There are stacks of things happening around the City of London this month, as more and more workers return to the office. Check out the new public art installations taking over the Square Mile as well as all best theatre shows, exhibitions and festivals which are running throughout the...

There are stacks of things happening around the City of London this month, as more and more workers return to the office. Check out the new public art installations taking over the Square Mile as well as all best theatre shows, exhibitions and festivals which are running throughout the month. It’s time to get back into the City, and experience all the best cultural happenings that London has to offer.

EAT / Beef and Wine Masterclasses at Gaucho

Fancy learning something new while feasting on delicious food and wine? Look no further than Gaucho’s Beef and Wine Masterclasses.

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Dig into a taster of sizzling steaks and guzzle down glasses of red while you’re taught the history of the cut of meat and interesting tips and tricks to pair the two beautifully.

What’s more, once you’ve finished your masterclass, Gaucho will invite you to stay for dinner with a discount on your bill. You can even buy some of the bottles you tried to take home. Just think of all the dinner parties you can show off your newfound knowledge at!
Broadgate October 26 and City October 27

DRINK / London Cocktail Week

What’s better than London Cocktail Week in the City of London? That, my friend, would be a month-long London Cocktail Week. The largest city-wide celebration of cocktails in the world, London Cocktail Week has been extended for the first time to help more of us enjoy drinks by the top mixologists while exploring the capital.

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Sip on The Sabine Skyline while taking in the views of the City at Sabine Rooftop Bar, or try a Winter Sunset surrounded by plants and foliage at The Folly.
Your wristband will entitle you to four weeks of specially created cocktails in hundreds of bars as well as the opportunity to take part in events and immersive experiences throughout the capital.
Until October 31, tickets from £15
Various Locations

FESTIVAL / London Literature Festival

Join like-minded bookworms and listen to authors, scientists, comedians and artists as they explore the many dimensions of friendship, community and social media influences. The festival will be filled with an incredible line-up of writers, including Bernardine Evaristo, and unmissable performances from the likes of Jack Dee and Grayson Perry, as well as live podcasts and major awards including the Booker Prize and Forward Prizes for Poetry.
October 21-31, tickets from free
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

MUSIC / Speakers Corner Quartet: Further Out Than The Edge

A perfect blend of jazz and electronics, Speakers Corner Quartet will be performing their latest project with special guests at the Barbican this month.

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Founded 15 years ago, the band started life at an open-mic night in Brixton. Now, after almost a decade, the band are returning to perform live alongside musicians such as Sampha, Kae Tempest, Tirzah, Mica Levi and Coby Sey, plus many more surprise guests. Watch in person or online.
October 19, tickets from £15
Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS

CINEMA / BFI Film Festival

The annual BFI Film Festival is back again – with significantly more in-person events than last year. The festival is your chance to discover a world of film, award winners of the future, immersive art and XR, some of the best new talent from across the globe and beautifully restored treasures from the archives.
October 6-17, various locations

THEATRE / Roots at Wilton’s Music Hall

As restrictions ease, we’re heading to the theatre more and more and, with Wilton’s Music Hall on our doorstep, we can’t wait to head down to see Roots.

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Roots brings forgotten ancient folk tales to life, which include tales of ogres and fat cats. With live music, the play considers the narratives of the past with animation and storytelling, and how these tales might shape the stories of our future. A weird and wonderful performance, which will make you think.
Until October 30, tickets from £12.50
Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley E1 8JB

WEEKLY MARKET / Lunchtime Streets

Enjoy a warm welcome back to the City, with lunchtime fun in Cheapside and Carter Lane. The Cheapside Business Alliance and the Fleet Street Quarter, in partnership with The City of London Corporation, are once again hosting free ‘Lunchtime Streets’ events as workers and visitors return to the Square Mile. Enjoy live music, walking tours and lots more! Lunchtime Streets events will be held weekly on Wednesdays in Cheapside and Thursdays in Carter Lane, from 12pm-2pm, throughout September.
Wednesdays (in Cheapside) and Thursdays (in Carter Lane), 12pm – 2pm

HISTORY / Horrible Histories: Terrible Thames

Set sail along the River Thames and learn the horrible history found along the water.
Horrible Histories presents a boat tour called Terrible Thames this half term, which will take you along the river while hearing goring stories about King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Julius Caesar, the Duke of Wellington, Queen Boudicca, Jack the Ripper and Captain Kidd.
Climb aboard the boat at Tower Bridge Quay, near Tower Bridge, and dive into the terrible tales associated with the famous river.
October, tickets from £14

CULTURE / London to Welcome Little Amal

Walking through the City of London and along Southbank, Little Amal is visiting the capital this month.

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Part of the travelling festival called The Walk, the 3.5-metre tall puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian refugee girl is travelling to Manchester, via London, from the Syrian border shining a light on refugee children.

You can check out the full programme of events happening at St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre, Somerset House and the Southbank Centre in conjunction with The Walk, as well as Amal’s whereabouts, on the website below.
October 22-25

THEATRE / Shakespeare’s Globe: Telling Tales

This autumn, Shakespeare’s Globe will be hosting Education Activities for young people and families.

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October half term will see the return of Telling Tales, which will see a jam-packed itinerary of family events during the school break.

Events include the Globe’s flagship Storytelling Performances, where Shakespeare’s plays will be retold for children. These include The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar. What to book, that is the question…
October 24-30, prices vary
21 New Globe Walk SE1 9DT

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