live on air and suddenly finds himself one of the most-sought after singles in America. The spacious venue means that there will be no physical contact between the staff and audience at any time, and a new COVID-19 test, which delivers results within an hour, will be used for cast, musicians, crew and theatre staff on a daily basis. Theatregoers can also park at Wembley Stadium for just £1. Tickets from £15.
3 Fulton Road, Wembley Park HA9 0SP; sleeplessthemusical.com

38 Greenwich Comedy Festival at the National Maritime Museum
23-27 September
The critically acclaimed Greenwich Comedy Festival returns for its 12th year, with more of an open-air, socially distanced vibe this year. It’s out with the Big Top and in with alfresco belly laughs as the likes of Bill Baily, Sara Pascoe, Dara O’Briain, Nish Kumar, Rachel Parris, Josh Widdicombe, Lou Sanders, Reginald D Hunter, and Jamali Maddix hit the stage. Tickets to this year’s event will be sold in pairs (priced £25) with audiences seated on chairs in socially distanced plots in the grounds of the Queen’s House and National Maritime Museum. Performances will take place on a huge domed stage with large LED screens for socially distanced silliness come rain, wind or shine. Instead of the usual bars, street-food stalls and intervals, ticket holders can pre-select drink & snack bundles featuring the likes of Meantime craft beer, Edinburgh Gin, Cawston Press, Propercorn and Pipers Crisps. Greenwich Comedy Club was launched in 2009 by sibling team Will Briggs and Cass Randolph, who spent a lot of their childhood at Up The Creek club with their step-father Malcolm Hardee, an SE London legend.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich SE10 9NF; greenwichcomedyfestival.co.uk

39 Rock ‘N’ Roll Politics Show at Greenwich Theatre
26 September
Steve Richards heads for Greenwich Theatre for the first time with his Rock ‘N’ Roll Politics Show. Could there be a better time to delve into the dramatic machinations of Westminster? The show – a sell-out in London and at the Edinburgh Festival – takes the audience behind the scenes of the latest epic political dramas. Each show is different as the award-winning political commentator and presenter reflects on current events, makes unreliable predictions about what might happen next, and takes questions on any topics of interest. Tickets £15. 7.30pm.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk

40 Slices of Time at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
Until 27 September
As part of its on-going Design Commission, NOW Gallery selected Emmanuelle Moureaux – who has been seducing audiences with her colourful works from Paris to Tokyo – to present a large-scale installation in the UK for the first time. Inspired by the gallery’s location on the Greenwich Peninsula, near to Prime Meridian, Moureaux has composed of layers of numbers in 100 shades of colours and white to express the flow of time. Each layer of numbers reflects the now, the past and the future, and the exhibition will be a round representation of a moment, a slice of time – the earth floating in the gallery space. Originally due to run until 17 April but halted in its tracks by the coronavirus lockdown, the installation’s colourful exploration of time has never been more appropriate.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk

41 Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Until 27 September
A late starter this year thanks to coronavirus, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre fired up from 14 August with an alfresco production of Jesus Christ Superstar, the 70’s rock opera from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. For the first time ever at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, the live performance will also be relayed ‘live’ to up to 5,000 additional ticket holders via a giant screen on the lawn (all tickets will be £20 and unreserved). Live performance tickets range from £25-£65. You can also enjoy MOREoutdoor comedy on Monday nights with Canned Laughter on 7 Sept, Russell Brand on 14 Sept and Kerry Godliman, Judi Love and Russell Kane on 21 Sept.
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park NW1 4NUopenairtheatre.com

42 The Sunday Art Club, Shoreditch
27 September
Following a successful debut in July, multi-disciplinary arts and culture pop-up festival The Sunday Art Club returns with another free outdoor spectacular on 27 September. Hosted by Voxonica, the event features visual art installations, DJ sets and live music, short films, performances and more. The Sunday Art Club is free to attend both in person and online, with donations encouraged to support the artists and creatives involved. Further details of the artists involved will be released nearer the time.
Voxonica, Crooked Billet Yard, Kingsland Road E2 8AF. For tickets see eventbrite.co.uk

43 The Luna Cinema in Chelsea, Dulwich & Wimbledon
Until 4 October

Following a stint of drive-in screenings in Hendon and Rotherhithe, The Luna Cinema is back in its original, cinema-under-the-stars format (or as close as is possible while physically distancing). The open-air cinema experience now involves a number of pitches, pre-laid out for groups of two-to-four with chairs set up ready for you. Following visits to Hampton Court Palace, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and Chiswick House, The Luna Cinema visits Royal Hospital Chelsea from 25 August-8 September, Dulwich Park from 16-20 September and Wimbledon Park from 29 September-4 October.
thelunacinema.com

44 West End Musical Drive-In, Enfield
Until 24 October
Alongside London’s many drive-in cinemas, there’s the West End Musical Drive-In, a socially distanced musical theatre party from the producers of West End Musical Brunch. Taking place at The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water, the entirely contact-free concert experience delivers you live performances from the biggest West End superstars. The performances, featuring songs from a host of different musicals, will be projected from the stage onto a massive screen with sound provided straight to your car radio. Tickets from £65 (based on one car with two attendees). Running every Saturday until 24 October. This one sells out fast and keeps adding new dates, so keep an eye on the website!
westendmusicaldrivein.co.uk

45 Atelier Picasso at BASTIAN, Mayfair
Until 31 October 
Atelier Picasso at BASTIAN recreates Picasso’s Cannes studio as an immersive experience, offering a rarely seen glimpse into the ingenious mind of one of the greatest talents of the 20th century. Picasso moved to the South of France to escape war-torn Paris following WWII, and despite an already remarkable career, he was determined to keep experimenting. A hoarder, Picasso piled the surfaces and floors of his studio with a treasure trove of source material and original works, from furniture and sculptures to ceramics, drawings and prints, as seen in this exhibition. Atelier Picasso also features a number of photographs from André Villers, a close friend of Picasso’s who took many photos of the artist at work, as well as The Complete Set of 20 Visage plates from 1963. Open Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm. Admission free.
8 Davies Street, Mayfair W1K 3DW; bastian-gallery.com

46 Andy Warhol at Tate Modern, Bankside
Until 15 November
Initially due to run from March till September, Tate Modern’s major Andy Warhol retrospective – the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years – has been extended until November in the wake of the coronavirus closures. As well as his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, it includes works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women – are shown for the first time in 30 years. Warhol was the son of immigrants who became an American icon. The artist embraced consumerism, celebrity and the counter culture – and changed modern art in an age of immense social, political and technological upheaval. Tickets £22.
Bankside SE1 9TG; tate.org.uk

47 Moët & Chandon’s ‘London Calling’ Champagne Bar at Selfridges 
Until November
Moët & Chandon’s has created a London Calling champagne bar at Selfridges. Located within a space inspired by the classic red telephone booth, the bar will serve a range of Moët & Chandon wines, including its iconic Moët Impérial and Rosé Impérial, which have been known to make an appearance throughout London’s most glamourous moments. You can also opt to sit within the glass telephone box (it’s somewhat posher than your standard street corner effort, fret not), and order personalised Moët gift boxes. A curated exhibition of 10 iconic celebratory photographic moments of London life from 1908 to the 1990s are showcased on the walls of the spacesuch as Lulu celebrating her first American number one from her London flat in 1967. The pop-up will also run a series of champagne masterclasses from bars including Mr Foggs, Coupette, Heads + Tails and Disrepute between 6 October and 25 November. Find it in the Beauty Workshop on G. 
400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB; selfridges.com

48 Titian: Love, Desire, Death at National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
Until 17 January 2021
The National Gallery was London’s first major gallery to reopen, and its lead exhibition, Titian: Love, Desire, Death, has resumed and will now be on show in the Main Floor Galleries until 17 January 2021 (tickets are £12). You can also see Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age in the Ground Floor Galleries until 20 September 2020. There are new one-way art routes, two-metre social distancing rules, additional cleaning, hand sanitiser stations at regular intervals, and visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings. Plus, visitors must book in advance, even to see the main collection, which remains free, in order to control numbers and help reduce contact.
Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN; nationalgallery.org.uk

49 Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers at Design Museum, Kensington
Until 14 February
The Design Museum marks its reopening on 31 July 2020 with the launch of the hugely anticipated Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers. Originally due to open on 1 April, the exhibition features the museum premiere of The Chemical Brothers’ sensory spectacle by creative studio Smith & Lyall, featuring mesmerising visuals for the Grammy Award-winning track Got to Keep On. New COVID-secure measures at the museum include reduced capacity, mandatory face masks, social distancing, enhanced cleaning and extended opening hours. Entry to the exhibition is by advance ticket only (from £16).
224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG; designmuseum.org


 


 

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