The leaves may be changing, but here in London we’re still clinging on to the final days of this year’s unreasonably long summer before retreating to our sofas and waiting out the winter until alfresco dining becomes acceptable again. So, here’s a few must-dos to get you out of the house and away from Netflix when the weather inevitably comes to its senses and we all have to dust the cobwebs off our winter coats!
London Cocktail Week
It’s that time of year again. London’s bars have opened up their doors with a whole host of offers and experiences for all those who love cocktails. LCW runs from the 3rd to the 9th of October, with Old Spitalfields Market playing host to the main event. Festival passes are a tenner, and give you week-long access to £5 cocktails and other sip + snack offers from London’s best bars and eateries. There are also a range of alcohol-centric activities going on all over the city.. from discounted distillery tours to drinks master classes. If you haven’t got a pass, don’t worry, you really don’t need one to get involved. Just head down to Spitalfields and get yourself a drink!
You don’t have to travel to Munich to enjoy the beer-y Oktoberfest festivities, why not save yourself the flight and head to Millwall Park, Canary Wharf.. you’ll need to buy tickets on the door but they offer a wide range of deals and concessions (£5 for students and a half-price first beer or get it free if you’re in fancy dress!). Alternatively try the Bavarian Beerhouse where their hosting table dancing and german keg fun until 22nd October… And it’s completely free on Wednesdays and Thursdays!
Chang Sensory Trails
After hanging out at Old Spitalfields Market for LCW, why not head back there the following week for Chang Sensory Trails, a Thai food festival brought to London via Singapore and LA by Thai beer brand Chang. This free entry event is taking place from noon until midnight the 14th October.. and it’s not one to be missed.