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Ramona Tells Jim
Jasper Johns
The Great River Race
The London Design Festival
London Design Fair
OnBlackheath 2017
Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?
Wanderlust 108


The Wellcome Collection explores the relationship between graphic design and health, The London Design Festival covers everything from fashion to architecture, and the capital's meatiest food festival, Meatopia, returns. LondonTown gives the lowdown on the best London events in September 2017.

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The capital's meatiest food festival returns for a three-day feast.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


Dates: 1st, 2nd and 3rd September 2017


London's meatiest food festival, Meatopia returns once again in 2017. Originally conceived by the late Josh Ozersky, the concept is the biggest festival of BBQ and smoking to hit London, welcoming a raft of UK and international chefs, restaurants, butchers and food heroes. Taking place at Tobacco Dock, the carnivore's paradise will treat guests to tasting-sized portions of dishes from a number of renowned chefs and iconic restaurants. Previous line-ups have included the likes of Pitt Cue, Duck & Waffle, Social Eating House, Berber & Q and Hawksmoor so we can expect big things again this year. And, with the return of the Friday night session, which was introduced in 2016, it's another three-day affair.


Angel Canal Festival

A one-day event with a fun fair, boat trips, regatta and live music.

City Road Basin, , Islington, London, N1 8GJ

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: Sunday 3rd September 2017


The annual one-day Angel Canal Festival is based around the City Road Lock on the peaceful Regent's Canal in Islington and features all sorts of attractions and events for the whole family. Attractions include a children's fun fair, boat trips, regatta, live music, street theatre and a boat rally. With 80 stalls and gazebos arranged along the towpath, there's plenty to choose from - expect to find stalls selling anything from crafts, books, jewellery, food and drink. As well as local businesses, there are a variety of local and national charities on site to raise awareness for their respective causes and to provide entertainment. The festival will be opened, as it is each year, by the Major of Islington, who arrives by boat from the London Canal Museum and gives a welcome speech before starting the Bell-Boat Race in the City Road Basin. Summer may be winding down but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a family day out by the canal.



A look at how the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords came about.

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 5th to 23rd September 2017


Telling the true story of how a young couple planned secret meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Oslo reveals how the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords came about. Featuring dozens of characters and set in locations across the globe, Oslo is both a political thriller and the personal story of a small band of people struggling together - and fighting each other - as they seek to change the world. Nominated for seven TONY Awards including 'Best Play' and 'Best Director', the new play by J.T. Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher has its UK premiere at the National Theatre in September before a West End run at the Harold Pinter Theatre.


Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett's classic play returns to the Arts Theatre.

Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station


Dates: 5th to 23rd September 2017


Samuel Beckett's controversial Waiting for Godot comes to the Arts Theatre in September. The show sees Didi and Gogo and their aching feet pass the time playing games near a tree while they wait for Godot. Joking, bickering and musing, the pair are only interrupted by brutish Pozzo and his hapless servant Lucky. Celebrating the return home of the 1955 production, the theatre is offering 1955 seats under £30 across the run.



Robert Lindsay plays cinematographer Jack Cardiff, co-starring with Claire Skinner.

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU

Tube: Swiss Cottage Station


Dates: 6th September to 14th October 2017


Robert Lindsay, well known for starring in My Family on TV and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the West End, returns to Hampstead for the first time in 35 years. He stars with Claire Skinner (a familiar face to fans of Outnumbered) in the world premiere of Prism, based on the life of legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff. The retired filmmaker, who has swapped movie sets for the sleepy village of Denham in Buckinghamshire, is writing his autobiography but would rather live in the past than remember it. "It's my King Lear" says Robert Lindsay.


Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?

The first major exhibition exploring the relationship between graphic design and health.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station , Euston Station, Warren Street Station


Dates: 7th September 2017 to 14th January 2018


This September, the Wellcome Collection presents the first major exhibition exploring the relationship between graphic design and health. Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? brings together around 200 objects to consider the role graphic design plays in constructing and communicating healthcare messages across the globe, demonstrating how it has been used to persuade, inform and empower. Featuring work by influential figures in graphic design from the 20th century and drawing from both public and private collections, the exhibition will highlight the widespread and often subliminal nature of graphic design, featuring everything from cautionary posters to neon pharmacy signs.



