With the expensive, boozy picnics & endless pitchers of Pimm’s rinsing us for all we’re worth in summer, we’re slightly glad the excessive spending has died down (as much as it can in London), so we can prepare our bank accounts to be hit once more in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re itching to do something different this October, then here’s a couple of things happening in the city for under £20.
Forget the Chelsea Flower Show, there’s something even sweeter coming to the Royal Borough and it involves the fermented grape; the wonderful vino; the drink of gods. The showcase – which involves plenty of tasting – will take place across three spaces within Chelsea’s Old Town Hall. The Main Hall will be dedicated to prestigious wine producers, allowing you to taste your way through leading Champagne houses and local wine merchants. The second hall will be dedicated to the Global Masters competition series, featuring medal-winning wines from around the globe and direction from the expert team. The final hall will operate cutting-edge masterclasses on everything from Champagne to Cognac. The Wine Show runs between 14th-16th October and you can get your tickets for £15 on Fever.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3 5EE
Thanks to Proud Camden, London is getting a taste of Munich’s much-loved culture in North London. Camden’s Oktoberfest will be running throughout the day and into the evening. As expected, you can indulge for as long as you might in an exciting array of German draught beers and pop up food vendors serving a wide variety of traditional foods, as well as live bands and DJs all day and night long! Camden Oktoberfest will run for 2 Saturdays – the 8th and 15th of October. Tickets are £10 and can be bought on Fever here.
The Horse Hospital, The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH
There’s nothing like a good old giggle to get you going through the darker nights. And what better place to go than the renowned home to laughter, 99 Club in Leicester Square (yes, Leicester Square is home to some gems). The venue always has a fantastic vibe, a great line up and its intimate space is perfect to get the crowd going. Acts are frequently changing, but often include comedians as seen on shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, and Have I Got News For You, as well as up-and-coming names. Tickets for the Saturday night shows are £16 and can be bought on Fever here.
1 Leicester St, WC2H 7BP
On Thursday 13th October, do something ‘cultured’ and treat the imaginative right-side of your brain to a midweek night of classical music. The concert will be held in the beautiful St Martin-in-the-Fields church, which by candlelight is simple stunning. The lovely tones of London Concertante, along with guest director/violin Ben Norris, will be caressing your eardrums this evening as they play a well-chosen selection of Bach pieces. Tickets start from only £13 on Fever.
St Martin-In-The-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ
Aeronaut comes with its very own indoor Circus Big Top, with entertainment ranging from aerial acrobatics, balancing acts and so much more. Seriously expect the unexpected; from hooping, juggling, aerial swooping, cheeky dancers, magic and comedy, you won’t be able to keep up with this fast-paced spectacular. We suggest arriving earlier to bag a good seat! The show runs on Saturday nights throughout the month and you can get you ticket for £12 on Fever.
264 High St, Acton, W3 9BH
6. Seesaw your way to happiness at Leicester Square
No, we haven’t lost our marbles. We are seriously suggesting you head to Leicester Square (again) this month to experience the illuminated and musical playground. These seesaws, which are activated by movement and come to life with LED lights and speakers, have been installed by Heart of London Business Alliance with “impulse”. They’ll be in London until 27th October. Having a ride is completely free (although you’ll most likely have to fight with other big kids to have a go!). Find out more info here.