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Pub in the Park
Beazley Designs Of The Year
Antony Gormley
Chiswick House Dog Show
Wanderlust 108
Last Night Of The Proms
BBC Proms in the Park
Open House London
Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert
Ant Middleton: Mind Over Muscle
Tim Walker
The Great River Race
PAD London Art   Design Fair
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Big the Musical
The Man in the White Suit
Zoe Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitesic star in Two Ladies


Tom Kerridge brings food and music to Chiswick with Pub in the Park, the Design Museum celebrates the best Designs of the Year and Hozier performs at the London Palladium; these are the best London events in September 2019.

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Totally Thames

Month-long event Totally Thames returns this September with river-related events taking place along the river's entire 42-mile course.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station , Pimlico Station


Dates: 1st to 30th September 2019


Month-long event Totally Thames returns this September with river-related events taking place along the river's entire 42-mile course through the capital. The festival - much of which is free - celebrates the main waterway which winds its way through the heart of the city, through a diverse mix of art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges at various riverside locations from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond. This year, the event explores unusual and untold stories connected to the River Thames and aims to raise awareness of plastic pollution. Highlights include The Ship of Tolerance, a moving international installation created by acclaimed artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov; the Barking Stink, two scented pop-up exhibitions to mark the important memory of Barking and Dagenham's vibrant industrial heritage; and screenings of A Plastic Ocean, named by David Attenborough as "one of the most important films of our time".


Wellcome Collection: What it Means to be Human

A free exhibition which takes a fresh approach to health, science, art and medicine.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station , Euston Station, Warren Street Station


Dates: 1st September 2019 to 1st September 2021


Replacing Medicine Now as a permanent display at the Wellcome Collection is a free exhibition which takes a fresh approach to health, science, art and medicine. Exploring what it means to be human, the first floor display draws on different perspectives and personal stories from artists, activists, clinicians and researchers to challenge how we think about ourselves, each other and the world around us. Situated in the heart of the building, the display digs into our hopes and fears about medical advances and our impact on the environment. Organised thematically, it explores the global challenges of our time including climate change and infectious disease. Intriguing exhibits vary from a DNA sequencer smaller than an iPhone to a Friendship Bench which takes counselling outside the clinic.


The Wolf of Wall Street: The Immersive Experience

A four-storey building in central London is transformed into a 1990s New York setting.

Secret Location, , London, XX1 0LL



Dates: 5th September 2019 to 19th January 2020


For anyone who watched Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and dreamed of joining in on the hedonistic, money-fuelled action, the dream is about to become reality with The Wolf of Wall Street: The Immersive Experience. Based on Jordan Belfort's infamous memoir, as depicted in the Oscar-winning movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the show has been adapted and directed by Alexander Wright, who worked on The Great Gatsby, and will transform a four-storey building in central London into an iconic 1990s New York setting complete with trader schemes, supercars and full-service restaurants and bars. Guests can choose whether to trade with Jordan or work with the FBI, but either way they can expect 'the outrageous, the spectacular and the downright ridiculous'.


Pub in the Park

Tom Kerridge brings food and music to the picturesque gardens of the west London stately home.

Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station


Dates: 6th, 7th and 8th September 2019


New for summer 2019, Tom Kerridge brings his Pub in the Park festival to Chiswick House for the first time, delivering food and music to the picturesque gardens of the west London stately home. Kerridge, chef-owner of the only pub in the UK with two Michelin stars, has lined up some first class pop-uppubs and restaurants for Chiswick including his own The Hand & Flowers, The Star Inn, Claude Bosi'sOyster Bar at Bibendum, Jose Pizarro, Rick Stein's Barnes restaurant, Berners Tavern, The Pony & Trap, Heston Blumenthal's The Hinds Head in Bray and Cafe Murano. The live music line up lists Gabrielle, Clean Bandit, Stereo MCs, Texas, Soul II Soul Sound System, Scouting for Girls, Toploader and local singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor as well as Natalie Williams and the Soul Family. Mixing chef demonstrations, top quality food and live music,it's the best of the pub brought out into the open air.


Big the Musical

Jay McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly feature in an all-star cast.

