Lead image: Abe Odedina x The Department Store is part of Brixton Design Trail for London Design Festival (photo: Alan Roderick, courtesy Ed Cross Fine Art)
1 Greenwich Comedy Festival
The Greenwich Comedy Festival is back celebrating its tenth anniversary this month with an all-star line-up including Russell Howard, Aisling Bea and Rob Delaney among its headliners. Each year the festival sees over 10,000 comedy lovers from across London coming to the National Maritime Museum to watch the great talent on offer. The festival was created by locals Cass Randolph and Will Briggs, who spent a lot of their childhood at Up The Creek club with their step-father Malcolm Hardee, and wanted to bring the energy of a traditional club to a big festival setting.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich SE10 9NF; greenwichcomedyfestival.co.uk
2 START at Saatchi Gallery
The START Art Fair is returning to the Saatchi Gallery for its fifth edition to showcase the best UK and international emerging contemporary artists to collectors, investors and art lovers in London. This year the selection includes over 50 artists, such as Hein Thit who uses 1960 comic strips as a backdrop to his bold nudes.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; startartfair.com
3 Peckham Festival
Peckham Festival showcases the best of the area’s creativity and community projects with exhibitions, workshops, walks, talks, performances, music, film and more. Highlights include the Social Music in Copeland Park, with great sets from top Peckham talent on Saturday and a showcase by local groups on Sunday, plus the Meet the Makers Open Studios, taking place at multiple venues.
4 Jurassic Weekend in Crystal Palace
The dinosaurs are set to take over Crystal Palace once again. Hot off the heels of their successful conservation work on the Grade I listed dinosaur sculptures, the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are hosting a vibrant weekend of tours of the enchanting Dinosaur Islands; theatre with The Iguanodon Restaurant, a hilarious street theatre performed in a life-sized Iguanodon; short films and talks by science, history and art experts; Paleo planting and gardening sessions to bring ancient landscapes back to life around the sculptures, and children’s craft workshops. 11am-4pm.
Crystal Palace Park SE19; cpdinosaurs.org
5 LAPADA Arts & Antiques Fair, Mayfair
LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair is one of the most foremost international showcases for art and antiques. It’s one of only two yearly events to grace the beautiful Berkeley Square. Some 100 exhibitors present work from across the art, antiques, design and decorative arts spectrum. Including jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art, authenticity is assured thanks to a 70-member specialist committee pre-vetting everything on sale. With prices ranging from £500 to £500,000 and above, sought-after pieces appeal to both the established collector and first-time buyer alike.
Berkeley Square W1J 6EB; lapadalondon.com
6 Paradise Now, Eccleston Yards
Until 15 September
London’s first wellbeing playground will open at Eccleston Yards on the boundaries of Belgravia and Victoria this month. The outdoor urban spa, pioneered by multi-sensory visionaries Bompas & Parr, will offer an engaging journey inspired by the latest wellness trends, such as biohacking, Nootropics, Rehydration technology, urban nature bathing and touchscreen chromo-therapy. The installation will showcase a number of the latest scientifically-proven wellness trends, which should leave you feeling like you’ve just returned from a week-long holiday in a mere 30 minutes. A timetable of workshops, including meditation classes with Re:Mind and Q&As with Barry’s Bootcamp trainers, will help you get into the flow of things. 11am-8pm. Entry is free.
Eccleston Yards, 21 Eccleston Place, Belgravia SW1W 9NF; ecclestonyards.com
7 Bellevue Road Summer Fair, Wandsworth Common
On 15 September the Bellevue Road Summer Fair will be back celebrating in Wandsworth for its seventh year. There’ll be plenty to do with over 40 stalls, music, street food and a dog show to while the hours away. The community street festival is suitable for all ages with children’s activities as a central part of the day.
Bellevue Road, Wandsworth Common SW17 7EG; wandsworth.gov.uk/events
8 Cycling Gin Safari Through Dickensian London with Flash Pack
Lifestyle company Flash Pack specialises in mini adventures for 30 and 40-somethings, such as this great Cycling Gin Safari. You’ll begin in Lambeth, where Jack Harris, your expert guide, will take you to collect your vintage-style Pashley bike before heading to a boutique gin distillery beneath the railway arches in Bermondsey, where you’ll learn all about the craftsmanship that goes into curating your favourite drink, and taste different gins. Then onwards you go, through the industrial splendour of Dickensian London, discovering old wharves that Charles Dickens used as inspiration for Fagin’s Den in Oliver Twist and popular food markets. You’ll be sticking to cycle paths and quiet roads. From £58.
