Step up your game this month with the Luxury London guide to the finest events and things to do in London this September
1. Death of The Dream by Alexander James
A new exhibition by British artist and photographer Alexander James will be on display in Mayfair from 4 to 17 September.
Dellasposa Fine Art presents Death of the Dream by Alexander James hosted at The Herrick Gallery on Piccadilly.
Two bodies of work will be on display: the new Death of the Dream of Democracy and Transparency of a Dream Illuminated. Death of the Dream of Democracy presents a political reimaging of the American flag and Transparency of a Dream Illuminated features a butterfly photographed over a period of several years.
Death of the Dream by Alexander James will be presented by Dellasposa, in association with The Herrick Gallery 4-17 September 2017. 93 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7NQ
2. The Crystal Maze Live Experience, Angel
Put 12 September 2017 in your diary – the date that tickets go on sale for Crystal Maze 2018. The cult ‘90s television show has been resurrected in Angel as an immersive, interactive team challenge. Like the original show, timed activities test your mental and physical skills as you manoeuvre your way through various adventure timezones, culminating with a final challenge in the legendary Crystal Dome.
Whether seeking a work night out with a difference or a birthday party to remember, this makes for an unforgettable, exhilarating evening out in London for both fanatics and newcomers alike. Richard O’Brien sadly not included.
the-crystal-maze.com; tickets priced at £50 per person, available 12 September 2017 via: thecrystalmaze.seetickets.com
3. London Design Festival
This year, London Design Festival marks rings in its 15th anniversary with a diverse, jubilant programme of innovative sculpture, graphic design, interiors and events, taking place across the capital.
Highlights include a vibrant, large-scale stress ball sculptures by Camille Walala in London’s Broadgate; the very best in interior design from Focus/17 at Chelsea Harbour and a vast roster of events at the V&A, in addition to individual exhibitions from acclaimed studios spanning Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Fulham.
16-24 September 2017, londondesignfestival.com
4. BBC Good Food Feast at Tower Of London
BBC Good Food’s Feast finds a new home in September at the Tower of London. For the first time ever, the historic grounds will set the backdrop for the family-friendly weekender that brings together street food, artisan producers and esteemed chefs from the across the UK for a delectable day out.
The royally good feast will take place in the moat that surrounds the iconic Tower of London. Highlights include premium snacks from The New York Delhi Company; immunity-boosting breads from Pure Nature; exquisite bubbles by Champagne PIAFF and cocktails by The Rolling Drinks Trolley.
There will also be masterclasses with Le Cordon Bleu and an all-star line-up of chefs including Yotam Ottolenghi, Tom Kerridge, Chantelle Nicholson with Marcus Wareing and more.
22-24 September 2017, tickets from £10, bbcgoodfoodshow.com
5. Carousel, Marylebone
Marylebone’s Carousel continues its series of chef residences this September by inviting Michelin-starred maestro Francisco Castillo to helm the stove. He is famed for his fired-up, Latin American cooking so expect a modern menu of Chilean flavours, served amid Carousel’s rustic interiors.
12-23 September 2017, Carousel 71 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London W1U 8AB, carousel-london.com
6. Sculpture Exhibitions at Canary Wharf
Head to Canary Wharf this September for a rare chance to see work by venerable sculptors, Kenneth Armitage and Auguste Rodin.
Armitage’s iconic oak tree sculptures, based on trees in Richmond Park, will be on display until 8 September. An exhibition of work by Rodin will follow, which marks the centenary of his death. The immersive showcase includes a rare cast of Eternal Spring and coveted pieces including The Thinker, The Kiss, Balzac and Man with a Broken Nose.
The Oak Tree Sculptures by Kenneth Armitage, 7 August – 8 September 2017; Auguste Rodin (1840-1917): An Exhibition in Celebration of 100 Years, 18 September 2017 – 10 November 2017; both on display at One Canada Square.
7. Film & Fizz at One Aldywch
Ideal date night alert: One Aldywch has unveiled its Autumn listings for Film & Fizz, a unique dining and cinema package that includes a glass of Lallier Grande Réserve champagne, a three-course dinner at hotel restaurant, Indigo, and an intimate film screening at the five-star hotel.
Films are shown in partnership with Curzon Cinemas, with highlights including Atomic Blonde, The Big Sick, Dunkirk and Detroit.
£55 per person, www.onealdwych.com
8. London Mezcal Week
Calling all fans of Mezcal – this month sees a whole week dedicated to the the Mexican liquor (as well as Mexican culture, art and food) culminating in a two-day tasting festival Mexico Independence Day celebration.
From Monday 11 to Sunday 17 September, venues across the capital will be hosting special Mexican events from Mexcal masterclasses and food pairings to art exhibitions.
The Bloomsbury Club on Great Russell Street is on board and is adding 30 varieties of Mezcal to the drinks menu. The bar will transform into a rustic Mexican Mezcaleria, festooned in agave greenery, from 11 to 24 September 2017.
9. LAPADA Arts & Antiques Fair
A committee of 70 specialists have vetted the art and antiques that will land in the heart of Mayfair for the latest LAPADA fair – from steals for £500, to a George I giltwood secretaire cabinet attributed to a royal cabinetmaker and made for export to the Portuguese court (on show at Mackinnon Fine Furniture for more than £500,000).
