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Hair The Musical
Moniker Art Fair
Of Kith And Kin
OM Yoga Show
Tove Jansson
Monochrome: Painting in Black and White
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
PAD London Art Fair
The Cake and Bake Show
Erdinger Oktoberfest
Made London - The Design and Craft Fair
Designs of the Year 2017
Oktoberfest East
London Bierfest
Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11
The Ski & Snowboard Show London
London Cocktail Week
Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification
Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham star in Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Frieze Art Fair
Dr Seuss's The Lorax
The Other Art Fair
Royal Parks Half Marathon
Bloomsbury Festival
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
The Chocolate Show
Laurence Fox stars in The Real Thing
Beauty And The Feast
Illuminating India


Multi Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton comes to London in October when the National Portrait Gallery stages the first exhibition devoted entirely to Czanne's portraits.

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London Restaurant Festival

The all-encompassing food affair is back for 2017.


Various Venues Dates: 1st to 31st October 2019


All-encompassing food affair the London Restaurant Festival is back for another month of foodie events across the capital. The annual event takes place during October and incorporates over 300 restaurants around London. The programme includes restaurant-hopping tours where you can visit six restaurants in one day and get a small plate and drink in each. Alternatively, opt for one of the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Gourmet Odysseys and get lunch at three top London restaurants - your first course in one, your main in another and dessert in a third. Exclusive to this year's festival will be Restaurant Recipes, giving people the chance to learn how to cook some of London's most celebrated restaurant dishes at leading cookery schools before enjoying dinner in the restaurant that evening. Other events include a pairing of food and film in the Andaz Temple Cinema, restaurant wine tasting and gastronomic weekends.


PAD London Art Fair

International galleries come to Mayfair for this annual art fair.

Berkeley Square, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, Mayfair, London, W1J 5AX

Tube: Green Park Station


Dates: 30th Sep to 6th Oct 2019


A spin-off of its longer established Parisian sister, the PAD London Art Fair returns to Mayfair in 2017 to bring together exceptional works of modern art, design, decorative arts, photography, jewellery and tribal art. Prominent international galleries from major cities across North America and Asia come together for the occasion, making it a fantastic place to discover pieces of museum quality. The fair, which takes place at the same time as Frieze and Frieze Masters, helps to attract the world's most influential art buyers to London each October.


The Real Thing

Laurence Fox could well be going through a midlife crisis.

Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT1 1HL

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 02nd - 14th October 2017


The Real Thing at the Rose Theatre Kingstontakes a humorous look at love and infidelity. Laurence Fox (best known for his role as DS James Hathaway in detective drama Lewis) stars as Henry, a man of 40 going through what could well be called a midlife crisis, having left his marriage for a woman and not knowing if it's the real deal. Written by Tom Stoppard, The Real Thing is thought to be a thinly veiled self-portrait referring to Stoppard leaving his wife Miriam for Felicity Kendal, who appeared in the first production of the play. This revival of a multi-award winning modern classic is directed by Stephen Unwin, Artistic Director of Rose Theatre Kingston for the past five years.


London Cocktail Week

Over 200 bars serving a £6 cocktail for anyone wearing a special wristband.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Covent Garden, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 4th to 13th October 2019


Inviting London's cocktail lovers to join in on a big, week-long party, London Cocktail Week is back for 2017 with over 200 bars across town serving a 6 cocktail for anyone wearing a special wristband. But it's not just about cheap mixed drinks, the festival is a chance to try out new bars and take part in tasting sessions, pop-ups events, parties and masterclasses in the art of pouring the perfect concoction. At the heart of the festival is the cocktail village, turning Old Spitalfields Market into a collection of pop-up cocktail bars, experiences and food vendors with bartenders serving 6 signature cocktails and food pairings.



The multi Tony Award nominated play transfers to the West End.

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 02nd October - 30th December 2017


Telling the true story of how a young couple planned secret meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Oslo reveals how the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords came about. Featuring dozens of characters and set in locations across the globe, Oslo is both a political thriller and the personal story of a small band of people struggling together - and fighting each other - as they seek to change the world. Nominated for seven TONY Awards including 'Best Play' and 'Best Director', the new play by J.T. Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher had its UK premiere at the National Theatre in September and now transfers to the West End at the Harold Pinter Theatre.


The Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX

Expect an engaging and humorous piece from Danish collective Superflex.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 03rd October - 02nd April 2018


Danish collective Superflex has been chosen to create this year's Hyundai Commission for Tate Modern's massive Turbine Hall. In the past they have flooded a recreation of a McDonald's and their filming of it was shown at the South London Gallery. More recently, in 2014 they created Hospital Equipment, an installation of surgical equipment dispatched from gallery to conflict zone, highlighting the role of context in the definition of art. Known for their playfully subversive installations and films we expect an engaging and perhaps humorous piece to fill the Turbine Hall.


Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham in the UK premiere staging of Simon Stephens' new drama.

