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. Grain Store, Trishna, Koffmann's and Trullo are just some of last year's highlights. Top chefs of the calibre of Mark Hix, Marcus Wareing and Helene Darroze take part in this celebration of eating out in London.
October in London 2016
Special events, menus and meals at over 350 restaurants around London.
Various Venues Dates: 1st to 31st October 2017
Discover how drawing brings together science, technology and people.
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: 01st - 31st October 2016
Bringing together Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths, STEAM is the theme for The Big Draw in 2016. Sketch a scientific theory, trace some technology, etch like an engineer or draw mathematical equations with masking tape for the drawing festival which takes place nationwide throughout the month of October. 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. 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.
Two-month photography festival in the East End of London.
Various Venues East London, Walthamstow, London, EC2M 7QH
Dates: 01st October - 30th November 2016
Hundreds of exhibitions in numerous galleries come under the umbrella of Photomonth, a two-month photography festival in the East End of London. Into its 15th year now, Photomonth encompasses the Photoblock at the Old Truman Brewery, the Photobook Fair at theprintspace, the Photo-Open and Portfolio Review at the Rich Mix, the Dalston Street Show and a wide ranging programme of exhibitions, events, artists talks, seminars, workshops and courses. There's plenty more to do in the two-month photo fest including meet-ups in East End galleries and last year we had the touring Ice Cream Van Gallery from The Artful Project.
The great Italian tenor is joined by Nicole Scherzinger - former Pussycat Doll and 'Cats' star.
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB
Tube: North Greenwich Station
Dates: 01st October 2016
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is joined at The O2 Arena by Nicole Scherzinger, who recently showcased her talent in the West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Cats', to great acclaim. One of the most successful classical artists of all time, Bocelli has sold over 65 million albums since emerging as a vocal phenomenon in the '90s. Renowned for bringing his own interpretation and approach to each piece he sings, Bocelli is at the same time a traditionalist, modernist and popularist. Lauded by the late, great Luciano Pavarotti, Bocelli continues to capture the hearts of audiences across the world. While Celine Dion's lofty opinion that "if God had a singing voice, he would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli" is a bit creepy, it does underline the awe that this classical colossus inspires.
Not your average car boot, with fine vintage fashion, homeware and pop culture memorabilia.
Lewis Cubitt Park and Square, Handyside Street, South Bank, London, N1C 4AY
Tube: King's Cross Station
Dates: 22nd - 23rd April 2017
The Classic Car Boot Sale returns to Lewis Cubitt Square in King's Cross this weekend, with an impressive collection of classic cars and vintage goods. 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. There will also be street food, booze, music, dance and walkabout entertainment.
Designed as a 'laboratory of fun', the free fun palaces pop up across town for one weekend.
Dates: 01st - 02nd October 2016
On the first weekend in October over 200 venues all across the country will be creating their own Fun Palace, inspired by the vision of Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price in 1961. They originally conceived the idea as a 'laboratory of fun', a movable home to the arts and sciences where people of all ages could go. Often made on a shoestring budget, Fun Palaces vary in scale, from large-scale venues such as Southbank Centre to tiny villages. London venues include Polka Theatre where they're exploring neuroscience and the brain, Tara Arts, and Brockwell Lido which has horse riding, cheerleaders, kayaks, magic, cosmology, maths on toast and more. Crystal Palace Park invites you to get on-board a storytelling machine, Half Moon Theatre offers a creative day around recycling, and ten libraries in Oldham are taking part.
Year-long series with orchestras playing some of cinema's most unforgettable soundtracks.
Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 2nd October 2016 to 25th June 2017
Starting in October 2016, Southbank Centre presents Film Scores Live, a year-long series that shines a light on some of cinema's most unforgettable soundtracks. From Oscar winners to modern cult classics, all the films are accompanied by live orchestral performances from the UK's leading orchestras in the spectacular setting of the Royal Festival Hall. The series begins with Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Voices (2nd October 2016) and culminates in an Alfred Hitchcock Weekend (23rd to 25th June 2017) celebrating the life and work of the director of thrillers Vertigo and Psycho.
Seven Dials, Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DD
Dates: 03rd - 09th October 2016
Inviting London's cocktail lovers to join in on a big, week-long party, London Cocktail Week is back for 2016 with over 200 bars across town serving a £5 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. Want to learn how vodka is made or how to taste drinks like an expert? There's an event to tell you whether you're an amateur shaker or an expert mixologist.
Keri Alkema takes on the title role in Puccini's opera about an escaped political prisoner.
