Woah there, don’t pull on those slippers just yet. September gets a bad rep as the chilly harbinger of winter but it’s still pretty warm out. Forget burying yourself away and dive into a whole treasure trove of amazing autumn events instead. From the last of the night markets and music festival finales, to the month-long Totally Thames festival and wonderful Open House weekend, pack a brollie (just in case) and get stuck in.
Our September 2017 highlights
It's been on the cards in London ever since they did it in New York and now here we go: on-screen nemeses and real-life BFFs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen bring their hailed production of Harold Pinter's 'No Man's Land' – directed by Sean Mathias – to Wyndham's following a short UK tour. The cryptic classic follows a powerplay between writers Hirst (Stewart) and Spooner (McKellen) as they booze into the night, only to be interrupted by two unexpected arrivals.Book now Read more
Champion storytellers Crick Crack Club pair up with the British Museum for a new season of 'epic Sundays' - bringing tales from the museum's collection to life: Gilgamesh, the Odyssey, the story of Hindu myth's goddess Kali and a bonkers Finnish story about a world made of eggshells.Read more
Asylums are, thank God, a thing of the past in the UK. But did 'Bedlam' - the nickname for south London's Royal Bethlem Hospital for the mentally ill - do its patients any good? A new exhibition at the Wellcome looks at the tensions between biomedical and psychosocial therapy for mental illness, the imperative to protect patients, and how integration benefits patients and the public.Read more
The annual Open House London weekend gives Londoners the chance to explore behind the closed doors of some of the capital's biggest, most renowned and most secret venues for free. This is your chance to explore a bit of hidden London and have a poke around some of London's best buildings – but it's not just about being nosy, there are also loads of walks and tours to bring the buildings alive.Read more
Once again you can expect to see remarkable feats of astrophotography at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition. It’s a chance to see magical views of both our own night sky and of galaxies far, far away. The winning spacey visions come from dozens of professional and amateur snappers in various categories.Read more
Autumn 2016 at the RA is all about New York in the 1940s and ’50s, as this blockbuster survey of abstract expressionism brings together the big deals, bad boys and prodigious boozers of the era. It’s sure to be a swaggeringly audacious show. Abstract expressionism, with its love of spontaneity, automatic and unconscious forms, marks the moment when America took over from Paris as the crucible of modern art.Read more
Over the years the coveted art prize’s annual exhibition has caused quite a stir amongst both critics and the general public. It’s been criticised for being sexist, politically incorrect, elitist and out of touch. It’s cemented the position of artists including Gilbert & George, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Steve McQueen in the canon of art by crowning each as winners.Read more
Check out what's happening in October
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The Liverpool Street branch of the cocktail bar chain continues in a similar vein to the other branches - the gaudy decor bathes everything in a neon red hue, which you should get used to after one of their five-hour-long happy hour sessions. Cocktails are served up in teacups and come with names like names like sex with a lad, sloe sailor and bikini martini. Enough pop anthems (and shots) might have you dancing under the skull disco ball – a bit of decoration that inspired the mirror ball cocktail: a blend of gin, lemon juice, elderflower and soda water. If you prefer beer? There’s the usual selection of bottled beers and London lagers on tap.