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Autumn has officially arrived and, what with the dark mornings and cold nights, we're just about ready to build a fortress out of blankets and hibernate until April. But if anything can lure us out of our duvet den, it's London's selection of fine fall events. Check out a handful of great happenings in the city just this week below, and find 22 unmissable events this season here.

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  • Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival

    Friday

    Fri Oct 31 Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, SE11 5HY

    More than 4,000 people attended Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens' fiery spectacular last year, and they're promising this year's festivities to be as big and bright as last year's. Once the bonfire has been lit, the toasty crowd will be treated to 'A Tale to Raise the Spirits', a rock-opera packed with songs, dancers, fire performers and fireworks. Alongside the pyrotechnics, street food, ale and mulled wine will be on sale in case you need warming any more.

    Read more about Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival

    Looking for more firework displays in the capital?

  • Mr Turner

    From Friday

    Released Fri Oct 31. Cinemas nationwide

    Last summer, Britain’s Mike Leigh finally got round to working on a long-cherished biopic of J M W Turner (1775-1851), the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British painter. Known for his contemporary tragicomedies (and plain tragedies), Leigh worked for months with his actors before actually shooting any of the film, with his longterm collaborator Timothy Spall taking the title role. Sad and joyful, 'Mr Turner' offers a wonderfully rich tapestry of experience and digs deeply into the complicated, contradictory life of the famous painter.

    Read our review of Mr Turner

    See more movie releases this month

  • © Richard Ansett/Channel 4 Television, outfit by Joon Bok Lee

    Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

    Until March 2015

    Sat Oct 25 – Sun Mar 15 2015. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE

    The cross-dressing ceramist presents a show of 14 portraits at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn. Coinciding with the screening of his Channel 4 ‘Who Are You?’ series, in which Perry turns his attention to portraiture and identity, this display brings together some of the work inspired by individuals Perry met during the filming including politician Chris Huhne and 'X Factor' contestant Rylan Clark. Varying from tapestries to ceramic pots, the Turner Prize-winning artist captures his sitter’s individuality at poignant moments in their lives when they are questioning who they are.

    Read more about Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

    See more unmissable art in London this week

  • Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival

    Saturday

    Sat Nov 1. Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY

    The lofty palace returned to illuminating the skies of north London last year following a distressing four-year hiatus, and it's back again for 2014. Phew. As well as an impressive firework display set to a panoramic backdrop of the capital, tickets to Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival include entrance to a funfair, as well as a street food and craft beer village.

    Read more about Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival

    Find a firework display near you this November

  • Mexico's Day of the Dead Festival

    Friday to Sunday

    Fri Oct 31 – Sun Nov 2. Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St, SE1 9PH

    Mexico had spooky down way before we started carving pumpkins. Their Dia de los Muertos celebrations have been happening for around 3,000 years, and the day is devoted to remembering loved ones who have died and sending prayers to those you have recently lost. This three-dayer, brought to London by the Embassy of Mexico, will include an exhibition of pieces by contemporary artists, a tribute to those lost in World War I, daily screenings of 1984 cult classic 'Under the Volcano' and Jose Cuervo tequila masterclasses. The little ones can decorate sugar skulls, make a skeleton and paint masks in a series of free workshops.

    Read more about Mexico's Day of the Dead Festival

    Check out more spooky events in London this Halloween

  • Herman Ze German Fitzrovia

    43 Charlotte Street, W1T 1RS

    In case you were wondering, that loud German techno-pop isn't coming from Charlotte Street's latest nightclub, but from the new branch of Herman Ze German. These sausage-sellers already run a tiny takeaway joint in Charing Cross and a much cosier sit-down space in Soho, but the Fitzrovia branch is different – brash and fast-foody. But the sausages are exactly the same – as in, really great. And at such bargain prices, you could certainly do a lot wurst.

    Read our review of Herman Ze German Fitzrovia

    Check out more cheap eats in the capital

  • Pearl Lam. Courtesy of Pearl Lam Galleries © William Louey

    Women Fashion Power

    From Wednesday

    Wed Oct 29 - Sun Apr 26 2015. Design Museum, 28 Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD

    Whether it's shoulder pads, twinsets or a dress made of meat, what a women wears is one of her most complex forms of self-expression. Influential women throughout history have used fashion to their advantage. This exhibition looks at the wardrobes of 25 exceptional women, who've made their names in politics, culture, business and fashion, with each of them contributing an outfit. The women featured include Dame Vivienne Westwood, Kirsty Wark, Joan Burnstein and Pearl Lam, with highlight outfits including an Yves Saint Laurent 'Le Smoking' suit, one of Zandra Rhodes' 'Conceptual Chic' punk wedding dresses, one of Thatcher's suits and a dress by Jacques Azagury that was worn by Princess Diana.

    Read more about Women Fashion Power

    Check out more exhibitions in the capital this autumn

  • James Acaster – Recognise

    From Monday

    Mon Oct 27 - Wed Nov 5. Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE

    James Acaster is a true Time Out fave. His blissfully funny, understated stand-up sucks you into his quizzical world where he picks apart seemingly insignificant details. 'Recognise' is his fourth solo show, and his third to bag a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. It's beautifully crafted, with Acaster posing as an undercover cop only performing stand-up because 'the gigs keep rolling in'. Superb stuff.

    Read more about James Acaster – Recognise

    Looking for more LOLs in London this month?

  • Hackney DIY Art Market

    Saturday and Sunday

    Sat Nov 1 – Sun Nov 2. Abney Hall, 73A Church Street, Stoke Newington, N16 OAS

    The people behind Hackney’s monthly Flea Market bring you the DIY Art Market, a celebration of London’s emerging independent artists and makers. With over 50 handpicked exhibitors, it will be a great way to discover unique pieces and one-offs at affordable prices. Items on sale will include everything from comic art and mix tapes to screen prints, paintings and origami. Seems like the perfect chance to get ahead on the Christmas shopping to us...

    Read more about Hackney DIY Art Market

  • Secretsundaze Dead Famous Party

    Saturday

    Sat Nov 1. Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT

    The last few Halloween parties from Secretsundazers James and Giles have been themed around 'The Asylum', but this year there's a new theme: Dead Famous. As you can probably guess, it's a dead celebs special this Saturday night, so get creative with your costume (seriously, you can do better than Marilyn Monroe or Jacko) and prepare to dance to a dazzling cast of DJs: Ronaldo (not the footballer, obvs – the US techno and house hero), acidic rave monster Funkineven, brilliant Afrohouse-tinged beat maestro Romare, and Giles and James themselves, of course.

    Read more about Secretsundaze Dead Famous Party

    Cut some more shapes in the capital this Halloween

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival

Friday

Fri Oct 31 Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, SE11 5HY

More than 4,000 people attended Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens' fiery spectacular last year, and they're promising this year's festivities to be as big and bright as last year's. Once the bonfire has been lit, the toasty crowd will be treated to 'A Tale to Raise the Spirits', a rock-opera packed with songs, dancers, fire performers and fireworks. Alongside the pyrotechnics, street food, ale and mulled wine will be on sale in case you need warming any more.

Read more about Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival

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