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London Insider Calendar: October 2017

A guide to the best creative & cultural events this month

What goes well with winter? Warm-you-up cocktails, hot chocolates and cuddled-up poetry readings: London knows. This month’s Insider calendar features some exciting events for families, couples, or even a pensive solo outing. Thinking about a pre-Christmas-madness city escape? We think you’d have a great time in Paris.

Drinks
London Cocktail Week
Multiple Locations
2 Oct – 8 Oct
Cost: £10.00 (plus more for drinks)

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Shaken or stirred? How about both! Get a pass to London Cocktail Week and access incredible signature cocktails for £6.00 all over London. With the digital pass, you can also get your hands on a discounted £5.00 entry to their main event at Spitalfields market, where you can taste cocktails from 30 pop-up bars. Two things guaranteed: fine sips and a hangover.

Art – Photography
Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane
Somerset House
5 Oct – 7 Jan
Cost: Free

Kesh Angels, photograph by ©Hassan Hajjaj, courtesy of the Artist to Somerset House

Vibrant colours, mixed mediums and a mesh of cultures. Hassan Hajjaj was born in Morocco and moved to the UK at the age of 12. His work reflects his back-and-forth between the two countries. The exhibition showcases both his new and known pieces, in a celebration of contemporary culture. Wondering what exactly to make of contemporary art? Join artist Edy Ferguson to unravel the mysteries of contemporary art.

Food
The Chocolate Show
Olympia National Hall
13 Oct – 15 Oct
Cost: £12.50

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This is a show about chocolate. Need we say more? Tastings, chocolate pairings, workshops and the finest chocolatiers converge in a weekend of indulging. Bring the whole family along and treat the kids to some tasty fun with one of the show’s cocoa box workshops.

Literature – Poetry
Letters to the Next Century (London Literature Festival)
Southbank Centre
13 Oct
Cost: £10.00

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What will the next century look like? The London Literature Festival seeks to explore this question in Letters to the Next Century. This one-night-only event invites guests to reflect on the future of our planet through live readings and music.

Theatre
Oslo
Harold Pinter Theatre
2 Oct – 30 Dec
Cost: £20.70+

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The new Broadway hit has arrived in London. This Tony Award-winning play tells the true story of two Norwegian diplomats whose relentless efforts led to the Arab-Israeli peace agreement of 1993, an agreement known as the Oslo Accords. Loved the play? Get the scoop on London’s theatre scene and its rich history by joining actress Michelle Butterly as she uncovers the actor’s stage.

Art
Frieze London
Regent’s Park
5 Oct – 8 Oct
Cost: £32.00+

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Head over to Regent’s Park to discover the world’s most interesting and talented artists, both emerging and established. Whether you will be browsing or looking to add a piece to your collection, the fair will not disappoint. Prepare for the fair by reading our latest interview, Contemporary Art: A view beyond the power, politics and money.