Last week saw this autumn’s blockbuster Late Turner exhibition open at the Tate Britain, and this weekend we are treated to another blockbuster exhibition at the British Museum, and a unique look at another English master. This weekend is also a unique opportunity to explore some of the most architecturally interesting and exclusive private spaces in the city.
The British Museum’s latest big exhibition moves from Vikings and Ancient Britain to the Orient with Ming: 50 Years that Changed China. This exhibition shows how the arts thrived under the stable leadership of the Ming Dynasty, with fine works of porcelain, furniture, jewellery and artworks from the era on display. 18 Sep-5 Jan
Constable: the Making of a Master at the V&A is trying to do something a little different by placing the English Romantic’s works alongside fellow old masters such as Ruisdael and Claude to show how he was influenced by their compositional ideas and formal values. Some of Constable’s best loved works are on show but there is also a lot to be learned about the period when they are displayed in this way. 20 Sep-11 Jan
Access All Areas
This weekend sees London’s most exclusive private spaces throw their doors open for two days during Open House London. There are hundreds of free guided tours, architectural-themed walks, cycle rides, debates and activities as the public are invited to venture inside iconic spaces like 10 Downing Street, City Hall, Mansion House and homes of the rich and famous. 20-21 Sep
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
The much-loved Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Evita arrives in London this weekend for just 55 performances at the Dominion Theatre. Marti Pellow stars as Che, alongside Madalena Alberto as the eponymous Eva Peron. The epic musical, set in Argentina, covers swathes of Eva’s tragic political life and is accompanied by iconic songs. 16 Sep-1 Nov
The fourth annual Merge Festival kicks off on Thursday as a curated programme of (mostly) free cultural, artistic, theatrical and musical events take over iconic locations along the south side of the river. With Borough Market and the Tate Modern at the heart of Bankside there will be plenty to discover and enjoy during this month-long immersive festival. 18 Sep-19 Oct