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What's On in London in September & October 2016

Totally Thames
The month-long festival returns with 150 river-related events.
River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP
Tube: Vauxhall Station, Pimlico Station
Dates: 1st to 30th September 2016
Month-long event Totally Thames returns this September with 150 river-related events taking place along the river's entire 42-mile course through the capital. The festival - much of which is free - celebrates the main waterway which winds its way through the heart of the city, through a diverse mix of art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges at various riverside locations from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond. Events this year include Floating Dreams, a major installation by top Korean multimedia artist Ik-Joong Kang; Mooring, a new play that confronts themes of riverside homelessness and remorse; Life Afloat, a new exhibition exploring the history of houseboat life; and Tidefest, a series of family friendly events and activities.

Pride and Prejudice
The sell-out 2013 production is back to conclude this year's Open Air Theatre season.
Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR
Tube: Regent's Park Station
Dates: 2nd to 17th September 2016
The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre season in 2016 will be concluded by the 2013 sell-out production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade and directed by Deborah Bruce. The ultimate romantic comedy, the story of the Bennet sisters haplessly searching for love still gains much admiration today and, as stated by The Times, this production sees "Jane Austen's most beloved novel re-born". So, now is your chance to swoon over Mr Darcy once more, this time in the beautiful setting of the Open Air Theatre.

The London Flower Show
This brand new event celebrates gardening, forestry and produce.
Osterley Park and House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, London, TW7 4RB
Tube: Osterley Station
Dates: 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Sep 2016
A brand new consumer event, The London Flower Show at Osterley House and Park is a celebration of gardening, forestry and produce. An ideal family day out, it will feature floral arrangements, a fresh produce market, art installations, entertainment, music and over 20 show gardens, allowing visitors to enjoy every element of garden design. There will also be an open-air delicatessen, live cooking demonstrations from top UK chefs, a dedicated children's play space and work by the very best garden designers.

Saw & Sand Festival
See amazing sand sculpting and mythical creatures created from two-metre tall tree trunks.
Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP
Tube: Turnham Green Station
Dates: 9th, 10th and 11th September 2016
The team behind the London International Ice Festival are bringing theSaw and Sand Festival to the Walled Garden and Cherry Orchard ofChiswick House this autumn. An immersive event with huge sculptures, street food, live entertainment, bands, vintage DJ, rides, games, beach volleyball and sandcastles to build, there is something for everyone. The festival centres around monumental sand sculpting and chainsaw wood carving as great sculptures are created live in front of the audience on a large scale. Three-metre high sand sculptures created on themes like 'Wonders of the World' and 'London Life' and two-metre tall tree trunk carvings of 'Mythical Creatures' will be carved out over the course of the weekend - and on Sunday afternoon you can vote for your favourite.

Last Night of the Proms
Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez is the star soloist at the final concert.
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: Saturday 10th September 2016
Featuring much flag waving and patriotic anthems - including Arne's Rule, Britannia!, Elgar's Pomp And Circumstance March No 1 In D Major 'Land Of Hope And Glory' and Parry's Jerusalem - the Last Night of the Proms brings the annual celebration of classical music to a rousing close. The final concert is traditionally very different from the eight weeks that precede it, following a lighter, 'winding-down' vein and often pandering to popular classics. Tickets are almost as hard to come by as Centre Court passes for the Wimbledon finals, but like the tennis, the whole thing is broadcast live on the BBC - and all round the world. Plus on the same night there's the popular Proms in the Park party in nearby Hyde Park.

Brazil Day
Brazilian music and sport from the Rio Games in central London.
Trafalgar Square, Central, London, WC2N 5DS
Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station
Dates: Saturday 10th September 2016
Celebrate the Rio Games and enjoy Brazilian music and sport at this free event bringing a taste of Brazil to central London's Trafalgar Square. DJs and live music show the cultural diversity of the country - from bossa nova to samba - creating a street-carnival atmosphere in the centre of London. There will also be a sporting dimension with interactive games and highlights of Rio 2016 - where athletes from more than 200 nations strive to prove they're the best in the world - shown on the big screen.

Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park
A line-up of live music for the audience of Britain's most popular radio station.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: Sunday 11th September 2016
The last of the big outdoor concerts played at Hyde Park, BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park is headlined by Elton John playing classic songs and tracks from his well received latest studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night. Madness, Status Quo and the Grammy-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter, LeAnn Rimes and Jamie Lawson add to the A-list line-up at the one-day festival in the park. The programme also includes MOBO nominated British singer-songwriter Andreya Triana and Scottish rock band, Travis, performing some 25 years after they began and in the same year they released their eighth studio album 'Everything At Once'.

Open House London
Go behind closed doors and explore London's architectural gems.
Various Venues London, , City, London, W1J 9LN
Tube: Woolwich Station
Dates: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2016
One weekend a year we get to go behind doors which are, for the rest of the year, closed to the public and see inside London's architectural landmarks. The fantastic, free Open House London allows access to more than 850 of the city's sites and buildings - including London landmarks like 'The Gherkin', Lloyd's of London, Battersea Power Station,The View from the Shard and the Bank of England. There's a wealth of architectural gems to choose from including some of the most beautiful buildings - old and new like the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station. You can also get inside some of the grandest private homes in your own neighbourhood - it's a voyeur's dream come true. For the more serious students of contemporary design, this is a chance to visit spaces by famous modern architects, some of whom give talks and tours of the buildings they've designed. Entry to some houses is only permitted via pre-booked tickets acquired through the website You're advised to bring booking confirmation with you.

The London Design Festival
Over 400 events and exhibitions showcase cutting edge design across the city.
Various Venues London, , South Kensington, London, W1J 9LN
Tube: Woolwich Station
Dates: 17th to 25th September 2016
If you want to see a crazy golf course by Paul Smith in Trafalgar Squareclick on over to the London Design Festival website and get involved in the Kickstarter campaign. Should funding reach its target the golf course will be a highlight of the festival, an all-encompassing celebration of the capital's design industry. The annual festival takes in sectors as diverse as fashion, architecture, retail, typography, photography and textiles in an ambitious city-wide project. Cultural institutions like the V&A,Somerset House and the Design Museum often take part and the city is divided into design districts - there are hubs in Brompton, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Islington, Queens Park and Shoreditch. Events in each vary from product launches in tiny boutiques to massive trade shows including designjunction and 100% Design. A fun, fascinating exploration of cutting edge design across the city.

London Restaurant Festival
Special events, menus and meals at over 350 restaurants around London.
Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN
Tube: Woolwich Station
Dates: 1st to 31st October 2016
All-encompassing food affair the London Restaurant Festival is back for another month of foodies events across the capital. The annual event takes place during October and incorporates over 350 restaurants around London. The programme includes restaurant-hopping tours where you can visit six restaurants in one day and get a small plate and drink in each. Alternatively, opt for one of the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Gourmet Odysseys and get lunch at three top London restaurants - your first course in one, your main in another and dessert in a third. Grain Store, Trishna, Koffmann's and Trullo are just some of last year's highlights. Top chefs of the calibre of Mark Hix, Marcus Wareing and Helene Darrozetake part in this celebration of eating out in London.

Andrea Bocelli
The great Italian tenor is joined by Nicole Scherzinger - former Pussycat Doll and 'Cats' star.
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB
Tube: North Greenwich Station
Dates: 01st October 2016
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is joined at The O2 Arena by Nicole Scherzinger, who recently showcased her talent in the West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Cats', to great acclaim. One of the most successful classical artists of all time, Bocelli has sold over 65 million albums since emerging as a vocal phenomenon in the '90s. Renowned for bringing his own interpretation and approach to each piece he sings, Bocelli is at the same time a traditionalist, modernist and popularist. Lauded by the late, great Luciano Pavarotti, Bocelli continues to capture the hearts of audiences across the world. While Celine Dion's lofty opinion that "if God had a singing voice, he would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli" is a bit creepy, it does underline the awe that this classical colossus inspires.

Classic Car Boot Sale
Not your average car boot, with fine vintage fashion, homeware and pop culture memorabilia.
Lewis Cubitt Park and Square, Handyside Street, South Bank, London, N1C 4AY
Tube: King's Cross Station
Dates: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2016
The Classic Car Boot Sale returns to Lewis Cubitt Square in King's Cross this weekend, with an impressive collection of classic cars and vintage goods. Curated by the Vintage Festival team, the event sees over 100 petrol heads park up their classic cars and vintage vehicles to trade fine vintage fashion, homewares and pop culture memorabilia from their boots. Further goods on sale will include vinyl records and accessories. There will also be street food, booze, music, dance and walkabout entertainment.

