This weekend, step behind London's most prestigious, clandestine doors, follow in the footsteps of James Bond and enjoy Krug Champagne in the English countryside

OpenHouse London, across London (all weekend)

Step inside the capital’s most prestigious private residences this weekend at Open House London. Explore more than 800 buildings and spaces, which are normally closed to the public, including 10 Downing Street, The Old Bailey and many of the city’s idyllic churches. Entry to all buildings included is free, but some may require a pre-booking.

Date: 21-22 September 2019 Time: Varies Price: Free 

Website: openhouselondon.org.uk

Tim Walker's Wonderful Things at Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington (all weekend)

Immerse yourself in the whimsical, magical world of Tim Walker this weekend, as the largest-ever exhibition of the British photographer’s work arrives at the V&A. The exhibit features more than 150 images, including ten new photographs inspired by the V&A’s permanent collection. Walker's muses include Edie Campbell, Lily Cole and Stella Tennant, while the museum space has been curated by long-term collaborator Shona Heath to include immersive set designs, large-scale installations and film. 

Björk by Tim Walker, photographed in Reykjavik, 2017

Date: 21 September 2019 - 8 March 2020 Time: 10am - 4.15pm/Friday 10am - 8.15pm Price: £15 Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: vam.ac.uk

Neneh Cherry Curates the 2019 Krug Encounters Experience (Saturday)

Travel to the English countryside this weekend with Krug. The prestigious LVMH-owned champagne house is hosting its annual immersive celebration, which coincides with the launch of its latest Grande Cuvée. Guests will be whisked away by train to Squirrel Wood in Kent for an afternoon and evening of live entertainment, curated by Neneh Cherry. The Swedish icon has hand-picked an all-female line-up of performers, while chef Daniel Alt of The Barbary in Covent Garden has devised a delicious feast for the occasion. 

Date: 18 September 2019 Time: 12 – 8pm Price: £450pp/£800 for two Location: Squirrel Wood, Rumstead Lane, Sittingbourne ME9 7RT

Website: clos19.com

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington (all weekend)

Feel the force this weekend at the Royal Albert Hall. As part of the ongoing Films in concert series, a special screening of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra, with conductor Dirk Brosse. John Williams’ iconic score is performed live on stage for a truly immersive experience.

Date: 21 – 23 September 2019 Time: 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm Price: From £18 Location: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: royalalberthall.com

James Bond and the Spies of Mayfair, Mayfair (Saturday)

Follow in the footsteps of Ian Fleming this weekend on a walking tour with Footprints of London, which revisits the James Bond creator’s favourite haunts. Discover the iconic London locations that inspired 007, as well as learning about famous acts of espionage throughout history, from Russian spies to notorious escapees.

Date: 21 September 2019 Time: 2 – 3.30pm Price: From £9 Location: Marble Arch London W1K 7AA Closest Station: Bond Street

Website: eventbrite.co.uk

Eden Rock x The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge (all weekend)

The Lanesborough hotel is bringing St Barths to Knightsbridge this weekend for a 3-week-long pop-up. The hotel has launched an exclusive Eden Rock pop-up, transforming the Library Bar with a Caribbean twist. Guests can enjoy a signature Frozé tipple and dishes including sushi and lobster nachos. £1 from each cocktail sold will be donated to the charity INE (Island Nature Experience), which played a crucial role in giving emergency help in St Barths after the devastation of Hurricane Irma  and each guest will be entered into a competition to win a three-night stay at the Eden Rock hotel. 

Date: 10 September – 2nd October 2019 Time: Mon to Sun 7am – 10.30am, 12pm – 2.30pm & 7pm – 10.30pm Location: Celeste Room, The Lanesborough Hotel,  Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA Closest Station: Hyde Park Corner

Website: oetkercollection.com

Fresh: Contemporary Art Fair, Ascot (all weekend)

Venture further afield to Ascot this weekend for the Fresh Contemporary Art Fair, which brings together 53 leading galleries from across the UK. Peruse paintings, prints, sculpture and glass works that range from £100-30,000, including work by Sir Peter Blake, Hockney, Hirst, Emin, Banksy, Warhol and McLean. The showcase is acompanied by a roster of talks, while Bonhams is also offering free valuations of contemporary art.

Date: 20 – 22 September 2019 Time: Fri and Sat 11am – 6pm, Sun 11am – 5pm Price: Fri free all day, Weekend tickets £6pp online or £8 on door Location: High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX Closest Station: Ascot

Website: freshartfair.net

Rugby World Cup (all weekend)

The Rugby World Cup kicks off this Friday for 6 weeks of live sporting action, hosted by Japan. Key games this weekend include Japan vs Russia on Friday, New Zealand vs South Africa on Saturday and England vs Tonga on SundayGet involved, download the official app and predict the winner.

Date: 20 September – 2 November 2019 Time: Various Location: Various stadiums across Japan

Website: rugbyworldcup.com


Carly McCormack | Copywriter | Luxury London |

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