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Bloomsbury Festival

British artist Adelaide Damoah, Genesis presented by MTArt Agency at One Bedford Avenue, Bloomsbury Festival 2018

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Bloomsbury Festival
London Literature Festival
St James's and Wallpaper*: Art and Design Walk
Affordable Art Fair Battersea
I and You: Hampstead Theatre
Borough Market Apple Day
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018
Last Nights of Havana


Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station


Dates: 19th October 2018 to 8th September 2019


The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is a highlight of the year at the Natural History Museum, consistently showing fresh perspectives on animals, insects, plants and landscapes. This year's exhibition includes a portrait of a horned tree lizard in the mountains of Pahang, Malaysia; a lioness lapping water from a waterhole in Zambia; and a mob of meerkat pups standing up against a snake in Namibia. The competition, running for over 50 years, is highly competitive with almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. The shortlisted 100 images - including the winning pictures - are beautifully displayed on backlit panels for all visitors to enjoy.


Chocolate Week

Canopy Market, West Handyside Canopy, One Wharf Road, Covent Garden, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 15th to 21st Oct 2018


London embraces the nationwide Chocolate Week this October with a number of sugary sweet events across the city that celebrate the most talented chocolatiers. There are plenty of events for chocolate lovers to feast on but some of the highlights include the Canopy Market takeover by Cocoa Runners (featuring over 20 chocolate makers from around the world) and a collaborative menu between top UK chocolatier Paul A Young and celebrated chef Adam Handling at his restaurant Frog by Adam Handling in Covent Garden.


Bloomsbury Festival

Various Venues, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1NX

Tube: Russell Square Station


Dates: 17th to 21st Oct 2018


Five days of artistic, scientific and literary events, immersive exhibitions and performances in unusual locations, the Bloomsbury Festival brings more than 200 events, most of them free, to the literary district of London. On Friday 19th October Roll Up Store Street presents a free outdoor street party with a circus theme. Sunday Funday brings a day of fun for families to Brunswick Square. A Suffragette Scavenger Hunt is just one of six events celebrating Bloomsbury women at this year's festival which takes on the theme of Activists and Architects of Change. There are bold new theatre and dance pieces at Bloomsbury Theatre from new talent coming out of RADA and Central St Martins. You can get a tour of The Principal, Bloomsbury's famous landmark hotel, fresh from its recent refurbishment; its ballroom provides the location for the festival's grand finale concert. It all takes place at venues across Bloomsbury, from major institutions like the British Museum, University College London and the Wellcome Collection to quirky spaces and family favourites like Coram's Fields.


London Literature Festival

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 18th to 28th October 2018


Discuss and digest the written word with Salman Rushdie, Akala, Mary Beard, Carol Ann Duffy, Sue Perkins, Melvyn Bragg and Olafur Eliasson at this year's London Literature Festival. Marilynne Robinson is 'in conversation' at the 2018 festival where you can enjoy an evening with Roger Daltrey for the exclusive London launch of his new memoir Thanks a lot, Mr Kibblewhite: My Life. Held over eleven days across Southbank Centre's 17-acre site, the festival features a packed programme of exclusive appearances, live readings, newly commissioned performances, talks, debates, poetry, visual displays, workshops, award ceremonies, book launches, free activities and family events. Coinciding with half term week, the festival includes Pram Jam: Words and Rhymes, daily Bedtime Stories and Rise and Rhyme in the mornings.


Last Nights of Havana

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


Dates: 19th October to 31st December 2018


A taste of Cuba comes to London this autumn with Last Nights of Havana at Tobacco Dock. Inspired by the 1940s and '50s and pre-revolution Havana, the event will see the Quayside Bar reimagined as a time when rum cocktails, cigars, Cadillacs and glamour were all part of day-to-day life. Every night will present a line-up of live Cuban jazz mixed with top London DJs and dancers. There will, of course, be cocktails with the full Bacardi portfolio on the menu alongside unique bottles from the Caribbean. The food, meanwhile, will Cuban street dishes and snacks like Cuban sandwiches, fried plantain and pork scratchings.


