With cool, crisp mornings, beautiful leafy walks and historic pubs warmed by crackling fires, October is one of the best times of the year to visit London.
If you’re planning on hitting the buzzing capital this Autumn, here are our top tips on where to go and what not to miss.
Photomonth, East London – October and November
Expect this annual photography festival to be back with a bang this year after a break in 2013. Photomonth is an umbrella event featuring over 150 exhibitions, events, talks and workshops taking place in venues including galleries, shops, cafes, cinemas, libraries and universities in the East London area.
Pharrell Williams, The O2 – October 9
Everyone’s favourite hat-loving R+B singer rolls into London for his long-awaited solo tour. His career spans an amazing 15 years and he’s worked with stars including Snoop Dogg, Robin Thicke, NERD, Kelis, Nelly and Gwen Stefani, so you can expect plenty of crowd-pleasers from the “Happy” star.
Sherlock Holmes, Museum of London – October 17 until April 2015
As one of the most famous Londoners of all time, this exhibition seeks to find out who Holmes really was, and why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved character continues to enthrall us today. Exhibits will include a nineteenth-century portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, original Holmes manuscripts and the very coat and dressing gown worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC’s ‘Sherlock’.
The Alternative London Tour, Old Spitalfields Market, until December 20
East London’s creative and ‘alternative’ nature is revealed on this fascinating, unique tour. Expect to be introduced to the history and culture of the ever-interesting Brick Lane ‘Banglatown’ and Shoreditch areas, as well as browsing some truly magnificent street art. Booking essential via www.alternativeldn.co.uk