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47 Great Things to Do in October in London

Great things to do in London this October from the Affordable Art Fair and London Cocktail Week to Quaglino’s 90th Birthday Bash, immersive theatre, great exhibitions and big nights out

Lead image: Beauty & the Feast returns to The Vaults, Waterloo, as Aladdin and The Feast of Wonders 

1 London Restaurant Festival, various locations
1-31 October
Not that we ever need an excuse to eat our, but given that OpenTable has taken the trouble to partner with London Restaurant Festival to launch exclusive Festival Menus across the capital, we might just indulge a little more than usual this month. The Festival Menus will showcase a number of bespoke menu offers with six themes to help you find just what you fancy. There’s London Legends, which will take you top some of London’s long-standing establishments; Amazing Spaces, for those who covet stunning aesthetics and Instagrammable décor; Talk of the Town, which showcases the hottest openings and rising stars; Avant Garde, for those who crave cutting-edge cuisine; Flights and Pairings, which will upgrade food experiences with drinks pairings; and London with a View, which, frankly, speaks for itself.
To scope out all the Festival Menus, see opentable.co.uk

2 Aladdin and The Feast of Wonders at The Vaults, Waterloo
1 October-14 January
Christmas seems to come around earlier every year, and this year is no exception, with the launch of London’s first pantomime of the season – Aladdin and The Feast of Wonders. Following the sell-out success of Beauty and The Feast, Darling & Edge, the immersive events studio based in Hello Darling, has whipped up another thrilling theatrical adult pantomime, inspired by Aladdin and the Genie. Aladdin and The Feast of Wonders is an underground theatrical dining experience, a fully immersive, grown-up panto that rolls a five-course gastro banquet and party into one hedonistic night – it’s a wine-and-dine pantomime that turns the classic tale on its head. Tickets from £35 (Early Bird) to £55.
The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NN; thevaults.london

3 It’s Only Rock N Roll But I Like It! at Galerie Prints, Wimbledon
1 October-20 November
A major new exhibition from GALERIE PRINTS in Wimbledon features gorgeously candid shots of the best known faces of Rock & Pop, from Elvis Presley to The Rolling Stones and Blondie and Bruce Springsteen. Spanning over 50 years of music photography, the exhibition features heavyweight photographers such as as Terry O’Neill, Michael Putland, Jill Furmanovsky, Christopher Simon Sykes and Duffy. Led Zepplin, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Nirvana and Oasis feature in this spectacular display of iconic music imagery. Free Admission.
152 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park SW19 8AQ; galerieprints.com

4 World Sake Day, various locations
1 October
Indulge your inner Japanophile on World Sake Day – or ‘Nihonshu no Hi’ – a tradition dating back to 1978 in Japan that has grown to become an international event. Kanpai London Sake Brewery & Taproom in Peckham would be a good place to head, where the doors to the taproom are being thrust open for a free tasting of their craft sakes with paired snacks, as well as special prices at the bar. Snap up a free ticket via eventbrite to guarantee entry before 7pm (runs 6-9pm). Alternatively, if you’re in west London, make your way to Japan Centre’s Ichiba – Europe’s largest Japanese food hall – where you’ll find a fantastic line-up of giveaways, sampling and discounts (they’re also hosting a World Sake Day sale on 5 October, with free tastings from 3pm-7pm for you to try before you buy). If you really want to indulge, Foodism has collaborated with M Restaurants to host a Japanese-inspired supper club on 1 October, with sake pairings by expert Raul Diaz, as part of Japan Week (tickets £80pp).

5 Selasi’s Signature Afternoon Tea at DUKES LONDON
Until 7 October
DUKES LONDON has just taken its afternoon tea up a notch by collaborating with GBBO’s Selasi Gbormittah for British Food Fortnight. The semi-finalist from Series 7 of Great British Bake Off has launched an exclusive Signature Afternoon Tea for DUKES LONDON in collaboration with Chef Nigel Mendham. Created for British Food Fortnight, the new afternoon tea menu makes the most of both Selasi’s signature contemporary twist and Nigel’s signature focus on exceptional ingredients, featuring delicately-designed sweet treats like the decadent chocolate cluster with orange cream and crunchy feuilletine, and a fig and almond tart with spiced almond cream, toasted almonds and a honey glaze. The sandwich selection includes the H. Forman’s London-cure smoked salmon with dill cream cheese on beetroot bread, and the free range egg mayonnaise with autumn truffle and watercress on white bread, reflecting Nigel’s passion for sourcing only the finest British ingredients. Selasi’s signature Afternoon Tea at GBR is priced £35pp or £45 with glass of Champagne. 
37-38 St James’s Place, St James’s SW1A 1NS; To book email gbrlondon@dukeshotel.com, call 020 7491 4840 or see dukeshotel.com

