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Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham

Saturday 31st October 2015

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Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham
Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham
Frieze Art Fair
Frieze Masters
Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
BFI London Film Festival
The Big Draw
London Cocktail Week
Elf the Musical
U2
Made London - The Design and Craft Fair
Harlequinade
The Winter's Tale
Gaz Coombes
Fall Out Boy
London Literature Festival
Moniker Art Fair
The Other Art Fair
London Science Festival
Regent Street Motor Show
Michael McIntyre: Happy & Glorious
Classic Car Boot Sale
 

 

London hosts the final of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium on 31st October 2015, the Frieze Art Fair draws the world's most influential art buyers to Regent's Park in October, the BFI Film Festival rolls out the red carpet, and the London Restaurant Festival offers food for thought at the city's best restaurants.

 
 

London Literature Festival

Annual dose of world class literature featuring major writers and thinkers from around the world.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 28th September to 12th October 2015

 

The Southbank serves up its annual dose of world class literature with a delectable array of spoken word performances, exciting new collaborations, workshops and talks from major writers and thinkers from around the world - heavy hitters like Stephen Fry, Hilary Mantel and Colm Toibin took part last year. Now in its ninth edition, this autumn festival celebrates some of the best new writing, including both the Forward Prizes for Poetry and the Man Booker Prize readings.

 
 
 

London Restaurant Festival

Over 350 restaurants across the capital take part in this all-encompassing food affair.

Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 1st to 31st October 2015

 

All-encompassing food affair the London Restaurant Festival is back in 2015 for another month of foodies events across the capital. The annual event takes place during October and incorporates over 350 restaurants around London. This year's programme includes restaurant-hopping tours where you can visit six restaurants in one day. Choose from Chinatown, Carnaby Village, Tapas Tours, Japanese Journeys, Victoria and Seven Dials (which includes Marcus Wareing's Tredwell's) and get a small plate and drink in each restaurant. Or 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. Grain Store, Trishna, Koffmann's and Trullo are just some of this year's highlights. This year's 'Inspired by London' dining experience will see the likes of Mark Hix, Marcus Wareing and Helene Darroze create a unique Sunday lunch that takes inspiration from other chefs, produce, sights or landmarks in the capital.

 
 
 

The Big Draw

A month-long city-wide festival to get everyone drawing.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 1st to 31st October 2015

 

The Big Draw takes place nationwide throughout the month of October and museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, schools and parks all play host to a variety of events encouraging people of all ages to discover how drawing can connect them with their surroundings and communities. Put together by the Campaign for Drawing, a charity which aims to eradicate the words, "I can't draw", The Big Draw is one of the world's largest drawing festivals and more than 1,000 organisations in the UK and fifteen other countries participate each year. London institutions like the British Museum, National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wellcome Collection, the British Library and Discover children's centre typically take part, hosting events so there's a good chance something will be going on at a venue near you.

 
 
 

Michael McIntyre: Happy & Glorious

One of those universally loved posh people, funnyman McIntyre is back doing what he does best.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 1st to 4th and 8th to 10th Oct 2015 - 8pm

 

Michael McIntyre is returning to what he does best this year for a long awaited tour, stopping by London's O2 Arena for an impressive seven gigs, followed by a further three dates at Wembley Arena from 22nd to 24th October 2015. McIntyre is one of those universally loved posh people accepted by everyone and despised by few. Long before Jeremy Clarkson got into hot water for joking about Gordon Brown's vision, McIntyre was ridiculing the "one-eyed Prime Minister" and his previous cabinet meetings between Tony Blair and David Blunkett ("there were only three good eyes between them"). Unlike Clarkson, the well-spoken and slightly tubby McIntyre pulled it off - like he does most of his observational gags. Since his laugh out loud stand up routines that have the audience screaming with laughter and exclaiming "that is so true!" He has since moved on to present Michael McIntyre Live at the Apollo, been the loveable judge on Britain's biggest talent show, 'Britain's Got Talent', and released his first book. His trick is simple: his enthusiasm is infectious, his voice hilarious, his observation exemplary, his delivery perfect while on top of that, he seems a genuinely nice chap. Hailed by audiences and critics alike as the best new stand-up to emerge in years, McIntyre is, according to The Telegraph, "quite simply, top-to-toe hilarious".

