Things to do in London in October 2021

The ianVisits guide to October's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Friday 1st October

Join Judith Mackrell as she explores the lives of six wartime journalists and their struggles to overcome bureaucracy and prejudice while reporting from the front lines.
12pm to :
 
Chelsea
Going with the Boys

More London events on Friday 1st October

Saturday 2nd October

Roughly monthly open day at a most unusual museum in an old barn.
10:30am to 4pm
 
Upminster
 Occasional open day at the Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
Explore the macabre history of "Smooth Field" (aka Smithfield) on this special London Month of the Dead walking tour.
11am to :
 
Set behind the Georgian manor house, visitors can explore the peaceful two-acre garden.
11am to 1pm
 
Dulwich
Bell House Open Garden
Drop in to explore the collection of magazines, pamphlets, posters, ephemera, t-shirts and artefacts from these collections
12pm to 5pm
 
City of London
UK Leather & Fetish archive open day

Online events / webinars

This online tour introduces people to the most interesting and, sometimes, most controversial buildings in the City of London.
5:30pm to :
 

More London events on Saturday 2nd October

Sunday 3rd October

A note that a steam train will head out of London in the morning, looping around parts of the London Overground
8:30am to :
 
Steam train to run through West and North London
All types of Mini (including the modern BMW models) are invited to this annual event, so expect displays in all areas of the Museum site
9am to 5pm
 
Weybridge
Brooklands Mini Day
Better than half price entry to the Painted Hall on the first Sunday of the month.
10am to 5pm
 
Greenwich
Monthly cheap entry to the Painted Hall
Monthly opening of the museum dedicated to the life and work of the "lady with the lamp".
10am to 4pm
 
Southwark
Monthly opening of the Florence Nightingale Museum
Celebrate the orchard in the walled garden at the annual apple day celebration.
11am to 3pm
 
Fulham
Apple day at Fulham Palace
A beautiful historic parkland designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown with Edwardian gardens in Reigate, Surrey.
12pm to 5pm
 
Reigate
Monthly open day at Gatton Park

More London events on Sunday 3rd October

Monday 4th October

A chance to see both textile and woodworking wizardry in a beautifully restored Mission Hall in Leytonstone.
10am to 6pm
 
Open House at Aylmer Hall Studios
Join Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry as they tell the complete story of the universe and absolutely everything in it (abridged)
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Hanover Square
Rutherford and Fry... at the Ri
An "in conversation" with former BBC Russia Correspondent Sarah Rainsford whi has been recently expelled from Russia.
7:30pm to 9pm
 
Paddington

Online events / webinars

This talk by City Guide & Lecturer Jill Finch looks at how both God & Mammon have moulded the Square Mile over 2000 years.
2pm to 3pm
 
God & Mammon
Join the award-winning actor and food obsessive for an intimate live event at The London Palladium.
7:30pm to :
 

More London events on Monday 4th October

Tuesday 5th October

A chance to see both textile and woodworking wizardry in a beautifully restored Mission Hall in Leytonstone.
10am to 6pm
 
Open House at Aylmer Hall Studios
Discover the little-known fine art gems in the Royal Albert Hall collection and learn about the incredible construction feats undertaken to create this London Landmark.
12pm to 1pm
 
South Kensington
Art and Design Tour of the Royal Albert Hall
Banshee founders Ruby Slevin and Rocco Tullio host a demonstration on how to create a women’s Savile Row suit from start to finish.
6pm to :
 
Hanover Square
Savile Row Women’s Tailoring
A talk by Paul Mason based on his new book about the rise of the far-right
7:30pm to 9:30pm
 
Holborn
Explore the Victorian & Edwardian foreign community of Dulwich in this talk with Dulwich Society.
8pm to 9pm
 
Dulwich
On the street where you live: Dulwich's European Community

Online events / webinars

In this talk Shane McCorristine will set out the origins of this ancient superstition.
7pm to :
 

More London events on Tuesday 5th October

Wednesday 6th October

A chance to see both textile and woodworking wizardry in a beautifully restored Mission Hall in Leytonstone.
10am to 6pm
 
Open House at Aylmer Hall Studios
Curator of instruments Barbara Meyer and luthiers present violin making inspired by the famous Cremonese classical instrument-making community, 1550–1750.
12pm to :
 
Camden
From Cremona to London
This lecture will critically assess the myth of England's story as a 'sacred white space' and examine the evidence for diversity in medieval and early modern history.
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
Blacks Britannica: Diversity in Medieval and Early Modern England
Adam Bray talks with three experts about their beautiful papers, the techniques and history behind them and how and why we should use wallpaper today.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Ealing
The Art of Wallpaper
Armistead Maupin, the beloved author and LGBTQI+ activist, recounts his favourite tales and shares his observations about the world today with actor Russell Tovey.
7:30pm to :
 
Southwark
An Evening with Armistead Maupin

Online events / webinars

Launching the NLA research paper Resilient London: confronting climate change, this webinar discusses priorities for for climate resilience.
10am to 11am
 
