October is here and it’s bringing some autumnal excitement with it. Choose from the best creative, literary and celebratory events across the city.

MCM Comic Con London

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The October edition of the UK’s biggest pop culture event is back in town. From Comics and video games to anime and cosplay, the event caters to every kind of geek out there. This year’s special guest is Simon Pegg of Sean of The Dead, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible fame. Be sure to check out our complete guide for event details, tips and tricks.

London Cocktail Week

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Cocktails are everyone’s best friend, and what better way to celebrate them than with a whole festival? Taking place in over 300 bars across the capital you’ll never be far from a well-made drink. Or a class on how to craft them yourself. The passes are all app-based, and the £10.00 pass will get you £6.00 cocktails in bars across the city, as well as access to pop-ups and unlimited entry to the Cocktail village.


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Vegan drinkers of London rejoice. The city’s first ever vegan Oktoberfest is back and bigger than ever after a sellout event in 2018. Expect all the usual trappings of a fake Oktoberfest, only without any animal-based ingredients or additives. You can also look forward to performances by Old Dirty Brasstards and Brasstermind. The rooftop view over Camden Stables is a bonus too!

Catsford Arts Trail

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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.

West Oktoberfest

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You don’t need to fly to Munich this Oktober to get blind drunk or wear lederhosen. This Shepherd’s Bush festival promises enough brats, beers and brass bands to last you until next year. The day is split into two sessions, one for day drinkers and one for all the evening party animals out there. Bavarian dress is optional but very much welcomed,

Sweaty Betty Live

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Get your sweat on (or don’t, there’s a ticket for that!) at this year’s Sweaty Betty Live event. Expect classes, discounted shopping and fitness-related swag up the wazoo. There’s also a surprisingly thoughtful variety of talks, on subjects from plant-based living, empowering women in business and body positivity.

The Other Art Fair

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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.

Bloomsbury Festival

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Celebrating the rich culture of the area, this year’s festival focuses on the theme of “Small steps and giant leaps”. You’ll find street parties, music, dance, scientific workshops and interactive games all designed to celebrate small victories as well as famous successes in local business, community, publishing, society, politics and science. Plenty of events are free but some are ticketed, so do check in advance. The festival has made it’s own giant leap this year, doubling in length to cover a full ten days.

London Literature Festival

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This book-lovers festival is back with a huge checklist of must-see events. This year’s line-up includes Phillipa Perry, Armistead Maupin, Brett Anderson, Heather Morris, Lemn Sissay, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Nikki Giovanni, Fatima Bhutto and Jung Chang. Enjoy talks and poetry readings by international writers and be challenged by workshops and discussions tackling the biggest issues of today. Tickets for events sell out fast so be quick!

Last chance events

Shakespeare summer
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Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park | Until Oct 6th | Regent’s Park

Summer Season at Shakespeare’s Globe | Until Oct 18th | South Bank

Sunrise yoga at the Sky Garden | Until early Oct | Sky Garden

Ongoing events

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Jive Party |  Until December 21st 2019 |  Deptford

Bond in Motion at the Film Museum | Until Dec 31st 2019 | Covent Garden

Beasts of London  |  Until Jan 2020  |  Barbican 

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