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.


Friday, 24th Oct

8:30 AMConstruction industry response to London Infrastructure Plan 2050 consultation
F B A debate about the Mayor's 2050 infrastructure plans for London.
2:00 PM Information Age: evolution or revolution? (South Kensington)
B Some of the world's leading thinkers and entrepreneurs share their experience of where technology has come from and discuss where it's going next.
(Cost: £5)
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)
2:00 PMThe ins and outs of a lock keeper (Olympic Park)
F B Join former lock keeper Jeremy Batch to learn more about the daily life as a keeper of the canals and waterways.


Sunday, 26th Oct

10:00 AMOpen Day at a railway nature reserve (Finsbury Park)
F Usually closed nature reserve next to a railway line in Harringay, is open for the day.
12:00 PMThe October Plenty (Southwark)
F October Plenty is an Autumn harvest celebration held annually in Southwark.
12:00 PMApple Day at Borough Market (Southwark)
F Borough will bring together the biggest ever collection of the nation’s favourite fruit in the exhibition of 1000 apples.
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

11:00 AMDay of the Dead (Southwark)
F Celebrate Mexico’s favourite festival, Day of the Dead, on South Bank. With art installations, family workshops and a mexican market.
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)
6:30 PMSt Ethelburga's Hallowtide Fair (Barking)
B For 3 nights, Punchdrunk Enrichment transforms Eastbury Manor House into a fun and festive Hallowtide Fair.
(Cost: £7)
6:30 PMHalloween by Candlelight
Rooms evocatively lit with an array of candles will transport guests back into the gothic Victorian era at a Halloween opening.
(Cost: £15)
6:45 PMHalloween: Subterranean Scream (Covent Garden)
B Late night opening at the Transport Museum with a Halloween theme.
(Cost: £10)