This year seems to have flown by at lightning speed, taking us straight into our next round of the top ten things to do in London – this time, for October 2015. As temperatures drop, the fun doesn’t stop, with new and exciting events popping up all over the capital.
So, what better way to spend those crisp autumn days than trying out a few of our recommendations below?
The World Goes Pop
There’s more to pop art than Andy Warhol’s soup cans, which this new exhibition at south London’s Tate Modern aims to prove. Exhibiting art work from Latin America to Asia and beyond, The World Goes Pop explores the global artistic phenomenon that came to rise in the sixties and seventies, with themes ranging from politics to body diversity.
Don’t expect to see just canvases on a wall though – car bonnets and pinball machines all make up this must-see display.
Tate Modern, until 17 September – 24 January 2016 – £16
NFL on Regent Street
Whether you’re an American football fan or not, you’re sure to enjoy this central London event. In celebration of the NFL’s international games taking place at Wembley Stadium, Regent Street will be completely pedestrianised for one day only, making way for a big ol’ American block party. Expect cheerleaders, marching bands and plenty of food and drink from the USA at this American football-themed extravaganza.
Regent Street, Saturday 24 October – free
Liberty in Fashion
To mark the 140th anniversary of London department store Liberty, a retrospective celebrating the impact of its iconic prints on fashion is set to open south of the river. Not only will it showcase the label’s popularity across history, but will also pay homage to its team ups with the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent and Cacharel.
With over 150 amazing pieces to ogle at, fashion fans will not be disappointed.
Fashion and Textile Museum, 9 October – 28 February 2016 – £9
London Restaurant Festival
Love to eat out in the capital? Then this is definitely the festival for you. Returning for another year, the London Restaurant Festival incorporates over 350 eateries across the capital, offering everything from restaurant-hopping tours across six spots in one day to exclusive champagne lunches at high-end establishments.
If that wasn’t enough, top chefs such as Mark Hix, Marcus Wareing and Helene Darroze will be creating unique Sunday lunches inspired by London landmarks for you to enjoy.
Various locations, 1 – 31 October – prices vary
Chills in the Chapel
October is the month of Halloween, so its only fitting that we share one the capital’s spookiest spots. Taking place in Islington’s Union Chapel, this two-night scare fest sees creepy films projected onto a big screen, accompanied by live music from film composer Alan Howarth, with the addition of “a few surprises” along the way.
Fancy dress, Halloween-themed cocktails and plenty of spooky moments are all part of the package – definitely not one for the faint-hearted!
Highbury and Islington, 30 & 31 October – tickets from £18
Classic Car Boot Sale
This mega car boot sale is one for the vintage lovers out there, with a wide ride of retro pieces being sold from the boots of some impressive classic cars for one weekend only. From homeware to clothing, expect to find some authentic gems at this one-of-a-kind event, along with live music, dancing, entertainment and street food.
If you’re going in for some bigger items, just be sure you bring a car or a few friends to help transport it home.
Lewis Cubitt Park and Square, 3 & 4 October – £5 entry
BFI London Film Festival
It’s that time of year again – the time where celebrities and film critics alike flock to the capital to catch the latest cinematic releases. From Hollywood blockbusters to small indie flicks, there are plenty of big screen pictures to satisfy your inner film buff, including Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch’s latest crime drama Black Mass, and the European premiere of Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep’s feminist biopic Suffragette.
With so many big names expected to hit the red carpet, tickets are in high demand, so be sure to grabs yours quick.
Various locations, 7 – 18 October – various prices
Rugby World Cup Final
With part of the Rugby World Cup taking place in the UK this year, London is well and truly alive with sporting spirit. Along with the various games kicking off at Stratford’s Olympic Stadium and North London’s Wembley Stadium, the highly anticipated final will unfurl at West London’s iconic Twickenham Stadium. Tickets are sure to be scarce, so if you want to attend this historic event, you’d better move quick.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium, 31 October – various prices
Oscar winner Nicole Kidman has finally returned to the West End stage after 17 years away, already gaining rave reviews for her lead role in serious scientific drama Photograph 51. Playing British scientist Rosalind Franklin, Kidman explores her character’s pioneering work in discovering the structure of DNA, which later fell into the hands of rival researchers. Needless to say, it’s not a cheery ending, but a compelling story none the less.
Whether or not this real life tale grips you, it’s a chance to see a true acting legend in the flesh.
Noël Coward Theatre, until November 21 – various prices
A true taste of Bavaria comes to East London this October, with the traditional Oktoberfest celebration opening up a whole world of beer, food and dancing at Tobacco Dock. With over 100,000 litres of authentic Bavarian beer in tow, along with 50,000 traditional sausages plated up by popular restaurant Herman ze German, you can get a true taste of Germany without leaving the capital. Lederhosen and beer bellies optional.
Tobacco Dock, 8-11 October – tickets from £10