10 Splendid Things to do in London this Weekend (13-15 September 2019)

Whether dressing up for London Fashion Week or Goodwood Revival, there's plenty to entertain in the capital this week

London Design Festival, across London (from Saturday)

London Design Festival is once again transforming the capital this week with a loaded schedule of exhibitions, events and installations. Stretching from Hammersmith to Hackney, highlights include Sam Jacob’s Sea Things, Kengo Kuma’s Bamboo Ring: Weaving into Lightness and Paul Cocksedge’s Please Be Seated. The year’s theme for the festival is the effects of climate change and many projects are promoting powerful messages within their artwork.

Read More: Your Guide to London Design Festival 2019

Paul Cocksedge's Please Be Seated

Date: 14-22 September 2019 Time: All day Price: Free Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: londondesignfestival.com

London Fashion Week, across London (from Friday)

Anya Hindmarch has revealed a new immersive installation, which will be shown during London Fashion Week. The British designer, who eschews the traditional schedule in favour of experiential installations, will present The Postbox Maze, which celebrates the written word. Weave your way through the large-scale, Royal Mail-red maze, which has been inspired by the patterns of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher’s Metamorphosis III mural, designed 50 years ago for The Hague Post Office.

For the first time, London Fashion Week is open to the public. Experience catwalk shows, panel discussions and exhibits, including DiscoveryLAB, featuring an eclectic selection of designer showrooms, and a #PositiveFashion exhibition, which promotes equality and sustainability within the industry.

Read more: where to celebrate London Fashion Week

Date: 13-17 September 2019 Time: Varies Price: The Anya Hindmarch Post Box Maze is priced at £12.50 per person Location: 32 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 0LA Closest Station: Piccadilly Circus 

Website: anyahindmarch.com

Goodwood Revival, West Sussex (Friday-Sunday)

While not in London, Goodwood Revival draws crowds from the capital to West Sussex for its celebration of classic cars. Classic cars. The automotive event is staged entirely in period dress, recreating the ‘golden era’ of the Motor Circuit, celebrating cars and aircrafts created between 1948 and 1966. Marvel at an array of classic motors, aircraft displays and retro stalls, accompanied by live demonstrations and entertainment throughout the afternoon. Pack your own picnic hamper or try one of the many street food options, accompanied by plenty of champagne.

Date: 13-15 September 2019 Time: 7.30am – 10pm/9.30pm on Sundays Price: From £59 Location: Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0PH Closest Station: Chichester

Website: goodwood.com

Goodwood Style by Koto Bolofo at Connolly, Mayfair (all week)

Goodwood arrives in Mayfair this week, with the unveiling of a new photographic exhibition by South African photographer Koto Bolofo. The showcase captures the spirit of Goodwood Revival through a series of black and white photographs shot in 2004 and coincides with a new collaborative menswear collection by Connolly and Goodwood. Connolly built its name during the seventies as a leather supplier for the automobile industry, thus making it the perfect partner for Goodwood's line of bomber jackets, knitwear and accessories, also available to buy exclusively on MR PORTER.

Date: 9 September – 2 October 2019 Time: Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri 10am – 6pm, Thu 10am – 7pm, Sat 11am - 5pm, Sun closed Price: Free entry Location: 4 Clifford Street, London, W1S 2LG Closest Station: Piccadilly Circus

Website: connollyengland.com

Diptyque Limited Edition City Candles, Mayfair (from Thursday)

The exclusive, highly covetable Diptyque City Candles are back and available to buy for just four days only this weekend at the Brook Street boutique in Mayfair. Take an olfactory trip to New York, Beverley Hills, Berlin, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo via Diptyque's evocative scents. Each distinctive fragrance is housed in a decorative votive and numbers are strictly limited. 

Date: 12-16 September 2019 Price: £54 Location: 37 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HH Closest Station: Bond Street

Website: diptyqueparis.com

Sweat by BXR Opens in Canary Wharf (all week)

Sweat by BXR opens its second outpost in Canary Wharf this week, following the success of the original pay-per-go concept in Marylebone. The glossy new space is decidedly smaller than the original but still packs a considerable punch (no pun intended). SweatBOX combines boxing rounds on the bag with bodyweight and ab-crunching exercises for an exhilarating full-body workout, while Climb to the Beat sets you moving on a Versaclimber for a calorie-torching 45-minutes. 

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Price: £30 for a single class Location: Sweat by BXR Canary Wharf, Lower Mall -2, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AR Closest Station: Canary Wharf

William Blake The Artist at the Tate Britain (all week)

A rare showcase of artwork by poet and visionary William Blake is unveiled at Tate Britain this weekend. More than 300 of his works will be on display, including Newton, which portrays a young Isaac Newton and The Ghost of a Flea, a painting of a half-man/half-beast, representing a supposed spiritual dream that Blake had once had. William Blake The Artist is an immersive recreation of the exhibition that he held over 200 years ago.  

Date: 11 September 2019 – 2 September 2020 Time: 10am – 4.30pm Price: £18 Location: Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG Closest Station: Pimlico

Website: tate.org.uk

The Handmade Festival, Hampton Court Palace (Friday-Sunday)

The Handmade Festival is a three-day celebration of local artisans and independent art and crafts, set in the historic grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Kirstie Allsopp is hosting the event on Friday and Saturday, followed by beauty specialist Liz Earle MBE on Sunday. Shop an array of handcrafted wares or hone your skills at an intimate workshop, where you can learn the art of calligraphy or try your hand at cupcake piping.

Date:  13–15 September Time: 9.30am to 6pm Price: £16 Location: Hampton Court road, Molesey, East Molesey TW12 2EN Closest Station: Hampton Court

Website: thehandmadefestival.com

BBC Proms in the Park, Hyde Park (Saturday)

BBC Proms closes on a high note this weekend. Set in Hyde Park, enjoy a spectacular and atmospheric evening of live music, hosted by Michael Ball and supported by a 60-piece orchestra. Barry Manilow headlines the event, alongside Jack Savoretti, Chrissie Hynde, Gabrielle and The Lighthouse Family.

Date: 14 September 2019 Time: 4pm Price: From £49.55 Location: Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH Closest Station: Hyde Park Corner

Website: bbc.co.uk

Downton Abbey Film Release, across London (from Friday)

The beloved Downton Abbey hits the big screen this weekend. Join the aristocratic Crawley family as they await a royal visit from King George V and Queen Mary, which raises tension and uncertainty throughout around the house. Familiar faces are among the cast; Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Hugh Bonneville (Earl of Downton) and Dame Maggie Smith (Dowager Countess). Whilst newcomers to the Downton franchise include Killing Eve’s David Haig, playing the royal butler, and Geraldine James as Queen Mary.

Date: from 13 September 2019

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