Spooky season is upon us, so there’s no better time to unleash your inner weirdo. If you’re game, join these fabulously off-the-wall events in London which are just right for kooky city dwellers looking for a thrill this weekend.
Be a rebel and find out everything you could ever dream of knowing about anarchism. Hear members of the London Anarchist Federation for this Q&A discussing anarchism’s history, key thinkers and how it works in the modern-day world. Afterwards, you can join the post-discussion social in a nearby pub, although we’d suggest holding in all your new agitator knowledge if you don’t want to get barred.
Housmans Bookshop. King’s Cross tube. Sat. £3.
Don’t just stick to your usual haunts this weekend. Get to know the nooks and crannies of Bloomsbury while uncovering hidden stories about radical women who stomped the West End streets back in the day on this suffragette-themed scavenger hunt. Along the way you’ll pick up clues leading to a secret suffragette tea party. Beats a bog-standard brunch any day.
Start at Senate House Library. Russell Square tube. Sat-Sun. Free but booking recommended.
Potterheads: look lively! A glowing set of giant Harry Potter wands are being placed on the walkway between the Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral. Welcome the wands in style by donning your full Potter cosplay finery and watching them light up as darkness falls. Accio good times.
Peter’s Hill. St Paul’s tube. Sat-Sun. Free.
A quiet Sunday ahead of you? Shake up your weekend by paying a visit to Brompton Park Cemetery to find out how maggots and other gross (but useful) creepy-crawlies can help solve murder trials. Forensic entomologist Martin Hall will be dishing the dirt on how – from crime scene to lab – insects provide vital information to the police. We’re dead excited about this one.
Brompton Park Cemetery. Fulham Broadway. Sun. £12.
Images: Senate House, Rob Greig/Time Out. Brompton Cemetery, Richard/Flickr.
Find more oddball activities to do in London this month with our October guide.