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This weekend is a perfect example of the diversity of the capital’s event scene – whether you’re fashion-obsessed, love to bake, want to poke around top London buildings or just fancy reading a good art book, make room in your diary for something on this list.
Open House London
See London’s landmarks from the inside this weekend as Open House London grants access to buildings that are usually closed to the public. Nearly 800 buildings are taking part, such as The Granary Building, pictured above, and the Grade I-listed Italianate building which is home to the Foreign Office. At the other end of the design spectrum, visit the top of the elliptical glass tower at 30 St Mary Axe, which you probably know as the Gherkin. 22-23 Sep
London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House
If you can’t resist a designer label, London Fashion Weekend is a money saver, not to mention an indulgence. Cut-price fashion at up to 70% off is on show at Somerset House, days after the venue was open to fashion industry elite for London Fashion Week. If you opt for a ticket that includes catwalk shows, you can choose from those which focus on a single line like Issa London or ALICE by Temperley, or trend shows examining three key looks for the Autumn/Winter season: Sergeant Indigo, Lady Brocade and Kitchen Chic. 20 – 23 Sep
Cake and Bake Show at Earls Court
Talking of kitchen chic – this new show dedicated to cakes, bread, Mary Berry and all things baking is such a great idea we can’t imagine why someone didn’t come up with it sooner. Earls Court will be the delicious setting for The Cake and Bake Show’s classes and talks with baking luminaries, including Berry and her co-judge on the Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood. There are also hundreds of market stalls, a supplier zone where you can pick up the latest kitchen gadgets and a kids area to get little chefs baking. Online tickets are sold out but there will be some on the door on Saturday. 22 – 23 Sep
The London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery
Be it books, magazines or rare art publications, the London Art Book Fair will bring the best of international contemporary art publishing to the Whitechapel Gallery. Books range from individual artist’s work to gallery collections, and the free entry lets you attend the buzzing programme of events (the talks on commissioning contemporary art and the position of women in comic books look particularlyworthwhile). As you browse, you could have your photograph taken by artist Sophie Loss to become part of her new artwork, On Reflection. 21-23 Sep
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