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 03rd October - 06th January 2018


Marianne Elliott directs Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham in the UK premiere staging of Simon Stephens' drama about two strangers, who meet by chance amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, and their humdrum lives are changed forever. Inspired by one of the most famous ideas in physics, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is "a play inspired by the way music works in the gaps between notes", says its author. It's also the first West End show from newly formed theatre company, Elliott & Harper Productions, which comes from the pairing of Marianne Elliott, the Olivier and Tony Award-winning director of the National Theatre's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse, and producer Chris Harper who worked at the National as a producer for 10 years.


Hair The Musical

The musical comes to London to celebrate its 50th year.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station


Dates: 04th October - 14th January 2018


Celebrating its 50th year, Hair comes to London this year. The acclaimed musical will be staged in The Vaults beneath Waterloo, which is renowned for its fully immersive performances. Following suit, this production will see the venue transformed into a Swinging Sixties den, with psychedelic creatives, iconic artwork,'60s themed pop-up restaurants and themed drinks, stalls selling vintage and tie-dye clothes, and vinyl galore. Directed by Jonathan O'Boyle, Hope Mill Theatre's acclaimed production of the iconic tribal rock musical shows that it is just as relevant now as it was in the '60s, and the anniversary is the perfect excuse for a revival. As well as the preceding entertainment, there will also be post-show live music, club nights, guest appearances and film nights in the late-night bar.


Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

A major new exhibition exploring how the Arnolfini Portrait inspired a new radical style of painting.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 04th October - 02nd April 2018


This year, the National Gallery brings together Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait with paintings from the Tate collection and loans from other museums for the first time. Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites explores how the Arnolfini Portrait was one of the inspirations used by the Pre-Raphaelites to forge a radical new style of painting. Acquired by the National Gallery in 1842, Van Eyck's painting informed their belief in empirical observation, ideas about draughtsmanship, colour and technique, as well as the ways in which objects in a picture could carry symbolic meaning. This exhibition will show how the likes of Sir John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti were influenced by the painting in their work.


BFI London Film Festival

The BFI rolls out the red carpet once again this October.

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 2nd to 13th October 2019


London rolls out the red carpet for the BFI London Film Festival this October, with a wealth of A-list stars in attendance for premieres of their films. This year's programme kicks off with a screening of Breath, an inspirational love story starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. Other films on the line-up include Battle of the Sexes with Emma Stone and Steve Carell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with Woody Harrelson and Frances McDormand, and Downsizing with Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig. As well as the glitzy red carpet glamour and opening gala razzmatazz there are events for everyone at the festival, from informal post-screening Q&As to films for families and from guest appearances to workshops and masterclasses.


Saint George And The Dragon

The folk tale is brought into the 21st century with this new production.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 04th October - 02nd December 2017


For his National Theatre debut writer Rory Mullarkey brings the folk tale of wandering knight and freedom fighter Saint George into the 21st century. 'A folk tale for an uneasy nation', Saint George and the Dragon is a new take on the mythical dragon-slaying story, having been reworked for today's social media obsessed, post-Brexit age. Lyndsey Turner directing John Hefferman (Oppenheimer and Edward II) in the production.


Illuminating India

This series celebrates India's contribution to science, technology and maths.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 04th October - 31st March 2018


This autumn, the Science Museum celebrates India's contribution to science, technology and mathematics with its special Illuminating India season. The season brings together a series of events, including two free major exhibitions: 5000 Years of Science and Innovation and Photography 1857-2017. The former takes a journey through India's remarkable history, revealing how the Mughal emperors conserved nature in the 16th century, how 20th century mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan revolutionised maths and how the Indian Space Research Organisation sent a camera to Mars for less than the cost of the film Gravity. The latter exhibition provides an ambitious survey of the technological and artistic development of photography in India, showing how the Indians used it to express their unique experiences. Further events in the series include an Indian tea blending workshop, a Slumdog Millionaire screening with a Q&A with director Danny Boyle, and two intimate evenings of dance and live music with the world-renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble.


Moniker Art Fair

This fair shows the international scope of street art and beyond.

Chelsea Sorting Office, 232 Kings Road, London, SW3 5UA

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 2nd to 6th Oct 2019


One of the three big London art fairs in the capital in October spawned by Frieze Art Fair, Moniker Art Fair shows the international scope of street art and beyond. For its 8th edition Moniker takes up residence in the newly renovated top floor of the Old Truman Brewery, a 30,000 square foot space which gives more room for experimentation from the galleries and artists taking part. Don't miss the popular Art on a Postcard where everyone gets the chance to win postcard artwork, allocated by lottery. While Frieze showcases established names, Moniker champions emerging talent.


Erdinger Oktoberfest

German brewery Erdinger brings a traditional Oktoberfest experience to London.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E15 2EE

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station


Dates: 27th September - 28th October 2018


This autumn, German brewery Erdinger presents an authentic Oktoberfest experience in London. The brewery will build a traditional Bavarian beer hall with a capacity of 5,000 people on the Greenwich Peninsula for two weeks in October, with over 220 bench tables set in a huge open-plan hall made from wooden floors and walls. The interior will be decorated with floral garlands and a traditional blue and white striped roof while the exterior will be purpose built to resemble a traditional 19th-century Bavarian beer hall. There will be live music and entertainment, a full-scale German fun fair, food stalls selling traditional Bavarian food and, most importantly of all, over 25,000 pints of premium Erdinger Weissbier (wheat beer) and smooth lager Fischers Hell shipped directly from the brewery in Bavaria. Over 40 expert Bavarian waitresses will also be flying over to serve the guests and train British staff how to carry up to 10 steins of beer at one time.


