London’s Culture Crush: What To See, Do And Experience In September
From a charity dinner and concert to celebrating the new memoir from Edward Enninful, here’s what to see and do in London this month.
Enjoy an evening with Edward Enninful: Join Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue, in celebrating his memoir, A Visible Man, with Michaela Coel. The live in-conversation will discuss Edward’s journey into the fashion industry, and he’ll share how, as a Black, gay, working-class refugee, he found freedom through fashion and how he has changed its landscape for the better.
The talk will take place on Sunday, 4 September, at 7:30pm. Ticket prices are £35 – £45 and include a copy of the memoir.
Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
View some experimental, multi-media art: American visual experimental artist Carolee Schneemann is known for exploring the body, narrative, sexuality and gender via her multi-media works, and from 8 September, the Barbican will be presenting Body Politics. The first major U.K. exhibition for this feminist icon will show her works over the past six decades, from early paintings to sculptures, immersive installations and her groundbreaking performance work in which she used her body as a medium.
Address: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Tuck into a charity dinner: Hawksmoor’s Annual Charity Dinner returns to Hawksmoor Guildhall on Saturday, 10 September, and it’ll see Tomos Parry of Brat Restaurant and Florence Knight of Sessions Arts Club, create a feast along with Matt Brown, Hawksmoor’s Group Executive Chef. The evening will be hosted by award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster Jay Rayner.
To date, Hawksmoor Annual Charity Dinner has raised £800.000 in aid of Action Against Hunger, and this year, they’re aiming to reach £1 million to help tackle life-threatening hunger in 51 countries. The event will feature a live art auction alongside money-can’t-buy experiences from gourmet dinners to luxury stays. Tickets are priced at £200 per person and include drinks and canapes followed by a four-course dinner with wine.
Address: Hawksmoor Guildhall, 10 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ
Go to a book club: The Firmdale Book Salons are back, and on 22 September, the Sunday Times best-selling author Bonnie Garmus will discuss her debut novel Lessons in Chemistry with journalist and author Kate Maxwell at the Charlotte Street Hotel. It’ll be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
The salon will take place on the 22 September from 6:30pm – 8pm. Tickets are priced at £20 per person and include a glass of wine or non-alcoholic cocktail.
Address: Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RJ
Attend a classical charity concert: A talented group of 75 medical professionals known as The Doctor’s Orchestra, led by surgeon and musician Stephen Brearley, will be reuniting for their annual concert in aid of the charity Freedom From Torture with a Nordic-inspired program. This year, they will be accompanied by the award-winning violinist Nathan Mierdl.
Enjoy the performance from the seats of the prestigious Cadogan Hall in Chelsea or live-stream the concert from home on 19 September from 7:30pm.
Address: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
Stock up on back-to-school stationery: Running until 16 October is the new Anya Hindmarch concept store in town, and it’s in the form of AH Stationery in ode to her stationery collection. Inspired by traditional stationery shops, the space is nostalgic, playful and full to the brim with colorful leather stationery accessories (journals, foilos and pencil cases) to rulers, bookmarks and her signature multi-pocket satchels.
“Post the summer holidays always feels like the start of a new year to me. A chance to reset, reorganize and replenish the stationery supplies for the new season ahead.” Anya Hindmarch
Address: AH Stationery The Village Hall, 11 Pont Street, London, SW1X 9EJ
Drink a negroni cocktail: From 12-18 September marks Negroni Week, and that’s a good enough excuse to partake in a tipple. Top hotspots include NEGRONI’S, Bar Termini, Bar 45, and Punch Room at The London EDITION.
Address: Across London