The diary: what’s on this September

Soak up a season of ingenious design and creative freedom with our selection of exhibitions and shows


London Design Festival

Now in its 15th year, London Design Festival celebrates all that is great about British design and craftsmanship. Taking place across various locations in the capital, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Somerset House, don’t miss your chance to explore London’s most prestigious design hotspots. Highlights include a landmark installation in the V&A’s Tapestry Room, an exhibition of tiny Knightsbridge townhouses in Harrods, a curated display of artisan makers, plus brilliant showrooms, shopping and unparalleled access to the very best of British design.


* 16th–24th September. 020 7242 6022;


LAPADA Art & Antiques

One week. One hundred exhibitors. One seriously smart Mayfair neighbourhood. The annual LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair returns to Berkeley Square this September and promises an exceptional array of pieces, with prices ranging from £500 to £500,000. Running from 15th to 20th September, this top event also coincides with the 20/21 British Art Fair, which takes place at The Mall Galleries, London, SW1 from 13th–17th September.

* Opening times vary. £20 (present this page to get two tickets for the price of one). 020 7823 3511;

A piece of art

Art out load at Chatsworth

Inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s love for the arts, Art Out Loud returns to the grounds of Chatsworth House for the third time this September. And this year, it comes with a great array of influential speakers from the worlds of art and fashion, including artist and broadcaster Grayson Perry, plus new director of the V&A, Tristram Hunt. Take a closer look at Chatsworth’s permanent collections on p116.

* 22nd–24th September. Chatsworth, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP. £13.50 per talk. 01246 565300;

The grounds and exterior of Chatsworth House

The Art of the Victorians

The Victorian era was rich with artistic variety and full of stylistic extremes. Compiled of works from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery collection, Romance & Rebellion: The Art of the Victorians is an exhibition that follows the development of this diverse time period, featuring work by the likes of Edward Burne-Jones and James McNeill Whistler.

* Until 17th September.The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD. 01234 718618;


Painting pop

Vibrant, colourful and full of personality, the best of 1960s British pop art is currently being celebrated at Painting Pop. The exhibition includes iconic works by David Hockney and Sir Peter Blake. Also, step back to the 1960s with the gallery’s very own retro sitting room.

* Until 7th October. Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL. 01539 722464;

An example of British pop art


Victoria and Abdul

Visit your local cinema this autumn and uncover the remarkable true story of an unexpected friendship, forged in the later years of Queen Victoria’s reign.

Released 15th Sept.

Brighton print fair

Explore the intriguing world of printmaking at this 10-day exhibition. Plus, pick up a range of letterpresses, prints and posters.

15th–24th Sept.

Antique Chinoiserie

Discover the decorative style popular since the 17th century as London’s Guinevere displays some of its key oriental designs.


16th–24th September. 020 7736 2917;