Things to do in London in October 2019

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Events in London in October 2019

The IanVisits guide to Octobers unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Tuesday 1st October

Watch a parade of the UK's highest judges to Westminster Abbey for their annual service.
 10:30am to 11:30am
 
 Pimlico
2019-10-01
2019-10-01
Judges Service at Westminster Abbey
Through readings, song, stories and discussion, this event chaired by Juliet Stevenson explores how asylum seekers are represented in fiction, poetry and storytelling.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-10-01
2019-10-01
Why do apparently irrelevant details such as a person’s height, their relative wealth, or their Facebook photo influence whether or not we trust what they are saying?
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
2019-10-01
2019-10-01

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Wednesday 2nd October

Sir Roland Jackson will discuss John Tyndall. In collaboration with the Institute of Physics.
 7pm to 9:30pm
 
 Hanover Square
2019-10-02
2019-10-02
John Tyndall: Provocative Victorian Physicist
Military historian Max Hastings vividly describes the evolution of Barnes Wallis’ bomb, and of the bravery of the squadron which broke the dams.
 7pm to :
 
 Marylebone High St
2019-10-02
2019-10-02
Max Hastings Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943
This talk will explain how the speed of light was first measured, and how an obscure but brilliant patent clerk in Bern, Switzerland by the name of Albert Einstein deduced that the speed of light is the upper speed limit for everything in the Universe.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
2019-10-02
2019-10-02
In this event about his new book Guy Standing leads us through a new appraisal of the commons, stemming from the medieval concept of common land reserved in ancient law from marauding barons, to his modern reappraisal of the resources we all hold in common.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
2019-10-02
2019-10-02
In this lecture, V&A Director Dr Tristram Hunt explores the architectural, intellectual and political history of the Victorian town hall and asks what that sense of municipal patriotism might offer city life today.
 1pm to 1:45pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-10-02
2019-10-02

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Thursday 3rd October

A talk and glass of wine with author Philip Parker, as we celebrate the publication of his new book The A-Z History of London.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
2019-10-03
2019-10-03
The A-Z History of London by Philip Parker

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Saturday 5th October

Artists and crafts people across the borough of Lambeth will be opening their studio and work spaces to the public.
 10am to 6pm
 
2019-10-05
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A delightful old barn now packed full of "clutter" that's oddly enjoyable to visit.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Upminster
2019-10-05
2019-10-05
 Occasional open day at the Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Tooting
2019-10-05
2019-10-05
All day conference to discuss all thinks pottery related.
 All Day
 
 Islington
2019-10-05
2019-10-05
1000 years of ceramic innovation
Stalls of local produce, heritage apples to try and buy, an apple press, hot mulled cider and a host of children's activities and trails
 11am to 5pm
 
 Bexleyheath
2019-10-05
2019-10-05

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Sunday 6th October

Occasional open day at the heritage windmill in Croydon.
 12pm to 5pm
 
 Croydon
2019-10-06
2019-10-06
Shirley Windmill open day
Artists and crafts people across the borough of Lambeth will be opening their studio and work spaces to the public.
 10am to 6pm
 
2019-10-06
2019-10-06
Monthly(ish) open days at 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
 1pm to 5pm
 
 Reigate
2019-10-06
2019-10-06
Gatton Park monthly open day
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Southwark
2019-10-06
2019-10-06
Stalls of local produce, heritage apples to try and buy, an apple press, hot mulled cider and a host of children's activities and trails
 11am to 5pm
 
 Bexleyheath
2019-10-06
2019-10-06

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Tuesday 8th October

Join a panel of experts as they explore if it really is too late to save our oceans.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Hanover Square
2019-10-08
2019-10-08
Playing host to the UK’s most fabulous women in STEM, ALD Live! is an entertaining evening of geekery
 6:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Strand
2019-10-08
2019-10-08
Ada Lovelace Day Live! 2019
Join Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie for a showcase of his Field Guide to the English Clergy; a compendium of diverse eccentrics, pirates, prelates and adventurers; all Anglican, some even practising.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
2019-10-08
2019-10-08
A Field Guide to the English Clergy - A Talk by Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie
The first of its kind: an exploration of one of the most mysterious countries in the world, as told by one of the first outsiders to access the country in its entirety.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
2019-10-08
2019-10-08
A Savage Dreamland: Journeys in Burma by David Eimer
This lecture examines the mathematics behind computing, starting with the history of the explosive growth of computer technology, from code breaking through to all aspects of modern communication and security.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
2019-10-08
2019-10-08
Focussing on experiment and travel, this lecture describes the aims and activities of the early Royal Society almost two centuries before the word ‘scientist’ was invented.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-10-08
2019-10-08

