Autumn is in full swing and whilst the days may be getting shorter, London’s events calendar shows no signs of slowing down. October in the city is a veritable feast of sporting, literary, artistic, cinematic and gastronomic festivals and fixtures. Guests at any of one Red Carnation’s London hotels can easily hop from internationally renowned art fairs to cocktail festivals and late-night museum openings. Here’s our pick of unmissable October events in London.
London Restaurant Festival
Showing what the crème de la crème of London restaurants has to offer, the London Restaurant Festival is a highlight of the city’s culinary calendar. Bon gourmands can expect to enjoy plenty of events, from restaurant-hopping tours to chef-hosted lunches. Additionally, over 200 restaurants have created special ‘Festival Menus,’ for the event, making this a great opportunity to try somewhere new.
1st–31st October 2017, various venues.
Much Ado About Nothing at The Globe
A reimagining of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy, this production is set during the Mexican revolution of 1914. Combining wonderfully colourful costumes, energising Latin music and captivating drama set against a backdrop of revolutionary Mexico, this performance is directed by Matthew Dunster and promises a highly enjoyable whirlwind of fun and South American spirit.
Until 15th October 2017, Globe Theatre.
London Literature Festival
A two-week literary extravaganza that sees some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers descend on London’s Southbank, this year’s festival focuses on how poetry and literature in general can remind us of our shared humanity in an increasingly fractured world. Highlights include discussions with actor Tom Hanks, writer Philip Pullman and acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz, as well as the 50th anniversary of Poetry International, a weekend celebrating both renowned and up-and-coming poets from around the globe.
13th October–1st November 2017, Southbank Centre.
NFL London Games
American football fans in London can finally get their sporting fix this autumn, when the NFL London Games comes to town. This year, the NLF has four games scheduled in London with a total of eight teams playing, including the likes of the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. Matches take place at both Wembley and Twickenham stadiums.
Until 29th October 2017, Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium.
One of the most important annual events for the art world, Frieze brings together 160 of the top international galleries to create an unmissable four-day event. The festival, which takes place in Regent’s Park, showcases the work of 1,000 artists, positioning internationally renowned names alongside emerging talent. Visitors can view and buy work as well as taking advantage of the scheduled Frieze Projects and Talks programmes.
5th-8th October 2017, Regent’s Park.
Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane at Somerset House
British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj is known for his vibrant, attention grabbing artwork which explores traditional Moroccan culture with Western value. The artist, who was born in Morocco but moved to Britain at the age of 12, works in several mediums, from video and sculpture to music. This Somerset House exhibition includes a nine-screen installation piece alongside Hajjaj’s bold photographic shots, which juxtapose Moroccan street culture with a high fashion aesthetic and make for thought-provoking viewing.
5th October 2017–7th January 2018, Somerset House.
Museums at Night
See London’s fantastic museums in a different light courtesy of Museums at Night, an initiative that encourages museums and galleries to open after hours and stage one-off events celebrating British history and culture. The event takes place across the country, but in London you can expect late-night openings at leading institutions like the National Gallery and Queen’s Gallery, as well as lesser-known museums such as the London Canal Museum.
26th-28th October 2017, various venues.
London Cocktail Week
Over 250 of London’s best bars take part in London Cocktail Week each year; a celebration of the world of mixology. While bars across the city will be participating, it’s worth heading to the main cocktail village at Old Spitalfields Market. Expect a large range of pop up cocktail bars alongside immersive experiences, as well the chance to discover new products and sample tasty food pairings.
2nd–8th October 2017, various venues.
The Hyundai Commission: Superflex at Tate Modern
Once a year, Tate Modern’s famous Turbine Hall is transformed by an internationally renowned artist, and this year it’s the turn of Danish collective, Superflex. The artistic trio are known for their playful and often humorous installations which incorporate social commentary, reflecting on issues such as migration and alternative energy. However they choose to tackle this commission, it will certainly be a talking point for months to come.
From 3rd October 2017, Tate Modern.
BFI London Film Festival
Featuring the biggest names in film from all over the world, over 300 films are screened during the BFI London Film Festival. The jam-packed programme includes star-studded galas and premieres as well as special screenings and talks with high-profile actors and industry creatives.
Dreaming of attending a BFI premiere or getting front row tickets for the NFL London Games? The concierge teams at Red Carnation’s London hotels will help make it happen.
Image Credits: Lead image © English Heritage. London Restaurant Festival © London Restaurant Festival. Tom Hanks © 2013 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved Austin Hargrave. Hassan Hajjaj photograph © Hassan Hajjaj, courtesy of the artist and Susan Barrett. Superflex © Jan Søndergaard.