Late Constable, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 30 October to 13 February
This is the first big retrospective of Constable’s work at the Royal Academy – and about time too, says the Telegraph’s Alastair Sooke. The artist was snubbed by the RA in his lifetime, but “scrape away the prejudices that, over time, have tarnished Constable’s oeuvre, and, gleaming underneath, you discover a fiercely experimental modern artist”. The show includes works on paper, “astonishing, apocalyptic” studies of the artist’s beloved Suffolk, and one of his masterworks, The Leaping Horse, hanging beside a full-scale sketch. It’s a “sublime” show, says Jonathan Jones in The Guardian. “All those mighty seas by Turner are put in their place by this simple swerve of the brush, full of the roar of nature and the turbulence of Constable.” £19.
Art Exhibition and Drinks Party in Aid of Tusk, Soho Revue, London, 3 November
This show of works by young and upcoming artists is a fundraiser for Tusk, which supports wildlife conservation initiatives across Africa – 30% of sales will go to the charity. The Soho Revue gallery was relaunched this summer by its heiress owner, India Rose James, granddaughter of Soho sex baron and property mogul Paul Raymond. £15, including drinks.
Spirit of Christmas Fair, Kensington Olympia, London, 1-7 November
More than 600 independent brands and designers are taking part in this annual event, which gathers a host of high-quality British wares under one roof. Refuel with lunch or afternoon tea at Mosimann’s Winter Restaurant. From £15.
No need to book
Power to Change, Tate Modern, London, 29-31 October
To coincide with the Cop26 climate summit, Tate’s Bankside flagship is hosting a weekend of free talks, workshops, installations, films and food. Highlights include a light projection by Jenny Holzer, a Friday Tate Late devoted to climate art and a “tap takeover” of the Terrace Bar by the London brewery Toast, which makes beer using waste bread. Free.
Adele, Hyde Park, London, 1 and 2 July
The all-conquering singer from Tottenham has announced two dates in Hyde Park next summer, with tickets going on sale at 10am on October 30. Judging by Easy on Me, the first track from her fourth album, her new material won’t disappoint. We feel a virtual queue coming on. Book here.