Resilient London: confronting climate change – report launch
These monthly talks explore the story of the clock tower from its beginnings, to the most complex conservation project in its history.
6pm to 7pm
 
Elizabeth Tower: from construction to conservation
A regular monthly meeting to explore lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and queer histories
6pm to 7pm
 
Outloud LGBTQ+ Salon
The second lecture in this series on Late Victorian and Edwardian London's development covers the 1880's and 1890's in the British capital.
7pm to 10pm
 
Andrew Saint: London 1870-1914: a City at its Zenith- Part 2

More London events on Wednesday 6th October

Thursday 7th October

A chance to see both textile and woodworking wizardry in a beautifully restored Mission Hall in Leytonstone.
10am to 6pm
 
Open House at Aylmer Hall Studios
Watch a Purdey craftsman demonstrate gun-finishing techniques and have a go at chequering on a piece of walnut.
12pm to 5:30pm
 
Mayfair
Gun-Finishing Demonstration with Tom Nicholls
Discover the little-known fine art gems in the Royal Albert Hall collection and learn about the incredible construction feats undertaken to create this London Landmark.
12pm to 1pm
 
South Kensington
Art and Design Tour of the Royal Albert Hall
Go behind the scenes, hear from the Winch team about what it takes to design for the super-rich and meet the craftspeople working on these projects.
3pm to :
 
South Kensington
Superyachts, Private Jets and Architecture: Craftsmanship and Design at the Highest Level
Explore the invaluable and sometimes surprising links between craft and science through the experiences of people who have built their careers between the two.
5pm to 7:30pm
 
Rotherhithe
The Science of Making
A talk about what sex-guides tell us about the way sexual mores and practices have shifted between the 1970s and the present
6pm to 7pm
 
Holborn
Pleasure
This is a talk to help inspire your creative thinking and to break through creative blocks.
6:15pm to 8:30pm
 
City of London
Variations on Normal – A Lecture by Dominic Wilcox

Online events / webinars

Chris Taft, Head of Collections at The Postal Museum, joins us to introduce the Museum, based in London, and Mail Rail.
2pm to 3pm
 
The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Modern-day mudlark Ted Sandling shares his passion for unearthing relics of the past from the banks of the Thames and describes his most evocative finds.
2pm to 3pm
 
A Mudlark’s Treasures
Lucy Jones, writer and journalist, on how the living world affects our well being, and our fundamental need for nature.
6pm to 7pm
 
Nature & The Psyche: Why Our Minds Need the Wild
Hear about the history of Black nurses in the UK, and find out how to trace your own nursing family history in this special online event.
6pm to 7:15pm
 
Explore Your Nursing Family History for Black History Month (online event)
Professor Geoffrey L. Smith FRS will describe how smallpox was eradicated and what happened afterwards.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Poxvirus research after smallpox eradication: new findings with an old vaccine
Join Borough Market chair Angela Clutton, and Mark Riddaway as they discuss how food shaped the landscape of Bankside.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Bananas, Breweries & Borough Market: An Online Talk
Join Johnjoe McFadden as he tells the story of William of Occam (of Occam’s razor fame)
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Life is simple

More London events on Thursday 7th October

Friday 8th October

A gala weekend to celebrate the Epping Ongar Railway's links with London Transport.
All Day
 
North Weald
London Transport Weekend
Watch one of Crockett and Jones’ skilled craftspeople demonstrate the art of hand cutting leather, known as ‘clicking’.
10am to 6pm
 
North Weald
The Art of Hand Cutting Leather
To mark the launch of issue No.3 of The Modern House Magazine, a two-day pop-up shop and photography exhibition in Southwark.
10am to 5pm
 
Southwark
Modern House Magazine pop-up shop and photography exhibition
Dr Rob Johnson sheds light on the military risks and threats facing Nato today and the strategies needed to confront them.
12pm to :
 
Chelsea
 Military Strategy in the 21st Century: The Challenge for Nato
A rare opportunity to experience Chiswick House at night at this special evening of workshops and performances after dark.
6pm to 10pm
 
Chiswick
Chiswick House @ Night

More London events on Friday 8th October

Saturday 9th October

The free service will operate between Putney Heath, Morden, North Cheam, Epsom and Dorking, with the route running partly in sections.
All Day
 
A gala weekend to celebrate the Epping Ongar Railway's links with London Transport.
All Day
 
North Weald
London Transport Weekend
Watch one of Crockett and Jones’ skilled craftspeople demonstrate the art of hand cutting leather, known as ‘clicking’.
10am to 6pm
 
North Weald
The Art of Hand Cutting Leather
To mark the launch of issue No.3 of The Modern House Magazine, a two-day pop-up shop and photography exhibition in Southwark.
10am to 4pm
 
Southwark
Modern House Magazine pop-up shop and photography exhibition
Join author and art historian Willem-Jan Verlinden and Creative Director of Van Gogh House Livia Wang on a walking tour and discussion of Vincent van Gogh's formative time in London, including a rare opportunity to visit the Type Archive.
10am to 12pm
 
