Best Events in October
Oktoberfest booze-ups, side-splitting comedy nights, unruly disco dancing and jumping swing dance evenings. 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 things to do in October.
Last updated on 20th October 2017
For a Halloween night out full of breath-taking sights and terrifying frights, gather your mates and head to the Silent Halloween Disco Boat. Climb aboard the haunted Dutch Master vessel and enjoy a booze-fuelled silent disco down the Thames, passing London's most iconic landmarks and attractions along the way.
For an unforgettable cinema experience, head to the Rivoli Pop Up Cinema and watch iconic films in one of London's oldest ballrooms. This October, the team are going all out, hosting a screening of the 1984 cult classic Nightmare on Elm Street to get everyone in the Halloween mood.
Party with some of the greatest artists of the 20th century at the Royal Academy's late-night happening. Set in the New York art scene of the 60s and 70s, prepare to make an entrance at the immersive artist studio party, featuring installation work and performances, or catch some live DJ sets at the art-rock bar and disco warehouse. Alternatively, take part in a life-drawing class or drop in on one of the artist talks.
This October, get yourself round to BallieBallerson for a brunch filled with two hours of unlimited prosecco and pizza, and unlimited dives into one million different balls.
Taking place in Dalston, this delicious six-course supper club will be a celebration of incredible food and drink. Inspired by the famous Spanish pilgrim trail, the night will be full of fresh seafood and hearty meat plates.
The Cabinet of Living Cinema brings to life the 80-year-old classic Nosferatu this Halloween with a live orchestra playing the film’s iconic soundtrack.
As its name might suggest, The Dark Circus Party promises all kinds of twisted entertainment this Halloween. Hosted at The Grand Hall St Pancras, guests can expect caged performers, aerial artists, fire-breathers and plenty more as they escape with the circus for the night. Alongside the party hearty antics, you'll also sup on ghoulish cocktail creations courtesy of the brilliant Bourne & Hollingsworth.
Supa Dupa Fly are hosting the ultimate brunch party with Ace Hotel, including two courses of great food, a throwback hip-hop quiz, prosecco and all the hip hop music you can handle.
Electric Brixton are celebrating the third season of Rick and Morty with a themed bash this Halloween. Dress up in your best costume and get ready for visuals, DJs and surprises.
This October, The Kings Head is transforming into a paradise for the most ghastly, most fancy ghouls around. Expect scary seances, spooky cinema and all the dancing you can handle.
Taking place at Park Lane's Sheraton Grand, Sonic the Magician's show will dazzle and spellbound you with mind reading, card tricks and much more.
Grab a taste for all things rum at this immersive carnival event, complete with three rum cocktails, music, performances, street food and even a live butterfly room last seen in the Natural History Museum.
With gongs, buzzers and blindfolds, this pub quiz is a little quirkier than your average night out. Head to The Elgin in West London for their pub quiz which starts from £5 per person.
Jump into a plot of deceit and obsession as you uncover who murdered and was murdered. Seven erratic personalities will bump off you as you discover a plot of deceit and obsession, all on the eve of Paradise Bar’s annual masquerade celebration.
It’s one of the most iconic dance routines ever put to the screen – and now you can be a part of it. Join Wacko Jacko’s dancefloor filler, learn the routine and truly become a ghoul this Halloween.
You’ve been invited to take part in the biggest heist of all time, as Mr Fox takes on the most dangerous vault keeper in London. Prepare to brave laser corridors, pressure-sensitive floors and enemy gangs.
This October prepare for the spookiest circus in town. Taking over their biggest venue yet, a whole evening of terrifying and hazardous performances will keep you amazed, with the whole venue decked out in decorations, LED screens and haunting confetti. A world class DJ set will keep you entertained – all you have to do is dress up and get involved.
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.
With special guest DJs, BBQ food and an iconic location, The Roof Gardens are putting their touch on Halloween. Head to Kensington to discover the amazing venue, with three gardens all specially decorated, and get ready to party with the ghost and ghouls of West London.
Bet you've never had a Halloween like this; head to the UK's first adult-only ball pit for a night of fun and silliness. Ball Ballierson is letting you run wild in their ball pits, spinning the best tunes courtesy of VAMP UK and whipping up themed cocktails.
