THE FABRIC OF INDIA
‘The Fabric of India’ is the first major exhibition to explore handmade textiles from India, bringing together over 200 objects ranging from the 3rd to the 21st century. This exhibition also provides a fascinating look at India’s cultural heritage with early and rare examples including an 18th-century sultan’s tent on display. Also offering an insight into the making processes this is a must-see for those with an interest in textiles. At the Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, until the 10 January 2016
GOYA: THE PORTRAITS
Already 37 when he secured his first important portrait commission from Spain’s Prime Minister, Count Floridablanca, Goya’s reputation grew quickly. Ambitious and proud of his status, he gained patrons from the entire breadth of Spanish society: from the royal family and aristocrats, to intellectuals, politicians and military figures, to his own friends and family. This Exhibition presents 70 of the most outstanding works, along with never-before-seen in London miniatures. At The National Gallery until 10 January 2016
Frank Auerbach is on of the most celebrated living painters of our time, the German-born British is best known for his thickly layered oil paintings, and his worked is often compared to the likes of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.
This retrospective at the Tate Britain follows his life as an artist from the darker pieces his earlier years through to the more vibrant London landscapes of recent years, inspired by Camden Town where he has both lived and worked for over half a century. At The Tate Britain until Sunday 13 March, 2016
LEE MILLER: A WOMEN’S WAR
This exhibition showcases the work of American fashion model, muse and photographer Lee Miller as she explores the impact of World War II on women's lives. Her photographs from this time address her gender and the new exhibition features many photographs, objects, art and personal items never before seen on display. At the Imperial War Museum Until 24 April 2016.
FRIEZE ART FAIR
Every year Regents Park becomes home to the world’s leading contemporary art fair, and Frieze 2015 promises to be yet another fantastic year. With highlights set to include ‘The Sculpture Park’ curated by Clare Lilley of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a wealth of performances and participatory art including a live portrait session with Ken Kagami, specially commissioned projects, and a host of works on show by London’s leading galleries. Those in need of a sit down can head to Frieze Talks featuring speakers such as Dame Vivienne Westwood, Adrian Searle, Prem Sahib and Anicka Yi amongst many others. Surely there is far more to see than is possible in 4 days, but try your luck and head to Frieze London and Frieze Master in Regents Park from 14–17 October
NEW OPENING: SEXY FISH
New to the No.5 Maddox St. neighborhood is the latest offering from Richard Caring (of Caprice Holdings) – Sexy Fish, an Asian fish and seafood restaurant were you can taste everything from robata grilled fish, and a raw bar, to market fish over charcoal and caviar. Dine among artwork from Damien Hirst, Frank Gehry and Michael Roberts, in the mid-century glamour surrounds that are also home to two of the largest live coral reef tanks in the world. Also holding the world’s biggest Japanese whisky collections, Sexy fish is dressed to impress, and we can’t wait to try it out. Opens Monday 19 October
NEW OPENING:LES 110 DE TAILLEVENT
Opening later on in the month, the iconic two-Michelin starred Parisian restaurant has made its second home just off Cavendish Square in Marylebone. Carrying over much of the spirit of its Parisian sister, the relaxed brasserie setting will offer cotemporary and seasonal French dishes. The 110 in its name refers to the impressive 110 wines that available by the glass, truly taking the art of wine paring to new heights. So there’s no excuse to not to have the most perfectly matched wine with every dish.
LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK
London Cocktail Week is back and this year is set to be the biggest festival yet with 250 bars joinign the party. A £10 wristband gives access to unlimited mixologist-made-drinks deals and entrance to the Cocktail Village at Old Spitalfields Market all week. If this inspires you to try your hand at cocktail making there’s masterclasses, or watch World Class Mixologists in action at the Hub in Soho.?Don’t miss the chance to sample some incredibly special tipples as bars across the capital show off their cocktail-making prowess.
RUGBY WORLD CUP
This year England is hosting the Rugby World Cup, and Rugby fever has already taken hold with matches set to play up and down the country, with the final taking place at the home of Rugby in the UK – Twickenham Stadium. However those without match tickets can still experience the atmosphere and show support for their teams with many local pups and bars around the capital showing games. Take a look at our neighbourhood guide for our favourite pubs and bars in the area
While London never goes quite as all out as our American cousins do, there is still a lot of spooky goings on to enjoy in the capital this year.?There’s eerie evening tours of Kensington Palace, or seek refuge from the ghouls outside with a back-to-back movie marathon at the Prince Charles Cinema. There’s plenty on offer for those with early bedtimes with London Zoo’s ‘Boo at the Zoo’ or Museums at Night, so get dressed up and go out on Saturday 31 October.
Image credit L-R: The V&A, Frieze Art Fair, Frank Auerbach/Tate, Lee Miller.