Well, Hot Vax Summer was an absolute let down. Predictably, the weather refused to cooperate and none of your Hinge matches lived up to your expectations of a horny sunny season spent frolicking in fields. Thankfully, now we can all stop trying to make wearing Crocs in the rain sexy and return to our usual umbrella and lovely low-expectation scheduling. But, as luck would have it, there’s a whole host of very exciting things happening this month in London. From a limited edition charity burrata you can eat at home to big-deal yoga sessions in a Grade I listed restaurant and a night of serious anarchy at the Barbican, these are the activities that should be at the top of your agenda for October.
Celebrate Black History Month in Hackney
Black Owned Hackney Market
In celebration of Black History Month there’s a Black-Owned Hackney event at Bohemia Place Market on the weekend of October 16th and 17th. Head over between 1 and 8pm for street food, DJs, steel pans, plus hard slushies, clothes, and stalls selling products from Black-owned businesses. Get free tickets here.
Eat One of London's Best Falafels at Balady's New Location
London is a big old city and some things are quite simply a schlep. Depending on where you are, Balady falls into this category. The kosher falafel bar has long been all the way up in Temple Fortune, NW11, but, now, they’ve got a second location on Leather Lane, making the same peerless falafel, sabich and hand cut chips that they always have.
Eat Small Plates & Listen to a Sax at Morito
We’ve all learnt plenty from Craig David. Not least that a bowl of sweets is necessary in every room in the house. Most important, though, is that everyone knows that Tuesday is for drinks, and specifically drinks at Morito’s weekly music night. The Hackney Road location has opened up its new downstairs every Tuesday for an evening of music and food. It’s £30pp and you can book online.
Head to Soho for One of London's Best Lamb Chops
Modern Indian spot Gunpowder has opened a new location in Soho so you’ll want to get down there pronto. Seriously, chop chop. If you’re wondering why then you obviously haven’t had an evening with their famous Kashmiri lamb chops. Needless to say, they’re a favourite on our absolutely-not-niche-at-all guide to Lamb Chops You Should Be Eating Right Now.
Get Scared Sh•tless at Bao
You know what’s delicious? Being terrified. That’s why we’re incredibly hyped for BAO’s new line-up of private film screenings in their entertainment rooms at BAO Borough and Shoreditch’s BAO Noodle Shop. In collaboration with MUBI, they’re showing films like The Love Witch, The Babadook, and Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House from the 18th of October. Tickets are £27 per person and includes a set menu of BAO’s takes on cinema snack classics, like Taiwanese fried popcorn chicken, curry hot dogs, and their Horlicks ice cream. Please note, there’s a six-person minimum. And also, we refuse to be blamed for any post-viewing nightmares.
It’s that magical time of year again when you tell everyone that your aunt’s ex-husband’s grandad was German so therefore it’s totally socially acceptable for you to force everyone you know into celebrating Oktoberfest. Hurrah! Or should we say, prost! This year you can get all Bavarian (read as: pissed on daytime pints) at one of our favourite London markets, Elephant and Castle’s Mercato Metropolitano. Get involved in German craft beers at their on-site brewery, German Kraft, or alternatively head to Kraft Brewery in Dalston for lots of stein action on the first weekend of October. If craft beers aren’t your thing, Pergola Paddington is also doing a six-week special called... Wunderbar! Subtle, we know. But we can inform you that there will be a Beer Queen competition and some kind of deeply adorable dachshund event on the 17th.
Eat a Limited Edition Chuku’s Burger
If Chuku’s tender beef ayamase is anything to go by, their new collaboration with Honest Burgers is going to be very tasty. This Tottenham spot is teaming up with the big burger chain for the whole of October, with their one-off special available in all of Honest Burger restaurants and for delivery. Okay so now that we’ve got the practicalities out of the way, it’s time to talk about the burger. The Nigeria includes a beef patty, fanta-candied bacon, cheddar, jollof sauce, plantain crisps, Chuku’s signature spicy mayo, and pickles. If you just said ‘damn’ out loud, then same. If you’re a fan of the classic beer and burger combo, know that you can also order a lager from British-Nigerian owned brewery, Eko throughout October too.