Stockwell
Reopening of the Victorian steam pumping museum, with steam engines working and model locomotives on display.
10am to 4pm
 
Brentford
Autumn Steam Up
See working models of cars, cranes, trains, funfair rides and more, all built from Meccano, and build your own model and enter it into our Creative Challenge for the chance to win a prize.
10:30am to 4:30pm
 
Welling
SELMEC Meccano Show 2021
In this talk, hear how Otis uses both traditional and contemporary techniques to create his products, from the tools he uses to the materials and tanning processes.
11am to 2pm
 
Soho
In Search of Takumi: Leather
Meet maker Ray Walton, watch live demonstrations and listen to talks about the commissioning, collecting and techniques of silver.
11am to 4pm
 
Picadilly
Contemporary British Silversmiths at Apsley House
A display of archive materials from the Stop the War organisation.
1pm to 4pm
 
City of London
Archive Display: Stop the War
Japanese gin tasting from KI NO BI, a small-batch, artisanal gin created at The Kyoto Distillery.
2pm to 6pm
 
Kensington
KI NO BI Gin Tasting
In this chilling history of the black market trade in second-hand bodies Suzie Lennox will tell the tales of Britain's lesser known Resurrection Men.
3:30pm to :
 
North Kensington
Experience quintessential Indian craftsmanship with a leather-working masterclass hosted by Nappa Dori.
4pm to :
 
North Kensington
Nappa Dori Leather-Working Masterclass

Online events / webinars

Adele Emm describes the lives and jobs of people who worked in the clothing trade.
10:30am to 11:30am
 
A Stitch in Time
Join Dr Janet Few to learn how your ancestors' health may have suffered as a consequence of the work that they did.
2pm to 3pm
 
Occupational Hazards: The Working Lives of our Ancestors

More London events on Saturday 9th October

Sunday 10th October

A gala weekend to celebrate the Epping Ongar Railway's links with London Transport.
All Day
 
North Weald
London Transport Weekend
One of the biggest events of the year at Brooklands, celebrating the UK’s obsession with all things Italian.
8:30am to 5pm
 
Weybridge
Italian Car Day
Reopening of the Victorian steam pumping museum, with steam engines working and model locomotives on display.
10am to 4pm
 
Brentford
Autumn Steam Up
Japanese gin tasting from KI NO BI, a small-batch, artisanal gin created at The Kyoto Distillery.
1pm to 4pm
 
Kensington
KI NO BI Gin Tasting
In his talk Andrew Reynolds will examine the emergence and development of churches and churchyards in London.
1:30pm to :
 
North Kensington
A flypast of four US military jets will take place over the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as part of a US football event.
Starts at 2pm
 
Tottenham
A talk about five notorious London murders.
3:30pm to :
 
North Kensington

Online events / webinars

Fun-filled walk uncovering Fleet Street's hidden history
11am to 12:30pm
 
Secrets of Fleet Street - London Walking Tour
So, let us explore the Cornish Pobel Vean, just how harmless are they really?
8pm to 9:30pm
 
Piskies & Pobel Vean: Cornwall's Capricious Little Folk/ Siân Esther Powell

More London events on Sunday 10th October

Monday 11th October

Bob Patterson will present 'then and now' comparisons of selected railway routes and scenes in the south and west.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Camden
Catherine Belton reveals the untold story of how Vladimir Putin and his entourage of KGB men seized power in Russia and built a new league of oligarchs.
7pm to 9pm
 
Bloomsbury
Putin's People: Catherine Belton in Conversation with George Robertson
Interviewed by Annette Dittert, Peter Oborne will speak of how Boris Johnson has 'lied' throughout his career.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Paddington

Online events / webinars

Why do we need ghosts? How many kinds of ghost are there? What are they? And where are they? Join film-writer Roger Clarke to find out.
7:30pm to 9pm
 
The Natural History of Ghosts: A Lecture by  Roger Clarke on Zoom

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Tuesday 12th October

Free
How does this technology work? And are there situations when it does not work?
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
GPS
Join Simon Reeve as he celebrates the publication of his new memoir, Journeys to Impossible Places.
8pm to :
 
Barbican
An Evening with Simon Reeve

Online events / webinars

This talk will illustrate that through the examination of the skeletal remains they provide an extraordinary and fascinating insight into the life story of these past Londoner’s.
2pm to 3pm
 
This lecture will explore this fascinating trend in interior decoration.
6:30pm to :
 
Making Print Rooms in the Late Eighteenth Century
Join a panel of experts as they ask who has the power to combat the climate crisis?
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Climate change - power and influence

More London events on Tuesday 12th October

Wednesday 13th October

In this lecture, Lord Patten will discuss China and A New World Disorder.
6:30pm to 9pm
 
Whitehall
Join Paul Shearing as he tells the story of how the ability to store energy is continuing to shape the world we live in
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Hanover Square
From Galvani to Gigafactories: how batteries have tamed electricity to power the modern world

