The mood in London is feeling heavy right now and despite the extra bank holiday, it doesn’t feel like there’s much to celebrate. If you do find yourself at a loose end this weekend, we’ve put together a list of things to do, from exhibitions to visit to London’s best walks for a wholesome afternoon out.

Please note that these events are subject to cancellation in line with The Queen’s funeral so do make sure you double check the respective websites ahead of attending.

Watch The Queen’s funeral

The death of the Queen has meant that the U.K. has 10 days of official mourning – a period ending in the monarch’s state funeral on Monday 19th September.

The state funeral is the biggest event that will take place following the Queen’s death, with heads of state and representatives travelling from all over the world, and the UK will have a Bank Holiday to mark the occasion.

The end of the lying-in-state at 6:30 AM, and the beginning of the procession to Westminster Abbey, where the state funeral of the Queen will take place at 11am. It’ll be broadcast on BBC One, BBC News and iPlayer, as well as the major news channels like Sky.

Visit September’s must-see exhibition

Looking for the next big colour bursting exhibition to visit? The Design Museum has just the remedy, with their brand new exhibition from London-based artist/designer Yinka Ilori. 

Yinka’s work has been circulating across the world over the last few years, from the pop-up Laundrette of Dreams from the Lego Group to London Design Festival takeover and V&A Dundee’s ‘Listening to Joy’ exhibit. Now his work is set to land at the Design Museum for a season of colourful patterns, graphics and playful experiences. 

The display will feature his signature aesthetic, inspired by African fabrics from his childhood. The result will see bold, multi-coloured geometric patterns come to life featuring Nigerian design while nodding to British postmodernism.

For more exhibition ideas this month, check out our guide to the best to visit this autumn.

When: 15.09.2022 – 25.06.2023

Where: 224-238 KENSINGTON HIGH STreet, W8 6AG

WebsitE: www.designmuseum.org

Explore the changing season at one of these London walks

In need of some fresh air? If you find yourself at a loose end this weekend, we’ve put together a list of the best London woodland walks. 

From Highgate Wood to Wimbledon Common, Hainault Forest to Richmond Park, read our guide here to find where to head for a wholesome weekend walk.

Relive summer at this sunny new restaurant opening

It might not be summer but that isn’t stopping new all-day Australian restaurant, Milk Beach, from bringing the sunny vibes to London. This month sees the restaurant land in Soho, bringing with it stunning interiors, a large outdoor courtyard, cocktails and brunch options to suit every occasion. 

Milk Beach will offer up that Australian coastal aesthetic we all know and love – think high ceilings, natural light, palm trees and muted-toned accessories. 

On the menu front, crafted by Soho executive chef, Darren Leadbeater, expect fresh BBQ-inspired dishes cooked over a large Robata grill. Think Chinese 5-spice BBQ pork rib dumplings; chilli pho go consommé; and koji marinated chicken ‘schnitty’ with chicken salt chips.

WHERE: UNIT 3, ILONA ROSE HOUSE, MANETTE STREET, SOHO, W1D 4AL

WEBSITE: WWW.MILKBEACH.COM

Listen to your favourite podcast live

London Podcast Festival has returned this month, bringing with it an exciting line-up of panels from your favourite podcasters. 

Taking place at Kings Place until Monday 19th, the festival will see the likes of everyone from Adam Buxton, James Acaster, Jon Holmes, Jameela Jamil and Mark Gatiss appearing. Scroll through the line-up and see what last minute tickets you can get hold of – you never know you might find your new favourite podcaster.

When: Until 19.09.2022 

Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG 

Website: www.kingsplace.co.uk

Watch David Bowie Moonage Daydream at Imax

A brand new documentary centred around the legendary English singer-songwriter David Bowie lands this weekend on the big screen. 

Released this Friday 16th, the documentary comes from director Brett Morgen, renowned for his docu-film, Cobain: Montage of Heck. This new documentary offers us an in-depth look into Bowie’s world, from his iconic stage presence to behind-the-scenes footage, archive interviews and raw still photographs.

Release Date: 16.09.2022

Watch it at your local cinema 

Catch behind-the-scenes London Fashion Week action at this exhibition

Ever wondered what it’s like to delve into the behind-the-scenes action at London Fashion Week? Now you can thanks to this brand new fashion photography exhibition landing in London this week on Thursday 15th September.

Hamiltons Gallery will be welcoming a series of works from British fashion photographer, Gavin Bond. In his first ever solo exhibition, ‘Gavin Bond: Being There’ takes a look back at his work during the 90s.

The exhibition, on display until 29th October, delves into the photographer’s archive. The collection was rediscovered by Bond during lockdown 2020 and will give fashion lovers a glimpse backstage at some of the 90’s most iconic fashion shows.

When: 15TH SEPTEMBER – 29TH OCTOBER 2022

WherE: HAMILTONS GALLERY, 13 CARLOS PLACE, LONDON, W1K 2EU

Website: WWW.HAMILTONSGALLERY.COM

Get inspired at the Open House Festival

The Open House Festival has returned this month, marking a two week celebration of London’s homes, architecture and neighbourhoods. It offers insider access into some of London’s most renowned and recognisable buildings, as well as some of the city’s best kept secrets. 

Taking place until Wednesday 21st, look forward to walking tours including Thamesmead Through Film; Beyond Beck Road’s drop-in exhibition; and guided tours around Union Chapel.

When: Until 21.09.2022

Where: Across London

Website: www.open-city.org.uk


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