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London Insider Calendar: September 2017

A guide to the best creative & cultural events this month

Back to the grind! As people start trickling back into London, the city returns to life with a bang. From London Design Week to London Fashion Week, the creative and culturally inclined will be in heavenly delight. It’s a month to refresh and restart. Feeling the need to go back to basics? Check out our Classic London East to West Experience and learn about the great city from Telegraph journalist Sophie Campbell. Not too shabby, huh?

Antiques
LAPADA Antiques Fair
Berkeley Square
15 Sep – 20 Sep
Cost: £20.00  

Image courtesy of LAPADA Antiques Fair.  

This fair has the feel of an upscale event. Browse through antiques, art pieces, design and décor while you get to know the tens of exhibitors bringing their best pieces to beautiful Berkeley Square. Still trying to navigate the world of antiques? Join BBC presenter and antiques expert Mark Hill and unlock the magic of objects from the past.

Design
Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?
The Wellcome Collection
7 Sep – 14 Jan
Cost: Free

September is undisputably London’s design month. From London Design Fair to DesignJunction, those passionate about the field will be swept into a frenzy of great talks, fairs, exhibitions and installations. Head over to the Wellcome Collection to trace the unique relationship between design and health, showcasing work from the 20th Century to today.

Photography
The Artificial Now
Daniel Raphael Gallery
20 Sep – 4 Oct
Cost: Free

Carolina Mizrahi, Avatar Collection #1. 

This multi-sensory exhibition brings together the work of photographer Carolina Mizrahi and painter Morgan Ward. Carolina Mizrahi marks this unique exhibition with a series of immersive installations, imbuing additional darkness and sensuality into her photography. Live music and food pairings from Ethos provide an additional layer of sensory awakening.

Food
Meatopia
Tobacco Dock
1 Sep – 3 Sep
Cost: £23.85+

Image courtesy of Meatopia

Unapologetically vegetarian unfriendly: Meatopia promises open flames, ethically sourced meat, nose to tail conscientious consumption, heavy-hitting drinks, and some great live music and entertainment. Get your hands on some meatbucks before the event and trade them in for delicious juicy samples from some of the best chefs in town.

Fashion
London Fashion Week Festival
The Store Studios
21 Sep – 24 Sep
Cost: £20.00+

Catwalks, shopping and talks – it’s time to dress to impress and get to know the latest and greatest from the fashion world.  If you’re finding yourself uninspired with your wardrobe and don’t know what pieces to buy from new collections, join image consultant Boo Attwood and get the styling experience of a lifetime.

Poetry
Boat Poets
National Poetry Library Royal Festival Hall
6 Sep
Cost: Free

Image courtesy of Totally Thames

Totally Thames is back for a month of events along the city’s river banks. We’ve learned from our poet Inua Ellams that nothing can ignite passions quite like poetry can. If you’re looking for a fresh rush of inspiration, head over to Royal Festival Hall and listen to some of the best poetry in the UK.

Culture
The Great River Race
The River Thames (multiple locations)
9 Sep
Cost: Free

Sometimes you just have to do things that are so London, and The Great River Race is one of them. Crews from all over the world sign up to join in the competition and the fun. Snatch up a cheeky drink along the South Bank and cheer on the 300 boats racing down the river.

Featured image: Cross section. Carolina Mizrahi, The Farewell Party #6.