Wondering what to do in London in August? Here are our interns’ picks for the month!
Camilla’s pick: Cindy Sherman in National Portrait Gallery
London is absolutely bursting with things to do this coming August and I was really hard pressed to choose only one. I settled for the Cindy Sherman exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery because what better time is there to immerse oneself in the life’s work of one of the greatest photographers of our time than the long, slow days of summer? Cindy Sherman is known for her self portraits where she dresses up and transforms into different made-up characters. Identity and how we can change the way we appear to others is as current now as it was in the 1970’s when Sherman started her career. Museums usually even come with an AC. If that didn’t persuade you then what will?
Cindy Sherman, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/cindy-sherman/exhibition/ 27th June – 15th September 2019, tickets: £18-20 / £17-19 (concessions)
Kaisa’s pick: Where is Peter Rabbit?
I have a habit of always reading the posters next to the escalators at tube stations. The escalator ride goes fast and I get to find out what to do in London. The other day one poster really caught my eye, it was a poster of the musical adventure ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’. I’m in London for a limited amount of time, so I really want to do things that are British while I’m here. What better way to do it than watching this British rabbit on stage. What eventually sealed the deal for me was when I read that the show suits for youngsters and those who are young at heart, me fitting perfectly to the latter one. I’ll be going to the puppet show then!
Where is Peter Rabbit?, Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HT https://trh.co.uk/whatson/where-is-peter-rabbit/, 20th July – 1st September 2019, tickets: from £15
Hanna’s pick: Hackney Vegan Village Brunch
Being such a food enthusiastic, when I read about Vegan Village, I was eager to know more. I have been a vegetarian for years now, and have always found it interesting how different dairy and meat products are being replaced in vegan diet. Living (eating) in London has expanded my understanding on vegan food, since the scale of variety is enormous here.
During two weekends in August (and September), Bohemia Place will be turned into Vegan Village, where over 50 independent traders will showcase best of vegan food.
Hackney Vegan Village Brunch, opposite Hackney Central Station, https://bohemiaplacemarket.com/, August: 10–11th and 24–25th 11 AM to 6 PM, tickets: £25
Aino-Sofia’s pick: Kiss My Genders
The next exhibition that I plan to visit is Kiss My Genders at the Hayward Gallery. Showcasing 30 international artists, with a wide array of non-binary artists, the exhibition explores and engages with gender identity. The fluidity of gender is a very important and current issue. However in art, it has been a subject for artists for centuries. Kiss My Genders show explores the history of radical gender thinking for the last 50 years, with the goal of demystifing and normalising it. It is definitely a must to see!
Kiss My Genders, Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/hayward-gallery-art/kiss-my-genders#overview , 12.6.–8.9.19, 11am–7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed. Late night opening of Thursday until 9pm. Tickets £14-15.50/ £0-12.50 (concessions)
Jenni’s pick: Underbelly Festival Southbank
If you, like me, can’t go to Edinburgh Fringe this year, but still want to see fun shows, then you can opt for Underbelly Festival at Southbank. This festival caters to many different tastes, from family friendly events to a more adult taste ones. I will head to the various cabaret and variety shows such as Spice Gals (15th August). Additionally, you can go and listen to for example a live taping of The Guilty Feminist podcast.
Underbelly Festival Southbank, Belvedere Road Coach Park, London SE1 8XX
http://www.underbellyfestival.com/, 5th April – 29th September, tickets: prices vary
Photo: Pascoe Photography