54 Things to do in London in October 2022

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.

Top October activities in London

Floating orange pumpkins hanging from the ceiling of the Great Hall, lit up in green and purple light

  1. See many of London's top attractions in one go with a sightseeing pass: The Big City Saver attractions passes, 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. Go up against your friends at indoor go-karting: Drive on the UK's fastest indoor racing track as you battle for first place.
  6. Enjoy a guided tour* of the State Apartments at Speaker's House: Go behind the scenes at the Palace of Westminster and get a rare glimpse of where the Speaker resides.
  7. Head to the British Museum for a guided tour of the extensive collection: See the best of the many artefacts and treasures on display at one of the world's oldest museums.
  8. 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*
  9. 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*
  10. 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

Tower Bridge in a dark setting with dark clouds and the bright blue railings.

  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: Test your detective skills at Sherlock: The Official Live Game, or come up-close with dinosaurs at Jurassic World: The Exhibition
  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*, discover London's most haunted pubs* and uncover surprising histories of the city's Scientists and Monsters2 Oct 
  5. Venture out of London on a Murder Mystery Lunch on Belmond British Pullman*Indulge 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.
  6. Head to Halloween at Chiswick House and Gardens for a spooktacular experience: Explore the haunted woods where wicked witches and ghastly ghouls hide in the shadows and enjoy an array of delicious sweet treats, including cups of hot cocoa and roasted marshmallows. Until 31 Oct

London Theatre in October

The cast of Phantom of the opera on stage wearing colourful costumes and masks

  1. Be thrilled by the gothic romance of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre: Enjoy spectacular sets and costumes at Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical.
  2. Be dazzled by the show-stopping songs and technical wizardry of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria: Witness the untold story of the witches in the Wizard of Oz.
  3. Marvel at the magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre: Join the world's most famous wizard as he embarks on a new adventure.
  4. Be spooked by the Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre: See the spine-chilling ghost story that will make you jump out of your seat.
  5. Experience the wonder of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Gillian Lynne Theatre: Follow four children on an epic adventure in the enchanting wintery kingdom of Narnia.
  6. Be spellbound by Disney's Frozen at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane: Enjoy the heart-warming stage adaptation of the much-loved film featuring fearless princesses Elsa and Anna.
  7. 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.
  8. Be charmed by Hayao Miyazaki’s magical fairy tale My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican Theatre: Encounter mystical creatures and natural wonders in this this heart-warming, coming-of-age story. From 8 Oct
  9. Don't be tricked by the eight potential suspects in Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap: Can you work out whodunnit in this classic murder-mystery?
  10. Laugh out loud at Showstopper! The Improvised Musical: See a brand new comedy created right before your very eyes at this multi award-winning show. 24 Oct
  11. Answer the calling for jury service at Witness for the Prosecution: Watch the gripping story of passion and betrayal unfold in the courtroom.
  12. Follow the moving story of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee's evocative Pulitzer prize-winning novel is brought to life on stage in this new play. 
  13. 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. 
  14. Treat the kids to these top musicals: Sing along with the little ones as you watch your favourite shows on stage.

Unmissable events in October

A man dressed in traditional clothing with flower garlands around his neck, at the Diwali festival, while other performers dance in the background.

  1. Make memories in London during October half-termFind fun events and family-friendly activities at popular London attractions15-30 Oct
  2. Celebrate black culture and history at Black History MonthEnjoy free events, exhibitions, music and more throughout October. 
  3. Celebrate the cultural diversity of London at Diwali, the festival of lights: Experience exciting performances and cultural activities in Trafalgar Square. 9 Oct
  4. Don't miss The Golden Key, a spectacular free event in London's Square Mile: See the City of London's streets transformed with immersive theatre, games, and performances that tell the fascinating story of the area known as the historic heart of the capital. 15 Oct
  5. Test your fitness at the London MarathonSprint past London landmarks or join thousands cheering from the sidelines. 2 Oct
  6. Take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon: Run for great causes in the leafy surrounds of London's beautiful parks. 9 Oct
  7. Celebrate London's creative scene at Frieze London and Frieze Masters art fairs in Regent's Park: View and buy contemporary art or historical gems. 12-16 Oct
  8. Get your fashion fix at The Mayfair MaisonDiscover limited-edition luxury fashion items from well-known designers at discounted prices in Mayfair. 14-16 Oct
  9. Attend the Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival: See prestigious authors, rising literary stars and inspiring speakers, from Greta Thunberg to Graham Norton20-30 Oct
  10. 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. 
  11. 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. 13-23 Oct
  12. Or raise your stein at London Oktoberfest 2022: Celebrate Bavarian-style with live music, authentic German food and of course, beer at a number of venues across the city. 20 Oct-5 Nov

London exhibitions in October

Six figures dressed in  colourful clothing againt a colourful background in Lubaina Himid's work Ball on Shipboard. 
  1. Don't miss Lubaina Himid at Tate Modern: See artworks inspired by theatre and social engagement from the Turner Prize-winning cultural activist. Until 2 Oct
  2. Marvel at Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth at the British Library: Explore the stories and legends that surround the man who built an empire. From 21 Oct
  3. Admire The EY Exhibition: Cézanne at Tate Modern: Explore the iconic artworks of one of the leading figures in modern art.in this career-spanning exhibition. From 5 Oct
  4. Immerse yourself in Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination at the Science Museum: Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure into space onboard a unique spaceship. From 6 Oct
  5. Be intrigued by Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism at the Courtauld Gallery: Observe eccentric artist Henry Fuseli's drawings of 18th-century women showcasing elaborate hairstyles and fashions of the day. From 14 Oct
  6. Explore Hieroglyphs: Unlocking Ancient Egypt at the British Museum: See rare and ancient objects on display at this major exhibition that marks 200 hundred years since the long-lost language was deciphered. From 13 Oct 

What else is on in October?

Action shot of 12 NFL players against the bright green pitch and 20 line during Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars game.

  1. Cheer on your favourite team at the NFL London Games: Take your seat for action-packed games and plenty of entertainment. 2-30 Oct
  2. Catch all the action at the Rugby League World Cup 2021: See the top national teams compete to be crowned the world champions. From 15 Oct
  3. Enjoy the K-Music Festival: Go beyond K-Pop and listen to artists use traditional Korean music and transform it with an exciting new twist. From 5 Oct
  4. Watch Disney's Hocus Pocus at the Eventim Apollo: Enjoy a Halloween treat and see the spooky film brought to life with a live orchestra. 26 Oct
  5. Indulge at a unique and educational plant-forward dining experience at (P)reserve a Table hosted by Apricity x Jongga Kimchi: Enjoy a mouth watering seven-course tasting menu at one of London's top low-waste restaurants. 1 Oct, 13 Oc
  6. Go back in time to spend an evening at Old but Gold: Sing along to top hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s at this immersive cocktail experience. 7-29 Oct  

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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