As we fall into fall, let us explore everything London has to offer this month. Ignite your love of art, get your nose stuck into a new book, and top it all off with a cocktail – that is before we fall foul of Halloween. Having been totally inspired by all the design festivals last month in London, our shop edit for October is a design teaser ahead of Christmas.
Art / Exhibition Highlights:
Let’s start with Frieze London 3-6 October. We have done a post on our Frieze highlights including some of the incredible talks taking place. It’s one not to miss.
Bridget Riley 23 Oct – 26 Jan 2020 at The Hayward Gallery.
Rembrandt’s Light 4 Oct – 2 Feb 2020 at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Damian Hirst now until 2 Nov 19 is at The White Cube in Masons Yard.
Es Devlin now until 12 Jan 2020 at Pitzhanger Manor.
Gauguin Portraits at the NPG 7 October – 26 January 2020.
Tim Walker at the V&A through March 8.
Anthony Gormley at the RA, only until December 3.
Zandra Rhodes at the Fashion & Textile Museum until January 26.
Richard Avedon at Hamiltons Gallery until 13 November
Sporting highlights. The Rugby World Cup is taking place in Japan and London is loving it. Giant screens, fan zones and sporting brunches are all over the capital. Check out the Orangery at Ham Yard Hotel for a ‘breakfast of Champions’ whilst watching live screening. Flat Iron Square will be transformed into a mini Japan rugby zone with bars, speakers and lots of Guinness over breakfast. Also check out our Richmond Day Out for some classic rugby pubs on the river.
Arriving from the other side of the pond is NFL (American Football). This is a big deal for London. Eight of the top teams playing in 4 matches at either Wembley Stadium or Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium. The rules are complicated, the game is rough and tough, but what a spectacle!
London Cocktail Week. 4-13 October. With a Festival Pass you can drink £6 cocktails across London. The Cocktail Village at Brick Lane is the hub and there are loads of bars participating around town. We are also excited about the pop up at Covent Garden from the 4th-10th. What a fun way to finish off your Day Out in Covent Garden We have been to this event in the past and it is a lot of fun.
Chelsea History Festival. 9-13 October. This is the first ever Chelsea History Festival. Set in The Royal Hospital Chelsea, The National Army Museum and the Chelsea Physic Garden; yet it’s not exclusively about Chelsea. There will be music, talks, walks and much more. Many of the events are free and you will find plenty of family fun too. Hear about spies, medicine, Dam Busters, artists, to name a few. Not to miss is an open day at the Chelsea Physic Garden on the 12th. We have plenty of fabulous tips on what to do and where to eat when you are in the neighbourhood in our Chelsea Day Out.
Halloween. It’s that time of year again and we have some spookily fun things to do. On the 31st there are Ghost Tours at Hampton Court,; choose between the adult or family tours. From the 4th of October, Ghost Stories is back to haunt the West End at the Ambassadors Theatre. The Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe has Tales of Magic during Half Term from the 22nd-26th. It is booking quickly so don’t wait! You can learn all about spooky London on a Ghost Bus Tour with tales that are both frightening and funny. If you fancy walking, try a guided London Ghost Walk, Halloween themed from Oct 18th through Nov 2nd. Feeling brave and thirsty? Pop into one of London’s haunted pubs such as The Viaduct Tavern, The Coach and Horses or The Grenadier!
Science Museum. This wonderful South Kensington Museum is full if fascinating exhibits and artefacts. Great for half term action too. A brilliant free exhibition called ‘The Art of Innovation’ showcases the links between art and science over the last 250 years. There’s also the ‘Science City 1550-1800’ exhibition showcasing how scientific discoveries in London helped it evolve into one of the world’s leading cities. Loads of early telescopes, maps, history and historic instruments. If you want to make a day of it, check out our Day Out in South Kensington for loads of fun ideas to visit in the area.
Wimbledon Book Fest. 3-13 October Not featured before on our Super Seven, this is an event which grows bigger every year. Mainly held in a ‘pop up’ big tent on Wimbledon Common, it is a brilliant forum for listening to authors talking about their books and lives. Also running alongside is a children’s event. Too many famous speakers to mention, but to highlight a few: Levison Wood (explorer), Joanne Harris (wrote Chocolat), Chris Ryan, Mariella Frostrup, Emily Maitlis, Mike Berners-Lee and Brian Moore. There are also work-shops and even a gin-tasting!
Theatre this Autumn and pre-book for Christmas – find it here. We’ve added even more to the list.
Diwali. Celebrate in Trafalgar Square on 3rd November or head over early to Greenwich on 26 October for a light festival.
Festivals this month: There is the Vegtoberfest in Camden on 12-19 October or Oktoberfest for a beer festival all over London from Canary Wharf to Olympia. Restaurant Festival 1-31 Oct.