things to do this october 2018
things to do this october 2018

What’s on in October 2018: 14 Things to do in London this Month

30 Sep 2018 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Abi Sritharan

Frieze, London Restaurant Festival, London Cocktail Week and PAD art fair all star in this month's 'what's on' extravaganza 

Frieze London, Regents Park

Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park for a diverse art extravaganza this month, featuring more than 160 galleries and fairs. Established artists sit alongside emerging talent, and visitors can also quench their thirst at the Ruinart Art Bar. Look out for an immersive light and sound experience by Chris Levine, located in Park Village Studios, near to the main Frieze tent. Alongside Frieze and Frieze Masters, there will be satellite exhibitions taking place across London, including PAD art fair (more on that below). Read your complete guide to Frieze Week HERE.

Date: 4-7 October Times: 12pm-8pm/7pm/6pm Price: From £38.70 Location: Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR Closest Station: Regent’s Park Website:

London Cocktail Week, across London

Forget sober October – London Cocktail Week returns this month for a seven-day celebration of mixology in the capital. More than 250 bars in London are creating cocktail serves for the occasion, all priced at £6. Start with a zesty St Germain elderflower liqueur libation at Bournes & Hollingsworth in Angel; try a tantalising tequila-based tipple at Rumpus Room, enjoy a multi-sesory experience at The Light Room by The London Essence Company, and finish up at the Cocktail Village in Old Truman Brewery, where pop-up bars and parties abound all week. Buy a digital access pass, priced at £10, to join the action.

Date: 1-6 October Price: £10 digital pass gives you £6 cocktails across London and unlimited access to the Cocktail Village Location: Cocktail Village, Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QR Closest Station: Shoreditch High Street Website:

Join Hugo Boss for an Exclusive Event

Join Hugo Boss on the 4 October 2018 at the Sloane Street boutique to celebrate the unveiling of a new piece of work by British artist Graham Dolphin, created in collaboration with the luxury fashion brand. The artwork celebrates Hugo Boss’ sponsorship of the Michael Jackson: Off the Wall exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and pays tribute to the iconic Hugo Boss white suit, famously worn by Jackson on the Thriller album cover in 1982. On the evening, enjoy a talk between Graham Dolphin and Lucy Dahlsen, curator at the National Portrait Gallery and peruse a new collection that celebrates the late King of Pop.

To attend, email [email protected] with ‘NPG Event Sloane Square’ in the subject line and include your name, along with the name of your guest.

Date: 4 October Time: 7-9pm Price: free Location: 35, 38 Sloane Square, Chelsea SW1W 8DL Closest Station: Sloane Square

The Maiyet Collective, Mayfair

The Conduit is Mayfair’s newest members’ club with a difference, with a focus on sustainability and social impact. This month, luxury fashion brand, Maiyet, is unveiling its first concept store within The Conduit club, open for just three days per month to members and non-members alike. The Maiyet Collective pop-up will feature an array of ethically-focussed and innovative fashion, jewellery and lifestyle brands. Ideal for gift-shopping, or treating yourself this autumn.

Date: 5-6 October followed by selected dates throughout the year Times: 10am-6pm Location: Conduit Street, W1S 2YX Closest Station: Oxford Circus Website:

The Wider Earth, Natural History Museum

The Wider Earth makes its European debut this October at the new Jerwood Theatre at the Natural History Museum, following a sell-out run in Australia. The award-winning production is written and directed by Dead Puppet Society’s David Morton and tells the story of Charles Darwin through music, puppetry and performance. A stellar line-up of actors, including War Horse stars Matt Tait, Ian Houghton and Andrew Bridgmont, take to the stage alongside 30 extraordinary hand-made puppets.

Date: 2 October-30 December Time: Varies Price: From £19.50 Location: The Natural History Museum, Kensington, SW7 5BD Closest Station: South Kensington Website:

BFI London Film Festival, across London

The London Film Festival, hosted by the British Film Institute, returns to the capital this October for a 12-day celebration of British and international cinema. Highlights this year include Widows, directed by Steve McQueen; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, starring James Franco and Stan & Ollie with Steve Coogan. You can also enjoy a screen talk at the BFI Southbank with Keira Knightly, discussing her role in new Belle Époque-era biopic Colette.