 
 
 

Photomonth 2015

The two-month festival returns with hundreds of exhibitions and events.

Various Venues East London, Walthamstow, London, EC2M 7QH

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station

 

Dates: 1st October to 30th November 2015

 

Hundreds of exhibitions in numerous galleries come under the umbrella of Photomonth, which despite appearances is actually a two-month photography festival in the East End of London. Into its 14th year now, Photomonth prides itself on exhibiting work by both established and emerging photographers in new and challenging ways, with everything from major exhibitions to photo tours by acclaimed photographers. This year's festival include the photobook weekend and the photoblock at the Old Truman Brewery, the photo-open and portfolio review at Rich Mix, and a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions, events, artist talks, seminars, workshops and courses to ensure everyone can get involved and get engaged in the photography.

 
 
 

Measure for Measure

Romola Garai, star of 'The Hour', plays Isabella in Shakespeare's dark comedy.

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 2nd October to 7th November 2015

 

Romola Garai, star of BBC TV drama 'The Hour', plays Isabella in Shakespeare's dark, provocative comedy Measure for Measure about a novice nun and a disguised Duke who join forces to undermine a puritanical judge in vice-riddled Vienna in the name of justice and love. The Young Vic production reunites Garai with director Joe Hill-Gibbins who she worked with for her last London stage appearance, in The Village Bike at the Royal Court in 2011. "He thinks very strongly that the play has an anarchic humour and a dark humour which isn't always explored," Garai told the Evening Standard so we can expect "elements of sex comedy as well as morality play" in this interpretation of Zoe Svendsen's adaptation.

 
 
 

The Fabric Of India

The first major exhibition to explore handmade textiles from India.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 3rd October 2015 to 10th January 2016

 

Part of the V&A's India Festival, The Fabric of India is the first major exhibition to explore handmade textiles from India. It will include an 18th-century tent belonging to Tipu Sultan, a range of striking historic costume, cutting-edge fashion from celebrated India designers and highly prized textiles made for international trade. The exhibition brings together over 200 objects ranging from the 3rd to 21st century, including items from the V&A's world-renowned collection as well as some from international partners.

 
 
 

Classic Car Boot Sale

A large collection of classic cars sell vintage ware from the boots.

Lewis Cubitt Park and Square, Handyside Street, South Bank, London, N1C 4AY

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2015

 

The Classic Car Boot Sale moves to the newly opened Lewis Cubitt Square in October. With the move comes a larger collection of classic cars, as well as music, dance, walkabout entertainment and street food. Curated by the Vintage Festival team, the event sees over 100 petrol heads park up their classic cars and vintage vehicles to trade fine vintage fashion, homewares and pop culture memorabilia from their boots. Further goods on sale will include vinyl records and accessories.

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup: Ireland v Italy

Ireland, who have yet to get beyond the quarter-final stage in a Rugby World Cup, take on Italy.

Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: Sunday 4th October 2015

 

Ireland, who have yet to get beyond the quarter-final stage in a Rugby World Cup, take on Italy in this Olympic Stadium Rugby World Cup match. The game has been highlighted Paul Rees, rugby correspondent for the Guardian, as one of the tournament's "intriguing and affordable" matches "that catch the eye but hopefully will not break the bank".

 
 
 

London Cocktail Week

250 cocktail bars across London offer tasting sessions, tours and pop-up events.

Seven Dials, Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 5th to 11th Oct 2015

 

If you've ever seen the 1988 film Cocktail and wished you had the ability to mix and pour drinks with the style and rhythm that Tom Cruise does, then you're in for a treat at London Cocktail Week. Taking place at 250 cocktail bars across London, Cocktail Week offers cocktail lovers tasting sessions, tours, pop-up events, parties and masterclasses in the art of pouring the perfect concoction. Cocktail lovers simply have to purchase a wristband from the official website to be treated to special deals and bespoke drinks. Last year, in its fifth year, London Cocktail Week partnered with 250 bars, served over 125,000 cocktails and welcomed more than 22,000 guests. Let's see if it can top that this year.