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station


Dates: 6th September to 2nd November 2019


Based on the smash-hit movie starring Tom Hanks, Big the Musical is a heart-warming show about 12 year-old Josh Baskin who longs to be big and it makes its West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre this autumn. Fans of the film will know the story unfolds as a mysterious Zoltar machine grants Josh his wish. Jay McGuiness stars as Josh who is transported into adult's body and tackles the highs and lows of living in a grown-up world with a childlike innocence that has a transforming effect on the adults around him played by a strong cast including Kimberley Walsh, Matthew Kelly and Wendi Peters. We're looking forward to seeing the piano scene, proving that even the most sensible grown-ups are big kids at heart.


A Doll's House

This new version of Henrik Ibsen's play offers a bold female perspective.

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 6th September to 5th October 2019


A new version of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House is staged at the Lyric Hammersmith this September in what will be Rachel O'Riordan's first full show as Artistic Director. The new adaptation by Tanika Gupta takes the original theme of gender politics and offers a bold female perspective on the narrative, exploring both ownership and race through the lens of British colonialism. Set in Calcutta in 1879, the play focuses on Niru (Nora in the original), a young Bengali woman in a mixed-race marriage with English colonial bureaucrat, Tom. While Tom may think he loves Niru, regarding her as an exotic plaything, secrets soon come to light that Niru has been trying to keep hidden for years. Could their unearthing threaten disastrous consequences?


William Blake

The largest survey of the artist's work in the UK for a generation.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 11th September 2019 to 2nd February 2020


This autumn, Tate Britain showcases William Blake's work as he intended it to be shown in what will be the largest survey of the artist in the UK for a generation. Widely considered to be one of Britain's greatest artists, Blake had bold ambitions as a visual artist and envisioned vast frescos that were unfortunately never realised. Through digital enlargement, this exhibition will project The Spiritual Form of Nelson Guiding Leviathan c.1805-9 and The Spiritual Form of Pitt Guiding Behemoth c.1805 onto one of the gallery walls, presenting them in the huge scale that Blake had once imagined for the very first time. The original works will be shown nearby in a re-staging of Blake's 1809 exhibition - his only significant attempt at gaining public recognition. The exhibition will also act as a visual biography of Blake's life with a strong focus on London and the previously unrecognised creative assistance of his wife, Catherine.


Africa Utopia

A look at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 13th, 14th and 15th September 2019


Back for a seventh time, Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre looks at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better. The 2019 festival will open with Afrika Shrine Alive from The Kuti Family, bringing the atmosphere and energy of the iconic New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos to London. Further highlights include the Chineke! Orchestra performing Errollyn Wallen's Nenna, and the Africa Utopia Fashion Show, showcasing designers from all over the African continent. The talks and panels line-up welcomes Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis, American fashion model Bethann Hardison, poet and rapper Akala, and Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel while other activities include a live makeup tutorial with Mata, a creative writing workshop with Nina Reece, and the return of the Africa Utopia Marketplace, presenting more than 30 stalls of fashion, accessories, books, art and more.


The Permanent Way

A brand-new site-specific production of David Hare's play.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station


Dates: 13th September to 17th November 2019


David Hare's award-winning play, The Permanent Way, comes to The Vaults this September in a brand-new site-specific production. Having originally premiered in York in 2003, the critically-acclaimed, sell-out production went on to be staged at the National Theatre in 2004. This will be the first revival of the production since that run, bringing the true stories of the botched privatisation of Britain's railways to the atmospheric underground tunnels, suitably located beneath Waterloo Railway Station. Exploring the ways in which we are governed, the staging comes at a very timely moment in British society. Alexander Lass, nominated for Best Director at the 2017 Stage Debut awards, will provide direction.


