Things to do in London in October 2018

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Events in London in October 2018

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


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A monthly classic car show/meet just behind Waterloo Station.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Southwark
2018-10-20
2018-10-20

Waterloo Classics

Explore the collection of publications, ephemera and artefacts that form part of the UK Leather Archive at this free ‘drop in’ display.
 2pm to 4pm
 
 City of London
2018-10-20
2018-10-20

	Display – UK Leather Archive

Skills of the Huguenots Day celebrates contemporary interpretations of these talents so whatever you are interested in, drop in and participate.
 11am to 4pm
 
 Whitechapel
2018-10-20
2018-10-20
A debate about the culture and history of tattooing.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Picadilly
2018-10-20
2018-10-20

Inked: the history of indigenous tattooing

Step into Roman London’s military fort, located under the Museum, and learn about the Roman foundations, their discovery, excavation and preservation.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Barbican
2018-10-20
2018-10-20

Roman fort gate tours

The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life traces the history of this cultural tradition and explores how it has shaped the identity of the place through the centuries.
 Starts at 11am
 
 Whitechapel
2018-10-20
2018-10-20
This unique document is in private hands and speaker Kate Wigley from the School of Textiles, offers a rare opportunity to discover more about this previously undiscovered gem.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Whitechapel
2018-10-20
2018-10-20
A display of Meccano and old cars at the Victorian steam pumping station.
 7pm to 8pm
 
 Feltham
2018-10-20
2018-10-20

The Marvels of Meccano 2018

More London events on Saturday 20th Oct

Top events in London on Sunday

Apple Day celebrations at Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Southwark
2018-10-21
2018-10-21
Dancing, Music, Games, Apples, Pedlars, Bees, Conkers, and Cider, The Hobby Horse and Story Orchard.
 12pm to :
 
 Southwark
2018-10-21
2018-10-21

October Plenty

An opportunity to get up close and personal with archaeology at Fulham Palace, and learn more about the rich and varied history of this ancient site.
 1pm to 3pm
 
 Fulham
2018-10-21
2018-10-21
This year's event will be feature a special Leyland display, recallsing the final days of Leyland RTs in service in November 1968.
 10am to 5pm
 
 Weybridge
2018-10-21
2018-10-21

London Bus Museum Transportfest

Explore the life and career of 18th-century actress, singer, feminist author and campaigner Kitty Clive.
 3pm to :
 
 Clerkenwell
2018-10-21
2018-10-21

 Maker Not Muse: Kitty Clive Or The Fair Songster

Explore the idea of Charles Dickens not only as a novelist, but as a Victorian man of science.
 2pm to 3:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2018-10-21
2018-10-21

Advocate and Activist: Charles Dickens 'Man Of Science'

The London Gaming Market is a place to buy retro video-games, board games and merchandise all in one place.
 11am to 4pm
 
 Euston
2018-10-21
2018-10-21
Join the Lee Valley Ranger Team and learn the tips and tricks on how to make hand rolled beeswax candles.
 10am to 12pm
 
 Enfield Town
2018-10-21
2018-10-21

 Get busy with the Bees - A look into a Honey Bee Hive

A display of Meccano and old cars at the Victorian steam pumping station.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Feltham
2018-10-21
2018-10-21

The Marvels of Meccano 2018

More London events on Sunday 21st Oct

Monday 22nd Oct

Mac Andrade, Major Projects Director at South Western Railway will focus on major projects, including Waterloo station.
 5:30pm to 7pm
 
 Vauxhall Bridge
2018-10-22
2018-10-22

More London events on Monday 22nd Oct

Tuesday 23rd Oct

Look out for black boats speeding along the Thames firing guns at each other for a couple of days.
 10:10am to 10:20am
 
2018-10-23
2018-10-23

Military exercise on the Thames

A Gun Salute of 41 rounds will be fired from the Tower of London for the State Visit of the King and Queen of the Netherlands.
 Starts at 12pm
 
 Tower Hill
2018-10-23
2018-10-23
Come and hear Dr Emma Spary discuss her research on the often-overlooked role of priests in the history of pharmacy.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Camden
2018-10-23
2018-10-23

Priests and Drugs in 17th-Century Paris

Geoffrey Munn OBE MVO will give a talk on funerary jewellery, with exhibits.
 7pm to :
 
 North Kensington
2018-10-23
2018-10-23

More London events on Tuesday 23rd Oct

Wednesday 24th Oct

Look out for black boats speeding along the Thames firing guns at each other for a couple of days.
 10:50am to 11am
 
2018-10-24
2018-10-24

Military exercise on the Thames

As we approach Halloween, Nick will regale us with tales of his introduction into the business, via fishing the dead out of the sea during the Falklands War, and recount the history of this fascinating topic.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Barbican
2018-10-24
2018-10-24