 
 
 

Gathered Leaves: Photographs By Alec Soth

The first major UK exhibition by the award-winning American photographer.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 6th October 2015 to 28th March 2016

 

The Science Museum hosts Gathered Leaves: Photographs By Alec Soth, the first major UK exhibition by the award-winning American photographer. The event will survey a decade of his work and show the UK premiere of his new eagerly anticipated series Songbook (2012-14), which chronicles many journeys across America and a search for human interaction in an era increasingly defined by social networks, noting the tension between American individualism and the desire to be united. Admired for his epic narratives of longing and loss, Soth is fascinated by the endless possibilities of his medium and this exhibition captures his distinctive vision.

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup: South Africa v USA

The Eagles travel to the iconic Olympic Stadium to take on the two-time Rugby World Cup winners.

Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 7th October 2015

 

One match that will leap off the fixture list for any Eagles fan is South Africa v USA at the Olympic Stadium in London. The Eagles travel to the iconic venue to take on the two-time Rugby World Cup winners on 7th October, and for many of the players representing the USA this fixture will undoubtedly represent a career highlight.

 
 
 

BFI London Film Festival

London rolls out the red carpet for the stars of the big screen.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 7th to 18th October 2015

 

Every October London rolls out the red carpet for the BFI London Film Festival when Hollywood players and Indie film-makers from around the globe come to London. Having enjoyed its biggest turn out ever last year - with 163,000 people attending - the festival is set to be a highlight of the cultural calendar. The excellent film programme includes many world premieres and Hollywood blockbusters shown at the famous Leicester Square cinemas as well as more intimate screenings of independent and foreign language films shown at the BFI Southbank and selected cinemas across town. The programme also includes correlating events, informal post-screening Q&As, guest appearances, workshops and masterclasses.

 
 
 

Lethal Bizzle

The grime stalwart and MOBO award winner stops by Scala on a six-date UK tour.

Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London, N1 9NL

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 7th October 2015

 

Part of a six-date UK tour, grime stalwart Lethal Bizzle is stopping by Scala on 7th October 2015. The highly anticipated Denchchat tour comes in support of his new single Fester Skank, which features long-time production partner Diztortion and already features on the BBC Radio 1 Xtra playlist. The MOBO award winner is renowned for his high paced energetic performances, creating an unforgettable show.

 
 
 

OktoberFest London 2015

The boozy festival comes to London for the first time.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Oct 2015

 

Get your dirndl dresses and lederhosen at the ready, Oktoberfest comes to London for the first time in 2015. Taking place at Tobacco Dock, the boozy event brings with it 100,000 litres of Bavarian beer and 50,000 traditional sausages. Herman ze German will be providing the sausages and sauerkraut, and schnitzel and spatzel will also be on the menu. Not all about beer and sausages, the event will also include live music, authentic German games and a penalty taking contest.

 
 
 

Gaz Coombes

The former lead vocalist of Supergrass one of his biggest UK headline shows.

The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, London, NW51JY

Tube: Kentish Town Station

 

Dates: Friday 9th October 2015

 

Former lead vocalist of Supergrass, Gaz Coombes will be coming to London this autumn for one of his biggest UK headline shows. Performing at The Forum on 9th October, the gig comes in support of his second album Matador, described at 'His masterpiece' by Q and 'Inventive throughout' by The Times.

 
 
 

Frank Auerbach

A exhibition to celebrate Auerbach's 84th birthday.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 9th October 2015 to 13th March 2016

 

In honour of Berlin-born British artist Frank Auerbach's 84th birthday, Tate Britain is assembling around 70 of his paintings and drawings from the 1950s onwards, reaffirming his status as one of the pre-eminent painters of our age. Curated by long-time model Catherine Lampert, who sat for Auerback every week for 37 years, the exhibition brings together the artist and sitter and is sure to offer an intriguing angle on the modern master.

