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U.S. Embassy London is part of this year's Open House London

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U.S. Embassy London is part of this year's Open House London
Head Above Water at designjunction
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room
Peckham Road Fire Station Opening Weekend
The Vaccines headline Goose Island LDN Block Party 2018
Chiswick House Dog Show
London Transport Museum's Depot Open Weekend - Moving London
HowTheLightGetsIn Festival
Songlines is part of the HighTide Festival
Hospitality in the Park


Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.


Open House London


Various Venues Dates: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018


One weekend a year we get to go behind doors which are, for the rest of the year, closed to the public and see inside London's architectural landmarks. The fantastic, free Open House London allows access to more than 800 of the city's sites and buildings. This year's highlights include the newly opened Aga Khan Centre, Bloomberg's European HQ and The Bridge Theatre. There's a wealth of architectural gems to choose from, including old favourites like the BT Tower and Burlington House, now part of the new Royal Academy of Arts, as well as City of London icons, the Cheesegrater and 'The Gherkin'. You can also get inside some of the grandest private homes in your own neighbourhood - it's a voyeur's dream come true. For the more serious students of contemporary design, this is a chance to visit spaces by famous modern architects, some of whom give talks and tours of the buildings they've designed. Entry to some houses is only permitted via pre-booked tickets acquired through the website You're advised to bring booking confirmation with you.



Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, Off Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PH

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Sep 2018


For its eighth year designjunction, a key part of the London Design Festival, moves to the South Bank. Spread across three sites, The Riverside Walkway will showcase outdoor installations including Mud Shell, a housing project turning temporary housing into permanent homes, colourful ribbons covering a jetty and Head Above Water, a 9 metre high sculpture on Queen's Stone jetty, created in support of mental health. Nearby, the Doon Street site will house 200 international design brands and temporary pop up shops while Oxo Tower Wharf and Bargehouse host product launches, installations, exhibitions and a specially curated talks programme. Don't miss the disco inspired furniture pop up and The Experimental Perfume Club where you can blend your own fragrance.


Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

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: 17th September to 20th October 2018


Dark and warped humour from London-based Canadian stand-up, Katherine Ryan, who uses the sparkly decoration of her young daughter's bedroom as the starting point for her musing on gender inequality, motherhood and suburban life. Ryan presents an "invigorating take on sole parenting" (The Guardian) and weaves Melania Trump, Khloe Kardashian's 'revenge body' and the hit musical Hamilton into her show.


Peckham Road Fire Station Opening Weekend

South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018


A celebratory weekend of free events marks the opening of the former Peckham Road Fire Station as the new annexe to the South London Gallery. Renovated by 6a architects, the Grade II listed Victorian building has been preserved - and not, like the Chiltern Firehouse, by being turned into a posh hotel - but by becoming a bastion of modern art with light-filled spaces over four floors, kept to the original layout of rooms as much as possible. On the opening weekend you can see the humorous KNOCK KNOCK exhibition and take part in free activities. Explore the new exhibition galleries, archive, kitchen, education studio and artist's studio.


Goose Island LDN Block Party

Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London, E2 9DY

Tube: Bethnal Green Station


Dates: Saturday 22nd September 2018


The Chicago-based Goose Island Brewery is bringing beer, live music and street food to Shoreditch this summer with the LDN Block Party, its biggest beer festival of the year. Moving to Oval Space in Bethnal Green in 2018, the street party on Saturday 22nd September closes the road so you can dance the night away in a true Block Party style. There's live music from Laura Misch, Willie J Healey, Dream Wife and a DJ set from one of indie band Ghostpoet as well as a special headliner. Head over Harley Dogs on the 'Hop Terrace' for hop smoked meats served from the back of a Harley Davidson or visit 'John's Diner', named after Goose Island founder, John Hall, for savoury donuts paired with the Goose Island Vintage ale. With Goose IPA and one off brews exclusive to LDN Block Party 2018, this is one for the beer lovers.


