39 Things to do in London in October 2024

London celebrates its food and drink scene, while Halloween showcases the capital's spooky side – just some of the many October events in London.
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London panorama above golden trees.
Roam London's Richmond Park, as it is covered in autumnal colours. Credits: Jon Reid. Image courtesy of Jon Reid.

What's on in London in October?

British schools break up for a October half-term this month, so look out for special family activities at many London attractions. While Halloween ensures the month ends with a spooky feel with plenty of scary events and activities – see below for ideas.

London becomes a little colder in October as autumn splashes the city’s parks and gardens with a riot of autumnal colours, changing the vivid greens to warm coppers, golds and russet reds. Take a trip to Kew Gardens, Richmond Park, or other major parks to bask in the beautiful display of colours.

Unmissable events in October

A model of the Disney castle on display in a dark room, with the Disney Micky Mouse logo installation in the background

  1. Make memories in London during October half-termFind fun events and family-friendly activities at popular London attractions. TBC
  2. Celebrate black culture and history at Black History MonthEnjoy free events, exhibitions, music and more throughout October. 
  3. Immersive yourself in the cultural diversity of London at Diwali, the festival of lights: Experience exciting performances and cultural activities in Trafalgar Square. TBC
  4. Take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon: Run for great causes in the leafy surrounds of London's beautiful parks. TBC
  5. Attend the Southbank Centre's London Literature FestivalSee prestigious authors, rising literary stars and inspiring speakers. TBC
  6. Tempt your taste buds during the month-long London Restaurant FestivalExperience London's top restaurants, meet celebrity chefs and enjoy special one-off menus and food-themed events. TBC
  7. Toast the return of London Cocktail WeekSip on classic and new mixes at the world's largest cocktail festival, with events, discounts and tastings across the city. TBC
  8. Or raise your stein at a London Oktoberfest: Celebrate Bavarian-style with live music, authentic German food and of course, beer at a number of venues across the city. Select dates in Oct

Top October activities in London

two young boys have fun climbing through a netted obstacle course

  1. See many of London's top attractions in one go with a sightseeing pass: The London Pass and the Go City London Explorer Pass allow you to visit multiple spots and save money.
  2. Discover the Dark Arts at Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry PotterGo behind the scenes of the iconic Harry Potter films - but watch out for the Death Eaters...
  3. See the city sparkle on a London by night open top bus tourAdmire London landmarks and the picturesque Illuminated River.
  4. Or take to the Thames on a river cruiseWhether you explore on a one day roamer or whizz along the river on a speedboat tour.
  5. Enjoy thrilling rides and immersive entertainment at a London Theme ParkJoin the fright nights at Thorpe Park or have a day of family fun at Legoland Windsor.
  6. Take on the UK's fastest Indoor Go-Karting track: Go against your friends in the Capital Karts' Grand Prix and see if you can make it to the top of the podium.
  7. Go on an aerial adventure at Gripped LondonEnjoy sky-high views on the high rope courses, speed through the trees on the zip lines and bounce your way through the treetop nets.
  8. Or reach new heights at the Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience: Make your way up the ship's ratlines where you'll climb the rigging to enjoy iconic views of London from the top platform.
  9. Catch a hilarious performance at the Top Secret Comedy Club: From veteran comedians to up and coming artists, enjoy a night of laughs at this popular comedy club in London.
  10. Get your fill on a foodie walking tour of London: Sample top British cuisine in Borough Market Food Tour or explore iconic street food from London's East End.
  11. Join the Cassidy Gang as you take on the Alcotraz Immersive Prison Cocktail Experience: Can you smuggle your booze past the warden to enjoy bespoke cocktails with your new inmates?
  12. Hone your skills and learn from the very best at a masterclassFrom immersive cocktail making at Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen* to a sushi and sake Masterclass at Buddha-Bar*.
  13. Beat the cold with a relaxing spa dayTreat yourself or a loved one to a spot of pampering as the cold sets in.

Halloween in London

An actor at the london bridge experience holds a bloodied mannekin.

  1. Plan a frighteningly good Halloween in London: Enjoy themed events, family activities, tours and more of the best things to do in London this Halloween.
  2. Visit one of London's most eerie museums: Explore London's horrid history at museums such as the Clink Prison Museum and the Jack the Ripper Museum
  3. Take on an immersive experience: Why not test your detective skills at Sherlock: The Official Live Game or put your stealth skills to the test in the Alcotraz immersive prison cocktail experience.
  4. Go on a hair-raising walking tour to some of the city's most ominous neighbourhoods: Hear tales of the demon barber on a Sweeney Todd Walking Tour* or discover London's most haunted pubs*.
  5. Visit the UK's scariest attraction this Halloween at The London Bridge Experience: Meet creepy characters from Britain's past, from Jack the Ripper to The Keeper of Heads.
  6. Venture out of London on a Murder Mystery Lunch on Belmond British Pullman*Delight in five-course gourmet lunch before solving the clues to a deadly romance aboard the train, interact with the suspects as you try to figure out who the culprit is.
  7. Indulge at an unusual afternoon teaCast spells to retrieve your treats at Wands and Wizard Emporium or feast on a Sci-Fi Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel*.
  8. Head to The Cauldron for a London Potion Making experience: Cast your spells using your magic wand where you'll brew two molecular cocktails. 

Check back nearer the time for more Halloween events and activities in London.

London Theatre in October

The cast of Wicked the musical on stage surrounding Alphaba the wicked witch suspended in the air. 
  1. Be dazzled by the show-stopping songs and technical wizardry of Wicked the musical at the Apollo Victoria: Witness the untold story of the witches in the Wizard of Oz.
  2. See the magical powers of Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre: Laugh out loud as the little girl from Roald Dahl's beloved book teaches the grown-ups a lesson.
  3. Attend a show at the iconic Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: See impressive performances of classics such as Much Ado About Nothing and King Henry VIII. 
  4. Treat the kids to these top musicals: Sing along with the little ones as you watch your favourite shows on stage. 

London exhibitions in October

Starry Night on the Rhône by Van Gogh as part of the Van Gogh and Britain exhibition at Tate Britain

  1. Immersive yourself with famous works of art at Frameless: See famous paintings by artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne brought to life at this immersive art gallery.
  2. Don't miss Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers at the National Gallery: This once-in-a-century exhibition showcases the world-famous artist's most celebrated work, from 'Sunflowers' (1888) to Van Gogh's Chair' (1889).
  3. Visit Expressionists: Kandinsky, Munter and The Blue Rider at Tate Britain: Discover the groundbreaking work of the talented group of artists, whose friendship produced some of the world's best paintings, sculptures and photography. 25 Apr-20 Oct
  4. Explore Discover Constable and The Hay Wain at the National Gallery: See the artist's iconic depiction of the rural British countryside that has influenced everyone from fellow artists to activists. Opens 17 Oct
  5. Venture to the heart of London to see Michael Craig-Martin at the Royal Academy of Arts: A key figure in British conceptual art, see his largest exhibition in the UK to date with sculptures, installation, painting, drawing and print. Until 10 Dec
  6. Discover Women Artists in Britain 1520-1920 at Tate Britain: Challenging what it meant to be a woman of the time, see the work of female creatives that dismantled stereotypes. 16 May-13 Oct

Check back nearer the time for more exhibitions in London in October.

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 discover plenty more seasonal events and activities with our ultimate guide to autumn in London.

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see this London weather page.

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