 
 
 

Liberty In Fashion

Celebrating 140 years since the opening of the Liberty department store.

Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 9th October 2015 to 28th February 2016

 

The Fashion and Textile Museum presents Liberty In Fashion, celebrating 140 years since the opening of the Liberty department store with a look at its role in design and the decorative arts since 1875. A display of over 150 garments, textiles and objects charts Liberty's history as 'the' fashionable place to shop and explores its impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s.

 
 
 

The Crime Museum Uncovered

Museum of London, 150 Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station, St. Paul's Station

 

Dates: 9th October 2015 to 10th April 2016

 

For six months only, visitors to the Museum of London can gain unprecedented access to highlights from the Metropolitan Police's Crime Museum collection, established in the mid-1870s as a teaching tool to educate officers. Previously only accessible to police professionals and invited guests, The Crime Museum Uncovered exhibition reveals objects and evidence from some of the UK's most notorious crimes, including the Acid Bath Murderer of 1949, the Great Train Robbery of 1963 and the Millennium Dome Diamond Heist of 2000. It will also examine some of the challenges faced in policing the capital, tackling themes from terrorism and espionage to counterfeiting and narcotics. An accompanying programme of talks and events will enable you to play cop, bringing you closer to these fascinating real-life case files.

 
 
 

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

Runners race 13.1 miles through four of central London's best loved parks.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Sunday 11th October 2015

 

The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon takes in 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. In its inaugural year back in 2008, the event was won by a man wearing a rabbit mask - later to be revealed as Kenyan middle distance ace John Muriithi. There's usually plenty to keep spectators busy - including The Brakes Food & Fitness Festival running from 8am-4pm in Hyde Park on race day. There's also the Pulse 3K run for 11-16 year olds and for those who don't fancy breaking into a sweat, there's always the Hearts and Heritage Walk.

 
 
 

Fall Out Boy

The multi-platinum selling Chicago four piece perform live at Wembley Arena.

SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0DH

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: Sunday 11th and Monday 12th October 2015

 

Fall Out Boy, the American band featuring the vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley, perform at Wembley Arena in support of their latest album, American Beauty/American Psycho. The multi-platinum selling Chicago four piece, a band who "ruled the hearts of emo kids in the mid-2000s" (Rolling Stone), have enjoyed an unexpected resurgence since 2012, returning after a three-year hiatus when their brand of poppy punk rock was as good as dead and continue to fill out stadiums with hit singles like 'Centuries' and 'Immortals' from the movie Big Hero 6.

 
 
 

Frieze Art Fair

160 of the most highly respected contemporary art galleries in the world.

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Oct 2015

 

In 2015 Frieze Art Fair, the country's leading contemporary art fair, returns to Regent's Park for its 13th edition with 'Live', a new performance art element introduced last year. Alongside over 160 of the most highly respected contemporary art galleries in the world are specially commissioned art works and curated exhibitions. It's packed into a vast temporary structure in the park with work by around 1,000 contemporary artists crammed in. The free-to-view Sculpture Park, located in the English Gardens of Regent's Park, is a particularly popular aspect of the fair - when serious sculptural works can be seen in the open air. Visit between 5pm and 7pm and you'll get a discounted ticket at just 15, or opt for a combined ticket and you'll get into sister fair, Frieze Masters, a showcase of Old Masters and art up to the 20th century. Tickets are on sale from July 2015.

 
 
 

Frieze Masters

Over 90 of the world's leading galleries specialising in works from Old Masters to Hockney, Rubens and Picasso.

