London’s never devoid of activity.
In a city full to the brim with history, culture and entertainment, it’s difficult to decide what to do on any given day, let alone over a whole month. With every month bringing something unique to the city, you’ll be able to find an eclectic mix of events and activities, ensuring that your trip – however long – keeps you engaged and active.
Whoever you’re with and whatever the intention of your stay at the Shaftesbury Hotel Hyde Park, there’s plenty of hidden secrets to stumble across in London.
A Fun-Filled October
When it comes to unique events and attractions, October can be one of the most eclectic months of the year. With the summer sun only just starting to wane, you’ll find that the weather is mild enough to still spend quite some time outside.
Furthermore, the autumn months will see London’s green spaces transform into rustic shades of orange and yellow, perfect for guests at the Grand Royal Hyde Park who have one of the largest royal parks waiting right on their doorstep.
So, if you’re planning on a stay in London this October, what events should you jot down on your diary? If you know where to look, the autumn can provide a fresh perspective on the UK capital.
Festival of the Dead
Based at Troxy on Commercial Road, the Festival of the Dead is the historic precursor to Halloween and offers up a unique way to celebrate life.
As a festival held in many cultures, the most famous variety is held in Mexico, where street parades see locals dress up in deathly costumes in honour of deceased members of their community. This London version takes place on the 19th of October and sees a heady cocktail of circus, cabaret, DJ sets and parades bringing a fancy dress to a morbidly fun new level.
London Film Festival
From the 2nd to the 15th of October, the London Film Festival is one of the most prominent film festivals in the world and offers a stage for many internationally established and emerging filmmakers.
With dozens of cinemas taking part and unique programmes of films, the London Film Festival is a great way for cinephiles to explore more of the city.
Paul Gauguin was a French Post-Impressionist artist late 19th century. With his beautiful works well known across the world, it’s taken 116 years to collate an exhibition focused solely on his portraits. With many famous artists having been affiliated with Gauguin, there is plenty to see at the National Gallery’s unique exhibition between October 7th and January 26th.
Lucian Freud Self Portraits
Famous 20th-century artist Lucien Freud was well known for his expressionist and surrealist artworks. With his focus on figurative painting throughout the 20th century, the unique exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts is an in-depth look at Freud’s relationship with himself.
Taking place from the 27th of October till the 26th of January, this unique insight into one of the countries most prolific artists is well worth a visit from any art enthusiast, especially those who want to learn more about Freud.
William Blake: The Artist
William Blake had an eclectic and tumultuous career. From poetry to printmaking, the artist is well known for pretty much encapsulating the Romantic era of the 18th century. Tate Britain is running a retrospective of his artwork from September 11th to February, giving you plenty of time to dive deep into his vivid dreamscapes.
The German tradition of Oktoberfest is popular not only in its native country but around the world too.
With its celebration of all things German, the Erdinger Oktoberfest has set up shop in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is taking place between the 27th of September to the 28th of October every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Expect live music, great beer and a truly German atmosphere this October.
The end of October marks All Hallows Eve, a Western celebration of the dead, and all things otherworldly. Expect club nights, parties, spooky film screenings, and for guests with kids staying at our family rooms in London hotels, a whole city’s worth of trick or treating!
London Cocktail Week
With Old Spitalfields Market in Shoreditch being the epicentre of October’s London cocktail week, you’ll find 7 days’ worth of discounted cocktails, workshops and competitions not only in East London but dotted around the bars and restaurants across the city.
For guests at the Shaftesbury London looking for a taste of the high life, London Cocktail Week takes place between the 4th and 13th of October.
London Literature Festival
Taking place between the 17th and 27th of October, this Southbank Centre based literary festival is a bookworm’s dream. With readings of poetry and short stories, alongside workshops and talks, the festival celebrates international literature both old and new, in one of the top creative hubs in the city.
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Based in Somerset House between the 3rd and 6th of October, you can enjoy some of the best multidisciplinary art from the African diaspora, engaging with over 45 galleries worth of work from over 150 artists. If that’s not enough, there will be installations and curated events, all taking place within the majestic Bankside Somerset House.
Frieze Art Fairs in Regents Park
Regents Park is already well known for its art installations and beautifully crafted gardens, but in October the Frieze Art Fair brings not one, but two art fairs into the majestic gardens.
Located under large marquees, these two art fairs take place between the 2nd and 6th of October, one focussing on contemporary art and other focussing on works from the past.
Black History Month
October also offers one of the most important celebrations of recent years. Black History Month spans the entire month and offers workshops, galleries and talks on the past of not only black British locals, but black culture in general.
This is a great chance to enrich yourself in every aspect of black culture, whilst also enjoying great food and entertainment.
Something for everyone
From special exhibitions to spooky celebrations, London has it all.
Which of these October events in London has grabbed your attention? Leave us a comment and be sure to book your tickets and accommodation now, before it’s too late.