London Events Happening in October 2014

Welcome to the IanVisits guide to lectures, talks, heritage events, organised walks and other random miscellany happening around London.

F Event is free of charge (sometimes a donation is appreciated)
B Pre-Booking required.


Thursday, 2nd Oct

12:45 PMSegregated cycle infrastructure: with or without new priority rules?
F B A talk about trials of segregated cycle lanes.
6:00 PMFrom Beef Tea to Battleships: Late View
B An exhibition of letters by a Royal Navy submariner.
(Cost: £9:13)
6:30 PMWriting Wrongs (St James)
F What role do literature, science and policy play in protecting the planet?


Friday, 3rd Oct

All DayFollow the Footsteps of Oliver Twist (Islington)
B This 90 mins walk follows the footsteps of Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger on their final leg of their journey into London
(Cost: £10)
12:00 PMMonthly opening of the Clowns Gallery Museum & Archive (Hackney)
F Displays from Clowns International's Archive are on show in and around the Grimaldi corner of Holy Trinity Church.
2:00 PMMonthly guided tour of Lincoln Inn
Hour long tour of the legal Inns of Court includes visits to the Old Hall, Great Hall and Chapel,
(Cost: £5)
6:30 PMEvil hags and mothers: women and witchcraft in Germany (Russell Square)
B A talk about the witchcraft trials of 16th- and 17th-century Germany.
(Cost: £5)
7:00 PMLabyrinth Film Premier and Book Signing (Covent Garden)
B A film that documents Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger’s vast, permanent art work across the tube network.
(Cost: £5)


Saturday, 4th Oct

All DayWandsworth Artists Open House
F Over 100 artists will open their houses and studios around the borough of Wandsworth to showcase and sell their work.
tbaBarn the Spoon - Newton's Cottage (Olympic Park)
F B Work with Barn of Barn the Spoon to try your hand at this age old craft and walk away with your very own kitchen spoon.
10:00 AMLambeth Open Studios
A weekend of open house events by local artists in Lambeth.
(Cost: Free)
11:00 AMApple Weekend (Hampstead)
Annual celebration of all things apple in Fenton's walled gardens and 300 year-old orchard.
(Cost: £8.50 (gardens and house))
1:00 PMThe Palace that Joan Built (Stratford)
F A site specific art event taking place inside Stratford tube station.
2:00 PMOpen Day at the Museum of Sewing Machines (Tooting)
F Monthly open day at one of London's more unusual, and delightful museums.
4:00 PMVisit the restored almshouses (Bethnal Green)
Visit one of the Geffrye's 18th-century almshouses which has been fully restored to its original condition,
(Cost: £4)
7:30 PMAn Evening With Louise Jameson (Dr Who's Leela) (Soho North)
B Louise will be talking about Doctor Who, Eastenders and her theatre roles to MC Chris Collins.
(Cost: £20)
7:30 PMBeer Tasting with Peter Haydon (Whitechapel)
B A guided beer tasting and history talk in the surroundings of a Victorian music hall.
(Cost: £15)


Sunday, 5th Oct

tbaCroydon Airport Open Day (Croydon)
F Monthly opening of the museum inside the remains of Croydon Airport control tower
All DayWandsworth Artists Open House
F Over 100 artists will open their houses and studios around the borough of Wandsworth to showcase and sell their work.
tbaDeptford Fun Palaces (Deptford)
F A local festival of some sort.
10:00 AMLambeth Open Studios
A weekend of open house events by local artists in Lambeth.
(Cost: Free)
10:00 AMMonthly open day at the Testing Museum (Southwark)
A monthly opening at the threatened museum of testing machines -- which includes the original massive machine designed by Kirkaldy.
(Cost: £5)
12:16 PMMonthly behind the scenes tours of the Union Chapel (Islington)
B From a secret passage, to a hidden garden, there is much the public doesn't usually see.
(Cost: £5)