St James's and Wallpaper*: Art and Design Walk

Christie's Fine Art Auctioneers, 8 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QT

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Oct 2018


This autumn, St James's and Wallpaper* are collaborating to host an Art and Design Walk, providing the chance to explore London's home of contemporary art. Curated by the commission editor of Wallpaper*, the walk takes participants through a series of nine intimate, tucked away galleries to enjoy the very best in contemporary art and design. Galleries include Stern Pissarro and Thomas Dane as well as larger spaces like Christie's and White Cube. You'll learn about everything from Anni Albers' pioneering wall hangings to Jose Yaque's Kind of Blue.


Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Oct 2018


A diverse line-up of artists display an array of affordable contemporary art in Battersea Park for the Affordable Art Fair, which has become a well-loved institution on London's art scene. It's an event that strips away the pretension of the art world and gives buyers a chance to pick up some really great work at fair prices, ranging from 100 to 6,000. This year you can take part in a self-portrait masterclass inspired by the blockbuster Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Thursday Late View, discover upcycling techniques and explore the trend for terrariums. Central St Martins Short Courses will be offering still life workshops and Turner Prize winner Richard Deacon CBE showcases limited editions of his abstract works. A fun, family day out, the art fair is accessible to connoisseurs and the merely curious.


I and You: Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU

Tube: Swiss Cottage Station


Dates: 18th October to 24th November 2018


Written by 35-year-old American writer Lauren Gunderson, "the most popular playwright in America today" (The Guardian, quoting American Theatre magazine), I and You is a "perky two-character study in adolescent confusions and cosmic mysteries" (New York Times). Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams plays Caroline, a girl who's housebound because of illness. Confined to her room, she has only Instagram and Facebook for company... until classmate Anthony bursts in. An unlikely friendship develops and a seemingly mundane piece of homework starts to reveal the pair's hopes and dreams - as well as a deep and mysterious bond that connects them even further.



Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station


Dates: 15th - 16th October 2011


The world's biggest rum festival returns to London for its fifth year this October. RumFest offers to the opportunity to all rum connoisseurs to enjoy a whistle-stop tour of the world's most amazing rums and learn all about the art of mixing and preparing. Over the course of two days, visitors will be able to taste rums from Antigua, Barbados, Mauritius, Venezuela and other places and the world's most popular drink is showcased in all its glory for those who have enjoyed rum out in the tropics and those who haven't. Master blenders, distillers and world famous mixologists will be on hand to explain all about the spirit that is the main ingredient of most cocktails. Those who are keen to become experts can sign up for one of the many seminars on offer - similarly, you can take a cocktail masterclass that will teach you all you need to know about creating delicious cocktails. And it's not just booze at every stand - once you're done sampling the rum, check out the Tropical Food Area where you can enjoy Caribbean cuisine such as jerked chicken stew, curried goat and, you guessed it, rum cakes. With live music playing al day to create a tropical rhythm, this will be an unforgettable experience. For further information, visit


Borough Market Apple Day

Borough Market, Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL

Tube: London Bridge Station , Borough Station


Dates: Sunday 21st October 2018


A celebration of the autumnal fruit, Borough Market hosts a day of activities in honour of the apple. An annual tradition, Borough Market's Apple Daycelebrates the 2,500 varieties of apples. Local historical theatre group the Lion's Part will present a series of music, songs and performance while October Plenty will see the Berry Man, the Autumn incarnation of the original Green Man, who will be decked with wild fruits and foliage and carry an apple tree, lead a procession from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to Borough Market. The procession also features a huge Corn Queene effigy heavy with 'Plenty' that will be dismantled and thrown into the crowd at Borough Market. The Apple Day also includes a number of traditional games, talks about endangered apple varieties and Morris dancing. Chef Kathy Slack will provide the food, cooking up a range of apple and harvest themed dishes while the market's traders will present apple focused goods like apple biscuits, apple cake and cider.



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