Lead image: Miss Azania 2019 (2015) by Athi-Patra Ruga & Whatiftheworld (photo: Hayden Phipps) Part of Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions at Somerset House
1 Shadowman by Richard Hambleton at Maddox Gallery, Westbourne Grove
19 September-2 October
A major new exhibition of paintings by the late New York street artist Richard Hambleton is opening in London this month. From 19 September-2 October, visitors will be able to see a collection of over 60 original works and photographs, including many that are rare or previously unseen at the Westbourne Grove Maddox Gallery. Presented by Andy Valmorbida, Shadowman will be the first major exhibition of Hambleton’s work since the artist’s death in October 2017.
112 Westbourne Grove W2 5RU; maddoxgallery.co.uk
2 Urban Food Fortnight, various locations
20 September-9 October
Urban Food Fortnight connects restaurants and retailers with London’s edible gardens and small producers to showcase the best food and drink on offer in the city with special menus, one-off events, workshops and supper clubs. Run by London Food Link, the fortnight throws the spotlight on the hidden delights of the capital’s good food scene, from Tottenham made cheese to Stratford sourced fish, Enfield reared lamb and Hackney grown salad.
3 KNOCK KNOCK at South London Gallery, Peckham
22 September-18 November
The South London Gallery is launching their new annexe in a former fire station with an exhibition exploring humour in contemporary art titled KNOCK KNOCK. Curated by gallery director Margot Heller in collaboration with artist Ryan Gander, the exhibition will be shown across both the old and new galleries and will feature a selection of work by more than 30 artists including Joyce Pensato, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Hardeep Pandhal. The new site, across the road from the original gallery, has been renovated by 6a architects as an exhibition space, education area and artist’s studio.
82 Peckham Road SE15 5LQ; southlondongallery.org
4 Dance Umbrella, various locations
26 September-21 October
Dance Umbrella, which celebrates 21st century choreography with contemporary dance performances at venues across London, returns to London this month. Highlights include Out of the System by CRXSS PLATFXRM, a fresh perspective on dance and street culture featuring a live freestyle dance battle (Shoreditch Town Hall on Friday 12 October, 6pm) and Threshold by Le Patin Libre, a dancing on ice showcase that experiments with the choreographic possibilities of ‘the glide’ – a state that allows the body to travel at speed through space, without moving (Alexandra Palace ice Rink from 18-21 October).
5 Erdinger Oktoberfest London, Stratford
27 September-28 October
Erdinger Oktoberfest London, hosted by German brewery ERDINGER Weißbräu, is headed for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this autumn. The 3,000-person capacity Erdinger Tent will be traditionally decorated and staffed with 40 Oktoberfest-experienced waitresses, flown in from Germany. Munich’s famous Oktoberfest bands are also headed over to keep you entertained as you feast on pork knuckle, sauerkraut and apple strudel, plus there’ll be a traditional beer garden, huts and a fun fair. There will also be a one-day-only Pink Oktoberfest, a camp, colourful event by the team behind Winter Pride, with drag queens, game shows, rave karaoke, DJs and dress up (Sunday 7 October). Tickets from £15.
6 Hogarth’s Progress at Rose Theatre in Kingston
29 September-21 October
This month the Rose Theatre in Kingston is presenting a double bill by Nick Dear titled Hogarth’s Progress. The imaginative and entertaining combination of his comedies, The Art of Success and The Taste of the Town, follow the extraordinary lives of British artist William Hogarth and his wife Jane in the imagined scenario of two monumental pub crawls through 18th century London’s high society and underground debauchery. Dear is best known in recent years for his much-loved adaptation of Frankenstein at the National Theatre, which was directed by Danny Boyle.
24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL; rosetheatrekingston.org
7 Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film
29 September-2 November
The Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film 2018 celebrates the magic of the movies while shining a spotlight on cinema’s most stunning scores. The programme features immersive movie and music experiences, including screenings, concerts with a film flavour, exhibitions, talks and tours, and opens with Jurassic Park in Concert – one of the biggest film franchises of all time projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ magnificent score (29-30 September). Other highlights include Afternoon Tea with Live Opera in Royal Albert Hall’s elegant Verdi restaurant, featuring award-winning soprano Felicity Hayward performing operatic movie favourites (27 October).