Gloucester Green, Regent's Park, Camden Town, London, NW1 4HA

Tube: Camden Town Station

 

Dates: 14th to 18th Oct 2015

 

Following its successful debut three years ago Frieze Masters, a showcase of Old Masters and a spin-off of Frieze Art Fair, London's leading contemporary art fair, returns to London's Regents Park in October 2015. Located in a bespoke structure on Gloucester Green, to the north east of Regent's Park, it's a short walk from its contemporary sister event, and the two fairs together present a unique perspective on the relationship between old and new art. Frieze Masters present over 90 of the world's leading galleries, with works by great artists like Warhol and Basquiat, Avedon and Hockney, Rubens and Picasso on display and for sale. A programme of talks accompanies the fair, bringing together leading international artists with the directors and curators of renowned historical and encyclopedic museums.

 
 
 

PAD London Art Fair

In its "jewel-box" site, the fair gathers "blue-chip names" from some 62 galleries.

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

Tube: Green Park Station

 

Dates: 14th to 18th Oct 2015

 

Returning to Berkeley Square in Mayfair for its ninth year, the PAD London Art Fair, or Pavilion of Art & Design London, a spin-off of its longer established Parisian sister, brings together exceptional works of modern art, design, decorative arts, photography, jewellery and tribal art from 1860 to today. In its "jewel-box" site, there are "blue-chip names" from some 62 galleries but what makes the event unique is the way in which it "brings a different 'eye' to the British scene" (Financial Times). The fair, which takes place at the same time as the Frieze and Frieze Masters art fairs, helps to attract the world's most influential art buyers to London each October.

 
 
 

M.C. Escher

The best-known prints and drawings by the mind-bending Dutch graphic artist.

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

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 14th October 2015 to 17th January 2016

 

The Dulwich Picture Gallery closes 2015 with an exhibition on mind-bending Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. The first major UK show of his work, it brings together his best-known prints and drawings which made him one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. Featuring woodcuts, lithographs, drawings, watercolours and mezzotints, as well as exclusive archive material, it charts his career as a printmaker and interest in peculiarities of perspective and unusual vantage points.

 
 
 

The Other Art Fair October 2015

Breathing fresh air into the art fair format with taxidermy, immersive theatre, craft beers and DJ sets.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Oct 2015

 

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 for its 8th edition, the fair takes place during Frieze Week, the busiest week in the UK's art calendar, and 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 130 artists have been chosen by a selection of committee experts. 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.

 
 
 

Giacometti: Pure Presence

The first major exhibition to cover the aspect of Alberto Giacometti's work.

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: 15th October 2015 to 10th January 2016

 

This autumn the National Portrait Gallery presents the first major exhibition to cover the aspect of Alberto Giacometti's work. Giacometti: Pure Presence promises to be an unmissable opportunity to enjoy portraiture by the Swiss artist, who is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive artists of the 20th century. The show will cover the entire span of his career, with notable paintings, sculptures and drawings within sections devoted to each of his principal models, illuminating his obsession with the human presence.

 
 
 

Moniker Art Fair

Moniker shows the international scope of street art and beyond.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 16th to 19th Oct 2014 - Various Times

 

One of the three big London art fairs which take over the capital in October, the Moniker Art Fair shows the international scope of street art and beyond. 'Moniker' has established a positive reputation among art collectors, critics and lovers alike with more than 14,000 people expected to attend this year. It aims to challenge traditional conventions with a variety of gallery exhibits and further signature project spaces. As well as the main art fair, 'Moniker Projects' commissions a series of off site projects which can usually be seen in the nearby streets, Dray Walk and Brick Lane.

 
 
 

The Chocolate Show

An all-encompassing celebration of the sweet stuff.

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 16th, 17th and 18th October 2015

 

Rounding off chocolate week, The Chocolate Show at London Olympia is an all-encompassing celebration of the sweet stuff with a tempting array of demonstrations, tastings, activities and shopping opportunities. This year sees a number of exciting additions to the programme, including the complete live production of chocolate from the bean - the first show ever to do this. The children's area is hosted by the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Musical, with chocolate workshops and the iconic Great Glass Elevator, while the likes of Will Torrent, Paul A Young, Chris & Jeff Galvin, and GBBO winner Edd Kimber will showcase their patisserie and chocolate recipes live on the main stage. But let's be honest, what everyone really wants is to sample the goods and that can be done in the Tasting Room and at the food stalls, which see top chocolatiers such as Rococo, Hotel Chocolat, Divine and Marou sell their produce.

