The return of crisp days and cold evenings mean that autumn is well and truly here, but that's no excuse to hibernate. October is all about long leafy walks, pubs with fires, sunday lunches and picking out some of the capital's best fancy dress (for Halloween, of course). So get out there and enjoy London this October with our pick of events happening across the capital, because next thing you know it will be winter and that means a little something called Christmas is fast approaching.
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Our October event highlights
The feminist activist group looks at the Whitechapel Gallery’s history of exhibiting female artists including Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Sarah Lucas and Bridget Riley for this Archive display. Founded in 1985 by an anonymous group of artists to expose the inequality of the male dominated art world, culture in general and politics, the Guerrilla Girls will don their gorilla masks and scan their critical eye over this east London institution. Will we like what they find?
The 2016 exhibition schedule just got a whole load more exciting with the announcement of the National Portrait Gallery's major autumn show. 'Picasso Portraits' traces the development of Pablo Picasso through the portraits he painted throughout his life – from child genius to the most famous artist in the world.
What makes something vulgar? This exhibition on the question of taste asks why vulgarity is such a sensitive and controversial issue with the help of archive fashion from over 120 exhibits from over 500 years of fashion - including a list of contemporary designers that reads like the invite list to the Met Ball.
It's saying something that the death of David Bowie is still up there with the worst things that have happened in 2016; indeed, one might argue that Western civilisation was doing okay until he passed away at the start of this year. His remarkable final album 'Blackstar' was an astonishing way to go out, but for London audiences it won't prove quite his last will and testament.
Paul Nash (1889-1946) exerts a strong influence over British painting. If he’s overlooked it’s because, in his powdery vistas, he can come across as mild mannered – too English. Yet the eccentricity and romanticism of his quasi-mystical landscapes is never far from the surface, neither is his deep feeling for the land. His work also transports us to dark episodes of our history.
If you're going to celebrate Halloween (Saturday October 31 2015) this year, we suggest you go all out. Head down to your local costume shop and prepare to scare at one of the capital's best Halloween parties. Plan your fancy dress in advance, however – a pink bunny suit just won't cut it at this time of year.
Choconut is an odd hybrid between shop and café, selling chocolate, nuts and crystallised fruits, plus coffee and hot chocolate. Presentation is a strong point, with a large chocolate fountain in the window, huge wooden vessels (shaped like urinals, but don’t let that put you off) showing off the nuts (absolutely no double entendres there) and shelves groaning with candy jars. The high-end chocolate is made on the premises whereas the baked goods aren’t. We shared a couple of cronuts, almost the size and density of a human head. The custard version was better than the oversweet salted caramel and pistachio. The chalkboard on the pavement outside states ‘life’s too short to drink crappy coffee’, so it’s a relief that the flat white was just as it should be. But the hot chocolate was disappointingly lukewarm and thin – in a blindfold taste test, it could have passed for Cadbury’s Instant. Friendly service makes up for some of the flaws, but Choconut remains more of a shop where you might suddenly decide to stay for a snack, than somewhere you’d arrange to go deliberately.