OBSERVE A MINUTE’S SILENCE:
National Moment Of Reflection
The government has announced there will be a minute’s silence at 8pm on Sunday to honour the Queen ahead of her state funeral on Monday. Mark the moment privately at home, with friends and family, or out on doorsteps or in the street with neighbours. Community groups, clubs and other organisations across the UK are also being encouraged to take part, and details of larger-scale public events to be held across the country will be published in due course.
PAY YOUR RESPECTS:
The Lying-in-State of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is taking place until 6:30am on Monday 19th September. During the formal occasion, the late monarch’s coffin has been placed on view to allow the public to pay their respects before the funeral ceremony on Monday at 11am. While the queues are currently stretching for miles, those who’ve already done it have said it moves quickly and that there’s a celebratory mood among those waiting. For the most up-to-date info – including where the end of the queue currently is and estimated waiting times – check the government’s official tracker below.
DISCOVER 90S FASHION NOSTALGIA:
Gavin Bond at Hamilton’s Gallery
Proof that the events of London Fashion Week aren’t limited to the catwalk, this captivating photography exhibition showcases one of the biggest names in fashion: Gavin Bond. Featuring previously unseen footage from his archives, the images hark back to his student days at Central Saint Martins, where his contemporaries included Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. While there, he was given a free pass to London Fashion Week, which led him to develop his own take on reportage photography. With over 50 images to peruse, this exhibition – running for a limited time – gives you an unprecedented glimpse backstage at some of the most iconic fashion shows of the 90s.
13 Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2EU
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN BRITISH CULTURE:
London Design Festival
This month, the London Design Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary. Like London’s other great festivals for film and fashion, it doesn’t take place in one building, though the V&A is its main partner. Starting on Saturday, the festival will attract around 600,000 visitors from more than 75 countries. Expect installations, workshops and talks focusing on world-leading, thought-provoking design. It’s not all architecture – music, poetry and more are all in the mix. If you’re not sure where to start, head to the festival hub at the V&A to discover specially commissioned installations by international contemporary designers.
WATCH THIS ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTARY:
Elizabeth: A Portrait In Parts
Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts is a unique and inventive feature documentary about the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Directed by the late, much celebrated Roger Michell (Notting Hill, The Duke) and produced by prolific British producer Kevin Loader (Nowhere Boy, The Lady in the Van), the film – which came out this summer – is a nostalgic, uplifting and fresh modern chronicle of the extraordinary 70-year reign of Her Majesty The Queen, the longest-lived, longest-reigning British monarch and longest-serving female head of state in history.
Coppa Club Speaker Series
Taking place throughout autumn, Coppa Club’s new Personal Growth Series gives you the opportunity to listen to female leaders at the top of their game. The monthly talks aim to inspire and educate in a relaxed and informal setting – think Melissa Hemsley on nutrition, Anna Williamson on parenting and mental health, and Kris Hallenga on breast cancer and female entrepreneurship. Tickets include brunch, a glass of champagne and opportunities to mingle with the speaker and network with other Coppa Club members.
29 Brewhouse Lane, Putney, SW15 2JX
LOOK INSIDE COOL PROPERTIES:
Open House Festival
Celebrating London’s unique architecture and neighbourhoods, Open House Festival takes place across the capital until Wednesday 21st September. Visitors can tune into talks, take part in guided tours and drop into studios – with some great chances to look inside some of the city’s coolest buildings. Highlights include a photography workshop at Guild Hall (Friday 16th), a tour of the National Theatre’s archive (Thursday 15th and Friday 16th), and an art trail around Barbican’s Fore Steet (various dates). More than 100 design-led homes will also be open to the public – simply book a time slot to discover the swankiest properties near you.
GET HANDY HERE:
Second Hand September has come round again, reminding us to shop in a greener way. If you have a pile of cardigans and jumpers that could do with a new lease of life, book in for Brora’s ‘Stitch It, Don’t Ditch It’ workshops, running at the brand’s Chelsea and Marylebone stores across the weekend. Run by seamstress Shelley Zetuni from Sewingsmith, the informative workshops will teach you the skills you need to bring much-loved knitwear back to life. There will be two sessions running each day, but pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited.
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX:
Yinka Ilori at Design Museum
London’s artist-of-the-moment Yinka Ilori is behind some of the capital’s coolest artwork, from colourful installations and outdoor sculptures south of the river to the new interiors at Sketch’s Gallery restaurant. Now, he’s got a solo exhibition at Design Museum to coincide with London Design Festival 2022. The display showcases key elements of Ilori’s vibrant aesthetic, merging his north London upbringing and Nigerian heritage. Visitors can see 100 objects ranging from artworks, photographs and furniture to textiles, books and personal possessions.
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 6AG
SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE HERE:
The Smart Works Shop
Smart Works is one of the UK’s fastest-growing charities that dresses and coaches unemployed women to succeed at job interviews. This weekend, it’s teaming up with the British Fashion Council for a pop-up in Covent Garden where you can expect to find discounted designer fashion and beauty products from brands like Ganni, Rixo, Theory, Rejina Pyo, Maje, The OUTNET and Paradise Row London. Not only will you be giving the clothes (and your wardrobe) a new lease of life, but all profits will go directly to Smart Works and the women they support.
20 Floral Street, WC2E 9DS
SPEND AN EVENING AT THE THEATRE:
Arthur Miller’s iconic play The Crucible is coming to the National Theatre. At the heart of this story of how fear spread through the Salem community during the witch trials in 1692, a group of young women find themselves in a world of turmoil. This new production, directed by National Theatre regular Lyndsey Turner (Under Milk Wood, Top Girls), features Brendan Cowell (Yerma) as the accused farmer John Proctor and Erin Doherty (The Crown, Chloe) as Abigail Williams. Performances run until early November.
Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PX
HEAD HERE FOR BRUNCH:
A weekend brunch at Sexy Fish is about as decadent as it comes. For a mouth-watering change-up from your standard avo on sourdough, book in for Sexy Fish’s Flower Power brunch, running from 12pm-4pm on Saturday 17th September. As you tuck into limited-edition dishes – think caramelised black cod and spicy miso, and house-smoked salmon with ginger and sesame – as well as exclusive cocktails and Perrier-Jouet champagne, soak up the beats from world-renowned DJs. It’s a feast for all senses – there will also be exotically costumed sea gods and goddesses stalking the restaurant, which will be transformed into an underwater world.
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
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