October really signifies the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, but that doesn’t mean you need to retire indoors. Get outside! Even just a walk through the capital to see the trees begin to change colour, before finding a pub with a fireplace to eat your Sunday roast at. Is there a better way to see out your weekend? Halloween is also coming up which means countless parties and dress up opportunities. October is packed with things to do, so get planning! Some of these events require a short stay, so if you aren’t local you will need a place to stay. Hotels are great, but they aren’t particularly homey, perhaps you should rent apartment London, that way you can stay with your friends all together and share the cost.
Oktoberfest held from the 28th of September to the 19th of October. Celebrate Germany’s world-famous Bavarian festival in a variety of locations across London. Big steins of beer and oversized wurst, not to mention the lederhosen and Oompah bands. What’s not to like?
Head for the Hainault forest for a hugely ambitious Halloween party – the weekend before Halloween (October 26th). The We are Halloween FSTVL has a vampires vs. zombies theme and boasts an epic light show, with big name DJs dropping sick beats and fire tracks. It is going to be lit.
The making of Harry Potter at the Warner Brothers’ studio in Hertfordshire is hosting a special Halloween event – the dark arts. It’s a must for any Potterhead, a look into the darker side of Rowling’s creation with the more eerier aspects of the film series being delved into. The Great Hall will be decorated for the occasion with floating pumpkins and bubbling cauldrons. Visitors will get the opportunity to battle a death eater and test out their wand skills, they can also take part in a battle of Hogwarts re-enactment. All the usual attractions will still be there, but, more emphasis and attention on the props used for the dark arts including the death eater masks themselves. These extra activities are also all included in the ticket price, the event runs throughout the whole month of October.
Fortnum & Mason are hosting a Delicious History tasting tour with a Halloween twist. Halloween falls on a Thursday this year and so a celebration with food is perhaps the most sensible and delicious option. Dr Andrea Tanner is heading up the tour. learn about the ghosts said to haunt the building and the spookier tales from the companies extensive 300-year history, and to wash it all down a bloody Mary, how apt.
Cemeteries are creepy, and London is home to many. The burial ground at Hyde Park is especially surreal. It isn’t open to the public but keep an eye out for exclusive tours. The graves date back a couple of centuries and they also contain an oddly high number of pets – around 300, some in their own graves marked with tiny gravestones. The graveyard isn’t too far from Tyburn, a site said to be the home to thousands of executions.