Online events / webinars

Walking tour exploring the history of Vauxhall and Nine Elms ​A riverside area larger than Monaco is being redeveloped to provide 20,000 new homes and 25,000 jobs
11am to 1pm
 
In search of Vauxhall and Nine Elms
Explore the less well-known (but not necessarily lesser) works of the great auteur director Robert Altman
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
The Play’s the Thing: Robert Altman in the 1980s
The third lecture in this series on Late Victorian and Edwardian London's development covers the Edwardian period in the British Capital.
7pm to 10pm
 
Andrew Saint: London 1870-1914: a City at its Zenith- Part 3
This talk series conveys the excitement, diversity and richness of London at a time when the city was arguably at the height of its power, uniqueness and attraction.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
London 1870-1914: a City at its Zenith- Part 3
This talk will celebrate the creativity of the thousands of women who took stand at the protests, and whose struggle and tenacity continues to inspire and motivate activists today.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Women for peace: Greenham Common

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Thursday 14th October

The lecture will trace the contours of a wide-ranging debate on these issues, that shapes both Israeli and Middle Eastern politics.
6pm to 7pm
 
Holborn
What does it mean for Israel to be a Jewish state?

Online events / webinars

Are governments using science as an integral part of government policy development? Prof Sir Ian Boyd will be speaking on the intersection.
6pm to 7pm
 
The Role of Science in Government
A journey to learn about the true story of Frances Glessner Lee, the woman who changed forensic science with her doll-house-sized crime scene dioramas
6pm to 7pm
 
Join David Laird, Learning Officer at Tower Bridge as he tells the Story of Tower Bridge. This talk will explore the origins, construction and quirky tales behind this iconic local structure.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
The weapons, equipment, organization, leadership, strategy and tactics of the legions and their British foes are described and analysed.
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Roman Conquests: Britain
Join John Tregoning as he tells the story of humanity's fight against infectious disease
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Infectious: Pathogens and how we fight them
How can consumer behaviour make a difference, and how can businesses make it easier for consumers to live more sustainably?
7:15pm to 8:45pm
 
 Climate change: How consumers and businesses can make a difference
Join Vivian Nutton to learn about the most-celebrated doctor in the ancient world: Galen of Pergamum (129-ca. 216 CE)
8pm to 9:30pm
 
Galen: most-celebrated physician in the ancient world

More London events on Thursday 14th October

Friday 15th October

Join Julian Walker as he examines the experiences of British soldiers in France during the First World War and the special slang they invented in order to cope with their situation.
12pm to :
 
Chelsea
Tommy French
Fiery spectacle, neon sculptures, light projections and more, herald the start of Bloomsbury Festival.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Euston
Lights, Banners, Tigers

Online events / webinars

This talk will examine a selection of police stations in the City, examining their origins, development and architecture, and tell the stories of some of the people associated with them.
1pm to 2pm
 
From Pubs to Police Stations: Accommodating the City Police
Discover stories of the Black British population and their lives within Victorian Britain.
2pm to 3pm
 
Rethinking the Lives of Black Victorians

More London events on Friday 15th October

Saturday 16th October

This is a fairly rare open day of the former iron church building that's now used as a London base for the Sea Cadets.
10am to 2pm
 
Kilburn
Open day at Kilburn's Tin Tabernacle
Kempton Steam Museum is home to the world’s largest working triple-expansion steam engine.
10:30am to 4pm
 
Feltham
Kempton Steam Museum open weekend
Come and visit this green oasis in an urban setting it is a one of the many local green lungs in Forest Hill where you can find some interesting wildlife.
2pm to 5pm
 
Forest Hill
Garthorne Road nature reserve open days

Online events / webinars

Join Adrian Stone as he describes how he took his family story from Bristol to London to Jamaica, Scotland and America, and finally to Nigeria.
4pm to 5pm
 
One Man’s Journey Tracing 6,000 African Caribbean Ancestors

More London events on Saturday 16th October

Sunday 17th October

Kempton Steam Museum is home to the world’s largest working triple-expansion steam engine.
10:30am to 4pm
 
Feltham
Kempton Steam Museum open weekend
In his talk, Peter Dodge will take us to Doctors’ Commons, the Prerogative Court and the Will Office.
1:30pm to :
 
North Kensington
A flypast of four US military jets will take place over the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as part of a US football event.
Starts at 2pm
 
Tottenham
Approx 9 acres with ponds, streams and waterfalls. Many rare trees which, in spring and autumn, provide stunning colour.
2pm to 4pm
 
Norbiton
Visit a garden - The Watergardens (Kingston upon Thames)

Online events / webinars

A fun historic walk off the beaten track in Bloomsbury
11am to 12:30pm
 
Quirky Bloomsbury - Look Up London Walking Tour
The Artist & Occultist's biographer tells all in this Zoom lecture
8pm to 10pm
 
Austin Osman Spare - Phil Baker

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Monday 18th October

This lecture explores the maths of perspective, including modern examples like televised sports where sponsors paint their logos so they look right on camera.
1pm to 2pm
 
