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Things to do this September

Updated: Sep 16, 2019

This month is packed with events and exhibitions to see around London. We've put together a little list of what we recommend to see and do. The exhibition Food Bigger than the Plate is still going on until 20th October so if you haven't had a chance to see it yet you still have time! They also have a few very interesting events and talks lined up like the Friday Forum: Edible Futures - How will food look, taste and reach your plate in the future? (We just booked a ticket for this!) There are also exhibitions on the psychology of magic, an IKEA x Sonos event exploring the effects of music on the mind, as well as the Barbican investigating the senses and the gut in relationship to the brain. So much to do!

Bompas & Parr Butterfly Biosphere: Pleasures of the Nectar Dome

5-15th September 2019

"Londoners are invited to step inside Butterfly Biosphere: Pleasures of the Nectar Dome, the world’s first Lepidopterarium, combining butterfly ecology, nectar tasting and an abundance of photo opportunities with the butterflies. Not least because it will be lit with pink lighting and feature shimmering, iridescent décor to match the butterflies’ vibrant colour scheme.

The experience will also highlight the fact that London’s butterfly population is in trouble - having declined by 76% over the last four decades - and help capital dwellers learn how to help their winged friends. Guests will be greeted by a “wildlife guardian”, be able to donate to butterfly conservation initiatives, watch them hatch and develop a newfound appreciation of their essential role in nature and how to take a crucial role in ensuring their future survival."

Grosvenor Square in Mayfair, 5-15 September 2019, 10am-7pm. Entry is free. More info here.

Bompas & Parr Temple of Halotherapy

6 sept - 6 oct 2019

“Trust no one unless you have eaten much salt with him.” Cicero (106–43 BC)

"Bompas & Parr Studio present The Temple of Halotherapy, a gastronomic tasting and art installation dedicated to the vast historic significance of salt throughout the world; political, commercial, scientific, religious and culinary.

Salt has profoundly shaped history. Wars have been fought over salt, trade routes formed by it, vocabulary and tradition developed by it. In various contexts, it is used metaphorically to signify permanence, loyalty, durability, fidelity, usefulness, value and purification.

The healing temple installation affords guests the opportunity to savour the glory of common and rare salts which will be revealed in a choreographed tasting experience consumed with pieces of chocolate."

This salty installation is part of 'Welcome Home: A Speculation on Living Spaces at Elephant West Gallery.  Runs 6 September – 6 October 2019 in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Salters. More info here.

Victoria & Albert Museum Food Bigger Than The Plate

Until 20th October 2019

"From gastronomic experiments to urban farming, this exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future."

V&A Museum, London. £17.00 (£10 tickets are available every Friday)

Events at the V&A for this exhibition:

Bompas & Parr and Fantastic Food - Hear how Bompas & Parr exemplify artistry and creativity with food in this evening talk


"From inhalable gin clouds to multi-sensory fireworks, architectural jelly to DNA-based dinners, Bompas & Parr is a studio that has helped shaped the world of multi-sensory experience design as we know it. Join co-founder Sam Bompas for a look at how the studio continues to share the founders’ passion for the future of food in all its many forms."

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 19.00 – 20.45 @ The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Tickets cost £15.00 - £18.00 Includes wine reception.

More info here.

Introduction to Beekeeping - An introduction to the ancient craft of beekeeping plus a visit to the V&A Hives

"Prepare yourself for the beekeeping season with the London Honey Company in this session covering all things honeybee and beehive matters. You will be given an overview of key honeybee behaviours from basic honeybee biology and lifecycles to the honeybee waggle dance and keeping your bees healthy. You will also be given practical advice on how a beehive works, what to consider when choosing a hive, the type of protective clothing and equipment needed as well as considerations when setting up a hive and sources for the supply of equipment, bees and queens. Following the session there will be a visit to the V&A Hives (weather permitting)."

Saturday, 28 September 2019, 10.30 – 13.30 @ Creative Studio

Tickets cost £50.00

More info here.

Friday Forum: Edible Futures - How will food look, taste and reach your plate in the future?

"This Friday Forum explores current research, new technologies and innovative design projects that are shaping and reimagining the food industry and the food we eat. Through a series of inspiring talks, you will meet scientists, designers, artists and chefs anticipating challenges and leading projects for change. From genetic modification to experimental cooking, you will discover how the future of food is a place where art and science meet."

Friday, 11 October 2019, 10.30 – 17.30 @ Hochhauser Auditorium

Download programme

Tickets cost £22.00 - £45.00

More info here.

Food: Bigger than the Page - A creative writing workshop on food, memory, and the senses

"This workshop explores new ways of thinking about food as inspiration for our writing. We’ll investigate how food activates all the senses, and we’ll also consider its symbolic powers and collective energies. We’ll talk about food writing as a literary genre, and look at the wider uses of food in fiction and poetry. And most of all we’ll write: cooking up memories, recycling recipes as poems, and harvesting stories from the compost of our desires."

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 14.00 – 17.00 @ Creative Studio

Tickets cost £50.00 Suitable for all levels.

More info here.


Wellcome Collection Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic

11 April 2019—15 September 2019

What can magic and conjuring tell us about the human mind? Our exhibition brings together the worlds of psychology and entertainment in search of the truth about deception.

Explore how our biases affect our perception and whether our senses can be hacked. Discover spirit photography, magic props and psychology experiments to see how magic works on – and in – the mind of the spectator. Artefacts on display from the world of magic include the head of the gorilla costume worn by Derren Brown, Harry Houdini’s ‘Bell Box’, Tommy Cooper’s fez, and Paul Daniels’s sawing-in-half box.

Six times per week you can enjoy performances in the gallery explaining the psychology behind the magic. The gallery will be busy during these performances.

@ Wellcome Collection, Free admission. Galleries open Tuesday–Sunday, Opening times.

More info here.

IKEA x SONOS present The Sound Affect

"An immersive theatre experience exploring the effects of music on the mind.

Created in collaboration with award winning theatre company Les Enfants Terribles, the experience promises willing participants to enter a surreal and fantastical world delving deep into the mind.

Powered by IKEA and Sonos SYMFONISK speakers, the one of a kind walk-through experience will allow participants to discover how sound transforms their surroundings as they lose themselves in a multi-sensory narrative led by sound."

Phonica Records in London from 27th - 30th September between 12:00 - 21:00

More info here.

Kerb Seven Dials Market Launch Week

Friday 13th September

Time Out says: " Street food aficionados Kerb are opening their first permanent indoor market in an ex-banana warehouse on Earlham Street. Get a first look at the space at the week-long launch party where you can sample dishes from Franco Manca co-founder Bridget Hugo's new pasta venture Strozzapreti, the world's first 40m cheese conveyor belt by the brains of The Cheese Bar and salt beef delights from Monty’s Deli. There’ll also be a Kerb Bar packed with independent craft breweries from around London like The Gipsy Hill Brewing Co and East London Liquor Company and it’ll all be soundtracked by a music stage curated by the Roundhouse. Top banana! "

@ Seven Dials Market , Seven Dials

More info here.