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Films and fashion, music and masterpieces, food and fanfare - this is just a taste of London in October. The cool weather introduces a host of equally cool events that are sure to thrill London visitors.
Calling all foodies and cinephiles! With the cooler weather making its comeback, London is opening the doors of its restaurants, cinemas and galleries for the month of October. With all of the art festivals, food events and shows to choose from, the city definitely proves that there’s more to October than just Halloween.
October 1 - 7, 2018
Whether you love a pina colada or a margherita, this week will fill you with delicious cocktails to sample. You might even find a new favorite! The team behind London Beer Week and Wine Week now bring you Cocktail Week, located in the rather aptly named Cocktail Village! On top of this, there are countless discounts across the participating bars within the city, and entertainment besides.
October 1 - 31, 2018
Taking place in restaurants across the city, the London Restaurant Festival is a citywide celebration of eating out, and the perfect excuse for you to test-taste lots of new restaurants. The unique events include ‘chef-hosted’ lunches with ten of London’s most renowned chefs, Champagne Gourmet Odysseys, and signature Restaurant-Hopping Tours.
October 4 - 7, 2018
Frieze London is one of the world's leading contemporary art fairs. Take a stroll through the beautiful Regent’s Park and view the latest works by upcoming artists and collectors who choose to showcase their work under one creative roof.
16 – 19 October, 2018
There is something distinctly eerie about museums and galleries during the darker and quieter hours, and this October you can explore them to your heart’s content. Exhibitions, Halloween fun, workshops, and tours with the help of a guide, these are all available for visitors who want to enjoy culture with a spooky twist.
October 17 - 21, 2018
Established in 2006, Bloomsbury Festival is a creative explosion of performance, arts, music and heritage events held in the streets, parks, museums, galleries, laboratories and public and private buildings of one of London’s most vibrant cultural quarters. Each year around 50,000 people attend, and this year promises to be no exception. Celebrating the best of Bloomsbury, it’s not just a showcase, but also a catalyst to bring people from all walks of life together to inspire and learn from one another.
October 27 – November 5, 2018
The city is packed with spooky activities for all the family during the days leading up to the big Halloween day itself, and London Dungeon is one of the main focal points of the action. You can go host hunting on a guided walk, take a ghost bus tour, or retrace the murderous steps of the infamous Jack the Ripper. Check out the various activities going on across the capital nearer the time, but remember to keep your eyes wide open!
Early - Mid October, 2018 - Exact Dates TBC
A staple event on the South Bank, the BFI London Film Festival returns with a brand new line up of films from around the globe. The festival will also include an array of panels, galas, discussions and guest appearances, most of them designed to inspire and educate bourgeoning filmmakers.
Mid October, 2018 - Exact Dates TBC
Founded in 1978, Dance Umbrella is internationally recognized for its annual festival, and this October they’re presenting a range of free and affordable dance events in multiple locations around London. These events will also include talks, outdoor experiences, installations, and theater pieces.