'Facing Death' - Death Masks

The Royal Institution teams up with online news site The Conversation to discuss conspiracy theories.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Hanover Square
2018-10-24
2018-10-24

Conspiracy theories

More London events on Wednesday 24th Oct

Thursday 25th Oct

Join a panel of experts to discuss the pressures on local journalism, its role in democracy – and how YOU can be part of the solution.
 5pm to 7pm
 
 New Cross
2018-10-25
2018-10-25

Media Forum: Why local journalism matters

This talk by Kirsty Chilton will divulge the secrets of the corpse trade in London in the Georgian Period.
 7pm to :
 
 Southwark
2018-10-25
2018-10-25

The Night of the Body Snatchers

Experience Dickens’s beautiful townhouse as if the author himself had just stepped out the door.
 6pm to :
 
 Clerkenwell
2018-10-25
2018-10-25

Dickens After Dark: A Halloween Special

More London events on Thursday 25th Oct

Friday 26th Oct

During World War I, there was vicious and devastating fighting between Japan and Germany in the sea off the coast of Wales.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Camden
2018-10-26
2018-10-26

The Forgotten War 1914-18

Roam around the Museum after hours and discover the role of females in nature and women science.
 6pm to 10pm
 
 South Kensington
2018-10-26
2018-10-26

Lates at the Natural History Museum

Join special guest Simon Singh for a drink and a lively discussion on alternative medicine, based around his appropriately-named book Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial.
 6:45pm to :
 
 Soho
2018-10-26
2018-10-26
Drawing on recently declassified records in British and American files, this talk illuminates a long-hidden feature of wartime medicine: the deliberate modification of bodies for the purposes of disguise.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Pimlico
2018-10-26
2018-10-26

Special Operations: Plastic Surgery and Disguise in WW2

Simon Callow has spent a great deal of his life in libraries and this is his hymn to them.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Soho
2018-10-26
2018-10-26

The romance of libraries with guest speaker Simon Callow

Tara Finn explores illegal prostitution and its social ramifications in First World War Britain.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2018-10-26
2018-10-26

'A pill to cure an earthquake': Prostitution in Britain in the First World War

Dr Romany Reagan will take us on an exploration of the beginnings of occultism and the gothic imagination in Victorian culture.
 7pm to :
 
 Southwark
2018-10-26
2018-10-26

The Victorian Séance: From the Occult to the Gin Parlour

Grab some shoulder pads, blast out some Duran Duran and get ready for a wicked 1980s themed Friday Late at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.
 6:45pm to 10pm
 
 Covent Garden
2018-10-26
2018-10-26
A chilling performance of The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari.
 Starts at 7:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2018-10-26
2018-10-26
An afternoon of talks on the artists and art of the suffrage campaign through items in the Women’s Library collection.
 2pm to 6pm
 
 Holborn
2018-10-26
2018-10-26

More London events on Friday 26th Oct

Saturday 27th Oct

This popular event celebrates African arts and culture, as well as enhancing Black History Month.
 12pm to 6pm
 
 Trafalgar Square
2018-10-27
2018-10-27

Africa on the Square 2018

Experience what it was like to be an Edwardian school pupil, as Dr Pedley shows what life was like for a school dentist in 1910.
 2:30pm to :
 
 Harley Street
2018-10-27
2018-10-27

The dentist will see you now...

A weekend of magic lantern performances from magic lantern performers Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker.
 Starts at 7pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2018-10-27
2018-10-27

A Grand Gothic Magic Lantern Phantasmagoria

A guided walk around the Metroland area.
 10:30am to 2pm
 
 Wembley
2018-10-27
2018-10-27
An adult pumpkin carving class - part of our About Face seminar season - which includes pumpkin, candle and glass of mulled cider. Learn the reasons why we carve faces into pumpkins at Halloween before diving in yourself
 1pm to 5pm
 
 Barbican
2018-10-27
2018-10-27

Spooky Faces: Pumpkin Carving

An exhibition of Acorn / BBC / RISC OS computers and software, with Atoms, BBCs, Electrons, Archimedes, and RiscPCs, plus the new systems like the Raspberry Pi, ARMX6 and Titanium.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Hatton
2018-10-27
2018-10-27

RISC OS London Show

See amazing working Meccano models of cars, cranes, trains, funfair rides and more! Build your own model and enter the Creative Challenge.
 10:30am to 4:30pm
 
 Eltham
2018-10-27
2018-10-27

More London events on Saturday 27th Oct

Sunday 28th Oct

A weekend of magic lantern performances from magic lantern performers Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker.
 Starts at 7pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2018-10-28
2018-10-28

A Grand Gothic Magic Lantern Phantasmagoria

More London events on Sunday 28th Oct

Monday 29th Oct

Westminster Abbey will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh with a day of events in St Margaret’s Church.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
 Pimlico
2018-10-29
2018-10-29