The Globe presents the world premiere of Tristan Bernays' new play.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station


Dates: 8th September to 1st October 2017


This September, Shakespeare's Globe hosts the world premiere of Tristan Bernays' brand new play, Boudica. Directed by Eleanor Rhode, the ancient history play tells the story of one of Britain's most infamous women, who was a queen, a warrior and a rebel. The epic tale of power, politics and love is set in AD 61, Britannia and follows Boudica, the widow of The King of the Iceni, as she tries to claim her rightful throne.


The Great River Race

The rowing equivalent of the London Marathon is bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station , Pimlico Station


Dates: Saturday 9th September 2017


Regarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race gathers over 330 boats for a 21.6 mile race from the Isle of Dogs in east London to Ham House west of London. Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way along the Thames to the idyllic semi-rural Richmond shores. Since launching in 1987, entries have snowballed from a mere 72 entrants to a massive 330 boats carrying over 2,000 competitors, racing for 35 trophies. Festivities along the river at Richmond will begin at noon with live music, a children's beach, donkey rides and food and drink stalls, finishing with a spectacular riverside party at Ham.


OnBlackheath 2017

Metronomy, The Libertines, Travis and Jake Bugg perform this year.

Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0UA

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)


Dates: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017


Music and food festival OnBlackheath returns this September for its fourth year, with headliners Travis and The Libertines. Also taking to the stage will be electronic four-piece Metronomy, American blues ace Seasick Steve, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg and soulful singer KT Tunstall. Further to the music, there will be a John Lewis Food Village where visitors can enjoy award-winning street food, communal dining, a food demonstration stage, guest chefs, pop-up restaurants and a Meantime Craft Brewery Bar. Children are also catered to with the Family Playground, featuring an adventure area, giant art walls, crafting and a storytelling stage.


Rachel Whiteread

The most comprehensive exhibition to date of he first woman to win the Turner Prize.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 12th September 2017 to 4th February 2018


In autumn 2017, Tate Britain stages the most comprehensive exhibition to date of Rachel Whiteread, the first woman to win the Turner Prize. That accolade came in 1993, the same year she made House (arguably her best known work), an 'inside out house' where the fireplaces of the interior could be seen on the outside. This life-sized cast of a condemned terraced house in London's East End, only existed for a few months but established Whiteread as one of the Britain's leading contemporary artists. This exhibition brings together well-known pieces such as Ghost, Untitled (100 Spaces) and Untitled (Staircase) alongside works that have never been exhibited before.


The London Design Festival

This annual festival covers everything from fashion to architecture.


Various Venues Dates: 16th to 24th September 2017


This annual festival takes in sectors as diverse as fashion, architecture, retail, typography, photography and textiles in an ambitious city-wide project. Cultural institutions like the V&A, Somerset House and the Design Museum often take part and the city is divided into design districts - there are hubs in Brompton, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Islington, Queens Park and Shoreditch. Events vary from product launches in tiny boutiques to massive trade shows including designjunction and 100% Design, all part of this fun, fascinating exploration of cutting edge design across the city.


Ramona Tells Jim

A darkly comic play about the inescapable gravity of young love.

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line) , Goldhawk Road Station, Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)


Dates: 20th September to 21st October 2017


Fifteen years after an ill-fated teenage romance during a school field trip to the Scottish Highlands, Ramona returns the close-knit village to reconnect with Jim and clear her conscience about the scandal that changed both of their lives. A darkly comic play about the inescapable gravity of young love written by Sophie Wu.


Basquiat: Boom for Real

The first large-scale exhibition in the UK on late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London, EC2 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 21st September 2017 to 28th January 2018


This September, the Barbican hosts the first large-scale exhibition in the UK on late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat: Boom for Real draws from international museums and private collections to showcase the work of the pioneering prodigy of the downtown New York art scene, who came to the media's attention in 1978 when he teamed up with his classmate Al Diaz to graffiti enigmatic statements across the city under the collective pseudonym SAMO. A famously self-taught artist, Basquiat then went on to become one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. This exhibition will bring together more than 100 works, many of which have never before been seen in the UK.



