10 Things to do in London October 2023

Published: 02 Oct 2023
It's getting dark and wet in London, but the events keep on coming. We've collected ten ideas on what to do when nights are getting longer.
Southbank Centre
London Film Festival is held at the Southbank Centre

London Restaurant Festival

The popular London Restaurant Festival celebrates the capital’s vast array of eateries with exclusive menus, special events and exclusive dinners.

The festival takes place in October and includes various food-related events, such as special menus, tasting sessions, food tours, and talks and workshops featuring renowned chefs and food experts. 30 Sep-31 Oct

K-Music Festival Strand International Festival of Song

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the K-Music Festival, a special live concert will take place at the Barbican Centre Hall on Sunday, October 1st. The concert will feature Jung Jae-il, the acclaimed Music Director of hit series like Squid Game and the groundbreaking film Parasite. He will perform with the London Symphony Orchestra, promising a mesmerising experience. This event will showcase iconic orchestral compositions from beloved Korean films, including Squid Game, Parasite, Broker, and Okja, making it a captivating musical journey not to be missed. 1 October

London Film Festival

The London Film Festival is an annual event organised by the British Film Institute (BFI). The event has several types of events. Films are naturally the main thing on the agenda at a film festival, in the form of galas with public premieres for some of the biggest movies this year. There are also other types of events, such as Screen Talks, i.e. in-depth interviews with leaders in contemporary cinema. 4 - 15 October

Knitting and Stitching Show

Explore Alexandra Palace’s Knitting and Stitching Show, where you can uncover over 200 workshops, browse a wide array of major brands and small enterprises, explore textile galleries, and enjoy numerous other activities and offerings.

The Knitting & Stitching Show, established in 1987 by avid stitcher Karen Elder due to a lack of supplies, initially held its first shows at Kensington’s Rainbow Rooms before rapidly expanding in scale and popularity. In 1991, the event moved to Alexandra Palace.

The event has become the leading consumer textiles exhibition in the UK over the past three decades. 5-8 October

London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week is a celebration dedicated to the art and craft of mixology in the heart of the UK’s capital. The event offers an eclectic mix of experiences, from pop-up bars to cocktail-making masterclasses catering to serious cocktail connoisseurs and casual enthusiasts. Key districts across the city participate, offering a unique cocktail tour that allows participants to sample some of London’s finest concoctions. The event also showcases innovative and sustainable practices in the drinks industry, particularly supporting local distilleries and promoting low-waste operations. 12 – 22 October

London Octoberfest

In 2011, the legendary Oktoberfest, aptly named London Oktoberfest, was launched in London, becoming the UK’s largest Oktoberfest event with over 30,000 guests annually. This year, it is on Thursday to Saturday on three consecutive weeks with special offerings at various venues, offering the best entertainment in town.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • From October 19th to 21st, the festivities kick off in Walpole Park, Ealing, where it was a tremendous success last year.
  • From October 26th to 28th, the celebration takes place in the heart of London at Finsbury Square, including a famous Halloween Edition on the 28th.
  • Finally, from November 2nd to 4th, the event concludes with a weekend of Oktoberfest fun.

The event is sure to be great fun with beer steins all around.

The Other Art Fair

The Other Art Fair is held at the Truman Brewery in October, and it aims to bring art to everyone with unique experiences. There are original yet affordable works from independent artists, performances, DJs, and a fully stocked bar to make the experience more fun and immersive. 12 - 15 October

BBC Earth Experience

BBC Earth Experience is an innovative London attraction that offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the extraordinary diversity of our seven continents on an epic scale. The experience is held at The Daikin Centre in Earls’s Court. With bespoke narration by David Attenborough, the attraction showcases captivating footage, including extended scenes and music from the BBC Studios Natural History Unit series “Seven Worlds, One Planet.” Using cutting-edge digital screen technology, this immersive experience allows audiences of all ages to feel like they’ve entered the natural world. Visitors will embark on a 360-degree audio-visual journey, seeing iconic landscapes and connecting with animals, making it an epic adventure that brings the environment to life. Everyday except Mondays in October

Strand International Festival of Song

International opera stars are inaugurating London’s latest classical song series in a church setting, set within the intimate confines of St Mary le Strand, often called the “Jewel of the Strand.” This series comprises five recitals that encompass a wide array of composers and styles, ranging from Scottish folk songs and Vaughan Williams’ “Songs of Travel” to Schubert lied music, Rossini’s Cat Duet, and a dedicated tribute marking the 150th Anniversary of Rachmaninov. There are two concerts in October. 5 Oct, 26 Oct and another three next year.

The Women in Art Fair

The Women in Art Fair (WIAF) is a newly established art fair with a primary mission of addressing gender inequality within the art industry. It endeavours to create a global platform where women and individuals identifying as women can display their artistic talents and actively engage in discussions regarding gender and culture. The theme for this year’s event revolves around the concept of “The World is A Family,” and artists are warmly encouraged to submit their artworks, spanning various mediums such as contemporary art, photography, textiles, and sculpture. 11-14 October