Barbican
The Maths of Perspective in Art

Online events / webinars

In this talk, Pete Smith aims to introduce you to many of the oddities of Bloomsbury.
2pm to 3pm
 
London’s Villages: Bloomsbury
Lucy Hart, Head Gardener at Fulham Palace will discuss the garden's history and pioneering plant collections made by the botanist Bishop Compton in the late 17th century.
6pm to 7pm
 
Fulham Palace: Ten years and growing

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Tuesday 19th October

A talk about how Shakespeare's familiar plays Othello and Romeo and Juliet reflect the early modern preoccupation with race.
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
Shakespeare, Race and Performance
An evening with Ian Keable as he details some of the most bamboozling hoaxes of the 18th Century.
6:30pm to :
 
Euston
Dr Sarah Arnold will discuss threats to pollinators in our human-dominated world, and some of the things we as individuals can do to support populations in the future.
7pm to 8pm
 
Dulwich
Fantastic Flowers and the Creatures that Pollinate Them
The launch of a major new work on the origins of human society, and all that has followed.
7:30pm to 8:45pm
 
Camden
 The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity

Online events / webinars

Peter Collinson was a successful Quaker merchant, a passionate botanist and a correspondent to Linnaeus. A talk offering a view into his life.
2pm to 3pm
 
Linnean Lens: Peter Collinson's Commonplace Books
This talk examines the role that forgery, reproduction, falsified ‘improvements’, and restorations had to the grand tourist’s experience in eighteenth-century Italy.
6:30pm to :
 
Collecting and Displaying Fakes and Copies in the Eighteenth-Century Home
Join Mary Roach as she explorers what happens when humanity and nature bump up against each other
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Animal vegetable criminal: When nature breaks the law

More London events on Tuesday 19th October

Wednesday 20th October

Waterloo Uncovered present this unique exhibition offering the first chance to see a brand new and highly accurate diorama of the Battle of Waterloo.
10am to 5pm
 
Chelsea
Waterloo Remodelled
This event will focus upon mathematics as expressed in different languages and cultures.
4pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
Numbers in Different Languages and Cultures
Belinda Kirk talks about her new book Adventure Revolution.
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Soho
Adventure Revolution by Belinda Kirk

Online events / webinars

This walk introduces you to many aspects of this fascinating district
11am to 12:30pm
 
Walk: Bloomsbury - Groups, Squares & Triangles
This lecture looks briefly at the history of sculpture, from classical Greek marble carvings and cast bronze works, and its development until the present day
2pm to 3pm
 
Antony Gormley and The New Face of Tradition
Join us for this event with actor David Harewood in conversation with mental health workers Simon Arday and Kojo Bonsu.
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Maybe I Don't Belong Here: An audience with David Harewood
Join archivist Katharine Carter online to explore the vintage fashion collection within the M&S Company Archive.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
High Street, High Style: Vintage Fashion from the M&S Company Archive
In this talk, Kew Palace Manager Rachel Mackay will separate the man from the myth, exploring objects and spaces within the Palace that reveal the humanity behind George’s story.
7pm to 7:30pm
 
Join Professor Carolyne Larrington on an exploration of the strange folkloric world of animal transformations
8pm to 9:30pm
 
Animal Transformations: Selkies, Werewolves and Witch-Hares

More London events on Wednesday 20th October

Thursday 21st October

Waterloo Uncovered present this unique exhibition offering the first chance to see a brand new and highly accurate diorama of the Battle of Waterloo.
10am to 5pm
 
Chelsea
Waterloo Remodelled
The talk will discuss what computed and micro-computed tomography reveal about the injuries that were inflicted on him, and his probable cause of death; and how well the findings align with the historical record.
1pm to 2pm
 
Holborn
The Death of Richard III: CSI Meets History
Mick Clayton will share memories of working as a newspaper compositor on the presses of Fleet Street during its hey day.
6:15pm to 8:30pm
 
City of London
Stop Press: A Compositor’s Life on Fleet Street
What made this lauded playwright and novelist become a revolutionary magistrate?
6:30pm to :
 
Covent Garden
Novelist Chloe Aridjis, current writer in residence at Swedenborg House, will give a magic lantern presentation in Swedenborg Hall.
7pm to 9pm
 
Bloomsbury
Stiled shadows: A magic latern show
Rising literary stars Caleb Azumah Nelson, Vanessa Onwuemezi and Naomi Ishiguro read from their work and reflect on friendships forged in London.
7:45pm to :
 
Southwark

Online events / webinars

This talk applies a gendered lens to analyse and deconstruct the rhetoric surrounding arguments of building up the UK's armaments.
6pm to :
 
The End of Gentlemanly Warfare?
Dr Anne Charmantier will show how cities offer unique opportunities to study fundamental eco-evolutionary processes
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Adaptation and Maladaptation in the Urban Habitat
A talk with Dr Jessica Borge author of Protective Practices. A History of the London Rubber Company and the Condom Business. Hosted by Chingford Historical Society.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
The London Rubber Company in Chingford
A talk about an unmarked communal grave in Highgate West Cemetery which has come to be known as The Grave of the ‘Lost Girls’.
7pm to :
 
