September in London may be ‘back to school’ time, but it’s also when the city comes alive. A lot of London’s cultural scene goes into semi-hibernation mode over the summer, but come autumn it kicks back into gear with landmark museum exhibitions, new theatre and art shows and brand new food and drink openings.
One of the most anticipated big exhibitions of the year hits in September. The V&A’s ‘Hallyu! The Korean Wave’ is a large-scale exploration of Korean pop culture and the first of its kind in the UK, taking a look at South Korea’s music, movies, fashion and online games from the explosion of K-Pop bands to the ‘Gangnam Style’ craze.
London theatres will also be gearing up for a brand new season of shows with the National Theatre putting on an ‘urgent new staging’ Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, the Donmar Warehouse will see US smash-hit musical ‘The Band’s Visit’ have its UK premiere, while big guns Helen Hunt and Simon Russell Beale will be taking to the stage, with Oscar-winner Hunt in new play ‘Eureka Day’ and Russell Beale playing the lead in Henrik Ibsen’s classic ‘John Gabriel Borkman’.
In the art world, Freize is taking over Regent’s Park again with a collection of eye-popping sculptures, Damien Hirst is burning his paintings in Newport Street Gallery and there are also major (and much-needed) retrospectives of Slovakian artist Maria Bartuszová and iconic performance artist Carolee Schneemann.
There’s also a whole host of city-wide fests taking over the capital, including Open House London – giving us a chance to get a sneak peek inside usually private buildings – London Design Festival and Totally Thames – the brilliant celebration of London’s watery main artery complete with an illuminated flotilla installation.
While autumn is still on the horizon, summer isn’t over yet. So make sure you grab your final chance to enjoy the spoils of the season by booking a seat at some of London’s best rooftop bars and alfresco restaurants and lolling about in the city’s best urban beaches, parks and lidos. Get your diary out and start filling it up now.
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