Essential culture: Our pick of what's on in London

A recent trip to see Nosferatu with live harp soundtrack reminded me that there are so many wonderful things to see and do - all you need to do is a little research. So with that in mind, I’ve taken a look to see what’s coming up in London soon so that you (and I!) can start booking in some mind-expanding culture. Here goes… What's on in London this autumn

The exhibition

In his first major exhibition in the UK, Ai WeiWei explores themes including creative freedom, censorship and human rights. Topics that are undoubtedly close to an artist who’s known for his controversy with the Chinese government just as much as his Tate Modern Sunflower Seeds installation. £17.60 (free to under 16s), daily, 19th September-13th December, Royal Academy of the Arts Find out more What's on in London this autumn

The film(s)

There’s something about the British Film Institute (BFI) that I absolutely love – it’s probably the diversity of the films they show and the room where you can plug in and lose yourself in film-after-film for the day. Next month The BFI is home to The London Film Festival – 240 films from 72 countries in just 12 days. Plenty of time to get lost in some culture. See what’s on. Price varies, 7-18 October, The BFI, Southbank What's on in London this autumn

The show

Anyone with a love for the classics (not to mention, iconic actresses) should seek tickets now for Sunset Boulevard, opening next spring at The Coliseum. Glenn Close played the lead role of Norma Desmond - the reclusive love interest of a down-on-his luck screenwriter - more than 20 years ago. Now she returns to the role in the UK for just a handful of performances. Book tickets. Prices vary, April-May 2016, The Coliseum, London What's on in London this autumn

The fair

When it comes to crafts and independent designers, North America has its fair share and The Renegade Craft Fair showcases some of the best designers. The event returns to London just ahead of the festive season - expect handmade jewellery and candles galore. You know what to do! Free, 11am-6pm, 7 & 8th November, Old Truman Brewery, London Find out more.   What will you be doing over the coming few months? Let us know in the comments box or Tweet us. Clare x

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