15 of the best things to do in London this weekend including The Affordable Art Fair, which celebrates its 20th anniversary with a throwback to the 90s, a celebration of Positive Luxury and all things sustainable, and a huge Diwali weekend at Blackheath Halls…
Lead image: Savage Garden Brunch for Shelter Dogs (photo: Rachel Oates)
1 The Positive Discovery Trail for Positive Week, various locations
Positive Week offers a global platform where businesses and individuals can discover the brands that have transformed their businesses to embrace the principles of sustainability. The Positive Discovery Trail will offer masterclasses, shopping evenings and the chance to meet some of the inspiring sustainable brand founders hosted by Positive Luxury Brands to Trust. Events include sustainable cocktails in partnership with Elephant Gin at Hotel Café Royal; a Gemmology Masterclass with Stephen Webster’s Gem expert; an Introduction to Skincare brand 111skin’s master-series & a make-up session with TV presenter Trinny Woodall’s make-up artists; a shopping evening with purpose-driven brands Okapi, Veragancia & Amatte. All events are free to attend.
To register for events see positiveluxury.com
2 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park
The Affordable Art Fair is throwing it back to the 90s to celebrate its 20th anniversary this weekend. As well as the usual aisles of hand-picked contemporary galleries showcasing thousands of original artworks, all priced between £50-£6,000, there will be loads of nostalgia-filled workshops, talks and activities, including the chance to recreate a Brit Art classic with a Central St Martins’ led workshop on neon portraiture, a Scrunchie Making Workshop with textile designer Samantha Warren, a drawing workshop with London Fine Art Studios focused on 90s pop culture classics, and the chance to discover the next Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin with Affordable Art Fair’s host of live art demos from the hottest new artists, including Marceline Amelia and Tim Fowler. Tickets from £11.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park Queenstown Road SW8 4NW; affordableartfair.com
Camden’s Electric Ballroom will be transformed into a fully decked-out, traditional Bavarian beer hall with long wooden tables, bunting and giant beers by Spaten, Löwenbräu & Becks, as well as music from The Old Dirty Brasstards – a 10-piece drum and brass ensemble playing covers, classics and oompah favourites. Herman ze German will be serving up authentic German wurst like Grilled Black Forest sausage, Currywurst and Brotzel (pretzel alternatives), and all of the above is supported by an eclectic mix of DJs, dancing, hilarious challenges and competitions running from 2pm-9pm. Full fancy dress is encouraged. Tickets from £10. There’s also Oktoberfest South London at Electric Brixton.
184 Camden High Street NW1 8QP; camdenoktoberfest.com
4 Rum Fest, Earl’s Court
Transport yourself to the warm and colourful climes of the Caribbean right here in London, as RumFest takes over Earl’s Court famous ILEC Conference Centre for a weekend-long festival. Sponsored by Coca-Cola Signature Mixers, RumFest will offer over 400 of the rarest, most diverse rums from around the world for you to sip and savour. Guests will be privy to exciting rum launches, an exclusive rum auction, intimate speaker sessions and masterclasses from world-renowned Master Blenders, while cocktails will be flowing from two of London’s award-winning rum bars, Islington’s Laki Kane and Notting Hill’s Trailer Happiness. You’ll also be able to line your stomachs with traditional Carribean food from the Heart & Soul buffet, while being entertained during RumFest Carnival Hour. Tickets from £42.50.
ILEC Conference Centre, 47 Lillie Road, Earl’s Court SW6 1UD; rumfest.co.uk
5 Nuclear Future at Camden People’s Theatre
From the award-winning Gameshow, Nuclear Future is a shattering new play about the dangerous potential lurking in bunkers across the globe. As the apocalyptic impact of a nuclear disaster regains a foothold in public conversation, Nuclear Future presents this threat on a more human scale. Astrid’s life is like many others. She dresses her child, she spills her coffee, she catches the bus to work. But her job brings Astrid and the audience into contact with the world’s most dangerous weapons as she assesses risk and consequence. In one moment, life can be changed forever. The show uses an immersive soundscape with experimental video-lighting technique to plunge the audience into the story, prompting your imagination to create the unimaginable. This one-hour show starts at 9pm. Tickets £15.
