As Fall beckons, London cools off and begins to open up again - quite literally in the case of the annual Open House weekend. As always there are hundreds of events and exhibitions to choose from this month, so here is our own selection.
The concierge team at The Beaumont know London inside out, and they are here to help guests look beyond the obvious tourist clichés.
Once a year, hundreds of London's most remarkable buildings throw open their doors for Open House weekend, which this year falls on 21 and 22 September. Though the full list won't be revealed until 20 August, past participants include 10 Downing Street, the US Embassy, Bloomberg London and many architect-designed private homes - not to mention ROOM, The Beaumont's own iconic suite, designed by artist Antony Gormley, which will be open again this year. Note that some tours require pre-booking.
Running through entire month of September, Totally Thames celebrates London's great river, with activities and events happening beside, on and even beneath the Thames. Taking place along a 42-mile stretch of the river, it includes pop-up performances, talks, regattas and art installations, including a new commission from Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, which will take the form of a 60-foot-long ship moored by the Millennium Bridge from 4 September to 6 October. Click the link below for the full programme.
American opera legend Joyce DiDonato stars in Handel's first operatic masterpiece, Agrippina, in a new production at the Royal Opera House. Set in Ancient Rome and based on the same story as Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea, it focuses on the scheming wife of the Emperor Claudius, who is determined to put her son Nero on the throne. The production also stars counter-tenor Iestyn Davies and soprano Lucy Crowe with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Last performance 11 October.
The world's leading award for portrait painting returns to the National Portrait Gallery for its 40th year. With a first prize of £35,000, the 2019 BP Portrait Awards received over 2,500 entries from 84 different countries, from which the judges have selected just 44 works and four prize-winners - three of whom had never entered the competition before. The NPG's most popular annual exhibition offers an enjoyable snapshot of the best in contemporary figurative art, and runs until 20 October.