I can’t believe we’re already a week into October! The nights are pulling in, the days are getting shorter and all we really want to do is snuggle up on the sofa with a hot cuppa Joe and Netflix. But we’re here to help you stop becoming a hermit over the winter, as tempting as it is, with a roundup of London’s finest October pop-ups! So, without further ado, here are our favourites:
Probably the biggest pop-up of the month, if not year, has to be London Cocktail Week! All you need to do is grab a £10 Festival Pass now to celebrate the biggest cocktail celebration in the world to enjoy £6 cocktails in 300 bars. To help you out a little bit, we’ve put together a guide of our favourite cocktail spots taking part in the wonderful London Cocktail Week.
Friday 4th – Sunday 13th October
Samsung has launched a brand new event series running from October until December at their new digital playground, Samsung KX. The Samsung Co-Lab’s are a series of workshops, talks and networking events, bringing eleven creatives from different spheres, that have been paired together. It’s all in an attempt to inspire and educate Londoners as cultural experts tackle current issues and help provide futuristic solutions.
Find full details and dates online here
Uncover the weird, whacky and wonderful creative process of one of the world’s most inventive photographers, Tim Walker, as you wander through his pictures, films, photographic sets, and special installations at the V&A. Plus, you’ll be able to see ten new series of photographs influenced by the V&A’s collections.
October – 8th March
It’s National Curry Week! Opening its doors for one-day-only, the Quid Curry Club will be celebrating Britain’s love of curry by serving hundreds of classic dishes for just one pound! It’s all prepped and served with maximum taste by best-selling author of One Pound Meals, Miguel Barclay, in partnership with Elmlea. All £1 donations will go to FareShare.
Running Wednesday 9th October
For goodness saké! Yet another saké event?! Yep, this time it’s time to celebrate World Saké Day and Japan Week. The Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Center (yep, they’ve gone with the American spelling) will be hosting an exclusive pop-up for us Londoner’s celebrating all things saké and seafood, in collaboration with The Oysterman Seafood Bar & Kitchen. You’re invited to escape the ordinary and experience a wide selection of authentic Japanese sakés, paired alongside a seafood tasting menu.
Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th October
You’ll probably remember the haunting global headlines back in 2017, when Inventive Productions opened the first Alcotraz experience in Brick Lane, offering Londoner’s a thrilling new night out extravaganza. Fast forward to October 2019 and the city will be home to a new prison cell, only this time you’ll find a cheeky speakeasy nuzzled inside. But act fast because it’s only sticking around for three months.
Hidden underneath the footsteps of Covent Garden, Alcotraz Penitentiary: Cell Block Six Eight will be unlocking its doors, revealing a secret basement speakeasy. Prepare to channel your inner criminal as you try to smuggle liquor past The Warden (I guess it’s no different to when you smuggled tinnies into the club back at uni) and into the hands of some of Alcotraz’s longest-serving inmates.
From 4th October
CoppaFeel! helps to educate and remind women to check their breasts for signs of cancer. The charity is putting on a festival equipped with a sublime selection of live hands, DJs, spoken word, film and comedy. Indie faves James Bay and Bombay Bicycle Club will both be stripping down their performances with an acoustic set, while Welsh rock band Feeder will help you get your groove on, so who’s ready to party?
Saturday 12th October
As part of the new London College of Communication exhibition ‘EMERGENCE’ surrounding sustainability, the university are running free puppet-making workshops using recycled materials. Guests are encouraged to bring their own recycled materials to create their own little puppet or work together to create a large puppet that’ll feature in a parade.
Running until Wednesday 16th October
Fashion lovers, this one is for you! Vintage inspired knitwear brand, Hayley Menzies, will be showcasing their AW20 collection in Liberty for a limited time. After all, it’s the season to get cosy!
Thursday 3rd – Monday 21st October
Stand Up To Cancer have teamed up with photographer Ami Barwell to showcase a series of photographs hoping to give an honest and unfiltered look at cancer. The project, ‘Defiance’, aims to highlight the gritty and raw reality of living with cancer. All of the models involved have learnt to embrace their scars and changes to their bodies, no matter the size, as a show to defiance against cancer.
Tuesday 15th October
If you’ve gone through the summer without trying mochi I’d be hugely surprised. But if you have (or if you’re just as hugely obsessed as we are), grab your last chance to try the Little Moons pop-up in Westfield London as it’s coming to a swift end on the 31st of October. This year, they launched four new flavours black espresso, strawberries and cream, yuzu lemon, and our fave, Italian hazelnut.
Catch it while you still can, running until Thursday 31st October
Put your cocktail making skills to the test at The Montague on the Gardens interactive bottomless cocktail-making experience. For two hours, you’ll be let loose (with expert guidance obvs) to create your very own drinks using the full and unlimited complement of spirits, mixers and garnishes on offer, or enlist help of your every own personal bartender, who will be on hand to provide expert mixology guidance.
Running until 3rd November