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Wednesday 9th October

A Field Guide to London Transport Moquette Patterns
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
2019-10-09
2019-10-09
Seats of London by Andrew Martin
This talk will discuss the purpose of Leonardo’s drawings, and the experience of curating a nationwide exhibition of these drawings for a mass audience.
 6:45pm to :
 
 Shoreditch
2019-10-09
2019-10-09
Join Eleanor Crow and Krissie Nicolson, Director of the East End Trades Guild, for an evening chat about the enduring culture of Britain’s small shops and their inventively designed fronts.
 7:30pm to :
 
 Forest Gate
2019-10-09
2019-10-09
In praise of small neighbourhood shops
This is your chance to tour the world of science; from new, low-cost prosthetics engineered in Mozambique and diet monitoring wearable tech trialed in Ghana, to oil-spill clean-up sponges developed in India.
 6pm to 9pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-10-09
2019-10-09
Imperial Lates: Science without borders
The Grantham Research Institute hosts a debate about what works in climate politics, and what role street protests can play.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
2019-10-09
2019-10-09
The illustrated lecture will examine Bazalgette’s achievement and the work involved in building this latest addition to it.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-10-09
2019-10-09

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Thursday 10th October

Monthly late night opening at the modernist HQ of the ancient Royal College Of Physicians.
 5:30pm to 8pm
 
 Camden
2019-10-10
2019-10-10
Museum Lates at the Royal College Of Physicians
For World Mental Health Day Nathan Filer, mental health nurse and award-winning writer, will take us on a journey into the psychiatric wards he once worked on.
 5:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Harley Street
2019-10-10
2019-10-10
The Heartland: Finding and losing schizophrenia
Comedian and writer Nick Hall lifts the lid on a treasure trove of forgotten people and fascinating stories from history
 7pm to 8pm
 
 Southwark
2019-10-10
2019-10-10
Nick Hall presents 'The Good, the Bad and the Weird' - Quirky characters from history

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Friday 11th October

A street party at night to mark the opening of the annual Bloomsbury Festival.
 6pm to 9:30pm
 
 Euston
2019-10-11
2019-10-11
Photographer Tara Darby and editor Peter Chadwick present an illustrated talk about the history and residents of Thamesmead including insights and photography from there recently published book.
 2pm to 3:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-10-11
2019-10-11
Thamesmead; The Town of Tomorrow
Guests to the opening night will be among the first to see this latest exhibition which explores untold stories from the past and the many secrets that lurk beneath our streets
 6:45pm to 10pm
 
 Covent Garden
2019-10-11
2019-10-11
Friday Late: Hidden London exhibition launch
xplore Hogarth: Place and Progress after normal opening hours, accompanied with a Gin & Tonic.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Holborn
2019-10-11
2019-10-11
Soane Lates: Hogarth After Hours

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Saturday 12th October

This 52-minute documentary tells the story of Rev. Bernárd J. Lynch and his ministry to people with AIDS in New York.
 5pm to 7pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-10-12
2019-10-12
Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
2019-10-12
2019-10-12
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend
Annual walking tour around The Prisoner TV locations.
 2pm to :
 
2019-10-12
2019-10-12
Researchers become stand-up comedians for one night only and share with us the successful failures in their careers so far.
 7pm to 9:30pm
 
 Farringdon
2019-10-12
2019-10-12

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Sunday 13th October

The Annual Harvest of the Sea Service will be celebrated with a procession of Liverymen and the Porters from Billingsgate Market to the church.
 10:30am to 11am
 
 City of London
2019-10-13
2019-10-13
Open day at a restored and working water mill.
 2pm to 5pm
 
2019-10-13
2019-10-13
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill
Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
2019-10-13
2019-10-13
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend

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Monday 14th October

Using memory scholarship, Professor Olivette Otele will examine how the history and memory of enslavement shaped questions of identity and citizenship in Europe.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-10-14
2019-10-14
Slavery, Memory and Reparations
Charles Moore will speak about the third and final in his series of biographies of Margaret Thatcher, focusing on her last period in office.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
2019-10-14
2019-10-14

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Top events in London on Tue 15th Oct 2019

An evening of rarely screened archive film and discussion, celebrating London’s most beloved and iconic LGBTQ+ venues, many long gone.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Barbican
2019-10-15
2019-10-15
Queer Erasure? London’s LGBTQ+ Nightlife on Film
Who is protecting London's historic buildings; the Mayor, London boroughs, government ministers, MPs or the voluntary movement?
 6pm to 8pm
 
 City of London
2019-10-15
2019-10-15
SAVE Annual Lecture with Simon Jenkins
Panel debate on the politics, philosophy, and poetry of home, exploring the fundamental connection between home and human well-being.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
2019-10-15
2019-10-15

