What's On In London This Weekend? 17-19 September

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What's On In London This Weekend? 17-19 September

What are you up to this weekend? Here's a round up of our recommendations and a smattering of suggestions to help you make the most of your 48 hours leisure time.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Sadlers Wells - can't recommend it highly enough
All weekend:

  • Alphaville Festival takes over Whitechapel Gallery with Visionary Cities
  • The London Design Festival and the Anti-Design Festival start
  • The Turning Point Festival at the Roundhouse will be full of beans, urban beats, spoken word and youthful shenanigans
  • Flavours of London Fashion Week appear at Covent Garden's Fashion Fete
  • If you can bag a ticket you must go and see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Sadlers Wells.
  • See drawings and a new sculpture by Rachel Whiteread at Mayfair's Gagosian Gallery
  • Oh and there's something called Open House weekend on.


  • Nurses exposed by Handle with Care at Wellcome Collection
  • Watch out for Londonistas on the London 20 Night Hike for Maggie's. Please spare us some change!


  • Newham gets festive on the waterfront at Royal Victoria Dock between 11am-9pm, entry free.
  • Cash in your old cushions at the first ever cushion amnesty at the Alwyne Pub, St Paul's Road, N1 between 12-2pm. £5 entry, take away as many cushions as you bring. Check out the Facebook event if this seems bizarre to you.
  • The Union Street Orchard ends this weekend and, rather wonderfully, it's being dismantled, reused and recycled through a 'make and take' event.
  • It's the Bermondsey Street Festival
  • Rock out with a 40th anniversary tribute to Jimi Hendrix at Tabernacle, W11
  • We can't decide between Feeling Gloomy's 5th birthday party (8pm, £4.50) at Islington Academy and Craig Charles' Funk and Bowl party at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes (QUICK! £5, 8pm-3am).
  • Sunday:

  • Roots and Shoots International Day of Peace comes to the Scoop at More London with a giant peace dove parade between 11-4pm, free.
  • It's the last day of the Colourscape Music Festival on Clapham Common in the inflatable near the Windmill (1-6pm, £7.50/£4)

    Other good stuff:

    Comb our specialist selections for all things literary in the Book Grocer, show openings and closings in Arts Ahead, gigs galore in Music Choice and things for when you're skint in London on the Cheap.

    You can also browse all latest arts and events features and salivate over our latest food and drink content for gastronomic inspiration.

    What are you doing? Let us know in the comments. And have a stonking time.

    Last Updated 17 September 2010