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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
BFI London Film Festival
PAD London Art Fair
The Cake and Bake Show
Erdinger Oktoberfest
London Literature Festival
Made London - The Design and Craft Fair


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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The multi Tony Award-winning musical comes to London.

Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA

Tube: Victoria Station


Dates: 1st October 2017 to 30th June 2018


Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize winning hip hop musical, which won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's founding fathers, who served as chief staff aide to General George Washington and was killed in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr. "Hamilton has been a sensation in America," says the Daily Telegraph, and with tickets re-selling for 3,000, that success is clearly going to be repeated across the pond. The story of an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man, told to a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R & B and Broadway, "could not be more timely" (Guardian).


London Restaurant Festival

The all-encompassing food affair is back for 2017.


Various Venues Dates: 1st to 31st October 2017


All-encompassing food affair the London Restaurant Festival is back for another month of foodies events across the capital. The annual event takes place during October and incorporates over 350 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. Restaurants such as Iberica, Hawksmoor, Fera and Roux at the Landau all took part last year so you can expect good things in 2017.


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: 2nd to 8th Oct 2017


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: 2nd to 14th October 2017


The Real Thing at the Rose Theatre Kingston takes 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.


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: 3rd October 2017 to 2nd 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.


Hair The Musical

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

The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station


Dates: 4th October 2017 to 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: 4th October 2017 to 2nd 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: 4th to 15th October 2017


London rolls out the red carpet for the BFI London Film Festival this October, with a wealth of A-list stars sure to be in attendance for premieres of their films. This year's programme is yet to be announced but last year saw Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Lupita Nyong'o attend. 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.


Moniker Art Fair

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

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Oct 2017


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.

Greenwich Peninsula, 1 Green Place, London, SE10 0PE

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 5th to 22nd October 2017


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: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Oct 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: 5th October 2017 to 7th 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.


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: 6th, 7th and 8th October 2017


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.

Haymarket Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

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


Dates: 6th October to 9th 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.



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: 7th October 2017 to 3rd 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.


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: 13th October to 1st November 2017


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.


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 to 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.


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 2017 to 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 Mosco before his emigration to the West in 1987, which were followed by the collaborative projects made with Emilia in America since 1988.


Young Marx

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

The Bridge Theatre, One Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2SD

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 18th October to 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.


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, 20th, 21st and 22nd Oct 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.


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 2017 to 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, 21st and 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.


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 2017 to 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.


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 2017 to 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.


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 2017 to 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.


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 2017 to 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.

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