9 Mini Mode at LSO St Luke’s, Old Street
Mini Mode – London’s Premier Kids Fashion Week – is an exciting new platform to showcase kids fashion during London Fashion Week. Founded by UK childrenswear designer, Amanda Rabor, Mini Mode provides a unique spotlight on kids’ fashion, showcasing both emerging designers and established kids brands from around the globe during London Fashion Week. Mini Mode covers a range of fashion from toddlers through to teens. Designers include ARI London, BEBEBEBE, Coco Chic, Deena London, Hunter + Boo, Isossy Children, Liberated Folk, Roses & Rhinos and ZOOBUG LONDON.
LSO St Luke’s, Old Street EC1V 9NG; mini-mode.co.uk
10 London Design Festival, various locations
London Design Festival, one of the world’s most important annual design events, is made up of some 400 events and exhibitions. Landmark projects include Es Devlin’s Please Feed the Lions, an interactive sculpture in Trafalgar Square, and Kellenberger–White’s series of alphabet chairs at Broadgate. There are also 11 Design Districts to explore (new districts include Fitzrovia and West Kensington), as well as four Design Routes. Follow the Brixton Design Trail to find powerful exhibitions like True Love, a world premiere of paintings by Brixton-based Nigerian artist Abe Odedina, commissioned by Danny Boyle and responding to testimonies from young people in South Africa who have had traumatic experiences (hosted by Squire & Partners at The Department Store).
11 Thames Boat Trip: Brunel’s London
Everyday at 10.40am-1pm for the duration of Totally Thames, you can join a tour of Brunel’s London by boat, train and river walk ending at the Brunel Museum. Robert Hulse, curator of the Brunel Museum, hosts a river cruise under three Brunel bridges to the launch ramps of Brunel’s monster ship, with colourful commentary on London’s riverside sights from the Houses of Parliament to the Tower of London. The tour finishes with a descent into Brunel’s cavernous tunnel. Tickets £15 (kids £5). Meeting at Embankment Station, Villiers Street WC2N 6NS. Totally Thames brings the river to life via an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events down the 42-mile stretch of water.
12 Taste the Emerald Isle
Taste The Emerald Isle, organised by Bord Bia, Tourism Ireland and Selfridges, is a two-month celebration of the rich, bountiful food and drink produced in Ireland today. There will be three special, hosted events: On 10 September, Clodagh McKenna will host the Ireland’s best culinary talent dinner (6.30pm-9pm, £60); on 11 September, Simon Lamont will host a Carlingford Oyster and Glendalough Gin tasting evening (6.30pm-9pm, £30); and on 17 September, Rory O’Connell and JR Ryall will host – Ballymaloe Cookery school dinner (6.30pm-9pm, £60). On 13 September, there will be an Irish Tasting Afternoon in the Foodhall and Wine Shop on 13 September from 3-7pm. The celebration runs until 9 October.
13 Blood Wedding at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham
Until 23 September
See Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lopez’s 1932 folk tragedy, Blood Wedding, at The Omnibus Theatre in Clapham this month. This contemporary adaptation will explore London’s Spanish community, shining a light on cultural differences in the current socio-political climate with a streak of dark humour. The production is directed by Clapham-local George Richmond-Scott, a current associate director for Everyone’s Talking About Jamie. Tickets £16.
1 Clapham Common Northside SW4 0LH; omnibus-clapham.org
14 Soho Tableaux at The Smallest Gallery in Soho
Until end of September
Soho Tableaux, an installation by Damien Frost at The Smallest Gallery in Soho, encapsulates the diversity of the Soho personalities. Created in a style reminiscent of the tableaux vivants of classical art, the triptych image features people Frost originally stopped on the streets of Soho as strangers to capture their portraits. The image documents personalities you might see as you walk through the Soho streets at night, but how much longer will you be able to see them as the area becomes more commercial and many small clubs and venues close? The Smallest Gallery in Soho is a historic shop-front that faces onto Dean Street, an intimate gallery that encourages people to stop, think and be inspired as the area changes around them.
62 Dean Street, Soho W1D 4QF; thesmallestgalleryinsoho.com
15 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