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What’s On in London This Week? The Town Culture Diary

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What’s On in London This Week? The Town Culture Diary

Don't miss the best cultural events in the UK during the month...


What’s on in London this week? From the hottest show openings, new art exhibitions in London, restaurants to book into and ticketsp to buy now. Here’s your culture guide to the month ahead…

What’s on in London? October 2018

1 October

London Shell Co’s Sea Harvest Cruises

London Shell Co - Sea Harvest - Table Setting

On an unsuspecting boat docked minutes from Paddington station awaits a night of fantastic food, fine wine, good conversation and a whole bunch of merriment. Book a spot at one of London Shell Co’s daily (bar Monday) cruises where you’ll enjoy a traditional post-summer banquet of fresh seafood from the South West paired with wine hand selected by the founder himself. The trip from Paddington to Camden and back again is elegant and leisurely as is the live music and general atmosphere, and will drop you back off with a full belly, warm heart and a new found knowledge of the wines, sherry’s, ciders and aperitifs you’ll be tasting! Tickets are £55 for food, cruise and a welcome drink – book here!

IWM London; BBC One, London

14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museum, in association with the BBC, have commissioned Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to create a new film about the First World War. The film is being made exclusively with original archive footage from the Imperial War Museum and audio from the BBC archives. The footage has been hand-colourised and restored using the finest digital techniques and will premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival in 2018 and air on BBC One. Screenings throughout October & November.

Foxfinder at The Ambassadors Theatre

Iwan Rheon

Dawn King’s Foxfinder will have its West End premiere starring Olivier Award-winner Iwan Rheon. William Bloor, a foxfinder, arrives at Judith and Samuel Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected fox infestation. The Covey’s harvest has failed to meet their target and the government wants to know why. Trained from childhood, William is fixated on his mission to unearth the animals that must be to blame for the Covey’s woes. The unsettling and dark, comic drama is directed by Rachel O’Riordan, whose production of Killology at the Royal Court won the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre. Until 5 Jan 2019.

Fortnum’s X Frank 2018 (FXF18)

This year, for Fortnum & Mason’s annual artistic collaboration, art collector Frank Cohen lends a body of work by British landscape artist, John Virtue. Fortnum’s X Frank 2018 (FXF18) will exhibit the 70 large-scale monochromatic works across the floors of the luxury London store in Piccadilly.  Until 20 October.

3 October

Survey, Jerwood Gallery

Simeon Barclay, Handicap (2016). Multi colour neon, black acrylic. Photograph Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. Image courtesy of the artist

Through its web of alumni artists and informed curators, The Jerwood Charitable Foundation has taken the country’s creative heartbeat. Established artists have nominated two artists in the first five years of their career, a list that has been whittled down from 72 to 15, whose work reflects the state of the artistic landscape throughout the country. Political and challenging, this will be the ultimate one to watch list. 3 October to 16 December,

4 October

Sublime Symmetry, Guildhall Art Gallery

William De Morgan, Persian Coloured Rice Dish (1872 - 1907)

Inspired by ancient Persian pottery and a trainee of Wiliam Morris, William De Morgan went onto become a leading ceramist of the late-Victorian period. Son of Augustus De Morgan, the first Professor of Mathematics at University College London, William had maths in his blood. Morgan Senior tutored Countess Ada Lovelace – the first computer programmer. No wonder, then, that his son saw beauty in symmetry and satisfaction in well-proportioned craft. Until 28 October,

5 October

Maiyet Collective Concept Store Opening

The Maiyet Collective Concept Store opens today in London, bringing together the largest collection of luxury sustainable accessories, jewellery, fashion, beauty and home brands in one place. Boasting well-known names such as M.i.h Jeans and Atelier Swarovski, their base at the home of social impact, The Conduit, can be visited by the public on Fridays and Saturdays. Head there for your Christmas shopping, payday splash out and to discover over 50 of London’s finest sustainable lifestyle brands.

