As summer draws to an end and the days get shorter, the last thing you want to do is stay hibernating inside! Experience the seasons changing by heading out to one of London’s many parks and see the foliage’s warm autumnal colours come alive. In addition to long city walks, there are plenty of other activities to keep you entertained this month. From food, art and literature festivals to spooky Halloween events, there is something to please everyone this October. Read on to find out to see our top pick of things you could be doing this month. 


Frieze London – 2 to 6 October 

Head to Regent’s park at the start of this month to see one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs. International galleries, renowned artists and up-and-coming collectors will join together under one roof to showcase their work. Visitors can browse the world-class art, or take part in a series of curated talks and events. 


London Restaurant Festival – 1 to 31 October 

Running throughout the whole of October, this is one to get the foodies’ taste buds tingling. Over 250 of London’s top restaurants will be offering everything from discounted one-off menus, restaurant-hopping tours and unique culinary experiences hosted by some the city’s most renowned chefs. Don’t miss this great excuse to eat out at a great value [rice and celebrate London’s sumptuous food scene!


BFI London Film Festival – 2 to 13 October 

Returning for its 63rd year, the BFI London Film Festival is the UK’s largest celebration of international film. Film fanatics can check out the best movies from Cannes and other major festivals and become inspired by the numerous panels, discussions and guest appearances taking place throughout the two weeks.   


London Literature Festival – 17 to 27 October 

Southbank’s literature festival returns once again, bringing together today’s leading writers, thinkers and observers to explore this year’s fairy tale theme. You can expect 11 days of talks, readings and workshops with acclaimed artists such as Elizabeth Day, Bret Anderson and Jung Chang.


Halloween – 27 to 31 October 

You will find plenty of activities to scare yourself silly throughout the whole of October. Step inside London’s dungeons, go ghost hunting on a guided tour or follow in Jack the Ripper’s haunted footsteps. At the end of the month, the city gathers to celebrate all things spooky with a weekend full of a creepy mix of carnival, circus and concert! 

For more monthly activities, keep checking the LCCA events page.