• Old Royal Naval CollegeEnjoy a 60-minute tour around the Old Royal Naval College, with one of their knowledgeable Yeoman guides. The historic buildings were designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1690s, as a refuge for old and injured sailors, but its rich history stretches back more than 500 hundred years to when Greenwich Palace was a home to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
to • V&AThe "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting" exhibition will bring together over 100 of the finest examples of Chinese painting from the beginning of the 8th to the end of the 19th-century, including some of the rarest and earliest surviving pieces.
to • London ZooThere will be some very spooky goings on at London Zoo this Halloween... During half-term the Zoo will come creeping to life with Halloween-themed events, animal demonstrations and hands-on activities led by our grim-keepers! The spooky schedule of activities will include scary stories, owl encounters and creepy crafts.
• BFI IMAX CinemaGet ready for Halloween with a whole night of vampire movies -- back-to-back. Will you live to see the dawn? (yes, probably) The marathon event will include "Interview With The Vampire", "From Dusk Till Dawn", "Fright Night" and "The Lost Boys".
to • Canary WharfThe outdoor ice rink at Canary Wharf has a spectacular backdrop, sitting in the shadow of London's tallest building -- the skyscraper at Canada Square. This rink has an interesting little feature that sets it apart from the others -- a skate path that allows you to leave the main rink and glide past the fir trees and fairy lights that line the perimeter of the park.
• Royal Festival HallJoin conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, the Gentlemen of the London Philharmonic Choir and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Dutilleux and Shostakovich.
• Trafalgar SquareGet ready for the regular season game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley, with a special fan rally in Trafalgar Square. This free event will feature appearances by some of the players, coaches and cheerleaders, a large stage with music, dance acts and special celebrity guests. There will also be plenty of stalls selling food, drink and NFL merchandise.
• Royal Albert Hall"Carmina Burana" returns to the Royal Albert Hall in what promises to be a rousing and memorable night -- when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society and the English Concert Chorus join forces to sing Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana".
• SelfridgesThis is your chance to meet the one and only Joan Collins, as she signs copies of her new book "Passion for Life" at Selfridges. "Passion for Life" is the latest volume of Joan Collins' memoirs, which includes stories from her film days, the friendships she's made (including encounters with Princess Diana and Arnold Schwarzenegger!), and her marriage to Percy Gibson.
• Wembley ArenaJohn Mayer returns to London in his first tour for nearly 3 years. Last year's "Born and Raised" LP debuted at Number One in six countries, but an unlucky spate of vocal problems meant that he couldn't tour it. But last year's loss is this year's gain, and John is finally back on the road.
• RoundhouseIt's been 26 years since the Boomtown Rats gave their final show in Dublin, but now they have reformed for a UK tour and new album called "Boomtown: Classic Rats". The line-up will consist of Bob Geldof on vocals, Pete Briquette on bass, Simon Crowe on drums and Garry Roberts on guitar.
to • Royal Academy of ArtsHonore Daumier lived during a turbulent time in France's history, and "Visions of Paris" sets out to explore his legacy. Many of the 130 works have never been seen in the UK before, and include a broad selection of paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculptures from 1830 to 1879. Daumier made his living as a caricaturist, observing and ridiculing the bourgeois society.
to • London EyeTreat your kids to a Halloween Storytelling Experience aboard the London Eye. They will have to help the High Witch Priscilla recite spells and solve riddles to unravel the mystery of the missing crown jewels. Will they be able to graduate from the Witch Academy and help defeat the Grimly Grim (voiced of Harry Enfield)?
to • Eventim ApolloNick Cave & The Bad Seeds are kicking off their UK and European tour with three nights at the Hammersmith Apollo, in suppport of their new album "Push The Sky Away". Catch Nick Cave’s gig at the Eventim Apollo on Saturday October 26th.
• Golden HindeBecome part of Sir Francis Drake's crew and spend a night on the Golden Hinde. On arrival you will be dressed in Tudor clothes and after an evening of fun activities you will settle down and sleep by the cannons. Tudor snacks and dinner will be provided in the evening, along with a tasty breakfast in the morning.
to • ExCel LondonThe MCM Comic Con at London's ExCel Centre will showcase the finest in films, videogames, comics, sci-fi and anime. The "Memorabilia" area will bring together stars of the screen from yesteryear -- maybe you will meet some? You can even have your photo taken with some of the stars. Dealer stalls will give you the chance to buy collectibles, trading cards, Manga, DVD's, games, comics and toys, whilst the "Games Expo" will allow you to play some of the latest and greatest games.
to • Wallace CollectionThis exhibition contains nearly 40 drawings of male nudes, all drawn in late 17th and 18th-century France. Belonging to the French equivalent of the Royal Academy, these works include pieces by Rigaud, Boucher, Nattier, Pierre and Jean-Baptiste Isabey.
to • O2 ArenaMicky Flanagan is bringing his "Back in the Game" tour to The O2. Using his East End background and Cockney wit, Micky will tell a tale of his working class childhood, where alphabetti spaghetti was a luxury. Catch Micky Flanagan’s gig at the O2 Arena on Saturday October 26th.
to • London PalladiumThis is Tchaikovsky's classic ballet "The Nutcracker" -- with a difference! World champion ice skaters Evgeny Platov and Maxim Staviski have combined sublime ice dancing with Tchaikovsky's tuneful score, to mesmerise audiences with an adrenaline-rich performance in a frozen theatre stage. See Nutcracker On Ice at the London Palladium in London on Saturday October 26th.
