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Bruce Nauman Window or Wall Sign, 1967 neon -
Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert
Grayson Perry: The MOST Specialest Relationship at Victoria Miro Gallery

17th September 2020

London’s top attractions have strategically been planning their big reopening for quite some time. With venues implementing carefully thought out safety measurements and precautions to ensure the wellbeing of both guests and staff, there are plenty of exciting options to explore to enjoy autumn in the city.

Culture favourites for curious minds

London’s brimming museum scene is bursting with exhibitions aplenty for those hungry to get their culture fix. Art lovers can delight in exploring captivating installations featuring some of the world’s most renowned artists including:

Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul at The Royal Academy – 15 November 2020 – 28 February 2021

Grayson Perry: The MOST Specialest Relationship at Victoria Miro Gallery – 15 September–31 October 2020

Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern – 7 October 2020 – 21 February 2021

Alternatively, head west to pay homage to the seemingly simple bag. From Louis Vuitton luggage to Winston Churchill’s dispatch box, sponsored by Mulberry, Bags: Inside Out at the Victoria & Albert Museum explores the style, design and craftsmanship behind the ultimate accessory. Just don’t blame us if you feel a strong urge to go shopping afterwards.

Bruce Nauman Window or Wall Sign, 1967 neon -

And finally, while it’s not technically a must-visit but rather a must-view, it seems only fitting to include ‘Hold Still – A portrait of our nation in 2020’. A new digital exhibition spearheaded by the Duchess of Cambridge and the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still captures the spirit of a nation under lockdown during this exceptional period of history. Members of the public were invited to submit photographs of their individual and shared experiences under three themes: ‘Helpers and Heroes’, ‘Your New Normal’ and ‘Acts of Kindness’. This unique record of the tragedy and hope, humour and resilience, community and isolation is not to be missed.

Glass Kisses. Portrait by Steph James, Cowfold, West Sussex

Retail therapy…with a twist

Film and shopping lovers rejoice! Already housing everything your heart desires, Selfridges has outdone themselves with their very own chic cinema showcasing the latest flicks and some classics too. Plus, we all know retail therapy can be thirsty work so be sure to swing by their new London Calling Bar in partnership with Moët & Chandon. Designed to look like an iconic London telephone box, the intimate bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a well-deserved glass of Champagne whilst perusing the photographic exhibition featuring memorable moments of Moët-studded celebrations.

The Cinema at Selfridges

Alternatively, take a trip to one of London’s luxury retail arcades. Steeped in history and impressive architecture while away the hours pursuing some of the city’s best boutiques and world renowned chocolatiers. Between Burlington, Piccadilly and The Royal Arcade you’re spoilt for choice in our neck of the woods!


But for those keen to get their theatre fix sooner, audiences can catch Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert until the end of September. Relayed ‘live’ from the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre performance via a giant screen, attendees can settle on the lawn outside – picnic in tow.

Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert

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Following the recent government announcement, The Athenaeum will be closed to leisure guests until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can re-open our doors.