Things to do in London

Wondering where to head this weekend? We’ve put together a guide of the best things happening in and around London, from pop-up art exhibits to visit to cocktail bars to cosy up in.

Celebrate London Cocktail Week in style with Herradura’s Magical World

Take your London Cocktail Week up a notch and experience the unexpected at Herradura’s Magical World. The Mexican tequila brand has launched an unforgettable immersive experience for Londoners to take part in. 

From Thursday 13th until Sunday 23rd, you’ll have the chance to journey through a sensory tunnel where an explosion of colour, scent, and sound awaits you. This chilled-out space will transport you away from busy Borough Yards, allowing you to get stuck in sampling a mix of cocktails from some of the nation’s best bars. 

Look forward to sampling tipples from the Flying Dutchman (13-14th), Sketch (15-16th), Gong Bar (18-19th), Hawksmoor (20th-21st), and Panda and Sons (22nd-23rd). 

Herradura’s Brand Ambassador, Dani Umoette, will also be on hand hosting masterclasses throughout London Cocktail Week. Learn more about Mexico’s sacred spirit as you put your senses through their paces as you try three Herradura cocktails.

When: 13.10.2022 – 23.10.2022

Where: Unit 197, Borough Yards, Stoney Street, SE1 9AD 

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Catch this ironic exhibition by David Sachon

On display during Frieze Week, Daniel Sachon will be revealing a never-before-seen photographic series titled BITCHES. Head over to Soho’s Greek Street to take a peek at these tongue-in-cheek photographs, portraying canines that hilariously mirror their human friends. 

The series was shot across London and Los Angeles and features a stunning selection of women and dogs alongside one another. The series hopes to celebrate the characteristics of women being daring and unabashed in a fun, original way.

When: 12.10.2022 – 17.10.2022

Where: 59 Greek Street, W1D 3DZ 

Website: www.imitatemodern.com

Re:Imagining Musicals at V&A
Album cover artwork from The Rocky Horror Show, designed by Brian Thomson, 1973. Archive no. BMT/2/1/2439. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Discover the craftsmanship behind your favourite musical

Whether you’re a musical enthusiast, love the glistening costumes, or just want to learn more about the inner workings of theatre life, the V&A’s new exhibition Re:Imagining Musicals is a must-see. 

Opening on Saturday 15th, the exhibition champions the wonderful world of musical theatre, from its evolution to the brilliant and dedicated craftsmanship behind some of the world’s biggest performances. 

Expect to see posters, costumes, memorabilia and set designs from musicals including Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, SIX the Musical and Everyone’s Talking About Jamie. 

When: Open from 15.10.2022

Where: V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL 

Website: www.vam.ac.uk

Celebrate Black History Month at CURLYTREATS Festival

The annual celebration of black hair, history and heritage, CURLYTREATS Festival, returns this Black History Month. 

This year’s event, taking place on October 15th, will be centred around Black Hair Stories, taking visitors on a journey from the Motherland to the Windrush Era and beyond. The day festival will explore the history and beauty of afro hair and the cultural hairstyles over the ages.  

Expect an array of activities to take place, from creative workshops to hair care seminars, and hairstyling workshops to engaging conversations and film screenings.

WHEN: 15.10.2022

WHERE: NOVOTEL WEST LONDON, HAMMERSMITH, W6 8DR

WEBSITE: WWW.CURLYTREATS.CO.UK

Book in to see this new blockbuster

Literary lovers, you’ll want to bookmark this one. Starring Emma Mackey (Sex Education), Emily is a brand new film that charts the life and legacy of the British literary icon: Emily Bronte. 

Directed by Frances O’Connor in her directorial debut, the biopic will offer a deeper look into the author of Wuthering Heights, as well as focus on her close-knit bond to her sisters, Charlotte and Anne; her first love; and her relationship with her brother.

Release Date: 14.10.2022 

Website: www.picturehouses.com

Don’t miss this special cigar and wine evening

The Lanesborough is inviting cigar enthusiasts to take their seats for a highly exclusive luncheon and masterclass hosted by the hotel’s distinguished Cigar Sommelier, Neil Millington. 

Taking place on Saturday 15th, the lunch will kick off with a glass of Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2013 served alongside a hand-made fine Habano cigar. This will be followed with a three-course lunch of coronation crab salad with curry leaf sabayon; beef wellington, hen-of-the-woods mushroom, and glazed carrot; and an indulgent dark chocolate cigar with hazelnut praline and Caraïbe cream.

Only ten spaces will be available so make sure to book your place before tickets sell out.

When: 15.10.2022

Where: The Garden Room at The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA 

Website: www.oetkercollection.com

Book ahead for this beer-tasting experience

Have a partner who loves beer but you’re crazy about wine? Meet the beer-tasting event for wine lovers. Hosted by award-winning beer writer and broadcaster Pete Brown, this event will see you taken on a journey through drinks, exploring the palate’s connection between wine and beer appreciation. 

Hosted at The Richmond Club, you’ll have the chance to sample beers from a range of flavour profiles, selected by the proclaimed drinks expert.

When: 20.10.2022

Where: The Richmond Club, 115 – 117 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PN 

Website: www.therichmondclub.uk

 

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Check out inspiring works at Frieze London

Frieze London and Frieze Masters return to Regent’s Park this week, bringing hundreds of galleries from across the world together in one creative space. 

Over 160 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries will showcase works at Eva Langret’s Frieze London, while Frieze Masters, directed by Nathan Clements-Gillespie, will display works from over 120 galleries, featuring everything from ancient to modern-day pieces. 

Explore the collections, get inspired and fall back in love with art in a vibrant way.

When: 12.10.2022 – 16.10.2022

Where: Regent’s Park

Website: www.frieze.com

Grab a pint at this beer festival

Beer lovers, listen in… St Pancras International will be hosting its fifth Beer Festival this weekend. To celebrate the destination’s heritage as a station ‘built of beer’, there’ll be a specially designed pop-up carriage-style bar landing for the beer allowing visitors at the station to hop on and hop off as they see what the local breweries have to offer. 

This pop-up carriage bar, finished with traditional wood panelling effects, will serve up delicious beers, while the station’s popular restaurant and bars will also be offering their own special deals throughout the week.

When: 14.10.2022 – 20.10.2022 

Where: St Pancras International Station 

Website: www.stpancras.com

Head to our favourite cosy cocktail bar

Nestled in the heart of Soho on the ground floor of Mimi’s Hotel, Henson’s Bar is the place to be. Giving you a classy, Jazz Age vibe with its plush velvet chairs and curtains, oak panelling, mellow lighting, and a cosy fireplace, this cocktail bar offers refreshing cocktails and delicious Italian platters at an affordable price.

From a dry martini and a milk punch to their delectable cheese platter, relax and rejuvenate at Henson’s Bar Soho after a hectic week of work. 

Where: 57 Frith Street, W1D 3JG 

Website: www.hensonsbar.com


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