10 Things To Do In London In October

After an amazing sunny September hopefully October will bring us some sunny days as well. London in October has a lot to offer, some amazing exhibitions, food and cultural festivals, Oktoberfest, shopping and beauty events to name a few. So scroll down for 10 things to do in London in October 2016.


1. BFI London Film Festival

October will host the BFI London Film Festival showcasing some of the world’s best new films across various venues in London. The event will include 245 films from 74 countries across 15 cinemas. Perfect for night out.

When? 5-16 October 2016
Where? www.bfi.org.uk for full event details


2. London Literature Festival

The London Literature Festival is back this year with some very famous writers, speakers, poets and more. There are also free events you can attend if you don’t want to spend any money on a ticket.

When? 5-16 October 2016
Where? Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX


3. Oktoberfest In London

Couldn’t make the famous Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany? No worries! London offers its own version of the Oktoberfest. Eat bratwurst, pretzels and drink at various locations. Close your eyes and it’s like you’re in Munich at the Oktoberfest.

When? 26 September 2016 to 29 October 2016
Where? Bierschenke, Munich Cricket Club and The Frog





4. Picasso Portraits At The National Portrait Gallery

This fall, the National Portrait Gallery opens its doors for a major Picasso exhibition. The exhibition Picasso Portraits features over 80 works of Picasso which he painted throughout his life. From family, friends to lovers the paintings gives us an peek inside his life. With some celebrated masterpieces to show this is for sure an exhibition you don’t want to miss.

When? From 6 October 2016 to 5 February 2017
Where? National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE



5. London Restaurant Festival

With over 350 restaurants to choose from – think of Michelin starred restaurants but also local restaurants – London Restaurant Festival celebrates the finest gastronomic talent in the city. There’s something for every budget and taste as menus start from as little as £10 (to £60). Make sure to book one of the restaurant-hopping tours as well. Visit 5 restaurants in one day, with a delicious small plate and a drink in each.

When? 1-31 October 2016
Where? Various places in London


6. Liberty London Beauty Events

Sometimes you need to spoil yourself whether it is with a new bag, shoes, clothing, jewellery, electronic gadget or you name it. Or you can go to one of Liberty London’s October beauty events and get pampered. Think of a facial, skin care consultations, massages and more. Yes, there’s a booking fee but in most cases the booking fee is redeemable if you buy products of the brand on the same day. If you’re thinking of stocking up on beauty products why not treat yourself to one of those free beauty treats?

When? October 2016
Where? Liberty London,Regent Street, London, W1B 5AH



7. London Bridge City Summer Festival

Say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn at the London Bridge City Summer Festival. This free festival next to the Thames offers shows, music and more. Of course, there’s also something to drink and to eat. Make the most of your day at the London Bridge City Summer Festival.

When? until 31 October 2016
Where? London Bridge City, between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, London, SE1 2DB


Georgia O'Keeffe Tate Modern

8. Georgia O’Keeffe At The Tate Modern

This month is your last chance to visit the highly acclaimed Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at the Tate Modern. With over 100 paintings portraying her famous magnified flowers, New Mexico desert landscapes and animal skulls, this exhibition features some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s important works. As no other work of Georgia O’Keeffe is displayed in any UK public collection this exhibition is a must see for any art lover. By the way did you know that the Georgia O’Keeffe’s famous painting ‘Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1’ is the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold at auction? And yes, this painting is also exhibited.

When? From 6 July to 30 October 2016
Where? Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG



9. London Cocktail Week

Got thirsty from all these cultural experiences? Head over to London Cocktail Week and sip a cocktail or more. Or go to one of the masterclasses, tutored tastings, supper clubs, meet the maker evenings, parties and pop-ups during London Cocktail Week. Price I hear you say? All participating bars offer £5 cocktails!

When? 3-9 October 2016
Where? Various places in London


October 2016 Sample Sales London Style Barista London Sample Sales

10. London Sample Sales

As fall has arrived, why not celebrate the change of season with some sample sale shopping? The October London sample sales feature Reiss, Joseph, Mary Katrantzou, M.i.h. Jeans and Penelope Chilvers to name a few. Perfect for adding a new outfit to your wardrobe without feeling guilty.


Credit images: all photos have been sourced from the official event page websites listed above. Cover photo credit: Instagram London


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