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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

  • Best of Britannia

    Friday and Saturday

    Fri Oct 3 - Sat Oct 4. The Farmiloe Building, 34 St John St, EC1M 4BE

    Now in its third year, Best of Britannia will be transforming the Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell into Britain’s largest pop-up department store this weekend. The USP? Every product available to buy has been made in Britain. Best of Britannia will showcase over 200 of the best brands that the country has to offer: all bases are covered, whether you’re after a new set of wheels, some top notch men and womenswear or furniture and furnishings. For post-shopping sustenance, there’ll be food and drink from the likes of Pulled Food, Fever Tree and Albion Racing malt whiskey, as well as a series of talks and discussions with industry experts.

    Read more about Best of Britannia

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  • Elefest

    Thursday to Suday

    Thu Oct 2 - Sun Oct 5. Various Elephant & Castle venues

    Celebrate the past, present and future of Elephant & Castle this week with the return of Elefest, a three-day festival of music, film, discussion and grub taking place at various local venues. StockMKT will set up shop in Hotel Elephant once again, providing a scrummy selection of food and drink alongside Electric Pedals' bike-powered cinema and live acts. There will be tours of the E&C subway murals, a children's slapstick comedy workshop in honour of E&C's late great former resident Charlie Chaplin plus a Guerilla Gardening mission.

    Read more about Elefest

    See more upcoming festivals in London

  • Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

    From Friday

    Fri Oct 3 - Tue Jan 27 2015. British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB

    This week will see the start of the UK's most comprehensive show of Gothic literature, Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination at the British Library. The exhibition will explore the enduring influence the genre has had on literature, film, fashion, music and art, 250 years after Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto crept out of the shadows. Doubts about the significance of Walpole's invention? It birthed Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde, as well as inspiring artists such as Blake and Fuseli, all of them represented in this show, along with work by their modern descendants: Angela Carter, Mervyn Peake, the Chapman Brothers and Stanley Kubrick.

    Read more about Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

    See more great exhibitions in London this autumn

  • Mission

    Fine Californian wines poured in Bethnal Green. 250 Paradise Row, E2 9LE

    Mission, a wine bar named after the San Francisco neighbourhood, is a big step up for Michael and Charlotte Sager-Wilde (of critically acclaimed wine bar Sager & Wilde). The huge railway arch is low lit in the evenings, with a cathedral-like vaulted and corrugated ceiling the colour of Carrara marble. Apart from the big brands, Californian wines are no longer a bargain in the UK, so most glasses here cost in the £5-10 pound range. But what great wines – imaginatively chosen, and free of the California clichés. The short wine list only has a score of wines daily, but they change frequently, so there’s always something new served by the glass on each visit. Mission places as much emphasis on the kitchen as the grape. Chef James de Jong turns out sunny dishes that match the wine country food, such as tender octopus with tomato and grains of farro, and desserts include a buttermilk pudding that wobbled like Beverly Hills lips.

    Read our full review of Mission

  • Gone Girl

    From Friday

    Released Fri Oct 3. Cinemas nationwide

    Director David Fincher adapts bestselling novelist Gillian Flynn with a cast including Rosamund Pike (finally getting a proper starring role), Ben Affleck and the ever-wonderful Neil Patrick Harris. In Flynn’s rip-roaring novel, a husband (Affleck) goes in search of his missing wife (Pike) and turns up a lot more than he bargained for. But while we did enjoy the book, we’ll admit to being ever so slightly disappointed that Fincher has chosen to follow ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ with yet another pulpy crime thriller, particularly when his last three original projects – ‘Zodiac’, ‘Benjamin Button’ and ‘The Social Network’ – showed a fine director becoming a truly great one. That said, this is truly a pulse-racing watch.

    Read our review of Gone Girl

    See more movie releases this month

  • Rock Paper Scissors Championships

    Saturday

    Sat Oct 4. The Green Man, 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ

    The sporting contest where everyone has the means to compete is back for another year and sees 250 competitors raring to stare at fingers in an effort to be crowned UK RPS 2014 champion. Just because the rules are simple it doesn't mean there's no training, however: there are plenty of tactics, tricks and tendencies to learn, though you could always just hope lady luck is on your side. Tickets include £3 of RPS challenge money, which you can use to bet on the outcomes of games.

    Read more about UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships

  • Sheeps – Wembley Previews

    From Monday

    Mon Sep 29 - Sat Oct 4. The Invisible Dot Ltd, 2 Northdown St, N1 9BG

    The title ‘Wembley Previews’ is a wonderful juxtaposition to Sheeps’s low-key style. This ace sketch trio – made up of Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts – are original, inventive and properly funny, and a few years ago we said they were ‘one of the most exciting sketch acts to emerge in years’. ‘Thanks, guys,’ their website says, ‘We use this quote on basically everything even though it was about three years ago now.’ Yeah, we noticed. But it’s still true.

    Read more about Sheeps – Wembley Preview

  • Turner Prize 2014

    From Tuesday

    Tue Sep 30 - Sun Jan 4 2015. Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG

    After travelling to Derry-Londonderry last year, modern art’s biggest prize returns to London this autumn with four more hopeful artists all vying for the coveted Turner Prize. This year’s jury includes Stefan Kalmar of Artists Space, New York; Helen Legg of Spike Island, Bristol and Sarah McCrory of Glasgow International Festival, who all have the difficult honour of selecting a worthy winner from the a line-up of Duncan Campbell, Ciara Phillips, James Richards and Tris Vonna-Michell.

    Read more about Turner Prize 2014

    See more unmissable art in the capital this week

  • The Cake & Bake Show

    Friday to Sunday

    Fri Oct 3 - Sun Oct 5. Earls Court, Hammersmith Rd, W14 8UX

    The Cake & Bake Show is back for another year and the 2014 edition is serving up some seriously delicious treats. Top name culinary creatives including Lisa Faulkner and Phil Vickery are taking to the stage with live demonstrations and baking tips across the weekend, plus top chocolatier Paul A Young and the four Great British Bake Off champions are also on the bill, ready to showcase their skills and wow baking enthusiasts. Those with a passion for pastry can take classes and attend real bread demos, whilst cake cravers can watch live decorating and visit the CakeBomb Jungle, featuring life-size animals made entirely from cake. Yum.

    Read more about The Cake & Bake Show

  • Duke Dumont

    Thursday

    Thu Oct 2. Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ

    Back in 2013, just before Daft Punk went pop with ‘Get Lucky’, a less well-known producer with a similarly dancey past hit the jackpot with ‘Need U (100%)’ – a soulful house banger that brought much-needed credibility to the top of the charts. It marked a major shift for Adam Dyment – aka the Duke – who followed it up earlier this year with a second consecutive Number One, ‘I Got U’. Next step: a bells-and-whistles live show. And here it is. Bangin'.

    Read more about Duke Dumont at Village Underground

    Cut some more shapes in the capital this weekend

Best of Britannia

Friday and Saturday

Fri Oct 3 - Sat Oct 4. The Farmiloe Building, 34 St John St, EC1M 4BE

Now in its third year, Best of Britannia will be transforming the Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell into Britain’s largest pop-up department store this weekend. The USP? Every product available to buy has been made in Britain. Best of Britannia will showcase over 200 of the best brands that the country has to offer: all bases are covered, whether you’re after a new set of wheels, some top notch men and womenswear or furniture and furnishings. For post-shopping sustenance, there’ll be food and drink from the likes of Pulled Food, Fever Tree and Albion Racing malt whiskey, as well as a series of talks and discussions with industry experts.

Read more about Best of Britannia

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