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Dates: 03rd October - 03rd December 2016
Catherine Malfitano directs Puccini's impassioned opera about an escaped political prisoner, Cesare Angelotti, who hopes to evade the clutches of the chief of police, Baron Scarpia, with the help of his painter friend Cavaradossi. Keri Alkema takes on the title role of the songstress, whose jealousy proves Angelotti's undoing. When this English National Opera production first made its debut at the London Coliseum in 2010 under the direction of senior American soprano Catherine Malfitano, herself once a celebrated Tosca, the Telegraph found it, "surprisingly impressive" noting the "fine stagecraft and the rich psychological detail".
Michael Yale's British musical drama is a funny and emotional tour of modern life.
Park Theatre, 11 Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3JP
Tube: Finsbury Park Station
Dates: 04th - 29th October 2016
A bitingly funny and emotional tour of modern London life, This Little Life Of Mine follows Izzy and Jonesy, who have exciting jobs, great friends and even a tiny overpriced flat in Zone 2 - they've got it all. Or do they? Maybe having a baby would be the one thing to make it perfect. But it looks like life has other ideas. A generation of dream chasers who seek instant gratification via social media, we're told we can have anything we like, and we have more choices than any other generation in history. Michael Yale's British musical drama, staged at the Park Theatre, looks at what happens when we can't have everything we want.
Spectacle wearing sitters by the Antwerp-based artist.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, Mayfair, London, WC2H 0HE
Dates: 04th October - 02nd April 2017
"Glasses bring a kind of distortion to the face," says Antwerp-based artist, Luc Tuymans, whose paintings of spectacle wearing sitters go on display at National Portrait Gallery from autumn 2016. Tuymans, who first came to our attention with his 2004 retrospective at Tate Modern has a larger exhibition of his works at the Museum aan de Stroom in Antwerp at the same time. And this free NPG display opens ahead of Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans at the Royal Academy of Arts (29 October 2016 - 29 January 2017) in which the artist curates an exhibition of the work of the great Belgian expressionist painter.
Stunning displays of pumpkins and autumnal food.
Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre, 80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE
Dates: 04th - 05th October 2016
Harvest is a wonderful time of the year with the gathering of crops in great abundance. The Royal Horticultural Society celebrates with stunning displays of vegetable chandeliers and a Giant Pumpkin and Autumn Fruit and Vegetable competition. Along with a wealth of information on growing, harvesting and using garden produce, there will be apples and chillis to taste and buy. Late on Tuesday evening there's pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, delicious cocktails and music from folk musician Robin Grey. If you're visiting the show from out of town, take a look at our hotel deals near the Royal Horticultural Halls for all your accommodation needs.
Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and Lupita Nyong'o are among those stepping out on the red carpet.
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT
Dates: 4th to 15th October 2017
Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Lupita Nyong'o will all be in London this October for premieres of their films as London rolls out the red carpet for the BFI London Film Festival. Oscar hopefuls La La Land, The Birth of a Nation and Snowden are among the films to be screened during the 60th editition of the film festival. It opens with A United Kingdom, Amma Asante's film about the real-life love story between the King of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) and a London office worker, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. Letters From Baghdad, about the life and times of Gertrude Bell with Tilda Swinton featuring as her voice, will celebrate its UK premiere. But as well as the glitzy red carpet glamour and opening gala razzmatazz there are events for everyone, from informal post-screening Q&As to films for families and from guest appearances to workshops and masterclasses.
A collection of exceptional works of modern art, design, decorative arts and photography.
Berkeley Square, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, Mayfair, London, W1J 5AX
Tube: Green Park Station
Dates: 2nd to 8th Oct 2017
Returning to Berkeley Square in Mayfair for its tenth 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.
Ronald Harwood's backstage drama about an ageing Shakespearean actor.
Duke of York's Theatre, St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Dates: 05th October - 14th January 2017
Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith star in Ronald Harwood's backstage drama about an ageing Shakespearean actor. Sir, who refuses to take to the stage to deliver his King Lear, is attended by his dutiful assistant, Norman 'the dresser', who must cajole another towering performance from the disgruntled thespian. The Dresser, directed by Sean Foley, is at Richmond Theatre from 8th to 17th September before a three month run at Duke of York's Theatre, from 12th October to 14th January 2017.
15 interactive, singing seesaws light up Leicester Square gardens.
Leicester Square, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BP
Dates: 05th - 27th October 2016
Bringing a little light into our lives in London this autumn, Impulse - first showcased in Montreal's Luminothérapie festival earlier this year - places 15 interactive light up singing seesaws in Leicester Square gardens. Not just for the kids, visitors of all ages can release their inner child and have a go on the special seesaws, which respond with light and sound when in motion. At this time of year they could also help combat post summertime blues with their light therapy healing benefits.