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup: Quarter Final 1

The first Quarter Final game of the the Rugby World Cup.

Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 1DZ

Tube: Hounslow East Station

 

Dates: Saturday 17th October 2015

 

The first Quarter Final game of the the Rugby World Cup takes place at Twickenham on 17th October when the winner from Pool B plays the runner-up from Pool A. On the same day over at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff the second Quarter Final match kicks off at 8pm when the winner of Pool C takes on the runner-up of Pool D. By the end of the day we will know which two teams are going through to the semi-final to be played on 24th October 2015 at Twickenham.

 
 
 

The Winter's Tale

Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh star in the first of Branagh's five-play season at the Garrick.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

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

 

Dates: 17th October 2015 to 16th January 2016

 

Two years in the making, actor and director Kenneth Branagh presents a five-play, year-long season at the Garrick Theatre in 2015. Launching the season, this reimagined production of Shakespeare's tragicomedy The Winter's Tale sees Judi Dench play Paulina and Kenneth Branagh play Leontes. Branagh will also co-direct with Rob Ashford following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan. The exciting season, which involves designer Christopher Oram, brings together an exceptional cast of actors, including Rob Brydon in The Painkiller, and Lily James and Richard Madden in Romeo and Juliet.

 
 
 

The Hairy Ape

Eugene O'Neill's timeless classic comes to the Old Vic this autumn.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 17th October to 21st November 2015

 

Eugene O'Neill's timeless classic, a reflection on the effect of industrialisation on class and identity, The Hairy Ape, is directed by multi award-winning director Richard Jones - whose credits include Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House - when it comes to the Old Vic this autumn. Labourer Yank is proud of his status as the strongest stoker on a transatlantic ocean liner until Mildred, herself the "waste product" of her father's steel company, calls him a 'filthy beast'. Yank's resulting awakening takes him on a quest to find belonging, finally leading him to the monkey house at the zoo. The Old Vic production is directed by acclaimed director Richard Jones who has won three Olivier Awards for his work in opera and two in theatre.

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup: Quarter Final 4

The winner from Pool A plays the runner-up from Pool B at Twickenham.

Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 1DZ

Tube: Hounslow East Station

 

Dates: Sunday 18th October 2015

 

The fourth Quarter Final game of the the Rugby World Cup takes place at Twickenham on 18th October when the winner from Pool A plays the runner-up from Pool B. On the same day over at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff the third Quarter Final match kicks off at 1pm when the winner of Pool D takes on the runner-up of Pool C. By the end of the day we will know which two teams are going through to the semi-final to be played on 25th October 2015 at Twickenham.

 
 
 

London Science Festival

Leading scientists, universities and museums prompt us to explore science in the city.

Various Venues London, , Southwark, London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 21st to 28th October 2015

 

The London Science Festival prompts us to see science in the city. Through collaborations with leading scientists, artists, museums, universities and independent organisations including the Natural History Museum and Centre of the Cell, a science education centre at the Whitechapel Campus of Queen Mary, University of London, the festival opens science up to inspire audiences of all ages. Essentially, the London Science Festival creates forums for debate and encourages participation through events, many of which are free of charge and drop-in.

 
 
 

Made London - The Design and Craft Fair

Beautiful 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: 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th Oct 2015

 

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 .

 
 
 

MCM London Comic Con

Britain's biggest pop culture festival welcomes a number of top comic creators and special guests.

ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 23rd, 24th and 25th October 2015

 

Showcasing films, videogames, comics, sci-fi and animation, MCM London Comic Con is Britain's biggest pop culture festival. Held at ExCeL, it welcomes a number of top comic creators and special guests. The line-up for this year is yet to be announced but 2014 welcomed the likes of Daniel Radcliffe, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the stars of Welcome to Purgatory. Further event highlights include a special gaming zone, cosplay and masquerade and a number of dealer stalls, providing the chance to buy the best merchandise from the worlds of movies, anime, manga, TV, comics, trading cards and action figures.

