On the radar: October 2013

As we get into the swing of autumn a whole host of new season finds and events open their doors to us. I’ve pulled together a mix of new places that take my fancy, great exhibtions to explore on a chilly weekend, and a few events worth getting your tickets to now to avoid disappointment. As it’s also the month of Halloween fun and fancy dress I’ve dug out a few things taking place around London to get into the spooky spirit. So here’s what’s on the radar right now!



Chop Shop – Every now and then I get a real craving for meat and this new restaurant looks like a perfect place to seek some satisfaction.

Flesh and Buns – I’m still divided on whether I like steamed buns but I’m willing to give them another try. From the reviews this place looks like a good place to go and those S’mores have my name on them!

Whyte and Brown – A recent addition to the restaurants around Carnaby Street, here they’re passionate about serving great chicken and eggs. I’m not much of an egg fan to be honest, but I do love tasty, succulent chicken and as you’d expect there are plenty of options on the menu.

Polpo – They’ve been around since 2009 but I still haven’t got round to trying their menu. As they get rave reviews and have opened up at locations across London I thought it was worth throwing in a reminder to get down there!

Fish and Chip Shop – Fish and Chip Fridays were a frequent feature of my childhood. Although you can’t quite recreate the taste of eating them out of the bag with a wooden fork, I do like the idea of a restaurant that specialises in the dish and offers a range of butties on the menu too.


It’s London Cocktail Week next week so I’ve had peek at the list of bars offering discounted cocktails and have listed a few I’m looking forward to trying.

Nola – Described as ‘a New Orleans style drinking den with Southern hospitality and English sensibility’, this cocktail bar looks like a great place for something a little different.

Detroit – A modern bar with tables tucked in alcoves looks like a great place for a catch up or date.

Christopher’s Martini Bar– Cocktails and glamour go hand in hand so an American Deco setting is definitely somewhere to enjoy a sophisticated drink or two.

Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Bar – As a department store known for high quality products I’d expect no less from their cocktail menu. I love the pops of colour amongst the minimalist white setting here.

Aqua Shard – On the 32nd floor of the Shard you can get great views of the city with your chosen drink. I enjoyed a swift G&T there last week before climbing up to the top floor and I’m definitely keen to return for more.


Illustration Awards 2013 – Somerset House, 2-27 October – I’ve always had a bit of an interest in illustration that might stem from childhood days of drawing for hours. It’s often one of the most accessible forms of art so I don’t think you need to be an art buff to enjoy this exhibition.

London Film Festival, 9 – 20 October – The ultimate festival for film lovers. There’s a series of events and screenings sure to satisfy anyone who loves the silver (or indie) screens.

Freize at Regents Park, 17–20 October 2013 – An exhibition which promises to provide you with as much art as you could possibily fit into one weekend.


Ultimate Power Halloween – Even if you don’t love power ballads, Ultimate Power is a fun night out. Dress up in your best halloween outfit and get ready to get silly, sing your heart out and play the air guitar.

Fright Night Thorpe Park – For those thrill seekers out there, Thorpe Park is staying open late this halloween so you can jump on the rides and explore the park in the dark.

Boo at the Zoo – An event for young ones and adults alike. If you fancy checking out some creepy crawlies at night then the London Zoo is the place for you.

Le Gothique Beer Festival – If you fancy getting into the spirit in a more low key way get yourself down to Wandsworth for this beer festival. I had a fun afternoon down at one of their previous events last year.

Buy now, enjoy later

Somerset House Ice skating rink – Although winter seems like a good few weeks away and Christmas even further, it will arrive in no time. So it’s worthwhile snapping up your ice skating tickets now before all the best slots are taken.

Bailey’s Stardust – National Portrait Gallery – An exhbition of unseen images by the iconic photographer are due to be displayed from 6 February next year. I expect it’s going to be a popular exhibition so I’m thinking of getting my ticket before the year is out.

This month’s main sources: Design My Night, Hot Dinners

Any of these events take your fancy? Have you found any great places or events to enjoy this October?

1 Comment

  1. October 6, 2013 / 9:30 pm

    Another awesome list! I went to Flesh and Buns on the weekend and LOVED it – I can definitely recommend the delicious duck, mmm.