October marks the start of autumn in London, and while the days begin to grow shorter and the temperatures steadily drop, the city’s events calendar is reassuringly full. Guests staying at any one of Red Carnation Hotels’ London properties can take advantage of a diverse range of events on offer this month, from an internationally renowned art fair to a cocktail tour and some world-class ballet. Here’s our pick of the six best October events in London.
London Cocktail Week
London is famous for its award-winning bars and mixologists and London Cocktail Week is designed to celebrate the city’s cocktail culture. With over 300 of the capital’s bars taking part, there will be plenty of opportunity to try bespoke cocktails, join a Cocktail Tour or sip your way around the event’s Cocktail Village.
1st-7th October 2018
London Restaurant Festival
A particularly delicious October Event in London, the popular London Restaurant Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The event is primarily made up of Restaurant Experiences and Festival Menus; the latter is a great way to try dishes from over 350 London eateries, whilst activities like chef-led tasting menus or restaurant hopping tours come highly recommended. Look out for the ‘Gourmet Odyssey’ experiences, where diners enjoy a starter, main course and dessert in three separate restaurants.
1st-31st October 2018
Carlos Acosta: A Celebration
One of the most famous ballet dancers in the world, Carlos Acosta returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall to celebrate his career, which has spanned three decades. For four nights only, Acosta, who is originally from Havana, will perform a selection of his favourite pieces alongside some specially commissioned works accompanied by a live orchestra and full company of dancers.
2nd-5th October 2018
The Royal Albert Hall
A hotly anticipated October event in London, Frieze art fair now includes Frieze Masters and a sculpture exhibition in Regent’s Park alongside the main event, Frieze London. Browse the selection of contemporary artworks for sale from 160 of the most eminent galleries on the planet, take a guided tour or enjoy listening to an expert-led talk. Head over to Frieze Masters to see more historical works, which range from ancient pieces to late 20th century finds.
4th-7th October 2018
BFI London Film Festival
Hollywood stars descend on London for this well-respected festival, but it also offers members of the public a chance to preview the latest releases and rub shoulders with a few A-Listers. Taking place across two weeks, the festival showcases films from a broad range of genres and the programme includes red carpet galas alongside special screenings and talks from revered directors and award-winning actors.
10th-21st October 2018
The Wipers Times at Arts Theatre
Based on a true story, The Wipers Times tells the tale of a satirical newspaper that was created during the First World War in the midst of the tragedy and chaos of the Somme battle. Created by journalist and broadcaster Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, it’s both incredibly witty and deeply moving.
16th October-1st December 2018
Make of the most of the best October events in London when you stay at Red Carnation Hotels’ London properties.
Image Credits: BFI London Film Festival © BFI London Film Festival. London Cocktail Week © DrinkUp.London. Cook decorating a plate credit © iStock/andresr.Art gallery © iStock/mmac72.