Looking for something fun to do for the first weekend of October? Just because the weather is starting to get colder doesn't mean we need to be cooped up inside all weekend. We've rounded up some of the best events in London, from a vintage fashion fair to an orchestral performance of Destiny's Child hits. Read on for inspiration...
Stock up on autumn fashion at the Frock Me! Vintage fair
For those who love vintage fashion, Chelsea Old Town Hall is the place to be this weekend. The Frock Me! Vintage fair will return to the King's Road where over 60 exhibitors from the UK and France will offer vintage fashion, textiles and accessories dating from the 1900s onwards, including pieces from Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel. From pearl necklaces to gold platform boots, there will be an array of goodies that are just too good to miss.
Sunday 6 October 2019 - 11am-5.30pm.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EE
Tickets cost £4 and can be purchased at frockmevintagefashion.com.
Make cocktails at TT Liquor
Enjoy a cocktail making class with a different – with every guest using fine liquor, fresh ingredients and specialist equipment along with their very own little cocktail making station. Fancy a particular type of drink? You can also book rum or gin based classes! When you've finished your class, feel free to visit the venue's amazingly cool Cellar Bar for one or two more drinks!
Regularly on weekdays and weekends, enquire on site
WHERE: 17B Kingsland Rd, Hackney, London E2 8AA
Tickets are from £70 and can be purchased at TT Liquor
Satisfy your sweet tooth with ASK Italian’s three-course dessert menu
If you’re the sort of person who looks forward to pudding the most, why wait until the end of the meal? ASK Italian have launched a new three-course menu DEDICATED to sweet treats, from chocolate gnocchi (erm, yum), to rhubarb and custard ravioli (double yum!) and prosecco sorbet (triple yum!). It’s like your childhood dreams on skipping straight to dessert have come true.
Ongoing, launched 24th September
Multiple ASK Italian locations
Menu costs £12.95, find your closest venue at askitalian.co.uk/
Kick off London Cocktail Week at The Sun Tavern and Discount Suit Company
We never need an excuse to try a new cocktail, but it feels *extra* special when you can celebrate, right? London Cocktail Week has begun, and The Sun Tavern and Discount Suit Company are celebrating renowned bars from LA to Barcelona with their house party series of “carefully curated cocktail menus by guest bartenders”, pizza, and guest DJs.
Starts Sunday 6th October with Present Company X Two Schmucks at the Sun Tavern
The Sun Tavern, E2 0AN and Discount Suit Company, E1 7TB
Try 100 Wardour Street’s new tongue-in-cheek menu
100 Wardour Street regularly shake up their A La Carte and cocktail menu, meaning we can’t help but go back. Their brand new ‘Politicians’ cocktail menu, which launched last month, is based around - you guessed it - famous politicians, including ‘May on the rocks’, and ‘The Wall’ (inspired President Trump, using all Mexican ingredients). The cartoons are certainly hilarious, and will be a talking point before trying their new food menu including Seafood Linguine, Veal Carpaccio, Tabouleh, Lemon & Lavender Pannacotta and Honey Brûlée with rosemary cookie. Yum.
Ongoing, launched last month
100 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TN
Book online at 100wardourst.com/
Love Destiny's Child? Sing along to their greatest hits
Who doesn't miss the days of Destiny's Child? Enjoy the ultimate throwback with 16-piece orchestra Rogue Symphony who will perform a reimagining of band's greatest hits, including Bills Bills Bills, Say My Name and Survivor.
The performance will also include confetti, inflatables and a light show so it's a great sing-along and photo opportunity.
Saturday 5 October 2019 - 7-10pm
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London, EC2A 4AP
Tickets cost £15 and can be booked at xoyo.co.uk.
Go to the cinema to see the new film Joker
Joker, released this week, is a psychological thriller starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz. Directed by Todd Phillips, the movie acts as a standalone story that explores the origin story of one of DC Comic's classic villains, the Joker. The film is set in 1981 and follows failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck who struggles to fit into society and turns to a life of crime in Gotham City.
Watch the trailer below...
WATCH: Joker trailer.
Released on 4 October 2019.
Joker is showing in most cinemas around the UK.
Buy tickets for ODEON Luxe Leicester Square at odeon.co.uk.
Get creative at a Fun Palace
Temporary Fun Palaces will pop up in 40 locations across London this weekend in an attempt to bring the community together for all things arts and science. Originally created as a 'laboratory of fun' by Joan Littlewood and Cedric Price in the early 1960s, the weekend combines arts, craft, science, tech and sports activities.
Head down to Charing Cross Library for origami, calligraphy and dance workshops run by the likes of Pineapple Dance Studios and Chinese calligrapher Mr Cai.
