October has arrived and with it crisper weather and plenty of lovely autumnal activities. There’s always lots to do in London, but it’s fun when you can combine your serviced apartment stay with seasonal activities. So, here’s what to look out for in the coming month.
London Cocktail Week – across the capital – October 2nd to 8th
The biggest cocktail festival is returning to London, with the ultimate chance to indulge in your favourite tipples and find some new ones. London Cocktail Week HQ is at Old Spitalfields Market, where there will be all sorts of excitement, although bars across the city will also be involved. Whether you’re keen to blend your own whisky, enjoy a cocktail made from waste ingredients or simply take advantage of the great deals on offer, make sure you get involved.
Get your digital pass for £10 for access to the events and offers.
Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites – National Gallery – from October 2nd
This month sees the opening of the much-anticipated new exhibition on the Pre-Raphaelites at the National Gallery. It is interesting as it looks at the work of 15th-century artist Jan Van Eyck and demonstrates how he influenced the flamboyant movement of the Victorian period, in particular, The Arnolfini Portrait. Works by Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt will be on display in all their auburn grandeur.
Admission is charged at £10 for weekdays and £12 for weekends. You can save yourself £2 by pre-booking online.
BFI London Film Festival – various venues – October 4th to 15th
Missed out on Sundance? Didn’t make it to Cannes? Well, this is your chance to get up-to-date on the best international film releases from the last 12 months. The BFI London Film Festival is now in its 61st year and attracts the great and the good of the movie world. Among the highlights will be a screening of Breathe, which marks Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, as well as a chance to see the fully restored silent movie Shiraz, which dates back to 1928.
Tickets are priced between £9 and £40. Attending a weekday matinee definitely counts as a bargain.
Girl from the North Country – Old Vic – until October 7th
Best described as musical theatre with a difference, Girl from the North Country is a must-see if you are a fan of the songs of Bob Dylan. Woe betide if you call it a musical, as there is a distinct lack of dance sequences and the stage maintains its dimly lit ambience. You’ll be transported to the Dustbowl during the Depression through the bleak storytelling of playwright-director Conor McPherson and it’s easy to feel like you’ve stepped into one of John Steinbeck’s plays.
Prices start at £12 and go up to £67.50. There is limited availability, so move fast if you want to catch Girl from the North Country before it finishes its run.
Poster Girls – London Transport Museum – from October 13th
Some of the most striking and iconic of Transport for London’s (TfL) posters have been designed by women. Now, 150 such artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries are going on display to show how female graphic designers have contributed to advertising and information posters over the years. There’s work from the likes of Zandra Rhodes, Mabel Lucie Attwell and Laura Knight. It’s fascinating to see the different use of styles – from flat colour to abstract – change over the decades.
Entry to the exhibition costs £17.50 full price and £15 for concessions. Children under 18 are admitted free.