58-60 Hampstead Road, Camden NW1 2PY; cptheatre.co.uk
6 Strong Island 2.0, Canary Wharf
Strong Island 2.0, the strength and wellbeing festival, continues its residency at Canary Wharf this weekend following a run of sell-out classes throughout the summer. Masterminded by wellness ambassador Carli Wheatley and hosted by some of London’s most reputable fitness fanatics, Strong Island 2.0 features classes on how to strut your stuff, go hard during rave-inspired classes and to condition your core. The Strut Summit After Dark with Zoe McNulty from 7.30pm-10pm on 18 October, offers a night of strut-ospheric dance classes and performances to help you release your inner diva. There’s also the Strong Island 2.0: Day Party from 11am-5pm on 19 October, designed to make you sweat and shed with a 45-minute skip HIIT class by AK Fit Club, a body sculpting and positive mental attitude session with fitness trainer Faisal Abdall, a Jane Fonda-inspired workout set to high energy tunes with Thalia Burt and, finally, a specially designed glute workout from brunch barbell founder, Eni Core Blimey. Then, on 20 October, Food and Lycra is offering a fun-fuelled day of food and fitness from 12pm-6pm. Tickets £20-£40. The events take place at various locations in Canary Wharf.
To book see seetickets.com
7 Montblanc X Philip Colbert: In Transit
Montblanc is launching its first UK artistic collaboration with an immersive retail pop-up experience in East London this weekend. To celebrate the creation of #MY4810 – Montblanc’s first ever travel range – in collaboration with contemporary pop artist Philip Colbert, In Transit will allow grant you entry to Colbert’s iconic ‘Lobster Land’. The pop-up will be filled with an army of Colbert’s mini Lobster sculptures, artist video The Year Of The Lobster, and vibrant bespoke window displays, as well as a wall of Colbert’s tailored #MYPC4810 trolleys – customised black cabin-sized wheeled suitcases with a painted limited-edition logo design. Both the artist-designed #MYPC4810 edition and the wider #MY4810 collection will both be available to buy, alongside additional Montblanc products, including the Extreme 2.0 series of leather bags and pocket holders and the Summit 2 series of timepieces. Open 12pm-7pm Tues-Sat & 12pm-5pm Sun.
47 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields E1 6AA; facebook.com
8 Diwali at Blackheath Halls
Blackheath Halls is going big on Diwali with a whole series of events taking place over the week and weekend. Highlights include a Diwali Dinner with Indian Dance on Friday night, with food by the wonderful Babur in Forest Hill (7pm, tickets £48). On Saturday, there’s fun for all the family with a Children’s Indian Dance Workshop with Kavita Gupta, where younger kids can learn classic Indian dances (12.15pm, tickets £8.50); a Drum Workshop with Bollywood Brass Band where everyone aged 8 to adult can learn some Bhangra beats (2pm, £8.50); a Dance Workshop with Bollywood Brass Band for older kids and their families led (3pm, £8.50); and a performance by Bollywood Brass Band in the evening, where six hot horns and four funky drummers blend Hindi film hits with riotous Indian music and Punjabi beats (7.30pm, £16). On Sunday, Jasdeep Singh Degun Sitar & Harkiret Singh Bahra Tabla will perform Indian classical and contemporary music (11.30am, £14).
Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road SE3 9RQ; blackheathhalls.com
9 The Girl on the Train at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
The hugely successful theatre production of The Girl on the Train starring Samantha Womack as Rachel Watson will be stopping off at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley this month as part of a national UK tour. The gripping thriller, based on the internationally acclaimed number one best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the Dreamworks film starring Emily Blunt, has been breaking box office records and playing to packed houses since it opened in Milton Keynes in January. Womack plays Rachel Watson, who longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery. Tickets from £22.50.
Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk
10 Restore at Fora, various locations
Premium co-working space Fora is launching its first annual wellness event – Restore at Fora. Running across Fora’s numerous London locations, Restore at Fora offers a multitude of diverse and engaging panel discussions, classes, workshops and hands-on installations with leading names in the wellness industry. Running in association with Balance Magazine, you’ll be offered the chance to decode your genetics and discover ways to optimise your body. From Rob Da Bank’s Sleep Retreat to Nell Body Clinic, Restore at Fora offers unprecedented access to some of the most prolific leaders of wellbeing in the country. Highlights will include a live podcast with Emeli Sande and Power Up HIIT workout by Live Well festival with Davina McCall’s personal trainer Sarah Gorman. All sessions are completely free for both Fora residents and the general public.