Located at the ExCeL, the expo will be close to Greenwich and, multi-purpose music venue, the O2 Arena. To find the best hotel deals close to the event, have a look at our Nearby Hotels page.

 
 
 

Elf the Musical

Winner of ITV's 'Superstar' Ben Forster and Kimberley Walsh play the lead roles.

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 24th October 2015 to 2nd January 2016

 

Starring the winner of ITV's 'Superstar', Ben Forster, as Buddy the Elf and Girld Aloud's Kimberley Walsh as Jovie, Elf the Musical is an upbeat musical version of the 2003 festive film starring Will Ferrell. The story begins when an orphan boy, Buddy, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York City remember the true meaning of Christmas. Morgan Young directs the hilarious tale, with music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin.

 
 
 

Harlequinade

Kenneth Branagh performs in and co-directs Terence Rattigan's rarely-seen comedy.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

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

 

Dates: 24th October 2015 to 13th January 2016

 

The second production in Kenneth Branagh's year-long season at the Garrick Theatre, this production of Terence Rattigan's Harlequinade sees Branagh perform and also co-direct with Rob Ashford. First performed in 1948 at the Phoenix Theatre, Harlequinade is a rarely-seen comedy that follows a classical theatre company as they attempt to produce The Winter's Tale and Romeo and Juliet with the disruption of the company's personal dalliances. Boasting a star-studded cast, the rest of the season includes The Winter's Tale with Judi Dench, which runs alongside Harlequinade, The Painkiller with Rob Brydon, and Romeo and Juliet with Richard Madden and Lily James.

 
 
 

U2: iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE Tour 2015

The Irish band's 2015 tour kicks off in the capital this October.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 25th Oct & 26th Oct, 29th Oct & 30th Oct and 2nd Nov & 3rd Nov 2015 - Various Times

 

Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr are back on the road again for several UK arena dates in support of their 13th studio album, Songs Of Innocence, which was given away free online to more than 500 million fans and has been streamed 81 million times. The Irish quartet are so huge there will never be an end to their commercial success - if proof were needed, demand for tickets for their O2 performances has led to the addition on an extra show - and there's no debating that U2 put on a tremendous live show so this should be something to savour if you're lucky enough to get tickets.

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup: Bronze Final

The loosing teams from the Rugby World Cup semi-finals meet at the Olympic Stadium.

Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: Friday 30th October 2015

 

The loosing teams from the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, played at Twickenham on 24th and 25th October, meet at this Bronze Final at the Olympic Stadium a week later on Friday 30th October 2015, the day before the grand World Cup Final is played over at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 31st October 2015.

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup Final

The hotly contested global rugby tournament reaches its climax.

Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 1DZ

Tube: Hounslow East Station

 

Dates: Saturday 31st October 2015

 

After 48 fixtures held over six weeks in 11 host cities the Rugby World Cup, a tournament in which 83 nations have taken part, concludes with a hotly anticipated final at Twickenham on Saturday 31st October 2015. The global qualification process, which began in 2012 spanning a record 201 matches, reaches its climax at the Rugby World Cup Final.

 
 
 

Regent Street Motor Show

300 cars span 125 years of motoring in the UK's largest free-to-view motor show.

Regent Street, Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: Saturday 31st October 2015

 

The Regent Street Motor Show gives Londoners the chance to see 300 cars that span 125 years of motoring up close and personal on one of London's busiest shopping streets. The famous West End street is closed from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus for the UK's largest free-to-view motor show featuring an impressive display of cars from the past, present and future. Petrol-heads will be in their element as the free show, which is staged on the eve of the Veteran Car Run, offers a unique and interesting display of motoring from the 19th century to the present day. The street is split into zones with around 100 period vehicles, 20th and 21st century displays and a future concept display from some of today's leading manufacturers. Added to all this are stage shows, presentations and competitions making it an exciting day out for car fans.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

4th September 2015

 

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