6 25 West End theatre shows for just £25 with TodayTix, West End
Until 7 October
TodayTix, the mobile app dedicated to providing on-demand access to the best prices for theatre tickets, is offering 25 West End theatre shows for just £25. Kicking off on 23 September 2019 for just two weeks, you can get tickets to some of the hottest West End theatre shows for just £25 through the TodayTix app and website. Participating shows include established West End hits like The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof, Come From Away and Waitress, as well as buzzworthy new shows like Death of a Salesman, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, & Juliet and The Prince of Egypt.
Download TodayTix for iOS or Android or see todaytix.com to find out more

7 The Shared Roots Frieze Menu at Adam Handling Chelsea
Until 13 October
Speaking of Frieze, as part of Ruinart’s partnership with the art fair, Adam Handling has created a dining experience inspired by the Maison’s annual Carte Blanche commission by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, titled Shared Roots. The artwork series, which will be exhibited at Frieze, focuses on the relationship between humans and nature, interpreted through six photographic works. Handling’s five course menu is an homage to the reliance on nature, in both winemaking and cooking, with a key focus on sustainability and zero waste, with dishes such as knobbly unpeeled celeriac baked in mud, broccoli roots and vine leaves served with turbot, and Ruinart champagne fermented into vinegar, layered atop foraged meadow herbs. The Shared Roots menu will be available at Adam Handling Chelsea at the new Belmond Cadogan Hotel until Sunday 13 October.  £120pp, paired to Ruinart Blanc de
Blancs and Ruinart Rosé throughout.
Adam Handling Chelsea, 75 Sloane Street, Chelsea SW1X 9SE; 020 8089 7070; adamhandlingchelsea.co.uk

8 Clapham Fringe at The Bread & Roses Theatre
Until 13 October
Performing arts festival Clapham Fringe returns for its fifth year with theatre, comedy, family shows and more. Look out for All Aboard! At Termination Station, a bracing, brash, autobiographical pro-choice comedy cabaret by Lilly Burton on 7 & 8 October; Just Eat, which serves up five different personal struggles served on a bed of autobiography with songs on the side and a promise to get you to that target weight on 11 October; and Charles Dickens’s final completed work, The Signalman, written after he had survived a train crash and adapted here by Martin Malcolm (Warped, VAULT Festival 2019) on 12 & 13 October.
Bread & Roses Theatre, 68 Clapham Manor Street SW4 6DZ; claphamfringe.com

9 Quaglino’s 90th Birthday Celebration, St James’s
2 October
Quaglino’s, which opened in 1929, at the height of American Prohibition, is celebrating its 90th birthday with an all-out birthday bash that Gatsby would approve of. Executive Chef Nuno Goncalves has created a menu inspired by the last 90 years, with celebratory Moët & Chandon packages available in the restaurant to mark the occasion. Entertainment starts at 7.30pm, the main show kicks off at 9.30pm with Jermain Jackman, Phebe Edwards and Michelle John, and the DJ will spin tracks till 3am (tickets £45-£90). There will also be celebrations in the bar, with a roster of four international bars, which all feature in Asia’s 50 Best, and one of the World’s 50 Best, taking over for one night only. There’s Hope & Sesame, the first ‘speakeasy’ bar in Guangzhou, taking over from 9pm-10.30pm serving their Ango, Rocket Man and Neo-Appletini cocktails; Tokyo favourite Mixology Salon will shake up serves from 10.30pm till midnight; Atlas Bar will be serving the world-famous Atlas Martini from midnight till 1.30am; and finally, Hong Kong’s COA will offer Mexican-inspired mixes until 3am. Bar tickets are £20, including a cocktail on arrival.
16 Bury Street, St James’s SW1Y 6AJ; quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

10 Moniker Art Fair, Chelsea
2-6 October
This October, Moniker Art Fair, which has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting contemporary art fairs with its roots embedded in urban culture, is moving home from Shoreditch to Chelsea. To celebrate its 10th birthday, the five day arts festival will move to Chelsea Sorting Office on King’s Road, where it will continue to push the narrative of urban art with a daily talks and film programme hosted by Soho Curious and Co, as well as art workshops, immersive experiences, Live DJs and great food and drink. The nature of the urban art scene has always been one of transience – what we know as the ‘moniker’, a tag or a symbol marking an individual’s presence, began just over a century ago and has now evolved into colourful self-expression. Moniker Art Fair has become a touchstone of the Shoreditch contemporary art scene, and the event’s galleries, artists and cultural programming is set to break new boundaries in west London’s traditional art scene, ushering in a new wave of collectors. Tickets £12-£25.
Chelsea Sorting Office, 90-100 Sydney Street SW3 6NJ; monikerartfair.com 

11 Frieze London, Regent’s Park
3-6 October

The 17th edition of Frieze London launches this month with a showcase of international contemporary art from more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries and 1,000 leading artists. The annual curated programme includes Frieze Artist Award, presenting new, site-specific works; Frieze Music, the fair’s off-site music programme; and Frieze Talks, a dynamic series of panel discussions, conversations and keynote lectures. There’s also Focus, which features presentations by galleries aged 16 years or younger, Live, a space for performance and participation works, and Frieze Sculpture, with works popping up in the park itself. Be sure to head for the Bombay Sapphire Lounge too, which is hosting a new collection of AI art developed in partnership with leading artist Yinka Ilori to highlight the possibilities created by combining human creativity and cutting-edge technology. Tickets £36.
frieze.com

