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Special Report: Cool Happenings in Hot London

summer in London

Have you heard how hot it is in London right now? Our friends at Black Tomato—who report Hyde Park is packed with Londoners soaking up vitamin D—have put together a little Indian summer package to celebrate the welcome warmth, and highlight a few fun/interesting events going on around town the next few weeks:

Book It Now: Frieze Art Fair
Starts October 13

Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. The fair showcases new and established artists to an international audience. A must attend!


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Phil Maxwell Retrospective at Bishopsgate Institute
Now – November 30, 2011

The centrepiece of Photomonth 2011 sees Phil Maxwell celebrate forty years in photography with a retrospective exhibition at the Bishopsgate Institute. Maxwell's work explores class, politics and social change through the decades.

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The Off Cut Festival
Now – October 14, 2011
Riverside Studios Theatre, Hammersmith

London’s most unique celebration of theatre talent returns for a third year. Twenty-eight writers, 28 directors and 75 actors come together to vie for the coveted Audience Award. Seven new shortplays in one evening. Who wins, you decide.

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Pipilotti Rist Solo Show, Hayward Gallery, South Bank
Now – October 24, 2011

First UK solo show for contemporary Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist at the Hayward Gallery. Expect immersive video installations and work across sculpture, photography and wallpaper.

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Wagamama, Artandeat

Jamie Winstone is promoting this art-and-dining initiative. Putting the work of ten up-and-coming artists on the walls and placentas of the Wagamama outlet on the South Bank. Indulge in the arty and the eaty.

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John Martin Apocalypse, Tate Britain
Now – January 15, 2012

Spectacular landscapes conceived by a Victorian imagination verging on madness. Here are 60 of Martins best paintings, water colours and prints.

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Devotion By Design, National Gallery
Now – Oct 2, 2011

Instruction at its most delightful, the works here explore the function, location and envelopment of altarpieces in Italy during the middle ages and early renaissance.

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Photomonth Photowalks
October 9;  November 6; November 12

Ditching the politics, these walks feature both an expert on local history (Emily Jost or Rachel Kolsky) and a photographer (Heather McDonough) to help you view the city through newly opened eyes.

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Emma Hack body painter at the Art London Fair
Starting October 6, 2011

Photographs of her latest work will be at the Rebecca Hossnak gallery.

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BFI London Film Festival

Photo by Simon Gurney

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