Not knowing what each day brings at the moment made finding seven motivational things to do in London feel more relevant that ever. The October Super Seven is about keeping our spirit alive. It is the key to a healthy mind – along with a good walk in the park.
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.F.Scott Fitzgerald
Ai Weiwei : The first artist to launch video art on the Piccadilly digital billboard. Every day at 20.20 to 20.22 during October the ads will switch off and Ai Weiwei’s work will take over the big screens above Piccadilly. Ai Weiwei will be followed by another artist, yet to be announced, in November. Free.
Royal Academy of Art : 6 October – 3 January 2021. Summer/Winter exhibition. It’s another first… the Summer Exhibition in Winter! Although it isn’t as big, you must go and see the myriad of artists and their work. Booking essential.
Frieze Art 2020 : 9-16 October is online for 2020, although the Frieze Sculpture returns to Regents Park from 5-18 October. Allowing your walk in the park to be as visual as it is inspiring.
Mayfair Art Festival : 2-4 October : Wander the streets of Mayfair as galleries open their doors. There is a sculpture trail and with over 30 galleries taking part, you may well need hydrating in between!
Kensington and Chelsea Art Week 1-11 October : Installations, talks and exhibits across the borough to enjoy.
Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern : 7 October. Nauman’s first exhibition in the UK in 20 years opens this month. This contemporary artist will show his art that ranges from sculpture to neon to sound to film. An exhibition worth exploring I think. Booking essential.
Turner’s Modern World at Tate Britain : 28 October 2020. A new landmark exhibition opens with 160 key works of Britain’s greatest landscape painter, JMW Turner. It will include major works on loan as well as some of his rarely seen drawings.
Black History Month 2020 : Throughout October, find programmes that take a look at the past and present achievements of Black people in Britain. In London, see if you can find the Royal Mail’s black post boxes honouring black Britons.
Royal Ballet – Back on Stage : 9 October. Royal Ballet returns to the Royal Opera House live streaming Royal Ballet highlights. You will have seen some of the principal dancers on the Distance Dancing video from my Instagram feed. I’m really looking forward to this.
BFI 7-18 October 2020: A series of free talks running alongside the festival. It is the perfect opportunity to catch up on the conversation behind some of the top films coming out in 2021. Also the perfect opportunity to listen to the incredible creative talent and possibly pick up some tips.
London Cocktail Week 2020 : This year the LCW festival is here for the month of October. Find online cocktail classes or head to bars offering discounted cocktails and other offers. Now more than ever, if you are comfortable heading out, please go out and support our fantastic hospitality industry.
There are a few I have booked in October, listed here with links to get tickets. All can viewed from home:
Kit Kemp 1st October, discussing ceramics as part of London Craft Week.
Julia Samuel in conversation with Stephen Grosz 7 October, part of the Primrose Hill Lecture series, talking about “How well we are coping with change and uncertainty”.
Dolly Alderton 12 October, talking about her debut novel Ghosts.
Cheltenham Literature Festival 2020 : 2-11 October online only, so there is no better time to take part.
Photo London Digital 7-18 October, the biggest photography fair online. Panel discussions, photography workshops and live conversations with curators. Registrations required, but most events are free.