Christopher Eccleston, Louis Theroux and PJ Harvey talk books.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 05th - 16th October 2016
Returning for its tenth year, the 2016 London Literature Festival takes on the theme Living in Future Times, celebrating the world's most visionary writers and artists. Held at the Southbank Centre, the festival will rediscover far-sighted classic and examine how we are living in an era that has been predicted by science fiction. It opens with two events marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of HG Wells, widely considered the father of science fiction. Christopher Eccleston performs a reading of HG Wells' classic The Time Machine and there will be a discussion on the author's relationship with women, broadcast live from the Clore Ballroom. Further highlights include a Q&A screening with Louis Theroux for his first theatrical feature documentary, My Scientology Movie; a celebration and exploration of David Bowie's life and legacy; and the Young Adult Literature Weekender, offering exciting opportunities to the next generation of writers.
Over 80 works focus on the artist's portrayal of family, friends and lovers.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Dates: 06th October - 05th February 2017
Picasso's portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over 80 works focuses on the artist's portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory. On display will be portraits from all periods of Picasso's career and in all media, from the realist paintings of his boyhood to his later ultra-spontaneous canvases. The works on show will range from celebrated masterpieces loaned by international institutions to works in private collections being shown in the United Kingdom for the first time. Exhibition co-organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona.
Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR
Tube: Regent's Park Station
Dates: 06th - 09th October 2016
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 in Regents Park. The most accessible part, the free-to-view Sculpture Park found in the English Gardens of Regent's Park, was extended to three months last year, and proved so popular we imagine they'll repeat its success again. 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.
Gloucester Green, Regent's Park, Camden Town, London, NW1 4HA
Tube: Camden Town Station
Dates: 06th - 09th October 2016
Following its successful debut four 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 2016. 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.
Artist Maser creates an 18-meter-long 'playground' at this year's street art fair.
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, Moniker Art Fair shows the international scope of street art and beyond. Philippines gallery Vinyl on Vinyl makes its debut this year and artist Maser creates an 18-meter-long 'playground' to be touched, climbed on and engaged with as more than 14,000 people come to the Old Truman Brewery, visiting both Moniker and The Other Art Fair. 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.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QL
Tube: Aldgate East Station
Dates: 06th - 09th October 2016
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 10th 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 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.
A musical adaptation of Jonny Steinberg's play.
The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
Dates: 06th October - 12th November 2016
A collaboration with the Royal Opera House, a musical adaptation of Jonny Steinberg's A Man of Good Hope will be staged at The Young Vic in 2016. The production tells the true story of one refugee's epic quest across Africa, brought to life with music from the world-renowned Isango Ensemble. A young Somali refugee, Asad has a painful past, miraculous good luck and a brilliant head for business. After spending years in a refugee camp and then learning how to hustle in the streets of Ethopia, he heads to the promised land of South Africa. But will it be everything he imagines?
'A View from the Bridge' actor Mark Strong returns to the stage in David Hare's new play.
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Dates: 06th October - 19th November 2016
Olivier Award winning actor Mark Strong returns to the stage (following his highly acclaimed performance in A View from the Bridge) to star opposite The Night Manager actress Elizabeth Debicki in a new psychological thriller by David Hare. Set in 1960s Connecticut, two couples struggle home through the snow on their way back from a party but tragedy looms large in The Red Barn, based on the novel La Main by Georges Simenon. Robert Icke, associate director at the Almeida Theatre, directs and Hope Davis, who received a Tony Award nomination for her role in the original Broadway production of God of Carnage in 2009, makes her UK stage debut.
Dazzling light-fantastic visuals from the Godfather of Electronic Music.
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB
Tube: North Greenwich Station
Dates: 07th October 2016
The Godfather of Electronic Music, famed for light-fantastic visuals, performs a laser-filled live show for the first time in six years. Coming to The O2 for one night only on Friday 7th October 2016, FrenchmanJean-Michel Jarre will perform brand new music from his two-part LP, 'Electronica', alongside classic material from previous albums such as Oxygene and Equinoxe. Jarre has broken Guinness World records including one for an audience of 2.5 million in front of La Defense in Paris. He also held a very special show for the Royal Wedding in Monaco in 2011, broadcast to an estimated audience of 3 billion worldwide.
Great British Bake Off winners Nadiya Hussain, John Whaite and Jo Wheatley are at this year's show.
