The Time Out London hot list
The biggest and best things happening in London this week
Summer may officially be over, but there are still plenty of scorchin' hot things to do in the capital this September. For starters, check out a handful of great happenings in the city just this week below.
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The ten hottest things to do this week
Calling nosey parkers everywhere. Head down to this hugely popular, capital-wide annual festival of architecture, celebrating its 22nd anniversary in 2014.
Themed ‘Revealing’, the festival allows access to hundreds of buildings not normally open to the public – private homes, government buildings, historic sites, educational establishments and many others. New additions for this year include The Leadenhall Building (aka The Cheesegrater), an eco-home in Ealing and Ott's Yard, an architecturally impressive group of re-purposed sheds in Tufnell Park.
Of the more than 800 venues involved, the vast majority will be open to all on a walk-up basis, but around ten per cent will require advance booking; for details of how to book see www.openhouselondon.org.uk.
The former Fugee makes her first London live appearances in over two years. Her comeback album – her first since classic 1998 record 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' – was delayed last year while she served a prison sentence for tax evasion. Expect a typically erratic performance: she may regularly turn up on stage hours late, but when she's on form you'll know it.
Suffolk-born romantic painter John Constable was far from a success in his own lifetime – especially in his home country, where he sold just 20 paintings before his death, aged 60. Now, of course, he's a hugely influential name in the art world and the V&A is hosting this exhibition of Constable's works – alongside classical landscape artists Ruisdael and Claude – to explore his creative process. More than 250 drawings and watercolours will be on display, as well as mezzotints and oil sketches.
Why not ape those who have already signed up for this eight-kilometre charity and spend your saturday racing around the city in a gorilla suit? Money raised will go towards biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction projects in central Africa. The registration fee is £50 in advance, but that includes a gorilla suit which you get to keep, and therefore an end to fancy dress worries forever. The route passes the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral as it winds its way through the City, so the gorillas may pass some more traditional suits on their way back to the finish line.
Make sure you come hungry to this celebration of the low- and slow-cooked BBQ stalwart, beef brisket. The repetitive but tempting menu is simply one dish eight times, but with the likes of Neil Rankin, Smokestak and Miss P's BBQ all providing their take on the moist meat, you might even be hankering after a ninth. Tickets include a serving of all eight briskets and a pint of USA Hells from Camden Town Brewery. Booking is recommended, but if you can't face planning ahead there will be brisket sandwiches which involve a mixture of all eight varieties available on the day.
Irish actor Cillian Murphy and Irish playwright Enda Walsh are no strangers – they've been working together on and off since they both broke through in 1996 with 'Disco Pigs'. Having appeared last at the National Theatre in 2012 in Walsh's play 'Misterman', Murphy and Walsh return with another collaboration 'Ballyturk'. Murphy won't be on his own this time though, he's joined by Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea in the story of two men whose lives unravel over a tumultuous 90 minutes.
Fill your pockets with change and head over to the Olympic Park in Stratford for this car boot sale with a difference. You can pick up any number of retro bits-and-bobs from the 100 or so traders, or tuck into street food and quality tipples. You might even spot Kenickie buying Rizzo a drink.
If you happen to own a vintage (pre-1989) vehicle – cars, motorbikes, vans, even bicycles are welcome - and have wares to peddle (vintage clothing and accessories, snazzy cocktails, craft beers or street snacks) you'll be in demand: register with a photo on the Classic Car Boot website.
This smart and deliriously strange film, follows Australian rock musician and writer Nick Cave, from dawn til dusk, on his 20,000th day in the world. Despite its down-to-earth premise, this is far from your traditional fly-on-the-wall doc. Everything feels planned, formal, collaborative and it plays out more like a drama – Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue and assorted Bad Seeds also make appearances. '20,000 Days on Earth' conceals as much as it reveals, but is thrilling to behold.
Mind-altering substances hold a special fascination for many people - and what could be better than having the botanical experts at Kew to explain them? The Intoxication Season will explore everything from the opium poppy to coffee, alcohol and tobacco, with the same substance at one moment seen as medicine, another as poison. Food experimentalists Bompas and Parr will host a Plant Connoisseurs' Club in the Secluded Glasshouse, where participants (over-18s only) are invited to try unusual plants.
The tipple of choice for ruddy-faced, bewhiskered Wurzels-enthusiasts has had a makeover. Like ale before it, cider is enjoying a renaissance thanks to a growing band of publicans who now source the genuine article from independent producers. So ditch the Snakebite and Black this weekend and head down to one of ten hand-picked pubs serving the best in artisanal ciders.
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