Things to do
Opening this month: Fortnum and Mason’s is collaborating once more with art collector Frank Cohen to present an exhibition of previously unseen works by British painter John Virtue at the luxury store’s Piccadilly flagship from 10 September to 20 October. If you’re stopping for a spot of afternoon tea, don’t miss the spectacular silhouettes of St Paul’s and The Gherkin in the landscapes.
Many of the 20th century fashion illustrations in the Drawing on Style exhibition at Mayfair’s Gallery 8 will be on public view for the first time too. Look for original work by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue illustrator René Bouché before catching a masterclass with Dior’s fashion illustrator Bil Donovan. From 13-21 September.
Head to the London Fashion Week Festival at The Store Studios for catwalk shows, trend talks and a shopping gallery filled with 150 British and international labels, from 20-23 September. Make sure to visit the Discovery LAB, a section that explores the intersection of fashion, tech, art and performance.
Last chance to visit: The BP Portrait Award exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery until 23 September. Look out for “David” – a stunning portrait of a man who artist Robert Siedel met on a San Francisco pier and winner of the awards’ travel prize.
Sate your craving for cocktails at Nine Lives bar, tucked away in a Victorian basement where minimalist, Tiki furnishings and a spectacular spread of cocktails make it one of London Bridge’s few great bars
Where to eat
Take a culinary tour of Shoreditch with Alternative London – three hours, six stops, and the best of Burmese, Indian, Taiwanese, Jewish and French cuisine from the streets of Brick Lane, Spitalfields and the East End, interspersed with local street art and stories of the area’s history.
Celebrate the last of the summer with chickpea crêpes and miniature veal burgers on focaccia at L’Azur, a yacht-themed takeover at the Four Seasons Park Lane.
Head to the world’s largest celebration of sake outside Japan for a tipple – The Joy of Sake tasting programme is coming to Europe for the first time on 28 September, held at the Barbican Centre. Sample more than 400 sakes from 192 Japanese breweries, plus small plates from the likes of SushiSamba and Sake no Hana by Hakkasan.