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

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Saturday 2nd October

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

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Sunday 3rd October

Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
All Day
 
Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
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
A beautiful historic parkland designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown with Edwardian gardens in Reigate, Surrey.
1pm to 5pm
 
Reigate
Monthly open day at Gatton Park

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Monday 4th October


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Join the award-winning actor and food obsessive for an intimate live event at The London Palladium.
7:30pm to :
 

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Tuesday 5th October

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Wednesday 6th October

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Thursday 7th October

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Friday 8th October

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Saturday 9th October

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Sunday 10th October


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Fun-filled walk uncovering Fleet Street's hidden history
11am to 12:30pm
 
Secrets of Fleet Street - London Walking Tour

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Monday 11th October


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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

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Wednesday 13th October

A UK tour with the TV historian comes to London.
6:30pm to 9pm
 
Hackney
Dan Snow's History Hit 2021 tour

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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

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Thursday 14th October


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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
 
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

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Friday 15th October

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Saturday 16th October


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A fun-filled walk through some of the City's gruesome tales
11am to 12:30pm
 
Smithfield & Clerkenwell: Guts & Glory - London Walking Tour

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Sunday 17th October


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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

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Tuesday 19th October

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Wednesday 20th October


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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

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Thursday 21st October

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Friday 22nd October

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Saturday 23rd October

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Sunday 24th October

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()

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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

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Tuesday 26th October


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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

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Thursday 28th October

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Friday 29th October


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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

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
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


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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

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