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 as well as former champions Nadiya Hussain, John Whaite, Jo Wheatley, and runner-up Brendan Lynch give demos. The day will also offer an array of tempting and tasty features as well as star speakers.
This year's dance festival opens with Unknown Pleasures at Sadler's Wells.
Dates: 07th - 22nd October 2016
One of the world's leading dance festivals, Dance Umbrella brings new and fascinating dance to 16 venues across London. In 2016, the festival opens with Unknown Pleasures at Sadler's Wells, where five choreographers present work anonymously in one programme. Jerome Bel's Gala, a city-specific commission, features 20 Londoners from all walks of life at three locations in the city including The Tanks at Tate Modern. One of India's leading dance makers, Aditi Mangaldas, makes her first appearance at The Barbican with Inter_rupted, and Greek Olympic choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou presents Primal Matter at the Old Truman Brewery. These are just some of the highlights, check the official website for the full programme.
Anne-Marie Duff stars in this production, which explores man's relationship with black gold.
Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 07th October - 26th November 2016
Anne-Marie Duff and Yolanda Kettle star in the world premiere of Ella Hickson's explosive drama Oil, which explores mankind's relationship with black gold. Staged at the Almeida, with Carrie Cracknell making her Almeida directing debut, the play spans 1889 to 2016 and beyond, drilling deep into the world's relationship with the finite resource.
Stunt crews, aerial artists and special effects reveal the wonder of our planet.
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0DH
Tube: Wembley Park Station
Dates: 07th - 08th October 2016
He made Courteney Cox eat a scrotum full of maggots and took President Barack Obama on an adventure in the Alaskan wilderness but now Bear Grylls, the television presenter, writer and extreme adventurer, delivers his first live-action show. Using stunt crews, aerial artists and immersive special effects Endeavour, the show, takes us through the acts of great heroism and adventure that have shaped our world. From frozen Antarctica to the humid jungle, Bear takes the audience across the globe as we see him seemingly swimming with sharks. But beneath all the razzmatazz and special effects there's the wonder of our planet and the courage of the human spirit. Suitable for children aged 8 and above.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: 09th October 2016
The Royal Parks Foundation 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.
Britain's funniest xenophobic publican comes to the Royal Albert Hall for a pint.
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: 11th October 2016
Britain's funniest xenophobic publican comes to the Royal Albert Hall for a pint and a chat with friends as he calls last orders to his latest UK Tour. Al Murray's simple but clever creation The Pub Landlord, a bald, working-class, BNP-voting barman with a dislike for anything that soils his dated concept of Blighty, earned the comedian a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1999 and he hasn't looked back since. Ironic, given the bar tender's likely disdain for fizzy water - "Pint for the fella, glass of white wine / fruit-based drink for the lady." Thankfully Al Murray has called time on his disappointing sketch show, Multiple Personality Disorder, to return to his roots and rant about Germans, bankers, the Olympics and God being an Englishman. "After 15 years of refining his act, it's now in peak satirical condition," says The Telegraph. "Few other acts reach quite so comfortably inside the confused, wounded mindset of the modern Brit."
The pop sensation performs tracks from his fourth studio album, Purpose.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: Sunday 2nd July 2017
After a rocky few years it seems Justin Bieber has started to win back the public's affection with the help of some rather good tunes. The release of his fourth studio album, Purpose, has taken the limelight away from his questionable recreational activities and possibly even seen him gain some new Beliebers. Nearly three years in the making, Purpose debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, giving Bieber his sixth number on album, and also saw him set a record for having the most simultaneous top 40 entries from a living artist, with eight songs from the album charting in the top 40 UK Singles Chart. The star will stop by The O2 for two nights in October as part of the Purpose World Tour .
50 paintings by the great Italian Baroque artist.
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Dates: 12th October - 15th January 2017
The National Gallery hangs its Caravaggio masterpiece, 'Supper at Emmaus', alongside approximately 50 paintings by the great Italian Baroque artist so we can see him in context, at the root of an international artistic phenomenon. Using art works drawn from museums, National Trust houses and private collections throughout the UK, the exhibition makes clear that Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was one of the most revolutionary figures in art. Beyond Caravaggio includes his 'Taking of Christ', painted by Caravaggio for the Roman Marquis Ciriaco Mattei at the end of 1602, when he was at the height of his fame. It's reunited with Giovanni Serodine's 'Tribute Money' and Antiveduto Gramatica's 'Christ among the Doctors' - all paintings originally owned by the illustrious Mattei family, important patrons of Caravaggio.