Monday, 6th Oct

1:00 PM Pompeii of the North (Barbican)
F The most extensive excavation within the City of London for 20 years revealed internationally significant evidence.
7:00 PMPoetry Portraits (Islington)
B Poet in the City presents the finale of a yearlong project celebrating some of the UK's leading poets through fine art.
(Cost: £9.50)


Tuesday, 7th Oct

6:00 PMMonthly candle lit look around Sir John Soane's Museum
F The Museum is lit by candlelight on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6 until 9pm.
6:15 PMFireworks: Practice & Principles
F A general lecture on explosive chemistry, with a focus on fireworks.
6:30 PMLondon's Future Green Belt
B Jonathan Manns will shine a spotlight on the increasing pressure on the Green Belt, followed by a presentation.
(Cost: £7)
6:30 PM The Limits of Science
A talk about how scientific limits constrain what we can know, in everything from astronomy, to particle physics, to our day-to-day activities.
(Cost: )
6:30 PMThe Poetry of Mystery with Rowan Williams and Wendy Cope
F B A moderated talk by the former Archbishop and the poet, Wendy Cope.


Wednesday, 8th Oct

2:00 PMTwickenham Fine Ales Brewery Tour (Whitton)
B Monthly tour of the beer brewery.
(Cost: £10)
6:30 PM Sherlock’s Other Sidekick: Molly Hooper (Whitechapel)
B Join Carla to learn the realities of working in mortuaries in the UK & find out how Barts and Sherlock Holmes are connected.
(Cost: £8.60)
6:30 PM The History Manifesto
F How should historians speak truth to power - and why does it matter?
7:45 PMSearching for Slenderman
B Cat Vincent takes a look at the origins, evolution and implications of this most modern of monsters.
(Cost: £3 / £2 concessions)


Thursday, 9th Oct

6:30 PMAn evening with Christian Wolmar
B Potential Mayor of London candidate, Christian Wolmar lays out his vision for a truly liveable London.
(Cost: £10)
7:00 PMEverest's Deadliest Day (South Kensington)
B An expert panel of the world’s top mountaineers discuss the events leading up to the recent avalanche that claimed the lives of 16 climbing Sherpas.
(Cost: £20)
7:30 PMLondon Thinks - Shouting Back!
B Two feminist firebrands will discuss the evolution of 21st Century feminist campaigning.
(Cost: £15)
7:30 PMGeorge Eliot and Highgate Cemetery (Highgate)
B Professor Rosemary Ashton will talk about George Eliot’s changing religious views as reflected in her writings.
(Cost: £7)


Saturday, 11th Oct

All DayWandsworth Artists Open House
F Over 100 artists will open their houses and studios around the borough of Wandsworth to showcase and sell their work.
All DayScene in Time - Wilton’s & the River (Whitechapel)
F A weekend of music, talks, arts, crafts and old fashioned family entertainment
9:30 AMEmergency! London 1914
F An exhibition looking at changes to the city and the lives of Londoners as the country went to war.
10:00 AMIlford Hospital Chapel Open Day (Ilford)
F Monthly open day at the Hospital Chapel.
10:00 AMSt Paulinus Church - Open Day (Dartford)
F Tours of the church, and chance to climb to the top of the clock tower.
2:30 PMBrixton Market Heritage Walk (Stockwell)
A 75 minute guided walk around the area looking at the history of Brixton market.
(Cost: £3)


Sunday, 12th Oct

All DayWandsworth Artists Open House
F Over 100 artists will open their houses and studios around the borough of Wandsworth to showcase and sell their work.
All DayScene in Time - Wilton’s & the River (Whitechapel)
F A weekend of music, talks, arts, crafts and old fashioned family entertainment
11:00 AMOpen Day at the Harmondsworth Great Barn (West Drayton)
Occasional open day at the Great Barn, once described as the Cathedral of Middlesex.
(Cost: Free)
11:00 AMHarvest of the Sea Service
F Annual church service held on behalf of the fish traders, and the church is usually decorated with fish nets and displays.
1:20 PMGhostsigns Walking Tour: 12 October (Stoke Newington)
B Whispers of advertising past are the focus of this walking tour through Stoke Newington, taking in some of London's best ghostsigns
(Cost: £12.50)
2:00 PMAnthony Trollope guided walk (Strand)
B A guided walk in the footsteps of Anthony Trollope, one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century,
(Cost: £10)


