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Focus Favourites September 2018

August 30, 2018

September is here and with it a new beginning.  New routines, new schools, young adults off to university, and for some of our members a new place to live, a new city to explore. We have selected some of the things happening in and around London this month and we hope you can find something of interest. And for those interested in catching a glimpse of the Queen's residence, Buckingham Palace is open to the public until the end of September.













sport: Tour of Britain

9th September London


The OVO Energy Tour of Britain will take place from 2nd to 9th of September. The high difficulty level of the 1,140 km tour attracts the world‘s top riders, including Olympic and World Champions and Tour de France stage winners. Starting at the coast in South Wales, the 8 stage tour via Devon, Bristol, Warwickshire, Cumbria and Nottinghamshire finishes on the streets of central London. A 14-lap circuit race between Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Regent Street St James gives the fans the opportunity to cheer on the world‘s best teams.




dance: Natalia Osipova - Pure Dance
12-16th September



With powerful technique and huge charisma, Russian dancer Natalia Osipova brings together a handpicked programme of exciting and electric dance works. Osipova has performed as a principle dancer with the Royal Ballet since 2013. In Pure Dance she will dance pieces that she has rarely performed in the UK, alongside new works that have been specially commissioned for the programme. Joined on stage by three dancers the show is taking the audience on a journey from the world of classical ballet to contemporary repertoire.






art: Start: Discovering tomorrow’s art today

13-16 September



START returns to London's Saatchi Gallery this September for its fifth edition and gives art collectors and enthusiasts alike the opportunity to discover artwork from developing global markets. The fair was founded  by the Global Eye Programme, an initiative that nurtures worldwide artistic talent, in conjunction with the Saatchi Gallery. It is a vital platform for emerging artists from new art scenes and young galleries from around the world showing exciting new art, including Paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, multiples, prints and performances. The fair takes place across all three floors of Saatchi Gallery and presents over 50 artist from more than 25 countries.





festival: Colourscape 2018
15-23 September



One of UK‘s most unusual music festivals returns to Clapham Common to celebrate it‘s 28th birthday. Colourscape is a large Walk-in structure of nearly 100 interlinked chambers, a Labyrinth of intense light, colour, space and music. Visitors put on a coloured cape to become part of the new world. The combination of visual art with contemporary music takes you to a magical place, where you not only see colours, but feel them. It is a unique experience for young and old.






music: A Night at the Opera

20th September



In the renowned St. Martin in the Fields, an evening of well-known and much-loved arias and ensembles from operas including Carmen, La Bohème and La Traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto e cosi' fan tutte.

Beatrice Acland Soprano
Helen Stanley Mezzo-soprano
Joseph Doody Tenor
Julian Debreuil Bass-Baritone
Andrew Earis Piano

A limited number of under-30s tickets are available for this concert, priced £5.








not to be missed: Open House London

22nd-23rd September



Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. Visit London’s best buildings!


Check the full building listings or buy a printed guide to plan your visits over the weekend. They encourage buildings to keep access free to those who show up on the day, however some buildings (and particularly tours) will require pre-booking. Find out more on the individual buildings’ pages and plan your weekend in advance.









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