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 21st October 2016
With drinks costing a mere £3, and a fun-loving atmosphere that's sure to put a smile on even the most cynical face, the Camden Rocks Club has changed the way North London looks at Saturday night. With entry costing only £5 and a frequent host of surprise musical appearances, Underworld has become a favourite amongst the city's rock lovers and will continue to draw crowds this September. From heavy metal to the melodic sounds of synth-pop, you'll hear all your favourite tracks at this fun-loving club night.
Build your scariest outfit, add a few splashes of fake blood and head down to arguably the best Halloween party in London this October. Framed by a stunning line-up composed of London's best DJs, the idyllic Kensington Roof Garden's are completely transformed with plenty of draped cobwebs, a smattering of eerie headstones and a handful of terrifying figures hiding in the many dark corners. To help get things moving, the team are offering a free cocktail to any soul brave enough to venture in before 9pm.
Leave dreary October behind and head to a lost jungle hidden in south London. Backyard cinema are back and this time their theatrical experience is focusing on the lost world. With films such as Jumangi being screened in among ancient ruins and lush vegetation, expect to on the very edge of your seat.
What happens when you take 12 diners, six courses and one very talented chef? UNA in St Pancras Clock Tower is what. Returning for four dates throughout October, the revolutionary pop-up offers not only a sensational location but also incredible Latin American flavours.
Combining your worst nightmare with your best clubbing experience, the Twisted Circus Halloween blowout is one October event in London you don't want to miss. Signposted by visits from the Angel of Death, accompanied by a handful of eerie encounters by the many spirits hiding in the dark corners, you'll have the chance to see a number of death-defying stunts, including daring aerial routines and brave sword swallowing. Completing the Halloween club night, the bar will be offering a range of colourful potions and deadly concoctions.
Little Nan presents her ultimate island themed remedy for helping you through those Summer blues this Autumn. Taking to a secret location in South London, you'll discover her island themed paradise underneath a Caribbean pub where you're sure to drink cocktails from tea pots, find shade under palm trees and explore all manner of Caribbean food and drink.
As part of the And What? Queer Arts Festival and Museums, the Hackney Showroom host a wonderful theatrical event, showcasing some of London's most talented LGBTQI artists. With a number of intriguing sermons, humbling tales, immersive workshops and a selection of dazzling performances, the entire evening is rounded off at the bar, where you'll find all your favourite drinks. Featuring the likes of Lasana Shabaz and Frau Welt, celebrate diversity and London's vibrant culture at this South London event.
Offering Londoners a chance to win back control of their beloved nightlife scene from the evil forces of change, Old Street Records host a Saturday club night that won't be forgotten anytime soon. With the fun-loving Zealots performing alongside the venue's resident DJs upstairs, it's a completely different kettle of fish downstairs, where Judge And The Jury will be working alongside Cluekid to whip East London's party-mad crowds into an uncontrollable frenzy.
The Nest Collective is returning to London's green spaces this autumn for beautiful evenings of firelight and folk music. With several dates across September and October, Campfire Club is an evening filled with live performers round a roaring fire. There's a fully stocked bar, story telling and sing-alongs, perfect first date material.
The London Shuffle Club opens up their 8 Shuffleboard courts to London's adventurous audience, allowing guests a chance to try their hand at Shuffleboard, a sport that's taken Brooklyn and Miami by storm and that wonderfully marries ten pin bowling with curling. Alongside the quick tutorial classes that takes guests through the basics, the delicious food, amazing cocktails and great music makes this one of the best ways to learn something new.
Things in October just started looking up with the return of National Champagne Week, a celebration of all things bubbly organised by Searcys. Happening across some of the country's most beautiful locations, there will be everything from a Champagne-fuelled quiz to dinner in Bath's Roman Baths.
Elmore Jam is a unique dining concept in North London that brings together friends in a communal living space. Live jazz music is performed throughout dinner which is cooked by Basement Gallery, the team responsible for The Underground Supper Club.
October is set to get a whole lot more sunny at this Croatian pop-up. An award-winning chef is cooking up a storm as she takes over Veturin in Battersea to cook traditional Dalmatian dishes with a modern twist. The menu changes regularly and there is only space for 28 each night.
Consumed by crime, terror, bloody murder and clouds of choking smog, Victorian London in recreated at the Suspects, Lunatics and Leather Aprons immersive theatre event. Full of intriguing characters, an infinite amount of hidden surprises and plenty of daring plot twists, this is one Autumn event you definitely need to check out. Whether you're searching for clues as an inspector of Scotland Yard, interviewing residents as a local vigilante or living on the dangerous streets themselves, you'll see a completely new side of the capital at this stunning theatre event in London.
Taking place this autumn, Denim N' Dine will take in a denim warehouse in Walthamstow. Join Pedro Passinhas, a Le Cordon Blue trained chef for seven courses which will explore surprising and unique flavours along with his technical brilliance.
