The historic city of London is popularly renowned for its people, culture and lifestyle. Thousands of tourists from all across the world visit this city to appreciate its rich history and heritage. If you are flying in here this October, try to attend these interesting events. Simply book coach hire if you have a larger group!
London Restaurant Festival
For the whole month of October, this delectable festival returns to the capital city, with an opportunity to sink your teeth into foodie activities and exclusive menus from top restaurants in London. It’s a city-wide tribute to great culinary delights in London that have tantalised millions of taste buds over the years. Enjoy restaurant tours, wine tasting, special menus and a series of gastronomic activities scheduled throughout the month. Get a chance to learn cooking at reputed cookery schools and interact with chefs from over 250 restaurants in London. Explore a variety of culinary themes and immerse yourself in a selection of 4 to 11 course menus at restaurants including Devonshire Square, Regent Street, St. James’s and Barrafina.
Frieze Art Fairs 2017 in Regent’s Park
The highly acclaimed Frieze Masters and Frieze London art fairs will be returning to London to discover two of the most prominent events in the art scene. Happening from 5th to 8th of October, the Fair brings you world-class art from international art galleries in the beautiful Regent Park. Frieze Masters will be specialising in the classical art, while Frieze London will focus on dynamics of modern art. Featuring works of both emerging and established artists, more than 160 modern galleries will be participating, with the other key highlight being artworks by radical female artists. Browse antiques and arts including medieval sculptures, old master paintings and Egyptian artefacts at Frieze Masters displaying 60 centuries of art history.
London Literature Festival
20 days of wordy events will take over the Southbank Centre, starting 13th of October, with speakers, poets and authors joining the forces to celebrate the event’s 11th anniversary. There will be workshops, talks and live readings from the Man Booker Prize Nominees, acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz and author Philip Pullman. The event sets out to discover the true value of literature in today’s world.
Africa on the Square
On the 14th of October, the Trafalgar Square in London will be turned all African, celebrating African heritage, art and culture with activities, food and performances from across the continent. This annual free event is open to public, featuring fashion, food and entertainment from all across Africa. Catch a fashion show, dance performances and live music from exciting bands, while browsing through the markets and sampling authentic African cuisine. Get yourself indulged in a wide range of cultural activities for an ideal family day out.
Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites
A must-attend session for all the art lovers out there, due to be held in the latter part of October at the Art National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. The 15th century Flemish artist, Van Eyck was not only an artistic genius but also a technical pioneer, mastering illusionary space in his delicately crafted paintings. A new wave of artists belonging to this generation has been inspired by his masterwork ‘The Arnolfini Portrait’ and has made the Pre-Raphaelites circle of boys who mastered his symbolism and draughtsmanship.
BFI London Film Festival
In association with the British Film Institute, the BFI London Film Festival takes place every year in the second half of October, being a premier film festival in UK. A huge assortment of documentaries, films and short films from over 50 countries are selected to be screened live. Originally, the festival used to focus on screening a selection of titles from other festivals, including Venice and Cannes. Over the years, it has evolved to be at par with such festivals.
Museums at Night – October 2017
This Halloween, treat yourself with a host of spooky events, as you explore heritage sites, galleries and museums in the dark hours. This 3-day biannual fest from 26th to 28th of October will throw open the doors to soak up some culture and history in a different way. There will be live talks, art shows and delectable food, along with some live music. Celebrate Venetian culture with your friends and family, hear creepy Halloween stories at the London Canal Museum or go on a boat trip through the Islington Tunnel after dark.