Monday, 13th Oct

6:30 PMThe Lawn Road Flats – a modernist building full of spies (Bloomsbury)
B A talk about the revolutionaries who lived in the equally revolutionary Isokon Building.
(Cost: £7)


Tuesday, 14th Oct

6:15 PMStudying and Caring for Old Master Paintings
F This talk will introduce the work of the National Gallery Scientific Department.
6:30 PMKate Adie - Fighting on the Home Front (Covent Garden)
B Kate Adie reveals the ways in which women's lives changed during World War One
(Cost: £10)
6:30 PMCrossrail Developments (West Drayton)
John Goldsmith, will bring you up to date on current progress of this, the biggest civil engineering project in Europe.
(Cost: Free)
6:30 PMHitler’s First War: Adolf Hitler and the First World War (Russell Square)
F B This talk by Thomas Weber will discuss his book Hitler's First War, a radical revision of the period of Hitler's life that is said to have made him.
7:00 PMThe Future of Drugs (South Kensington)
F B Join pharmacologists from the British Pharmacological Society to find out and discuss the future of drugs.


Wednesday, 15th Oct

6:30 PMThe Development of Rail Links to London's Airports (Holloway)
F B A talk about the development of rail links to London's airports and their future impact.


Thursday, 16th Oct

tbaQueen to visit the Tower of London (Tower Hill)
F A note that The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit the Tower of London.
All DayA War of Letters
B A talk about how war time censorship affected the written letter.
(Cost: £5.95)
6:15 PMThe Churches Conservation Trust's 2014 Annual Lecture
B A lecture about the war memorials found in churches.
(Cost: £30)
6:30 PMThe Great Fire of London (Whitehall)
Guided walk around Westminster on the anniversary of the burning down of Parliament.
(Cost: £8)
7:30 PMDirty Old London
B Victorian enthusiast Lee Jackson explores the secret life of the Victorian metropolis.
(Cost: £9)


Friday, 17th Oct

6:30 PMThe Vampire Years: Dracula on Screen (Camden)
B Four speakers on the allure of Dracula on the big screen, followed by a screening of a 1958 movie about the vampire lord.
(Cost: £10)


Saturday, 18th Oct

All DayThe Social History and Cultural Significance of the London Bus (Covent Garden)
B A one day conference about the red bus, their social history, economic impact and cultural significance.
(Cost: £40)
tbaUnder King's
F This walking tour will follow the surviving traces and ghostly outlines of the 17th century palace under King's College.
10:00 AMMonthly weekend opening at the Bentley Priory Museum (Stanmore)
The Museum tells the story of the mansion house, as it was used as the Headquarters for Fighter Command during WW2.
(Cost: £9)


Sunday, 19th Oct

11:00 AMApple Day Celebration (Fulham)
F Craft activities, story telling, baking competition, live music, food and drink stalls and more.
2:00 PM'The Prisoner' London locations walkabout tour
F Annual tour around London visiting locations associated with The Prisoner TV series.


Monday, 20th Oct

6:00 PMGeorge I Coronation Festal Evensong
F Coronation music on the 300th anniversary of the Coronation of George I


Tuesday, 21st Oct

tbaGuided Tours: Underground Medieval London
F B Take a journey through underground medieval London on a walking tour through the hidden medieval sights of central London.
10:00 AMPerformance: Underground Medieval London
F A site specific art performance within the 13th century crypt underneath St Etheldreda's Church.
6:00 PMThe Subterranean Topography of Oliver Twist
F B A talk that focuses on Oliver Twist, and draws together the topography of the novel and of the street.
7:00 PMRebuilding Lives: Military Surgery and Rehabilitation
F B Medical speakers on the topic of reconstructive surgery for military service personnel.
7:30 PMUnderground Medieval London: Panel discussion
F A panel debate by an artist and experts on the medieval past of London.