Date: 10-21 October Time: Varies Price: Varies Location: Various Cinemas across London Website:

Tiffany & Co. Outset Studiomakers Prize Exhibition, Covent Garden

Tiffany has announced the winners of its much sought-after Outset Studiomakers Prize, which awards seven MA Fine Art graduates with free studio space for a whole year. This year’s winners span a variety of mediums, from print and textiles to jewellery design, and were chosen by a panel of esteemed judges including Jenni Lomax, former director of Camden Arts Centre. An exhibition of the winners’ work will be on display until the 14 October at the Tiffany & Co. Concept Store in Covent Garden.

Date: until 14 October Time: 10am-6pm Price: free: Location: 13 James Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8BT Closest Station: Covent Garden Website:

PAD Art Fair, Berkeley Square

As part of Frieze Week 2018, PAD – Pavillion of Art and Design – will be pitching its tent in leafy Berkeley Square this October for six days of fine and modern art, photography, sculpture and design from an international array of acclaimed galleries. Expect an international crowd of collectors, curators and enthusiasts of all ages. Read your complete guide to Frieze Week HERE.

Date: 1-7 October Times: 11am-8pm Price: From £25 Location: Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6ES Closest Station: Green Park Website:

London Restaurant Festival

The London Restaurant Festival, now in its tenth year, celebrates the capital’s diverse and international dining scene. More than 400 restaurants in London are hosting exclusive events and offering great value menus throughout the month-long festival, including eateries in the newly-revamped Battersea Power Station; Galvan La Chapelle in Spitalfields and Tredwells in Covent Garden. You can also take part in a restaurant-hopping tour (from £45 per person) and enjoy tasting menus from Monica Galetti, Adam Handling or a vegan feast with Made in Chelsea’s Lucy and Tiffany Watson.


London Literature Festival, Southbank

Calling all book lovers: read your way through October at the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre. Welcoming an assortment of esteemed writers and critics, this year’s festival is a celebration of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey and its first-ever translation into English by a woman, Emily Wilson. The enduring Greek classic is explored through readings, workshops and conversations, suitable for all ages. The festival also celebrates new fiction, non-fiction and memoir releases and welcomes established writers including Sally Field andMadeline Miller.

Date: 18 October-28 October Time: Varies Price: Varies Location: Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX Closest Station: Waterloo Website:

Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

Dalloway Terrace, the heavily Instragrammed restaurant adjoined to the Bloomsbury Hotel, has undergone an autumn makeover. Sit beneath a canopy of crisp foliage and enjoy an all-day seasonal menu. Heaters and blankets are on-hand on cold days to ensure a cosy and comfortable visit.

Time: 8am-10.30pm Location: 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN Closest Station: Tottenham Court Road Website

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

The second bi-annual Affordable Art Fair of the year returns to Battersea, where artists and art enthusiasts will congregate for a weekend of workshops, shopping and creativity. Among the events being held are a vintage collage workshop, a lesson in the art of upcycling and a lecture on the colourful world of Matisse. Read your complete guide to Frieze Week HERE.

Date: 18-21 October Time: Varies Price: From £8 Location: Battersea Evolution, SW8 4NW Closest Station: Battersea Park Website:

Anni Albers Retrospective, Tate Modern

The UK’s first retrospective on one of the world’s most prolific hand-weavers, the Tate Modern’s Anni Albers exhibition will look at how the German artist wove a narrative with her rainbow creations. More than 350 of her designs will be on display, including several works that explore the relationship between architecture and textiles.

Date: 11 October – 27 January Price: £16 admission Location: Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 Closest Station: Southwark Website:


Don your dirndl and have a Bavarian beer party in London this month at Oktoberfest. Brixton Jamm will be hosting German beer parties on the first three Saturdays of the month, while Heist Bank in Paddington will be celebrating with an array of brews from the UK, Scandinavia and Australasia (12-14 October). Millwell Park in Canary Wharf (4-14 October) and Finsbury Park (18-31 October) in North London will each be transformed into a German beer festival, with a bounty of food, beer and lederhosen.

Date: Throughout October Website: