Things to do this weekend in London: 9-12 September

It may be autumn, but that doesn’t mean we’re staying in. Not with all this lot to entertain us…

David Hockney painting

A bigger splash

Fancy an evening celebrating the genius of David Hockney? This arty extravaganza includes face painting, speed portrait dating, and a live installation of Mr and Mrs Clarke and Percy. Dress code is David Hockney themed. 10 September; 7pm; £35 (includes cocktail + exhibition) Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly W1J

 

Play how to date a feminist

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Exploring the passionate pitfalls of love and romance in the 21st century, How to Date a Feminist is the very funny new work by Samantha Ellis opening this week at the mighty Arcola Theatre. The play features two proposals, two weddings and an elopement, all played by two very clever actors. Until 1 October; £17; 24 Ashwin Street, E8

Royal Festival Hall

Bleak beauty

The beautiful Brutalist concrete sprawl of the Southbank has always enthralled us, which is why we fancy getting to know it better with Saturday’s Architecture Tour, a guided walk exploring the innovative architecture of London’s premier modernist arts centre. 10 September; 2pm; £8.50 Meet at Royal Festival Hall ticket office. Southbank Centre, SE1

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Dance party

Illicit Worlds of Dance is a night with a fascinating programme of multimedia performance exploring the sexualisation of Indian dance, the role of the female body and its relation to transgender and LGBT issues through dance, film and presentations. 9 September; 7:30pm; £10, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1

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