What we’re looking forward to this autumn

Between the Two My Heart is Balanced 1991 Lubaina Himid

Anybody else have that back to school/holidays are over feeling? Well, luckily there’s a lot to look forward to this autumn.  Here are some of our top picks.

The world may sometimes feel a little crazy but nothing quite so bonkers as Succession luckily.  Don’t miss the third season coming this October on HBO Max/Sky Atlantic and Now, date to be confirmed. Who will take over from Logan? It’s anybody’s guess judging by the trailer.  Also back for it’s third series, is Sex Education on September 17th on Netflix.   Jemima Kirke joins the cast as Moordale’s new headteacher and Jason Isaacs stars as disgraced headmaster Mr Groff’s pompous older brother. See the trailer here.  At the cinema, we’re looking forward to watching Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver in the medieval drama The Last Duel directed by Sir Ridley Scott (from October 15th), Wes Anderson’s take on The New Yorker The French Dispatch with Timothée Chalamet joining the usual crew (from October 22nd) and Daniel Craig’s last Bond film, No Time To Die (from October 8th).

One of our favourite Swedish interiors shops in Stockholm, Modernity, has now opened a permanent shop (after a successful pop-up on Cavendish Square) where the old Joseph shop was at 230 – 236 Westbourne Gove, W11. Selling vintage furniture, textiles, lighting, ceramics and jewellery by leading 20th Century Nordic designers including Alvar Aalto, Paavo Tynell, Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Kaare Klint, and Hans Wegner, it just opened this month.  Run, don’t walk!

Also on our shopping radar is the brand new Soho Home Studio 6,000 square feet shop at 6 Duke of York Square, just off King’s Road. Opening in September, as well as selling their signature Soho House homewares and furniture, there will also be workshops, exhibitions and access to the Soho Home interior design services.

On a smaller scale but no less stylish will be the latest Daily Dress Edit Pop-Up in Belgravia from dress-queen Isabel Spearman. Spearman will yet again be gathering together the great and the good of smaller ethical dress brands including some dresses that will be specially made for the pop-up.  This is Spearman’s third pop-up (plus two virtual pop-ups) and they are hugely successful so do try and go as early as you can.  Open for three weeks from 29th September at 14 – 15 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ.  (Follow Daily Dress Edit on Instagram for more details).

If you’re buying a dress for a night out on the town, you’re in luck this autumn as there’s so much to see. Eddie Redmayne stars in Cabaret alongside Jessie Buckley in Rebecca Frecknall’s production from November 15th at The Playhouse Theatre.  Four-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan will make her UK stage debut opposite James McArdle in The Tragedy of Macbeth, The Almeida, September 27th to November 20th.  The final instalment of Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and The Light, has been adapted for the West End by Mantel and Ben Miles, who will reprise his role as Cromwell. The Gielgud Theatre, September 23rd to November 28th.  Cush Jumbo (from The Good Wife) is playing Hamlet at the Young Vic.  The production, delayed by the pandemic but finally opening this September, is sold out but keep an eye on the Young Vic’s website for returns and future availability. the Young Vic, September 25th to November 13th.  A Message in a Bottle is a jukebox dance work to the music of Sting that premiered last year by the three-time Olivier-nominated choreographer, Kate Prince.  It received rave reviews and is back for another short run. Sadler’s Wells, September 29th to October 17th.

In the art world, we can’t wait to see Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything at the British Museum from the 30th September, a collection of 103 of his rare drawings. Then there is the Noguchi show at the Barbican Gallery, also from the 30th September about the experimental Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, whose work spans sculpture, architecture, dance, design and landscape using materials from ceramics to paper to light.  Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms at Tate Modern is currently fully booked until 24th October.  The exhibition continues until June 2022 so there will be more tickets available.   From November 23rd, also at Tate Modern, is a show dedicated to the work of the brilliant Lubaina Himid. Himid won the Turner Prize in 2017 and the exhibition will highlight her fine portraits and also interest in theatre.  And Annie Morris is on a roll – a selection of new sculptures, drawings and tapestries will be on show at Timothy Taylor Gallery from October whilst her sculptures will be on show at both Frieze Sculpture Park (14th September – 31st October) and her first solo museum exhibition in the UK is at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Lubaina Himid Man in A Shirt Drawer 2017–18 © Lubaina Himid 

If all that art makes you hungry, then don’t miss these exciting new restaurant openings.  Max Rocha, brother of the designer Simone, named his newly-opened restaurant after his grandmother and earned his spurs at The River Cafe, St John Bread & Wine and Spring, as well as catering for art and fashion shoots. Cafe Cecilia Canal Place, 32 Andrews Road, Hackney, London E8 4RL.  Still to come are Russell Norman’s all-day Tuscan restaurant Trattoria Brutto in Farringdon, opening 23rd September 2021 at 36-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross St, London EC1M 6BN.  Manzi’s from Corbin & King at 1 Bateman’s Buildings, Soho, London W1D 3EN, Jason Atherton’s smallest restaurant, 8-10 Pollen St, Mayfair, London W1S 1NQ and Langan’s Brasserie opening October 2021.

Or if you’d rather cook at home, then look for inspiration in Ottolenghi’s Test Kitchen Book out 30th September 2021 with a range of new delicious recipes. Nigel Slater’s latest A Cook’s Book is released 14th October.  And we’ve lucky enough to read Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang this summer, a haunting but uplifting book about a Chinese immigrant growing up in New York (30th September).  Plus we can’t wait to get our hands on Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where are You?  (7th September) and Richard Osman’s The Man Who Died Twice (16th September 2021).

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What we're looking forward to this autumn
— Francesca
25th August 2021

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