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6 Things to do in London this October

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by Serena Reidy (subscribe)
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Published October 6th 2017

Autumn may have arrived, but that doesn't mean you have to spend all your evenings and weekends hibernating inside. Make the most of your time off university and work and check out some of the best events that are happening across London this October:

1. Diwali Festival

Head to Trafalgar Square on 15th October for an afternoon of traditional Southeast Asian market stalls, music and dance. Diwali is Hindu festival that occurs every autumn, usually in October or November. It is also known as the 'Festival of Lights' and is celebrated by various Hindu communities around the world, including India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Suriname. Check out for more information.

When: Sunday 15th October, 1pm - 7pm

2. Africa On the Square

Experience African culture at Africa on the Square, a free event that takes place in Trafalgar Square every year. Africa on the Square is part of Black History Month, and over 25,000 people are expected to attend this year's event. Listen to live music, watch traditional African dance and taste new food. There are also plenty of activities for your kids to enjoy, for example face painting and jewellery making.

When: Saturday 14th October, 12pm - 6pm

3. BFI London Film Festival

The 61st London Film Festival has returned and you don't want to miss out. Join film buffs for eleven days of screenings, premieres, exhibitions and masterclasses in various locations across the capital, including Curzon Mayfair and Odeon Leicester Square. Head to the official website for more information.

When: 4th - 15th October, various times

4. The Chocolate Show

If you love chocolate, be sure to pop by The Chocolate Show next weekend. Feast your eyes on delectable chocolate treats, such as truffles and brownies, and enjoy tastings from the likes of Hotel Chocolat, Rococo and Divine Chocolate.

When: 13th - 15th October, various times

5. Hair the Musical

The musical 'Hair' has arrived in London, just in time for its 50th year. Directed by Jonathan O'Boyle, 'Hair' will be showing in The Vaults beneath Waterloo. Expect plenty of '60s-themed artwork, pop-up restaurants and drinks, as well as stalls selling vintage clothing. After the show, audiences can enjoy live music, club nights and film nights. Tickets are available from the official website.

When: 11th October - 3rd December, various times

6. Warner Bros Studio: The Making of Harry Potter

Love a bit of Harry Potter? Why not pay a visit to the Warner Bros Studio? Find out more about the magic behind your favourite series and take a look at what goes on behind the scenes. In the lead up to Halloween, visitors to Warner Bros Studio can explore the darker side of Harry Potter; the Great Hall will be decorated with floating pumpkins, as well as apples, candy and bubbling cauldrons, and you will even get the opportunity to battle a Death Eater. To find out more, head to

When: 1st October - 12th November, various times

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