to • O2 Arena"Up at The O2" offers an unforgettable 90-minute trek across the roof of The O2. But this Halloween they are offering something a little bit different... a voyage into the unknown! Following in the footsteps of the Terra Ignota team, you will be guided across the walkway and into some terrifying live action. This climb will be an immersive experience with horrifying scenes and bloodcurdling screams. Will you be able to handle it?
to • Natural History MuseumThe Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will showcase the best images from the world's most prestigious wildlife photography competition, selected from 1,000s of international entries. Now in its 49th year, the competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography
to • Courtauld GalleryThe Courtauld Gallery is putting together a special exhibition of works by Albrecht Durer. It will collect together some of his finest figure drawings, in particular his 'wanderjahre' or 'journeyman' years, as well as some rare works by precursors and contemporaries who remain little known in the UK.
to • British MuseumThe legend of El Dorado dazzled Europeans for centuries... a lost city of gold in South America. The truth behind this myth is perhaps even more fascinating. This new exhibition features more than 200 objects from Museo del Oro in Bogota, combined with 100 from the British Museum's own collection.
to • Hampstead Theatre"Raving" tells the story of Briony and Keith, who are not finding parenthood as easy as their friends. When Ross and Rosy organise a relaxing weekend away in Wales (child-free!), an uninvited anarchic adolescent and a fanatical farmer turns their pleasant weekend into chaos. You can catch the popular theatre show Raving at the Hampstead Theatre on Sat 26th October.
to • Tate ModernIt's been more than a decade since Paul Klee was last treated to a major UK exhibition. The Tate Modern will be exploring the Swiss artist's work, whose intense and inventive work covered everything from surrealism and cubism, to expressionism and orientalism.
to • Arts TheatreBeulah would eat a spider to fit in with the cool kids. Nadine's arm is missing and she would quite like it back. Franz's biggest problem is that life is too easy, and a procrastinating king only has 700 years to get his act together...
to • London ColiseumPuccini's score is one of his best, and tells of the doomed love affair between a young Japanese geisha girl and the American naval officer Pinkerton, whose thoughtless toying with her affections breaks her heart. When Butterfly's unwavering belief that her love will return is finally dashed, the opera moves to its powerful and tragic conclusion.
to • Museum of LondonThe Museum of London's new exhibition will investigate the secrets of the "Cheapside Hoard". This priceless cache of jewels and gemstones dates from the late 16th and early 17th-century (Elizabethan and Jacobean London), and was discovered buried in a cellar in 1912. But who owned the hoard, when was it hidden, and why was it never reclaimed?
to • National Portrait GalleryThe "Elizabeth I & Her People" exhibition will explore the reign of of one of England's greatest Queens - Elizabeth I - through portraits of both her and her people. The many outstanding paintings on display will include portraits of Elizabeth I and her courtiers including famous explorers, statesmen and soldiers.
to • National GalleryThis exhibition will explore the central role that portrait painting played in Vienna around the year 1900. Using paintings by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka, this ground-breaking exhibition will show how the bourgeois traditions of 19th-century art were swept away by the innovations made by avant-garde artists.
to • Hayward GalleryThe Hayward Gallery presents the first major retrospective of Dayanita Singh's work in the UK — one of today's foremost photographers. The exhibition brings together work from the past few decades and her famous 'museums' — large wooden structures which can be placed in various configurations, each holding 70 to 140 photographs.
to • V&AThis exhibition will cover more than 400 years of drawing practice, and include works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Constable, Blake, Rossetti, Spencer, Freud and Hockney. The display will trace the central role played by drawing in portraiture and landscape paintings, and a selection of contemporary works will demonstrate drawing's continuing importance for artists.
to • British MuseumThe British Museum's new exhibition showcases some explicit, beautifully drawn Japanese prints, paintings and drawings. These detailed and brightly coloured works, produced between 1600 and 1900, inspired the likes of Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin and Picasso, and continues to influence manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art today.
to • Somerset HouseThis guided tour at Somerset House will explore some of the Tudor intrigues and extravagant entertainments of the Georgian Enlightenment. As you explore the graceful staircases and atmospheric Deadhouse, you will get to see some scientific curiosities and learn more about British naval power.
to • Donmar Warehouse"Roots" tells the story of Beatie Bryant falling for the young socialist, Ronnie. She is anxiously awaiting his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm, hbut will his ideas about a bolder, freer world clash with their rural way of life? "Roots" is a portrait of a young woman finding her voice in a time of social change. Roots will be playing in London on Saturday 26th Oct, during its run at the Donmar Warehouse.
to • Tate BritainTate Britain's new exhibition is called "Art under Attack", and will explore the history of physical attacks on art in Britain from the 16th-century onwards. Iconoclasm is the deliberate destruction of artworks for religious, political or aesthetic motives. Political attacks include a portrait of Oliver Cromwell hung upside down, and the Suffragettes' targeted attacks on our cultural heritage during the early 20th-century.
to • Trafalgar Studios"Hidden in the Sand" is a beautiful love story set between London and Cyprus. Alexandra is a Cypriot refugee from the Turkish invasion, who makes a new home for herself in London. But when an English scholar, Jonathan, falls deeply in love with her, will love be able to overcome the grief of the past?