1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

A showcase of modern African art.

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 05th - 08th October 2017


The first-ever international fair dedicated to modern and contemporary African art, 1:54 returns to Somerset House this October. Taking its name from the 54 countries on the continent, 1:54 will showcase modern African art, reflecting the diversity in artistic practices rooted in Africa. Bringing together more than 41 selected galleries, the contemporary African art fair promises to offer art buyers a significant cross-sectional-insight into art from the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent with curated exhibitions and discussions.


Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane

A homecoming exhibition for the British-Moroccan artist.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 05th October - 07th January 2018


This October, Somerset House hosts a homecoming exhibition on British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj. The exhibition will showcase his vibrant fusion of contemporary cultures, which he has picked up by splitting his time between the UK and Morocco. Visitors will be able to see the artist's colourful photographic portraits, which blend the glossy aesthetic of a fashion shoot with Moroccan tradition and street culture. These images aim to challenge Western perceptions of the hijab and female disempowerment. Further works include a nine screen installation of distinctively dressed musicians as well as sculpture, video installations and handcrafted objects.


John Akomfrah: Purple

This six-channel video installation addresses climate change.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 05th October - 07th January 2018


British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah presents his ambitious new installation, Purple. Being displayed at the Barbican Centre, the six-channel video installation addresses climate change, human communities and the wilderness at a time when, according to the UN, greenhouse gas emissions are at their highest levels in history due to human activity. Purple addresses a number of topics, including animal extinctions, the memory of ice, the plastic ocean and global warming with archival footage being used to produce a newly short film and sound score.


Frieze Art Fair

London's best known contemporary art fair.

Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station


Dates: 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Oct 2019


London's best known contemporary art fair, Frieze returns to Regent's Park for its 14th edition with over 160 of the most highly respected contemporary art galleries in the world brought together. The most accessible part, the free-to-view Sculpture Park found in the English Gardens of Regent's Park, displays 25 works by leading 20th-century artists including Magdalena Abakanowicz, Eduardo Paolozzi, KAWS and Michael Craig-Martin. Performance art, talks, specially commissioned art works and curated exhibitions are all part of the fair, most of which is packed into a vast temporary structure in the park with work by around 1,000 contemporary artists crammed in. A combined ticket gets into sister fair, Frieze Masters, a showcase of Old Masters and art up to the 20th century, and you can get a discounted ticket if you visit between 5pm and 7pm.


The Other Art Fair October 2017

An accessible art fair where unrepresented artists can showcase their pieces.

Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Spitalfields, London, WC1B 4DA

Tube: Holborn Station , Russell Square Station


Dates: 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Oct 2019


Taxidermy, immersive theatre, craft beers and DJ sets, The Other Art Fair breathes fresh air into the tried and tested art fair format. Returning to The Old Truman Brewery which it shares with Moniker Art Fair, both take place during Frieze Week, the busiest week in the UK's art calendar. Now owned by online gallery Saatchi Art, TOAF distinguishes itself by being an art fair where unrepresented artists can showcase their pieces, and visitors can take something home without breaking the bank. Don't be mistaken though, you won't be presented with any old paintings. All artists have been chosen by a selection of committee experts making it "worth visiting to truffle out emerging painters" (Financial Times). With more than one thousand pieces starting at £50 as well as many arty events such as curated walks and live music, this is a completely unstuffy art experience.



A tender and funny new work from David Eldridge.

National Theatre: Dorfman, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 05th October - 14th November 2017


A new play by David Eldridge, Beginning invites the audience to be a fly on the wall at Laura's party. With the party coming to the end, Danny is the last straggler and decides to stay for one final drink. The flat is in a mess and so are they, what will one more drink lead to? Polly Findlay directs the tender and funny new piece, which is being staged at the National Theatre.


The Cake and Bake Show

GBBO winner Candice Brown and several star speakers attend this year.

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, Earls Court, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station


Dates: 4th, 5th and 6th October 2019


The Cake and Bake Show has all the ingredients needed for a delicious day out. With new celebrity chefs and baking shows constantly bursting onto the scene, and the phenomenal success of The Great British Bake Off, baking has become more popular than ever. Bringing The Great British Bake Off television series to life, the tent becomes a stage at the Excel Centre where some of the stars from the current GBBO series, including winner Candice Brown, as well as former champions give demos. The day will also offer an array of tempting and tasty features as well as star speakers.


Venus In Fur

The hit Broadway show comes to London, starring Natalie Dormer and David Oakes.

Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station


Dates: 06th October - 09th December 2017


David Ives' hit Broadway show Venus in Fur opens in the West End this August, premiering at Theatre Royal Haymarket. Patrick Marber directs while Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer and The Borgias actor David Oakes take the leading roles. Taking place during one night in downtown Manhattan, the dark comedy of desire and fantasy follows struggling actress Vanda who's determined to land a part despite director Thomas being certain she isn't right for it.


Beauty And The Feast

This palatable pantomime offers a quirky retelling of the classic fairytale.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station


Dates: 06th October - 14th January 2018


A delectable retelling of the original fairytale, Beauty and the Feast takes over the Vaults under Waterloo this winter. Hoping to amuse your bouche with some fine art feasting, it's a palatable pantomime that will see you arrive as beauty and leave as beast. Your Godmother, Fairy Liquid, is tired of mute dinners and boring conversations, so she is serving up a theatrical dining experience like no other. Follow in the footsteps of Belle through the grey palace, greeting serving staff who are desperate to serve along the way. After dinner and plentiful booze, you must try to break the romantic curse. If you're successful, the celebration will continue late into the night, with disco balls and chandeliers galore. And don't forget to leave your manners at the door.



An exploration of the friendship and links between these two artistic giants.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 07th October - 03rd January 2018


Dal/Duchamp at the Royal Academy of Arts explores the friendship and links between conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp and surrealist Salvador Dal. The first exhibition to look at the surprising relationship between the two artistic giants, it will explore the influence their relationship had on their works through a display of 60 works. Presented as a conversation taking place through art, it will include Dal's most inspired and technically accomplished paintings and sculptures, and Duchamp's groundbreaking assemblages and readymades. Additionally, it will display the less familiar: photographs by Dal, paintings by Duchamp, correspondence and collaborations between the two artists.


Royal Parks Half Marathon

16,000 runners pass through four of central London's best loved parks.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: Sunday 13th October 2019


The Royal Parks Half Marathon sees 16,000 runners passing through four of central London's best loved parks, an iconic stretch of the Thames and some of the capital's most famous landmarks. What's more, at 13.1 miles, it's a manageable run for those still daunted by the colossal feat of a full marathon. Starting and finishing in Hyde Park, runners pass Buckingham Palace, St James's Park and the Houses of Parliament before following the river to Blackfriars Bridge and back. The next leg takes them under both Admiralty and Wellington Arch, through Green Park, all around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (through avenues of beautiful autumnal trees) before passing the Royal Albert Hall and across the finish line. As much fun for spectators as the runners themselves.


All The Little Lights

Jane Upton's darkly funny production delves into the world of sexual exploitation.

Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station


Dates: 10th October - 04th November 2017


Jane Upton's award-winning All The Little Lights is given its London premiere this autumn with a staging at the Arcola Theatre. The moving and darkly funny production tells the story of Joanne and Lisa. They were just like sisters until Lisa got away. Now she's back but the ghosts from their past still haunt her. Amy, meanwhile, just wants to belong. With the threat of sexual exploitation lurking in the shadows, the three forgotten girls spend one last night together by the railway line. Inspired by real life stories and created with support from Safe and Sound, who campaign against sexual exploitation, the play looks at the sort of teenagers that society often demonises or overlooks.


Les Vepres Siciliennes

An imaginative revival of Stefan Herheim's theatrical production.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 12th October - 04th November 2017


A revival of Stefan Herheim's theatrical production of Verdi's spectacular grand opera Les Vepres siciliennes is brought to the Royal Opera House an imaginative staging by the Norwegian director who replaces 13th century Sicily with Paris in 1855. In a co-production with the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen, the lengthy performance, which lasts about 4 hours 30 minutes including two intervals, includes 32 dancers with four principals from The Royal Ballet dancing alongside four principals from The Royal Danish Ballet. Malin Bystrom, Bryan Hymel, Michael Volle and Erwin Schrott lead the cast under the baton of Maurizio Benini in Verdi's tale of revenge, family relations and patriotism.


London Literature Festival

Tom Hanks, Annie Leibovitz and Philip Pullman all attend this year's festival.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 17th to 27th October 2019


After celebrating its tenth year in 2016, the London Literature Festival is going from strength to strength with this year's festival boasting a UK-exclusive appearance from Tom Hanks. In collaboration with Penguin Live, the event presents the actor in conversation about his first collection of fiction, with live readings on 1st November. It will be his Royal Festival Hall debut and his only UK appearance to discuss his new book, Uncommon Type. The 2017 festival also follows the theme World on the Brink, exploring how literature can help us make sense of a world increasingly caught between extremes. The likes of Philip Pullman, Annie Leibovitz and Karl Ove Knausgard will all discuss their views on how the world is changing. Furthermore, Poetry International will open this year's festival for the first time with a weekend devoted solely to poetry to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the biennial poetry festival, which was founded in 1967 by former poet laureate Ted Hughes.


The Chocolate Show

Mona Lisa and Banksy's Balloon Girl made out of chocolate.