The ‘Lost Girls’ of Highgate Cemetery
The main subject of this talk will be to focus on Garrick’s life at Hampton and that of the fruitfulness of his marriage and his relationships with many of those close to him.
7pm to 7:30pm
 

More London events on Thursday 21st October

Friday 22nd October

Waterloo Uncovered present this unique exhibition offering the first chance to see a brand new and highly accurate diorama of the Battle of Waterloo.
10am to 5pm
 
Chelsea
Waterloo Remodelled
This talk will consider the long and tumultuous history of institutional libraries, from the first mediaeval monasteries to the national, academic and heritage libraries of the present day.
5:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Southwark
Novelist Chloe Aridjis, current writer in residence at Swedenborg House, will give a magic lantern presentation in Swedenborg Hall.
7pm to 9pm
 
Bloomsbury
Stiled shadows: A magic latern show
Come with David Baddiel on a comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground in his brand new one-man show.
8pm to :
 
Southwark
David Baddiel - Trolls: Not the Dolls

Online events / webinars

London, 1938. Alma Fielding - an ordinary young woman - begins to experience truly bizarre supernatural events in her suburban home.
2pm to 3pm
 
In conversation with Kate Summerscale: The Haunting of Alma Fielding
The launch of Carol Webley-Brown's memoirs about her experiences in the NHS, 1979 - 2021
6pm to 7pm
 

More London events on Friday 22nd October

Saturday 23rd October

Waterloo Uncovered present this unique exhibition offering the first chance to see a brand new and highly accurate diorama of the Battle of Waterloo.
10am to 5pm
 
Chelsea
Waterloo Remodelled
The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association annual flagship event.
11am to 4pm
 
Chelsea
Firsts, London's Rare Book Fair
Over 300 tattoo artists will be filling Alexandra Palace for the weekend.
11am to 10pm
 
Wood Green
The Great British Tattoo Show
Step into the former home of Charles Dickens, and come face to face with the people he would have seen in the city around him.
12:30pm to 4pm
 
Clerkenwell
Stories of the City: Victorian London Comes to Life...
In this workshop, progressive funeral director Louise Winter will take you through everything you need to know.
1:30pm to :
 
North Kensington
Novelist Chloe Aridjis, current writer in residence at Swedenborg House, will give a magic lantern presentation in Swedenborg Hall.
7pm to 9pm
 
Bloomsbury
Stiled shadows: A magic latern show

Online events / webinars

A walking tour of the most fashionable Victorian burial ground-Kensal Green Cemetery
2pm to 5pm
 
Grandeur and Greatness at Kensal Green Cemetery- walking tour

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Sunday 24th October

This event features extensive bus displays, including rarely-seen early examples, as well as wonderful examples of other commercial transport such as taxis, military & emergency vehicles.
10am to 5pm
 
Weybridge
London Bus Museum Transportfest
The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association annual flagship event.
11am to 5pm
 
Chelsea
Firsts, London's Rare Book Fair
A guided tour of Kensal Green Cemetery, with particular reference to its starring role in the 1973 Vincent Price movie, 'Theatre of Blood'
11am to :
 
North Kensington
Over 300 tattoo artists will be filling Alexandra Palace for the weekend.
11am to 6pm
 
Wood Green
The Great British Tattoo Show
The 35 acre Beale Arboretum consists of over 800 varieties of trees and shrubs, incl National Collection of Hornbeam cultivars.
1pm to 4pm
 
Barnet
Visit a garden - West Lodge Park Hadley Wood()
Author Victoria Price will present an intimate glimpse into her famous father’s life and career.
1:30pm to :
 
North Kensington
Donald MacKenzie, organist from London’s Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, accompanies the silent film 'Nosferatu' in this pre-Halloween event.
3pm to 6pm
 
Brentford
Silent Film: Nosferatu with Wurlitzer accompaniment by Donald MacKenzie
Tinged with humour, social critique, and more than a few scares, Death Lines will reveal the hidden and often surprising relationship between the city and the dark cinematic visions it has evoked.
3:30pm to :
 
North Kensington
An eerie venture into the macabre world of cult films, and the even stranger, and more outrageous, real-life events that they inspired.
7pm to :
 
North Kensington

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Guided walk through Kings Cross and St Pancras hearing the history and seeing the developments
11am to 12:30pm
 
Kings Cross: Wrong Side of the Tracks? Look Up London Walking Tour

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Monday 25th October

This lecture will look at how doctors (and parents) should talk their children about illness.
1pm to 2pm
 
Holborn
Children and Consent to Medical Treatment
An evening to explore the potential drag has to bring about social change and make people sit up and notice, based on the stories of the GLF and Bloolips.
7pm to 9pm
 
Stoke Newington
Drag: Power and Politics

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Tuesday 26th October

Four open days in October to see around the former Archbishop of Canterbury's palace, which is now a school.
Starts at 1:30pm
 
