What’s on in London for October 2016


Plenty to see this month, lots of special one off events, plus of course Halloween. Listed below are our top ten of recommendations for the month, there is something for everyone. If you need transport to get to any of the places mentioned then why not contact Harmony Cars, they will arrange your very own chauffeur car to take and bring you home. They also can give you a night tour around London. All there drivers are English and all live in London so are quite knowledgeable about their home city.

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No 1. 1st October 2016 “NFL on Regent Street”.

The NFL returns to Regent Street with plenty of fun and games on the eve of the first of the 2016 NFL International Series games, between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts.

Experience all the excitement of the NFL as one of London’s most famous streets closes to traffic between Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus.

As well as interactive games, historical displays, performances by music acts and NFL cheerleaders, you’ll have the chance to see star players and head coaches from both teams take time out from their game preparation to appear on stage.

More than 600,000 people have attended each of the previous three events, so wear your team jerseys with pride and celebrate ahead of the first of three 2016 International Series games at Wembley and Twickenham. Head over to Wembley Stadium the following day to experience an authentic NFL pre-game Tailgate party ahead of the game between Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts. Free of charge and open to non-ticket holders, the NFL Tailgate party opens at 9.30am and features appearances by NFL Hall of Famers, performances by cheerleaders, music acts, interactive games and historical NFL fun.

No 2. 1st to 31st October 2016 “London Restaurant Festival”.

This month-long festival is a city-wide homage to great food in London, and the perfect excuse to try out some of the capital’s world-class restaurants. Enjoy great value special menus, amazing one-off chef-led events and a special series of gastronomic activities including restaurant tours and wine tasting.

Get ready for The Ultimate Gastronomic Weekend (new to the London Restaurant Festival for 2016). Experience London’s finest restaurants including a lunch held by Michel Roux at The Landau, alongside wine tasting, a VIP tour of Fortnum & Mason’s food hall and an overnight stay at the luxury Andaz London.

Enjoy London’s Longest Lunch (new to the London Restaurant Festival for 2016) with a six-course tasting menu from two of London’s leading chefs, accompanied by specially-selected wine and a cruise on the river Thames between venues.

Tuck into exclusive festival menus, as more than 250 London restaurants create special fixed-priced taster menus for food lovers to sample their dishes.

Discover different culinary themes and foodie areas on one of several restaurant hopping tours and trails.

Indulge in a selection of tasting menus (new to the London Restaurant Festival for 2016), boasting from four to 10 courses, at London restaurants including Barrafina, Santa Maria and Osteria.

Look out for other food-focused activities during the festival including wine tasting, a gourmet road trip across the capital, culinary-centred film screenings and much more.

No.3. 3rd to 9th October 2016 “London Cocktail Week 2016”.

Join a seven-day cocktail party across the capital as some stunningly delicious creations are served up for London Cocktail Week (LCW), hosted by DrinkUp.London.

Showcasing the London cocktail scene for a seventh year, the festival features a Central London hub (The World Class House) and Cocktail Village, as well as more than 200 participating bars across the city.

First off, get yourself a £10 LCW wristband online to access the Cocktail Village and central hub, attend special events, and unlock a series of exclusive, week-long discounts and tours. Plus, get your free London Cocktail Week guide when you pick up your wristband. Try a new mix or discover a different spirit at the 200-plus bars, restaurants and pop-ups which serve up £5 cocktails and more special offers to all wristband wearers. Learn how spirits are made, master your favourite cocktail mix or discover how best to pair cocktails with food, while meeting other cocktail fans, with distillery tours, masterclasses, tastings, food and drink pairings, parties and more.

The Cocktail Village returns to Old Spitalfields Market with pop-up bars from the biggest drink names, such as Bacardi Rum and Tia Maria, as well as up-and-coming brands and delicious food stalls. The London Cocktail Week hub comes to Piccadilly Circus this year; named The World Class House, it’s filled with even more mixes and flavours, immersive experiences and workshops. Wrist bands are £10 each

No.4. 6th to 9th October 2016 “Frieze Art Fairs 2016” in Regent’s Park.

See world-class art from the best international galleries with the Frieze Art Fairs in Regent’s Park. Every year, Frieze hosts two important art fairs side by side in the Royal Park: Frieze London and Frieze Masters. The first showcases the best of contemporary art, while the latter specialises in art from the past.

Take a stroll through the Sculpture Park in Regent’s Park’s English Gardens for free to admire contemporary and historical sculptures by world-famous artists represented in both Frieze London and Frieze Masters.

View, browse and buy contemporary art from across the world as the 14th edition of the spectacular Frieze London gets underway. The highly anticipated annual fair sees more than 160 leading and emerging national and international art dealers and galleries present their contemporary work.