8 London Cocktail Week, across London
London Cocktail Week is back and bigger than ever! With 300 bars signed up to the Cocktail Tours – each serving at least one £6 Signature Serve – a Cocktail Village spread over three spaces in the heart of Brick Lane, plus cocktail classes, parties, special menus and more, it’s going to be one heck of a week. From Clapham to Clerkenwell and all London boroughs in between, the London Cocktail Week team has cherry picked a list of venues serving the very best drinks in the capital. There’s also a huge list of special events, including The Light House by The London Essence Company, an immersive journey exploring the essence of light and innovative low-calorie cocktails in Covent Garden; and Grand Marnier presents A Touch of Rouge, cocktails, dinner and an exquisite contemporary dance performance by The Divine Company at Oriole Bar. A digital pass is £10, which entitles you to £6 festival cocktails in 300 bars, first-look access to pop-ups and parties and free entry to The Cocktail Village.
9 Perception Festival at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham
What inspires us to go against the grain, take chances, make radical choices and find a new tribe? Find out at Omnibus Theatre’s now annual Perception Festival. The event examines what it means to step outside the box and explore the discomfort, uncertainty, rebellion and bravery of going against the tide, via the mediums of drama, music and debate. Highlights include the Omnibus Theatre Fun Palace (7-8 October), A Dangerous Woman (11-12 October), Jesse Sebastian Flamenco (22 October), and last year’s hit, A Cracked Plaster Sky (24-28 October).
1 Northside, Clapham Common SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org
10 Frieze London, Regent’s Park
The 16th edition of Frieze London launches this month with a showcase of international contemporary art. This year marks responses to contemporary issues with a new section entitled Social Work, which celebrates artists who challenged the male-dominated art market of the 1980s. Every year, Frieze hosts two important art fairs side by side in the Royal Park: Frieze London which showcases the best of contemporary art, and Frieze Masters which specialises in art from the past. Also don’t miss Frieze Sculpture, with work popping up in the park itself.
11 Wimbledon BookFest
Wimbledon BookFest returns with a diverse programme of talks, debates and workshops showcasing literary names, politics, current affairs, sport, film, music, children’s events and much more in the Big Tent on Wimbledon Common. The Festival opens with broadcaster and bestselling author Graham Norton discussing his new novel A Keeper with Andrew O’Hagan. Other big names include Sebastian Faulks, Lionel Shriver, Yotam Ottolenghi, Sophie Kinsella, Jessie Burton, Billy Bragg, Michael Rosen and Hilary Alexander. Set on Wimbledon Common, close to Wimbledon Village, a specially commissioned Big Tent seating up to 500, and an intimate William Morris themed marquee, provide the focal point for the festival.
Wimbledon Common SW19 5AZ; wimbledonbookfest.org
12 Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions at Somerset House
From 4 October
Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions is the first major solo UK exhibition from South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga, opening at Somerset House this month. In it Ruga reveals a mythical world which challenges perceptions of cultural identity in post-apartheid South Africa, addressing ideologies, social and state structures, and the politics of gender inequality. The result is an incredibly vibrant and striking body of work featuring photography, film, sculpture and hand-crafted petit point tapestry. Born in Umtata, Ruga has been seen as a figurehead for a new generation of artists in South Africa who are using myth and alternate realities as a contemporary response to social issues.
The Strand WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk
13 The Cake & Bake Show, ExCel
The Cake & Bake Show at ExCel is the UK’s biggest event dedicated to the nation’s current great love. The show is brimming with all things baking, decorating and sugarcraft, with celebrity experts on hand to show you the way to the best bakes. The fabulous line-up includes Great British Bake Off winners Candice Brown and John Whaite, Master Patissier Eric Lanlard and top chef and cookery teacher Rosemary Shrager. There will also be book signings, Le Cordon Bleu Demonstrations & Workshops, market stands, a kids zone, champagne bar, sugarcraft zone, baking theatre and decorating stage.
14 Catford Gin Festival
South London’s premier gin event returns to the Broadway Theatre in Catford this month. Hosted by the Forest Hill Gin Club and Team Catford, and sponsored by Fever Tree Premium Tonic Water, the three day festival in the main auditorium of the theatre will showcase local distillers such as Dulwich-based Fatty’s Organic Gin alongside those from further afield like Colonsay Gin from the Hebrides in Scotland. Full gin and tonics will be available to buy from each stand. There’ll also be food from Catford Food Market traders including Raastawala, Renee’s Plant Powered Kitchen and Croquette Man. Tickets are £25, which gets you entry to a session, a commemorative copa balon gin glass, tote bag and tasters from each of the distillers. Sessions take place Friday and Saturday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
15 Handmade at Kew
Handmade in Britain returns to Kew Gardens for the fourth edition of Handmade a Kew, a four-day international contemporary craft event that offers you the chance to invest in beautiful, unique products and unearth the stories, inspirations and processes behind the exquisite work of some of the world’s most talented craftspeople. Expect ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork, wood, sculpture and jewellery for this contemporary craft extravaganza. This year there’s also a programme of talks on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 October in the beautiful Nash Concervatory. Tickets from £17 (kids £6).