Wednesday, 22nd Oct

6:30 PMThe Reanimators: Galvanism, Frankenstein and the Spark of Being
B A talk about the discovery of electricity in animals, and how that affected popular literature.
(Cost: £8.60)


Thursday, 23rd Oct

6:30 PMHumanising hell - diplomacy and the search for peace (Pimlico)
F B A talk by William Hague MP.
7:00 PMMonthly vigil at the Cross Bones Graveyard (Southwark)
F Vigils have been held on the 23rd of every month since June 2004. They are inclusive, secular events, open 'to all faiths and none'.
7:00 PM The Joy of Dictionaries with Lucy Mangan, Mark Forsyth (Picadilly)
F B Two authors talk about the wonders and mysteries of the English language.


Friday, 24th Oct

6:30 PMNightwalkers: Tales of Zombies, Duppies and Soucouyants (Camden)
B Storytellers Jan Blake and TUUP lure us into an untamed world of sorcery, bloodsucking, and shape-shifting.
(Cost: £8)


Saturday, 25th Oct

10:00 AMHistory Tours at ZSL London Zoo (Camden)
B Visitors to ZSL London Zoo are invited to take a step back in time and embark on a historical tour of the world’s oldest scientific Zoo.
(Cost: From £21.59 (includes entry to London Zoo))
10:30 AMSELMEC Meccano Show 2014 (Eltham)
Discover three halls packed with working Meccano models of trains, planes, cranes, fairground rides and much more,
(Cost: £3)


Sunday, 26th Oct

12:00 PMThe October Plenty (Southwark)
F October Plenty is an Autumn harvest celebration held annually in Southwark.
2:30 PMDiableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell (Camden)
Musician Brian May shows off his collection of victorian 3D images.
(Cost: £10)


Monday, 27th Oct

6:00 PMVoyages from the Past
B Maritime genealogist, Simon Wills, launches his latest book by exploring three and a half centuries of passenger travel by sea.
(Cost: £5.95)
6:30 PMClifford Paterson Lecture: Communicating with light (St James)
F Professor Bayvel will describe the challenges and limits of communicating with light
7:00 PMIn conversation with Anthony Horowitz (Barbican)
B Join BAFTA-winning writer Anthony Horowitz O.B.E as he talks about his newly released book, Moriarty.
(Cost: £10)


Tuesday, 28th Oct

2:00 PMInventions that didn't change the world: a history of Victorian curiosities (Richmond)
F B The talk will look at the world of lesser-known Victorian inventions and the historical context which gave rise to them.
6:15 PMThe Science of Magic: Why Magic Works
F In this talk we will explore some of the principles used by magicians to distort your perception.


Wednesday, 29th Oct

5:30 PMThe dark net: inside the digital underworld (South Kensington)
F B Jamie Bartlett will explore dark internet subcultures, hidden encrypted websites and the people behind them.
6:45 PMScience Museum Lates (South Kensington)
F Monthly late night adults only opening at the Science Museum.


Thursday, 30th Oct

7:00 PMBeer Street
B Sample the virtues of porter, IPA and stout while hearing the story of England’s most popular and convivial alcoholic drink.
(Cost: £20)


Friday, 31st Oct

6:30 PMHalloween at the Grant
B A special late opening and discover the Museum after-dark, enjoy a drink and uncover some ghoulish animal facts.
(Cost: £5)
6:45 PMHalloween: Subterranean Scream (Covent Garden)
B Late night opening at the Transport Museum with a Halloween theme.
(Cost: £10)