As summer draws to a close, the days get shorter, colder and the rain sets in. London’s cultural calendar begins to heat up, so embrace the new season and plan a great break in London where there is something to do almost every day, from restaurants to art shows to festivals and attractions. If you’re considering any of the featured events but you don’t live in London don’t fear, there are plenty of locations but hotels can be a bit of a tourist trap. Perhaps consider a short stay in London apartments for a more homey feel and more central locations.
- Saville Row tours and open house. Have you ever been curious about the inner workings of one of Britain’s most iconic suit-makers? This could be your chance to find out. Five of Savile Row’s best tailors open their doors to the public, September 21st and 22nd. Allow the creations and craftsmanship to astound you.
- ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ – A highly anticipated musical fresh from Broadway. The play won multiple awards during its American run. It follows the eponymous teen who struggles with social anxiety, it is suggested that he writes letters to himself detailing the good things from each day but soon Evan is caught up in the suicide of a classmate. It’s pretty deep but also powerful and original. The run begins on October 29th and carries through to the new year in the Noel Coward Theater, Co-vent Garden.
- The buzz around Kara Walker’s Tate Modern show is totally deserved. Walker is known for her stark artwork that explores quite intense themes of slavery, race and gender to a mesmerising effect. For this show, Walker has branched out to show more of her giant sculptures. This showing is not to be missed, October 2nd through to the new year.
- Cocktail week is a regular event in autumnal London. In its tenth year, it’s expanding to match with a ten-day event to mark the success. The satellite events across the city sound like they’re going to get pretty wild, for example a townhouse is to be transformed into a mini gin world complete with pygmy goats and teeny martinis. Held from October 4th to October 13th.
- The Prince Charles cinema in Leicester Square is bringing us a classic horror marathon this Halloween. Some old school thrills and spills from vintage horror films such as ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ screened on 35 mm film. Or settle in for the 12-hour classic horror marathon if you think you can handle it…
- Bread Ahead was founded by Matthew Jones in 2013 who had been in the bread-making business for over a quarter of a century, his mission to simply bring quality baking to the masses. Bread Ahead opens a new location just a hop skip and a jump away from Wembley stadium. The location will be home to a huge restaurant as well as classrooms which hold workshops if you want to learn a new skill.
Just because summer is gone doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had!