Around 100 exhibitors will be present and a series of talks will span the history of jewellery, ‘undressing antiques’ and world religion.
15-20 September, Berkeley Square, London W1J, lapadalondon.com
10. Open House London
This month, Open House London celebrates 25 years of promoting the city’s architecture with entry to places that usually remain off-limits to the public.
Visit The Beaumont hotel for a gander at Antony Gormley’s striking suite, followed by a tour of Burlington House, home to five Mayfair societies.
Free, 16-17 September, various locations, openhouselondon.org.uk
11. Victoria & Abdul
Judi Dench takes on the all-important role of Queen Victoria in Victoria and Abdul. The film follows her heart-warming friendship with Indian clerk Abdul Karim (‘the Munshi’), played by Ali Fazal.
Based on a true story, director Stephen Frears captures the royal family’s controversy and issues of prejudice.
In cinemas 15 September, victoriaandabdul.co.uk
12. Roald Dahl Day 2017
Make like Matilda and put your nose in a book this September.
In celebration of Roald Dahl Day 2017, Mayfair Bookshop Peter Harrington will display its most valuable works, from a first-edition Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to a signed copy of James and the Giant Peach.
13 Sepetmber, 43 Dover Street, London W1S, peterharrington.co.uk
13. The Touch of Teal Glitter Gala, Mayfair
One glittery gala is on a mission to save more than 5,000 women a year. The Touch of Teal charity event is fundraising for five different beneficiaries that contribute to raising awareness and educating women about ovarian cancer.
Enjoy champagne, extravagant prizes at auction and – the highlight of the evening – a fashion show modelled by ovarian cancer survivors or fighters, aged from 28 to 81.
From £143, 9 September, The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, London W1J, eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-touch-of-teal-glitter-gala-tickets-32678837282
14. Apologia at Trafalgar Studios
Alexi Kaye Campbell’s acclaimed play Apologia, has arrived at Trafalgar Studios. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the drama is as prickly as it is funny, centred on an explosive family reunion for the birthday of matriarch Kristin, played by Tony and Emmy award-winning Stockard Channing.
The stellar five-strong cast also includes Laura Carmichael of Downton Abbey fame and former Doctor Who star Freema Agyeman.
From £35, until 18 November, atgtickets.com/shows
15. Antiques Anonymous, Marylebone
Antiques Anonymous, the first annual flea market to be held by a collective of dealers in vintage clothing, antiques, art and design including Alfies Antique Market, takes place in Marylebone this month.
The event coincides with the final day of the London Design Festival, and will also host street food stalls, pop-up exhibitions and live music.
24 September, 11am – 5pm, Church Street, London NW8, antiquesanonymous.london
16. The Terrible Infants at Wilton's Music Hall
Following on from the success of Alice’s Adventure’s Underground at The Vaults, Les Enfants Terribles will stage a ten-year anniversary production of their multi-award winning show, The Terrible Infants, at Wilton’s Music Hall this September.
Featuring recorded narration by Dame Judi Dench and new material, The Terrible Infants is a collection of short stories by Oliver Lansley and Sam Wyer, which recall both Roald Dahl and Tim Burton.
The show will be performed with inventive puppetry and atmospheric live music. The ensemble cast will include Becky Bainbridge, Richard Booth, Oliver Lansley, Serena Manteghi and Christo Squire.
27 September-28 October 2017, Wilton's Music Hall, Grace’s Alley, London E1 8JB, wiltons.org.uk
17. Steppes Beyond Festival at Royal Geographic Society
Steppes Travel returns to the Royal Geographical Society this month for its annual Beyond festival.
The likes of Springwatch presenter Chris Packham and explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be hosting talks, which, among other things, will focus on the impact of plastic pollution on wildlife.
From £15, enter code STKCM10 at the checkout for 10 per cent discount, 30 September-1 October, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7, steppestravel.co.uk/beyond
18. Lululemon Yoga Session at The Marylebone
Stretch out in style every Saturday morning at The Marylebone. The five-star hotel has partnered with Lululemon to bring you a morning of meditation, followed by a healthy breakfast. The intimate, one-hour class, led by Kirsty Gallagher, is suitable for all levels. Afterwards, tuck into the likes of avocado on toast, acai bowls and protein balls paired with fresh juices, tea and coffee, served in the hotel’s 108 Brasserie.
Tickets for the lululemon Yoga Classes at The Marylebone are available for 30 September, 14 October, 21 October and 11 November; £37.42 including a yoga class and breakfast, www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-marylebone-rooms-12978900760; The Marylebone Hotel, 47 Welbeck St, London W1G 8DN
19. Silk River, Totally Thames
Totally Thames, London's annual celebration of the River Thames, is back this month with a programme of exciting events. As part of the festival this year, a free 10-day 'art walk' is available from 15 to 24 September 2017, to mark the UK’s rich cultural relationship with India.
Silk River has been created by Kinetika, the internationally renowned company responsible for the art installations that led the Athlete’s Parade at London 2012 Olympic Games and will feature 20 colourful hand-painted Bengal silk scrolls which explore the unique relationship between London and Kolkata, India, and reveal the stories of those who live and work on the river and the connections they have with parallel communities living alongside the Hooghly in West Bengal.
Silk River will take place in ten different locations, from Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to Southend.
See full details here silkriver.co.uk/UK-walks