Mythos: A Trilogy - Gods. Heroes. Men

Stephen Fry brings the stories of Greek mythology to life live on stage.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 13th to 17th Sep 2019


Following on from his acclaimed book, Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold, Stephen Fry brings his vast knowledge of Greek mythology to the London Palladium as part of his first UK tour for more than 40 years. Mythos: A Trilogy - Gods. Heroes. Men is in fact three individual shows that can either be enjoyed individually or one after the other to complete a fascinating story. Through Fry's exceptional wit and storytelling along with dynamic set designs and classic yet humorous imagery, the shows bring the stories of Greek mythology to life. 'Gods' charts the creation of Cosmos and the primordial deities and looks at the rise of the Olympians; 'Heroes' delves into the quests, love affairs, betrayals and triumphs of the likes of Perseus, Theseus and Heracles; and 'Men' tells the tale of the founding of Troy, the abduction of Helen, The Trojan War and Odysseus' epic journey.


Last Night Of The Proms

Sell out concert bringing the famous classical music festival to a rousing close.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: Saturday 14th September 2019


The grand finale to the annual feast of classical music. The Last Night of the Proms, which brings the festival to a rousing close, traditionally features patriotic tunes like Arne's Rule, Britannia!, 'Land Of Hope And Glory', Jerusalem and The National Anthem. Tickets are almost as hard to come by as Centre Court passes for the Wimbledon finals, but like the tennis, the whole thing is broadcast live on the BBC - and all round the world. Plus, on the same night, there's the popular Proms in the Park party in nearby Hyde Park.


BBC Proms in the Park

Britain's largest open air classical music concert comes to an explosive end.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: Saturday 14th September 2019


Held on the same night as the Last Night of the Proms, Proms in the Park is Britain's largest outdoor classical music event and offers a rousing alternative finale to two months of the BBC Proms for those unable to snare tickets to the Royal Albert Hall. Held in nearby Hyde Park, the BBC Proms in the Park has its own line-up - which typically includes well known pop stars and Grammy award winning singers as well as classical musicians and tenors. They join Proms in the Park favourites the BBC Concert Orchestra and Michael Ball as presenter - who took over from Sir Terry Wogan four years ago. Hyde Park is a great place to enjoy five hours of evening entertainment and a live big-screen link-up to the Royal Albert Hall for the traditional Last Night sing-along followed by a sensational firework finale to cap things off.


The Great River Race

Over 330 teams race 21.6 miles down the River Thames.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station , Pimlico Station


Dates: Saturday 14th September 2019


Regarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race gathers over 330 boats for a 21.6 mile race from the Isle of Dogs in east London to Ham House west of London. Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way along the Thames to the idyllic semi-rural Richmond shores. Since launching in 1987, entries have snowballed from a mere 72 entrants to a massive 330 boats carrying over 2,000 competitors, racing for 35 trophies. Festivities along the river at Richmond begin at noon with live music, a children's beach, donkey rides and food and drink stalls, finishing with a spectacular riverside party at Ham.


The London Design Festival 2019

A major city-wide design event with hundreds of installations, displays and exhibitions.


Various Venues Dates: 14th to 22nd September 2019


Celebrating London as the gateway to international design, the London Design Festival returns for a 17th year in 2019 with hundreds of events and exciting installations. Look out for landmark projects in the city and at the V&A. British designer Paul Cocksedge responds to the changing rhythm of the community with his large-scale installation, Please Be Seated, in Broadgate while designer Dan Tobin Smith and The Experience Machine present VOID, a multi-sensory spatial installation at Collins Theatre, Islington. The V&A will be the official Festival Hub for the 11th year running, playing host to a number of specially-commission installations and displays. Among these are Legacy, a display of 10 works by 10 different artists inspired by an object of personal or professional importance to them; Falling Sky by Matthew McCormick, a multi-story art installation featuring frost-like formations conspicuously positioned above onlookers; and Sacred Geometry by Rony Plesl, a unique glass installation that draws inspiration from fire and wood. As a citywide event, the festival features 10 official Design Districts and incorporates events such as 100% Design, designjunction and the London Design Fair.


Two Ladies

Zoe Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitesic star as the first ladies of France and America.

Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 14th September to 26th October 2019


Zoe Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitesic play Helene and Sophia, the Two Ladies of the title of Nancy Harris's new play, a fictitious account of the first ladies of France and America. The drama, directed by Nicholas Hytner at the Bridge Theatre, positions the women alone together in a side room as their husbands clash over an international crisis. Who can they trust? Each other? Or their husbands? The A-list cast makes this a hot ticket. Zoe Wanamaker, who was last on stage in Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, is a well known actress, familiar from her stage, film and TV roles which include My Family. Equally talented, Croatian born Zrinka Cvitesic won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her starring role in Once.