Things are getting pretty hairy this October as the Thames Rocket revs up its engines once again to take terrified punters down the river. Join the award-winning guides as they explain London's ghoulish history, listen to the brilliant sound track and finish with a hot toddy.
The Dutch Master Boat is being taken over by Captain Jack Sparrow and co for one night of rum-fuelled fun. Join XclusiveTouch's Halloween bash as they cruise the Thames. There will be DJs, incredible views and plenty of rum to keep everyone entertained.
Having sailed the Seven Seas and travelled all round the world, Captain Jack Sparrow hosts a frivolous Halloween event that you definitely won't forget anytime soon. Guests will set sail down the River Thames in search of treasure with the crew of the Dutch Master Vessel, drinking as much delicious Rum as they can and dancing long into the night to all the songs played by DJ Suave. Expect to see some frightening costumes at this wild Halloween night out in London.
Testing out your skills of problem solving and immersing you in a apocalyptic world, armed only with a laser tag gun, End Game serve up an immersive spectacular this Halloween. A great game for colleagues, friends and family members to play together, teams will be locked in a room with an army of the dead fast approaching. With riddles to be solved and weapons to be won, the goal is simple. Survive!
This October in London, as the darkest night of the year descends, The Last Tuesday Society are heading to the Clapham Grand for an All Hallows Eve Danse Macabre. Celebrate the night of the unliving and head to the dance floor of this eccentric event where magnificent attire and live music awaits.
Looking to amp up your October activities this month in London with something strictly unique? Then why not join Herman Ze German as they transform their space into a dedication to all things Oktoberfest with themed food, dirndls and plenty more.
Offering guests an experience like no other, Jonatan Staniec will host a weekend of workshops all revolving around leather treatment. Designed specifically for beginners, Staniec will walk guests through a series of techniques used to treat leather, before allowing guests to create their own leather product. From tanning to sewing and gluing the material together, you'll leave this weekend workshop with a head full of facts and a new, interesting skill.
Throw on your best dancing shoes and head to South London for this night of traditional entertainment. Held in Peckham Liberal Arts Club, Ceilidh Nights is an evening full of fun, there's a live band, a caller and plenty of space to throw your best Ceilidh shapes - perfect for a first date with a difference or a night out with colleagues.
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.
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.
You’ve been called up to investigate a company building biological weapons, but things have taken a turn for the worse and now a blood-thirsty army of zombies are roaming the streets. London’s latest immersive gaming experience centres on a battle for survival, where you’ll have to keep a cool head and test your friendships to the max - can you… will you survive? Afterwards? There’s the chance to meet the crew and party ‘til late, of course!
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.
Spread across 2 days and bursting will vibrant character, the team at Proud Cabaret decided scary outfits and incredible decorations weren't enough, infusing their Halloween spectacular with fire-breathing dancers and sultry, jaw-dropping routines. Alongside a number of unbelievable cabaret performances, the evening will include a delectable 3 course dinner, as well as a fun-loving after party that's sure to leave you with a beaming smile.
The Michelin-starred Anthony Demetre showcases some of his finest dishes at the Supper Club With a View in East London. With the menu including the likes of duck with wild mushroom and sweet onion pie, and Denham Estate venison with autumn squash, roast pear and chestnuts, Demetre's creativity and use of only the freshest ingredients will leave you smiling with every delicious mouthful. If that wasn't enough, given that the event is based on the 17th floor of the M for Montcalm Hotel in Shoreditch, the entire event is framed by dazzling views of East London's twinkling skyline.
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.
Celebrating the bounteous Autumn harvest in the only way they know how, the Homegrown Seasonal supper club again returns to Pop Brixton, offering a refreshing evening for South London's many foodies. With 5 courses of the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables, and all the craft cocktails and fine wine you could ask for, this evening is perfect for vegetarians and will showcase the finest produce of Britain's best farmers.
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.
Inspired by the comic genius of ‘Allo Allo and Dad’s Army, accept your role as a secret agent for the French Resistance of 1943 and immerse yourself in a world of spies, gadgets and gizmos. You’ll receive your briefing, kit up and get stuck in to your first mission, savouring that Parisian culture and keeping up that French accent - the Gestapo will get suspicious otherwise. Round things off with a delicious three-course feast in the authentic Bistro before dancing the night away to a swing playlist at this unique, secretive event.
Step into a dark underworld of Masonry and murders in this brilliantly immersive theatrical experience in Andaz Hotel's Masonic Temple which was built in 1912. The beautiful venue will host the party as you meet a whole range of horrifying characters, from Jack the Ripper to H.H Homes. There are also options for a show and two-course dinner at Eastway Brasserie.
Bake Off just got even better, but that's not possible I hear you cry. Well yes it is and The Grand are the maestros taking on the challenge with a marathon showing of our fave show, there's a baking challenge and a lot of cake. If there's a heaven, we think we've found it.