From must-sees to must-buys, here’s our list of everything you need to do, wear and see this October…
We know that we are officially in the midst of winter nights when Halloween is fast approaching. Whether you’re taking your little ones out trick or treating, or fancy yourself a spooky fun-filled night on the town, there’s tonnes of fun activities to suit all ages. Alternatively, spend this 31st October with your feet up in-front of a horror film, but don’t forget to keep a pack of sweets by your door ready for when the doorbell goes!
London Cocktail Week
In their seventh vibrant and alcohol-infused year, London Cocktail Week is back with a pop-up cocktail village, an array of master classes and access into over 200 bars. Explore a maze of bespoke bars, trucks and even bikes all offering their own unique cocktails for just £5 for all festival pass holders. Start off October with some specialist tipples for a whole week of flavoursome fun.
3 – 9 October
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Frieze Art Fair
Discover some of the world’s most exciting and inspiring artists at Frieze Art Fair. Held at Regent’s Park, the festival features more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries where you can view and even purchase pieces from over 1,000 artists. Also included in the event is a programme packed with talks, projects and events, perfect for all creative enthusiasts.
6 – 9 October
‘Artists were in a very liberated position in the 1990s’, says @nicolastrembley, curator of the new gallery section at Frieze London: The Nineties. Fourteen galleries will revisit and reinterpret seminal exhibitions from the decade that the art world changed. Pictured: Michael Landy’s Market (1990) – an eerily minimal installation of Astroturf-covered stalls – will be reprised at the fair in a new form by @thomasdanegallery and @karstenschubertgallery. Read more about this exciting new section at frieze.com/article/nineties-now #friezeweek #friezelondon #nineties
The National Portrait Gallery is giving us a brand new exhibition, displaying over 80 works featuring the Pablo Picasso’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers. With a chance to view this work before your very eyes, explore Picasso’s career – from realist paintings of his boyhood to his one-off impulsive canvases. With Mail on Sunday describing the exhibit as a ‘blockbuster art show,’ pre-booking this display is highly recommended, ensuring that you won’t miss out on a tour of some of the world’s most famous and distinctive artistic pieces.
6 October – 5 February 2017
The Gallery’s Youth Forum are in Barcelona researching Picasso’s early life and ideas and creating a series of short films ahead of the launch of our #PicassoPortraits exhibition. Watch this space! Regram from @npgyouth
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BFI London Film Festival
The 60th BFI London Film Festival will take place this October, presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. Introducing the finest new British and international films, this film festival features a calendar full of premieres, screenings and special presentations throughout a range of London-based venues including Southbank, IMAX and Ritzy cinema.
5 – 16 October
London Literature Festival
Gathering world-renowned writers, futureologists and transhumanists all under one roof, this year’s Literature Festival explores today’s fast-approaching future, science and fiction. This year, the event focuses on the imagination of today’s literature world and features some of the biggest stars in the literary sky, including Margaret Atwood, as well as family events, poetry readings and talks surrounding the topics of knowledge and evolution – great for any curious explorers to attend.
5 – 16 October
International Coffee Day
Whether you enjoy chatting and relaxing over a lunch-time coffee break, or if a morning coffee is essential to the start of your day, celebrate International Coffee Day this month. Dig out the dozens of events and promotions surrounding the day, and espresso your love for coffee in your own way.