Always going all out at Halloween, Dead Dolls House is hosting a fancy dress banquet that's certain to leave you with a beaming smile. This Halloween, things are no different. Starting off with a welcome drink, guests will then sit down to a delicious three-course banquet, before taking to the dancefloor and throwing shapes long into the night.
Guided by a snappy ventriloquist's dummy and a troupe of demented dolls, this escape room with a difference is hosted at Poppa Plock's Wonky Workshop (...in The Depot Pub). Solve the clues and unravel a series of outrageous mysteries, and you might just get out in one piece.
Combing the best of soulful jazz with high energy swing dancing, the team at the Arcola Theatre seem to understand what a fun Friday night is all about. Perfect for both beginners and experienced swing dancers, guests will first take part in a laid back dance class, before watching in awe as a stunning live jazz band frame the entire evening with soulful jams and an electric energy.
Pull on your chicest outfit and head down to the Casino Royale Ball this at Kensington's idyllic Roof Gardens. Leaving the high-speed car chases and deadly fight scenes to the side for the time being, the team have planned every detail of the night, roping in the help of burlesque stars, fire breathers, electro swing DJs and a live band to create an exclusive, luxurious vibe. Trust us, few October events in London can match the charm of this spot.
Head over to The Frog in East London as they host a special one-off supper club. Chef Elliott Hill will be bringing his brand of British fine dining to the kitchens with five delicious courses.
Dairy Days is a hilarious evening that takes place at the Book Club. From the heartbroken through to the raging, get ready to hear a fresh range of readings from teenage diaries.
After travelling the world and amazing crowds that include some of the most sinister critics, the Magic Hour now returns to London, turning its focus to the Grand Royal in Hyde Park. With plenty of mind-reading, sleight of hand, unbelievable illusions and hilarious card tricks, master magician 'Sonic' has carefully curated a show that's certain to leave you stunned and scratching your head. A complimentary cocktail is given to each guest upon arrival, in order to help kick the evening up a notch.
Super club Cargo always know how to have a good time and this Halloween Circus is no different. Join the club for a night of ballerinas, stilt walkers and ghostly going-ons until 6am.
Pitch Black is a unique drinking experience that will help you experience flavours in a completely new way. Taking place in complete darkness, you will try a range of drinks, all discussed by a leading mixologists.
Tattershall Castle is one of the best alternative nights out in London. Not only do they offer some great food and drink at affordable prices, they also host everything from comedy clubs to exciting club nights – all on a boat!
This October the Devil’s Disco is open for business, as you’ll experience a night of disco, grooves, funk and house supplied by some great DJs.
Listen to this unique re-enactment of the Stranger Things soundtrack by an orchestra, with Upside Down decoration, 80s fancy dress and a retro light show.
Dust off your dirndl and lederhosen and get yourself over to Brixton rooftop for a huge Oktoberfest celebration. The spot will be flowing with German beers, there will be music from a live Oompah band, and those dressed traditionally get a free stein to get the party started.
The UK's highest cinema is opening this winter for a serious of classic films. Head to the 69th floor of The Shard for a night that includes views of London, iconic cinema and a delicious cocktail.
Don your Day of the Dead get-up and make tracks for 93 Feet East this Halloween in London, where you can expect dancers, DJs, and four separate rooms of scarily-good party prowess.
The Reimagine collective do exactly as you'd think their name suggests: with the help of full 16-piece orchestras, live performers and epic choirs, they retell the stories of some of music history's most adored names.
Party with the bad and the wicked this Halloween in London as Cafe 1001 are due to be joined by xclusivetouch for a wild night. Themed on movie favourite The Purge, head on down for bad behaviour and late night dancing at this 6 hour long shindig.
Prepare for one of the most indulgent dinner series this month in London at the Sky Garden. Not only found in one of the most iconic venues in the city, this dinner experience promises luxury plates alongside a selection of perfectly paired wines.
October is when London's ghouls and gals come out to play, and this party looks to be no exception. Join Sky Garden not only for some of the city's best views of the skyline, you're be partying sky high with drinks, entertainment and more.
Listen to live music while enjoying a view of the London skyline at night with this amazing event. Taking place in the Sky Garden during October, there will be live music, views and free access to the iconic bar.
Make sure your Halloween is as fabulous as it deserves to be as the Strictly Come Drag Queen stars take over The Breakfast Club Spitalfields with DJ MLC, DJ Fire & DJ Dirty Dutch.
