WHAT’S ON: OCTOBEROctober 1, 2015
The chill has returned to the air and we’re clinging on to our duvets for that little bit longer every morning. We’re scouting out the winter coats and eying up the scarves. Despite the oncoming burst of cold, there’s no excuse to go MIA. This is a delicious month dedicated to dappled sunlight, long walks around the park, kicking leaves, lazy pub lunches with open fires and of course, Halloween. So get out and soak up London in the autumn.
Chills in the Chapel
If a Gothic-revival chapel doesn’t scream Halloween, then really what does? Hunker down in the chapel over Halloween weekend for screenings of classic slasher horrors. Don’t forget to don your best fancy dress for the occasion. The bar will be serving all evening for those in need of a Halloween tipple.
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Highbury & Islington | Tickets, £20
Pumpkin Carving, Drink Shop Do
Channel your inner child with Drink Shop Do and book yourself onto a pumpkin carving evening. Get crafty (and boozy) at the same time. Double win.
9 Caledonian Road,Kings Cross,London | 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th October | Tickets, £10
National Theatre Costume Hire Warehouse
Whether you’re looking for an entire outfit or a particular item, the National Theatre’s costume warehouse is an Aladdin’s cave of dress up goodies. Book an appointment with a member of staff who will lead you through rails and rails of chronologically arranged clothes to find the perfect outfit.
From eighteenth-century gowns and 20s flapper dresses to doublets and top hats, the store is a haven for dress-up enthusiasts. Whether it’s Halloween, Secret Cinema or a themed evening party, this is the joint you need to hit up.
Chichester House, Kennington Park Business Estate, 1-3 Brixton Rd | Outfits from £120
London Cocktail Week
What’s not to love about getting boozy for a week on discounted cocktails around London? This is the week we all dream of, the week where Spitalfields turns into a temporary cocktail temple and just under 300 London bars are spilling alcohol out their doors. Nab yourself a £10 wristband and you’ll have access to a mahoosive menu of £5 signature and off-menu cocktails at all these locations, plus pop up events. If you’re really feeling it, there are cocktail masterclasses and talks around Soho too.
Monday October 5th – Sunday October 11th | Spitalfields market & Soho
The street food gurus are turning three and celebrating with a massive street food party at the West Handyside Canopy in King’s Cross. The event will showcase all of their favourite traders, featuring The Ribman, Bleecker St.Burger, Donostia Social Club and more. Grab yourself some mates, some loose fitting clothing and prepare to eat.
Friday 9th October | 6-11pm | West Handyside Canopy at King’s Cross
Frame at King’s Cross
One of our favourite fitness studios, Frame will be opening doors in King’s Cross on 1st October. Frame is all about dance, yoga, barre, ass, abs and most importantly, aerobics. #moveyourframe on down to King’s Cross to try out one of their classes, slurp down a healthy shake, indulge in some pancakes and browse fitness wear from Whistles, Nike and more.
Frame, ArtHouse, 1 York Way , King’s Corss | See classes here
Art of the Brick – The Truman Brewery
Chances are, as a kid you had a mountain of Lego. You were wading knee deep in those brightly coloured blocks and made castles, boats, rockets and trains to your heart’s content. You might have been lucky enough to get your paws on the special edition Harry Potter Lego. For those looking to unleash their inner child and revisit times past, Nathan Sawaya brings his touring exhibition ‘Art of the Brick’ to Brick Lane (obviously). The exhibition showcases a range of artworks, all made of Lego, and if you were thinking, gee I wonder how long THAT took, we can tell you it took over 4,188 hours to build. The scultpures include recreations of famous artworks such as the Mona Lisa as well original scultpures like this massive T-Rex skeleton made up of over 80,000 bricks.
91 Brick Ln, London | Tickets, £14.50
We just have this to say: pinball and chicken kiev. Do you need to know more? No, but we’ll go on because Coin Laundry, coming to Exmouth Market this month is just too damn cool not to spill all the deets. It’s a 70s inspired joint specializing in chicken kiev, retro cocktails, and more 70s décor than you can shake a stick at. There’ll be a ‘kiev counter’ counting down the number of kievs left in the kitchen, a common room with board games, regular events like book clubs and artsy pop-up shops to boot. Umm, we know where we’re hanging out this month.
70 Exmouth Market, London EX1R 4QP
Little Nan’s Tropical Den
Located in a secret location between Nunhead and Peckham, Little Nan’s Tropical Den will be opening doors on 8th October ready with cocktails in teapots, caribbean food, popcorn, and the best disco anthems. Because who doesn’t love a cocktail served in a teacup.
Open Fridays & Saturdays | 6pm – Midnight
Frieze Art Fair
Frieze is back in all its arty glory! With 160 galleries from over 25 countries all gathering in Regent’s Park for one huge contemporary art event. There’ll be a sculpture park, food stalls, and talks. Get cultural and head over to the park for an afternoon of browsing.
October 14th – 17th | Regent’s Park