See foraspace.com to reserve your space
11 Savage Garden Brunch for Shelter Dogs
Savage Garden, one of London’s prime rooftop bar locations, is hosting a dog brunch in collaboration with dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, on Sunday 20 October. The popular dog brunch will play host to shelter dogs looking for their ‘furever’ home, while treating them to a day out with delicious pupcakes and heaps of attention. Brunch dishes include panko chicken cutlet with bacon and radish salad, cranberry, caper, siracha mayo and a sunny-side fried egg, as well as bourbon-glazed beef short rib, charred sourdough and poached eggs. All four-legged guests are served special pupcakes prepared by the chef with dog-friendly ingredients. You can also ‘pupgrade’ to bottomless prosecco for humans and bottomless Pawsecco for dogs for £20pp. Savage Garden will be adding an optional £1 donation to the Dogs Trust to all brunch bills, and you can enter a raffle to win prizes from a £200 Savage Garden gift voucher to a Naturediet hamper. You’ll also get a Dogs Trust goodie bag. Dog brunches take place every first and third Sunday of the month from 12pm-4pm.
Double Tree by Hilton, Floor 12, 7 Pepys Street, London EC3N 4AF; savagegarden.co.uk
12 Ruby Wax’s How to Be Human: The Show at Richmond Theatre
Comedian, author and campaigner Ruby Wax brings her hit show How To Be Human to Richmond Theatre this weekend. The show is based on her bestselling book, How to Be Human: The Manual, and will answer every question you’ve ever had about evolution, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion. We can’t stop the future from arriving, but even if nearly every part of us becomes robotic, we’ll still have our minds. Ruby welcomes special guests in the second half of the show, including a monk, who will explain how the mind works, and a neuroscientist, who will explain where everything that makes us ‘us’ can be found in the brain. It’s outrageously witty and smart. Tickets from £26.15.
1 Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QH; atgtickets.com
13 Mother by Bobbie Russon at bo.lee gallery, Peckham
18 October-15 November
bo.lee gallery in Peckham presents Mother, a new solo exhibition by Bobbie Russon. In moving portraits that capture the more intimately melancholic qualities of youth, Russon prompts us to take a closer look at the sitter’s relationship with her past, at what lies beneath the surface. In this new body of work she explores the relationship between mother and child – one that might become challenged, yet remains profoundly impactful in shaping the face looking back at us. The Private View takes place on Thursday 17 October from 6-8pm.
222 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4NL; bo-lee.co.uk
14 Perception Festival at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham
Until 28 October
Clapham Omnibus’ 5th annual Perception Festival takes on the theme of Nasty Women, featuring a rich and riotous all-female mix of uncompromising theatre-makers investigating our perceived notions of femininity and womanhood. Highlights include Femme Fatale (8-27 October), where Nico, singer with The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Superstar, waits to shoot his latest movie when her Chelsea Hotel room is invaded by radical feminist Valerie Solanas who wants the celebrity’s help to spread her message of female revolution, but Nico only craves drugs to insulate her from her pain, and a darkly comic battle begins; The Frog Princess Punked (12 October), a crazed punk fairytale warning of the danger of annexing the wild and the wisdom of liberating the female; and The Cocoa Butter Club (18 October), a fierce line up of performers of colour with burlesque, spoken word, live music, Voguing and more.
1 Northside, Clapham Common SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org
15 Rembrandt’s Light at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 2 February
An enduring storyteller; a master of light – Rembrandt is one of the greatest painters who ever lived. Experience a cinematic retelling of the Dutch Master’s pivotal years in this landmark exhibition, which celebrates 350 years since his death. As well as 35 of his iconic paintings, etchings and drawings, Rembrandt’s Light also includes major international loans from The Louvre and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. You can also gain first-hand insight from one of the gallery’s own Rembrandt experts, Assistant Curator Helen Hillyard, with Rembrandt’s Light: Curator’s Introduction on 10 October, where you’ll find out more about her innovative curatorial approach to the Dutch Master’s work, including his mastery of light and power for visual storytelling (12.30pm, tickets £12 adults). Rembrandt’s Light exhibition tickets £16.50.
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
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