Saturday 5 October 2019 - 10.30am-2pm.
4- 6 Charing Cross Road, London, UK, WC2H 0HF
Entry is free. For more information about your local Fun Palace, visit funpalaces.co.uk.
Go mad for mushrooms at Fungi Fest
Mushrooms will be the star of the show at Fungi Fest on Sunday 6 October, which will bring together scientists, foragers, activists and artists to celebrate their importance in medicine, culinary dishes and culture. Take part in mushroom identification workshops, taste some delicious mushroom dishes and view art installations that explore mycelial networks - there are activities for everyone.
So if you're a fan of fungi then drop by Hoxton Docks - you'll be surprised by how mushroom there is for improvement when it comes to your fungi knowledge. (Sorry, it had to be done!)
Sunday 6 October 2019 - 11-8pm
Hoxton Docks, 55 Laburnum St, London, E2 8BD
Tickets cost £42 and there are limited places for the workshops. For more information, visit fungifest.uk.
Shoe-lovers rejoice at Sneaker Con London!
Whether you want to buy, sell or simply browse, head to Sneaker Con for all things sneaker-related. Described as "the greatest sneaker show on Earth", it will feature 200 different vendors and a trading pit where you can sell or trade your own shoes. Worried about the legitimacy of the shoes you've bought? Fear not, there will be an Authenticated station where experts can help you learn how to spot a fake.
Saturday 5-Sunday 6 October 2019 - 12-7pm
North Hall N20-N22, ExCel London, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL
Tickets cost £23. For more information, visit sneakercon.com.
Celebrate Seafood Week in style
To celebrate this year's Seafood Week running, Smith & Wollensky will be running an exclusive offer where guests will receive a complimentary glass of Deutz champagne when purchasing their delicious seafood platter. The seafood platter lavishly contains; Lobster, Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Jumbo Shrimp, Pyefleet Pure Oysters & Cherry Stone Clams paired with Classic Cocktail Sauce, Cognac Mustard Sauce, Ginger Sauce & Sherry Mignonette. They are priced at £90.00 for the Charlie Smith Platter that serves between 2-4 people and £125 for the Ralph Wollensky Platter that serves between 4-6 people.
From Friday 4 October to Friday 11 October
Smith & Wollensky, The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam St, Covent Garden, London WC2N 6HT
Unwind with a luxury pamper session
Take a trip to hidden gem St. James Court Hotel, which has opened its newest spa in the Taj Hotel group - Jiva. Open to both hotel guests and the public, those who visit the spa will be able to use the wonderful relaxation area that includes a stunning vitality pool. But not only that, you can also book a hair appointment with celebrity hairstylist Dar. Whether you want a quick blow-dry or complete hair makeover - he is the one for you! You will leave the salon feeling like a new person.
54 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6BS
You can book an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Immersive dining at Pedley Street
Immersive dining experts Funicular have returned with their show 'Journey To The Underworld'. Departing from Pedley Street Station from 26th September - 10th November, the show will see passengers board a luxury train carriage, enjoy a four-course meal curated by MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Louisa Ellis, and watch as an immersive, dark and twisted fairytale develops around them.
From this weekend until 10 November
Pedley Street Station, 63 Pedley St, London E1 5BW.
Tickets can be purchased funicularproductions.com.
Appreciate art at Frieze London
Over four days, more than 160 galleries from 35 countries will come together under one marquee for Frieze London 2019. As well as browsing pieces from over 1000 artists, you can also get involved in the talks programme or enjoy the last days of Frieze Sculpture in the English Gardens at Regent's Park. If you still haven't had your art fix, take a 15 minute walk to the north of the park to explore years of art history at Frieze Masters, ranging from the ancient era to the late 20th century.
A number of tours are also available at extra cost, including the Highlights Tour, Emerging Trends Tour, The Curated Tour and The Collector's Tour.
Thursday 3 October - Sunday 6 October 2019
Regent’s Park, London.
Entry to Frieze London will be timed and prices depend on age and experience. For more information, visit frieze.com.
Vampirina's fang-tastic party
Get set for ghouls galore and fun for all the family as Vampirina Fang-tastic Party hits cinema screens across the country on 5 and 6 October 2019. The spook-tastic interactive spectacular will be shown at many major cinema chains including Vue, Odeon, Cineworld, Showcase and Empire. Vampirina Fang-tastic Party is voiced by Vampirina's Vee and features five never-before-seen episodes ahead of them being shown on Disney Junior UK later this year as well interactive elements, fun and games and sing-alongs that will have kids and parents screeching at the screen and up on their feet singing and dancing in the aisles!
Saturday 5 October - Sunday 6 October 2019
Shown at many major cinema chains including Vue, Odeon, Cineworld, Showcase and Empire.