Events in London – October 2018

October is a time autumn walks in the park, lamplit strolls along the river, or an evening meal and West End show. Or how about attending the Pearly Kings and Queens Festival, London Film Festival, or scary event at Halloween? You might hear some fireworks at the end of the month as Bonfire Night gets closer.

 

Theatre shows in October

Les Miserables at Queen’s Theatre

to Queen’s Theatre Les Miserables is an epic tale of passion and destruction set against the backdrop of the French Revolution
Woman In Black at Fortune Theatre

to Fortune Theatre A man is obsessed with a family curse and hires a sceptical young actor to help him exorcise the fear that grips his soul
Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

to Her Majesty’s Theatre The Phantom of the Opera has some of the best sets in the West End and one of Andrew Lloyd Webbers finest scores
Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

to Lyceum Theatre Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie The Lion King tells the story of Simba and his adventures in the jungle
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

to Apollo Victoria Theatre If you like The Wizard of Oz then you will love Wicked -- it tells the story of what happened to the good and evil witches
Thriller Live at Lyric Theatre

to Lyric Theatre Thriller celebrates Michaels career in a spectacular show filled with songs and dazzling dance moves
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

to Cambridge Theatre Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Mamma Mia at Novello Theatre

to Novello Theatre Mamma Mia is based on the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and uses the songs of ABBA
Book Of Mormon at Prince of Wales Theatre

to Prince of Wales Theatre The Book of Mormon is a totally fearless comedy musical written by the same guys as anarchic TV cartoon South Park
Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre

to Duchess Theatre The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society put on a West End show but will they crack under the pressure?
Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

to Adelphi Theatre Kinky Boots tells the story of entertainer Lola who helps to save a bankrupt shoe factory by singing some Cyndi Lauper songs
Motown The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

to Shaftesbury Theatre Relive Berry Gordys journey as he launches Motown and the careers of superstars like Michael Jackson
Comedy About A Bank Robbery at Criterion Theatre

to Criterion Theatre The writers behind The Play That Goes Wrong are back with The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion
Aladdin at Prince Edward Theatre

to Prince Edward Theatre Disneys Aladdin has been turned into a West End musical and will be showing at the Prince Edward Theatre
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

to Palace Theatre Palace Theatre will be showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child -- a brand-new Harry Potter story by JK Rowling
School Of Rock at Gillian Lynne Theatre

to Gillian Lynne Theatre The Jack Black movie School of Rock has been turned into a West End mind-blowing musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes
Everybodys Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre

to Apollo Theatre Everybodys Talking About Jamie is all about overcoming prejudice with songs by The Feelings Dan Gillespie Sells
Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

to Victoria Palace Theatre Alexander Hamilton was George Washingtons right hand man and one of Americas Founding Fathers
The Magic Circle

to The Magic Circle Enjoy an evening of magic at the Magic Circles own headquarters and have a look around their museum as well
Strictly Ballroom Musical at Piccadilly Theatre

to Piccadilly Theatre A ballroom champion gets in trouble when he decides to defy tradition and use some moves that arent strictly ballroom
Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre

to Aldwych Theatre TINA tells the story of Tina Turner from her humble start in Nutbush to her transformation into a global superstar
Chicago at Phoenix Theatre

to Phoenix Theatre Alexandra Burke and Duncan James will be starring in Chicago -- the sassiest and sexiest West End musical ever
Bat Out Of Hell Musical at Dominion Theatre

to Dominion Theatre The Domionion Theatre will be showing Bat Out Of Hell The Musical using the bombastic music of Jim Steinman and Meatloaf
The Jungle at Playhouse Theatre

to Playhouse Theatre Enter the bustling Afghan Cafe in the heart of the Calais migrant camp and eavesdrop on the residents stories
Winters Tale at Globe Theatre

to Globe Theatre William Shakespeares The Winters Tale is a story of love and loss and wild and uncontrollable emotions
King Lear at Duke of York’s Theatre

to Duke of York’s Theatre Ian McKellen will be taking on the role of mad King Lear in one of William Shakespeares finest tragedies
Othello at Globe Theatre

