What’s on in October 2019: Glorious Things to do in London this Month

This October, embrace an abundance of art; join Prada for a pop-up private members' club on The Strand and eat your way around the capital during London’s Restaurant Festival

1 October 2019

Freize Art Fair, London

Frieze London brings the crème of the international art world to London for 4 days of contemporary art, shown by over 130 galleries. It runs in tandem with Frieze Masters, which showcases work from ancient times to the 20th century and Rembrandt paintings sell for millions. Satellite exhibitions are also taking place across London, including The Other Art Fair and PAD London Fair. 

Read more: your guide to Frieze Week in London

Date: 3–6 October Time: Friday 11am–7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am–6pm Price:  £38.70 per adult ticket Location: Regents Park, Chester Road, London NW1 4NR Closest Station: Regents Park

Website: frieze.com

Prada Mode Pop-Up, The Strand

Following a successful activation in Miami to coincide with Art Basel, Prada Mode arrives in London. at 180 The Strand. The travelling platform, billed as a pop-up private members' club, has been designed in collaboration with Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates as part of an ongoing project, The Black Image Corporation, which challenges preconceptions regarding black identity and culture. Special events are planned throughout each day at the club, including live music, film screenings and panel discussions curated in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory and The Showroom. 

Read more: your guide to Frieze Week in London

Date: 4-27 October Price: free entry (no ticket required) Location: 180 The Strand WC2R 3EA Closest Station: Temple

Website: prada.com

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, South Kensington

The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 exhibition returns to London this October, showcasing the best that nature and photojournalism have to offer. From the adorable to the disturbing, this year’s 100-strong shortlist is both breathtaking and thought-provoking in equal measure. The overall winners for each category will be announced on 15 October.  

Photograph Courtesy of © Ralf Schneider

Date: 18 October 2019–31 May 2020 Time: 10am – 5.30pm Price: £13.95 Location: Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: nhm.ac.uk

Eco-Age at Arboretum, Charing Cross

London’s first eco-friendly private members club Arboretum hosts an Eco-Age event. Eco-Age is an ethical fashion consultancy, and the event is offering women in the sustainability sector an opportunity to network. A panel of speakers including Dorothee D’Herde will be discussing the ideas of female leadership and workplace culture. Also in the current context of our climate crisis, they discuss how we can work together to bring about influential change.

Date: 3 October Price: from £15 Location: 2A Charing Cross Road, Charing Cross, London, WC2H 0HF Closest Station: Leicester Square

Website: eco-age.com

BFI Film Festival, Lambeth

As the temperature drops, what better time to embrace the big screen. The London Film Festival, hosted by the British Film Institute, returns to the capital for a 12-day celebration of British and international cinema. New cinematic releases include The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese and The King, the historical drama inspired by William Shakespeare, while old classics include Budd Boetticher's iconic Western movies. Screenings are accompanied by a dynamic programme of panel discussions, including a screen talk with Michael B. Jordan, discussing his new role in Just Mercy, starring alongside Jamie Foxx.


Date: 2–13 October Time: Varies Location: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 8XT Closest Station: Waterloo East

Website: bfi.org.uk

London Restaurant Festival, Across London

The London Restaurant Festival invigorates the capital once again this October, bringing together more than 250 of the capital’s finest restaurants for a diverse, month-long calendar of tasting menus, special offers and events. Participating restaurants include ROKA, Hide, Indian Accent and Benares, to name just a few. You can also eat your way around London on a restaurant-hopping tour, which includes a small plate and a drink at five different restaurants (£47 per person). 

BAFTA The Square Texture

Date: 1-31 October Time: Varies Price: Varies Location: Varies across London

Website: londonrestaurantfestival.com