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?Read more
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.Read more
Wunderkind director Robert Icke is an unlikely choice to direct David Hare's latest play - while Hare has been turning out wordy dramas for decades, Icke is the trendiest of hotly tipped new directors, acclaimed for his stylish reimagining of '1984'. Perhaps he'll bring some of his trademark sensory-overload intensity, which tells the story of two couples, trapped in the snow in 1969 Connecticut.Read more
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio remains art’s ultimate bad boy some 400 years after his death. A maverick and a murderer, he embodies the ‘live fast, die young’ mantra of rebels the world over. However, the drama of Caravaggio’s short life is more than matched by that of his art. A master of theatricality and illumination, Caravaggio revolutionised painting in Rome at the end of the 1500s by painting straight on to canvas and using ‘ordinary’ folk as models.Read more
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.Read more
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.Book now Read more
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.Read more
'Julius Caesar' will be revived as part of the Donmar's Shakespeare Rep season in King's Cross in October 2016. Phyllida 'The Iron Lady' Lloyd's all-female 'Caesar' has a twinkle in its eye, its tongue in its cheek, and a cast scarcely less storied than the Roman statesmen it depicts. So in the meantime, read our review from the 2012 run here.Read more
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.
Five minutes north of Euston station, Drummond Street is an unexpected slice of the subcontinent, dotted with Indian sweet emporiums and well-stocked grocers’ shops and restaurants, but with none of Brick Lane’s touts or tourists. Though Chutney’s tinted windows and plain exterior look less than promising, inside it’s far more inviting: a cosy, convivial dining room painted in rich reds and ochres. The main draw is the all-vegetarian buffet, served every lunchtime and all day on Sunday: vats of saag aloo, delicately-spiced tofu curry and creamy lentil dahl jostle for space with own-made chutneys and chilli-spiked veg of every description, from chickpeas and red cabbage to gleaming baby aubergines. Save space for dessert; the sweetly sticky semolina pudding, fragrant with cinnamon and cardamom, was great on our last visit.