The return of chilly weather and dark evenings mean that autumn has well and truly arrived, but don’t hibernate the month away just yet — from art fairs to chocolate tasting, October’s line-up of big, bold and colourful events will brighten a grey day.
Grab your scarf and enjoy our pick of the month’s most charming calendar dates.
Frieze Art Fair, 6 — 9 Oct
For those with a particular penchant for contemporary art, Frieze Art Fair is not to be missed. The renowned fair returns to Regent’s Park, bringing together over 160 of the most distinguished contemporary art galleries around the world. From performance art to curated exhibitions, Frieze’s diverse, cutting-edge show makes it a most-anticipated event on London’s art calendar.
The Chocolate Show, 14 — 16 Oct
London’s weekend of indulgence returns this month with a delicious line-up of demonstrations, activities and tastings galore. See first-hand how chocolate products are made, try your own hand at being a chocolatier and grab front row seats at the haute couture fashion show,
featuring outfits made and inspired by everyone’s favourite sweet treat. What diet?
The London Literature Festival, Current — 16 Oct
For book lovers, The London Literature Festival is the only place to be this autumn. Filling the Southbank Centre with acclaimed authors, poets and speakers for a fortnight of wonderfully wordy events — including talks, live readings and workshops — the festival’s Futuristic theme is a (intergalactic) force to be reckoned with.
Confluence, 12 — 23 Oct
Burgh House & Hampstead Museum
Described as a ‘treasure trove’, Burgh House & Hampstead’s autumn exhibition combines two contrasting mediums — paintings and ceramic — in a beautifully balanced showcase of work. Inspired by their time on the remote island of Orkney in Scotland, Ann Herdman and Clare Froy’s art reflect an ethereal and enigmatic quality like no other.
Made London, 20 — 23 Oct
It’s October, and what better time to add an autumnal touch to your interiors than with decor and house fittings from Made London’s colourful fair. Boasting a range of intricate, one-of-a-kind design, the four-day event will host more than 100 artists whose glassware, ceramics and furniture will lend any home a stylish edge.
Beyond Caravaggio, 12 Oct — 15 Jan
An Italian master and succès-de-scandale of the 17th century, the enduring fascination of Caravaggio’s unflinching realism is evoked in the National Gallery’s latest exhibition, Beyond Caravaggio. Filled with over 50 paintings by the great Italian Baroque artist, discover how Caravaggio became one of the most revolutionary, and immensely controversial, figures in art.
Picasso Portraits, 6 Oct — 5 Feb
National Portrait Gallery
Most famous for his striking Cubist style, Picasso’s portraits are set to spark intrigue and wonder at the National Portrait Gallery’s major autumn show. Tracing the evolution of Picasso’s momentous career and his larger-than-life persona, the exhibition features masterpieces that lend air to the artist’s eclectic style. See Picasso’s works like you’ve never seen before.