With autumn well and truly in full swing and Halloween creeping towards us, let us tell you how you can have a frightfully good October in London. Whether you fancy dining on our city’s finest cocktails, discovering a new literary love or emulating Torvill & Dean, this October’s events are sure to have you quaking in your boots with excitement.
London Cocktail Week, 2 – 8 Oct
Had a difficult week at work? Problem solved. London’s biggest cocktail festival is live this week and aims to celebrate our city’s delightful cocktail scene. Bars all throughout London are taking part and will be providing you with bespoke cocktails for just £6. Just download the DrinkUp.London app, enter your unique code and you won’t even have to queue to get your hands on these delectable beverages.
Dalí / Duchamp Exhibition, 7 Oct – 3 Jan
Royal Academy of Arts
A must attend for art fanatics. Starting this month, the Royal Academy of Arts will be showcasing work from two artistic giants – leader of conceptual art Marcel Duchamp and flamboyant surrealist Salvador Dalí. This unique exhibition will not only showcase both artists’ best work, but will also explore the friendship they shared that resulted in some lesser known, yet equally beautiful collaborative work.
London Literature Festival, 13 Oct – 1 Nov
A festival for all the bookworms out there, London Literature Festival once again fills the Southbank Centre for 20 days of wordy fun. This year’s event is set to be full of acclaimed authors, poets and speakers alike, and aims to illustrate just how literature can remind us of our shared humanity. With guest appearances from Hillary Clinton, Tom Hanks and a live reading of Nelson Mandela’s memoirs, it is sure to be a memorable festival worth putting your book down for.
Designs on Britain, 19 Oct – 15 Apr
The Jewish Museum
This brilliant festival will feature the innovative designs that have shaped our great city, all of which were produced by immigrants coming into the country. Featuring a 70’s Raleigh Chopper, our beloved London Transport bus stop sign and posters for the London Underground – there will be something for everyone. Whilst showcasing designs from Dorrit Dekk, Hans Schleger and many others, shown are the ways in which immigrants have helped make London one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink, 26 Oct – 7 Jan
Natural History Museum
This one is for all the Dancing on Ice fans out there. The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is once again opening its doors to the public for another winter of skate-filled fun. Providing unrivalled scenery being connected to one of London’s most historic and alluring buildings, feel free to practice your Bolero in the lustre of the Christmas tree, grab a bite to eat at the Café Bar or enjoy a party with friends. This venue really does offer endless possibilities.
PAD London Art Fair, 2 – 8 Oct
Berkley Square – Mayfair
PAD is back in the beating heart of Mayfair and is the leading event for art and design lovers that are looking to find the most innovative and chic interior designs available. Portraying collections from all over the world, PAD is the only place where you can acquire pieces of museum quality art and design. The beauty, passion and authenticity that goes into the work is sure to inspire collectors, museum experts and the public alike. A fabulous collection not to be missed.
Beazley Designs of The Year, 18 Oct – 28 Jan
If you’ve got an eye for original art and fancy yourself as a bit of a judge, then the annual Beazley Designs of The Year exhibition is the place for you. Returning for its 10th year, the exhibition will be covering six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. The public vote will open online this October and industry experts will decide on the award winners next January, so get your votes in.
Objects in Transition, Now – 17th Dec
Burgh House & Hampstead Museum
A truly brilliant exhibition has been devised by artists Rosy Coleman and Judit Prieto, about people who have migrated from their home countries and are now working or living in Hampstead. The exhibition will showcase the aforementioned artists’ interpretations of individual stories, relaying their journeys and the objects they brought with them upon leaving their homes. An original and extremely moving exhibition that could very well have you feeling emotional upon leaving.
Prism at Hampstead Theatre, 6 Sep – 14 Oct
Hampstead Theatre is the home of Terry Johnson’s outstanding new play Prism which is based on the extraordinary life of double Oscar-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff. Full of humour and poignancy, the production follows Jack Cardiff in his retirement as he struggles to come to terms with the fact that his days of hard work – and play – have come to an end. Robert Lindsay and Claire Skinner lead the cast in a play that is set to have viewers laughing and weeping in their seats.