StreetFest London

A showcase of the best of London's urban art scene.

Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Shoreditch, London, E2 9DY

Tube: Bethnal Green Underground Station


Dates: Saturday 14th September 2019


The UK's first and foremost live art festival, StreetFest, returns for its 11th year in 2019 to once again showcase the best of London's urban art scene. Taking place at Oval Space in Hackney, the one-day urban culture festival supports emerging talent from the UK, displaying works from a collective of painters, architects, designers, illustrators, skaters and writers, as well as a great line up of music, street dance and spoken word. DJ Ron and Shortee Blitz headline the occasion while other highlights include the Live arts moment, a collaboration of a huge array of artists; the Speakers Corner, featuring spoken word and poetry curated by Music is Remedy; and Takeover hosted by Soul Mavericks with Bgirl and Bboy battles.


Wanderlust 108

The world's only mindful triathlon with a number of accompanying activities.

Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: Sunday 15th September 2019


Producers of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, Wanderlust presents the world's only mindful triathlon this September. Returning to Battersea Park in 2019, Wanderlust 108 involves a 5km run (or walk), an outdoor 90-minute yoga class and a guided meditation. There will also be free scheduled aerial yoga, acro-yoga, hooping and walking meditation classes as well as live music and DJs, artisanal vendors selling everything from clothing to jewellery, local food and plenty of further activities. The line-up includes Katarina Rayburn, Ida May, Light Watkins, Will Sebastian and Kimberly Parsons.


Beazley Designs Of The Year

An annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world.

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station


Dates: 18th September 2019 to 5th January 2020


The Oscars of the design world, the Design Museum's Beazley Designs of the Year is an annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world and the shortlisted entries go on display at the Design Museum. Close to 90 nominations are typically made across six categories - fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design - from innovative designers from around the world. Last year, the fashion category included items from Nike's Nigeria National Football Team kit while Elon Musk's most powerful rocket was among the top designs in transport. Nominations also included electronic self-healing skin, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Burberry's rainbow check and Royal Ballet costumes designed by Erdem.


Raindance Film Festival

The indie film festival returns with the very best in new cinema from the UK and abroad.

Vue Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 4LR

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 18th to 29th September 2019


The Raindance Film Festival, described by The Guardian as "the indie-est film festival this side of the Atlantic", returns in September for its 27th year offering a programme of the very best in new cinema from the UK and around the world. Specialising in first-time directors and discovery and aiming to promote and support independent filmmaking, the programme usually includes around 200 feature films, documentaries, shorts, animations, music videos and VR experiences along with seminars and workshops.


Designjunction 2019

The design event moves to King's Cross for its ninth year.

West Handyside Canopy, York Way, London, N1C 4UZ

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd Sep 2019


For its ninth year designjunction, a key part of the London Design Festival, moves to King's Cross - a key reason that the area has been named a Design District in the festival for the first time. The event offers a curated show of the best international furniture, lighting and design objects with three central exhibition spaces: Cubitt House, Lewis Cubitt Park and West Handyside Canopy. The King's Cross Light Tunnel will play host to the RADO Star Prize awards programme for the first time and the Everyman Cinema will offer a programme of talks curated by Grant Gibson. Other highlights include showcases by leading international names such as Icons of Denmark, LSA International and PAD Home as well as 70 premium boutiques and emerging design labels showcases everything from accessories to technology and glassware to stationery.


Groan Ups

A new comedy from the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong.

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station


Dates: 20th September to 1st December 2019


A new play from Mischief Theatre, the creators of The Play That Goes Wrong, Groan Ups is a show all about growing up. The brand-new comedy questions whether we're the same people at 30 as we were when we were 13 by throwing a number of grown-up problems at an unruly classroom of kids and anarchic high school teenagers. The new production premieres at the Vaudeville Theatre this September.


Ian McKellen On Stage

Following a country wide 80-date tour, the acting legend returns to London with 80 more shows.