Chiswick House Dog Show

Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station


Dates: Sunday 23rd September 2018


One of the biggest and certainly the best dog shows in London town, the Chiswick House Dog Show is a fun day out even if you don't have a four legged friend. With celebrity judges - David Tennant, Mel Giedroyc, Wayne Sleep and Ant and Dec have all judged in the past - and 18 classes to enter, there's always something to see and it's fun seeing whether you agree with the judges' on who's the best dressed or which pooch really does have talent. Good old fashioned games - like the human fruit machine - create the feeling of a village fair and there are over 40 stands selling everything from dog beds to country coats. Food and drink stalls get busy but you can always bring your own picnic, set the rug down and make a day of it. Each year the fancy dress competition sparks creativity and this year the theme is the circus, joining in the CIRCUS 250 nationwide celebration - marking 250 years since the first circus came to London.


London Transport Museum's Depot Open Weekend - Moving London

London Transport Museum Depot, 2 Museum Way, London, W3 9BQ

Tube: Acton Town Station


Dates: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018


Only open twice a year, London Transport Museum's Acton Depot invites you in to explore the inventions, innovations and people behind the story of transport in London. In celebration of the Year of Engineering, Moving London focuses on the creation of the London Underground and the pioneers of civil engineering who built it. Fun for adults and children, there are talks with with author Anthony Badsey-Ellis and Geoff Marshall, master of 'Tube Station Trivia'. Go beyond the buses and trains and enjoy talks about London City Airport and the history of the Woolwich Ferry and Docklands. Get a tour of the poster store with expert guides, enjoy family craft activities, ride on a miniature railway and explore vintage vehicles at the back of the depot.


HowTheLightGetsIn Festival

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR

Tube: Highgate Station


Dates: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018


The world's largest philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn comes to London September. Hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas and taking place in the grounds of Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, the festival has a programme of debates, talks, music and comedy, bringing together more than 100 events in total. Witness cognitive scientist Steven Pinker in debate, see human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell take part in The Morality of the Tribe, and watch author Deborah Levy debate mystery and the supernatural. Other guests on the line-up include mathematician and Hawking collaborator Roger Penrose, Nobel prize-winning Amy Chua and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein. Music wise, expect everything from dance music to intimate singer-songwriter gigs.


HighTide Festival

Walthamstow Town Square Gardens, Walthamstow Town Square, London, E17 7JH

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station


Dates: 18th to 30th September 2018


Following a successful first year in 2017, HighTide Festival returns to Walthamstow popping up in two giant heated tipis in Walthamstow Town Square Gardens. As well as theatre, comedy, music, and family entertainment the free to enter site is lit up by neon pieces from God's Own Junkyard. The ticketed festival programme includes eleven family shows. Local company Baby Panda presents Five Little Monkeys while visiting companies include HighRise Theatre with Lil.Miss.Lady, exploring the history of Grime, and Waltham Forest company Stand and Be Counted presenting Where We Began, exploring notions of home. Comedy highlights include Tim Key's Megadate and five productions fresh from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Tallulah Brown's coming of age tale, Songlines, is a highlight, featuring live folk music from TRILLS, who also perform a one-off gig. Food traders from the local area and further afield include sausage and vegan dogs by Walthamstow Dogs, Vietnamese street food and Mexican dishes by Homies on Donkeys.


Hospitality in the Park

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station


Dates: Saturday 22nd September 2018


The final festival of the summer, Hospitality in the Park comes to Finsbury Park for its third year on Saturday 22nd September. A feast of drum'n'bass with forays into grime, jungle and dub over nine stages and arenas, the line-up includes headliners High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Foreign Beggars, LTJ Bukem, plus Metalheadz head honcho and drum and bass royalty, Goldie. Further sets come from the likes of Aliz Perez, Barely Legal, Black Sun Empire and Children of Zeus among others. Amateur DJs are encouraged to mix their tunes for Hospitality on the Cuckoos Nest stage and 12 hand-picked street food vendors serve food from The Cheese Truck, Le Bun, Anna Mae's Mac & Cheese and more.

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