6 Glorious Things to do in London this Weekend (18-20 October 2019)

Carly McCormack

14 October 2019

This weekend celebrate Chocolate Week by visiting the best chocolate markets in London and attend the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre.

14 October 2019 | Carly McCormack

Positive Week across London (all weekend)

Support sustainability this weekend as Positive Luxury hosts a series of events across London. Highlights include a gemmology workshop with Stephen Webster; a series of panel talks at the impeccable Gazelli House in Chelsea and an evening of champagne, cocktails at Okapi - purveyor of artisanal leather handbags and handmade in South Africa. You can also raise a glass to sustainability with Elephant Gin at Hotel Café Royal or join a discussion on lab-grown diamonds at The Ned

Hotel Café Royal

Date: 17-20 October 2019 Website: positiveluxury.com

A new Sunday Series at Evelyn's Table, Soho (Sunday)

Evelyn’s Table is the intimate Soho restaurant that sits just 12, nestled in the cellar of The Blue Posts pub by Piccadilly. This weekend, it kicks off a new series - Sunday at Evelyn’s - with a sake pairing dinner. Enjoy a four-course feast, including flame-grilled mackerel and juicy pork with burrata and pepper puree, complemented by sake sourced from independent Japanese brewers.  

Date: 20 October 2019 Time: from 7.30pm Price: £60 Location: The Blue Posts, Cellar, 28 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DJ Closest Station: Piccadilly Circus

Website: exploretock.com

Chocolate Week, across London (all weekend)

Satisfy your sweet tooth this week in London, as a host of chocolate-themed celebrations pop up across the capital. Canopy Market in King's Cross has partnered with Cocoa Runners for London's largest gathering of artisanal chocolatiers. Expect plenty of tastings, as well as masterclasses and demonstrations. In Chelsea, Duke of York Square's weekly Fine Food market has a sweet twist, showcasing an array of cacao confections, including vegan and gluten-free varieties.  

Canopy Market

Date: Canopy Market 18-20 October 2019 and Fine Food Market 19 October 2019 Time: Canopy Market Friday 12-8pm, Saturday/Sunday 11am-6pm and Fine Food Market Monday to Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 12-6pm Location: Canopy Market, West Handyside Canopy, London N1C 4BH and Fine Food Market, 80 Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY Closest Station: Canopy Market Kings Cross St Pancras and Fine Food Market Sloane Square

Website: Canopy Market cocoarunners.com and Fine Food Market dukeofyorksquare.com 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, South Kensington (all weekend)

The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 exhibition is back for its fifty-fifth year, with a 100 strong shortlist, displaying the very best of photojournalism. Never before has it been more important to protect the world we temporarily live on...

© Frank Deschandol, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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

London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre, (all weekend)

London's literatti descends upon the Southbank this weekend, as the Literature Festival returns for ten days of readings, workshops and events. The theme for 2019 is disruption and festival headliners include Elizabeth Day, Armistead Maupin and Brett Anderson. The festival opens with Poetry International, Southbank Centre's longest running festival, founded by poet Ted Hughes in 1967.

Elizabeth Day, Image Credit: Jenny Smith

Date: 17-27 October 2019 Time: Various Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX Closest Station: Waterloo

Website: southbankcentre.co.uk

Settling the Score at the Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington (Friday)

Award-winning legendary composers David Arnold and Micheal Giacchio go head-to-head in a symphonic showdown this Friday evening. Expect an evening of witty badonage and spellbinding scores as they roll out a back catalogue of music that has soundtracked films including Independence Day, Star Trek and many a Bond movie. 

Michael Giacchino concert, Image credit to Andy Paradise

Date: 18 October 2019 Time: 7.30-10pm Price: £25 Location: Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: royalalberthall.com