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 20th September 2019 to 5th January 2020


Most people think about putting their feet up at the age of 80 but Ian McKellen, star of stage and legend on screen, celebrated his 80th birthday with an 80-date, 80-venue country wide tour. In London, alone, he appeared on 20 dates at theatres and arts centres across the city. Now, he's returning with 80 more shows, all at London's Harold Pinter Theatre. What's more, as with all the previous shows, all the profits will be donated to theatre charities. His impromptu solo show last year - now the stuff of legend - treated theatre goers to "a bit of Gandalf and a couple of Shakespeare speeches" when injury prevented him from performing King Lear. For this special 80th birthday tour you can expect more of the same as well as convivial conversation, anecdotes and a reflection on his life. For each performance, 80 tickets priced at just 10 are available.


Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain

This interactive exhibition provides a how-to-guide to going to the theatre in 18th and 19th century England.

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ

Tube: Russell Square Station


Dates: 20th September 2019 to 5th January 2020


The Foundling Museum teaches Londoners everything they need to know about 18th and 19th century theatre with its new exhibition, Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain. The museum-wide, interactive exhibition provides a how-to-guide to going to a show in 18th and 19th century England, delving into the mechanics of both theatre and concerts. More than 100 objects will reveal the surprising number of similarities between attending theatre shows and festivals then and now, including advertising, ticket sales, audience behaviour and dress code. Visitors will be able to go behind the scenes, exploring how what's involved in the roles of theatre managers, set designers and scenery painters, as well as refreshment sellers and ticket collectors. A 1785 set model from the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden and an original 18th-century supper box painting, Devil to Pay, by Francis Hayman will be among the items on display.


Antony Gormley

The examines what it means to have a body in this new exhibition.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 21st September to 3rd December 2019


Well known for using his own form as a recurring feature in his works, Angel of the North sculptor Antony Gormley examines what it means to have a body in the Royal Academy of Arts' major autumn exhibition. The solo show, the most significant in the UK for over a decade, brings together existing and new works created especially for the occasion. Drawings and sculptures, expansive and immersive installations take over the RA's main galleries, filling them with iron, steel, lead, seawater and clay artworks which put the solidity and certainty of sculpture to the test.


Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

The Philharmonia Orchestra performs John Williams' well known score for five shows only.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 21st, 22nd and 23rd September 2019


The Empire Strikes Back as Star Wars in concert takes audiences at the Royal Albert Hall to another galaxy, far, far away, with the Philharmonia Orchestra performing John Williams' well known score for five shows only this September. It follows Star Wars: A New Hope in concert, shown here last year, and picks up the story as the battle for the galaxy intensifies and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) flee to Cloud City where they are captured by Darth Vader. It's up to Luke Skywalker to save them. Introducing the Imperial March and Yoda's Theme, new music broadens Han and Leia's theme and develops the soundtrack to enhance the film.


Open House London

A rare chance to see inside London's architectural landmarks.


Various Venues Dates: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019


One weekend a year we get to go behind doors which are, for the rest of the year, closed to the public and see inside London's architectural landmarks. The fantastic, free Open House London allows access to more than 800 of the city's sites and buildings. There's a wealth of architectural gems to choose from, typically including old favourites like City Hall, 10 Downing Street and the BT Tower as well as City of London icons, the Cheesegrater and 'The Gherkin'. You can also get inside some of the grandest private homes in your own neighbourhood - it's a voyeur's dream come true. For the more serious students of contemporary design, this is a chance to visit spaces by famous modern architects, some of whom give talks and tours of the buildings they've designed. Entry to some houses is only permitted via pre-booked tickets acquired through the website www.londonopenhouse.org. This year's full programme goes live on 20th August and once booked in you're advised to bring booking confirmation with you.


Tim Walker

An immersive journey into the fantastical worlds created by photographer Tim Walker.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, Covent Garden, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 21st September 2019 to 8th March 2020


An immersive journey into the fantastical worlds created by photographer Tim Walker. Revealing the important roles played by set designers, stylists, make-up artists, models and muses, this Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition gives you a behind-the-scenes insight into the creative process behind Walker's imaginative images. At the heart of the exhibition are new photographs directly influenced by Tim's research into the V&A's collection - a source of inspiration over the past 25 years. A fascination look at the creative process of one of the world's most inventive photographers.


'Master Harold'... and the boys

A semi-autobiographical play by Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard.

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 21st September to 26th October 2019


A semi-autobiographical play by Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard, 'Master Harold'... and the boys comes to the National Theatre this September. Set in 1950s apartheid South Africa, the play tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Sam and Willie and Master Harold. On a long rainy afternoon in St George's Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, Sam and Willie are practicing their steps for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship when Hally, aka Master Harold, arrives from school to hide out in his parents' tea room.


HowTheLightGetsIn Festival

The festival returns for a second year with talks, debates, music and more.

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR

Tube: Highgate Station


Dates: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019


The world's largest philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn comes to London for the second year this September. Hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas and taking place in the grounds of Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, the festival has a programme of debates, talks, music and comedy, bringing together more than 100 events in total. Conservative MP Rory Stewart, journalist Joanna Gosling, scientist Rupert Sheldrake and former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett are among the speakers this year while debate topics include Metropolis Untamed, Post Truth and New Lies, The End of Left and Right, and The Godless World. Music wise, expect everything from dance music to intimate singer-songwriter gigs and cabaret to DJ sets.


Chiswick House Dog Show

One of London's biggest and best dog shows with 18 classes and celebrity judges.

Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station


Dates: Sunday 22nd September 2019


One of the biggest and certainly the best dog shows in London town, the Chiswick House Dog Show is a fun day out even if you don't have a four legged friend. With celebrity judges - David Tennant, Mel Giedroyc, Wayne Sleep and Ant and Dec have all judged in the past - and 18 classes to enter, there's always something to see and it's fun seeing whether you agree with the judges' on who's the best dressed or which pooch really does have talent. Good old fashioned games - like the human fruit machine - create the feeling of a village fair and there are over 40 stands selling everything from dog beds to country coats. Food and drink stalls get busy but you can always bring your own picnic, set the rug down and make a day of it. The fancy dress competition - given a different theme each year - sparks some wonderfully creative ideas from cops and robbers to 'The Canine Cannonballs' which scooped last year's prize following a circus theme.


Mark Leckey: O'Magic Power of Bleakness

An ambitious, large-scale exhibition by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 24th September 2019 to 5th January 2020


Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey brings his work to Tate Britain this autumn with his ambitious, large-scale exhibition, O'Magic Power of Bleakness. Combining new and existing works, the exhibition is set in an atmospheric, theatrical environment with both sounds and visions acting as a key element. A focal point of the exhibition is a life-size replica of a motorway bridge on the M53 near where Leckey grew up. The motorway has been a recurring motif throughout the artist's work and this replica will act as the setting for a new audio play inspired by folklore. Another aspect of the exhibition is Leckey's breakthrough film montage, Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore 1990, which is made up of footage from dance floors chronicling Britain's underground club scene from the 1970s to the 1990.


Red Palace

An immersive Gothic cabaret inspired by fairy tales and carnivals.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station


Dates: 24th September 2019 to 12th January 2020


Following on from last year's Divine Proportions, Shotgun Carousel return to The Vaults with another immersive experience, this time presenting Red Palace. Inspired by the carnivals of Venice, the narratives of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, and the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, the evening offers an intoxicating mix of cabaret, circus, dance and genre-defying performance, all accompanied by a menu courtesy of Masterchef semi-finalist Annie McKenzie. Guests are invited join The Prince and other fairy tale characters in a Gothic masked ball within the walls of the Red Palace. Don't expect your typical fairy tale sweethearts, however; watch out for assassins, alchemists and prophetesses as you journey into a world of glamour, danger and elegance.


Ant Middleton: Mind Over Muscle

The survival expert recreates his Everest challenge and shows how to build psychological resilience.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th September 2019


The adventurer, survival expert and TV presenter, who came to fame on Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins, recreates his recent Everest challenge through lighting, sound and set. Proving that it's Mind Over Muscle that counts, Ant Middletontakes you on a motivational journey of self-help and self-discovery, showing the mental strength it took for him to overcome huge challenges. His latest Channel 4 series sees Ant lead a group of 25 high into the spectacular and punishing Andes Mountains in Central Chile. He draws on Special Forces experience and training with the UK's Elite Forces (P Company, Commando Course, UK Special Forces Selection) to pass on his tips for survival, psychological resilience and physical endurance.


