The weather might be cooling down but the City calendar is just heating up. From Halloween parties to art exhibitions, here are the top events in the City this week.
The City calendar is always full to bursting with things to see, do and experience each week. From festivals and food to concerts and community fundraisers, these are the top events in the City of London this week.
What’s it like having a loved-one in prison? The artworks in the 2018 Koestler Awards, created by ex-offenders, secure patients and detainees, were selected by families supporting someone inside. The Koestler Trust is the UK’s best known prison arts charity. Each year, it encourages over 3,000 people within the criminal justice system, as well as secure forensic and immigration removal settings, to express themselves creatively, and learn new skills by entering work to the annual awards.
Until 4 November
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
Discover the work of one of the most gifted craftsmen of his time. Marrying art and mathematics, William De Morgan’s work is captivating not just for its intrinsic beauty, but for the intelligence of its design. Fantastical beasts wrap themselves around the contours of vases, tiles and plates, and his manipulation of fanciful flora demonstrates unparalleled artistic skill. Discover how De Morgan applied mathematical ingenuity to create enthralling art that still enchants today.
Until 28 October, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-4pm, free
Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE
Experience the spectacle of a live symphony orchestra with your family during the half-term holidays. Fun and informative, the LSO’s family concerts are specially designed to entertain the whole family. And it’s not just sitting in silence either – there are opportunities to get involved by playing and singing along, with free activities and immersive workshops in the Barbican foyers beforehand.
27 October, 2.30pm-3.30pm, tickets £10-£16, children £5
Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
Darbar Festival 2018 brings the best of Indian classical music to the Barbican. Combining breathtaking improvisation with masterful technique this style of music is designed to stir, thrill and inspire. From the soulful sitar stylings of Ustad Shahid Parvez to the transcendental khayal vocals of Meeta Pandit, Darbar showcases the rich and varied musical tapestry India has to offer.
25-28 October, various times, see website for details, tickets £18-£75
Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
Step back in time and visit the Bank of England museum after hours for an evening inspired by the exhibition of Feliks Topolski’s drawings. A late night event with a ’50s twist (and shout!), there will be small prizes for those who dress the part.
26 October, 5.30pm-9pm (last entry 8.30pm), free
Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane EC2R 8AH
A court in downtown Purgatory deliberates over the ultimate fate of Judas Iscariot. If God is all-forgiving, why should Judas be condemned to an eternity in Hell? Is it fair? This exuberant, witty and irreverent play challenges perceptions about faith and forgiveness. Contains strong language and material that some people may find offensive. Not suitable for under-16s.
22-27 October, 2pm and 7.30pm, admission £10, concessions £5
Milton Court Theatre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DT
Crime thrives in a social environment which is conducive to its commission, and it harms the society which spawns it most of all. That is as true of bribery and corruption as it is true of knife-armed postcode gangs. This talk looks at how, if the common ethical code that prevents the vast majority from offending begins to break down, there is a serious problem.
30 October, 6pm-7pm, free
Museum of London, 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN
Join the spirits at a party to celebrate the beginning of the darker half of the year and the publication of Spells: 21st Century Occult Poetry. The evening features readings from Emily Berry, Amy Key, Rebecca Perry and Bhanu Kapil’s spectre, special rituals, and music from TTB and Lia Mice, with more to be announced. Spells is the debut from Ignota Books, a new publishing project and experiment in the techniques of awakening, founded in the Peruvian mountains in the last days of 2017.
31 October, 7pm-11pm, tickets £7
Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA
Now in its 12th year, Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival brings together leading writers, thinkers and cultural observers to explore the burning issues of our times. This year guests are invited on a journey across centuries and borders to celebrate the power of literature to reflect on the world in which we live. At the heart of the festival is a celebration of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, marking its first-ever translation into English by a woman, Emily Wilson. This timeless classic is explored through live readings, talks and workshops with writers from Mary Beard to Madeline Miller. The theme of homeland and journeys continues in appearances from leading writers including Esi Edugyan, Aida Edemariam and Mohsin Hamid.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
Gather up the Scooby Gang and head to the local watering hole on the wrong side of town to listen to some rockin’ alt tunes, ’90s hip hop and dance music classics in this homage to all things Buffy.
Sketch the gang with Art Macabre 4pm-6pm and start bringing your favourite characters back to life. From sketching Spike’s perfect jawline to smudging charcoal into messy black Xander locks; to outlining Buffy herself, this is a must for every Buffy fan. Then, from 6pm-8pm, watch the iconic episodes, Hush and Once More with Feeling, and sip on some delicious Sunnydale cocktail specials.
Afterwards it is time to party through the night. Early on expect resident DJs to be playing some of the best songs of the era, blasting tunes from bands like The Cranberries, Hole, Treble Charger and Mazzy Star and Dingoes Ate My Baby to set the tone, but then as things get later and darker and the tunes louder, the vampires will appear, demanding only the best in ’90s dance music.
27 October, 4pm-3am
The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street EC2A 4RH
Feature Image: Cookham Wood