Summer may be over, but should you be thinking of visiting the UK capital for an autumnal short-break, don’t worry; there’s so much going on – food and drink festivals, spiritual celebrations, art exhibits and one-off sport events. Whatever’s your pleasure, London’s bound to serve it up…
Food, Glorious Food
- London Restaurant Festival (October 1st-31st) – the city’s best restaurants and celebrity chefs combine here, composing and delivering one-off menus
- London Cocktail Week (October 2nd-8th) – one for those who take their mixers seriously and know why a Martini shouldn’t be stirred but shaken (or is it the other way around?); tastings of new creations will likely abound
- Erdinbger’s Oktoberfest from Germany (October 5th-22nd) – staged this year in Greenwich, the most German of all beer festivals is bound to deliver a right good knees up full of singing, dancing, Bratwurst and, of course, beer
- Chocolate Show (October 13th-15th) –fabulously artistic creations with delicious fillings will be the order of the day at this Olympia London event; perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
- Outdoor art exhibition (October 8th) – curious and magnificent contemporary sculptures will fill up the Frieze Sculpture park in Regent’s Park
- Africa on the Square (October 14th) and Diwali Festival (October 15th) – two fantastic Trafalgar Square events that combine as a back-to-back opportunity to celebrate London’s diversity
- Blood Rite (October 20th-21st) – a fascinating music, dance and projection-based event at Guildhall Yard in The City that shines a light on the Roman gladiatorial arena, specifically all its action and brutality; perfect should you have chosen to enjoy one of those London city breaks at the Montcalm Suites London.
Art, Movies, Music and More
- Frieze London and Frieze Masters arts fair (October 5th-8th) – an opportunity not just to see but also buy modern art and historical rarities at Regent’s Park
- BFI London Film Festival (October 4th-15th) – exciting and often arty new releases pack the schedules of cinemas throughout the city during London’s very own film festival; it’s also an opportunity for serious celeb-spotting at their premieres
- Dance Umbrella (October 11th-28th) – a rare chance to catch contemporary dance performances choreographed by the best in their fields from around the world
- Harry Potter: A History of Magic (from October 20th) – an unmissable exhibition at the British Library for ‘Potterheads’ of absolutely all ages; it’s set to delve into the curious and revelatory history of magic, whether you believe in or not!
Sporty Thrills and Spills
- NFL at Wembley (October 1st, 22nd and 29th) – American football comes to the ‘home of (association) football’ for three official matches
- The World Taekwondo Grand Prix and World Para Taekwondo Championships (October 19th-22nd) – cracking martial arts action at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Centre
- Six Day London (October 24th-29th) – a cycling race with a difference, in that the world’s best compete while music acts and DJs provide the soundtrack
- Outdoor ice rink at the Natural History Museum (from October 26th) – technically not sport, but it certainly encourages physical activity and marks the coming of the festive season; be prepared for crowds at this ice skating ‘hot spot’ that boasts the most atmospheric backdrop imaginable.