The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter

An exploration of the relationship between art and science over the past 250 years.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 25th September 2019 to 24th January 2020


Created in partnership with BBC Radio 4, The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter explores the relationship between art and science over the past 250 years. Held at the Science Museum, the exhibition will run alongside an accompanying 20-part series on BBC Radio 4. Iconic artworks by the likes of Hepworth, Hockney, Lowry and Turner go on display alongside objects of scientific discovery to see how the legendary masters were inspired by science and how the relationship between artists and scientists has helped us t interpret, study and explore the world around us.


The Man in the White Suit

Stephen Mangan takes on the role played by Alec Guinness in the classic Ealing Studios comedy.

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 26th September 2019 to 11th January 2020


Stephen Mangan, Kara Tointon and Sue Johnston star in Sean Foley's hotly anticipated stage adaptation of the "highly sophisticated farce" (The Guardian), classic Ealing Studios comedy, The Man in the White Suit. The 1951 Ealing Studios comedy film, which starred Alec Guinness, is remade for the Wyndham's Theatre stage in this world premiere. Mild mannered chemist Sidney Stratton develops a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. The luminous looking suit might make you like a knight in shining armour but rag trade industry bosses soon realise it would mean the death of the entire industry. The trade unions, too, can see impending unemployment for their members. Foley reunites with Stephen Mangan (together they created the Olivier Award winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster) and also teams up once again with Michael Taylor with whom he created The Ladykillers.


Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

Marching bands, Morris dancers, maypole dancing and the mayors of London.

Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, City, London, EC2P 2EJ

Tube: Moorgate Station , Bank Station, St. Paul's Station, Mansion House Station


Dates: Sunday 29th September 2019


Each year, on a Sunday in September, London's Pearly Kings & Queens come together to welcome the new season in style - and boy what a style they have, with extravagant Smother Suits covered top to toe in sparkly buttons, badges and glitter. The free festival starts in the afternoon at Guildhall Yard with marching bands, Morris dancers, maypole dancing and the mayors of London. No doubt the celebrations continue with some pints of ale and plates of jellied eel at an East End boozer - perhaps interspersed with a spot of Morris dancing. It's a wonderful spectacle but one that helps raise money for charity. A second Pearly Kings & Queens Harvest Festival is held in October in Covent Garden, at St Paul's Church.



The Irish singer stops by the London Palladium for five nights.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 30th Sep to 5th Oct 2019


The soul and blues-folk singer from the Dublin first found fame with the release of his globally successful, triple platinum single Take Me To Church, the video for which has been viewed over 250 million times on YouTube. Now Hozier releases a new album, Wasteland, Baby!, and stops by the London Palladium for five nights as part of his UK & European tour. Winner of a coveted Ivor Novello, creator of stunning sets at Glastonbury and Longitude and an unforgettable duet with Annie Lennox at the 2015 Grammy Awards, Hozier creates hauntingly beautiful music.


PAD London Art Design Fair

A showcase of exceptional modern art, design, decorative arts, photography and jewellery.

Berkeley Square, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, Mayfair, London, W1J 5AX

Tube: Green Park Station


Dates: 30th Sep to 6th Oct 2019


A spin-off of its longer established Parisian sister, the PAD London Art Design Fair returns to Mayfair in 2019 to bring together exceptional works of modern art, design, decorative arts, photography, jewellery and tribal art. Sixty nine prominent international galleries come together for the occasion, making it a fantastic place to discover museum quality pieces. Expect to find contemporary design pieces from Fumi and Pinto, glass and ceramic from Adrian Sassoon and Didier Luttenbacher, and collectable jewellery from French designer Lorenz Baumer, former artistic director for high jewellery at Louis Vuitton. The fair, which takes place at the same time as Frieze and Frieze Masters, helps to attract the world's most influential art buyers to London each October.





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