Hello October! Get ready to kick start your social calendar this month with these top things to see and do in London.
With more than 250 events, both online and across the capital, there is no shortage of things to see during London Craft Week. Enjoy a 10-day programme of design and craftsmanship, spanning interactive workshops, panel discussions and exhibitions.
London Restaurant Festival in partnership with American Express kicks off this week with both ‘At-Home’ and ‘In-Restaurant’ experiences. Starring London’s greatest chefs and restaurants, celebrate the capital’s delicious diversity – whether going out or staying in.
The famous ballpit cocktail bar, BallieBallerson is back open in Shoreditch with a sleek, shiny aesthetic! From all new pool party style ball pits, evening brunches to delicious cocktails, this is a must visit for a fun night out in East London.
London Cocktail Week is the biggest city-wide celebration of cocktails in the world and it runs up to the 31 October. Taking place in London’s best bars – alongside a new at-home element – the festival offers cocktail lovers’ access to an unrivalled collection of top bars with the renowned self-guided Cocktail Tours, as well as a timetable of masterclasses and immersive experiences.
Lee Valley VeloPark on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is a world class cycling centre open to the public. Choose from cycling the track in the iconic velodrome, race on the road circuit, tackle their mountain bike trails or jump and bump on the berms of the BMX track.
Kensington + Chelsea Art Week comes to life this week at the Royal Borough with incredible public art and more than 200 events both online and offline. Highlights include the façade of the Coronet Theatre wrapped in embroidered poetry, empty retail spaces transformed with installations and colourful murals from local artists inspired by Black Lives Matter, Covid-19 and the hard work of the NHS. This year’s Public Art Trail includes a ToyStudio’s geometric sculpture and light installation In Bloom on Sloane Square; British Sculptor Alex Chinneck’s Alaphabetti Spaghetti on Bramley Road/Lockton Street; Through III, a triangular prism corridor of light and colour by Liz West on the Duke of York Square; and award-winning multidisciplinary artist Yinka Llori’s design interventions for the St Stephen’s Centre at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The Chelsea Theatre’s facade at World’s End Square will be illuminated by coloured lights in the evenings as part of the celebrations.