London Literature Festival
Exploring fairy tales of the modern era, this Southbank Centre festival from 17 to 27 October is as much for adults as it is for kids. With 11 days of talks, readings, poetry and performances, this is for everyone who loves the written word and seeing literature come to life.
Royal Parks Half Marathon
Enjoy a little fitness in a fun but competitive atmosphere – set to the backdrop of London’s prettiest Royal Parks. Taking place on 13 October, the half marathon route passed through Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.
Museums at Night
Get an unusual glimpse of London’s most famous museums after dark during Museums at Night. With events taking place on various dates in October, see the Royal College of Physicians, the London Transport Museum and the Bank of England Museum in a new light.
Celebrate this German festival, London style! Taking place in Canary Wharf and Olympia London on selected dates throughout the month, enjoy steins of traditional German beers, bratwursts aplenty and Ompha-Ompha music. There are family friendly Bavarian events on Sundays too.
NFL London Games 2019
October is the month to watch American football in the first purpose built NFL stadium outside of the USA. Taking place at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, watch the Oakland Raiders vs. the Chicago Bears on 6 October, the Carolina Panthers vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on 13 October, and the Los Angeles Rams vs. the Cincinnati Bengals on 27 October.
The world’s first exhibition dedicated to the portraits of Paul Gauguin, this art show opens at The National Gallery on 7 October. Giving insights into the artist’s life as well as how he revolutionised the traditional portrait, this is a must-visit for art buffs.
Chelsea History Festival
Soak up the feeling of a beloved London neighbourhood at this festival running from 9 to 13 October. Enjoy everything from lectures to performances at renowned Chelsea venues, including Chelsea Physic Garden and the National Army Museum.]
Death of a Salesman
Watch Arthur Miller’s classic at the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre following a sell-out run at the Young Vic. Starting on 24 October, the show will run for 10 weeks only, so get tickets while you can.
TIBET: Sacred landscapes
This photographic exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society will take you on a journey through the magnificent landscapes of Tibet. Taking place from 23 to 30 October, this free event is an exploration of a fascinating culture and stunning country.
Pumpkin carving classes
The perfect Halloween activity for the children, book a spot on a pumpkin carving class at Fortnum & Mason on 26 and 27 October. Learn how to carve perfectly spooky pumpkins with the help of experts, before tucking into some special seasonal treats.