to Globe Theatre Mark Rylance will be starring in the Globes production of one of Shakespeares most celebrated tragedies
Foxfinder at Ambassadors Theatre

to Ambassadors Theatre Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon will be appearing in the premiere of the darkly thrilling new play Foxfinder
The Lover The Collection at Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre The Pinter at the Pinter season continues with two more of his one-act plays: The Lover and The Collection
One For The Road New World Order at Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre Five of Pinters one-act plays including: One for the Road New World Order Mountain Language and Ashes to Ashes
Pack Of Lies at Menier Chocolate Factory

to Menier Chocolate Factory Pack of Lies tells the true story of a couple who were asked to help trap the neighbours from a suspected Soviet spy ring
The Inheritance at Noël Coward Theatre

to Noël Coward Theatre Noel Coward Theatre is putting on a production of Matthew Lopezs celebrated play about young gay men in New York
Showstopper at Lyric Theatre

to Lyric Theatre Showstopper is an improvised musical that revolves around the suggestions fired out from the audience
Company at Gielgud Theatre

to Gielgud Theatre The legendary Broadway musical Company is coming to the West End with some of Stephen Sondheims best songs
The Magic Circle

to The Magic Circle Enjoy an evening of entertainment performed by some of the worlds best close-up magicians at the Magic Circles HQ
Measure For Measure at Donmar Warehouse

to Donmar Warehouse The Donmar Warehouse will be putting on a production of Shakespeares Measure For Measure starring Hayley Atwell
Height Of The Storm at Wyndham’s Theatre

to Wyndham’s Theatre Jonathan Pryce and Dame Eileen Atkins will be starring in The Height Of The Storm at Wyndhams Theatre
Othellomacbeth at Lyric Hammersmith

to Lyric Hammersmith Othellomacbeth combines two of Shakespeares most brutal and poetic plays into one condensed show
Wise Children at Old Vic

to Old Vic Its twin chorus girls Nora and Doras 70th birthday so they start wondering whats happened to their actor father Melchior Hazard
Rip It Up at London Palladium

London Palladium Harry Judd Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith will be dancing their way through a 1960s soundtrack in Rip It Up
Macbeth at Barbican Centre

to Barbican Centre A contemporary re-telling of Shakespeares Macbeth starring Niamh Cusack and Christopher Eccleston
Landscape A Kind Of Alaska at Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre Watch three of Harold Pinters one-act plays in one sitting: Landscape A Kind of Alaska and Monologue
Don Quixote at Garrick Theatre

to Garrick Theatre David Threlfall and Rufus Hound will be starring in the medieval adventures of Don Quixote at the Garrick Theatre
Halloween In Concert at Fortune Theatre

Fortune Theatre Enjoy a a spine-tingling evening of spooky songs from all your favourite musicals performed by an all-star cast

Music, comedy & film in October

Josie Lawrence at Comedy Store

to Comedy Store Josie Lawrence will be making regular weekly appearances with the Comedy Store Players at Londons Comedy Store
Paul Merton at Comedy Store

to Comedy Store Have I Got News For You star Paul Merton will be appearing with the Comedy Store Players at Londons Comedy Store
Katherine Ryan at Garrick Theatre

to Garrick Theatre Katherine Ryans sold-out nationwide tour Glitter Room is coming to the West End for a run of nights at the Garrick Theatre
Adam Kay at Greenwich Theatre

Greenwich Theatre Adam Kay used to be a junior doctor and hes written a book about his experiences called This Is Going To Hurt
Simon And Garfunkel Story at Lyric Theatre

to Lyric Theatre The Simon & Garfunkel Story celebrates their 50th anniversary using live music and original film footage from the 1960s
Adam Kay at Garrick Theatre

to Garrick Theatre Adam Kay is coming to the Garrick Theatre with his book about his experiences as a junior doctor called This Is Going To Hurt
They Might Be Giants at Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall They Might Be Giants are back on tour with a brand-new album and playing one night at Barbican Hall in October
Michael Mcintyre at O2 Arena

to O2 Arena Michael McIntyre will be playing four nights at the O2 Arena when his Big World Tour comes London in October
Adam Kay at Duchess Theatre

