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October 2017 Events In London: What’s On & Where (+ Giveaway!)

October in London is the perfect time to stop and admire the autumnal colours as the city’s parks change to a sea of copper and russet reds. Grab your winter coat and perhaps your wellies and pay a visit to Kew Gardens or Richmond Park to see this beautiful display of colours.

Throughout October 2017 in London

01 October – 12 November

The making of Harry Potter, Warner Bros Studio tour is having a spooky makeover this Halloween in a tribute to the Dark Arts.  Practise your wand techniques against Death Eaters and more.  

WD25 7LR – From £31 – Info 

03 – 21 October

The People’s Revolt is a new immersive and entirely interactive experience at the Tower of London is inspired by the Peasants Revolt of 1381. Positioned at a time when people revolted over taxes, austerity and unstable leadership.  Sound familiar?

The People’s Revolt at the Tower of London
Tower of London is the stage for the The People’s Revolt | Source: Kit Oates Photography

Step inside the Tower of London, hide in the shadows in this adults-only live-action revolutionary rebellious experience.

EC3N 4AB – £25.50 – Tickets and Info

Read More: The People’s Revolt at the Tower of London

01 – 31 October

London’s Restaurant Festival returns to the capital for its ninth year. This month-long festival is a city-wide homage to great food in London, and the perfect excuse to restaurant hop through some of the city’s best with over 350 menus to choose from. Don’t forget to wear your stretchy pants and sample everything from world-class Michelin-starred restaurants to neighbourhood favourites, there’s something for every palate and budget.

London Restaurant Festival
London Restaurant Festival

I love the sound of the restaurant-hopping tours where you can visit six restaurants in one day and get a small plate and drink in each. Alternatively, how about one of the Gourmet Odysseys and get lunch at three top London restaurants – your first course in one, your main in another and dessert in a third.

New to this year’s festival will be Restaurant Recipes.  Learn to cook dishes from some of London’s iconic restaurants – and then go to dinner in the restaurant that evening. This exciting new event combines the very best of London’s cookery schools and restaurants including names such as the Michel Roux Jr Cookery School.

Various sites across London – 3 course lunch from £22 – Programme & Info 

04 – 15 October

Spot some of the biggest names in the movie industry and see the latest film releases at the BFI London Film Festival.

2017 is the 61st BFI London Film Festival, and it’s undoubtedly the capital’s biggest celebration of international cinema. The programme is a mix of the best movies from Cannes and the other major festivals, and contenders for prestige industry awards from the major US studios.

Various locations across London – From £9 – Programme

12 – 28 October

For just two nights in October, St Paul’s Cathedral will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with two special late openings.

Looking up from the Cathedral floor into the impressive dome of St Paul's Cathedral
Looking up from the Cathedral floor into the impressive dome

A rare treat, photography will be allowed as well as actively encouraging people to sketch some of the Cathedral’s details. Pencils and paper will be available on the evening or BYO if you prefer.  There will be the opportunity to have your sketches photographed and featured on the Cathedral’s digital channels.

EC4M 8AD – £10 – Info

Read More: Learn more about the Reformation with a trip to Eisenach, Germany

12 October

Fifty years after starting his very first business, iconic entrepreneur and adventurer Richard Branson is marking the launch of his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity.

richard branson finding my virginity

This is a rare opportunity to hear first hand confessions, insights and anecdotes from the world’s ultimate entrepreneur as he reflects on his career and personal journey.

E1 0HX – £33 – Tickets

13 – 15 October

If there was ever a reason to call in sick, this is it.  The Chocolate Show returns for another year of demonstrations, activities and plenty of tastings. Head to the Tasting Room for samples and the Chocolate Theatre for live demonstrations

W14 8UX – £15 (cheaper if bought online!) – Info 

13 – 15 October

Ever wondered why a song gets stuck in your head? BBC Radio and Wellcome Collection, with the help of acclaimed musicians, scientists and experts, explore music and memory with ‘Why Music?

Wellcome Collection Why Music

This free event includes one-off programmes, world premieres and live music from the weekend will be broadcast on BBC Radio.