The first exhibition devoted to painter Adriaen van de Velde.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD
Tube: Denmark Hill Station
Dates: 12th October - 15th January 2017
In collaboration with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Dulwich Picture Gallery displays the first exhibition devoted to the painter and draughtsman Adriaen van de Velde, one of the finest landscape artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Van de Velde died at the young age of 35 but in a short space of time - his career lasted less than two decades - the artist produced an impressive body of drawings and paintings including his 1671 masterpiece The Hut, shown here alongside two preliminary studies as well as a drawing of the hut that lends the picture its name. Best known for his Arcadian scenes of shepherds and their flock set in an Italian landscape, the renowned art historian Wolfgang Stechow compared his work to the serene chamber music of Mozart.
The '90s band is back and will be performing live one night in Brixton.
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SL
Tube: Brixton Station
Dates: 13th October 2016
Joining the other '90s bands that have made a comeback in the past few years, All Saints are back and will be performing at the Brixton Academy for one night this October as part of their UK tour. The Brit Award-winning English-Canadian pop quartet became one of the most symbolic British pop groups of the '90s with 12 million record sales, five number on singles, two multi-platinum albums and two Brit awards. The group now present their first album in ten years and will performing the new tracks live.
This art exhibition attempts to answer what makes something vulgar.
Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London, EC2 8DS
Dates: 13th October - 05th February 2017
What makes something vulgar? Drawing on a wealth of stunning exhibits from the Renaissance to the 18th, late 20th and 21st centuries, The Vulgar attempts to answer this question. Curated by exhibition-maker Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, this Barbican exhibition shows how fashion often changes the definition of the word. Walking us through historical costumes, Chanel couture, bling and high street fashion, this carefully crafted installation subtly illustrates how taste is a changeable concept: what was once the height of vulgarity appears to be entirely tasteful today.
Chocolate tastings, fashion shows and talks by experts including Paul A Young.
Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
Dates: 14th - 16th October 2016
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. Top chocolatiers like Paul A Young, Harpreet Baura and Cherish Finden - executive pastry chef at the Langham Hotel and judge on BBC 2's Creme de la Creme - 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 where top shops including Rococo, Hotel Chocolat, Divine and Marou sell their produce.
Explore the weird and wonderful world of the Victorian circus.
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
Dates: 14th October - 12th March 2017
The British Library invites visitors to take a trip back in time this autumn with its new exhibition Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun. Through decorative original posters, handbills, advertisements and tickets, the exhibition will bring the world of performing pigs, magic tricks and pantomime to life, focusing on five colourful characters and their stories. These Victorian A-listers include Dan Leno, the original pantomime dame and 'funniest man on earth'; John Nevil Maskelyne, magician and manager of 'England's Home of Mystery'; and the great circus showman 'Lord' George Sanger. See how these characters and Victorian circus influenced the world of entertainment today. Additionally, every Saturday during the exhibition, a company of actors and performers will present archive material through the prism of contemporary performance.
Tamsin Greig takes on the role of Empty in the UK premiere of Tony Kushner's latest work.
Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU
Tube: Swiss Cottage Station
Dates: 15th October - 26th November 2016
Tamsin Greig, best known for her excellent comic acting in TV series Episodes, Green Wing and Black Books, is also an acclaimed theatre actress, nominated for an Olivier for her last on-stage appearance, in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Now she takes on the role of Empty in the UK premiere of The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, directed by Olivier award winning Michael Boyd. This newly revised draft of Tony Kushner's latest play is the story of a family grappling to find meaning in a landscape they no longer recognise.
This festival prompts us to see science in the city.
Dates: 19th - 26th October 2016
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.
Five days of artistic events and performances in unusual locations,
Various Venues, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1NX
Tube: Russell Square Station
Dates: 19th - 23rd October 2016
Five days of artistic, scientific and literary events, immersive exhibitions and performances in unusual locations, the Bloomsbury Festival brings more than 150 events to the literary district of London. On Friday 21st October is headline event, Step Out Store Street, a free outdoor street party with a twist. Other Bloomsbury Festival highlights include a promenade around Bloomsbury with Oggbots, a children's opera by Istros Books at Goodenough College, an outdoor performance of A Song for Coram's Fields and an all day free folk festival at The Harrison pub. Goodenough College, UCL, and Conway Hall are the three main hubs but there are also activities taking place at a 20 other venues including the Wellcome Trust, the British Museum, the British Library, Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Hotel and the Curzon Bloomsbury.
A battle of wits between the court composer and his rowdy young prodigy.
