Things to Do in London in October 2016

In October, London's food and drink scene comes to the fore with a series of festivals, while Halloween showcases the capital's spooky side.

The weather in London becomes cooler in October as summer turns into autumn.

Admire the riot of autumnal colours as the city's parks change from vivid greens to warm coppers, golds and russet reds. Take a trip to Kew Gardens or Richmond Park, London's largest open space, to see this beautiful display of colours.

British schools break up for a half-term holiday in October, so many London attractions put on special family-friendly events. Look out for children's activities at London attractions such as the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Tower of London and Southbank Centre.

October Events

Explore London's top restaurants and meet celebrity chefs during the month-long London Restaurant Festival, offering special one-off menus and food-themed events.

Foodies can also enjoy London Cocktail Week, with events, discounts and tastings across the city, as well as the delicious Chocolate Show which showcases all things chocolate.

Films are also on the menu in October during the BFI London Film Festival, which attracts the biggest names in the movie industry.

Celebrate the cultural diversity of London this month by heading to the Diwali Festival or Africa on the Square, two free annual events in Trafalgar Square.

And get a taste of American sport and spectacle as London hosts three NFL International Series Games, kicked off by American football fun and games on Regent Street.

Art lovers flock to Frieze Art Fair to view and buy contemporary art - take a stroll through Regent's Park to see the Frieze Sculpture Park for free.

Explore history, art and heritage after dark in museums and galleries across the city during October's Museums at Night.

This October, the Science Museum opens Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery, a new permanent interactive gallery which unravels the wonders of science.

Halloween is celebrated in London at the end of October with an array of themed events, from family activities at museums, to spooky London tours and frightening events.

For more things to do in October in London, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London, or download a free copy of the October London Planner visitor guide. And catch the best of the London stage this month with our guide to top shows in October.

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London Weather page.

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