NW1 2BE – Free – Info

14 October

Celebrate the cultural diversity of London this month with Africa on the Square in Trafalgar Square.  The main stage will host a range of exciting performances from musicians spanning African countries including Sudan, Cameroon, Madagascar, Ghana, Morocco and Mali.

WC2N 5DN – Free – Info

15 October

The annual festival of lights celebration of Diwali comes to Trafalgar Square this October. Expect cultural performances, with music and dance as well as a dedicated yoga zone to experience various types of yoga and meditation techniques and taster sessions.

WC2N 5DN – Free –  Info

20 – 22 October

Immerse yourself into the Nordic way of life at the Great Nordic Feast. High profile chefs from eight Nordic destinations will cook and serve the tastiest treats from the lands of the midnight sun. There’s various events across the three day bonanza including a Nordic Artisan Breakfast or The Nordic Feast for a fire-cooked lunch or dinner.

The best bit?

We’re giving away 2 pairs of tickets to The Nordic Feast!

To enter leave a comment here telling us your favourite location in the Nordic region and why. We’ll choose two winners at random by 16 October 2017.

Win tickets for the Great Nordic Feast
Win tickets for the Great Nordic Feast at Southbank Centre on 20-22 October

20 – 21 October

Set on the site of London’s Roman amphitheatre, Blood Rite is an outdoor production, a fusion of dance, music and projections on the facade of the Guildhall yard.

The 20 minute shows take place throughout the evening between 6.30pm and 10pm.

EC2V 5AE – Free – Video 

20 October – February 2018

Harry Potter: A History of Magic celebrates the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with this extraordinary new addition to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

View rare books, manuscripts and marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time.

NW1 2DB – £16 – Info

26 – 28 October

Museums at Night is the UK-wide festival of Lates. Explore history, art and heritage after dark in museums and galleries across the city. The festival is produced by an arts charity dedicated to shining a light on Britain’s sparkling culture and heritage.

Museums at Night | 26, 27 & 28 October 2017

Various locations across London (and the UK) – Prices vary – Info, Programme & Events

27 – 29 October

Back by popular demand is Hogwarts after Dark. With more than 100 floating pumpkins, a feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops, head to Hogwarts for a two course Halloween feast laid out in the Great Hall.  After dinner activities include learning wand combat moves from Wand Choreographer, an after hours Studio Tour and Butterbeers in the Backlot Café.

WD25 7LR – £240 – Info 

28 October

Feeling batty? Join the Bat Conservation Trust for an afternoon of activities in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Crafts, story telling, face painting, bat trail and even meet live bats up close.

Bat Walks @ Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

E3 4PX – Free – Info

 

More events will be added throughout the month so be sure to pin this post for later. 

 

Roma is the co-founder of Roaming Required. Raised on the beaches of NSW, Australia, Roma moved to London in 2012 with husband Russell. Together they form a partnership of strength and unity to follow their dreams to travel the world one weekend and short break at a time. Having a full-time career doesn't stop them from seeing the world, nor should it stop you.Come roaming...

Comments (38)

  1. Kjosfossen waterfall in Flam, Norway

    It’s so spectacular. It can be easily got to via the famous Flam train which passes directly in front of it. at the top). During summer an actress/singer dressed as a legendary Huldra (a seductive forest creature in Scandinavian folklore) dances and sings in front of the waterfall as the trains enter the station. The Huldra actresses are played out by students from the Norwegian ballet school.

    1. The Flam train sounds like an incredible experience and a great way to view the waterfall too.

  2. I bloody love Scandinavia. I think I’d choose to go back to Iceland, maybe drive the ring road as we only had a few days last time we went. That and Game of Thrones has totally been making me want to revisit. Plus, the food is amazing!

    1. Iceland really is amazing. It’s such an out-of-this-world destination and needs more time than you think to drive the ring road.

  3. The blue lagoon in Iceland – so relaxing! (Though it smells pretty bad haha)

    1. Is this the only geothermal spa you went to in Iceland? I enjoyed the quieter spas more, they seemed to be frequented more by Icelanders than tourists.