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station


Dates: 13th - 15th October 2017


The UK's biggest celebration of our favourite sweet treat returns to Olympia London for its fifth year. Elevating chocolate to an artform, the Choco l'ART gallery is a big draw at The Chocolate Show this year. Classic art pieces like the Mona Lisa, Banksy's Balloon Girl, Starry Night by Van Gogh, The Kiss by Gustav Klint and The Scream by Edvard Munch have all been made out of chocolate. Nadiya Hussain and John Whaite are among the celebrity chefs celebrating the sweet stuff. With masterclasses, tastings and top chocolatiers like Hotel Chocolat, Lauden, Guittard Chocolate, Bad Brownie Co, Beau Cacao, Akesson's and Rococo all taking part, you can indulge your love of chocolate and find out who'll win the Chocolate Dessert of the Year.


Dr Seuss's The Lorax

Bonkers tale about a moustachioed and cantankerous critter on a mission.

Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station , Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 15th October - 05th November 2017


A tree-chopping businessman known as The Once-ler meets his match in a gruff, moustachioed critter on a mission to protect the earth in Dr Seuss's colourful tale about the insidious threat of corporate greed to the natural world. The bonkers tale, adapted for the stage by David Greig and directed by Max Webster, tells of a moustachioed and cantankerous critter who's on a mission to protect the earth from the greedy, Thneed-knitting businessman. With songs and zany humour this is a show that will appeal to audiences of all ages.


Of Kith And Kin

A timely new comedy about modern parenthood.

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line) , Goldhawk Road Station, Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)


Dates: 18th October - 25th November 2017


Chris Thompson's timely comedy about modern parenthood concerns gay couple Daniel and Oliver, who plans to have a baby with their best friend Priya acting as a surrogate are thrown into disarray by the arrival of Daniel's straight-talking mother. Directed by Robert Hastie.


Young Marx

The world premiere of Richard Bean and Clive Coleman's historical comedy.

Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 18th October - 31st December 2017


Nicholas Hytner directs the world premiere staging of Richard Bean and Clive Coleman's historical comedy set in 1850 London, where 32-year-old revolutionary Karl Heinrich Marx is on the prowl, encircled by his beautiful wife, creditors and spies. Rory Kinnear takes the title role opposite Oliver Chris as Marx's trusted friend Engels. This, the opening production for the brand new Bridge Theatre, reunites the creative team behind Richard Bean's smash hit One Man, Two Guvnors.


Designs of the Year 2017

The much-anticipated exhibition returns for its 10th year.

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station


Dates: 18th October - 18th February 2018


The Design Museum's annual Designs of the Year awards have become a much-anticipated feature of the design calendar and, now in its 10th year, will bring together 60 projects in 2017. Nominees this year include a glass extension added to a disused fire station by Zaha Hadid Architects, functional 3D printed products created for the home, a collaboration between Lei's and Google, and the world's first self-driving, 3D printed electric bus. The public vote for the winner opens in October with the winners announced in January 2018.


Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration

Six British dance companies come together to honour the late choreographer.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 18th October - 01st November 2017


This autumn, the Royal Opera House invites six British dance companies to come together in celebration of Kenneth MacMillan on the 25th anniversary of his death. Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration will see the Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet and Yorke Dance Project perform a series of the choreographer's best known and most important works. The line-up includes a triple bill of Concerto, Le Baiser de la fee and Elite Syncopations; a double bill of The Judas Tree and Song of the Earth; and a staging of Jeux, Wayne Eagling's short ballet inspired by MacMillan's re-creation of Nijinsky's lost Debussy work.


Bloomsbury Festival

More than 200 events, most of them free, in the literary district of London.

Various Venues, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1NX

Tube: Russell Square Station


Dates: 11th to 20th October 2019


Five days of artistic, scientific and literary events, immersive exhibitions and performances in unusual locations, the Bloomsbury Festival brings more than 200 events, most of them free, to the literary district of London. On Friday 20th October is headline event, Step Out Store Street, a free outdoor street party. Other Bloomsbury Festival highlights mark the 70th anniversary of The Indian Independence Act with a family workshop and the creation of a Rangoli using coloured rice, sand and flower petals. Pushkin House, hosts a large-scale pop-up pavilion, an installation celebrating 100 years since the Russian Revolution. It all takes place at venues across Bloomsbury, from major institutions like the British Museum and University College London to quirky spaces and family favourites like Coram's Fields.


Affordable Art Fair Battersea

This show has become a well-loved institution on London's art scene.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Oct 2019


A diverse line-up of artists display an array of affordable contemporary art in Battersea Park for the Affordable Art Fair, which has become a well-loved institution on London's art scene. It's an event that strips away the pretension of the art world and gives buyers a chance to pick up some really great work at fair prices, ranging from 100 to 6,000. A fun, family day out, it's accessible to connoisseurs and the merely curious. This year, celebrated photographers Terry O'Neill, Gered Mankowitz and Jerry Schatzberg showcase their work and there's a dedicated solo artist stand for the first time, with Olivia Connelly presenting a series of work by Mark Vessey. Having been influenced by the likes of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, Vassey uses his lens to capture witty images of pop culture. The Battersea Park art fair, which attracts 20,000 people to each London event, has been such a success that further fairs have sprung up in Stockholm, NYC, Rome, Seattle and Singapore.