The art fair returns to London for a seventh year.

Granary Square, Good's Way, Bloomsbury, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Sep 2017


DesignJunction returns to London for a seventh year in 2017, bringing together a series of exhibitions and installations. Held during, and a big part of, the London Design Festival, DesignJunction gives visitors an exciting insight into some of the most innovative products and creations in the design world. The cutting edge show also has a seminar programme, large-scale installations and places to eat. Added extras include a late night shopping event with special discounts, free fizz, a design masterclass, live demos and music.


London Design Fair

Launched in 2016, the fair is back for its second year.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Sep 2017


Launched in 2016, the London Design Fair is an extension of The London Design Festival, taking over a whole floor of the Old Truman Brewery. Last year saw over 200 international exhibitors, showcasing the very latest in contemporary interior products, including furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories go on display, and, while this year's line-up is yet to be announced, it's expected to be just as big.


Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen

A rare opportunity to see little-known production images by the cartoonist.

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 22nd September 2017 to 21st January 2018


Head to The House of Illustration this autumn for a rare opportunity to see little-known production designs by celebrated political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe. The new exhibition, Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen, will invite guests to step into an imagination that is acerbic, explosive and unmistakable with a showcase of works by the celebrated political cartoonist. It will feature costumes and props from Pink Floyd's The Wall, Disney's Hercules and English National Ballet's The Nutcracker. For more work by Gerald Scarfe, head to the plush Scarfes Bar in Rosewood London.


Jasper Johns

A new exhibition on one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 23rd September to 10th December 2017


The Royal Academy hosts a major Jasper Johns exhibition in 2017, showcasing his work in the Main Galleries show. Regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Jasper Johns has remained central to American contemporary art since his arrival in New York in the 1950s and, as the Evening Standard stated, "few living artists have influenced the course of art as profoundly as Johns". This exhibition will show his early paintings alongside his sculptures, prints, collages and drawings, giving focus to a different chapter in his career. It provides a rare opportunity to see such a vast collection of the artist's work outside of America.


Wanderlust 108

The world's only mindful triathlon comes to London this summer.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: Saturday 23rd September 2017


Producers of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, Wanderlust present the world's only mindful triathlon this summer. Taking place in Victoria Park, Wanderlust 108 involves a 5km run (or walk), an outdoor 90-minute yoga class and a guided meditation. There will also be free scheduled aerial yoga, acro-yoga, hooping and walking meditation classes as well as live music and DJs, artisanal vendors selling everything from clothing to jewellery, local food and plenty of further activities.


Jane Eyre

A bold re-imagining of the much-loved story.

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 26th September to 21st October 2017


2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the first publication of Charlotte Bronte's classic and much loved story, Jane Eyre. A good time, then, for Sally Cookson's bold re-imagining of Jane Eyre to be staged at the National Theatre, the culmination of a major twenty one city tour of the UK. Nadia Clifford plays the spirited heroine who fights for freedom and fulfilment in the face of poverty and justice and Tim Delap makes his National Theatre debut as Rochester. This acclaimed production was described by the Daily Telegraph as "fresh and wonderfully engaging".


Young Frankenstein

Mel Brooks' uproarious musical based on his Oscar-nominated 1974 film.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 28th September 2017 to 10th February 2018


Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph and Hadley Fraser lead the cast of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' uproarious musical based on his Oscar-nominated 1974 film about a New York brain surgeon. Hadley Fraser plays the title role of Dr Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein, and immortalised by Gene Wilder in the 1974 movie, who inherits a Transylvanian castle from his deranged grandfather and falls in love with a sexy laboratory assistant, played by Summer Strallen. Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mel Brooks says he has "cockneyed up" his musical for its West End debut.


Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

A landmark exhibition told through the lens of seven premieres in seven European cities.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 30th September 2017 to 25th February 2018


The V&A and the Royal Opera House team up this year to present landmark exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics. Told through the lens of seven premieres in seven European cities, the exhibition explores the story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day, culminating in the international explosion of opera in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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