Jude Christian’s othellomacbeth

In othellomacbeth, Shakespeare’s two brutal, poetic plays are condensed and told from the female perspective. Under the direction of Jude Christian, cycles of violence give way, allowing the wronged women of Othello to exact their revenge on Macbeth in a society showing the cracks of patriarchy. 5 October to 3 November,

6 October

Crafty Fox Market

Crafty Fox Market

The October edition of the ‘ultimate craft market’ returns to Elephant & Castle for a one-day event of independent, artisan shopping. Meet 30+ brilliant traders selling a range of products including prints, jewellery and organic beauty and take part in a free drawing workshop from Dulcimer DrawsUntil 4 September, free entry,

Dance Umbrella

dance umbrella

The 40th anniversary of London’s international dance festival, Dance Umbrella, features Big Dance Theatre’s new romp told through the diaries of Samuel Pepys. Other highlights of this Old Vic festival include Sasha Milavic Davies’ ‘Everything That Rises Must Dance’ – a celebration of female movement created by over 200 London women. 26 September – 21 October.

Tiffany & Co. x Outset

Tiffany & Co. x Outset

Covent Gardens’ Tiffany & Co. store is home to, for the next three weeks, an exhibition featuring the works of art of the winners of the Tiffany & Co. x Outset Studiomakers Prize. Judged by a panel of experts including Justine Simons, deputy mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries and Richard Moore, the divisional vice president for store design & creative visual merchandising at Tiffany’s, the seven winners were selected from world-class art schools such as Central Saint Martins and Goldsmiths University. The prize? 12 months of rent-free studio space in London, giving the artists the gift of being able to refine their craft without the financial burden that so many creative graduates bear. We recommend a visit to the store to check out the incredible talent of all seven winners, and whilst you’re there, bask in the glistening and idyllic turquoise haven with a personalisation station and gorgeous gifts for everyone and anyone (including a very necessary Tiffany’s dog collar and an even more necessary Tiffany’s solid silver first aid pot).

9 October

Gig: The Vryll Society

Rocky and electro, this Liverpudlian band have created a moreish sound for nostalgic, contemporary types. More, please. Tours 9-18 October,

12 October

Heist Beer Bank Festival


Calling all pale ale, pilsner and lager fans: the Heist Bank Beer Festival is back for its second annual golden-bubbly carnival. Try beers from Australia and Scandinavia and be the first to experience seasonal releases and exclusive collaborations. Carb load at the pizza oven and play in the ‘Games Room’ where you’ll find beer and cheese pairings, beer yoga and much more. There’ll be DJs all night, as much beer as one could possibly want and great vibes all round. 12-14 October. Tickets are £15 on the door or at

13 October

King Lear

The Dule of York Theatre’s King Lear will supposedly be Ian McKellen’s last go at Shakespeare in a staging so intimate that half the theatre’s stall seats were removed. Until 3 November,

17 October

St. Moritz Apres Ski Bar at Chel-Ski


Launching next Wednesday, ahead of the ski season, is the St. Moritz Après Ski Bar. After skiing and snowboarding in London’s most prestigious ski and snowboard centre, Chel-Ski, the Alpine bar will offer an authentic apres-ski experience, complete with fairy lights, fur-lined stools, warming winter drinks and vintage ski memorabilia to further immerse guests in the theme. Open seven days a week, prepare for ski season by booking a practice session and brushing up on your skills, then reward yourself with a glass of glüwein and tasty raclette. The bar will be open all year round and is available for private hire.

150 Years of St Pancras – Golden Age of Travel Dinner

150 Years of St Pancras - Golden Age of Travel Dinner

In celebration of the London landmark’s 15oth anniversary, St Pancras’s Brasserie by Searcys is hosting a special, one-off anniversary dinner with a Victorian-style three-course meal. Guests will begin with a smoked eel dish, inspired by the Victorian era when fresh ingredients were scarcely available, continuing with a suckling pig assiette paying homage to wholesome British ingredients, ending with a sumptuous pudding inspired by The Midland Rail Line, which originally transported milk to London from the Lake District in the late 1800s. Each dish will be served with a glass of English sparkling wine, and if you miss the anniversary dinner itself, make sure to visit Searcys during the month of October for special dishes included in the à la carte menu. Tickets £65,

Souljourn Yoga Experience with The Girls Home

The Girls Home presents an evening with The Souljourn Yoga Foundation of New York. Enjoy a relaxing evening in the magical surroundings of 42 Acres in Shoreditch from 7.30 pm. Snacks and drinks will be served after an hour Global Yoga Class. Everyone who attends will be lucky enough to receive a goody bag containing stress-busting gifts! There will be the beautiful & exclusive The Home of Love Merchandise available to buy on the evening to further support The Girls Home project. 7.15pm, 17 October, tickets from £32.00 at

