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London events in October

Your month-by-month guide to the best new events in London

© Giles Barnard, courtesy Royal Parks

The return of crisp days and cold evenings mean we're on the verge of winter, but that's no excuse to hibernate. October is all about long leafy walks, pubs with fires and fancy dress (for Halloween, of course).

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Our October highlights


The Fabric of India

One of the museum's major exhibitions for autumn 2015, this show also forms a focus for a V&A season of events around India. Spanning a head-spinning time period from the third century to the present day, 'The Fabric of India' brings together 200 handmade textiles that reflect the country's cultural heritage. Highlights include an eighteenth-century sultan's tent, sumptuous historic costumes, and contemporary fashion by Manish Arora.

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V&A, Brompton Saturday October 3 2015 - Sunday January 10 2016

RHS London Harvest Festival Show

Some of the UK's finest nurseries, growers and independent producers will cart their harvest produce to the Royal Horticultural Society this October for their annual celebration of autumnal fruit and vegetables. Visitors can admire, taste and buy the freshly picked, dug and plucked ingredients, or those who grow their own can enter the RHS Fruit and Vegetable Competition to win cups and cash prizes. 

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RHS Lindley Hall, Nine Elms Tuesday October 6 2015 - Wednesday October 7 2015

Liberty in Fashion

Celebrating the company's 140th anniversary, this exhibition of more than 150 garments, textiles and objects demonstrates Liberty's impact on British fashion. Liberty Art Fabrics is an internationally recognised leader in floral, paisley and patterned prints, and visitors will see how their work has influenced key trends and helped to make the department store a truly fashionable place to shop throughout the decades.

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Fashion and Textile Museum, London Bridge Friday October 9 2015 - Sunday February 28 2016

The Crime Museum Uncovered

The city's most inaccessible museum must surely be The Crime Museum, a macabre collection of evidence and criminal tales which was created in 1875 but has only ever been open to police professionals and invited guests. Now we can all get a glimpse of the gory details, though, as its most fascinating exhibits will be on display at the Museum of London in this exhibition which reveals previously unseen details and secrets from real-life high profile crimes such as the Acid Bath Murderer, the Great Train Robbery and the Millennium Dome Diamond Heist. 

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Museum of London, St Pauls Friday October 9 2015 - Sunday April 10 2016


Check your tofu stocks and get ready for some meat-free magic, Europe's biggest vegetarian event has announced plans for a 2015 event at Olympia Central. Last year saw stalls peddling animal-friendly cosmetics, raw cocoa, vegan cakes and other virtuous goods alongside a strong line-up of comedy on the Performance Stage, with sets from Alasdair Beckett-King, Harriet Kemsley and Andrew O'Neill among others. Expect similar attractions this year where visitors can also pick up new tips and dietary delights at a selection of workshops, talks and cookery demonstrations. 

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Olympia London, Brook Green Saturday October 10 2015 - Sunday October 11 2015

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

Fancy joining 16,000 charity-conscious joggers on a 13.1-mile run through the autumnal leaves of Hyde Park, Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens? The public ballot has now closed, but corporate and charity places are still up for grabs, and you'll get a warm, fuzzy feeling for supporting a great cause as well as the chance to run one of London's most picturesque routes. If you're not keen on the energetic part of it but quite fancy showing your support you can still join in. Spectators will be treated to a food and fitness festival in the park, with live music, entertainment and sports to try out.

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Various London locations, London Sunday October 11 2015

West Africa

An exhibition celebrating literary heritage and oral traditions in West Africa, looking at a millennium of history and exploring literature, faith, politics and music. Political pamphlets, protest songs, historic film, textiles and manuscripts all help to illuminate cultural traditions from Nigeria, Ghana, Mali and many other countries in the area.

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British Library, Euston Friday October 16 2015 - Tuesday February 16 2016

The Rumfest

The RumFest returns to London for its nineth year, showcasing over 400 blends from around the world and the best brands on the market. Rum lovers can attend tastings, masterclasses, seminars and cocktail making sessions, with experts on hand to recommend the perfect bottle. 'Golden Tot Tokens' can be purchased on the day and give visitors access to exclusive tastings of rums that usually retail at a whopping £200.

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ILEC Conference Centre, Ibis Hotel, Fulham Broadway Saturday October 17 2015 - Sunday October 18 2015

NFL on Regent Street

On Saturday October 25 Regent Street will be traffic-free, but shoppers may get more than they bargained for. In celebration of the day’s NFL International games, taking place at Wembley Stadium between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills, the street will play host to an American football-themed block party. Shoppers will be able to witness cheerleading and team drum-line performances and get involved with interactive games, food and drink.

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Regent St, Soho Sunday October 25 2015

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.

Sat Oct 31

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By: Time Out London Things To Do