National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ
Dates: 19th October - 31st December 2016
Lucian Msamati, who "cuts a swaggering figure in Game of Thrones as the pirate Salladhor Saan" (Guardian), sinks his teeth into the meaty role of scheming Salieri in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus. This acclaimed play had its premiere at the National Theatre more than 35 years ago, winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards before being adapted into Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning film. Now Michael Longhurst directs this battle of wits between the court composer and his rowdy young prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Mischief Theatre return with another humorous production.
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ
Dates: 20th October - 29th January 2017
After a successful run in 2015, Peter Pan Goes Wrong returns to the Apollo Theatre this October. The production by Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong, applies the same accident-prone touch to the classic tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. In the play, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to recreate JM Barrie's story but technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes cause one problem after another. Adam Meggido directs with music by Rob Falconer and Richard Baker.
A beautiful range of glassware, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and furniture.
One Marylebone, 1 Marylebone Road, Fitzrovia, London, NW1 4AQ
Dates: 20th - 23rd October 2016
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 .
London restaurants battle it out for the prestigious title of Porridge Champ.
Waitrose Kings Cross, 1 Wharf Road, London, N1C 4BZ
Tube: King's Cross Station
Dates: 20th October 2016
The country's best porridge connoisseurs will descend upon the Waitrose Cookery School in Kings Cross this October to battle it out for the prestigious title of Porridge Champ at the Rude Health London Porridge Championships. The likes of Snaps & Rye, Detox Kitchen and Maple & Fitz took part last year, with the award-winning performing coming from Pont St, whose Coconut, Mango & Papaya porridge stole the show. Porridge-loving Frances Quinn, winner of the Great British Bake Off 2013, joined Rude Health's Nick Barnard on the judging panel last year and this year's competition promises to include some equally prestigious names. Think you can give the restaurants a run for their money? Then you're in luck - Rude Health are opening up the competition to one lucky member of the public this year via their social media channels from October.
Try out new classes, meet like minded people and find a moment of calm.
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. LondonTown has teamed up with the OM Yoga Show to offer ten pairs of weekend passes, worth £40 a pair, to give away. Go to our competitions page to find out how to enter.
Fire sculptures and street dance mark the opening of the Bloomsbury Festival.
Store Street, , London, WC1E 7BT
Dates: 21st October 2016
More than 100 artists and dancers and, back after its success here last year, fire sculptures will line Store Street for a spectacular evening street party to open this year's Bloomsbury Festival on Friday 21st October from 6.30pm. Different forms of dance, from Bollywood and swing to B-boy and line dancing, will be performed in the street, tying in with the theme for this year's festival: 'language'. A highlight is a new street dance created by award-winning choreographer Tony Adigun with his Avant Garde Youth Company. The fire sculptures, designed by renowned sculpture and artist group Pa-BOOM, and the street's eclectic mix of independent shops, cafés and restaurants, staying open later than usual, all add to the festival feel.
Autumn harvest celebration, mixing ancient seasonal customs and theatre.
Borough Market, Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL
Dates: 23rd October 2016
October Plenty is a glorious autumn harvest celebration, mixing ancient seasonal customs and theatre with contemporary festivity. Linking two of London's most olde worlde features, this event begins on Bankside, in the shadow of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and finishes among the stalls of Southwark's wonderful Borough Market where apple games and dancing are just some of the harvest celebrations taking place. Attractions include a Corn Queene effigy, the Berry Man, performances of the colourful tale of 'Reynard the Fox', the Story Orchard - where children can listen to traditional tales about apples and harvests - conker fights, apple bobbing and much more. A wonderful revival of ancient customs and a great way for Londoners to remember the pleasures of this season, all for free.
Feel-good musical based on the beloved 2003 movie starring Jack Black as a wannabe rock musician.
New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW
Dates: 24th October 2016 to 28th May 2017
Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock star Dewey Finn - in the feel good musical based on the smash hit 2003 film. Finn has made a rocking band out of his class of straight-A students but the big question is: can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school's headmistress finding out? With a new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes, this musical adaptation has already proved to be a hit on Broadway.
This world premiere marks the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War.
Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST
Tube: Denmark Hill Station
Dates: 24th - 29th October 2016
Marking the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, the world premiere of Dare Devil Rides to Jarama is staged at the Bussey Building this October as part of a UK tour. Based on the experience of The International Brigades during the war, it examines the powerful political and economic forces that took over Europe in the 1930s and explores why so many ordinary people made the extraordinary decision to leave their loved ones behind and fight in such a brutal war. The production uses song, poetry and dance in order to capture the raw passion and emotion of the time.
