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Best Events in October
Oktoberfest booze-ups, unusual Halloween events, side-splitting comedy nights, brand new autumn pop-ups, unmissable bottomless brunches and date-night definites; these are a mere handful of the awesome events set to unfold throughout this month, and we're really only scratching the surface. Read on to discover the full list of our recommended events and things to do this October in London.
Silent Sounds is the ultimate mix of sight seeing and clubbing, as your headphones play anything from disco classics to hardcore house (depending on your channel) while the two-storey Dutch Master takes you past iconic London landmarks.
With Halloween specials and the chance to smuggle in your favourite bottle of alcohol to these prisons where inmate bartenders will shake you up something special, Alcotraz should be on your radar this month.
The Grid is an incredible new pop-up bar from the people that brought you ABQ - the Breaking Bad themed RV. This time they're taking you into the murky world of AI; will you have what it takes to defeat the robots, all while enjoying some excellent cocktails.
It's time to get competitive about cake as The Big London Bake Off brings you an unforgettable experience. With just 90 minutes to whip up an absolute showstopper, do you think you have what it takes to take on the bake?
One of October's best London events, this interactive space adventure is taking you inside the world of Bridge Command, a piece of immersive theatre where it will be you manning the controls as you puzzle your way through the challenge in the hopes of saving both yourself and your crew.
Whether you're a fiend for chicken and waffles or hungry for blueberry pancakes topped with bacon and maple syrup, Red Rooster is on hand to satisfy your brunch cravings. Better yet, you can get your hands on bottomless cocktails as DJ Emily Rawson and her iconic female DJ crew spin the tunes.
Head to City of London's rooftop bar Jin Bo Law, where they'll be hosting a fully packed line-up of events throughout October, including an evening of house music classics, a cocktail masterclass and a spooky-yet-stylish Day of the Dead party.
Take part in a unique gaming event that sits proudly 500ft in the sky. You'll get to experience legendary consoles in legendary settings, with the SEGA Mega Drive providing hours and hours of retro game play on giant projectors and TVs.
Just in time for Halloween, this unique immersive event is a lavish re-telling of Mary Shelley's Gothic classic, Frankenstein. Indulge in an evening of six-course feasting and cocktail sipping in theatrical surroundings that combine cabaret, circus and couture.
This October, Skylight is back and better than ever with its rooftop ice rink, fully-stocked bar and incredible array of events. Whether you fancy Halloween on Ice or after-work cocktails with a jaw-dropping view, its autumn's must-see location.
Join Grandma Flash and the rest of the Blingo crew for the ultimate stupid night out. Bringing you bingo, lip sync battles, dance offs and general silliness, you could also walk away with some truly special prizes.
The Cold War and supernatural collide in this thrilling immersive experience, which will test your wits in order to solve a decades old mystery. The drama starts in 1962, when a man dies in Kensington Central Library's archives, but more than 50 years later, things are not quite as they seem, and it's up to your to find out what really happened.
Head up to Sky Garden's Sky Pod Bar - 35 floors above the city of London - and enjoy live music from a range of DJs and musicians whilst watching the autumnal sun setting over the beautiful city with a cocktail in hand.
Take part in one of London's most unique immersive experiences this October as ABQ is setting up a mobile laboratory in Hackney. Here, you'll don hazmat suits and get the chance to cook up your own cocktails and bake pizzas in style.
With an hour of bottomless punch to play with, this high-energy brunch party is bringing the vibes this month with a five-hour daytime do designed to have you fed, watered and ready to get down to some of the very best in old school R&B, alongside Island vibes, afrobeat and few pop bangers.
Not your usual afternoon tea, The Perception at The W has switched scones and finger sandwiches for sugar-dusted créme Catalan, glitter balls and chocolate cake-pops... all inspired by the world of drag and the fabulous queens that lead it.
The Mind Palace's immersive cocktail experience is bringing the world of Sherlock Holmes to Shepherd's Bush, where you can spend an evening drinking and deducing the maniacal cases put before you by Moriarty's right-hand man. Get your thinking caps on and cocktail knowledge at the ready.
A new kind of sensory dining, this London experience shows you what happens when you let an experimental psychologist co-design a ten-course tasting menu. Fusing science and gastronomy in brave new ways, this multi-sensory supper club explores texture, colour, aroma and creativity.