12 Wimbledon BookFest, Wimbledon Common
3-13 October
Wimbledon BookFest returns with a vibrant programme of talks, debates and workshops showcasing literary names, politics, current affairs, sport, film, music, children’s events, comedy and much more in the Big Tent on Wimbledon Common. Headliners include Harry Hill, James O’Brien, Emilie Maitlis, Levison Wood, Mariella Frostrup, Konnie Huq, Nadiya Hussain, Patricia Cornwell and Sir Trevor MacDonald. The weekend of 4-6 October sees an eclectic mix of events including LBC’s James O’Brien on his bestselling book How to be Right; The Little Library Supper Club, where books including Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels are bought to life though food; explorer and TV presenter Levison Wood; a nature therapy walk on Wimbledon Common; a comedy night headlined by Adam Kay and Bridget Christie, the Wimbledon International Short Film Festival, and Harry Hill headlining the kids programme, introducing his latest children’s novel, Matt Millz Stands Up! Tickets from £7.
Wimbledon Common SW19 5AZ; wimbledonbookfest.org

13 Perception Festival at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham
3-28 October
Clapham Omnibus’ 5th annual Perception Festival takes on the theme of Nasty Women, featuring a rich and riotous all-female mix of uncompromising theatre-makers investigating our perceived notions of femininity and womanhood. Highlights include Femme Fatale (8-27 October), where Nico, singer with The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Superstar, waits to shoot his latest movie when her Chelsea Hotel room is invaded by radical feminist Valerie Solanas who wants the celebrity’s help to spread her message of female revolution, but Nico only craves drugs to insulate her from her pain, and a darkly comic battle begins; The Frog Princess Punked (12 October), a crazed punk fairytale warning of the danger of annexing the wild and the wisdom of liberating the female; and The Cocoa Butter Club (18 October), a fierce line up of performers of colour with burlesque, spoken word, live music, Voguing and more.
1 Northside, Clapham Common SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org

14 Mary Sibande: I Came Apart at the Seams at Somerset House
3 October-5 January
Mary Sibande is one of South Africa’s most prominent contemporary artists. I Came Apart at the Seams, part of the Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Rooms Series and 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, is Sibande’s first solo exhibition in the UK. Formed of a series of 3D-sculptures and striking photography, the exhibition challenges stereotypical depictions of women in South Africa. Colour and textiles play a huge part in Sibande’s work, with fiberglass sculptures dressed in elaborate handmade couture designs. The exhibition follows the transformative journey of Sibande’s avatar, Sophie, who transforms from her humble beginnings as a domestic housemaid into myriad empowered characters transcending racial bias and marginalisation. Vibrant large-scale photography also documents Sophie’s journey. Free.
Terrace Rooms, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk

15 Four Seasons Pop Down Cinema, Camden
4 October
Four Seasons is bringing its immersive global event series, Pop Down, to London with their Pop Down Cinema in Camden Town’s Hawley Wharf Basement on Friday 4 October. Nostalgic moviegoers can relive the ‘heart and soul’ of their childhood with a screening of the Tom Hanks classic, Big, the story of a boy who wishes to be older, but soon rediscovers the joy of being a kid. Hawley Wharf Basement will be transformed into an underground playground designed to capture imaginations and immerse guests in the magic of Four Seasons. Guests will be able to connect with fellow film lovers and tap into their inner child while enjoying culinary delights and bespoke cocktails created by renowned Four Seasons Chefs and Mixologists. A limited number of complimentary tickets to this one-night-only screening via Eventbrite.
6 Castlehaven Road, Camden NW1 8QX; fourseasons.com

16 Vegan Oktoberfest at Greenwich Market
4 October
Vegan Oktoberfest debuted at Greenwich Market last year, and if you missed it then, don’t miss it this year! Buckets of beer and bratwurst might not sound like the most vegan-friendly of events, but this special event offers vegan ‘würstl’ and ‘knödel’, as well as a fruitful variety of crisp refreshing vegan beers. There’ll be plenty more street food to indulge in too, with vegan eats from the likes of @TheGreengageTree, Let’s Do Temaki, Veganauti, The Nooch, VforVegan and more. A local band will get the Oktoberfest vibe flying, too. 6.30pm-10pm.
Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ; greenwichmarket.london

17 Disco Ice Party @ ICE BAR London, Mayfair 
4 October
ICE BAR London, which recently underwent a complete refurbishment in celebration of its 15th birthday, now has four offerings for guests: Fire Bar, the Summer Terrace, Yuu Kitchen @ ICE BAR London and, of course, ICE BAR London. And now, the venue is launching the Disco Ice Party @ ICE BAR – its first ever club night. The super-cool venue will be transformed into London’s only nightclub where the thermostat is set to a frosty -5 degrees, complete with a full club set up of lights and DJ. The classic thermal capes are, for once, not required, but guests are encouraged to wrap up with a nod to the Disco Ice theme (a magnum of Moët is up for grabs for the best outfit). Tickets are £39pp, including entrance and two drinks per person. 10.30pm-1am.
31-33 Heddon Street, Mayfair W1B 4BN; icebarlondon.com. To book call 020 7478 8910 or see designmynight.com

