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This month sees the arrival of a few legendary winter pop-ups arriving in the city and we couldn’t be more excited! From Jimmy’s iconic igloos on the Southbank to new photo exhibitions to explore, here are ten new pop-ups to explore this October.

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Kensington & Chelsea Art Week 

Kensington & Chelsea Art Week is in full swing and there’s a whole lot of fun creative activities to get involved with until the 11th of October.  

From exhibitions to a self-guided music walk, to the giant public art trail to follow, there’s something for every art and culture lover. Head to Duke of York Square and explore the giant, rainbow walk-through glass installation by British artist Liz West. It’s a great one to take the kids to and to snap up for the ‘gram.

Running 1st – 11th October

Made You Look 

Celebrate some of your favourite chefs in the all new photo series, Made You Look, a series of portrait photographs honouring Black culinary talent in the hospitality industry. Food photographer Julian George has partnered with chef and culinary director of M Restaurants, Mike Reid, to mark Black History Month, photographing 28 top chefs working in hospitality.  

From James Cochran, founder of 12:51 and Winner of Great British Menu, to rising stars such as Nokx Majozi (Sous chef at Rosewood London), explore the series at M Restaurant Victoria Street and honour the chefs usually known for their behind-the-scenes work at your favourite London restaurants this month.

Running throughout October 

M Restaurant Victoria Street – Zig Zag Building, 74 Victoria Street SW1E 6SQ

London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week has returned and this year it’s been extended for the whole month!

Throughout the whole of October, enjoy signature serves and boozy cocktails from your favourite London bars at a discounted price. 

Simply order your wristband and enjoy a month long selection of cocktails, all priced at an affordable £6. To help you on your way, we’ve rounded up our 11 favourite bars taking part, from iconic London institutes to colourful venues.

Running 1st – 31st October

Head down this month and explore the untold stories of the first generation of Caribbean migrants. 

Windrush: Portrait of a Generation

From the award-winning social documentary photographer, Jim Grover, comes a photo-story documenting the current lives and traditions of the first generation of Caribbean migrants in the UK. 

Called Windrush: Portrait of a Generation, was first created to coincide with the 70th anniversary of ‘Windrush’ back in 2018, and is now being shown at Brixton Library until March 2021.

Running 1st October 2020 – 31st March 2021

Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, Brixton SW2 1JQ

Winter at Skylight 

Skylight is officially transitioning into an autumnal paradise this week, with the arrival of its iconic igloo-bubbles, designed to keep out the cold while keeping you safe. 

Book in for one of their 18-igloos and enjoy great cocktails, sharing platters and street food without the worry of being cold. 

Heading further towards Christmas, the space will be transformed into a magical igloo forest. At least that’s one thing we can look forward to this year…

Running 8th October – 31st January

JOY by Stevie Parle and Tom Dixon

Spend the last few warm spells at JOY by Stevie Parle and Tom Dixon, the alfresco pop-up drinking and dining spot at Portobello Dock. 

Open Wednesday to Sunday, JOY is a brand new outdoor summer restaurant dedicated to showcasing and serving up incredible, seasonal British produce. The space is home to Parle’s own honey Store, The Good Shed farm shop, a stand-alone bar, as well as an alfresco pop-up restaurant, FLORA. 

The 70-seat restaurant offers a daily changing menu featuring fresh, seasonal produce. Expect dishes such as: clams cooked with butter and fresh peas; Fosse Meadows chicken cooked over wood stuffed with ricotta and ‘nduja; and simple desserts from a humble peach to egg yolk and chocolate cookies.

Running until end of November


The Botanist x Carousel 

This week Craig Grozier, the in-house chef for the Bruichladdich distillery (producers and home of The Botanist Gin) and founder of Fallachan in Glasgow, will be taking over the Carousel kitchen to bring Londoners a five-course menu championing local, seasonal and progressive cooking. 

Tuck into dishes such as Celeriac broth with Port Charlotte malts and green juniper; Aged gigha halibut, sea truffle and neep; and Mallard, elderberry mustard, winter chanterelle, Mallard haggis and brown sauce. You’ll be journeying to Scotland without leaving London.

Running 6th – 10th October

71 Blandford Street, Marylebone W1U 8AB

The Forbidden Forest Cinema 

We’ve well and truly hit spooky month – although all of this year has been terribly horrifying – and to mark the arrival of Halloween season, how about venturing into a forbidden forest? 

Arriving 23rd October until 8th November, the Forbidden Forest Cinema will be setting up shop in Peckham, bringing with it a selection of nightmarish spooky classics set to be projected on the big screen. 

From Nightmare on Elm Street to The Blair Witch Project, Us to The Sixth Sense, prepared to be spooked silly in front of all of your friends and have popcorn flying all over the cinema during the jump scares. There’s also a few family friendly films showing too for the little ones, including Moana and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Running 23rd October – 8th November 

Unit 8, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Road, Peckham SE15 3SN

Lodge on the River

The king of London pop-ups, Jimmy’s Lodge and his iconic Snow Globes along the Southbank, return for another winter. 

Wave hello to the wintry weather and cosy in for a night at Jimmy’s Lodge with your closest five friends. Gaze out over the Thames and embark on a winter feast prepared by Jimmy’s top chefs.

Choose from the likes of the Traditional Alpine Fondue, made up of mixed charcuterie, sourdough baguette and an indulgent cheese fondue; the Steak Sharer, 600g British flat iron steak with confit garlic butter, chimichurri and tarragon mayonnaise; or the Ultimate Winter Feast, a mix of whole baked mont d’Or, 600g British flat iron steak, mixed charcuterie and sourdough baguette, all served with potatoes or fries and a mixed leaf salad.

Running through until the end of December

Young & Gifted Chats: Decolonising Education

Helping to give Black Londoners and their allies a voice amidst the pandemic, climate change, police brutality and systemic imbalance in education and employment, Young & Gifted Chats dissects pressing themes throughout a live-streamed panel event. 

On 16th October, join the second panel discussion Decolonising Education and deconstruct what’s on the syllabus and what it means ‘actively decolonise when living in the UK.’

Friday 16th October, 7:30pm

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