London’s Culture Crush: What To See, Do And Experience In October

From Frieze London to an Olivier-Award-winning ballet, here’s what to see, do and experience in London this month.

Go to a festival at Somerset House: For an immersive celebration of Black contribution, head to Somerset House for the Black Lives Matter Festival. Established by Kayza Rose, BLM Fest is a cultural producing company that highlights and champions the voices of Black British creatives, activists, audiences and communities both nationally and internationally. As such, there are many ticketed and free events, from painting workshops to live music theatre.

Address: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA


Chat with Grimmy: Broadcaster, TV personality and now author Nick Grimshaw is set to talk about everything from raving to radio and the launch of his debut book, Soft Lad. It’ll take place at EartH in Hackney on 25 October, and streaming options are also available.

Address: EartH, 1-17 Stoke Newington Rd, London, N16 8BH


View some art: This month sees the return of Frieze London and Frieze Masters at Regent’s Park, running from 12 – 16 October. At the heart of it will be two artist projects brought to you by Emma Talbot showing at Frieze London and Tyler Mitchell, who will be presenting at Frieze Masters.

Other highlights are set to be the Frieze Master Talks curated by Dr. Nicholas Cullinan (Director of the National Portrait Gallery) that’ll feature a lineup of Anthea Hamilton, Andra Ursuta and Kamala Ibrahim Ishag.

“The 2022 edition of Frieze London will continue the fair’s commitment to presenting ambitious artist-led projects with major new works from Emma Talbot and Abbas Zahedi. Another highlight, this year’s curated section, Indra’s Net will give a platform to Sandhini Poddar’s remarkable curatorial vision and tackle pressing ideas around our relationship to one another and to land. The programme will showcase the heart of the London art scene, while also foregrounding artistic discovery and expanded geographic horizons, showcasing the work of artists from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Ecuador and Peru among others.” Eva Langret, Director of Frieze London

For the first time, Firmdale’s Ham Yard Restaurant will be popping up at Frieze Masters with all-day brasserie-style dishes by Head Chef Joe Fox, along with tailor-made Frieze cocktails.

Address: Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4NR


Join a Soirée & Spritz panel talk: A newly launched initiative brought to you by the women’s member’s club in Mayfair, AllBright and the French Spritz, Lillet the series will kick start conversations between women in the realms of fashion and wellness.

The debut talk will explore how we can dress consciously and shop sustainably and will be hosted by Bay Garnett, founder of the sustainable brand We Are KIN, along with Ngoni Chikwengere and influencer and founder of plus size community The Confidence Corner, Callie Thorpe. There will be a welcome drink and networking, followed by the panel discussion and a Q&A to close.

Address: AllBright Mayfair Members’ Club, 24-26 Maddox Street, London, W1S 1PP


Get innovative at the Design Museum: Hosted in association with the Royal College of Arts (RCA), this course delves into how design thinking can drive innovation with real-world applications and strategies, that’ll be split into two sessions, over two days, 17 – 18 October.

Expect a series of keynote lectures, practical exercises, sprints and workshops from Professor Emeritus Jeremy Myerson, the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the RCA and Adrian Westaway, inventor, engineer and designer.

Address: The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, London, W8 6AG


Watch a critically acclaimed ballet: Hosted on the main stage of the Royal Opera House, Crystal Pite returns, but this time, she has adapted her ballet Flight Pattern into a full-length world premiere.

The critically acclaimed (and Olivier-Award-winning) ballet will run from 18 October to 03 November with a cast comprising The Royal Ballet and Vasko Vassilev, along with conductor Zoi Tsokanou.

Address: Royal Opera House, Bow St, London, WC2E 9DD


Tuck into an artistic afternoon tea: To mark its 10th anniversary, Bulgari Hotel London has teamed up with multidisciplinary artist and designer Yinka Ilori. There is a colorful window display, and inside, the award-winning Italian pastry chef and chocolatier-in-residence Gianluca Fusto is serving up an artistic afternoon tea to match.

“I am extremely excited to have worked with Bulgari Hotel London for its momentous 10th anniversary. My designs for this collaboration celebrate London’s cultural mosaic and the joy of coming together over food. The tea stands are based on the geometry of the sphere and the meeting of different cultures, and I hope people will gather at the hotel and enjoy a vibrant and colorful dining experience through the afternoon tea.” Yinka Ilori

This activation also coincides with the opening of Yinka’s debut institutional show at the Design Museum.

Address: Bulgari Hotel London, 171 Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DW


Channel your haute couture creativeness: If all the creativity of London is rubbing off, look into the Hand & Lock’s embroidery courses. Hosted at their embroidery school in central London, the Tambour Beading Workshop runs for two days from 22 – 23 October. Here it’ll offer a chance to learn about Tambour beading (a.k.a. Lunéville or Crochet de Lunéville). In this French Haute Couture technique, beads or sequins are attached to the fabric, and it’s a favorite with the likes of Elie Saab and Oscar De La Renta.

The classes offer insider tips and practical applications and are taught by expert hand embroiderers who have worked in leading fashion houses from Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Dior to Valentino, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Schiaparelli.

There’s a whole host of embroidery classes that run from weekends to six weeks, at the school in central London and online.

Address: Hand & Lock School for Embroidery, 86 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TE


Enjoy a cocktail or two: Calling all cocktail lovers, London Cocktail Week will take place from 13 – 23 this month, with many planning to celebrate for the whole month. Establishments include cocktail bars, restaurants and hotel bars from Baccarat Bar and Disrepute to BiBo Shoreditch, Gaucho Charlotte Street and Lina Stores, and luxury hotel hotspots including Artesian at Langham and Berners Tavern at London EDITION, and many, many more.

Address: Across London

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