London events in October

Your guide to the best stuff to do, see, eat and drink across London during October
The bandstand in Kensington Gardens, London, in autumn.
Nick Richards
By Time Out London Things To Do |
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October in London means that autumn is here, but don't hibernate indoors. Get outdoors and see the capital's trees change colour on a city walk that ends with Sunday lunch at one of London's best pubs with a fire. If you're up for a fright, there's Halloween to look forward to, which means Halloween parties and fancy dress galore. Or, scare yourself silly with our guide to spooky London. October in London is also the time of the London Film Festival, London Restaurant Festival, London Cocktail Week, Museums at Night, Frieze London, Africa on the Square and the city's Diwali celebrations. While for sports fanatics the month holds the Six Day London and NFL London Games. October is packed with new openings, so get a load of our guide best events, things to do and cultural happenings throughout October 2018.

RECOMMENDED: The definitive London events calendar

Our October event highlights

Hayley Madden
Things to do, Festivals

Africa on the Square

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What is it? Trafalgar Square turns into a celebration of Africa featuring live music, traditional dance, fashion, food and crafts to enjoy.
Why go? The main stage will host musicians from all over the continent and children take part in free batik and mosaic-making workshops.

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Things to do, Festivals

Diwali on the Square

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What is it? This annual celebration in Trafalgar Square marks the Festival of Lights with heaps of food, music, activities and fun.
Why go? For a live line-up will include both traditional religious performances and contemporary Asian music and dance. Plus, plenty of Southeast Asian food. 

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Things to do

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.

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Museums

‘I Object: Ian Hislop's Search for Dissent’

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What is it? Discover the ways objects have been used to mock, cajole and undermine systems of power throughout history in this exhibition curated by Ian Hislop.
Why go? From ancient Mesopotamia to modern Brexitotamia, get ready for a bucket load of dissent and satire.

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‘Space Shifters’

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What is it? The Hayward Gallery close their 50th anniversary year with a major exhibition of sculptures large and small that distort the hell out of the gallery space.
Why go? To go wooooaaaaaaahhhh..... and then probably stumble around a bit. 

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Cnut Gospels Royal MS © British Library Board
Museums

‘Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms’

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What is it? Discover the history, art, literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England at the British Library in an exhibition that makes the most of the Brit Lib's own collection of historic manuscripts.
Why go? To see the Cnut Gospels, along with many treasures from elsewhere.  

Winterfell, Westeroscraft - © Minecraft
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‘Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt’

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What is it? A major exhibition at the V&A showing you exactly what the deal is with videogames, with everything from insights into the design process to DIY gadgets made by grassroots gamers.
Why go? If you want to know why videogames are no longer the preserve of geeky teenage boys locked away in bedrooms. 

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