Check Out the Feeding Black Exhibition
Museum Of London Docklands
This exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands features recipes, objects, and recorded stories that spotlight African and Caribbean businesses and their owners, exploring how they are much more than the services and goods they provide. For the wannabe chefs, there’s also TikTok and Instagram cooking videos, as well as some seriously beautiful photography by Jonas Martinez. The exhibition is completely free but you’ll still need to grab a general entry ticket to the museum. One of our all-time favourite Camberwell spots, Zeret Kitchen is also featured in the exhibition and we’d highly recommend heading there for one of their enormous platters once you’re finished at the Museum of London.
Eat Burrata, Fight Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the people behind Circolo Popolare and Gloria are teaming up with certified boob legends, CoppaFeel, to raise money for the charity. Hit up their excellent, feelgood delivery service, Napoli Gang, to donate by ordering the pink burrata. How did they make the ‘boob-rata’ pink? Well, it’s packed full of beetroot hummus and frankly, sounds delicious. Also, if you happen to be someone who has a pair of tits, sign up for CoppaFeel’s free boob check text reminders. It’s completely free.
Sip Your Way Through London Cocktail Month
Any excuse for a bev, right? Despite our general cynicism about any kind of national food or drink day - FYI it’s National Snail Appreciation Day on the 25th, not even joking - we’re willing to set aside any and all negativity in the face of cheap cocktails. London’s usual cocktail week has been upgraded to a full citywide month-long affair and everyone from 69 Colebrooke Row to Tayer and Elementary are getting involved. All you need to do is buy one of their £15 wristbands and then you can hit up any of the 250 bars that are taking part for £7 specials. There are also cocktail tours, immersive pop-ups, and home delivery on £7 cocktails from The Drinks Drop.
Do Some Serious Yoga at This Fancy Marylebone Restaurant
OTT Marylebone restaurant Chameleon are finally opening up their fancy schmancy greenhouses. We’re talking specialist speakers, the option for your own personal DJ, and fresh decorations with each season. We can only hope they also have heaters. Outside of private garden dining that would presumably make Alan Titchmarsh weep, they’ve also got a series of flow yoga events every Monday throughout the month. Even if you’re as flexible as a concrete slab, we reckon the beautiful Grade I listed setting will make all that bending entirely worth it. Get your tickets and intel on their other October events here.
Watch a Jeff Bezos Takedown at the Barbican
No, really. PRIME_TIME is a new play that ‘takes aim at Amazon’s founder and massive phallic rocket owner, Jeff Bezos… a riotous reassessment of the web giant and the power he holds over our planet and beyond’. From highly-respected theatre producers, In Bed With My Brother - reserving judgement on the name - the show is inspired by cyberfeminists and is soundtracked by the late SOPHIE. Also, apparently there’s full-frontal nudity so maybe not one to watch with the parents. The play is running from Wednesday the 27th October to Saturday the 6th of November but it’s probably best to book your tickets sooner rather than later. Once you’ve merrily absorbed all that anarchy, head for a plate of rigatoni at nearby Luca or go ahead and pick somewhere from our guide Where To Eat Near The Barbican.
Get Spooky at Lost Boys Pizza
The adulthood equivalent of trick or treating is drinking a single beer on a weeknight and waiting to find out if you end up with a hangover. Luckily, Lost Boys Pizza are bringing some more quintessential Halloween horror to London with their series of costume parties. A pizza bar that we actually lowkey love for their stringent commitment to being vampire themed, the frightful festivities - sorry - begin on Friday the 29th. Expect Halloween specials, 80s tunes, shots on arrival, and a grand prize for the best dressed.