Yes it’s September. The summer may officially be over, but who cares. It’s still warm (for this week anyway) and there’s loads of stuff to look forward to this autumn. Here’s a selection of some of the biggest and best openings happening this month.
Australia at The Royal Academy, from Sep 21
The Royal Academy cracks open a tinny to celebrate the art of our farthest cousins. The show looks at the enduring influence of landscape on Australian art – from Aboriginal art to contemporary artists like Tracey Moffatt and 2013 Venice Biennale representative Simryn Gill.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, from Sep 28
The Serpentine (finally) opens its Zaha Hadid-designed gallery in a former gun powder store in Kensington Gardens. First up is a show by the young Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas, who makes gargantuan sculptures that look like ancient sci-fi relics.
Media Space at the Science Museum, from Sep 21
This new gallery in the Science Museum will showcase the National Photography Collection at the National Media Museum in a series of curated shows, beginning on September 21 with Only in England, which pairs black-and-white images of Brits at leisure in the 1960s by the late Tony Ray-Jones with a little-known series of photos by Martin Parr of non-conformist chapels and communities in and around the Yorkshire Pennine town of Hebden Bridge, from the mid-1970s.
Union Street Cafe
Just in case you missed the news, Gordon Ramsay is opening a new ‘casual dining’ restaurant near Borough… with David Beckham. It’s already booked out for most of September and October.
The people who brought us the swanky Trishna restaurant in Marylebone are opening up this second, equally swanky Indian restaurant in Mayfair.
Berners Tavern at Edition
A combination of hotelier Ian Schrager and chef/restaurateur Jason Atherton should make this one of the more exciting restaurants to open in September.
Fleetwood Mac gigs, Sep 24-27, the O2
‘Dreams’, ‘The Chain’, ‘Little Lies’, ‘Go Your Own Way’: this lot are responsible for some all-time, stone-cold classics. Despite being a heritage act they’re still thoroughly credible – so look forward to Mac without any cheese.
Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’, out Sep 9
It’s the Sheffield quartet’s fourth album, and boy, is it a sex fest. The slow grooves of Outkast and Dr Dre prove a surprisingly sensible influence, as Alex Turner and co. show they’ve shifted from being boys to men.
Haim – Days Are Gone, out Sep 30
Cali sisters Este, Alana and Danielle (and some bloke who drums) live up to all the all the hype with their astonishing debut of Fleetwood Mac rockisms, R&B tangents and irresistibly danceable pop hooks.
Ace Hotel London on Shoreditch High Street (opens Sep 9) and the new Ian schrager hotel, Edition, in Fitzrovia (opens Sep 12) will go head to head this month in the battle to be *the* cool place to stay.
Rush, out Sep 13
Chris Hemsworth dons a bushy blonde bouffant to play British racing driver James Hunt in this slick sports drama from director Richie Cunningham, sorry, Ron Howard.
Diana, out Sep 20
It had to happen sooner or later… Naomi Watts clips on the pearls and helmet-hair to play the People’s Princess in a slushy-looking biopic.
Blue Jasmine, out Sep 20
Woody Allen is back! Again! Early reports suggest that this comic drama starring Cate Blanchett as a scheming, down-at-heel socialite is the director’s best in ages.
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