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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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The ten hottest things to do this week

  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    From Friday

    Fri Oct 24 - Tue Mar 31 2015. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD

    Celebrating a whopping fiftieth year in action, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary and stunning species on the planet. The competition is bigger than ever, with over 40,000 submissions in 2014 by both professional and amateur photographers.

    Read more about the Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Check out more exhibitions in the capital this autumn

  • Stoke Newington Food Assembly

    Tuesday

    Tue Oct 21. Prince, 59 Kynaston Road, N16 0EBLondon, EC1M 6HJE

    Not yet down with your local food assembly? The weekly events allow those who take pride in the contents of their pantry to order and pick up directly from local farmers and producers. This Tuesday is the launch party of Stoke Newington's new Food Assembly (which will now take place on every Tuesday evenings) and is set to be an evening of mouthwatering samples, canapés and live music. Alongside the food will be a fully stocked bar, with local craft beers on offer too.

    Read more Stoke Newington Food Assembley Launch Party

  • Rembrandt: The Late Works

    Until January 2015

    Wed Oct 15 - Sun Jan 18 2015. National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN, London, W6 9QHB

    The National Gallery's new show is shockingly simple: four self-portrait canvases and a tiny etching by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, all made during the last 11 years of his life, hang, spotlit, side by side. Yet everything you could wish for in terms of Rembrandt’s genius and his humanity is displayed in front of you: the concentrated study, the prosaic made mysterious. He has an almost sculptural way of painting, building up the pigment to denote his bulbous nose, contrasting it with silky, babyish hair. Spanning the last 15 years of his life, from the 1650s until his death aged 63 in 1669, the show covers a particularly unhappy time for the artist; he fell out of fashion, went bankrupt (he even sold his wife’s tomb to make ends meet), his lover Hendrickje Stoffels died of the plague, and his only son died a few years later.

    Read our review of Rembrandt: The Late Works

    Looking for more masterpieces? See the 100 best paintings in London

  • The Babadook

    From Friday

    Released Fri Oct 24. Cinemas nationwide

    Who brings into their home a kid’s book called ‘Mister Babadook’, crammed with drawings of scary toothy shapes peering around bedroom doors? The answer is left deliciously vague in this slow-building, expertly unnerving horror movie built around a broken Australian family, which is the debut of actress-turned-feature-director Jennifer Kent.

    Read our review of The Babadook

    See more movie releases this month

  • Made London

    Friday to Sunday

    Fri Oct 24 - Sun Oct 26. One Marylebone, 1 Marylebone Rd, NW1 4AQ

    A huge range of bold, beautiful and original crafts and design will be on sale at this Marylebone fair which allows buyers to come face-to-face with the people who do the creating. This weekend, over a hundred artists, makers and designers will showcase glassware, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, furniture and much more in a friendly, informal atmosphere. All four floors of the beautiful Sir John Soane Church opposite Great Portland Street Underground Station will be in use, and its double height crypt will house a café selling drinks and tasty snacks.

    Read more about Made London

    See more shopping events in London this week

  • Thrill the World London

    Saturday

    Sat Oct 25. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 9DD

    You never really need an excuse to learn the 'Thriller' but if you ever did need a reason, then this is it. This weekend, tens of thousands of dressed-up people across the globe will attempt to break the world record for the biggest number of zombies dancing to Michael Jackson's spooky classic. The dance will take place in Covent Garden Piazza at 10pm, but practice classes will take place beforehand at Pineapple Studios for those wanting to smooth out their moves.

    Read more about Thrill the World London

  • Glorious Giles! Georgian Fashion Remix

    Wednesday

    Wed Oct 22. Kensington Palace, The Broadwalk, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX

    As part of Kensington Palace’s celebration of all things Georgian this autumn, the royal residence will play host to a runway show from the archive of Giles Deacon, accompanied by pieces by master milliner Stephen Jones. Set against the glorious backdrop of the Palace’s Orangery, the fashion show will feature past pieces by the London Fashion Week mainstay, who has repeatedly drawn inspiration from 18th century style: from hooped-up silhouettes to striking use of opulent brocade. History has never looked so stylish!

    Read more about Glorious Giles! Georgian Fashion Remix

  • St Vincent

    Sunday

    Sat Oct 25. Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH

    The amazing Annie Clark arrives in Camden this weekend to perform her alluringly nuanced songcraft. Her material ranges from Disney soundtrack-worthy ballads to beautiful, complex, Robert Fripp-esque guitar abuse – all delivered with a hefty load of tightly-wound emotion.

    Read more about St Vincent at Roundhouse

  • Night Run at Osterley Park

    Saturday

    Sat Oct 25. Osterley Park and House, Jersey Rd (off Thornbury Rd), Isleworth, TW7 4RB

    Sneak through the gates of this impressive National Trust property after hours this Saturday and explore its outdoor areas at this active evening event. A 1-2km explore route and 6-9km adventure route will be chosen for visitors to walk or run along, using mostly paths and trails rather than tarmac and with not a vehicle in sight. All ages and abilities are welcome, and you'll be given torches to light the way so no need to worry about potholes and other obstacles.

    Read more about Night Run at Osterley Park

  • Booka Shade

    Friday

    Fri Oct 24. Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ

    Prepare to cut some serious shapes this week as German electro-house duo Booka Shade touch down in the capital to unleash some lush dancefloor sonics and chunky beats. Also joining them in Brixton on Friday for this big all-nighter is Boris Brejcha and Krankbrother. It's gonna be a big one, believe us.

    Read more about Booka Shade at Electric Brixton

    Check out more clubbing in the capital this weekend

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

From Friday

Fri Oct 24 - Tue Mar 31 2015. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD

Celebrating a whopping fiftieth year in action, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary and stunning species on the planet. The competition is bigger than ever, with over 40,000 submissions in 2014 by both professional and amateur photographers.

Read more about the Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Check out more exhibitions in the capital this autumn

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