John O'Ceallaigh, The Daily Telegraph, September 4, 2012
The Olympics dominated London in August, but with the Paralympics drawing to a close and the Games period (sadly) concluding in early September a number of venues in the capital are picking up the slack.
Restaurant and bar openings
New restaurant openings this month include Bentley's Sea Grill at Harrods, the Sipsmith Gin Palace at the Langham Hotel and The Jam Tree in Clapham. For full details on those openings, and more, see our complete guide to September restaurant and bar openings in London .
Plenty of major exhibitions open across London this month, including the always-impressive Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde in Tate Britain. Photography exhibitions take place in Barbican Art Gallery and Proud Chelsea while a number of designers take up residence at the Design Museum. For full details of those exhibitions, and others, see the guide to September's new London museum and gallery exhibition openings .
This month sees major new productions opening at The Old Vic and the National Theatre, as well as a trio of ambitious dance performances taking place at Sadler's Wells. At the Harold Pinter Theatre, Nigel Harman and Rob Brydon appear in a new adaption of Alan Ayckbourn's A Chorus of Disapproval; in Victoria, meanwhile, a brand new venue opens in the form of the St. James Theatre. For details on those openings, and more, see our complete guide to September theatre and stage openings in London .