So, you’re spending October in prison. That sucks. But don’t worry, smuggle in your favourite bottle of alcohol and the inmates can make sure that jail is a real party. But in this immersive drinking experience, you have to make sure you don’t get caught.
This October dive into the fairy tale of Tristan and Isolde as the legend comes to life with an orchestral performance, delicious feast prepared by Masterchef champion Natalie Coleman and spellbinding storytelling.
Let your hair well and truly down this October in London and join Musical Bingo at their temporary new home at the renowned Pop Brixton. Expect heady DJs, rowdy party antics, quick-fire rounds and their usual brand of no-holds-barred hedonism.
At Barrio, they celebrate the Day of the Dead with lashings of rum, mezcal, tequila, to create monstrous Halloween cocktails, with professional face painters and spooky fancy dress.
For a different kind of Halloween experience, don your headphones and listen to the story of Victor Frankenstein. Travel with him through the rooms of the Westminster Reference Library for what will be one of the most unique events this October.
This burlesque retelling of Fitzgerald’s famous tale leads you through a night of sex, drugs and debauchery brought to life with twirling tassels, fabulous fans and loads of glitter, along with a three-course meal.
Join the Bavarian celebration at Proud Camden as Oktoberfest rages on. They’ll have steins and the lot to make it very Oktoberfest-y, but if you’ve got eight people to go, you can get your own booked table, two steins per person and entry as well.
Taking place over three months, Beauty and the Feast is an epic night that brings feasting, partying and art together. Held in the incredibly atmospheric Vaults, join the party with three-courses of delicious food, unlimited drinks and amazing live music that will have you dancing on tables - literally.
Long benches, Oompah bands and all the steins you can drink: what more do you want from Oktoberfest? How about a six week celebration with prizes to be won too.
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.
Who needs a summer of love when you’ve got My Friend Charlie? With events like wine and cheese nights, poker nights and sunset cycling, it’s the perfect place to meet likeminded people.
Ultimate Power is the biggest, most fun club night around. Playing huge tunes from the 70s right through to the present day, the club night will have you hollering at the top of our lungs.
GOAT over in Chelsea are asking you to don your flapper dress and dandy suits for a night of 1920s fun. Join Fat Sam and his gangster gang for a Halloween night of glitz and glamour, there will be cocktails and prizes for the best dressed.
Head to the Midnight Apothecary for a Halloween special with a difference. You are welcomed to their spooky garden location, complete with great cocktails, carved pumpkins and a descent into Brunel’s underground chamber.
Iconic music venue The Jazz Cafe is hosting a very special evening of music as they celebrate legendary civil rights icon Curtis Mayfield. The artist, who was known for his thought-provoking music, will be commemorated via an orchestral band.
For October only, experience this intimate seven course supper experience for a discounted price of £75 (usually £90) - and also taste your way through their recently launched Autumn menu. Matr promises a Nordic-inspired feast and delicious wine pairing, with just 12 diners at each sitting.
Looking to get familiar with some of the best beer in the business? Then why not join the East End Craft Beer Tap Tour as you get familiar with pints from the likes of One Mile End Brewery @ White Hart Brew Pub, Mother Kelly's Craft Beer Bar and the Redchurch Brewery.
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.
This October prepare to enter into a world of intrigue and illusion at Secret Cellar. This close-up magic venue is hidden in the heart of London and offers up mystery and deception from some of the best magicians in the world.
An airplane has gone down outside London and it’s up to you to investigate – you’ll be teaming up with others and competing against other agents to uncover the mysteries. But beware, there are twists and turns.
Join the London Cabaret Club as they celebrate British culture with truly spectacular, originally choreographed shows mixed together with an exquisite meal.
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.
There's been a murder in swish Hush and you're invited to solve the crime. Head to this Mayfair jewel for a night of dining, immersive theatre and lots of spooky surprises.
The Little Shuffle Club is great for a group night out; head to Shoreditch to find several shuffle board tables and unique Patron cocktails.
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.
Perhaps the most outrageous event of the year, the Hoxton Hotel is hosting a special Halloween themed yoga event that's full of surprises. Guests will first take part in a unique yoga workshop - all dictated by the beat of Halloween-themed songs - before enjoying a fresh brunch meal, composed of quirky recipes and fresh ingredients.