Duchess Theatre Adam Kay used to be a junior doctor and hes written a book about his experiences called This Is Going To Hurt
Fastlove Tribute To George Michael at Lyric Theatre

to Lyric Theatre Fastlove is wildly regarded as the UKs finest George Michael tribute act performing alongside his actual saxophonist
Echo And The Bunnymen at London Palladium

London Palladium Echo & The Bunnymen will be playing at the London Palladium to support their new album The Stars The Ocean & The Moon
Dara O Briain at Eventim Apollo

to Eventim Apollo Dara OBriain is taking a break from his TV shows to do a bit of stand-up comedy at the Hammersmith Apollo
Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre The Comedy Store Players will be performing Shakespeare-inspired jokes and improvised skits at the Globe
Paul Young at London Palladium

London Palladium Paul Young will be playing the album No Parlez in its entirety during his show at the Palladium to celebrate its 35th birthday
Sophia Loren at Aldwych Theatre

Aldwych Theatre Jonathan Ross will be hosting an evening with screen goddess Sophia Loren as she talks about her life and career
Juliette Burton at Greenwich Theatre

Greenwich Theatre Juliette Burtons Butterfly Effect explores whether the power of kindness can transform the world into a better place
Olafur Arnalds at London Palladium

to London Palladium Olafur Arnalds has extended his world tour to include two new dates at the London Palladium in October

Family & Kid’s events in October

The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car) This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from The O2 to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory The Royal Observatorys daily Sky Tonight show at the Planetarium will show you what will be visible in the sky tonight
Medieval Banquet

Medieval Banquet Enjoy a medieval banquet and be entertained by English knights singing minstrels and King Henry VIII himself
Serpentine

to Serpentine Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle

Sports events in October

Hackney Marshes

Hackney Marshes Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms the pitch and climb up to the Royal Box and lift the FA Cup
Lord’s

Lord’s Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket with this tour of Lords Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum
Arsenal at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium the pitch and the Arsenal Museum
Chelsea at Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge Walk in the footsteps of your heroes on a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum
Lord’s

to Lord’s Cricket fans will love dressing themselves up for this Afternoon Tea because its held in the historic Long Room at Lords
Eric Cantona at Eventim Apollo

Eventim Apollo Dont miss this chance to hear the ex-Manchester Untited footballer Eric Cantona open up about his career on and off the pitch

Art & Museum exhibitions in October

Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass
National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery amongst some of the gallerys great works of art
Old Operating Theatre

Old Operating Theatre Enjoy a demonstration of 19th-century surgery held in the confines of the Old Operating Theatre at St Thomass Hospital
Queen’s Gallery

to Queen’s Gallery The Queens Gallery will be exhibiting four centuries of paintings from the Royal Collection in Splendours Of The Subcontinent
National Gallery

to National Gallery Ed Ruschas Course of Empire is his take on American civilisation inspired by Thomas Coles 19th-century series of the same name
National Gallery

to National Gallery The National Gallery will be exhibiting works by American landscape painter Thomas Cole alongside works by Turner and Constable
National Portrait Gallery

to National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery will be exploring Michael Jacksons influence on contemporary art in an exhibition called On The Wall
The Magic Circle

to The Magic Circle Discover the history of magic at The Magic Circle Experience which takes place at the Magic Circles own headquarters
Tate Britain

to Tate Britain The Turner Prize is Britains most prestigious contemporary art prize and always has a controversial work (or two) on show
National Gallery

to National Gallery The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of works by the Italian Renaissance painters Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna
Tate Modern

to Tate Modern The Tate Modern will be putting on a retrospective of work by the influential textile artist Anni Albers
Tate Britain

to Tate Britain Tate Britain will be putting on a retrospective of work by the last of the Pre-Raphaelites Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Classical music in October

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the auditorium
St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral Every Sunday St Pauls Cathedral invites one of the worlds finest organists to play on the Grand Organ for half-an-hour
St. Martin-in-the-Fields

to St. Martin-in-the-Fields St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Cristian Macelaru and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Beethoven and Mason Bates at Barbican Hall
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Nikolaj Znaider and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing Smetanas Ma Vlast at Barbican Hall
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Stravinsky De Falla and Lalo at Barbican Hall
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Tchaikovsky and Szymanowski at Barbican Hall

