A Song For Syria
Join London’s biggest stars of film, theatre, music, and television as they unite for a one-off, cross-genre performance – including the entire cast of The Phantom of the Opera. Organised by actor John Jack, the charity gala A Song For Syria aims to raise money for two charity beneficiaries: Hand in Hand for Syria and the International Rescue Committee. Both charities are working to help the victims of the Syrian crisis and to help prevent further suffering. This unique event will be something to remember.
St. Paul’s (The Actors’ Church), Covent Garden, London, UK +44 (0) 20 7836 5221
NFL on Regent Street
Saturday 12PM – 5PM
Let that inner American football fan scream out in joy, as Regent Street goes traffic-free in celebration of the NFL’s international games. This American football–themed party will see the famous Ohio State University Marching Band open the event, with performances by the Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders and NFL champions. Being surrounded by everything NFL, you would think you were in America without ever having to leave London.
Thrill The World London
Be part of a world record with zombies across the world in the 9th annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. In honour of global humanitarian Michael Jackson – who personally donated over $300,000,000 to charity over the years – people in cities across the world will unite as they perform the Thriller routine at exactly 10PM GMT (11PM BST). With the record currently at 22,596 zombies dancing simultaneously, be part of something truly thrilling and help to beat the record.
Friday 4PM –12AM | Saturday 12PM – 12AM
Canada Water has been a well-kept secret by locals, but with the brand new indoor night market heading to Hawker House, you may just find out why locals love it so much. To open the new market, they are hosting the best of the three Greatest Brewing Nations – England, Germany, and the USA – at a brand new meat, beer, and music festival. Oktober Feast will feature 12 of the biggest names in street food, over 50 beers, Field Day DJs, and more! Get excited!
London Never Dies
Friday & Saturday nights only | Until 7 November
With the anticipated release of the new film Spectre, the London Cabaret Club hosts a series of glamorous shows inspired by the one and only Bond – James Bond. Each show will be based on a different Bond film, with immersive antics, sights, sounds… and even tastes! With extravagant costumes, this high-end production will see acclaimed cabaret performers Valerie Murzak and Delia Du Sol take centre stage! For all Bond and Cabaret fans, this is something you do not want to miss.
Affordable Art Fair Battersea
Friday 11AM – 6PM | Saturday & Sunday 10AM – 6PM
This weekend, Affordable Art Fair is back for its 50th UK fair! After a record-breaking opening night, this year is set to be another corker. Director of AAF Battersea Nicky Wheeler says the aim is to ‘ensure art is made accessible to everyone’ – and with prices from as little as £100, AAF continues to accomplish this year after year. Whether you’re looking to start your collection or add to your mini at-home MOMA, there’ll be something for you.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, UK +44 (0) 20 8246 4848
The Loris at Bloomsbury Festival
Friday 5.30PM & 7.30PM | Saturday 1PM, 4PM & 7.30PM
As part of Bloomsbury Festival, UCL has commissioned The Loris, a guided walk giving participants an alternative perspective of the University of London. A leading researcher will guide you through unusual spaces in and under the University buildings as she tells you about light, love, and loss. The tour will lead you to unusual places in reality and in imagined spaces, so be prepared to immerse yourself in a bizarre universe.
Senate House Library, Malet Street, London, UK +44 (0) 20 7862 8500
WHY? What’s Happening for the Young
Thursday – Sunday
Inspired by the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, WHY? festival at Southbank Centre celebrates the rights of children and young people. This year’s festival is centred around defining what makes a good childhood, with inspiring keynote speeches from the likes of Jacqueline Wilson. From staged protests to theatre performances to adding your handprint to The Peace Mosaic… give your child the chance to literally make his mark and get to WHY? festival this weekend!
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London, UK +44 (0) 20 7960 4200
MCM London Comic Con
Friday 10AM – 7PM | Saturday 9AM – 6PM | Sunday 9.30AM – 5PM
It’s back for another year, and it’s set to be bigger than ever. That’s right: MCM London Comic Con, the UK’s biggest modern pop culture convention, descends upon London this weekend. Revel in a visual and sensory explosion of fantastical figures, crazy costumes, and inspiring talks. Or just pop along to join in an attempted world record for the largest Virtual Reality!
ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, UK +44 (0) 20 7069 5000
Club de Fromage on Ice
Friday 8.30PM – 11PM
Yes – it is what it sounds like! Every 4th Friday of the month, London DJs Club de Fromage hit the ice skating rink at Alexandra Palace to bring you a night of ice cold pop gold. For the first time, a bar will be open, so if you need something to warm you up before you slip on the skates, grab yourself some Dutch courage. If your friends really can’t convince you to go, there are separate tickets for spectating so you won’t be inflicted with FOMO!
Ice Rink London, Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, UK +44 (0) 20 8365 2121
By Ellie Griffiths & Briony Lewis