Head back in time to the Rivoli Ballroom, where you'll be jiving and swinging to some spectacular live music, as well as soaking up the cool retro 40s and 50s atmosphere along the way.
Not only can you experience the London Dungeon after hours, but LATES is bringing you all the humour and horror of the infamous attraction alongside 2 free drinks, 8 live shows and even a ride. Are you ready?
Fancy yourself a gin connoisseur? Head to Hackney's Martello Hall or Brixton's Serata Hall for a masterclass in all things botanical. You'll learn all about the history of gin, taste tonics and test different botanicals before blending, bottling and naming two of your own gins to take home.
Head over to Covent Garden where the gorgeous Petersham Nurseries is bringing you a month of fantastic classes and workshops to get involved with. Learn how to whip up the freshest pasta, or get to grips with their wine portfolio, or you can go hands on shaking up some stunning cocktails with their fun masterclass.
Join The Double R Club for a series of mysterious nights and nightmarish events, complete with themed cocktails, wild cabaret and live music. Think you've seen it all before? Trust us, you ain't seen nothing yet.
Taking place in a secretive private members club, House of Kittens is a slinky, saucy and X-rated night of burlesque and cabaret. You are invited into Dr Lili La Fleur's asylum as she questions taboos and sexual norms in a highly seductive show.
Fest Camden has a jam-packed schedule of events this autumn to keep your post-summer blues at bay. From belly-laugh comedy nights to cabaret extravaganzas and screenings of Notting Hill, Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman on their cosy outdoor terrace, this place is a guaranteed great night out.
Looking for quirky things to do in London this October? Head to The Vaults in Waterloo where you'll find an evening inspired by Aladdin. That means exotic dancers, a cave of wonders and magic carpets alongside a full Arabian feast.
This October, discover a night of live music as this pop up series brings you a selection of events dedicated to some of the most iconic musicians; from Aretha Franklin to Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
Supa Dupa Fly throw the events that hip hop and RnB lovers have to go to, throwing the hottest nights around that has attracted names like Rita Ora, Jazzy Jeff, Disclosure and more.
It's all about the brown stuff, as Mac and Wild have joined forces with whisky consultant Blair Bowman for an immersive experience. Expect a cocktail and 4 drams paired with canapes in the dark, for a multi-sensory encounter,
Joining forces with Dead Man's Fingers, Ladies and Gents is setting sail this month and you're going to want a place aboard this boozy boat. Not only will you be taken on a cruise around the canal, but there's cocktails, tunes and a charming host.
If you're looking for a quirky day out this October, head over to Gipsy Hill Brewery where you'll find a fun, hands-on brewery experience. The beer aficionados here will have you in safe hands as they guide you through the beer-making process and give you the chance to sample a few along the way.
The Little Shuffle Club is great for a group night out; head to Shoreditch to find several shuffle board tables and unique Patron cocktails.
Combining Jeff Wayne's musical, immersive theatre, VR, augmented reality and cutting-edge technology, this War of the Worlds experience place its audience right in the heart of the action. Prepare to be thrust into a terrifying tale of alien invasion against a Victorian backdrop.
With 17 years of experience under their belt, The Covent Garden Comedy Club knows a thing or two about making people chuckle. See one of their iconic shows, which takes place every Saturday, always with three hilarious stand-ups and a compere.
Winner of DesignMyNight's West London's Best Pub 2018/19 award, the Aeronaut is a guaranteed fun-filled night out. This October expect everything from pub quizzes, Rugby World Cup screenings, bottomless brunches and, of course, showstopping circus performances in the venue's very own big-top space.
For sone of the best events in London, look no further than It's Unkown. Bringing you the quirky Musical Bingo, The Comedy House Party and Gospeloke, here's some of the most fun things to do.
Get your groove on this month as the SoulTown Supper Club takes over Proud Embankment for a night of food, drinks and music. Inspired by the history of American music, this immersive dining experience will take you back to sixties Detroit for a stunning evening that take your through the birth of Motown.
Bring back the '90s in the best way ever at this bottomless brunch in London. Taking place in a secret location, The 90's Brunch is a huge afternoon of bottomless cocktails, '90s food, lip-sync karaoke and dance offs.
