We’re welcoming autumn with open arms! This time of year is a beautiful time to get out and about and see our cityscape change to those beautiful Autumnal hues. For the colder days that are approaching, this month is looking to be a corker in London – with many a festival and theatre opening to indulge in. So, get ready and dive straight into the best shenanigans happening in London this October!
Image: Last Days of Shoreditch
288 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LA
22nd September – 6th October
No October would be complete without heading to Oktoberfest! And no, it doesn’t mean you have to catch a plane to Germany – there are Oktoberfest events happening right here in London. Why not try out a next-level version of the traditional Bavarian beer festival over at Last Days of Shoreditch, where they’re hosting slightly more eccentric evenings. The evenings promise to be jam-packed with live entertainment including Bavarian break-dancers, street magicians, grown-up games and a Bratwurst eating competition! Make sure you get ahead of the game and book in advance. You can do so here.
Image: The Old Vic Theatre
Dr Seuss’s The Lorax
Old Vic, 103 The Cut, Waterloo Road, SE1 8NB
20th October – 4th November
A must-see for the little ones this October half-term, this adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Lorax is comprised of brilliantly vibrant puppetry, songs and humour. Produced by David Greig and directed by acclaimed Max Webster, the show will be running at The Old Vic Theatre for young children of all ages to experience. It tells the story of a cantankerous critter, on a mission to protect the earth from greedy businessmen! Showing for two weeks, it will be worth every penny, book now!
Image: Southbank London
Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
13th October- 1st November
#LondonLitFest opens this October, with the 50th anniversary of Poetry International. Many an established and emerging talent alike will be gracing the stage and uniting us all with a love of literature. As ever, the focus is on the power of words and how this can change our world for the better. This year is bigger and better than ever before – with big names such as Tom Hanks, Annie Leibovitz and Hilary Clinton descending on our city! Get yourself down to Southbank for this one, wordsmiths, and check out the schedule in advance here.
Image: Fun Palaces
Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 3BS
During the first weekend of October, East London’s home of innovation, Here East, will be hosting Fun Palaces. Fun Palaces is a free, nationwide celebration of arts and culture built on the declaration that “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.” The Fun Palace at Here East will be a space where the community can come together and join in on family-fuelled activities, where arts and science meet. For more information head to the Fun Palaces website, here.
5th – 8th October
Frieze is back, bringing together the best of the best when it comes to international artists from around the globe. The world-renowned art festival celebrates the most iconic of artists alongside emerging stars. From art and architecture conferences to Frieze Film: Artist Introductions, there will be a whole bundle of critically-acclaimed talks, projects and programmes for the culture vultures amongst us to stick our teeth into. You can take a look at the programme of events here and you can buy tickets for the festival here.
Image: Sagar + Wilde
London Cocktail Week
Various locations, London
Last on our list of must-do events this October, it’s London Cocktail Week! Now deemed the world’s biggest cocktail festival, the week of cocktail-themed events takes place across hundreds of venues in London. A £10 pass will entitle you to many a cocktail for just £6 throughout the seven-day festival which celebrates the art that is cocktail-making! Our glasses are at the ready! Events across London include many masterclasses and dinners; Sager + Wilde, in Bethnal Green, will be serving up a scrumptious three-course meal paired with their signature Botanist cocktails. Find out more and about buying your tickets in advance here.
What are your plans for October in London? Let us know and comment below!