18 The Cake & Bake Show, ExCel
4-6 October

The Cake & Bake Show at ExCel is the UK’s biggest event dedicated to the nation’s current great love of baking. The show is brimming with all things baking, decorating and sugarcraft, with celebrity experts on hand to show you the way to the best bakes. The fabulous line-up includes Great British Bake Off winners Candice Brown and John Whaite, semi-finalist Selasi GbormittahMaster Patissier Eric Lanlard, top chef and cookery teacher Rosemary Shrager, and Cutter & Squidge‘s Annabel and Emily Lui. There will also be book signings, Le Cordon Bleu Demonstrations & Workshops, market stands, a kids zone, champagne bar, sugarcraft zone, baking theatre, decorating stage and a showcase of inspirational wedding and birthday cakes. Tickets £14 in advance or £18 on the door (premium tickets £29).
thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk

19 London Cocktail Week, across London
4-13 October
London Cocktail Week is back for 2019, celebrating 10 years of the London-wide event with some 300 bars signed up to the Cocktail Tours – each serving at least one £6 Signature Serve – and a Cocktail Village in Brick Lane hosting 40 pop-up bars including an authentic Japanese Izakaya alley. From Clapham to Clerkenwell, the LCW team has cherry picked a list of venues serving the very best drinks in the capital, alongside a curated collection of cocktail classes, special menus and more. Highlights include the Hendrick’s Gin Tini Martini Townhouse in Shoreditch, serving up tini martinis alongside micro pianists and dinky artists, and The Whisky House takeover at east London whisky bar Black Rock, where you’ll find an immersive maze of pop-up whisky experiences and late-night DJs. A London Cocktail Week pass is £10, granting you access to £6 festival cocktails in 300 bars, first-look access to pop-ups and parties and free entry to The Cocktail Village.
drinkup.london/cocktailweek

20 Herne Hill Music Festival, various locations
4-13 October

Herne Hill Music Festival returns with a programme offering locals their usual range of music from jazz, folk and blues, to family and children’s concerts and classical music, with 22 events planned this year. The festival kicks off on Friday 4 October with The Junction Club at the Half Moon featuring jazz singer Becky Handley, and nonclassical, challenging Western classical traditions, at Off the Cuff. There is music every night of the week, including two performances celebrating Herne Hill’s own John Ruskin in his bicentenary year. Other highlights include a Junior Open Mic Concert at Off the Cuff on 6 October, Big Band Jazz in the Park at the performance space in Brockwell Park on 13 October, and a classic silent film, Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last, with live piano accompaniment at St Faith’s Church, also on 13 October. Ticket prices vary.
hernehillfestival.org

21 Rembrandt’s Light at Dulwich Picture Gallery
4 October-2 February
An enduring storyteller; a master of light – Rembrandt is one of the greatest painters who ever lived. Experience a cinematic retelling of the Dutch Master’s pivotal years in this landmark exhibition, which celebrates 350 years since his death. As well as 35 of his iconic paintings, etchings and drawings, Rembrandt’s Light also includes major international loans from The Louvre and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. You can also gain first-hand insight from one of the gallery’s own Rembrandt experts, Assistant Curator Helen Hillyard, with Rembrandt’s Light: Curator’s Introduction on 10 October, where you’ll find out more about her innovative curatorial approach to the Dutch Master’s work, including his mastery of light and power for visual storytelling (12.30pm, tickets £12 adults). Rembrandt’s Light exhibition tickets £16.50.
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

22 Crafty Fox Market at Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant & Castle
5-6 October
Crafty Fox Market returns to the super cool Mercato Metropolitano food market in Elephant & Castle with a carefully curated pick of the freshest independent brands. As well as more than 40 makers each day, there’ll be a programme of free and paid-for workshops throughout the weekend. Traders include Memories of Green for elegant sustainable and recycled homeware; Peggy Beard for playful contemporary jewellery; Lucy Loves This for hyper-local prints and products; and KOKO KIDS for unique, handmade kidswear. Workshops include the Feminist Embroidery Workshop with Wimperis Embroidery from 2.30pm-4.30pm on 5 October, and Make your own glass sphere flower necklace with Lizzy Chambers from 2.30pm-4.30pm on 6 October. 11am-5pm.
42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle SE1 6DR; craftyfoxmarket.co.uk

23 Wandsworth Artists’ Open House, various locations
5-6 & 12-13 October
Each year, around 12,000 people are welcomed behind normally closed doors to browse incredible paintings, mosaics, textiles and glasswork as part of Wandsworth Artists’ Open House. Some 130 artists will be taking part this year, with four distinct trail areas: Battersea & Nine Elms, Southfields & Wandsworth Town, Putney & Roehampton, and Tooting & Furzedown. Highlights include 91-year-old Nairobi-born Sheikh Nur Ali, a philosopher and ‘international artist of peace’, in Roehampton; partially sighted artist Karen Levan, who is inspired by a lifelong interest in history and the natural world, on Lower Richmond Road; and the ever-popular sample sale of Anna Jacobs, whose work the Evening Standard described as ‘exquisite’, in Earlsfield.
wandsworthart.com

24 Fun Palaces, across London
5-6 October
Inspired by theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price’s idea for a ‘laboratory of fun’, Fun Palaces will once again pop up all over the country. The event, founded by writer Stella Duffy, will see Fun Palaces pop up in libraries, museums and venues across London and the UK. Head for Victoria Library on Buckingham Palace Road, where kids and parents will be sharing stories of kindness, creating postcards to send to care homes and messing about with music (5 October, 10.30am-4.30pm); at Impact Hub in Islington you can have a go at zine making, paper plane crafting, yoga, choir conducting and jewellery making (6 October, 2pm-5pm); Carnegie Library in Herne Hill will be offering workshops in sewing, gardening, chess, 3D-printing and more (5 October, 10am-5pm); at St. Paul’s Church in Clapham here’s a WildCity Fun Palace where you can build cardboard box towers, tunnels and mighty wrecking balls to topple it all during an afternoon of creative picknicing (5 October, 12.30pm-4.30pm).
Search for your nearest event online at funpalaces.co.uk

25 Champagne Friends at bubbledogs, Fitzrovia
8 October
This October, bubbledogs, the Champagne bar in Fitzrovia by award-winning sommelier Sandia Chang, will be kicking off its new chapter since its revamp with the launch of Champagne Friends, a collaboration series that will see Sandia’s favourite wine bars and closest friends from the wine world put their stamp on bubbledogs’ celebrated Champagne list. Some of the capital’s most popular wine bars will be taking over with an exclusive menu of Champagne and sparkling wines for one evening only. Having reopened bubbledogs this April as a modern wine bar, Sandia is now inviting you to spend an evening with guest sommeliers serving rare champagnes normally only available by the bottle, all on a very handy walk-in basis. First up, it’s legendary Hackney wine bar and restaurant Sager & Wilde on 8 October, followed by P. Franco, the cult favourite natural wine bar and shop on Lower Clapton Road, on 26 November. Sandia will also be hosting Champagne tastings every second Thursday of the month.
70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia W1T 4QG; bubbledogs.co.uk

26 Wimbledon Piano Classics at Trinity United Reformed Church
10-12 October
Blüthner Pianos and the Royal College of Music have assembled a world-class line up of leading artists to celebrate classical piano music of the highest order at Wimbledon Piano Classics. The event features world-class artists including Martin James Bartlett, George Harliono, Anna Huntley, Simon Lepper, and Sofya Gulyak. Professor Vanessa Latarche, RCM’s Head of Keyboard, will also host a free piano masterclass, where she will provide artistic guidance and an insight into life at the school, along with practical advice on auditions, funding and career opportunities. Martin James Bartlett, the 23-year-old winner of the BBC Young Musician Award 2014 who has performed at Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday thanksgiving service, will be joined by pianist George Harliono in a sparkling, spellbinding evening of world-famous classical works on 12 October at 7.30pm. Tickets £10.
Mansel Road, Wimbledon SW19 4AA; bluthner.co.uk

27 Pink Oktoberfest, Surrey Quays
12 October
The UK’s largest Pink Oktoberfest, fast becoming an unmissable date on the LGBTQ+ calendar, is back for the third year running with the campest, most colourful Oktoberfest ever. Taking over Dock X in Surrey Quays, which will be set up as a traditional Bavarian beer hall, you can expect drag queens, rave karaoke, lip sync battles, game shows, DJs, dress up and, of course, Oktoberfest Bands from Munich. There will be rows and rows of long tables and a huge dance floor, do don your best Bavarian get-up and dance the night away. And if beer’s not your thing, there will also be a champagne and cocktail bar. 4pm-11pm. Tickets £15.
Dock X, Surrey Quays SE16 2XU; pinkoktoberfest.com

28 Green Rooms Market at Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant & Castle
12 October
Green Rooms Market, the lush, leafy shopping and workshop event, is headed for Mercato Metropolitano food hall in Elephant & Castle this month. In celebration of the venue’s inspirational green ethos – Mercato Metropolitano is big on community inclusion and sustainability – Green Rooms Market will feature a hand-picked selection of eco-conscious botanical traders. Discover a plethora of ‘grown not flown’ house plants, cacti and succulents alongside pots and plant accessories made from waste materials. Learn how to reduce consumption by propagating house plants or get crafty and create your own macrame plant hanger using recycled cord. Pair all that with Mercato’s many food and drinks options and its bound to be a corker! Free entry. 11am-5pm. The venue is family friendly and accessible.
42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle SE1 6DR; greenroomsmarket.com

29 Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet, Greenwich
12 October
Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet – the 70s & 80s soul, funk and disco night for those who remember the hits from first time round – returns to the legendary Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich to get everyone into the groove. HSDY is much more than just a disco with choreographer-led dance routines (Carwash, Love Train etc), vinyl DJs on the decks playing classic floor-fillers, plus prizes for the best retro outfits, free sweets and ice pops, and eco-friendly glitter face-painting. 7.30pm-midnight. Tickets £15 in advance only from the website and local stockists.
Park Row, Greenwich SE10; haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk

30 England v France Rugby World Cup Screening at Twickenham Stadium
12 October
Twickenham is, of course, getting in on the action. Head to the stadium to watch the big one – England v France – beamed live from Yokohama on Saturday 12 October. After a welcome breakfast cocktail or mocktail on arrival at 8.30am in the Clubhouse Bar in the newly opened East Stand, you’ll be able to order a selection of hot breakfast items throughout the morning, with unlimited tea and coffee and a match-day atmosphere. Kick off is at 9.15am, and you can watch the crucial pool stage match on multiple screens. Tickets are £20. After the final whistle, you can also enjoy a trip to the World Rugby Museum for an extra fiver.
200 Whitton Road, Twickenham TW2 7BA; twickenhamstadium.com

31 Midcentury East at Haggerston School
13 October
Midcentury East, in association with Balfron Tower, brings 55 top vintage dealers to the stunning Ernö Goldfinger-designed Haggerston School this month. You’ll find an eclectic mix of rare collectable pieces and functional C20 furniture all under one brutalist roof, as well as striking posters, quirky lighting, Berber rugs, ceramics, stunning jewellery and glass from world famous C20 icons. Londonewcastle, the superstar developers behind Balfron Tower, will also be on hand to talk all things beton brut (you can also get a quick taster deal giving free entry to this exclusive Hackney vintage interiors showroom from 3pm). Refreshments and delivery available onsite. £9 tickets for entry from 10am available in advance online only. Afternoon ticket deal – 2 for £10, entry from 1pm – available in advance online only. £10 on the door on the day.
Weymouth Terrace, Haggerston E2 8LS; modernshows.com

32 The Girl on the Train at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
14-19 October

The hugely successful theatre production of The Girl on the Train starring Samantha Womack as Rachel Watson will be stopping off at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley this month as part of a national UK tour. The gripping thriller, based on the internationally acclaimed number one best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the Dreamworks film starring Emily Blunt, has been breaking box office records and playing to packed houses since it opened in Milton Keynes in January. Womack plays Rachel Watson, who longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery. Tickets from £22.50.
Churchill TheatreHigh StreetBromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk

33 The Positive Discovery Trail for Positive Week, various locations 
14-20 October
Positive Week offers a global platform where businesses and individuals can discover the brands that have transformed their businesses to embrace the principles of sustainability. The Positive Discovery Trail will offer masterclasses, shopping evenings and the chance to meet some of the inspiring sustainable brand founders hosted by Positive Luxury Brands to Trust. Events include sustainable cocktails in partnership with Elephant Gin at Hotel Café Royal; a Gemmology Masterclass with Stephen Webster’s Gem expert; an Introduction to Skincare brand 111skin’s master-series & a make-up session with TV presenter Trinny Woodall; a shopping evening with purpose-driven brands Okapi, Veragancia & Amatte. All events are free to attend.
To register for events see positiveluxury.com

34 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park
17-20 October
The Affordable Art Fair is throwing it back to the 90s to celebrate its 20th anniversary this month. As well as the usual aisles of hand-picked contemporary galleries showcasing thousands of original artworks, all priced between £50-£6,000, there will be loads of nostalgia-filled workshops, talks and activities, including the chance to recreate a Brit Art classic with a Central St Martins’ led workshop on neon portraiture, a Scrunchie Making Workshop with textile designer Samantha Warren, a drawing workshop with London Fine Art Studios focused on 90s pop culture classics, and the chance to discover the next Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin with Affordable Art Fair’s host of live art demos from the hottest new artists, including Marceline Amelia and Tim Fowler. Tickets from £11.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park Queenstown Road SW8 4NW; affordableartfair.com

35 The Swingers Open 2019, the City & West End
21 & 28 October
The Singers Open is back for its third annual tournament, pitting London’s top crazy golfers against each other to win prizes big and small including a trip to New York for four people! Pick up your putters and head for Swingers City and Swingers West End, where you and three of your most competitive friends will be pitted against some of London’s finest crazy golfers. The crazy golf tournament will take place over two venues, with heats on Monday 21 and Monday 28 October at Swingers City, a charming course based on a classic English country golf club, followed by the grand final at Swingers West End, which brings the glamour of the 1920s English seaside to central London, on Monday 4 November. The ultimate champions will celebrate their victory with a trip for four to New York, including flights and two nights at the exclusive Hoxton Hotel Williamsburg. There’s a host of other prizes too, with a trophy and Tanqueray No.TEN hamper for the runners-up in the final, and a trophy with a £50 bar tab for the third-placed team. Tickets are £25 per person (£100 per team of four). To register email open@swingersldn.com.
swingersldn.com

36 Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames at Dulwich Books
23 October
Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for more than 15 years in pursuit of the objects that the river unearths, from Neolithic flints to Roman hair pins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, and Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys. All are evidence of England’s captivating history, and form the subject of her new book, Mudlarking. Join Dulwich Books for a joyful discussion of the most varied archaeological site in the world – the Thames. 7pm-8.30pm. £10 for admission and glass of wine or soft drink or £25 to add a copy of Maiklem’s Mudlarking book. For tickets see dulwichbooks.co.uk.
6 Croxted Road, West Dulwich SE21 8SW; dulwichbooks.co.uk

37 The Dulwich Players present The Rover by Aphra Behn at Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich
23-26 October 
King Charles II is in exile, and his supporters have fled Puritan England for sunnier, more entertaining climes. As the lads exhibit some 17th century ‘Brits Abroad’ behaviour, Hellena, ‘a gay young woman designed for a nun’, is convincing her sisters and cousins that they too should take the opportunity to disguise themselves in masquerade and explore the world of sex and romance. Love and lust, wealth and wit all intermingle in a libertine world tinged with danger as noblewomen Hellena and Florinda escape the confines of the lives set out for them since birth to experience the freedom of the streets. But with freedom comes risk, and male attitudes towards women can lead to anything from a passionate kiss to terrible abuse. Written by England’s first female playwright ‘forced to write for bread and not be ashamed to own it’, Aphra Behn’s most successful play continues to hold a mirror up to our society today, 350 years after it first took to the stage. Ages 14+. Tickets £12. 8pm.
Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College SE21 7LD; dulwichplayers.org (Box Office: 07936 531 356)

38 MADE LONDON, Marylebone
24-27 October 
MADE LONDON, one of the top selling events for designer-makers in Europe, returns to One Marylebone this month to showcase the best and most original contemporary craft and design. Discover a range of work from makers across all media, including ceramics, glass, wood, precious metals and textiles, from 120 established and emerging designers. Look out for complex, eye-catching contemporary jewellery from Dominika Kupcova Jewellery, contemporary ceramics by Francesca Kaye Ceramics, and some very colourful, playful footwear by Jackie Loves Clogs, whose great grandfather was a traditional clog maker in Cumbria. Open 10.30am-5pm. Tickets £10.
1 Marylebone Road NW1 4AQ; madelondon-marylebone.co.uk

39 Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa at Japan House London, Kensington
Until 27 October
This family-friendly exhibition showcases the life’s work of award-winning illustrator Anno Mitsumasa, who has been producing picture books and imaginative paintings for over 50 years. Mitsumasa, born in 1926, trained as a primary school teacher in Yamaguchi and worked in Tokyo before becoming an illustrator, mostly of children’s book. ‘Anno’s Journey’ depicts a small figure journeying through the cultural and literary landscapes of Europe, with scenes from London, Windsor, the Cotswolds and beyond on display, and you’re invited to hunt out famous places and characters hidden among the detailed landscapes. This is his first UK exhibition. Free admission. Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sundays 12pm-6pm.
101-111 Kensington High Street W8 5SA; japanhouselondon.uk

40 Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens
Until 26 October
Experience Dale Chihuly’s breath-taking glass artworks illuminated under the evening sky as the sun sets across Kew Gardens. Enjoy beautiful music commissioned by Guest Artists and based on a composition by acclaimed composer Nico Muhly, featuring instruments and vocals to reflect Chihuly’s use of glass and breath. The soundscape will change each evening and will include a rotating line up of musicians, including the UK’s only glass harmonica player Alasdair Malloy. Food and drink will be available from the Pavilion Bar and Grill. Running every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7.30pm-10.30pm (last entry to Gardens at 9pm). Tickets £18 (members £12).
Victoria Gate entrance, Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3AE; kew.org

41 HarvestFest at Skylight, Wapping
Until 27 October
London’s most imaginative rooftop destination, Skylight at Tobacco Dock in Wapping, has launched HarvestFest, its all-new autumn season. A celebration of the russet tones and mellow fruitfulness of autumn, HarvestFest will help Londoners transition into the colder months with a whole host of seasonal additions, events and surprises that define this beautiful season. The diverse cocktail menu will celebrate harvest ingredients, such as apples, blackberries and pears, complemented by warming autumnal spices, as well as mulled wine, and the summer staples of croquet and pétanque will be replaced with an array of new seasonal games including Horseshoes, Apple-Draughts and Hay Bale Skittles. Street food stalls on the lower level will be continuing to serve up both day-time food and brunch, including the exciting new addition of bottomless Prosecco surrounded by heated booths. Skylight is also be showing the Rugby World Cup (tickets are available now and brunch is available from 11am on game days).
Pennington Street Car Park Entrance, Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com