  4. I haven\’t had the opportunity to visit any of the Nordic countries yet and there are so many locations that I want to visit. But I think the Kalmar Castle in Sweden is currently at the top of my list. Beautiful vistas, history, architecture and amazing seafood. What\’s not to like?

  5. I visited Copenhagen last year and loved it! Such a beautiful city, and the food – YUM! Definitely want to go back and visit the Trivoli Gardens and the zoo!

    1. Copenhagen seems to be a perennial favourite for weekend trips from London. Certainly possible for you to return soon I hope.

  6. I’ve never visited anywhere Nordic but I’d love to go to Norway as some of my mums family are from there, she say’s it’s beautiful!

    1. Oh that’s lovely you have a family connection. You should try and get there 🙂

  7. The Nordic Festival sounds great! My favorite place had to be the Norwegian Fjords and the Trollstigen (Trolls Path) mountain roads. Beautiful country!

    1. How did you make your way to Trollstigen? We’d love to explore this region by car.

  8. I love Jönköping, which is known as the pearl of Sweden. It\’s so pretty with fresh breezes and a breathtaking view from Lake Vättern – plus it\’s dotted with adorable small lakes, rolling wooded hils, meadows, wetlands and most amazingly a kilometre long beach in the town centre….

  9. We visited Copenhagen a couple of years ago, such a great place, so peaceful. We had a super sunny weekend there (apparently very unusual for Copenhagen!), we explored on bikes with Bike Mike, Sat drinking wine next to the canal and took a boat trip. Fab city!

    1. Copenhagen is very bike friendly, certainly sounds like you made the most of the sunshine!

  10. For me Gothenburg in Sweden is a highlight – mainly because of all the good eating there! (It is the birth place of the fika coffee and cake tradition and we took full advantage of that!)

    1. Oh how good is the concept of Fika! It’s probably my favourite cultural concept!

    2. How did you make your way to Trollstigen? We’d love to explore this region by car.

  11. So I haven’t actually been to any Nordic country yet, but I’m dying to visit! First on my list is Copenhagen – I’ve booked a mini break with my family this Christmas and can’t wait to visit the Trivoli Gardens Christmas markets!x

    1. Copenhagen is a great weekend break and perfect for the Christmas markets! Enjoy and happy travels.

  12. Most definitely the Sweden, because would love to visit the Liseberg Amusement Park – Gothenberg!!!

  13. We visited Copenhagen several years ago. We went and visited Nyhavn, I remember it was like a postcard so picturesque. I remember just sitting and watching the sites it was lovely. The architecture was stunning and there is so much to do in Copenhagen. The weather was good as well. I would love to go back,

    1. Copenhagen is a popular mention in this thread. Everyone is raving about it, the architecture, the people, the lifestyle. For locals, the offerings of a short working week, good public transport, excellent bicycle infrastructure, it’s no surprise it makes the top 10 Quality of Living rankings.

  14. Reykjavík – the scenery, the Aurora Borealis, the numerous festivals such as The Winter Lights Festival and The Imagine Peace Tower .

    1. Ahhh the elusive Aurora Borealis! We have been waiting for years for them to appear!

  15. Love this giveaway, Roma! I visited Finnish Lapland this summer, and fell in love with the region – especially as we had 24 hours of sunshine! I’d love to go back in the winter to get the opposite experience 🙂

    1. We really need to try this endless sunshine, although I think Russ is more interested in the endless darkness!

  16. Anywhere in Iceland. It’s so unbelievably beautiful there it makes me want to cry a little. Magical waterfalls, striking mountains and incredible food. Kirkjufell is also where I proposed to a very special lady, so Iceland will always be special for that reason.

    1. Iceland is amazing, I’m thrilled it’s the place you choose to propose. That memory will stay with you both forever. 🙂

  17. My favourite place is Lofoten islands, one of the most beautiful places in the world!

  18. Obviously mine is Norway, but I love them all. Now feed me. 😉

    1. I think there are quite a few hungry people interested in these tickets Jess. Agreed Norway is stunning 🙂

  19. Congratulations to Kasha and Peter. You’ve each one a double pass to the Nordic Feast at Southbank. I’ll be contacting you with the details.

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