Unmissable Things To Do in London – October 2017

Unmissable Things To Do in London – October 2017

All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown), and the sky is grey. So here’s our list of unmissable things to do in London this October to brighten up your autumn!

This month’s top picks include outrageous cabaret, comedy gold, that Harry Potter chap, horror thrills and chills, sexy vegan food, exciting theatre & much more…

Cabaret & Circus

Queefy | Mirth, Marvel & Maud | 13 October | 7:30pm | £8

‘A flurry of sequins, sweat and sparkles’ coming to Walthamstow’s marvellous art-deco gem of a pub, Mirth, Marvel & Maud.

The Pink Bucket (Too) | Jacksons Lane | 14 October | 8pm | £10 – £12.95

Don’t miss this outrageous cabaret of circus, including the hula-hoop wonder that is Symoné and your host ‘drag prince’ Alfie Ordinary (pictured).

Princess Charming | Ovalhouse | 24-28 October | 2:30pm | £10

A gender-fluid cabaret for kids – it’s about time!

Comedy

Gongs, Songs, & Hong Kong Thongs | Southbank Centre | 7 October | 8:30pm | £10

Chris Chan presents his high-velocity 45 minute musical comedy masterpiece as part of the China Changing Festival at Southbank Centre.

Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable | Soho Theatre | 9-14 October | 9pm | From £10

We’re delighted to see Desiree Burch is hitting the big time, she has some important things to say about sex, race and capitalism. Take heed.

Exhibitions

Harry Potter: A History of Magic | British Library | From 20 October | £16

Discover the history of magic behind the ideas and making of someone called Harry Potter? The name rings a bell…

Museums at Night | 26-28 October

Get to know a new museum in the dark. There are so many unmissable museums taking part this time, including some of our faves: spooky boat rides at London Canal Museum, an event on brands engaging your emotions at Museum of Brands and Packaging and Advertising, and an LGBT tour of the Houses of Parliament.

Festivals

And Now What? | Roundhouse | From 3 October

A season of bold and exciting performances spanning spoken word, music, theatre and film that explores the times we are living in now. Hopefully with some optimism, as these are pretty crazy times!

Moon Festival Fun Palace | Deptford | 7 & 8 October

The Vietnamese Community in Deptford want to share the Moon Festival with you. Join in with free activities, food and a Vietnamese lion parade.

Hackney Wonderland | Oval Space | 14 October | From 3pm | £22.50

A hip autumn music festival by the canal. Sounds like the perfect Saturday afternoon.

London Horror Festival | Old Red Lion Theatre | From 15 October

Live action horror seems to be the flavour of the month. The London Horror Festival is a collection of spooky through to terrifying theatrical jerks.

Film

Blade Runner 2049 | All Good Cinemas | 5 October

Remember how you weren’t sure you needed to see another Mad Max movie, and then Fury Road was one of the best films of 2015? Well, Blade Runner 2049 looks set to pull off the same trick. The trailer looks amazing, and early reviews are ecstatic – but we think it’s best to avoid any potential spoilers, just re-watch the original and then get to the head of the line on Thursday (oh, and we hear you need to see it on the biggest screen you can find).

Food & Drink

Mao Chow Pop Up | Shep’s, Dalston | 15 October | 5pm – 10pm | £30

Vegan Chinese food is a rarity in London as far as we’ve seen (tell us if we’re wrong). Savour the ‘inauthentic’ flavours of China at this delicious Dalston dining event.

Theatre & Performance Art

Medea (Written in Rage) | The Place | 5-7 October | 8pm | £16

A queer reimagining of the ancient Greek revenge epic.

Lady M | The Bread & Roses Theatre | 8 & 9 October | 7pm | £10

A play that finally gives voice to the greatest Shakespearean anti-heroine Lady Macbeth.

Where 4 Roads Meet: Death and the Sissy | Toynbee Studios | 12 October | 7:30pm | £12

Nando Messias’ decade-long Sissy trilogy comes to a fiery conclusion.

Curios

Sunday Assembly: Apocalypse | Lansbury Spotlight | 8 October | 10:45am | Free

Sunday Assembly presents a free (donations welcome) morning of song, zombies, community spirit and the end of the world.

Tony Law and Friends in The Battle for Icetopia | Alexandra Palace Ice Rink | 14 October | 7pm | £17.50

The hilarious dweebs of Weirdos Comedy are led to their certain doom (just kiddin’) by maestro Tony Law in this bonkers live show on ice.

Haunted Butts | Resistance Gallery | 21 October | 9pm | £6 – £10

‘A sticky, sexy, outrageous evening of music, dance, performance and butts’.

Up Your Weimar | Vout-O-Reenee’s | 28 October | 8pm | £7

A celebration of the bleak, sexy world of Weimar cabaret.

Did we miss the perfect October event or opening? Let us know and we’ll do our best to add it in!

Rupert & Stuart

About 

Occasionally the To Do List team are forced to work together.

Rupert likes: free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.

Stuart likes: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.