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London events in October

Your guide to the best happenings, events and things to do throughout October in London

© Kendra Bean

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

Guerrilla Girls

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?

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Whitechapel Gallery , Whitechapel Until Sunday March 5 2017

Picasso Portraits

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.

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National Portrait Gallery , Leicester Square Until Sunday February 5 2017


We never were a city to turn down a party, so Oktoberfest London is getting a big, warm wilkommen in 2016. Read our pick of where to find the biggest steins of beer, the most delicious platters of sausage, the loveliest leiderhosen and the oompah bands with the most oomph.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do

The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined

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.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Until Sunday February 5 2017


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.

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King's Cross Theatre , King's Cross Until Sunday January 22 2017

Paul Nash


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.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Until Sunday March 5 2017

Halloween in London

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.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do


Aldis A
Aldis A

I'm travel agent in London for the duration of that time and I'd like to listen cool music events like FILTH at the Vaults , Bloomsbury Festival or so. Something like an art arcade would be interesting as well. And possibly even somebody who comes with me there :)  http://www.gethomeworkonline.com/

Katy L
Katy L

Don't forget Retrospect London is having it's vintage clothing kilo sale on 30th October at Hoxton arches! It's a hugely popular event and a chance to get designer vintage clothes for only £15 a kilo!


Here is the event - entry is only £2!