Summer may be coming to an end but London's culture scene is just warming up. Here is our edit of the best the capital has to offer this season.



Open House Festival
4th – 11th September | Various Venus


Celebrate London's architectural wonders as Open House London 2021 throws open the doors of iconic buildings and spaces around the capital, whether you're at home or in the city.

Enjoy free access to buildings which are not usually open to public, from private houses to places of worship, museums, schools and offices, and join live or virtual tours, guided walks and activities throughout the festival.


Frieze Sculpture Park
14th Sept – 31st Oct | Regents Park


Returning to the English Gardens in The Regent's Park in London, Frieze Sculpture will open on 14 September until 31 October 2021.

This year’s selection of works addresses themes including architecture, geopolitical power structures and environmental concern.


30th September | Barbican


Noguchi explores the kaleidoscopic career of a true artistic polymath. His practice spanned sculpture, architecture, dance, and design across six decades. This exhibition, which is his first touring retrospective in Europe for 20 years, focuses on Noguchi as a global citizen and his risk-taking approach to sculpture as a living environment. Embracing social, environmental, and spiritual consciousness, he believed sculpture could be ‘a vital force in our everyday life’, as a way of creating harmony between humans, nature and industry.



Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything
30th September | British Museum


In a global first, this exhibition will display 103 recently acquired drawings by Hokusai, produced in the 1820s–1840s for an illustrated encyclopedia called The Great Picture Book of Everything. For reasons unknown, the book was never published, presenting the opportunity to see these exceptional works which would otherwise have been destroyed as part of the woodblock printing process.


Sneakers Unboxed, Studio to Street
Until October 24th | The Design Museum


Step up and discover the footwear phenomenon that has challenged performance design, inspired subcultures and shaken the world of fashion.


Lubaiana Himid
25th November | Tate Modern


A theatrical exhibition by the Turner Prize winning artist and cultural activist, this large-scale exhibition will debut recent work and include selected highlights from Lubaina Himid’s influential career.

Taking inspiration from her interest in theatre, the exhibition will unfold in a sequence of scenes designed to place visitors centre-stage and backstage.






Women’s Prize Shortlist Readings
7pm, 7th September | Bedford Square Garden


Chaired by the 2021 Chair of Judges and award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo and hosted by Founder-Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and bestselling author Kate Mosse, the event will feature readings and interviews with the 2021 shortlisted authors, plus discussion about their nominated books and their impact in this remarkable year, and the opportunity to your questions to the speakers.


Curious by Jasmin Lee-Jones
16th September – 16th October | Soho Theatre


What does it mean to find yourself? Especially when it seems the world you live in is diametrically set against you doing just that? Set against the sprawling backdrop of urban London across centuries, curious is a frank, funny and moving excavation of the lives of two actresses who are young, Black, queer and trying to find out who they are.

Jasmine Lee-Jones was the winner of Evening Standard Award 2019 and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright


From 15th November | Playhouse Theatre


Eddie Redmayne stars in a new and intimate production of Cabaret alongside Jessie Buckley in Rebecca Frecknall’s production at The Playhouse Theatre.


The Tragedy of Macbeth
1st October – 20th November | Almeida Theatre


internationally acclaimed director and playwright, Yaël Farber directs James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan, in an elemental production about a world in transformation, the shadows in all of us, and one couple’s spine-chilling quest for power.


Hamlet 2021
25th September – 13th November | Young Vic


The highly anticipated production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, with Cush Jumbo (The Good Wife, The Good Fight) making her Young Vic debut as a new kind of Hamlet.

Jumbo reunites with her long-time collaborator, director Greg Hersov, to bring us this tale of power, politics, and desire.






Sunday in Brooklyn
Notting Hill


The first ever international location, in London’s Notting Hill. The Williamsburg favorite, opened by founders Todd Enany, Adam Landsman, and chef Jaime Young in 2016, has become a much-loved fixture in New York’s dining scene.

Known for its inventive spin on American staples, playful cocktails, an epic brunch menu, and exceptionally warm hospitality, Sunday in Brooklyn will be bringing its best-loved dishes and drinks to London, plus new creations especially for the UK.




This newest Ottolenghi is in the heat of Marylebone village and has an all-day no-reservations dining space alongside the deli.

As with the other branches, there are daily-changing salads, pastries, cakes and more.


José Pizarro at the RA


Famed Spanish chef José Pizarro is opening in the centre of London for the first time - with two new restaurants at the Royal Academy. He'll have a more traditional sit-down Spanish restaurant upstairs while Poster Bar will be the Royal Academy version of his tapas bar, José.


Imad’s Syrian Kitchen


After hosting a series of special dinners and sold-out pop-ups, chef Imad Alarnab is taking the next step, opening a permanent Imad’s Syrian Kitchen in Kingly Court.

Imad was once a restaurateur in Damascus. He ran two successful restaurants and a cafe and chain of juice bars before six days of the Syrian Civil War destroyed all he'd worked for. Having fled Syria and made his way through Europe to the UK, he applied for asylum and got it. A fortuitous meeting with entrepreneur Layla Yarjani saw the pair run a hugely popular pop-up in aid of UNICEF and from there, Imad's been building up quite the reputation here in the UK.


Further afield but worth the trip: 

Café Cecelia


This canal side spot in East London’s Hackney that takes its name from the Dublin-born chef’s late grandmother Cecilia. The son of fashion designer John Rocha and brother of fashion designer Simone, Rocha has a résumé that includes some of London’s best: the River Café, Skye Gyngell’s Spring and St John Bread and Wine, but his greatest inspiration comes from growing up in Ireland, with the cooking of his mum, Odette.