Ivo van Hove directs the Broadway play, co-written by David Bowie and Enda Walsh
King's Cross Theatre, Cnr Of King's Boulevard And Goods Way, London, N1C 4AG
Tube: King's Cross Station
Dates: 25th October - 22nd January 2017
It was well received on Broadway and now, this autumn, Lazarus, co-written by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, comes to London's King's Cross Theatre under the direction of Ivo van Hove, best known for his award winning adaptation of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge". Reprising their roles from the original New York production are Dexter and Six Feet Under actor Michael C Hall (who plays Thomas Newton), Michael Esper (Valentine) and Sophia Anne Caruso (Girl). Inspired by the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Lazarus focuses on Thomas Newton, as he remains still on Earth - a 'man' but also a humanoid alien, unable to die, his head soaked in cheap gin and haunted by a past love. "This new stage version interpolates Bowie songs into a more impressionistic take on the material." says The Guardian's review.
Glenda Jackson returns to the stage after 25 years.
Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB
Dates: 25th October - 03rd December 2016
Twenty-five years after she gave up acting for politics, double Academy Award-winner Glenda Jackson returns to the stage in 2016 to play the title role in Shakespeare's King Lear. Having retired as a Labour MP in 2015, Jackson will perform at The Old Vic alongside Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling in Shakespeare's greatest tragedy.
The Mercury nominated singer-songwriter plays at the new Omeara music venue.
Omeara, 6 O'Meara Street, Union Street, London, SE1 1TE
Tube: Borough Station
Dates: 25th October 2016
Following the excellent reviews for her new solo album theyesandeye - "Hazy and mellifluous" said The Observer's 4 star review - Lou Rhodes plays live at the new Omeara music venue near Borough. Sound wise the Mercury nominated singer-songwriter is "somewhere between the pastoral folk of Nick Drake, the jazzy phrasings of John Martyn and the spaciousness of the more far-out denizens of Laurel Canyon" says the Sunday Times.
Brand new family event filled with fun, interactive experiences.
ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL
Tube: Canning Town Station
Dates: 25th - 27th October 2016
Entertain the children this October half term at Kidtropolis, a brand new family event filled with fun, interactive experiences. Children aged 12 and under can learn free running with Parkour Generations, meet mega YouTube stars and kid gamesmasters, play with Transformers, break records with Guinness World Records Live! and test their Nerf gun skills. There's something for every child, whether they're into My Little Pony - look for the pink double decker bus - or physical challenges: can you take on the Boot Camp Challenge inflatable assault course? Meet the stars of the Angry Birds Movie, take to the 8.5m inflatable Helter-Skelter, reach the stars on Spring Free Trampolines or get creative at the Play-Doh workshop, plus plenty more besides.
The largest presentation of the artist's work for a generation.
Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
Tube: Pimlico Station
Dates: 26th October - 05th March 2017
Tate Britain presents the largest presentation of Paul Nash's work for a generation. Known as a landscape artist, Nash was one of the most distinctive and most important British artists of the twentieth century. His downland and coastal landscapes of southern England, and its ancient past, provided a stage for his engagements with international modernism, specifically Surrealism. The exhibition presents the artist's major works from his early Symbolist style through to the iconic works of the First World War, as well as his landscapes of the interwar period.
Kenneth MacMillan's compelling full-length ballet inspired by the true story of Anna Anderson.
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD
Dates: 26th October - 12th November 2016
Natalia Osipova, Lauren Cuthbertson and Laura Morera alternate the title role of Kenneth MacMillan's compelling full-length ballet inspired by the true story of Anna Anderson, a woman who believed herself to be Anastasia, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and the only survivor from the massacre of the Romanovs. MacMillan's haunting, expressionist work, danced to Martinu's Sixth Symphony, shows Anna visited by confused nightmares of her life from the time of the massacre to her discovery in Berlin in 1920.
Ice skating, free tubing and pro competitions on the 50ft real-snow slope.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, Earls Court, London, SW11 4NJ
Tube: Sloane Square Station
Dates: 27th - 30th October 2016
With dates changed to coincide with half term the Ski & Snowboard Show is a pleasure snow dome for all the family. After two years off, the ice skating rink is back at this popular snow show at Battersea Park which has gained a great reputation over the past 40 years. Much easier than skiing, you can go tubing - sit in a rubber ring and hurtle down the real snow slope - for free (you don't have to be a kid to enjoy that). Pro skiers and boarders compete on the 50ft real-snow kicker, showing us how it's done, there's live music at the apres ski party on Friday and Saturday night, comedy, crepes, fondue and sorts of Alpine food as well as advice on everything from the latest kit to holidaying in the snow-capped mountains of France, Austria and Andorra.