Sightseeing tours in October

Jack The Ripper Tour

Jack The Ripper Tour Walk the streets of Whitechapel and try and discover the identity of the Victorian murderer Jack the Ripper - if you dare!
Original Bus Tour

Original Bus Tour The Original Tour is one of Londons most popular sightseeing buses and its also a great way to travel around the capital
Big Bus Tours

Big Bus Tours This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions with a free river cruise and guided walk
TRS River Cruise

TRS River Cruise Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich and see some of the sights along the river
City Cruises

City Cruises City Cruises offer one-way return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich stopping off at Tower Bridge
Thames Rockets

Thames Rockets A trip on a Thames Rocket is something youll never forget speeding down the river underneath the Londons bridges
Ghost Bus Tours

Ghost Bus Tours The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through Londons gruesome past and into the dark heart of the capital
The City

The City If you dont fancy spending 25-30 pounds on a sightseeing bus then theres a much cheaper alternative the No11 bus
See London by Night

See London by Night The See London By Night bus tour will show you Londons most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky
BrakeAway Bike Tours

BrakeAway Bike Tours Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike and see the major sights and landmarks of London from your saddle
Jason’s Trip

to Jason’s Trip Jasons Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock

Free events in October

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral you can wander around and see part of the Cathedral for free
Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey for free which combines a traditional mass with a choir
Tower of London

Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys is over 700 years old and represents the traditional locking up of the Tower of London at night
Covent Garden

Covent Garden Enjoy some free street entertainment in Covent Garden -- everything from buskers acrobats and clowns to opera singers
Horse Guards

Horse Guards Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace but is usually a lot less crowded
Horse Guards

Horse Guards The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at the Horse Guards
Tower of London

Tower of London You can attend a Sunday service at the Chapel Royal in the Tower of London -- one of the most historic churches in the City
Speakers’ Corner

Speakers’ Corner If you visit Speakers Corner at Sunday lunchtime you can listen to an orator stand up and discuss whatever they like -- all in the name of free speech
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace Attend a Sunday service in one of the countrys most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIIIs Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament Visitors can enter the Houses of Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Lords and House of Commons
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions
Buckingham Palace

to Buckingham Palace The Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see events for every tourists itinerary
Sadiq Khan at City Hall

to City Hall The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time in their monthly meeting at City Hall

Other London events during October

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle the worlds oldest inhabited castle and the Royal Familys home for over 1000 years
The City

The City If weaving your way in and out of the busy traffic on a hire bike sounds like fun then how about hiring a Boris Bike?
Tower of London

Tower of London One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

Docklands Light Railway (DLR) The driverless Docklands Light Railway lets you to sit right at the front of the train giving you a fantastic view of the track
Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square Relive Londons history and ride a 1960s double-decker bus (the ones with a conductor and an open platform at the back)
The Ritz

The Ritz Dress up in your suit and shoes and sit down to an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court
Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers Thames Clippers offer one-way return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich
Bateaux London

Bateaux London Bateaux London offers you great cuisine and live entertainment onboard the boat as it sails serenely down the Thames
Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason Put on your best clothes and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea in the famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason
Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre Have a tour of William Shakespeares Globe Theatre on Bankside and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the worlds most famous playwright
Portobello Road

Portobello Road Portobello Road is home to the UKs most famous antiques market with over 100000 people browsing hundreds of stalls
O2 Arena

O2 Arena Climb to the top of the O2 Arenas big tent roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform at the top
St. James’s Park

to St. James’s Park Have a nice relaxing sit-down and doing a bit of people-watching in one of Londons Royal parks by hiring out a deckchair
Albert Memorial

Albert Memorial Go inside the railings and learn about the Albert Memorial one of Victorian Londons finest and most guilded monuments
Houses of Parliament

to Houses of Parliament The Houses of Parliament offers guided tours on most Saturdays when the MPs have returned to their constituencies
Houses of Parliament

to Houses of Parliament Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament and then enjoy an afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames
 
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