21 October

Magnus Lindberg – Triumph to Exist, Royal Festival Hall

Composer Magnus Lindberg marks the centenary of Armistice with a major new work using the text of Edith Södergran’s poem Triumph to Exist, as part of 14-18 NOW. The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir will premiere Lindberg’s new setting of the poem at the Royal Festival Hall alongside three other works with powerful wartime resonance: Debussy’s Berceuse héroïqueRequiem Canticles, Stravinsky’s adaptation of the Catholic requiem mass; and The Eternal Gospel, Janáček’s 1914 oratorio. Until 10 November, tickets available through

23 October

Gig: Cat Power

Cat Power

Multi-talent extraordinaire Chan Marshall is vocalist, songwriter and producer to her new album Wandered – with exquisite results. 23 October,

24 October

Gig: Khruangbin


Born in Texas and influenced by 60s and 70s Thai funk, this new band’s twangy instrumental feels familiar yet unique. Meditative and psychedelic. Tours 24-26 October,

25 October

Gig: Lord Huron

Lord Huron

Their song The Night We Met featured in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, and went platinum in January. Worthy endorsement or not, this combination of folk, acoustic and electro is just right. Tours 25-29 October,

26 October

Artes Mundi 8 at National Museum Cardiff

Bouchra Khalili. The Tempest Society. Digital film. 2017. Sound. Colour.

Artes Mundi 8, the UK’s political prize for art that engages with everyday life and social issues, opens its shortlist exhibition at National Museum Cardiff. The prize of £40,000 is up for grabs by contenders Anna Boghiguian, Bouchra Khalili, Otobong Nkanga, Trevor Paglen and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. 26 October to 24 February,

Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross

Architect Thomas Heatherwick's studio in Coal Drops Yard

Coal Drops Yard opens in King’s Cross, giving the historical coal facility a new life as a 50 store-strong shopping district with the likes of Pual Smith and Barrafina interwoven in a contemporary design with the surviving structures, street and rich ironwork of the original Victorian coal drops. 26 October,

27 October

First Amongst Equals at the Foundling Museum

First Amongst Equals at the Foundling Museum

As part of The Foundling Museum’s year-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the centenary of female suffrage and International Women’s Day, Maker Not Muse is a series of talks which rewrites the narrative of women as artists and creators rather than subject of matter. About time too. Until 13 Jan 2019,

29 October

Gig: Jennie Abrahamson

Jennie Abrahamson

A hit in her native Sweden, her fifth album Reverseries develops Abrahamson’s dreamlike and ethereal sound. Original and energising. 29 October,

30 October

Fire & Fury, Sadler’s Wells

Yvette Knight, Fire and Fury

When courtiers first saw Louis XIV dressed in a gold lamé, a radial crown around his face, they little thought this was the start of a great art form – ballet. The Roi Soleil made a political as well as an artistic point. The Birmingham Royal Ballet‘s The King Dances imagines the beginnings of ballet among the extravagant court when Louis led the arts of Europe – and established his own one-man state. In the same evening, a new dance – Ignite – will premiere, inspired by Turner’s The Burning of the House of Lords and Commons. Bravo, Birmingham. 30 & 31 October,


Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Contagion, photo Chris Nash

The pandemic of influenza that devastated Europe as the First World War ended killed more people than all the casualties of that horrific conflict. Contagion, a new ballet by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, boldly re-visits this terrifying time in a work commisioned by 14-18 NOW, an arts venue with a remit to re-imagine those years of turbulence. So many artists and poets were slain in the deadly clash of nations but little is felt or known of the victims of its aftermath like the painter Egon Schiele who died as the disease, known then as Spanish Flu, swept the world from India to the West. A surprising postscript to the acts of artistic remembrance. Until 3 November,

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings at The Royal Academy

The Royal Academy of Arts are hosting an impressive event this September to mark 50 years of Renzo Piano’s pioneering work. The five month long event will be the first up-close exhibition in London about the spectacular architect in almost 30 years. The fascinating exhibition will take you through his life whilst focusing on key aspects which have marked his career and changed several cities skylines forever. Head down to Piccadilly to explore one of the greatest architects of our time and get an an insight into his current projects.  Until 20 January,

Renzo Piano


Koestler Trust x Southbank Centre: ‘I’m Still Here’

'Lucy', from HM Young Offenders Institution, Cookham Wood

Koestler Trust’s 11th exhibition in partnership with Southbank Centre, I’m Still Here, presents art by offenders, secure patients and detainees, curated by the inmates’ families to allow a personal exploration of what it’s like to have a loved one behind bars. 19th September to 4 November,

