If you’re staring out of your window thinking how on earth is it October already, you wouldn’t be alone. We can’t quite believe it either! While the weather might be feeling pretty bleak, we can still make the most of October through these eight exciting pop-ups sprouting up around the city.

From London Cocktail Week to Comic Con, here’s what to look out for this month.

Tom Sellers x The Parlour at The Ned 

The Parlour at The Ned is set to play host to two Michelin star chef, Tom Sellers, this October for an exciting chef kitchen takeover. Spread over eight evenings of food, wine and live music, Sellers will be showcasing his culinary talent through a five-course tasting menu.

Dishes include Lobster cocktail with horseradish, leek and apple; Aged Hereford sirloin with potato, onion, braised cheek tart and truffle; and Peach custard tart with lavender ice-cream. 

Tables are available between 4 – 7 October and 11 -14 October, for up to four people.

When: Tables available 4th – 7th and 11th – 14th October
Where: The Ned, 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ
Website: www.thened.com

MCM Comic Con

Comic book fans rejoice! MCM Comic Con, the ultimate celebration of popular and Europe’s leading Comic Con event, is returning this autumn with two exciting shows in London and Birmingham. 

London’s event will be taking place at ExCel London, bringing with it a bumper packed schedule with celebrity guests, panel talks, independent creators and endless gaming fun. Relive your favourite film moments, connect with other comic book lovers or catch your favourite actor in the flesh, including Loki’s very own Tom Hiddleston who will have a meet and greet.

When: Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th October
Where: ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, E16 1XL
Website: www.mcmcomiccon.com

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Kew’s Japan Autumn Festival

This October sees Kew Gardens celebrate Japanese art, plants and culture to the fullest extent. The month-long celebration, running until Sunday 31st, is filled with tonnes of exciting activities, from calligraphy performances from London-based Japanese artist KASHUŪ to the soundscape trail from Yosi Horikawa.

There’s also the Momijigari Trail, a visiting space that’ll be bursting with red leaves throughout autumn and will lead you through to Kew Gardens’ Japanese landmarks, including the Minka House and Ginkgo Grove. 

Most exciting, there’s the large-scale installation, One Thousand Springs, designed by Chiharu Shiota on show too. It’s a giant construction of 5,000 haikus suspended in a web of red threads, right in the centre of the Temperate House. Walk around it and immerse yourself in its rosy beauty.

When: Saturday 2nd – Sunday 31st October
Where: Kew Gardens trail & Temperate House
Website: www.kew.org

London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week has returned, shaking up the capital’s hospitality scene, one cocktail at a time. This year sees over 200 bars taking part in the month-long celebration (although you’d be forgiven if you thought it only went on for a week). 

Spread far and wide across the city, you’ll find all of your favourite bars taking part from Mr Lyan’s award-winning bar, Lyaness to Bethnal Green favourite, Coupette, The Berkeley’s Blue Bar to Aqua Shard and its soaring views over the city. 

A whole host of events and pop-ups will also be sprouting up, including the immersive Buffalo Bourbon Empire.

When: Friday 1st – Sunday 31st October
Where: Various bars across London
Website: www.londoncocktailweek.com

Viva Las Vengeance 

Think you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse? Now’s your chance to put all of your film knowledge into action as you battle it out to save your fellow citizens who are trapped inside the walls of a zombie-infested Las Vegas. Netflix’s Army of the Dead has been made into a super intense VR experience, named Viva Las Vengeance.

Setting up shop at Westfield London, you’re invited to join the Las Vengeance crew to help save humanity. Pop on your headset, grab your weapons and get ready to fight…

When: Running until Saturday 30th October
Where: Westfield London, Ariel Way, W12 7GF
Website: www.armyofthedeadvr.com

Billi London Pop-Up Store

Sadly your love affair with the classic black tights isn’t as environmentally friendly as you’d want it to be. Luckily for you though, we’ve found the brand, Billi London, who are the world’s first and only certified 100% biodegradable tights brand.

They’ve recently set up shop on Monmouth Street in Seven Dials to bring their durable tights to Londoners, just in time for the cooler weather to set in for the season. Founded by female entrepreneurs Sophie Billi-Hardwick and Marie Bouhier, they are one of the winners from the Start-up competition that Seven Dials ran, giving budding business owners the chance to open up their first brick and mortar pop-up in the quirky cobblestone streets of Seven Dials. 

Where: 35-37 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9DD
Website: www.sevendials.co.uk

Accidentally Wes Anderson Pop-Up

Famed for his tilt-shift effects, pastel hues and stunning symmetrical architecture, Wes Anderson’s films are simply beautiful. His work has left an indelible mark on Wally Koval, founder and creator of Accidentally Wes Anderson, an Instagram account dedicated to Anderson’s quirky colours and style. 

To celebrate the release of Anderson’s new film, The French Dispatch, Accidentally Wes Anderson will be hosting a pop-up at the Old Bank Vault in Hackney. Running from 16th October – 7th November, the gallery is set to look as if it’s been plucked straight from the 1970s set film. Visitors will be invited to gaze at Accidentally Wes Anderson’s photos and tackle problem solving puzzles.

Keep up to date on Accidentally Wes Anderson’s Instagram.

When: 16th October – 7th November
Where: The Old Bank Vault, 283 Hackney Road, E2 8NA
Website: www.theoldbankvault.com

Uncle Roger’s Ramen Pop-Up

Egg fried rice is an easy recipe to follow, right? As long as you follow the simple, but necessary, steps, you’ll have restaurant worthy eggy rice every time. Well, that’s not quite the case. If you’ve been following the BBC Food recipe pieced together by Hersha Patel, then you might as well not bother, because it’s been ridiculed all over the net by none other than Uncle Roger. 

And if you’re a fan of Uncle Roger and his scrutinising ways, then you’ll be excited to hear that he’s getting his very own ramen filled pop-up this Autumn!

Running 21st October – 20th November, the pop-up location will take place at the BFi Stephen Street, Soho. It’s here they’ll be able to sample the rich pork and chicken bone soup, invented by Minora Yoshimura back in the 1970s. It’s typically abrim with thick noodles and topped with pork chashu, spinach and nori. 

Where: BFI Stephen Street, Soho
Website: www.matsudai.co.uk

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