Things to Do in London in October 2017

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.

Celebrate the cultural diversity of London this month with free annual events in Trafalgar Square, such as Diwali Festival and Africa on the Square.

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

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

Spot some of the biggest names in the movie industry and see the latest film releases at the BFI London Film Festival.

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

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. And catch the best of the London stage this month with our theatre guide.

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

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