Christian Marclay: The Clock

The product of years of painstaking research; Marclay poured through hours of clock footage to produce a real-time 24 installation of clocks. Taking the viewer through myriad film genres, once a month the gallery will remain open for 24 hours to allow visitors to watch the whole installation as intended. Until 20 January,

The Inheritance, West End

Directed by Stephan Daldry, The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez comes to the West End after a sell-out Young Vic run. Transposing E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End to 21st century New York, the epic play in two parts asks what it’s like to be a gay man after the AIDS crisis. Until 5 January,

Goop’s London Debut

10 years ago on September 25th marks the anniversary of Gwyneth Paltrow sending her first ever Goop e-newsletter from her North London home. Since then, Goop has gone on to become a beloved lifestyle brand trusted by thousands. To mark this special date and celebrate the company’s expansion into the European e-commerce market, Goop is launching a pop-up store where fans of the brand can come and learn about its values, products and its uniquely holistic approach to wellbeing. September 25 – January 27,

Aēsop Richmond’s Dinner Series

Head down to Aēsop Richmond and take a seat at one of their unique dinners to explore the transformative journey of seasonal ingredients. With an event taking place each season, guests will learn about the ingredients on their plates from initial growth through various treatments. 27 September – 8 November, tickets from £70,

Aēsop Richmond's Dinner Series, plate of food

October 27th

Bulldog Gin x Alphabet Bar

Bulldog Gin x Alphabet Bar

Alphabet Bar found its new home back in August, relocating from Soho to Islington’s bustling Upper Street. After the roaring success of Bulldog Gins’ brunch sessions held in Pikes in Ibiza, then on at Printworks earlier this year, the carefully curated sessions are back and better than ever with a host of internationally renowned DJs including Jez Pereira, a Ministry of Sound regular who’ll be kicking of this seasons’ Bulldog sessions on Saturday 29th, Jasmine, who has appeared regularly in Amsterdam and Ibiza (catch her on October 27th) and Hed Kandi ambassador Siggy Smalls on November 24th who has regular residencies at popular East London venues including The Hoxton Pony and The Magic Roundabout. A great venue for live music and a night out, enjoy the menu of delicious £7 cocktails crafted by Bulldog Gin and the Mediterranean inspired sharing plates. Free entry, 

12 November

Phoebe Dickinson at Tessa Packard


London-based painter Phoebe Dickinson will bring her first solo exhibition, ‘Journey Through Landscape’ to Tessa Packham’s showroom in Chelsea this November. Her distinguishable work, in the style of late 19th-century American masters, will be on show in this short but sweet exhibition, marking a shift in her work. Featuring over 100 paintings of pastoral landscapes and more, inspired by her year of global travels, this exhibition really is one to see. 12 – 14 November, 

13 November

SUBTLE: Delicate or Infinitesimal

SUBTLE Delicate or Infinitesimal

Japan House London will present its third exhibition next month with Subtle: Delicate or Infinitesimal, a presentation and celebration of Japanese minimalism and the art of paper. After success in LA and São Paulo, Japan House London is bringing the exhibition that showcases the extraordinary, limitless possibilities of what can be created with fine paper to the capital with exhibits by 15 creators, living and working in Japan, representing industries including art, graphic design, fashion and literature. Split into four parts, the exhibition will feature Creation: showcasing the concept of Subtle; Collection: examples of products such as paper lace and uchiwa paddle; Portrait: a curated selection of UEDA Yoshihiko’s photography and Products: a presentation exploring how technological developments have affected and enhanced paper innovation. Entry is free.  Japan House London is on Kensington High Street; 13 November – 24 December; for more details, visit

20 November

Pinter at the Pinter

Harold Pinter
A roll call of great names, including Keith Allen, Martin Freeman and Celia Imrie, will tread the boards in Pinter at the Pinter, a season where all 20 one-act-plays by the 20th-century playwright will run together for the very first time, and at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Until 26 January 2019.

28 November

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 191-33

Albert Birkle, The Acrobat Schulz V 1921

Albert Birkle, The Acrobat Schulz V 1921

Tate Modern explores the art of the Weimar Republic (1919-33) in a year-long, free display, drawing upon the rich holdings of The George Economou Collection. This presentation of around seventy paintings and works on paper addresses the complex paradoxes of the Weimar era, in which liberalisation and anti-militarism flourished in tandem with political and economic uncertainty. Until 14 July 2019

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