The Life and Times of Sir Walter Raleigh

Gardener. Curator Gareth Brereton introduces the BP exhibition I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria.
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
2018-10-29
2018-10-29
Create your own spooky-faced jack-o-lantern with the assistance of an expert.
 4pm to 5pm
 
 New Oxford Street
2018-10-29
2018-10-29

Grown-ups Pumpkin Carving at Fortnum's

Designer and former Barbican resident Stefi Orazi celebrates this unique complex in her new book The Barbican Estate.
 7pm to 8pm
 
 Soho
2018-10-29
2018-10-29

The Barbican Estate at 50: Stefi Orazi in conversation

More London events on Monday 29th Oct

Tuesday 30th Oct

A screening of a peculiar movie about a computer that becomes sentient then seeks to have a child of its own.
 9pm to :
 
 Homerton
2018-10-30
2018-10-30

Demon Seed (1977)

A talk about the engineering that went into the new polar research ship, The RRS Sir David Attenborough.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 St James
2018-10-30
2018-10-30
Laura Sedgwick, who co-authored "Gothic Dissections in Film and Literature: The Body in Parts" will take us on a frightening journey through the use of masks, the distorted face and injury in Gothic and Horror films.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Barbican
2018-10-30
2018-10-30

'Faces of Fear' - Masks and The Face in Horror and Gothic Films

Create your own spooky-faced jack-o-lantern with the assistance of an expert.
 4pm to 5pm
 
 New Oxford Street
2018-10-30
2018-10-30

Grown-ups Pumpkin Carving at Fortnum's

Susan Owens, author of The Ghost: A Cultural History will describe some of the huge variety of ways in which Britain's artists and writers have presented ghosts.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Greenwich
2018-10-30
2018-10-30
Hear Sarah Gristwood discuss the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, explored in her recent book Vita and Virginia, followed by a Q&A session.
 7pm to 8pm
 
 Richmond
2018-10-30
2018-10-30

Vita and Virginia

Join leading researchers and policy influencers to discuss whether the Government’s current drug policies are sufficiently based on evidence and fit for purpose, or doing more harm than good.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
2018-10-30
2018-10-30

Hands off my hash!

More London events on Tuesday 30th Oct

Wednesday 31st Oct

Explore the mystical objects and potent rituals of our magical past in this free Hallowe’en event.
 6pm to 8pm
 
 Euston
2018-10-31
2018-10-31

Ancient Magic

The theme for the October Lates event is the Year of Engineering.
 6:45pm to 10pm
 
 South Kensington
2018-10-31
2018-10-31
Talk by Anthony Grenville on Britain and depictions of the British in texts by Jewish refugees from Nazism
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Russell Square
2018-10-31
2018-10-31
Demonstrations, researchers into dark matter ready to answer your questions and an opportunity to have a quick tour of the telescopes we have on site
 5pm to 6:30pm
 
 Mill Hill
2018-10-31
2018-10-31

Dark Matter Day: Looking for the Hidden Mysteries of the Universe

Tour the printing workshop, historic rooms, and famous library.
 11am to 12:30pm
 
 City of London
2018-10-31
2018-10-31

Tour of St Bride Foundation

​This talk will focus on how easy it can be for healthcare practitioners to move from saving lives to doing away with them. The focus will be on Dr Harold Shipman who killed hundreds of his patients over a 28-year period.
 7pm to :
 
 Southwark
2018-10-31
2018-10-31

Nerve, Knowledge, and Normality in Healthcare Serial Killing

An evening tour filled with dark stories of death and spooky happenings!
 6:30pm to :
 
 Poplar
2018-10-31
2018-10-31

Docks after dark

200 years after the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, discover how the novel has shaped our hopes and dreads around death.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Euston
2018-10-31
2018-10-31

Halloween at the Petrie Museum

Join Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport chief Toto Wolff and a panel of expert speakers to find out about the engineering wizardry that propels some of the fastest humans on the planet.
 7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 South Kensington
2018-10-31
2018-10-31
Enjoy a drink and uncover some gruesome animal facts along the way with Halloween-themed specimen labels.
 6:30pm to 9pm
 
 Euston
2018-10-31
2018-10-31

Halloween at the Grant Museum

Delve into the realms of the unknown with producer of the Unexplained podcast Richard Maclean Smith for a night of strange tales and live music.
 7pm to 8pm
 
 Soho
2018-10-31
2018-10-31

Unexplained Live with Richard Maclean Smith

Join compere and comedian Steve Cross bringing together some brilliant literary Londoners with a passion for the mysterious and the supernatural.
 7:30pm to :
 
 City of London
2018-10-31
2018-10-31

Books Showoff: Gothic Fiction

More London events on Wednesday 31st Oct