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB; handmadeinbritain.co.uk
16 Herne Hill Music Festival
Herne Hill Music Festival returns with a programme offering locals their usual range of music from jazz, folk and blues, to family and children’s concerts and classical music. Highlights this year include alt-classical composer-performers Bastard Assignments, playing at The Half Moon on Friday 5 October at 8pm, Brixton harmonica wizard Errol Linton at The Prince Regent on Saturday 6 October at 8pm, and dinner and cabaret with Sixteenfeet Theatre who will perform musical delights from the West End and Broadway as well as swing, opera and jazz at The Half Moon on Friday 12 October at 7pm.
17 Fun Palaces, across London
Inspired by theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price’s idea for a ‘laboratory of fun’, Fun Palaces will once again pop up all over the country. The event, founded by writer Stella Duffy, will see Fun Palaces pop up in libraries, museums and venues across London and the UK. Highlights include Universe All! at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (expect sci-fi exploits, strange new worlds and alien invaders, 6 October), a new under fives’ story time session with Arsenal in the Community and drumming fun at the Lewis Carroll Children’s Library in Islington, and Colour, Cogs and Sound at Pimlico Library (art, drawing, painting, theatre, beatbox and stories from the community, 6-7 October).
Search for your nearest event online at funpalaces.co.uk
18 Dennis of Penge at The Albany, Deptford
The Albany theatre in collaboration with Oval House presents a performance dedicated to Penge. Dennis of Penge is written by Annie Siddons with original music by Asaf Zohar and is part gig, part poetry and part theatre performance. It has been loosely inspired by Euripides’ The Bacchae and is a story all about poverty, addiction, friendship, chicken shops, love and SE20.
Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG; thealbany.org.uk
19 BFI London Film Festival
The 62nd BFI London Film Festival will be serving up gala screenings of Widows by Steve McQueen, Stan & Ollie by Jon S Baird, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by the Coen brothers and much more. Special events include talks with the likes of Keira Knightley, Alfonso Cuarón and David Hare, as well as surprise screenings and awards for the best films, documentaries and features.
20 Another England at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
10 October-11 November
The third edition of NOW Gallery’s annual photography exhibition, Human Stories, opens this month with Another England. The show has been developed in partnership with Historic England, to showcase a series of archive photographs and research drawn from their work to map the past 100 years of the nation’s history from a Black and Asian perspective. The has been curated by Kaia Charles and Tamsin Silvey to examine the impact of things like migration, religion and home, as well as unpicking embedded racism in contemporary society.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk
21 What Remains by Ambrosine Allen at bo.lee gallery, Peckham
12 October-3 November
bo.lee gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of Ambrosine Allen’s work, showcasing her expanding series of intricate collages, meticulously created using layer upon layer of tiny paper cuttings. The subjects are landscapes, often epic in scope, but with a detailed aesthetic that references 17th and 18th century engravings of a geographical nature. Each of her impressive pieces on display often takes several months to complete before they can be seen.
222 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4NL; bo-lee.co.uk
22 Cabbages and Frocks’ Dog Day Afternoon
Pitter patter down to the Cabbages and Frocks Market in Marylebone village for another special Dog Day Afternoon. One of the highlight of the day will be the amazing dog displays led by Dima of the Good Boy Dog School, as seen on Britain’s Got Talent, at 12noon and 2pm. Enter the free doggy competitions, from 2.30pm, with categories like Best in Show, A Bit of Ruff (for mixed breeds), Waggy Tail, Miniatures & Toy Breeds. There will also be canine couture and doggy accessories and vintage clothing for two-legged beings. 11am-5pm.
St Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone High Street W1U 5BA; cabbagesandfrocks.co.uk
23 Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum
From 19 October
Now in its 54th fourth year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of life on earth. Explore the world’s best nature photography, chosen from over 45,000 entries by expert judges and exhibited on 100 light panels. The images were awarded for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Experience the changing face of nature and uncover the surprising, and sometimes challenging, stories behind the photographs.
