Glorious things to do in London this week (19-25 October 2020)

This week, marvel at handcrafted lanterns in Soho, sip retro cocktails on Goldborne Road and browse a global gathering of artists at Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea 

19 October 2020

Cha Cha at the Sister Jane Townhouse, Notting Hill

Earlier this year, womenswear label Sister Jane unveiled a multifaceted townhouse on Goldborne Road, with a ground floor restaurant created in partnership with Latin American bar and restaurant Cha Cha. Created by design studio Sella Concept, the seventies-inspired dining space is furnished with fringed stools, velvet walls, Gio Ponti chairs and Guzzini pendant lamps. Start the day with turmeric lattes, cheese and truffle toasties and Cachapa corn pancakes, followed by grilled octopus skewers at lunch and retro cocktails in the evening.

Location: Sister Jane Townhouse, 36 Golborne Road, London W10 5PR
Website: sisterjane.com

Kick Game opens in Burlington Arcade, Mayfair

Air Dior, available at Kick Game, Burlington Arcade

Better known for its Oxford brogues than its high top trainers, London’s historic Burlington Arcade houses an elegant offering of heritage and artisanal brands, including Church’s, Manolo Blahnik, Bell & Ross and Penhaligon’s. For the first time in its 101-year history, a specialist sneaker shop has opened in the prestigious shopping arcade. Kick Game stocks Off-White, Yeezy, Nike and adidas, as well as the largest Air Dior collection in the UK and rare, sold out Supreme x Louis Vuitton footwear, clothing and accessories. 

Read more: Kick Game opens in Burlington Arcade

Location: 12-13 Burlington Arcade, Mayfair, London W1J 0PA
Website: kickgame.co.uk

Hayley Menzies’ Pop-Up, Chelsea

It’s been a tumultuous year for the retail industry, with online sales taking precedent over bricks-and-mortar – but it’s not all doom and gloom for the high-street: Hayley Menzies has opened a pop-up boutique at Duke of York Square, bringing her bohemian embroidered dresses and sugarplum knits to Chelsea’s Kings Road. Running for six months and set over two floors, the store is designed to complement the brand’s signature maximalist style, with vintage lampshades and a large antique ottoman reupholstered in original Hayley Menzies prints. Alongside the designer’s complete ready-to-wear collection – think silk separates, chunky mohair jumpers and embroidered 'coatigans' – the boutique will offer cushions made using Menzies’ seasonal fabrics.

Location: 40 Duke of York Square, SW3
Website: hayleymenzies.com

STARTnet art fair, Chelsea

Tony McGee, David Smoking Gun, 1990

One of few art fairs taking place this autumn, STARTnet at Saatchi Gallery will exhibit works by emerging contemporary artists from across the globe. Among the highlights is an exhibition by Chris Beetles Gallery of British paintings and sculptures by artists who launched their careers during the 1950s and 1960s, as well as Woodbury House’s Nightlife, an exhibit of works by street artist Richard Hamilton and photographer Franc Palaia. Look out for David Bowie 20/20 Vision, a collection of photographs by Tony McGee that feature never-before-seen snaps of the British musician. Previously known as START, STARTnet has rebranded ahead of a new digital platform launching in 2021, which is designed to connect artists, galleries and collectors online.

When: 23-25 October
Price: £30
Location: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, Kings Road, SW3
Website: bstartnet.com

The Luxury Safari Company virtual tours and podcast  

 

With long haul travel largely off the cards, take a virtual safari tour with The Luxury Safari Company. Available to watch above, go behind the scenes of Africa’s Singita Explore Camp, with private access to a 350,000-acre concession. Founder Rose Hipwood is currently in Africa and live-streaming game drives and bush tours that you can follow on Instagram, while a new podcast invites conservationists, authors and journalists to share their safari tales and bucket list adventures. For those looking to get up close with the Big Five, The Luxury Safari Company is currently taking bookings for both this year and 2021. 

Website: theluxurysafaricompany.com

Over the Moon Lantern Installation, Soho

It’s unusual for Netflix to try and lure us away from our television screens, but that’s exactly what the streaming service is encouraging us to do with its new project: a lantern installation in Chinatown. The event is being held in honour of Netflix’s new film Over the Moon, an animated musical that celebrates the folklore behind China’s traditional Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, which is traditionally celebrated with lanterns. The installation will see London and Birmingham’s Chinatowns lit up with more than 50 lanterns, each of which has been handcrafted by Liverpool-based Lantern Company, the same team behind the capital’s popular Lumiere Festival. Alongside the lanterns, an interactive Donate Wall will be displayed on Newport Court, allowing visitors to support charities MediCinema and London Chinese Community Centre.

When: 21 October — 15 November
Price: Free
Location: Gerrard Street and Newport Court

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2020
Isaac Julien, The Lady of the Lake (Lessons of the Hour), 2019

Curated by Jane and Louise Wilson RA, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is on display until January 2021. This year's prestigious showcase presents new work by Tracey Emin, Ai Weiwei, Rebecca Horn, Anselm Kiefer and Julian Schnabel, alongside an exciting array of emerging talent. Filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien has transformed the first two galleries in tribute to Okwui Enwezor, the Nigerian curator who died last year. Every artist on display – excluding Peter Doig – is black and evokes Enwezor's commitment to using exhibitions as a positive platform for engaging politics and raising awareness of discrimination and prejudice throughout history. Look out for Julien's The Lady of the Lake, so-called after a poem by Sir Walter Scott. It features Anna Murray-Douglass, the seldom-photographed wife of Frederick Douglass.

When: until 3 January 2021
Price: £20-£22
Location: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
Website: royalacademy.org.uk