BFI London Film Festival
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT
Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station
Dates: 5th to 16th October 2016
Every October London rolls out the red carpet for the BFI London Film Festival when Hollywood players and Indie film-makers from around the globe come to London. The excellent film programme includes many world premieres and Hollywood blockbusters shown at the famous Leicester Square cinemas as well as more intimate screenings of independent and foreign language films shown at the BFI Southbank and selected cinemas across town. As well as the glitzy red carpet glamour and opening gala razzmatazz there are events for everyone, from informal post-screening Q&As to films for families and from guest appearances to workshops and masterclasses.

Picasso Portraits
Over 80 works focus on the artist's portrayal of family, friends and lovers.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station
Dates: 6th October 2016 to 5th February 2017
Picasso's portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over 80 works focuses on the artist's portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory. On display will be portraits from all periods of Picasso's career and in all media, from the realist paintings of his boyhood to his later ultra-spontaneous canvases. The works on show will range from celebrated masterpieces loaned by international institutions to works in private collections being shown in the United Kingdom for the first time. Exhibition co-organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona.

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: Sunday 9th October 2016
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon sees 16,000 runners passing through four of central London's best loved parks, an iconic stretch of the Thames and some of the capital's most famous landmarks. What's more, at 13.1 miles, it's a manageable run for those still daunted by the colossal feat of a full marathon. Starting and finishing in Hyde Park, runners pass Buckingham Palace, St James's Park and the Houses of Parliament before following the river to Blackfriars Bridge and back. The next leg takes them under both Admiralty and Wellington Arch, through Green Park, all around Hyde Park andKensington Gardens (through avenues of beautiful autumnal trees) before passing the Royal Albert Hall and across the finish line.

Justin Bieber
The pop sensation performs tracks from his fourth studio album, Purpose.
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB
Tube: North Greenwich Station
Dates: Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th October 2016
After a rocky few years it seems Justin Bieber has started to win back the public's affection with the help of some rather good tunes. The release of his fourth studio album, Purpose, has taken the limelight away from his questionable recreational activities and possibly even seen him gain some new Beliebers. Nearly three years in the making, Purpose debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, giving Bieber his sixth number on album, and also saw him set a record for having the most simultaneous top 40 entries from a living artist, with eight songs from the album charting in the top 40 UK Singles Chart. The star will stop by The O2 for two nights in October as part of the Purpose World Tour .

King Lear
Glenda Jackson returns to the stage after 25 years.
Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB
Tube: Waterloo Station, Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station
Dates: 25th October to 3rd December 2016
Twenty-five years after she gave up acting for politics, double Academy Award-winner Glenda Jackson returns to the stage in 2016 to play the title role in Shakespeare's King Lear. Having retired as a Labour MP in 2015, Jackson will perform at The Old Vic alongside Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling in Shakespeare's greatest tragedy.

Regent Street Motor Show
Regent Street, Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5SJ
Tube: Oxford Circus Station
Dates: Saturday 5th November 2016
The whole of Regent Street, from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, is closed to traffic for the Regent Street Motor Show, the free car festival which gives Londoners the chance to see 300 cars up close and personal on one of London's busiest shopping streets. Petrol-heads will be in their element as the free show, which is staged on the eve of the Veteran Car Run, offers a unique and interesting display of motoring from the 19th century to the present day. The street is split into zones with around 100 period vehicles, 20th and 21st century displays and a future concept display from some of today's leading manufacturers. Added to all this are stage shows, presentations and competitions making it an exciting day out for car fans.

The Chocolate Show
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station
Dates: 14th November - 16th October 2016
Rounding off chocolate week, The Chocolate Show at London Olympia is an all-encompassing celebration of the sweet stuff with a tempting array of demonstrations, tastings, activities and shopping opportunities. Top chocolatiers like Will Torrent, Paul A Young, Chris & Jeff Galvin, and Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber showcase their patisserie and chocolate recipes live on the main stage. But let's be honest, what everyone really wants is to sample the goods and that can be done in the tasting room and at the food stalls where top shops including Rococo, Hotel Chocolat, Divine and Marou sell their produce.

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