Autumn is upon us, the days are getting shorter, and thoughts naturally turn to open fires and cosy nights indoors. However, as always, there are still lots of events happening in and around the capital to tempt you outside.
Here’s our roundup of things to do in London this October.
Oktoberfest in London
You can now get your annual fix of beer, bratwurst and brass oompah bands in various locations across London. Numerous Oktoberfest celebrations are happening in London this year. From the authentic beer hall experience that will have you grabbing for your lederhosen or dirndl. To less traditional options including a Halloween mashup, a 100% vegan offering and even a medieval-themed celebration.
Here is our pick of London Oktoberfest celebrations in 2019.
North London – Camden Oktoberfest
Camden’s legendary Electric Ballroom is transformed into a bustling Bavarian beer hall with bands and DJs keeping the party going until the evening.
South London – Oktoberfest South London
Raise a stein or two and shout ‘Prost’ at Pop Brixton with music, merriment and a menu laden with German sausage and schnitzel.
Tickets are available here.
East London – Doktoberfest
Munich comes to the Docklands with a warehouse space minutes away from Canada Water station converted into a giant bierkeller.
West London – London Oktoberfest at Olympia
Kill two birds with one stone at this Halloween-themed Oktoberfest party at the iconic Olympia London in Kensington.
Best for vegans – Vegtoberfest
The UK’s first 100% vegan Oktoberfest at Camden Stables boasts a lineup of entertainment that’s as healthy as its menu.
All Hallows’ Eve antics
There’s no better excuse than Halloween for fancy dress and face paint. But you don’t have to don a costume to enjoy Halloween in London.
Here are our favourite eerie events in London this month.
Dark Arts: The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studio
Fans of Harry Potter and Halloween are in for a double treat this October. The Warner Bros Studio tour explores the more sinister side of the films with special events and spooky sets to explore.
Learn to pumpkin carve like a pro
Renowned for its luxury food hall and fabulous hampers, Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly is a must-see for London visitors. This Halloween they are offering pumpkin carving classes for adults and children.
Book your tickets here.
Classic horror films in a 1950’s ballroom
Movie nights at the Rivoli Ballroom are atmospheric at any time of the year, but at Halloween, they are truly bewitching. The lineup includes Nightmare on Elm Street and The Shining.
The terror-filled bus tour
For a London bus trip with a difference, hop onboard one of the black Routemaster buses run by The Ghost Bus Tours company. It might be part theatre, part history lesson and part sightseeing but it’s 100% family-friendly fun.
The 11th London Restaurant Festival
Take your tastebuds on a gastronomic tour of the world without leaving London. The London Restaurant Festival showcases the diversity and quality of London’s dining scene from Michelin-starred restaurants to brand new openings. And there’s ample choice with over 250 restaurants taking part in this year’s festival. The restaurant-hopping tours are an excellent way for hungry diners to sample the signature dish at five local restaurants.
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