See works by renowned galleries from across the world including Cheim & Read (New York), Gagosian Gallery, Hauser & Wirth and Sadie Coles (London).

Catch fascinating lectures and conversations about the art world and the art market with Frieze Talks, curated by Christy Lange (frieze magazine) and Gregor Muir (ICA, London).

Discover cutting-edge contemporary works specifically commissioned for the fair with the Frieze Projects non-profit programme.

Don’t miss some of the fair’s controversial highlights, including Julie Verhoeven’s performative interventions in one of the toilets, and Martin Soto Climent’s sculpture animated by real acrobats.

Head to Frieze Masters to admire works of art from more than 130 galleries, showcasing masterpieces from the ancient era and the Old Masters to the late 20th century. Now in its fifth year, Frieze Masters sees the participation of leading international curators. The fair features treasures such as rare mummy masks, medieval religious icons and Italian Renaissance paintings.

Visit the Collections section for an array of specially-curated gallery displays selected by acclaimed curator Sir Norman Rosenthal.

See unusual juxtapositions of periods and genres in the section devoted to Innovative Gallery Collaborations.

Explore the impact of feminist ideas on artists from all around the world with Spotlight: Rare Presentations of 20th-Century Artists.

Prices:Frieze London or Frieze Masters Adult Ticket: £37.65 per ticket

Frieze London or Frieze Masters Child Ticket (under 12 years old):            Free

Frieze London or Frieze Masters Child Ticket (13-18 years old): £24.75 per ticket

Frieze London or Frieze Masters Student Ticket: £27.95 per ticket

No.5. 14th to 16th October 2016 “The Chocolate Show” at Olympia.

The countdown has well and truly begun for The Chocolate Show, London’s only chocolate exhibition and the UK’s biggest chocolate celebration.

More than 20,000 visitors will be flocking to Olympia to enjoy indulgent chocolate treats, live celebrity demonstrations and get hands-on in workshops and discover bean to bar chocolate. It’s a celebration of chocolate in all its forms – truffles, cakes, desserts, ice cream, baking, cocktails, sculptures and more. The event includes celebrity chef demonstrations, Great British Bake Off winners, top chocolatiers and chocolate companies, tastings, masterclasses and our famous chocolate fashion show.

No.6.   15th October 2016 “Africa on the Square” at Trafalgar Square.

Get a taste of African culture in Trafalgar Square at the annual free event Africa on the Square.

Open to everyone, the festival features entertainment, food and fashion from across Africa between 12pm and 6pm in the iconic setting of Trafalgar Square in Central London.

Catch live music, dance performances and a fashion show on the main stage. Browse the market stalls and experience African cuisine at the food stands. And get all the family involved with a range of free cultural activities.

No.7.   16th October 2016 “Diwali Festival 2016” at Trafalgar Square.

Join in the Diwali festivities in Trafalgar Square, as thousands of people come together to celebrate the Hindu, Sikh and Jain Festival of Lights.

Enthusiastically celebrated around the world, Diwali traditionally symbolises joy, love, reflection, resolution, forgiveness, light and knowledge, and represents the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the festival in Trafalgar Square between 1pm and 7pm. This year’s packed programme includes traditional and contemporary stage performances, lively music, family-friendly activities, and delicious food from India and beyond.

Diwali is timed to coincide with the new moon in October or November, so the actual date varies from year to year. In 2016, Diwali is celebrated on and around 30 October, however, the Trafalgar Square celebration takes place on 16 October.

No.8. 27th to 29th October 2016 “Museums at Night”.

Soak up some culture after dark with Museums at Night, as museums and galleries across London throw open their doors after hours during the three-day biannual festival.

With late-night exhibitions and a range of talks, guided tours and special events, Museums at Night is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy London’s culture and history in a new light.

Enjoy a glass of wine while exploring Dr Johnson’s House with Sex, Scandal and Life Writing: The Experiences of Dr Samuel Johnson, James Boswell and Irish Courtesan, Peg Plunkett. Experience what it was like to be in a Victorian house at night with Dickens After Dark: A Halloween Special at Charles Dickens Museum. Follow the clairvoyants as you try to solve the mysteries of the author’s residence, and indulge in a drink or two at the candle-lit bar.

