Until 31st October
What better way to welcome autumn than donning your best lederhosen and getting to the Bavarian Beerhouse to celebrate Oktoberfest. The keg was tapped on Wednesday, meaning the season is officially upon us. So drink and eat the day away with wonderful German beer and bratwurst.
Bavarian Beerhouse, Tower Hill, 9 Crutched Friars, London, UK, +44 800 530 0016
As London Design Festival comes to a close, so does your chance to see the Curiosity Cloud. Design duo mischer’traxler created 250 mouth-blown glass globes, featuring 25 different species of newly discovered, endangered and every day insects that all flutter within, the closer you get. Capturing the true beauty of nature, these globes shimmer and glisten.
Primrose Hill Market
Start your weekend with fresher and tastier food and drinks at the new weekly fresh food market. Primrose Hill Market boasts an impressive launch lineup with independent producers and street food vendors, as well as some of the best in the business, including World Cheese Award Winners Wildes Cheese, Hook and Son dairy, Bad Brownie bakers and World Country Organics vegetables. So, head down to the grounds of St. Paul’s School before enjoying one of the most iconic views of London.
St Paul’s School, Primrose Hill Road, London, UK, +44 77 3422 7091
Festival of Heat
This Sunday, turn up the heat at London’s Chilli Festival. For just £7.50, be transported from autumnal London to exotic India, Africa or Central America. The festival will have over 30 stalls selling fresh chillies, chilli sauces and spicy treats. There will also be live music performances from international folk bands, hailing from Bangladesh to Ireland.
Red Market, 288 Old Street, London, UK, +44 20 7613 3620
Write on Kew
Move over Cheltenham — there’s a new kid in town. This year, Kew Gardens are hosting their first ever literary festival, which will see over 80 events across all genres of literature. Thursday to Sunday will see the beautiful botanic gardens taken over by literary greats, from poet Margaret Atwood to children’s writer Sandi Toksvig; there’s something for everyone.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK,+44 20 8332 5655
The International London Tattoo Convention
Friday-Saturday, 11.30am-2am | Sunday, 11.30pm-8pm
Did you know… it is estimated that at least one third of all British adults have a tattoo! With over 500 of the finest, most famous and truly unique tattoo artists attending this year’s 11th International London Tattoo Convention, you would be silly to miss the world’s greatest and most prestigious convention. You will gain endless amounts of inspiration for your next tattoo, or you could simply enjoy the live musical acts, spectacular alternative entertainers, or even admire everyone’s tattoos.
Late Night at the V&A
Another reason to celebrate the end of September — the final Friday of the month sees another Late Night at the V&A. This Friday from 6-10pm, take in the London Design Festival at the V&A for an evening of talks, tours, music, performance and special events. Although all events are free, places are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so be prepared.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, UK, +44 20 7942 2000
Radio Times Festival
Want to celebrate the best of TV, radio and books with big names, including Sir Richard Attenborough, Doctor Who, David Walliams, Russell T Davies, Poldark, Gogglebox, Call The Midwife and Wolf Hall? Radio Times Festival is for you! Uniting writers, actors, producers and their fans in one place, you will have the opportunity to hear from all your favourites whilst eating from gourmet food stalls and attending many events and screenings. Everything you could ask for, in one place.
This weekend is your chance to taste 12 of Tooting’s top eateries with the new addition to their festival, Foodie Trail. Tootopia is returning for its fourth year as Tooting’s annual multi-venue festival with a variety of food, drinks, live entertainment and more. This family-friendly event will unite 20 of the neighbourhoods hottest hangouts. Enjoy autumn, they way it should be.
Art Social ‘15
Back for another year, Art Social ‘15 sees The House of St Barnabas and Soho Square be consumed by art installations and video screenings. This year the ‘festival of art, creativity and discovery with a social heart’ brings together creatives to hold a weekend for a great cause. From workshops and talks to a DJ set from Massive Attack’s Daddy G, there’s something for everyone!
The House of St. Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, Soho, London, UK, +44 20 7437 1894