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It’s officially Autumn and it’s time to get cosy but we’re not ready to completely hibernate indoors just yet. I want to get outdoors and soak up as much fresh air as possible. Here is our hit list for this month.

This month - London Restaurant Festival 1st-31st October

Running between 1 and 31 October 2019, London Restaurant Festival celebrates the diversity of this global capital of exceptional, groundbreaking restaurants with citywide experiences and menus. This year’s Festival Menus, brought to you by OpenTable, are newly themed, so whether you’re looking for cutting-edge cuisine, hot new openings, breathtaking views or our London Legends, there is a special menu created just for you. Be sure to check off as many themes as possible throughout the October. Words and source : London Restaurant Festival for info and tickets click here.

Cosy pub recommendations

Lounge around on roughed-up sofas and bask in the glow of a burning fire – these cosy London pubs are crying out to be treated like your home away from home in the autumn months. Whether you want to get warmed-up after a brisk walk through Hampstead Heath or you feel like getting all aglow while in Soho, these pubs will work wonders on your post-summer, not-quite-winter complexion. 

From creakingly old inns with nooks for hiding away from the London fog to modern pubs that know how to turn on the warming charm, find somewhere in the capital to get seriously cosy over autumnal ales and hot toddies.  Words and source : Time out for more info click here.

Tim Walker Exhibition - Wonderful Things on now until the 8th March 2020

Experience the extraordinary creative process of one of the world's most inventive photographers through his pictures, films, photographic sets, and special installations – including ten new series of photographs influenced by the V&A's collections. Words and source - V&A for more info and tickets click here.

Rickie No.17 at  45 Jermyn St.

Rickie No.17 at 45 Jermyn St.

Sober October - 1st-31st Oct

This month is Sober October but that doesn’t mean you need to sit at home. Here are some of our fave places and mocktails that are sure to brighten up your month.

Nettle fizz at The Zetter Townhouse

Nearly negroni at American Bar at The Savoy

Mango and fennel lassi at Dishoom

Flu fighters martini at Redemption Bar

Glossy at Connaught Bar

Rickie No.17 at 45 Jermyn St.

Watermelon, pink peppercorn and habanero agua fresca at Ella Canta

Pura sangre at Nightjar

Dartmouth Food Festival - 18th-20th October

During the Festival the whole of Dartmouth buzzes with activity. With street entertainers, food and drink stalls, cooking contests to enter and children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and classes, you and your children will have a wonderful day out. 

The Festival has something for the whole family. There plenty for grown ups with amazing cookery demonstrations, drinks seminars and tastings. You'll meet celebrity chefs and local cookery heroes and some of the UK's top food writers. For children there's the Children's Tea Party at the start of the Festival on the Thursday, followed by lots of fun events throughout the Festival. And even your dog can can be a gourmand for the day and savour the latest doggy flavoured ice cream from Dartmouth Ice Cream Company.

And the good news! Most of the Festival is FREE, thanks to our generous Sponsors! You'll only need to pay for certain events. Words and source; Dartmouth Food Festival For more info just click here.

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Hull Fair - 5th -13th October

Hull Fair is one of Europe’s largest travelling funfairs, which comes to Hull for one week. Unlike small local fairs, Hull Fair attracts rides, attractions, and travellers from a wide variety of different regions.

The fair is one of Hull’s biggest traditions, as well as one of its oldest, having reached its 700th anniversary in 1993. Carrying on with such tradition the fair is opened by the Lord Mayor of Hull on the opening evening, normally at 5 pm. It first opened from 9 to 23 March 1278.

Stalls down Walton Street are filled with the sights and smells of traditional fairground food from hamburgers and hot dogs to candy floss, toffee apples, pomegranates and even hog roast. Source and words : Hull city Fair and more info click here

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Pumpkin Patches - throughout October

We’ve found this great list from with a whole load of suggestions for the best pumpkin patches around the UK. I am pretty sure there will be one near you. Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, paint them, carve them or use them to decorate your home this Autumn. For info click here.

Framlingham Castle, Suffolk -  English Heritage

Framlingham Castle, Suffolk - English Heritage

Halloween - 31st October

For the kids…

October is half term so grab your broomsticks for a bewitchingly brilliant day out at English Heritage’s Halloween events taking place across the country. Kids and families can head to our historic places this Halloween Half Term with creepy crafts and wicked witch-themed quests at our castles, abbeys and houses. And come nightfall, brave grownups can dare to explore some of the country's eeriest castles and discover the darker side of history. Words and Source : English Heritage

For the grown ups…

Fear is a funny thing; take a step back in time into London’s dark past told by live actors, scares and immersive sets. Your tour starts in a Victorian Gin Palace where a complimentary Gin fizz is served before heading off into the Streets of Jack the Ripper and to meet other infamous people from Sweeny Todd to Mrs Lovett you will receive another drop of Dutch courage in the Ten Bells served by the landlady. Audience participation is encouraged as you pass from one show to the next. The finale is a drop ride which may leave you in need of a stiff drink, lucky for you our Tavern awaits. The Tavern is an ideal place to regroup and to take a breather before heading out. This adult’s only experience is a great alternative to a West End show or a great way to experience one of London’s top attractions without the crowds. Source and words by Design my night

London Oktoberfest

Millwall Park (3rd-13th October) and Olympia London ( 24th-26th October) are transformed into a gigantic Oktoberfest. More fun, more party and more Oktoberfest than ever before in London. Over the years a lot have tried - but no one beats the fun and good mood London´s own, original Oktoberfest creates.

Sing along and dance on the benches while enjoying Ompha-Ompha music, a bratwurst and a German beer - what more could you want!?

On Sunday's we have a special offer for your family lunch so you can let the entire family experience Bavarian culture for a day. (On Sunday's kids are allowed at the event together with their parents). Words and source : Design my night