Discover what cooking was like in the Regency period with Late Night Keats: Regency Food With Dr Annie Grey at Keats House. Decorate your own Regency cupcakes and listen to food-inspired poetry as the acclaimed food historian and broadcaster unveils the secrets of the era’s best delicacies.Wander around the magnificent galleries of the Natural History Museum at night with Discovery Lates. Admire the wonders of the museum’s renowned collection in a magical atmosphere, while enjoying a glass of wine and canapes. Take a fascinating tour of Osterley Park and House at night with Osterley After Dark. Discover sinister stories about the manor’s former inhabitants, as the guide reveals the building’s 400 years of history.

Visit Benjamin Franklin House after the usual opening hours with Craven Street Bones. Historian Braena Sykes talks about the dark side of 18th-century science and recounts the 1997 creepy discovery of human skeletal remains under the basement floor of the house.

Uncover the National Maritime Museum’s spookiest secrets with Mystery At The Museum Late. The Director has disappeared with one of the museum’s most precious objects: only you can solve the mystery. Follow the clues and find your way through the museum’s arcane enigmas.

No.9.   28th to 30th October 2016 “BluesFest” at The O2.

Experience an electrifying line-up of blues, rock and soul stars.

Now in its sixth year and making a name for itself as one of the most popular events in the blues music calendar, the festival presents a soundtrack of great tunes across all areas of The O2 including the O2 Arena, Indigo at The O2 and Brooklyn Bowl.

Headline acts include legendary guitarist Jeff Beck alongside music icon Van Morrison and international rock group Bad Company with special guest Richie Sambora. Joining them is Walter Trout with UK rockers The Temperance Movement and soul artists Mary J. Blige and Maxwell, plus more incredible acts including JD & The Straight Shot. Playing host to Bill Whyman’s 80th Birthday Gala, BluesFest will also see performances from Mick Hucknall, Bob Geldof, Mark Knopfler and Imelda May. Prices:Adult Ticket: £23.40 to £270.75 per ticket

No.10.   29th October till 6th November 2016 “Things to Do on Halloween 2016 in London”.

See a scarier side to London this Halloween, with our guide to the spookiest things to do in the capital on and around 31 October. From haunted venues and bone-chilling attractions, to special Halloween tours and gripping family activities, plan your Halloween in London with our spooky ideas below.

Join a very mortal talk, tour or workshop, including visits of London’s most famous cemeteries, during The London Month of the Dead. 1-30 Oct

Explore culture after dark with Museums at Night’s gloomy Halloween-themed activities. 27-29 Oct

Tuck into a gruesome banquet hosted by Roald Dahl’s hideous characters with Dinner at the Twits. 4 Sep-30 Oct

Go on an unnerving ghost hunt in London’s spooky Ragged School with Haunted Happenings. 29 Oct

Catch a comedy horror double bill, as BFI Southbank screens the cult movies Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment with live performances and panels. 29 Oct

One of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black will have you at the edge of your seat.

Get up close to some of the world’s most feared animals, with In with the Spiders at ZSL London Zoo or Snorkelling with Sharks at SEA LIFE London Aquarium.

Visit the Tower of London’s spookiest corners after dark with a Tower Twilight Tour. From 6 Nov

Go on an eerie Ghost Ship tour of the Cutty Sark, before settling down to a screening of the classic 1931 Dracula movie. 28 Oct

Discover the dark secrets and gory history of London with The Ghost Bus Tours.

Retrace the infamous murderer’s footsteps with Jack the Ripper Ghost Walks and see his story come to life with The Jack the Ripper Tour with Ripper-Vision.

London’s horrible history and terrifying characters come vividly to life at The London Dungeon. Join the witch hunt this October with three additional Halloween shows, where everyone is a suspect.

Go on a mind-derailing journey through fear with Derren Brown’s Ghost Train at Thorpe Park, or dare to enter the live action scare maze in one of October’s special Fright Nights.

Discover the unnerving history of 19th-century surgery at the Old Operating Theatre.

Explore a deserted Hampton Court Palace with an evening Family Ghost Tour of the historic palace. 31 Oct

Step into Harry Potter’s world of wizards and witches, and see the Great Hall decorated for Halloween. 15 Oct-4 Nov

Watch Halloween-themed animal demonstrations and get hands-on with spooky activities at ZSL London Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo. 22-30 Oct

Hear stories of haunting goings on at Ham House and follow the ghostly trail around the garden. 24-28 Oct

Look out for more Halloween family fun, as many London attractions put on special activities for children during the school half-term.

Grab a pint in one of London’s many old haunted pubs, including The Grenadier, The Spaniards Inn and The Viaduct Tavern.

Hear the screaming ghost of Catherine Howard in Hampton Court Palace’s Haunted Gallery.

Visit one of London’s beautiful and eerie cemeteries.

Catch a show at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London’s most haunted theatre.

Check out our Haunted London infographic for more haunting experiences and venues.


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