Croydon

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Matthew Hirst, Curator at Woburn, will discuss some of the highlights of Woburn Abbey’s interiors and collections along with the joys and challenges of helping to care for one of England’s finest country houses.
6:30pm to :
 
In conversation with Matthew Hirst, Curator at Woburn Abbey
A talk about William Simmonds, one of the lesser known members of the British Arts & Crafts Movement.
7pm to :
 
Sheila Binns will explore architectural decoration by delving into the model villages of Saltaire and Akroydon.
7pm to 10pm
 
Decoding architectural decoration in Akroydon and Saltaire
Just in time for Halloween, Professor Malcolm Gaskill shines a light on a decade rife with self-professed witchfinders in England and abroad
7:30pm to 10:30pm
 
Witch Hunting in England and America, 1645–52

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Wednesday 27th October

St Bride Foundation, located behind Fleet Street, houses the history of print and the skills that made Fleet Street the undisputed home of printing and publishing in London.
11am to 1pm
 
City of London
Occasional tour of the St Bride Foundation
Four open days in October to see around the former Archbishop of Canterbury's palace, which is now a school.
Starts at 1:30pm
 
Croydon
Free
This lecture will look at novelists who raise plot to a literary art.
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
Plot
A tour into the gothic history of Abney Park Cemetery with the exclusive opportunity to come into Abney after dark.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Stoke Newington
After Dark Gothic Halloween Tour
Halloween tours of Horace Walpole's gothic castle, Strawberry Hill.
Starts at 6:30pm
 
Twickenham
Gothic Twilight Tours

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In a presentation chiming with Old Lord Mayor's Show Day, City Guide Lester Hillman explores the legend and myth.
2pm to 3pm
 
Will Power: Dick Whittington's Legacy
A talk about the myths of cleanliness amongst poor people.
5:15pm to 7pm
 
Join a panel of nursing experts chaired by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson to find out why patients need well-educated nurses.
5:30pm to 7pm
 
In Conversation with Nursing Pioneers: Do patients need educated nurses?

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Thursday 28th October

Four open days in October to see around the former Archbishop of Canterbury's palace, which is now a school.
Starts at 1:30pm
 
Croydon
Explore the darker side of the 18th century’s pursuit of knowledge with the staff members of Benjamin Franklin House.
5pm to 8pm
 
Trafalgar Square
Craven Street Bones
A special introduction to our new Holocaust Galleries, along with the launch of the accompanying book.
5:30pm to :
 
Southwark
IWM In Conversation: The Holocaust
This lecture will look at how their study can be used to advance our knowledge of the intellectual history of the premodern world.
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
The Manuscripts and Intellectual Legacy of Timbuktu
There will be talks, themed drinks, drop-in workshops, DJ set with LuSinda, a protest art installation by Marcus Orlandi and David Lloyd himself signing V for Vendetta books!
6:30pm to 10:30pm
 
New Oxford Street
The Cartoon Museum Late: V for Vendetta
Halloween tours of Horace Walpole's gothic castle, Strawberry Hill.
Starts at 6:30pm
 
Twickenham
Gothic Twilight Tours
Join James Beacham as he reveals what would happen if you fell into a black hole and what's at the other end
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Hanover Square
The other end of a black hole

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Historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes joins Assyriologist Irving Finkel to discuss the concept of ghosts in the ancient world.
5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
Bettany Hughes and Irving Finkel discuss 'The First Ghosts'
This presentation will give an introduction to 507 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (Rail Infra), the rail industries sole Army Reserve unit.
5:30pm to 7pm
 
Military Railway Engineering – the role of 507 Specialist Team Royal Engineers
Alexandra Sapoznik explores the cultural and religious significance of bees in the medieval world.
6pm to 7pm
 
Why history? Bees in the medieval world
In this online lecture, curator & arts consultant Mireille Galinou contrasts the Charterhouse Great Chamber with 17th century private painted rooms
7pm to 8pm
 
The Great Chamber contrasted with the private painted rooms of the 17th Century
If the capacity of the planet’s rainforests to mitigate  against  global  heating is weakened, how will humanity and nature be affected by the implications of climate change?
7:30pm to 8:45pm
 
 Protecting Rainforests - The Planet’s Great Protector

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Friday 29th October

Four open days in October to see around the former Archbishop of Canterbury's palace, which is now a school.
Starts at 1:30pm
 
Croydon
A public light projection by artist Jenny Holzer will illuminate Tate Modern’s chimney.
5:30pm to 10pm
 
Southwark
COP 26 projection on the Tate Modern chimney
Visit after hours this Halloween and explore the practice of magical home protection.
6pm to 10pm
 
Bethnal Green
Night In: Magical Home Protection
A dramatically-lit Late casting light on the stories behind the Soane.
6pm to :
 
Holborn
Soane Lates: Spotlight on Soane
A chance to tour the Kilmorey Mausoleum in St. Margarets after dark.
6pm to 9pm
 
Twickenham
Night at the Mausoleum
Open fire drinks on the roof of Brunel's Rotherhithe tunnel shaft.
6pm to 10pm
 
