10 Amazing Things To Do In London This October

By Megan Millisky

London is a popular vacation spot during its mild autumn, and for good reason. Brimming with cathedrals, art, full English breakfasts, and night-life party scenes, London has something for every adventurer. Set your trip apart with a few of these exciting October events!

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1. London Cocktail Week

Don’t miss the best cocktails in London during this popup event from October 4-October 13. Featuring master classes, street food, DJs, and cheap drinks, this event is sure to get the party started.
Address: London, England

2. Frieze London

From October 3-6, discover the work of dozens of lauded artists at this event in Regent’s Park. The event aims to explore thousands of years of art history through an accessible, contemporary lens. Address: The Regent's Park: Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR, UK

3. Halloween Ball at the Mansion

Whether you consider yourself a party animal or just want to check out one of London’s biggest Halloween scenes this October 26, stop into the Halloween Ball at the Mansion. There are three dance floors, street food, live dance performances. You can also get your face painted, watch a fire show, or get your future predicted by a clairvoyant! Address: In London's NW Zone 2
Please note: the exact address will be given out 48 hours in advance.

4. Harry Potter Film Location Tours

Wave your wand and book to your trip with a tour of famous locales like Godwin’s court, Trafalgar Square, and Downing Street. Tours are free offer both guided and self-guided options. There are 10 different movie locations to admire over two magical hours. The event runs all October. Get more info on the free tours here.
Address: Statue of Winston Churchill, Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3JX, UK

5. London Restaurant Festival

Throughout the month of October, enjoy unique dining events all over London. Go in with an empty stomach to see if you can handle London’s longest lunch, or go restaurant-hopping for a multi-course meal. Or, set your sights on the Ultimate Gastronomic Weekends, which features money-saving specials at dozens of popular spots around London. Address: London, UK

6. Museums at Night Series

October 6-8, explore museums in a slightly more spooky setting - at night. That includes must-see sites like the National Gallery, the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and the Museum of London, just to mention a few. And for those who are feeling brave, head to the London Canal Museum to embark on a creepy journey down the Islington Tunnel.
Address: Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN, UK

7. Festival of the Dead

On October 19-20, immerse yourself in Halloween trickery with this one-of-a-kind blend of carnival, circus, and clubbing. Wicked puppets and performers will be roaming the event too. Fancy dress is expected, of course.
Address: 490 Commercial Rd, London E1 0HX, UK

8. London Festival of Wine

Over 300 types of wine await you at the London Festival of Wine on October 19. The show sells out every year; for a low price, anyone can feel like a wine connoisseur for a day. Attend a master class, wander around the gorgeous Grand Hall, or sip wine while chatting with experts in the field. Address: 1 Great George St, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA, UK

9. The Cake and Bake Show

The sweetest show in London takes place October 4-6. The show celebrates all things cake! Aside from loading up on sweets, you will hear from celebrity baking experts, shop for the latest cookware, or watch the Cake Competition.
Address: Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London E16 1XL, UK

10. Autumn Candlelight Photography Evening

Wind down from a long day of sightseeing with a relaxing evening stroll. Bring your own camera and take Instagram-worthy photos by candlelight. The Southwark Cathedral, which hosts the event on October 16, offers a wealth of history and beauty.
Address: Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London E16 1XL, UK

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