The best of London this autumn.
Monday, September 2, 2019
Bundle up and enjoy autumn in London with our pick of the best things to see and do.
DIWALI ON TRAFALGAR SQUARE
Trafalgar Square 3rd Nov
Join thousands of others to celebrate the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights during Diwali on Trafalgar Square.
Diwali traditionally symbolises joy, love, reflection, resolution, forgiveness, light and knowledge; and represents the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness. Enjoy music and dance performances, family-friendly craft activities, community stalls and delicious food from India and beyond, as part of a large programme of activities.
Diwali is timed to coincide with the new moon in October or November, so the actual date varies from year to year.
DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS
SSE Arena & O2, 13th Nov - 5th Jan
Sing along to all of your Disney favourites this winter with Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic at the SSE Arena, Wembley, and The O2.
Let your inner child be brought to life as more than 50 of the most famous Disney cast members – taken from a century of much-loved stories – skate across the ice in this exciting spectacle.
Join in with old and new hits including Let It Go, Hakuna Matata and You've Got a Friend in Me, as you welcome all your favourite Disney friends to the ice, led by the one and only Mickey Mouse, Mouseter of Ceremonies.
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
BFI South Bank, 2nd - 13th Oct
Catch some of the latest and greatest in film at this year's BFI London Film Festival, spanning 12 days across several cinema venues around the capital including special galas, talks by various cast and crew and celebratory events happening across the festival.
Things kick off with the Opening Night Gala and a screening of Widows, directed by Steve McQueen. Throughout the festival, there are plenty of Headline Galas giving you the chance to walk the red carpet before seeing one of many highly acclaimed films, from dozens of countries around the world.
FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD
Troxy, London, 19th Oct
After a sellout tour across the UK in 2018, Festival of The Dead returns. A unique combination of carnival, circus and clubbing inspired by the art of the Day of The Dead celebration.
The most imaginative, immersive and outright wicked events anywhere on planet earth. Giant puppets and incredible creatures join breathtaking performers to bring you a show straight from the depths of the afterlife.
Guests are as much a part of the show as the performers. Come dressed in your deathly best.
REGENT'S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, until 21 Sept
See a Shakespeare play, family show or hit musical under summer skies in the centre of the Royal Park.
Spend the warm summer evenings watching theatre shows in an idyllic venue with the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2019 season.
LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK
Various Locations, 4th - 13th Oct
London Cocktail Week, the largest festival of its kind in the world, by DrinkUp.London will be celebrating 10 years in 2019. Bigger and better than ever, the festival will span 10 days, across London with the Cocktail Village returning to Old Truman’s Brewery and a brand new hub at Ice Tank in Holborn. The £10 digital pass entitles guests to £6 cocktails at over 300 bars for 10 days as well as free, unlimited entry to The Cocktail Village (located in The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane) and first-look access to pop-ups and parties.
Hendrick’s Gin will be bringing back their Tini Martini Townhouse from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October taking punters on a journey of unusual experiences including a pygmy petting zoo and microscopic games as well as perfect Tini Martinis from a roster of the world’s best bartenders.
Bloc is a short stay hotel designed to give you the very best of everything needed to sleep, shower and step out fresh into a new day, right in the heart of the action.
Its short-term staying designed around you. Lightspeed wifi, to keep you connected when you’re on. High-powered showers, sound-proof walls and big, comfy beds for when you’re not.
It’s everything you need, and none of what you don’t. No bells, no whistles, just pure rest and relaxation. And even better, it’s right at the centre of the action, so you can step right out into it when morning comes, and step right back in when the day is done.