Rotherhithe
Midnight Apothecary Halloween Spooktacular
Victorian era Magic Lanterns will shine into the hidden corners of the Pollock's Toy Museum collection over Halloween.
Starts at 6:30pm
 
Tottenham Court Road
Magic Lantern Shows
Delve into regions dark and unexplored beneath the Old Royal Naval College with our ghoulish guides – including a Zombie cocktail to boost your courage.
Starts at 7pm
 
Greenwich
Ghoulish Ghost Tour & Chilling Cocktails
Broadcaster and writer Robert Elms is joined by guests including artist Linett Kamala and former politician Alan Johnson, who documented his early years in North Kensington in This Boy.
7pm to 8:15pm
 
Camden
 A Home from Home: Notting Hill since the 1950s

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Join author and historian Anne Sebba as she brings to life Ethel Rosenberg’s tragic story with dramatic prison letters that Ethel exchanged with her husband, lawyer, and psychotherapist over a three-year period
2pm to 3pm
 
Ethel Rosenberg: A Cold War Tragedy
This paper discusses the early history of horror films on British television and examines some examples of scheduling choices made by broadcasters, focusing especially on the 1970s.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Appointments with Fear: Horror films on British television

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Saturday 30th October

There will be a display of former bus types that have operated from the garage since 1981 alongside the current fleet.
11am to 4pm
 
Thamesmead
Plumstead Bus Garage 40th anniversay open day
Immerse yourself in the rich design heritage of London’s transport while exploring a selection of posters from a world-class collection, and rarely seen original artworks.
Starts at 11:30am
 
Acton
Monthly London Transport art and poster store tours
Occasional open day at a railway cutting nature reserve in Forest Hill.
1pm to 4pm
 
Forest Hill
Monthly open day at Dacres Wood Nature Reserve
A ghost hunt through the ages from Hamlet to psychic researcher Harry Price and from Price to the eerie Neolithic mounds of Britain and the terrors of the uncanny body.
1:30pm to :
 
West Brompton
This talk by librarian Christopher Josiffe, will focus on his research into ghosts, spirits, spiritualist mediums, disembodied limbs and ectoplasm.
3:30pm to :
 
West Brompton
A public light projection by artist Jenny Holzer will illuminate Tate Modern’s chimney.
5:30pm to 10pm
 
Southwark
COP 26 projection on the Tate Modern chimney
Open fire drinks on the roof of Brunel's Rotherhithe tunnel shaft.
6pm to 10pm
 
Rotherhithe
Midnight Apothecary Halloween Spooktacular
Victorian era Magic Lanterns will shine into the hidden corners of the Pollock's Toy Museum collection over Halloween.
Starts at 6:30pm
 
Tottenham Court Road
Magic Lantern Shows
Delve into regions dark and unexplored beneath the Old Royal Naval College with our ghoulish guides – including a Zombie cocktail to boost your courage.
Starts at 7pm
 
Greenwich
Ghoulish Ghost Tour & Chilling Cocktails
Get an insight into what it’s really like to be an astronaut as Peake reveals the secrets, the science and the everyday wonders of how and why humans journey into space.
7:30pm to :
 
Southwark
Tim Peake: My Journey to Space

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A walking tour uncovering the saucy secrets and squalor of historic Soho
11am to 12:30pm
 
Sordid Soho - London Walking Tour

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Sunday 31st October

Dr Helen Frisby surveys the evidence for this fascinating old funerary character and their mysterious rituals in service of the souls of the deceased.
1:30pm to :
 
West Brompton
Hackney’s oldest building will be open to the public.
2pm to 4:30pm
 
Hackney
St Augustine's Tower open day
In their talk Sarah Janes and Pascal Immanuel Michael will shed light on this mystery.
3:30pm to :
 
West Brompton
A screening (in Japanese) of a rare documentary showing the construction process of the first shinkansen railway.
4pm to 5pm
 
Kensington
Screening: Tōkaidō Shinkansen
A tour that explores the Victorian and Edwardian conflict between established religions and alternative spiritual beliefs.
4pm to 5pm
 
Stoke Newington
All Hallows Eve tour of Abney Park Cemetery
A public light projection by artist Jenny Holzer will illuminate Tate Modern’s chimney.
5:30pm to 10pm
 
Southwark
COP 26 projection on the Tate Modern chimney
Delve into regions dark and unexplored beneath the Old Royal Naval College with our ghoulish guides – including a Zombie cocktail to boost your courage.
Starts at 7pm
 
Greenwich
Ghoulish Ghost Tour & Chilling Cocktails

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Exploring Southwark's saucy history on the 'naughty' side of the River
11am to 12:30pm
 
Bankside Behaving Badly - London Walking Tour
Fun and fascinating walk through Spitalfields' hidden history
11am to 12:30pm
 
The Spirit of Spitalfields - London Walking Tour
This Halloween, join us for a spellbinding, virtual performance of three chilling tales by Charles Dickens.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Ghosts & Murder: Haunting Tales by Charles Dickens

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