October is here and it’s bringing some autumnal excitement with it—choose from the best creative, literary and celebratory events across the city.
East London Photography Festival
A two-month-long celebration of all things photo related, this festival has a whole series of talks and shows to enjoy. There will be print fairs, courses and workshops as well as talks from leading local and international photographers. Keep an eye out for the Suffragette pop-up photo booth and remember to get tickets for the talks and seminars in advance.
London Cocktail Week
Cocktails are everyone’s best friend, and what better way to celebrate them than with a whole festival? Taking place in over 250 bars across the capital you’ll never be far from a well-made drink or a class on how to craft them yourself. An app has replaced the wristbands this year and the £10 pass will get you £6 cocktail in different bars, access to pop ups and unlimited entry to the Cocktail village.
Catsford Arts Trail
An arts trail in the south east of London, this event features over 100 artists and over 50 venues to explore. The event supports local artists and you’ll have the opportunity to participate as well as admire with activities, classes, ceramic workshops, group events and more—although not all are free so check in advance.
The Other Art Fair
An event put together by Saatchi Art, this fair is a high-priced collector-type deal, although you can snap up some new works for around £50.00. So if you’re looking to make your first foray into the art world or you’re a seasoned collector, it can be a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
Celebrating the rich culture of the area, this year’s festival focuses on the theme of independence. You’ll find street parties, music, dance, scientific workshops and interactive games all designed to celebrate independence in the spheres of business, community, publishing, society, politics and science. Plenty of events are free but some are ticketed, so do check in advance.
London Literature Festival
This book-lovers festival is back with a huge checklist of must-see events, from Salman Rushdie to Sue Perkins and Roger Daltry to Andre Aciman. Enjoy talks and poetry readings by international writers and be challenged by workshops and discussions tackling issues like feminism in Trump’s America with Laura Bates and empire, race and roots with BAFTA and MOBO award winning writer and hip hop artist Akala. Tickets for events sell out fast so be quick!
Festival of Fire and Light
Combining two fantastic fiery festivals, this event mixes Diwali with Bonfire Night for a full day of celebration. During the day you can enjoy the Tastes of Asia food market with street theatre and music as well as a carnival and lantern procession. The evening is rounded off with a fireworks display over the park that will keep you ooh-ing and aah-ing long after darkness falls.
Attracting tens of thousands of people each year, the London Diwali festival in Trafalgar Square is a bright and busy celebration of the Hindu, Sikh and Jain tradition. There will be markets, food, music and dance as well as henna, crafts and lots of great performances.
Last chance events
Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park | Until Oct 7th | Regent’s Park
Summer Season at Shakespeare’s Globe | Until Oct 10th | South Bank
Brixton Windmill Open Days | Until Oct 14th | Brixton
Deptford Market Yard | Until December 22nd | Deptford
Votes for Women Centenary Exhibition | Until Jan 9th 2019 | Barbican
Poster Women: A Century of Art and Design | Until Jan 2019 | Covent Garden