Whats On in London in September 2014

If you didn’t know, or maybe weren’t even worried about it, none of the events, features or other chit-chat I share with you here is ever sponsored or paid for. So, rest assured, this is my time to give back. With this in mind, I am sharing a few interesting things I have found on my travels around the web, and out and about this week. Fingers crossed they find a place in your sock drawer?

1. The Hudson River Project is a simple idea: Build a boat out of Manhattan’s waste, take it to the source of the Hudson River – Lake Tear of the Clouds, high in the Adirondack Mountains – and row the boat back to Manhattan.

2. Contemporary food designers, Bompass & Parr unveil the worlds first working Flavour Organ in conjunction with JOHNNIE WALKER® BLUE LABEL™.

3. Sam Taylor Wood exhibits her photographs of 34 photographs capturing the private rooms of Mademoiselle Chanel at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. Catch it at The Saatchi Gallery until October 4th.

4. This year marks the 30th year of the Turner Prize, founded in 1984 to promote discussion of new developments in contemporary British art. The £25,000 Turner Prize is presented to an artist under 50, living, working or born in Britain for an outstanding exhibition in the previous 12 months.

5. Bell tents on The Shard, I kid you not. If you want to jump right into the hip London dating scene then keep across the events run by Design My Night. The last one was just that, an all nighter event with pizza, acoustic music, talks, hot drinks and sleeping bags.

6. Uber cool London jewellery designers Tatty Devine are running workshops during the 15th birthday of The Southbank Centre. There you can learn the skills and techniques needed to create your own crystal embellished Charm Necklace, with workshops running every Saturday and Sunday in September.

7. Why not rocket over to the Royal Institution on Monday 27 October (6-7.30pm) for a family friendly event ‘Dark Matter’s Not Enough’ and join Andrew Pontzen as he will introduce the stranger side of the cosmos – dark matter and dark energy – but then argue that these things are not so weird or unexpected after all.

8. Until Nov 11th, you will be able to see the stunning display of 888,246 ceramic poppies in the Tower of London’s famous moat. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, you can own a part of the unique installation by buying one of the poppies for £25.

9. On Sept 20th, for the last cricket match of the season Lord’s are pulling out all the stops with their family day ‘Kid for a Quid’. As well as the action on pitch enjoy face-painting, fairground stalls and free taster sessions for children at the Lord’s Academy

10. If you are looking for a retro-crafting present for someone (especially good for the 1970’s kids whose parents were still making their clothes, pre-Primark days), check out the wonderful world of Clothkits online. They have a great selection of ready made kits, and if you are near Chichester book in for one of their sewing workshops.

11.  On 18 Sept The British Museum opens their latest blockbuster exhibition. Ming. Many of the exhibits have only very recently been discovered and have never been seen outside China. Go early on a weekday, and beat the crowds.

12. Don’t miss Sequence 8 dance show at Sadler’s Wells, Peacock Theatre, which ends on October 4th. Séquence 8 features eight incredible performers whose irresistible mix of high flying acrobatics, explosive circus skills, dance, drama and wry sense of humour create a breathtaking, playful and exhilarating circus experience like no other.

13. If you’re looking for an unusual birthday present for someone who has a good sense of humour and likes to think they are an art collector, how about an Alexander Maqueen, or Tracy Emin Designer Deckchair ?