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Top events in London on Wed 16th Oct 2019

Dr David Allen will discuss the history of the Company including its most famous son, Ben Jonson, as well as three of its masters who designed and built cathedrals
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
2019-10-16
2019-10-16
A History of The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers
This lecture tells the full story for the first time, showing why Britain was the perfect sanctuary from rumoured assassination by Nazi agents.
 5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
 Russell Square
2019-10-16
2019-10-16
This is a chance to photograph the Cathedral as it would have been lit in the past.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Southwark
2019-10-16
2019-10-16
Autumn Candlelit Photography Evening
The tour is a great opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle of the City of London’s last surviving food market first hand.
 6:45am to 8:15am
 
 Barbican
2019-10-16
2019-10-16
Smithfield Market Early Morning Tour

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Top events in London on Thu 17th Oct 2019

For 4 evenings, an installation made by artist Richard Sharples will be shown in St. George’s Gardens, together with the short film Imagining Mountains, which will be projected in the Chapel of Rest.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Euston
2019-10-17
2019-10-17
The launch of a new exhibition celebrating 100 years of nursing registration.
 5:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Harley Street
2019-10-17
2019-10-17
Fighting for Recognition: The History of a Health Profession
This talk will discuss Nineteenth Century ‘popular’ (often conflicting) attitudes towards infanticide, by examining the transcripts of court cases tried at London’s Central Criminal Court.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
2019-10-17
2019-10-17
Matrophobia (Fear of Motherhood): Murdering Mothers in 19th Century London
Join the Tales of the City author for an evening of his favourite tales on his first ever UK tour, in conversation with Neil Gaiman.
 7:30pm to :
 
 Southwark
2019-10-17
2019-10-17
 An Evening with Armistead Maupin
Hear about London's celebrity detectives and gangsters, and find out what happened to a rowdy group of builders drinking on a rooftop in 1806.
 6:30pm to :
 
 City of London
2019-10-17
2019-10-17
Archives Tour - London Collections
Dr Kaufmann tells the intriguing tales of three Africans living in Tudor England.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-10-17
2019-10-17
Black Tudors: Three Untold Stories
Peter Clarke gives this talk based on his experience in the City of London Police and IRA during the 1970s to 1990s.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
2019-10-17
2019-10-17
How the IRA Campaign changed Policing in the City and the Rest of the World

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Friday 18th October

For 4 evenings, an installation made by artist Richard Sharples will be shown in St. George’s Gardens, together with the short film Imagining Mountains, which will be projected in the Chapel of Rest.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Euston
2019-10-18
2019-10-18
£10.00
Join four of London’s most exciting storytellers for a multicultural voyage around the moon’s myth and folklore.
 7:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Euston
2019-10-18
2019-10-18
Join astronomer Dr Robert Massey and art historian Dr Alexandra Loske for an illustrated talk about how our obsession with the Moon has manifested itself in the sciences and visual arts,
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-10-18
2019-10-18

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Saturday 19th October

Arts and science collide in a fun, engaging day exploring all things moon-related.
 11:30am to 5pm
 
 Euston
2019-10-19
2019-10-19
Waterloo Classics is a monthly classic car show/meet in central London.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Southwark
2019-10-19
2019-10-19
Monthly Waterloo Classic car display
For 4 evenings, an installation made by artist Richard Sharples will be shown in St. George’s Gardens, together with the short film Imagining Mountains, which will be projected in the Chapel of Rest.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Euston
2019-10-19
2019-10-19
Elstree Studios, where many of these shows were made, will play host to this very special event to celebrate the fantastic programmes we all remember and love.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Elstree
2019-10-19
2019-10-19
A celebration of ITC' inc 'Randall and Hopkirk at 50
Join Steve Cross and eight hilarious geeks from the local area for a chaotic evening of stand-up about science and the lives of scientists.
 7:30pm to 10pm
 
 Euston
2019-10-19
2019-10-19

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Sunday 20th October

Annual harvest festival parade - this year in Lambeth -- with the Corn Queene and Berry Man.
 12pm to :
 
 Kennington
2019-10-20
2019-10-20
 October Plenty
For 4 evenings, an installation made by artist Richard Sharples will be shown in St. George’s Gardens, together with the short film Imagining Mountains, which will be projected in the Chapel of Rest.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Euston
2019-10-20
2019-10-20
An opportunity to have a look at the buildings and engines, to take in the exhibition and learn something of the Victorian sewer system.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Abbey Wood
2019-10-20
2019-10-20
Crossness Engines open day

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Tuesday 22nd October

A talk by Elain Harwood about her new book on Art Deco Britain.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-10-22
2019-10-22
Art Deco Britain

