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London Restaurant Festival
The Big Draw
Jean-Michel Jarre
Spirit of Christmas Fair
The Ski & Snowboard Show London
Beyond Caravaggio
The Cake and Bake Show
London Cocktail Week
BFI London Film Festival
Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
Frieze Art Fair
Frieze Masters
Moniker Art Fair
The Other Art Fair
Dance Umbrella
The Chocolate Show
Regent Street Motor Show
School of Rock
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Adriaen van de Velde: Master of the Dutch Golden Age
Classic Car Boot Sale


Blockbuster exhibition Picasso Portraits begins, Nicole Scherzinger joins Andrea Bocelli at The O2 and the London Restaurant Festival tickles your tastebuds, it's all happening in London this October.


London Restaurant Festival

Special events, menus and meals at over 350 restaurants around London.

Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN

Tube: Woolwich Station


Dates: 1st to 31st October 2016


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.


The Big Draw

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: 1st to 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

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station


Dates: 1st October to 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.


Andrea Bocelli

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.


Classic Car Boot Sale

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: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2016


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.


London Cocktail Week

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

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


Dates: 3rd to 9th Oct 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.


This Little Life Of Mine

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: 4th to 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.


BFI London Film Festival

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 5th to 16th October 2016


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. 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. 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.


PAD London Art Fair

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: 5th to 9th Oct 2016


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.


Picasso Portraits

Over 80 works focus on the artist's portrayal of family, friends and lovers.

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: 6th October 2016 to 5th 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.


Frieze Art Fair

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station


Dates: 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Oct 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.


Frieze Masters

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

Tube: Camden Town Station


Dates: 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Oct 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.


Moniker Art Fair

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Oct 2016


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' is a rich hunting ground for the 'next big thing' and has established a positive reputation among art collectors, critics and lovers alike with more than 14,000 people expected to attend this year. While Frieze showcases established names, Moniker champions emerging talent, site sharing the Old Truman Brewery with The Other Art Fair. 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 Other Art Fair

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Oct 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 Man of Good Hope

A musical adaptation of Jonny Steinberg's play.

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 6th October to 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?


Jean-Michel Jarre

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.


The Cake and Bake Show

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, Earls Court, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station


Dates: 7th, 8th and 9th October 2016


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 like 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.


Dance Umbrella

Various Venues London, , Holborn, London, W1J 9LN

Tube: Woolwich Station


Dates: 7th to 22nd October 2016


One of the world's leading dance festivals, Dance Umbrella has been bringing new dance experience to London since 1978 and celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2016. While the details for this year's festival have yet to be released, you can expect a city-wide festival of dance and displays. To give you an idea, last year's programme included an outdoor performance on the roof of a car park in Farringdon, performances at Sadler's Wells and the Barbican, a specially-commissioned piece for the very young, and an immersive outdoor spontaneous dance piece in four London parks.



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: 7th October to 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.


Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: Sunday 9th 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.


Al Murray The Pub Landlord: One Man, One Guvnor

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."


Justin Bieber

The pop sensation performs tracks from his fourth studio album, Purpose.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th October 2016


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 .


Beyond Caravaggio

50 paintings by the great Italian Baroque artist.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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


Dates: 12th October 2016 to 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.


Adriaen van de Velde: Master of the Dutch Golden Age

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 2016 to 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.


All Saints

The '90s band is back and will be performing live one night in Brixton.

Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station


Dates: Thursday 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.


The Vulgar

This art exhibition attempts to answer what makes something vulgar.

Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London, EC2 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station


Dates: 13th October 2016 to 5th 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.


London Science Festival

This festival prompts us to see science in the city.

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

Tube: Woolwich Station


Dates: 19th to 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.


Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Mischief Theatre return with another humorous production.

Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station


Dates: 20th October 2016 to 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.


Made London - The Design and Craft Fair

A beautiful range of glassware, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and furniture.

One Marylebone, 1 Marylebone Road, Fitzrovia, London, NW1 4AQ

Tube: Great Portland Street Station, Warren Street Station, Regent's Park Station


Dates: 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Oct 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 .


OM Yoga Show

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station


Dates: 21st, 22nd and 23rd October 2016


Each year the OM Yoga Show installs an air of meditative contemplation over Alexandra Palace. Leading yoga teachers give group lessons - some are free, for others you need to book and pay but they really are worthwhile and there's something for all levels of ability with hundreds of free yoga sessions to choose from. Stalls selling everything from chemical-free yoga mats to three-week meditation holidays are lined up alongside experts giving advice on Ayurvedic therapies and diet. Remember, if you want to join a class, wear comfortable clothes and stay clear of heavy foods for an hour or so before the show.


School of Rock

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

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 24th October 2016 to 12th February 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.


Dare Devil Rides To Jarama

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 to 29th Oct 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.


King Lear

Glenda Jackson returns to the stage after 25 years.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 25th October to 3rd 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.


Paul Nash

The largest presentation of the artist's work for a generation.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 26th October 2016 to 5th 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.


The Ski & Snowboard Show London

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, 28th, 29th and 30th Oct 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.


Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans

This showcase of Ensor's works shows him as an innovator and an outsider.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 27th October 2016 to 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".


The Nest

A tale about the moral and environmental cost of our materialistic nesting instincts.

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 28th October to 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.


All My Sons

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 to 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.


Spirit of Christmas Fair

Hundreds of stalls trading in Christmas inspiration, all under one roof.

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station


Dates: 31st Oct to 6th Nov 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.


Regent Street Motor Show

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: Saturday 5th November 2016


The whole of Regent Street, from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, is closed to traffic for the Regent Street Motor Show, the free car festival which gives Londoners the chance to see 300 cars up close and personal on one of London's busiest shopping streets. 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.


The Chocolate Show

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station


Dates: 14th November - 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 Will Torrent, Paul A Young, Chris & Jeff Galvin, and Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber 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.





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