Prepare yourselves for a day of disco, funk and boogie as this bottomless brunch invites you to indulge in bottomless cocktails and a cracking 2-course brunch alongside fun games... all in a top secret location.
They've smashed it throughout the summer, and now Hip Hop Brunch stride confidently into Autumn with another session of Saturday brunch parties. This is an exhibition of delicious food and dirrrrty cocktails, with a soundtrack of hip-hop classics throughout. Make good use of the bottomless cocktail power hour (between 12 and 1pm), dance the afternoon away then rock the mic when it's karaoke time.
The champions of 1920s decadence and the revival of the smokey, smooth days of the Jazz Age are back with a series of supper club soirees that will see you sipping on bespokely crafted cocktails and enjoying some period partying. It's The Candlelight Club of course; there'll be flappers, dapper chaps and beautiful damsels to surround yourself with.
This October, become a remember of the Bletchley Park code breakers at this immersive cocktail experience in London. You'll get to recreate the WW2 protocol by using Enigma machines to generate cocktail ingredients and recipes, before rewarded for your efforts.
Do something a little different this month and head to the Radisson Blu, where the plush hotel has been transformed into The Nags Head for a night dedicated to the popular TV show. Relive all the laughs and meet the Trotters, with a mouth-watering three-course meal.
The creators of Divine Proportions are back at The Vaults with an even more tantalising tale than ever before. Within this, guests will be immersed in an intoxicating tale of seduction, decadence and deception in an experience unlike any other.
From gourmet sliders to French pastries and bottomless cocktails, this is one hell of a brunch. On top of the tasty menus, there's a Beyonce tribute act, dance troupe and all her hits; from The Writings On The Wall to Lemonade and beyond.
Looking for quirky things to do this month? Whether it's a date night or catch up with mates, head to York & Albany where the Camden spot has been transformed into a winter haven complete with mulled wine, festive food and Instagrammable interiors.
Gin-House Burlesque is bringing you a taste of old-school glamour with performers channeling the spirit of Parisian performers and American greats. Taking place in a secret Shoreditch members club, this is a top choice for things to do in London.
Whether you're a proper beer lover or you're jumping on the Oktoberfest bandwagon, head to Greenwich for the real experience as Meantime Brewing Company invites you to tours, tastings and a bunch of events.
Looking to freak yourself out a little this October? Well, just in time for Halloween, Handmade Mysteries are on-hand with plenty of spine-tingling immersive escape room experiences. Our fave is Poppa Plock's wonky workshop where you flee the grasp of demented dolls.
From an Oktoberfest-themed bash to Halloween-style parties, Doktoberfest is bringing a slice of Bavaria to London this season. Expect food from German Sausage Company and Berlin Donner alongside beer, fizz and cocktails; all with live entertainment.
Taking inspiration from the Martin Scorsese classic and shocking real-life story of Jordan Belfort, this immersive experience in London promises to be on exhilarating adventure. Step inside the tale of big money and even bigger drama as tales of deception unravel around you.
If you're after something a little different for your next date-night, or Friday evening with friends, check out The Magic Hour's enchanting events. With weekly shows at both Le Meridien and Maskelyne & Cooke, prepare to have you jaw drop and eyes widen as these master magicians show you exactly what they've got up their sleeve.
Mixing great cocktails and stunning theatrics, immerse yourself in this amazing Wild West experience this month. Head to Fulham where the Moonshine Saloon will put you at the heart of the action as you play smuggler and Sheriff-dodger.
This October, escape the blistering glares and experience a date night with a difference. You'll get to explore London's top spots, free from the crowds, with a glass of bubbly to hand and all the time you could dream for.
Head over to Stratford where this unique escape room experience is turning you into an international spy hunter for the hour. Tackle puzzles, surveillance footage, clues, conundrums and more as you try and identify the double agent in your midst.
Avoid the awkward feeling of searching for a table and book ahead as Hackney's Night Tales offers you the chance to book tables and whole areas all year around. From international DJs to crafted cocktails, this is one for all you east London party people.
Think you know British history? Think again, because this sell-out show is bringing you a modern retelling of the Tudor tale and this time, it's got a musical twist. Think sassy songs and girl band vibes with cracking choreography to boot.