24 MADE LONDON, Marylebone
MADE LONDON, one of the top selling events for designer-makers in Europe, returns to One Marylebone this month to showcase the best and most original contemporary craft and design. Discover a range of work from makers across all media, including ceramics, glass, wood, precious metals and textiles, from established designers alongside emerging talent. Ekta Kaul will be hosting embroidery workshops during the craft fair, where you can embroider a map of London and learn embroidery from an award-winning textile artist. Open 10.30am-5pm. Earlybird tickets £5 (available till end of September), otherwise £10 on the door.
1 Marylebone Road NW1 4AQ; madelondon-marylebone.co.uk
25 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
The Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea offering a chance to see artists and gallerists across the globe and to buy works ranging from £100-£6,000. There will be a host of expert talks exploring everything you need to know about how to start or grow an art collection, plus a series of hands-on workshops. Tickets £8-£25.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; affordableartfair.com
26 Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival
This month Battersea Park will be transported to the Alps once again for the 45th annual Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival. This year’s event will be a celebration of all things winter sports with après themed street food and bar areas, live music and entertainment, all the latest apparel and technical equipment and showcases from the world’s best ski resorts. While this year will also see the introduction of some intriguing new additions, including dog sledding, favourites including the ice rink and the ‘Mount Battersea’ slope will all be back as well.
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; skiandsnowboard.co.uk
27 In the City at Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich
Until 26 October
Exploring how more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, In the City showcases different artistic perspectives on these ever-changing urban environments on global scale. The collection of work by nine contemporary artists, including Trevor Burgess, Jock McFadyen and Marguerite Horner, explores urban space in locations around the world, from the UK to Myanmar, using different sources such as photographs and newspapers. Painter Matthew Krishanu explores the memory of his childhood in Bangladesh through his work.
10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich SE10 9BD; greenwichunigalleries.co.uk
28 Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018, National Maritime Museum
From 24 October
Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition celebrates 10 years of outstanding images shot by astrophotographers around the world. The 31 spellbinding winning images of the cosmos from this year’s competition will be on display alongside a selection of 69 of the best photographs from previous years, in a special exhibition hosted at the National Maritime Museum. From distant galaxies to our very own Milky Way and neighbouring planets, the entries reflect our enduring fascination with the night sky. Images on display include the winners from the nine main categories, as well as two special prize winners. Tickets £10.
29 Mika Rottenberg at Goldsmith’s Centre for Contemporary Art Opens, New Cross
Until 4 November
Disused Victorian baths and water tanks have been renovated to create a new contemporary art gallery, the Goldsmith’s Centre for Contemporary Art Opens, which opened on 8 September. The first show is a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Mika Rottenberg, who is known for her ability to highlight themes such as the inequality and the fragility of the human body, spun through a lens of humour and absurdity. Two new works have been commissioned for the exhibition: Untitled (Ceiling Projection) and Study#4, which examine the human body’s physical and psychological potential and limitations.
St James’, New Cross SE14 6NW; goldsmithscca.art
30 Special Forces: In the Shadows at the National Army Museum, Chelsea
Until 18 November
Extreme training. Secret missions. Total dedication. Explore the hidden world of the Special Forces. This major exhibition presents ideas of security and secrecy through the lens of the Special Forces. Discover who these soldiers are, the skills they need, and the operations they’ve undertaken at home and abroad. The exhibition looks at the work of these units as well as the skills and dedication needed to make the cut. Tickets are £8.
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT; nam.ac.uk
31 Yamal: The Stream of Life at The Horniman Museum, Forest Hill
Until 6 January 2019
The Horniman Museum is hosting Yamal: The Stream of Life in their newly unveiled World Gallery this month. Showcasing beautiful photographs from life in the Yamal region of north west Siberia, captured by esteemed British photographer Bryan Alexander, the works capture aspects of traditional life, and how it has been affected by the changes taking place in the region socially, culturally and environmentally. Highlights include this image of residents Neseynya Serotetto and Tyurko Puyko taking a selfie while dressed in traditional Nenets reindeer skin clothing. The exhibition coincides with a larger programme of events at the museum, including an installation of life-size crochet animal sculptures on display.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk
32 Anthony & Cleopatra at National Theatre
Until 19 January 2019
This month Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo take on the roles of Anthony and Cleopatra in one of Shakespeare’s best tragedies. General Mark Antony rules in the wake of the death of Caesar and his assassins. Having reached the heights of power, he has also fallen painfully in love with Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt. The play explores the tear between love and duty as the pair hurtle towards their destiny. Directed by Simon Godwin, the previews begin on 18 September.
Upper Ground SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk