Things to do in London in October

The start of October really does mean autumn is here… but don’t hibernate just yet. London has an array of things to do this month, whether it is taking a long way through Richmond Park, fuelling up on a Sunday roast at some of the cities best jaunts, or dressing up for Halloween at the end of the month. It’s a jam-packed month, so pack those fleeces away for one month longer and enjoy the great outdoors.


If you’re going to celebrate Halloween (Saturday October 31 2015) this year, we suggest you go all out. Head down to your local costume shop and prepare to scare at one of the capital’s best Halloween parties. Plan your fancy dress in advance, however – a pink bunny suit just won’t cut it at this time of year.

The Quarter of Curiosity

Coming to the Newburgh Quarter, just off Carnaby Street in the heart of London’s West End, The Quarter of Curiosity is a two-week celebration that will see bespoke Halloween installations appearing throughout the Newburgh Quarter, The Quarter of Curiosity Shop, and a Halloween fright night party on Thursday 26th October 5 – 9pm. Where better to celebrate Halloween than on the cobbled streets over one of London’s ancient plague pits? Plus an exclusive series of free workshops will also be held at The Quarter of Curiosity Shop, from Halloween Headdress making, potion cocktail making, pumpkin planters, to Halloween makeup masterclasses and more.

London Film Festival

This October sees the 61st BFI London Film Festival, undoubtedly the capital’s – the UK’s – biggest celebration of international cinema from the past year. On the programme is an astute mix of the best movies from Cannes and the other major festivals, and prestige awards contenders from the major US studios.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Those who remember reading ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ when it was first published may well be aghast to discover that was a whopping 20 years ago – yes, the global phenomenon that is the Boy Who Lived is officially two decades old. The British Library are pulling out all the stops on this celebratory exhibition, modelling each room around a Hogwarts subject.

London Cocktail Week

London will be getting all shook up again in October as the annual celebration of London’s best tipples, London Cocktail Week, returns. This year, the festival is going digital and ditching the wristbands, with festival passes activated through the DrinkUp.London app.

New York’s Dante Pops Up at Madison Rooftop Bar during London Cocktail Week

Dante NYC, New York’s famous aperitivo bar will be popping up at Madison’s Rooftop Bar for an exclusive week-long takeover between 29 September – 4 October 2017. Bringing a taste of New York to London, the award-winning bar will be recreated in the heart of the city, complete with world class cocktails, live entertainment and skyline views. The pop up will lead into the World’s 50 Best Bars awards, which takes place in London on 5 October 2017 of which Dante is currently listed as number 34.


We never were a city to turn down a party, so Oktoberfest London is getting a big, warm wilkommen in 2016. Read our pick of where to find the biggest steins of beer, the most delicious platters of sausage, the loveliest leiderhosen and the oompah bands with the most oomph.

Hackney Wonderland

The mini-E8 music crawl returns for a fourth year of rock ’n’ roll swagger, returning to its original one-day status. The price has upped a little from the previous cheap-as-chips ticket cost in previous years, but there’s still enough bang for your buck to make it something of a bargain.

London Literature Festival

The London Literature Festival once again fills the Southbank Centre with acclaimed authors, poets, speakers and collaborators for a fortnight of wordy events. Celebrating its eleventh year in 2017, the festival will include live readings, talks and workshops.

Illuminating India

India is heading to South Kensington for the Science Museum’s latest season, celebrating the global influence of India’s science, culture and thought. Joining ‘Illuminating India’ is Danny Boyle in a Q&A following a special screening of ‘Slum Dog Millionaire’, the ‘Bluebird Tea Company’ hosting tea blending workshops and talks from Indian science, tech and innovation experts.

Poster Girls

See TfL’s very own sisterhood in all their glory at ‘Poster Girls’, the London Transport Museum’s latest major exhibition displaying work from key female graphic artists who have designed for London Transport and Transport for London in the 20th and 21st centuries.