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What's On in London? October 2023

The crisp autumn air and warm autumnal colours makes October an ideal time to visit London. From sipping coffee in a cosy cafe to strolling through the latest museum exhibitions, you’ll find plenty to see and do throughout this month.

So, what are you waiting for? Show some love for London and the amazing places that make up the city, by reading our ‘What’s On’ guide below:

London Cocktail Week

The biggest cocktail festival in the world has returned to London from 12th – 22nd October.

Getting a London Cocktail Week wristband is the perfect way to explore the city’s unrivalled cocktail scene – giving you access to specially priced £8 Signature Cocktails in hundreds of the best bars in London. Alongside these Cocktail Tours, there are hundreds of cocktail events and special experiences happening throughout the festival as well as special menus, immersive pop-ups and international take overs curated as part of the event.

Plus, The Hari Bar will also be taking part, so be sure to pop down and see us!

Distance from The Hari: 0 miles
Photo Credit: The Hari

Frieze Art Fair London

Frieze Art Fair returns to London between the 11th – 15th October.

The fair is one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs, focusing only on contemporary art and living artists. Founded by Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover in 2003, Frieze London’s galleries exhibit some of today’s most exciting artists. From emerging talent to iconic artists, the gallery showcases some of the best performance-based work as well as exhibitions, mainly post-2000.

Plus as an official hotel partner, guests are invited to stay at The Hari during the fair!

Distance from The Hari: 2.3 miles
Photo Credit: Frieze London

Sheer Verve: The Women's International Art Club

The Sheer Verve: The Women’s International Art Club exhibition returns to Ben Uri Gallery & Museum on 13 October.

The Women’s International Art Club (WIAC) was founded in Paris in 1898 to give female artists a platform at a time when it was difficult for them to exhibit their work and encourage networking opportunities. The inaugural exhibition, held in London’s Grafton Gallery in 1900, went on to become an annual event until the club was dissolved in 1978.

A series of events including lectures, virtual exhibitions and an online issuu catalogue with an essay by WIAC expert Una Richmond, accompanies the exhibition.

Distance from The Hari: 3.7 miles
Photo Credit: Ben Uri Gallery & Museum

OM Yoga Show

We all need to de-stress and relax from time to time…

So why not head to the OM Yoga Show, the biggest yoga gathering in Europe, at Alexandra Palace between the 13 – 15th October? It is the perfect introduction to the ancient Indian practice of yoga, renowned for relaxing the body and de-stressing the mind.

And, whether you are a beginner or expert, there is something for everyone. From free open classes for those wishing to dip their toe into Yoga, to intense workshops from experienced teachers. Visitors can even take advantage of the showcase of over 200 exhibitors, providing a fantastic range of yoga accessories, clothing, jewellery, super food, retreats and much more.

Distance from The Hari: 8 miles
Photo Credit: OM Yoga Magazine

BFI London Film Festival

If you’re a film buff, then this ones for you!

The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express will take place between 4-15 October, and is the UK’s premier celebration of cinematic storytelling and showcases a variety of innovative and exciting new films.

It is estimated that around 240 feature films and 150 short films from more than 70 countries will be screened at this year’s festival, so there will be plenty on offer to suit everyone. One of our favourite venues, is BFI Southbank, which is just moment from our hotel doors!

Distance from The Hari: 2.1 miles
Photo Credit: BFI

The London Bierfest

Returning on the 19th & 20th October, is London’s Bierfest!

Visitors can expect to enjoy a a Bavarian-style beer festival in the heart of London; buzzing with live music, unlimited beer steins, dancing, authentic German catering and a host of entertainment.

The London Bierfest is a must-attend hospitality event at Old Billingsgate within The City of London. Formerly the home of the 19th Century’s largest fish market, this iconic, Victorian Grade II listed building has been transformed into one of the most sought-after event spaces in London, making it the perfect setting for The London Bierfest.

Distance from The Hari: 5.5 miles
Photo Credit: Ben Uri Gallery & Museum

London Literature Festival

When Autumn arrives, and the nights draw in, there is no better feeling than getting cosy with a good book and a cup of your favourite hot drink.

That is why we suggest heading to the London Literature Festival at The Southbank Centre between the 18 – 19th October in order to find some inspiration! London Literature Festival unites readers of every age to celebrate the written and spoken word.

Guest speakers include the newly-crowned 2022 Booker Prize winner and famous writers including Malorie Blackman, Graham Norton, Karl Ove Knausgård and Nick Cave.

Distance from The Hari: 2.8 miles
Photo Credit: London Literature Festival

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