Something For The Weekend in London: September 7-9
We’re moving into the autumn season, with colder evenings signalling the end of what could only be described as one of the best summers the capital has ever seen. Weather-wise, maybe not so much – but apparently this weekend is set to make up for all that with blazing sunshine Saturday and Sunday – so here’s a chance to rock those maxis, flip-flops and shorts one last time to bid farewell to summer at the Mayor’s Thames Festival, the Africa Express with Damon Albarn or cheer on the best Paralympic athletics who’ll be cruising around town for the Marathon…
EAT & DRINK: B-Soho Pizzeria and Cocktail Bar, 21-22 Poland Street, W1F 6QG
How much: Various
We say: Friday nights may never be the same again with the opening of this new lively spot in Soho . It not only has an a impressive list cocktail list – after-work drinks, sorted – but keeps things 100% fabulous (and authentic) on the food front, thanks to Neapolitan chef and pizza expert Raffaele Medaglia.
CINEMA: Hackney Film Festival (September 7-9th)
How much: Various
They say: “The Hackney Film Festival is a not-for-profit organisation and a collective of local filmmakers and artists. Our aim is to create a rich film culture within the London Borough of Hackney, by providing a platform for local filmmakers and audio-visual artists to have their works exhibited to the community and a wider London audience” Hackney Film Festival
MUSIC: Africa Express featuring Damon Albarn, Granary Square, Good’s Way, King’s Cross N1C 4AA
How much: £23 + booking fee
They say: “Africa Express began with a trip to Mali in 2006 and has since bought together some of the best musicians from around the world. Over the course of three more trips to Africa and a series of acclaimed concerts in Britain, France, Spain and Nigeria, Africa Express has evolved into what one national newspaper has called “the most revolutionary force in popular music in two decades” Africa Express
ARTS & CULTURE: The Mayor’s Thames Festival (September 8-9th)
How much: FREE
We say: Boris Johnson throws his free annual end-of-summer fête for Londoners which features shows, exhibitions, music, fireworks, and a late-night carnival featuring 1,500 dancers, drummers and revellers in costume (it’s great timing too as the weather’s expected to be amazing this weekend).
ALTERNATIVE: Paralympics Marathon
How much: FREE
We say: Some of the best Paralympic athletics will be taking to London’s streets for the marathon which kicks off from The Mall and covers other notable sights in the capital including Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and Houses of Parliament.
ARTS & CULTURE: Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ
How much: £7.20 adults, £5.40 concessions
We say: Cecil Beaton is one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers and designers. His glamorous photographs of royalty and celebrities projected him to fame but his extraordinary work as a wartime photographer is less well-known. Commissioned by the Ministry of Information in July 1940, Beaton was the longest serving high-profile photographer to cover the Second World War. He travelled throughout Britain, the Middle East, India, China and Burma and captured a world on the brink of lasting change.Arts, culture, festival things to do in London, The Cultural Exposé, what's on in London
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