Described by poet William Bryant as, “the year’s last, loveliest smile”, autumn in London is certainly proving to be a lovely one with its array of charming events. The Divas have all the pivotal calendar dates to make for a spectacular October
London Cocktail Week, 5–11 Oct
Keep calm and have a cocktail: London Cocktail Week is set to return for its sixth year, with its week-long festival showcasing the best bars and cocktails London has to offer.
With 275 bars shaking up the ultimate concoctions (look out for the zesty ‘Tarte au Citron’ at Barrio East), there’s a drink for everyone.
London Film Festival, 7–18 Oct
Prepare the popcorn, the UK’s biggest and finest film festival is back. Screening 240 films from 72 countries, the 12-day festival sees a quirky melange of swanky red carpet premieres to gripping world cinema flicks. Movie buffs can also revel in Q&As and masterclasses with their favourite filmmakers.
Visual Pleasures art fair, 10-11 Oct
A feast of artwork, ceramics, jewellery and silk scarves from up and coming artists at affordable prices. Even better, a percentage of the sales will be donated to the library.
Midcentury Modern, 11 Oct
Erno Goldfinger’s Haggerston School
Searching for your next furniture statement? Look no further. Midcentury Modern is a one-stop-shop for interior fiends to indulge in the latest furniture and home decor from fifty top mid-century dealers. Furnish your home from a modernist masterpiece.
Mama Loschen: An evening of live spoken words, 12 Oct
Jewish Community Centre
Ground breaking poet and performer Zena Edwards is set to galvanise the night with her verses. Join Hampstead’s JW3 for an evening of spoken word from one of London’s unique voices of performance poetry.
Mademoiselle Privé, 13 Oct–1 Nov
Dazzling and retrospective, Saatchi Gallery’s upcoming exhibition will detail the heritage of French fashion house CHANEL. From its homage to Haute Couture to the charming inception of its iconic fragrance, the display is sure to add another dimension to the luxury brand.
Connectome, 6–24 Oct
Royal Opera House
Nothing emulates autumn’s ethereal nature quite like a ballet. Renown choreographer Alastair Marriott conveys a poignant fable of love in ‘Connectome’, melding classical technique with contemporary expression. Showing at the Royal Opera House’s main stage for a limited time, get tickets before they sell out.
The World Goes Pop, Oct–24 Jan 2016
The Tate Modern’s pop art exhibition is going out with a bang! Chronicling the art movement’s punchy eccentricities, the exhibition will showcase work from all corners of the world, showing the way different cultures embraced the phenomenon.
The Chocolate Show, 16–18 Oct
Taste the sweet freedom of the weekend. Decadent tasting sessions, top chocolatiers and a special live production of chocolate’s journey from the humble cocoa bean, the show will prove one thing: there is nothing chocolate cannot fix.