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Wednesday 23rd October

A special talk from Alec Tritton, a featured Speaker at RootsTech London 2019, on the old and 'new' Poor Laws and how they affected the people.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-10-23
2019-10-23
The Old Poor Law Before 1834
From walking across Afghanistan to becoming Deputy Governor of Iraq, advising Hillary Clinton to tutoring Prince William, the breakout political star of 2019 has led an extraordinary life to date.
 7:30pm to 8:45pm
 
 Pimlico
2019-10-23
2019-10-23
An Evening with Rory Stewart  |  with Hannah MacInnes
This talk will also review the dramatic consequences on what we observe in the night sky that arise purely from the consequences of light-travel time effects.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
2019-10-23
2019-10-23
The event will focus upon mathematical expeditions, outlining how the use of mathematics has been instrumental to the success of historical voyages of exploration.
 4pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-10-23
2019-10-23

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Thursday 24th October

Meet the Gibbonologists and find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the world from a gibbon’s point of view.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Euston
2019-10-24
2019-10-24
International Gibbon Day
See the original "dracula" movie in the spooky surroundings of an old operating theatre.
 7pm to :
 
 Southwark
2019-10-24
2019-10-24
Film Night: Vampyr (1932)
Art critic William Feaver discusses the first volume of his new work of biography of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.
 6:45pm to 8:30pm
 
 St James
2019-10-24
2019-10-24
William Feaver on the Lives of Lucian Freud
In this talk, discover the story of Richmond’s rail links with Central London and the design and development of the two Stations that served them.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Richmond
2019-10-24
2019-10-24
173 years of railways to Richmond and beyond…

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Friday 25th October

Inspired by original poetry, video projections will illuminate the outside of St Paul's Cathedral.
 6pm to 10pm
 
 City of London
2019-10-25
2019-10-25
Where Light Falls

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Saturday 26th October

Inspired by original poetry, video projections will illuminate the outside of St Paul's Cathedral.
 6pm to 10pm
 
 City of London
2019-10-26
2019-10-26
Where Light Falls
Visit the c.1397 Grade 2 listed ‘threshing’ barn, over 100ft x 40ft in size, with a fine crownpost roof.
 10:45am to 1pm
 
 Rickmansworth
2019-10-26
2019-10-26
Monthly open day at a wood and nature reserve that's next to the railway at Forest Hill.
 1pm to 4pm
 
 Forest Hill
2019-10-26
2019-10-26
Monthly open day at the Dacres Wood nature reserve
Follow a lantern-lit tour amongst the tombs of the East End's famous and infamous dead
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Bow
2019-10-26
2019-10-26
All Hallow's lantern-lit Tours by Cemetery Club
See working models of cars, cranes, trains, funfair rides and more, all built from Meccano
 10:30am to 4:30pm
 
 Eltham
2019-10-26
2019-10-26
Meccano Show 2019

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Sunday 27th October

Inspired by original poetry, video projections will illuminate the outside of St Paul's Cathedral.
 5:15pm to 10pm
 
 City of London
2019-10-27
2019-10-27
Where Light Falls
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm
 
 Hackney
2019-10-27
2019-10-27
A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Enfield Town
2019-10-27
2019-10-27
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum

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Tuesday 29th October

Follow a lantern-lit tour amongst the tombs of the East End's famous and infamous dead
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Bow
2019-10-29
2019-10-29
All Hallow's lantern-lit Tours by Cemetery Club
Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
2019-10-29
2019-10-29
Tours of Croydon Old Palace

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Wednesday 30th October

£13.48
A nocturnal walking tour through one of east London's most atmospheric landscapes.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Bow
2019-10-30
2019-10-30
The East Edge
Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
2019-10-30
2019-10-30
Tours of Croydon Old Palace
Philosophy often presents itself as founded on logic and rationality, but even the most rigorous of us must concede that the world can be a strange place.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
2019-10-30
2019-10-30
A leading thinker on the crossover between design, technology and business, reveals how essential it is that we educate ourselves about the laws of our digital age, and how to do just that.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
2019-10-30
2019-10-30
This lecture will also consider one of the fastest moving areas of cancer treatment, stimulating the immune system to attack cancers.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-10-30
2019-10-30
On this, her first visit to LSE, Lady Black will speak about her work as a judge, reflecting on her career in the law.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
2019-10-30
2019-10-30

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Thursday 31st October

Follow a lantern-lit tour amongst the tombs of the East End's famous and infamous dead
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Bow
2019-10-31
2019-10-31
All Hallow's lantern-lit Tours by Cemetery Club
Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
2019-10-31
2019-10-31
Tours of Croydon Old Palace

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