Pilgrim Supper Club

A six course supper club inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.

103B Dalston Lane, , London, E8 1NH

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station


Dates: 16th - 25th November 2017


In anticipation of the opening of the new restaurant and sherry bar in 2018, Pilgrim presents a series of supper clubs that promise to serve a unique dining experience. Guests will be invited to feast on a six-course menu of dishes inspired by the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage that has been made since the 9th century to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Made using the finest Spanish produce from some of the UK's most reputable farmers, butchers and fishmongers, dishes include a charcoal talo with Iberico pork short rib, a play on Galicia's famous pulpo al feria (octopus at the fair) and torta de Santiago, an almond cake rooted into the history of the Camino de Santiago. The supper clubs come in partnership with XECO Wines, a contemporary brand of sherry wines, in order to add a distinct dimension and an authentic yet modern touch. Guests can choose between a wine pairing menu to accompany the meal or buying individual drinks on the night. Purchase tickets here.


Made London - The Design and Craft Fair

A beautiful range of glassware, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and furniture.

One Marylebone, 1 Marylebone Road, Fitzrovia, London, NW1 4AQ

Tube: Great Portland Street Station , Warren Street Station, Regent's Park Station


Dates: 19th - 22nd October 2017


High quality contemporary craft and design fair Made London - The Design and Craft Fair returns to One Marylebone this October, displaying a beautiful range of glassware, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and furniture across the four floors of the Sir John Soane designed church. Exhibitors at the event come from the UK and further afield and will be on hand to meet buyers to discuss their work further. If you're planning on visiting the fair from outside of London and are looking for accommodation in the area, check out our hotels near One Marylebone.


Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters And Bellboys

The first time Soutine has been exhibited in the UK for 35 years.

The Courtauld Institute Of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 19th October - 21st January 2018


New exhibition Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys looks at the artist's fascination with the staff of French hotels and restaurants, attired in boldly coloured uniforms. Over a decade, the humble models sat for him in Paris and the south of France, resulting in a powerful series of images that put the spotlight on the overlooked figures who move through aristocratic households and luxury hotels and restaurants. The images played a key role in transforming Soutine from a struggling painter into a wealthy one and established his reputation. This exhibition will be the first time Soutine has been exhibited in the UK for 35 years.


Oktoberfest East

The best aspects of the famous Bavarian beer festival come together.

Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Hackney, London, E2 9DY

Tube: Bethnal Green Underground Station


Dates: 19th - 21st October 2017


Bringing the best traditional aspects of the famous Bavarian beer festival, Oktoberfest East is the only UK festival to serve overflowing steins of the official Oktoberfest beer, produced by Munich brewing powerhouse Hacker-Pschorr. This is paired with a feast of traditional Bavarian flavours in the food market. And the Hackney Colliery Band will be getting people on the dance floor with their unique mix of brass and beats. Set against a backdrop of blue sky, fluffy clouds, and an Alpine forest it's Oktoberfest but with a distinct East London twist.


London Bierfest

This major corporate event brings together bratwurst, beer and Bavarian bands.

Old Billingsgate, 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, 16 Lower Thames Street, City, London, EC3R 6DX

Tube: Monument Station , London Bridge Station


Dates: Thursday 17th and Friday 18th October 2019


October welcomes the return of Bierfest as London takes on the traditional German Oktoberfest with this major corporate event. Expect gherkins, bratwurst, Bavarian bands and unlimited steins of German beer. The beer swilling knees-up is based in Old Billingsgate Market and opens its doors to over 2,000 thirsty revellers every day. They are offering packages for ten person tables - the booking will include unlimited steins, platters of traditional German fare, full table service from Heidis, Helgas and Helmuts, and a programme of oompah bands and roaming acts.


Harry Potter: A History of Magic

An exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station , Euston Station


Dates: 20th October - 28th February 2018


Marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the British Library presents Harry Potter: A History of Magic this autumn. With the structure of the exhibition inspired by the subjects that Harry and his friends study at Hogwarts, from Potions and Herbology to Astronomy and Care of Magical Creatures, it will bring together an exciting display of wizarding books, manuscripts and magical objects to explore the rich magical traditions that the subjects draw on. The displays will combine centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury's and J.K. Rowling's own archives.


OM Yoga Show

There's yoga for all levels of ability at this show.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station


Dates: 20th - 22nd October 2017


Each year the OM Yoga Show installs an air of meditative contemplation over Alexandra Palace. Leading yoga teachers give group lessons - some are free, for others you need to book and pay but they really are worthwhile and there's something for all levels of ability with hundreds of free yoga sessions to choose from. Stalls selling everything from chemical-free yoga mats to three-week meditation holidays are lined up alongside experts giving advice on Ayurvedic therapies and diet. Remember, if you want to join a class, wear comfortable clothes and stay clear of heavy foods for an hour or so before the show.


Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

The Russian-born conceptual artists are the subject of a major retrospective.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 18th October - 28th January 2018


Russian-born conceptual artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, known for their pioneering large-scale environments and installations, are the subject of a retrospective at Tate Modern this October. The major exhibition will explore the theme of failed utopia, touching on the artists' experience of Soviet society. It will trace a line from Ilya Kabakov's early works in Moscow before his emigration to the West in 1987, which were followed by the collaborative projects made with Emilia in America since 1988.


Power UP

The hands-on gaming extravaganza returns for a second year.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 06th - 22nd April 2019


This October half term the Science Museum presents gaming extravaganza Power UP. Returning for its second year, the hands-on event invites gaming fans to get their fix with 180 systems and hundreds of games, including video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades. From Pong and Pacman to Minecraft and Mario, there's something for everyone. With PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch sitting alongside SNES, SEGA Dreamcast and BBC Micro - the original educational computer - visitors will be able to see how technology has evolved, with PlayStation VR providing a glimpse into the possibilities of the future.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

Showing fresh perspectives on animals, insects, plants and landscapes.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station


Dates: 18th October 2019 to 5th September 2020


The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is a highlight of the year at the Natural History Museum, consistently showing fresh perspectives on animals, insects, plants and landscapes. Brilliantly captured across a variety of categories, a bald eagle soaked to the skin, seals in a frozen labyrinth and a seahorse holding onto a cottonbud help create the most colourful and heart-warming collection of images on display in the capital. The competition, running for over 50 years, is highly competitive with almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. The shortlisted 100 images - including the winning pictures - are beautifully displayed on backlit panels for all visitors to enjoy.


Reasons To Be Cheerful

Coming-of-age tale by pioneering disabled-led theatre company Graeae

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN

Tube: Stratford Station


Dates: 24th October - 04th November 2017


Celebrating the infectious music of Ian Dury and The Blockheads, this punk-rock musical and gritty coming-of-age tale by pioneering disabled-led theatre company Graeae is also an angry plea for the social inclusion of disabled people. Nearly 40 years on from The Blockheads' chart dominating era in the late 1970's, the UK is again undergoing massive change. Reasons to be Cheerful is a timely revival of a raucous musical in a new production for 2017 directed by Jenny Sealey which includes a new song 'If It Can't Be Right Then It Must Be Wrong', written exclusively for the show.


Tove Jansson

This exhibition shows that there's much more to the artist than just Moomins.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 25th October - 28th January 2018


Showing that her body of work consists of far more than just Moomins, the Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts a major exhibition on Tove Jansson this year. One of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century, Jansson is known internationally as the creator of the Moomins - more of which can currently be seen at the Southbank Centre's Adventures in Moominland - but her other outputs of graphic illustration and painting are rarely seen outside of Finland. This exhibition will showcase 150 works never before seen in the UK, showcasing the late artist as one of exceptional breadth and talent. The large body of self-portraits and paintings will provide an insightful overview of the key stages of her career and how her unwavering passion to be an artist saw her keep working and exhibiting as an accomplished fine artist alongside her career in graphic installation.


Backyard Cinema: Snow Kingdom

The cinema is transformed into an enchanted castle for winter.

Backyard Cinema, Capital Studios, Ram Quarter, London, SW18 1ET

Tube: East Putney Station


Dates: 1st November to 31st December 2019


Following on from the festive Winter Night Garden last year, the Backyard Cinema presents the Snow Kingdom this winter. It will see the cinema's permanent home of Mercato Metropolitano in Borough transformed once again, this time as an enchanted castle deep in the snowy mountains of a magical land. Entering through a secret entrance at the foot of the mountain, visitors will embark on a journey through an ice cave and a frozen lake before reaching the grand ballroom to settle under a blanket and watch a movie while sipping on potion themed cocktails. Films on the line-up include Harry Potter, Beauty & the Beast, Titanic, Tangled, The Princess Bride, Baby Driver, Wonder Woman and Guardians of The Galaxy 2.


Cezanne Portraits

The gallery brings together more than 50 Cezanne portraits in this major exhibition.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 26th October - 11th February 2018


In a major new exhibition, The National Gallery brings together more than 50 Czanne Portraits from collections across the world for the first time, with some that have never before been on public display in the UK. With a repertoire of almost 200 portraits and a unique method of building form with colour, Czanne is widely thought of as one of the most influential artists of the 19th century. This exhibition will provide the chance to discover a detailed understanding of part of his work and explore the special pictorial and thematic characteristics of his portraiture, including his creation of complementary pairs and multiple versions of the same subject.


Natural History Museum Ice Rink

The earliest of London's annual winter ice rinks.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station


Dates: 19th October 2019 to 12th January 2020


The earliest of London's winter ice rinks to open, the Natural History Museum's annual icing-over of its gardens kicks off from 26th October. The 1,000 square metre rink outside Alfred Waterhouse's imposing building is surrounded by 80,000 glowing pea-lights dangling from the overhanging trees and a sparkling 30 foot Christmas tree. Additional attractions include a smaller 100-square-metre rink for youngsters, a stylish balcony cafe/bar when you can warm your hands and insides on vin chaud or Hotel Chocolat hot chocolate and a classic fairground carousel. Big-foots amongst you will be pleased to know that skates go up to adult size 15, while penguin skate aids are available for £5 on a first come first served basis.


Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11

A look at artists' responses to war and conflict.

IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6HZ

Tube: Lambeth North Station


Dates: 26th October - 28th May 2018


This October, the Imperial War Museum hosts the UK's first major exhibition of artists' responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on 11th September 2001. Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11 brings together work by Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer and more to highlight the crucial role of artists in representing contemporary conflict. It will feature 50 works across different mediums, including film, sculpture, painting, installations, photography and prints.


The Ski & Snowboard Show London

Meet the stars of the British Ski and Snowboard team in the lead up to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, Earls Court, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 25th - 28th October 2018


Taking place over half term the Ski & Snowboard Show has something to entice all skiers, from beginner to seasoned pro. In the lead up to the 2018 Winter Olympics, visitors to the show in Battersea Park will have the chance to get up close and personal with the stars of the British Ski and Snowboard team and marvel at their impressive stunts on Mount Battersea - a 50ft real-snow kicker. As well as all the latest gear and winter gadgets to buy, there's an ice skating rink, late night apres ski on the Friday and Saturday, live music, comedy, all sorts of Alpine food from crepes to tartiflette and screenings of some of the best ski films.


The Queen of Hoxton Winter Rooftop: The Moroccan Medina

The venue is transformed into a rooftop riad for its latest seasonal pop-up.

The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station


Dates: 25th October - 30th March 2018


The Queen of Hoxton presents another seasonal rooftop pop-up this autumn, this time taking inspiration from Morocco for its theme. The Moroccan Medina will see the venue transformed into a rooftop riad, where guests will be greeted by the intoxicating colours, sights and scents of the Moroccan souks. Expect Babouche slippers, ceramic tiles, twinkling lanterns and cosy cushions as well as a giant Moroccan lamp. Inside, you'll be able to enjoy spiced hot buttered rum and shimmering gold pomegranate bellinis. Other drinks include a Kasbah coffee martini, Casablanca Mint Tea and The Majorelle Man while food wise there's halloumi fries, lamb and apricot tagine, a Shwarma chicken wrap, and a rainbow vegan mezze board.


Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification

The artist looks at changes in the city and tensions between young and old.

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 28th October - 11th February 2018


The House of Illustration has commissioned English artist Lucinda Rogers for a new exhibition examining the city's changing landscape. Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification will see the artist draw directly from life to explore the tensions between old and new generations, with a particular focus on east London's 200-year-old Ridley Road Market and a new block of luxury flats that will soon cast its shadow.



An exploration of the troubling world of cyber bullying.

Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station


Dates: 29th October 2017


Fringe First Award winner Emily Jenkins explores the world of cyber bullying with her new work, Cookies. Staged at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the performance is inspired by the experience of 120 students and steps into the world of gaming, vlogging, instant messaging and streaming. When the online and offline worlds of four teenagers collide, they are exposed to cyber bullying and a darker side of their digital lives. Commissioned and developed for The Cyberscene Project, it raises awareness of the rapidly growing issue affecting many people today.


Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

This new exhibition looks at the origins of black and white paintings.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 30th October - 18th February 2018


Discover the origins of black and white paintings with The National Gallery's new exhibition, Monochrome: Painting in Black and White. From its beginnings in the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and into the 21st century, the first exhibition of its kind will explore the tradition of painting with predominantly black and white pigments, which has long held a fascination for artists. From early religious works to paintings that emulate sculpture, there will be a display of case studies that investigate where and when grisaille painting was used and to what effect. Works by the likes of Rembrandt, Picasso and Gerhard Richter will be showcased, with everything from glass and vellum to ceramic and canvas.


Lucia Di Lammermoor

Katie Mitchell's staging of Donizetti's tragic masterpiece is revived.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 30th October - 27th November 2017


At its debut last year Katie Mitchell's new staging of Donizetti's tragic masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor really divided the critics. Fiona Maddocks writing for The Guardian gave it four stars, in the same paper Charlotte Higgins called it "an incredibly powerful production" with "extraordinary performances from the cast", while The Telegraph's Rupert Christiansen gave the opera two stars calling it "too leaden even for the hecklers". That hasn't stopped it getting its first revival just a year later. This time Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa makes her Royal Opera debut in the famous title role.


Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin

Sadler's Wells is transformed into a magical Arabian world.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Covent Garden, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 31st October - 02nd November 2017


Sadler's Wells is set to be transformed into a magical Arabian world as this tale of love, sorcery and triumph is brought to life through David Bintley's choreography and music by BAFTA Award-winning Carl Davis. When Aladdin has a run-in with the Palace guards he is suddenly caught up in a whirlwind of adventure, love at first sight, unbelievable riches and, of course, the notorious magic lamp. This adaptation of the much-loved story returns to its original narrative, with its background in the Arabian Tales of 1001 Nights and links to ancient Chinese stories, but is still recognisable as Aladdin deals with all the power, and trouble, that the lamps brings him.





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