42 The So Extra So Chic Suite at The Curtain Hotel Shoreditch
Until 29 October
Hotels.com has unveiled the So Extra So Chic suite – the world’s first half and half hotel suite split right down the middle of the bed, where one side of the room is a maximalist’s paradise, full of colour, plants and golden accessories, and the other side is minimalist’s dream, dominate by sleek lines and the minimum of fuss. The battle of the designers see ‘so extra’ stylist Johnny Wujek, the powerhouse behind the likes of Katy Perry and Mariah Carey’s iconic looks, take on ‘so chic’ minimalist fashionista Kaitlyn Ham at The Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch. Wujek’s maximalist décor features clashing prints, layered colourful rugs, bright wallpaper, plenty of plants, a flashy cocktail trolley, brass palm and monkey lamps, mirrors and a bold sofa full of cushions. On the other side of the room, Ham’s minimalist décor features clean lines, calm monochromes a classic Eames lounge chair dominate, arched floor lamp and neat little desk finish the look. Available to book for one night at a time from now until 29 October from £250 per night.
45 Curtain Road, Hackney EC2A 3PT; uk.hotels.com

43 Grayson Perry: Super Rich Interior Decoration at Victoria Miro, Mayfair
Until 2 November
For his first solo exhibition at the gallery since 2012 – and first exhibition at Victoria Miro Mayfair – Grayson Perry presents new work including pots, sculpture, large-scale prints, a tapestry and a carpet. Perry casts an anthropological eye on the heady collision of art, money, power and desire, broaching the slippery concepts of meaning and significance. New pots include Shopping for Meaning, adorned with images of the artist – in wig, headscarf and various outfits – standing in front of Mayfair’s designer stores, their logos visible behind him. Searching for Authenticity collects together symbols of rebellion and rites of passage – the leather jacket, the beard, the CND banner – as if they were a catalogue of lifestyle choices. Don’t Look Down is a carpet depicting a homeless person bordered by a frieze containing images of domestic architecture. During the making of the work Perry had in mind Nam June Paik’s famous quote: ‘the artist should always bite the hand that feeds him – but not too hard’.
Victoria Miro Mayfair, 14 St George Street W1S 1FE; victoria-miro.com

44 Mix It Pop-Up Cocktail Experience at The Montague on the Gardens, Bloomsbury
Until 2 November
Returning for a second residency, the Mix It Pop-Up Cocktail Experience at The Montague on the Gardens is an interactive bottomless cocktail-making experience. Over two hours on a Friday or Saturday night, or Saturday afternoon, you’ll create your own drinks using the venue’s full and unlimited complement of spirits, mixers and garnishes, or you can enlist the help of your own personal bartender, who will be on hand to provide expert mixology guidance. For a truly indulgent experience, ask your bartender to mix up your personally designed drinks, or order one of the delicious cocktails available from a bespoke menu specially created for Mix It by Pernod Ricard. Tickets from £39.
15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 5BJ. To book see designmynight.com

45 Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Until 13 November
The team behind Somnai, one of 2018’s most raved-about immersive experiences, returned earlier this year with a new gig – Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience. Prolific composer Jeff Wayne has partnered with cutting-edge ‘layered reality’ company dotdotdot to re-imagine his Musical Work into a multi-sensory experience of immersive theatre, virtual reality, augmented reality holograms and other cutting-edge technology. You’ll be thrust you right into the centre of the of HG Wells’ Victorian England and the Martian invasion of 1898, where you’ll be able to smell the grass and feel the chill of the story’s famous Horsell Common, and physically feel the ground shake as the first cylinder lands. Tickets from £49.50.
56 Leadenhall Street EC3A 2BJ; dotdot.london/TWOTW

46 Watch This Space at Lazinc Gallery, Mayfair
Until 21 December
Watch This Space is an immersive live exhibition bringing together more than 25 international artists for a unique cultural presentation that develops right in front of your eyes… The unique initiative, presented in collaboration with renowned curator Magda Danysz of Danysz Gallery, will transform Lazinc gallery over the course of three months, creating a dialogue within the space as artists create works live on site. The disruptive exhibition will house an array of multi-disciplinary works, touching on themes of urban art, rebellion and multi-culturalism. Artists such as YZ and 1010 adopt building facades and concrete surfaces as their canvas, transforming them into monumental public artworks. During Watch This Space, they’ll be bringing the walls and floors of the gallery to life. Other artists including prominent figures from the Lazinc roster – namely Mark Jenkins and the Miaz Brothers – will feature alongside international artists selected by Danysz, notably, Charles Petillon and Ludo, as well as south London street artist Remi Rough.
29 Sackville Street, Mayfair W1S 3DX; lazinc.com

47 The Wolf of Wall Street Immersive Experience, the City
Until 19 January 2020
The Wolf of Wall Street has had the immersive treatment. The high anticipated production launches with previews from 5 September, taking over a 2,000 sq m landmark building in the City this month complete with four floors and 25 rooms. The building will be transformed to recreate 90s New York and the world of infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort, whose life was depicted by Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s movie of the same name. This new production, from the creators and producers behind The Great Gatsby – the longest-ever running immersive show in the UK – will see a cast of 16 play multiple characters from Belfort’s memoirs, plunging audiences into a world of greed, power and excess in a night of top-notch entertainment. Stratton Oakmont is hiring. The FBI is closing in. You’re either with him or you’re against him… Tickets from £59.95. Currently booking until 19 Jan 2020.
5-15 Sun Street EC2N 2PT; immersivewolf.com



 

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