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What's On This Weekend In London: 09.10.2015 – 11.10.2015
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What's On This Weekend In London: 09.10.2015 – 11.10.2015

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Updated: 4 January 2017
As we fall further into October, London is becoming overwhelmed by autumnal leaves and cooler weather. No need to retreat indoors for hibernation just yet: this weekend our beloved city is host to an abundance of events suitable for all. Get merry at Oktoberfest; admire beautiful handcrafts at Kew Gardens; or get colourful at a neon fun run.
Example of what's available at Handmade at Kew | Courtesy of Handmade in Britain
Example of what’s available at Handmade at Kew | Courtesy of Handmade in Britain

Handmade at Kew

Thursday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm

This weekend, Handmade in Britain and the Royal Botanical Gardens come together to host an international craft event. From ceramics to jewellery, from textiles to metalwork, there is a wonderful array of beautiful objects available for your perusal (and purchase). With over 200 makers and galleries participating, Handmade at Kew is set to be an unmissable event for all craft lovers.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK, +44 (0) 20 8332 5655

Outdoor literature | © condesign / Pixabay
Outdoor literature | © condesign / Pixabay

Literary Footprints Festival

Until Sunday, 25th October

Take to the streets for a literal tour of literary London with Footprints Festival! The annual event returns to celebrate London’s books and authors. Stroll through Jane Austen’s London with a (fully-costumed) ‘Emma’; discover the real ‘Made In Chelsea’ greats; or immerse yourself in George Orwell’s dystopian prediction of 1984 London.

Various locations across London

Diwali On The Square 2014 | © S Pakhrin / Flickr
Diwali On The Square 2014 | © S Pakhrin / Flickr

Africa On The Square & Diwali In London

Africa On The Square: Saturday, 12pm – 6 pm

Diwali In London: Sunday 12.30pm – 7 pm

Spend the weekend at Trafalgar Square for two huge multicultural events: Africa On The Square and Diwali In London. On Saturday join 20,000 others celebrating Africa with a host of events, including live music, dancing and a talent show. Get back to the Square on Sunday for the festival of lights Diwali to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7983 47750

The London favourite Ms. Cupcake is one of the many exhibitors | Courtesy of Vegfest
The London favourite Ms. Cupcake is one of the many exhibitors | Courtesy of Vegfest


Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm | Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

For its third year running, Europe’s biggest vegan festival Vegfest returns to London. With over 14,000 visitors expected it is time to ditch the meat and embrace a weekend of clean vegan living. There will be 12 caterers offering a variety of vegan goodies as well as a host of vegan companies displaying and educating the public about their produce, as well as cookery demonstrations.

Olympia Central, Hammersmith Road, London, +44 (0) 20 7385 1200

Glow Neon Fun Run

Friday, 7 – 10 pm

Are you up for a challenge this weekend? Get splattered by neon ‘glo-water’ cannons throughout this 3 km Glow Neon Fun Run. With DJs and UV lights, this definitely sounds like a party not to be missed. Fundraising for the Royal National Institute of Blind People, you will be partying for a good cause.

Mile End Park Stadium, 190 Burdett Road, London, +44 (0) 20 8709 4420

Example art from The Big Draw 2014 | © The Big Draw
Example art from The Big Draw 2014 | © The Big Draw

Drawing The World with The Big Draw

Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm

Pencils at the ready, fingers steady, and hot-step it to Granary Square this Sunday to take part in The Big Draw, the world’s biggest drawing festival. Running throughout October, this year’s festival’s theme is ‘every drawing tells a story’ referring to that old gem ‘a picture tells a thousand words’. So tap into your creative side and join in with the big draw.

Granary Square, 4 Stable Street, London

Raven Girl / Connectome

Until 24th October

A postman falls in love with a raven, yet although their daughter looks human she longs to be a bird. Yes, you read correctly! This modern fairytale, ‘Raven Girl,’ is a narrative ballet by Wayne Mcgregor in collaboration with author Audrey Niffenegger. The Royal Ballet portrays this interesting take on ballet with a second revival, Connectome. For anyone that has a love for science and fairytales, this is the performance for you.

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Bow Street, London, +44 (0) 20 7240 1200

#trythebarre this Rugby season | Courtesy of Barreworks
#trythebarre this Rugby season | Courtesy of Barreworks


Until 31st October

Calling all Rugby lovers in London. Do you want to try a new sport that is out of the ordinary, and slightly more graceful than rugby? Celebrating the Rugby World Cup, Barreworks is giving you the opportunity to try their classes, which will leave you feeling like you have the physique of a dancer. This high intensity full body workout is something you have been waiting for.

Vestry House, 21 Paradise Road, London

Willy’s | Courtesy of We Are Full Fat
Willy’s | Courtesy of We Are Full Fat

Willy’s – Ze Brand New Pop Up

Until 14th October

In celebration of Oktoberfest and Cocktail Week, Herman Ze German has opened a new pop up cocktail bar, Willy’s, in their basement. This is your last chance to celebrate two of the greatest drinking festivities in one place, with drinks curated by award-winning Herr Chris Lacey. Make sure you try ‘Das Berliner’ for end Cocktail Week, and an Oktoberfest Bier to continue the celebrations.

Herman ze German, 43 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, +44 (0) 20 7323 9207