Can you believe it’s October already? Like seriously, I feel like I blinked the entire summer away… Either way though, the arrival of October means it’s officially spoooooky month! Eek! Horror fuelled festivities aside, it’s (almost) the weekend so expect to fuel yourself with mini martinis and just about every other cocktail under the sun. It’s London Cocktail Week after all, so let’s cheers to the freakin’ weekend!
The 31st of October has always been a rather haunting date, whether it’s ghouls flying around causing mischief or the dead coming back to ridicule the living, but for us Brits, the date this year changes our whole world completely. So, you’ve managed to survive months of Brexit negotiations, how about challenging yourself to something even more frightening? Put your nerves to the test and embrace all things apocalyptic at the End of The World Weekend at Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience, running 31st October until 2nd November in Central London.
It’s an immersive experience like no other, combining immersive theatre, virtual reality, holograms and pyrotechnics – all, of course, set to HG Wells’ haunting Victorian tale and Jeff Wayne’s iconic musical work. You’ll be thrusted into the story from the moment you step inside the multi-level site. Kick off the weekend with the ultimate Brexit party inside their steampunk themed restaurant and bar as it’s transformed into the ultimate toast to our political Armageddon, with the DJ belting out end of the world classics (wonder if the R.E.M tune will make a special appearance?). Or whizz over on the weekend to trick or treat yourself to one of the epic after-parties. There’s prizes for the best dressed…
London Cocktail Week has finally arrived and we couldn’t be more excited! The week runs from Friday 4th until Sunday 13th of October, and all ya need to do is grab a £10 Festival Pass now to the biggest cocktail celebration in the world to enjoy £6 cocktails in 300 bars. So to help you out, we’ve put together in homage of the terrifically wonderful London Cocktail Week.
Friday 4th – Sunday 13th
Website: Cocktails This Way
We cannot be-gin to contain our excitement for this gin-ius pop-up! The Gin Tini Martini Townhouse, as it’s called, will coincide with London Cocktail Week, offering the city very cute, small drinks created by some of the world’s leading bars. And, as if that’s not enough on the miniature front, then how about sweet, sweet music filling the air from tiny pianos?
For every day the townhouse is in London, two top bars will go head to head in a gin martini challenge! The line-up includes Two Schmucks (Barcelona) take on Super Lyan of Amsterdam, and Little Red Door (Paris) and Panda & Sons of Edinburgh battling it out! Come on you Pandas!
Friday 4th October – Monday 7th October
Where: OneRoom, 9 French Place, E1 6JB
Website: Grab Your Tickets Here!
Escape the post-summer blues by travelling to Aladdin’s home of Agrabah, without ever leaving the comfort of London. You can now journey with Darling & Edge as they introduce Aladdin and the Feast of Wonders, an uproarious, immersive, adult pantomime that rolls a party, stunning performances and a mountainous five-course banquet all into one unforgettable, fairy tale evening.
Running from 1st October
Where: The Vaults, Leake Street, Lambeth, SE1 7NN
With the country up in arms over Brexit, it seems only fitting The Moniker Art Fair this year’s focus is on borders. Taking inspiration from the headlines dominating global politics, the tenth anniversary fair continues to push the narrative of urban art, and its role within the London art scene. So, what can you expect? Well, the five day festival includes a daily talk and film programme hosted by Soho Curious & Co, live entertainment, art workshops and a tasty selection of food and beverages.
Running 2nd – 6th October
Where: Chelsea Sorting Office, 90-100 Sydney Street, Chelsea, SW3 6NJ
Website: Get Your Tickets For The Art Fair Here
Baseball fan but can’t afford the plane ticket to make it to the Yankee Stadium? Well, you’re in luck because London’s first MLB FoodFest is arriving this weekend! The foodie fest showcases the very best of the iconic concession foods on offer at the game. You’ll find everything from Boston Red Sox hot lobster rolls to Astros Frito pie corndogs, Los Angeles Dodgers smoked belly bao buns to vegan Seattle Mariners beyond-meat bratwursts, all to be washed down with a pint (or ten) obvs!
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th
Where: Hawker House, Canada Street, SE16 7PJ
Autumn has officially arrived at Dalloway Terrace and we couldn’t be more excited! The new installation has been transformed by the exceptional London florists Wild at Heart and celebrates golden hour with Æcorn – the world’s first range of non-alcoholic aperitifs. Get your skates on and scoot on over to Dalloway Terrace during #DallowayGoldenHour and while away your time beneath the glorious autumnal wall. Check out the wonderfully autumnal display this weekend and fall in love…
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)
Calling all film fanatics! It’s time to celebrate the wonderful world of film as BFI London Film Festival returns for another year, bringing with it an exceptional range of filmmaking talent from across the globe. You’ll find everything from free screenings to book signings, talks and debates from film curators, directors and actors to VR showcases, and of course, red carpet events. Oh, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to snap up a photo with a celeb or two who’s hanging around…
2nd – 13th October
Can we tempt you with another cocktail treat? Well, we can at least try! Celebrate London Cocktail Week with a cheeky apple smoked Vieux Carré courtesy of the mixologists at The Terrace Bar at The Chesterfield Mayfair. All you’ve gotta do is flash your festival pass, order your tipple and enjoy!
Running 4th – 13th October
Where: The Chesterfield, Charles Street, London, UK
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Frieze! Put your hands up… And celebrate the arrival of Frieze London! Running until Sunday, you’ll be able to discover the world’s weird and wonderful artists, from the emerging to the iconic. Any lovers of the art world can rest easy knowing Frieze London features more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries, with a few captivating pieces up for grabs too!
2nd – 6th October
Where: Regent's Park
Illustrator Charlotte Ager and DJ Goldierocks will come together to combine Goldie’s experience of world culture with Charlotte’s creative eye, the pair will come together and explore the international influences on King’s Cross, as part of the Samsung Co–Labs, which are a series of workshops, talks and networking events featuring eleven creatives from different spheres, that have been paired together. Find the full schedule here
Saturday 5th October
Where: Samsung KX, Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, N1C 4DQ
Celebrate London Cocktail Week the right way at The Rubens Hotel and enjoy a cheeky tipple or two. Waltz over to The New York Bar, show your festival pass and enjoy one of their three drinks. Any gin lovers out there will love the med fragrance, a delicate blend of Mediterranean gin, lemon and thyme sherbet topped off with soda water. Or if you’re trying your hand at Sober October, try the healthy boy, a mix of Seedlip Grove 42 and lime and lemongrass cordial. It’s sure to go down a treat!
Running 4th – 13th October
Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.2 miles)
You might have thought the summer sun had well and truly disappeared (it’s blinking cold outside isn’t it?!) but you’re wrong! The Folly has been hiding it at their all new Malibu beach pop-up. The experience is sure to awaken all of your senses with a sunset backdrop and the sounds of waves crashing against the ‘shore’. And, it wouldn’t be a Malibu party without a few tempting cocktails! A bespoke Casamigos cocktail selection awaits your arrival…
Running throughout October & November
Where: 41 Gracechurch Street, Monument, EC3V 0BT
If you fancy venturing a little further afield, celebrate the biggest and best names in children’s literature at The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2019. Channel your inner child and giggle your way through a weekend of talks and activities with your kiddies. You best BOOK it now… geddit?
Runs until 6th October