This showcase of Ensor's works shows him as an innovator and an outsider.
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD
Dates: 27th October - 29th January 2017
At the end of 2016, the Royal Academy of Arts brings you the work of James Ensor in an exhibition curated by fellow Belgian artist Luc Tuymans. Held in the Sackler Wing, the display shows Ensor as an innovator and an outsider who rebelled against the conservative art teachings of the late 19th century academy in Brussels. Influential in the development of Expressionism, Ensor is now best known for his scenes of strange skeleton figures, macabre paintings of crowds and carnivals which, as curator Adrian Locke says, is "like looking through a portal onto another world".
Explore 100,000 years of South African history.
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Dates: 27th October - 26th February 2017
Explore 100,000 years of South African history through archaeological, historic and contemporary artworks at the British Museum. South Africa: the Art of a Nation uses around 200 museum piece objects, arranged chronologically across seven key episodes, to tell the story of the region's history, the colonial period, apartheid, the birth of the 'rainbow nation' and South Africa today. One of the most significant pieces is the gold treasures of Mapungubwe, gold figures discovered in royal graves, four of which are leaving South Africa for the first time. Historic treasures like these are shown alongside contemporary works such as 'The Creation of the Sun' a stunning 2 metre wide textile, made in 2015.
A tale about the moral and environmental cost of our materialistic nesting instincts.
The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
Dates: 28th October - 26th November 2016
Conor McPherson presents a new version of Franz Xaver Kroetz's The Nest, staging it at The Young Vic this autumn. A tale about the moral and environmental cost of our materialistic nesting instincts, the powerful production follows parents-to-be Kurt and Martha, who just want the best for their baby. They're not scared of hard work and are aware that the latest buggy doesn't come cheap. But when Kurt's boss tempts him with the chance to make some easy money with a mysterious side job, his rashness soon catches up with him. With the New York Times describing McPherson as "the finest playwright of his generation", audiences can expect a powerful production.
Arthur Miller's play is revived once again.
Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT1 1HL
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 28th October - 19th November 2016
After a successful 2014 production at the Open Air Theatre, Arthur Miller's All My Sons is revived once more this year, this time at the Rose Theatre Kingston. As part of their American season, this will be the first time the theatre presents any of Miller's work. His first great Broadway success, the play sealed Miller's reputation as one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th Century and is still drawing audiences today. It follows thriving businessman Joe Keller who, during World War II, knowingly supplied the air force with defective engines, which led to the deaths of innocent pilots. Now, on a sunny afternoon, Keller is about to face the consequences of his actions.
Hundreds of stalls trading in Christmas inspiration, all under one roof.
Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Dates: 31st October - 06th November 2016
Get all your Christmas shopping done under one roof at Olympia - and get it out of the way more than a month before Santa arrives. An annual fixture in the seasonal calendar, the Spirit of Christmas Fair attracts thousands of Yuletide shoppers gearing up for the festivities. You can expect the finest seasonal products here, ranging from festive decorations and home accessories to children's toys and seasonal eats. With over 600 companies presenting their wares, you'll find something for everyone on your Christmas list and plenty you won't find in the shops. Look out for traditional sweets, specialist cheeses, fine cuts of meat and artisan produce in the Food Hall. When travelling to the fair take the train to Kensington (Olympia) Tube Station, and check out our guide to some of the best festive hotel offers near the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia.
IN THIS ARTICLE
London Restaurant Festival
The Big Draw
Classic Car Boot Sale
Film Scores Live
London Cocktail Week
English National Opera: Tosca
This Little Life Of Mine
Luc Tuymans: Glasses
RHS London Harvest Festival Show
BFI London Film Festival
PAD London Art Fair
Pause and Play: Impulse
London Literature Festival
Frieze Art Fair
Moniker Art Fair
The Other Art Fair
A Man of Good Hope
The Red Barn
The Cake and Bake Show
Bear Grylls - Endeavour
Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
Al Murray The Pub Landlord: One Man, One Guvnor
Adriaen van de Velde: Master of the Dutch Golden Age
The Chocolate Show
Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun
The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
London Science Festival
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Made London - The Design and Craft Fair
London Porridge Championships
OM Yoga Show
Step Out Store Street
School of Rock
Dare Devil Rides To Jarama
Royal Ballet: Anastasia
The Ski & Snowboard Show London
Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans
South Africa: The Art Of A Nation
All My Sons
Spirit of Christmas Fair
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