What's on in London in October 2016 near Canary Wharf
We've got reasons for you to get out in the day and the evening as October's darker nights are to be enjoyed too.
AUTUMN AMBLES WEEKEND
The month starts with free guided walks on 1 and 2 October for Autumn Ambles Weekend. These free led walks are all across London and there's a handy map to see the starting points of all of the walks.
Some walks can take all day and some are under 2 miles. All of the walks are popular so you do need to book in advance.
This month also has Local London Guiding Day with even more free led walks available. On 8 October the theme is 'Art for All' and there are walks in Greenwich, Westminster, Camden, Islington and The City of London. You don't need to book for these walks and they happen on the hour from 10am to 4pm.
THE QUEEN'S HOUSE
To celebrate its 400th anniversary, The Queen's House in Greenwich has been closed for over a year for extensive refurbishment. Designed in 1616 by Inigo Jones for James I's wife, Anne of Denmark, the Queen's House is Britain’s first classical building and a masterpiece of 17th-century architecture.
The building is re-opening from 11 October and is free to visit. There are new displays including over 450 works of art from the National Maritime Museum's art collections. Focusing on the people and events key to the building's creation and history, the collection also reflects its significance today. Highlights include the beautifully restored Tulip Stairs, which in turn have inspired a spectacular new art commission on the ceiling of the Great Hall by Turner Prize-winning artist, Richard Wright.
A royal-commissioned painting also returns after 360 years as Orazio Gentileschi's Joseph and Potiphar's Wife is displayed in this iconic building for the first time since 1650. The painting, which is part of the Royal Collection, was one of a sequence commissioned for the Queen's House by King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria.
MUSEUMS AT NIGHT
Greenwich has some special openings as part of the annual UK-wide Museums at Night fun.
There's 'Mystery at the Museum Late' at the National Maritime Museum on 29 October (6.30-10pm). Tickets are £15 for this adult only event with a spooky theme. The Museum's Director has gone missing along with one of the Museum's most precious objects. Grab a tot of rum to steady your nerves and join in solving the mystery.
On The Cutty Sark on 28 October there's some 'Ghost Ship' entertainment as you experience the true horror of life at sea with eerie candlelit tours. You can hear the tales of hard labour and tragedy that fell upon the crew during tough voyages on the stormy sea. Then it'll be time for a complimentary shot of whiskey to ward off the chills and time to settle down to a screening of the blood-curdling classic Dracula (1931). It's an adults only evening and tickets are £25.
And at the Museum of London Docklands there's Docks After Dark on 29 and 31 October for an evening tour filled with dark stories of death and spooky happenings. Of course, you could visit the museum for a less spooky free tour daily at 2.15pm.
At the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, the major autumn exhibition is Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered. Opening on 8 October, the exhibition is a celebration of the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games.
The exhibition includes more than 100 objects, featuring games from around the world, and explores the important role of design. You’ll encounter classic games including Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Chess, alongside historical games such as The Game of the Goose.
Hands-on interactives and the opportunity to become part of one big interactive game direct visitors around the exhibition. You can test exciting prototypes and find out your player style too.
CANARY WHARF EVENTS
There's always something going on in Canary Wharf. This month's highlights include watching the Royal Shakespeare Company perform Cymbeline with a live broadcast from Stratford-upon-Avon to Canary Wharf's East Wintergarden on 18 October.
Shakespeare's rarely performed romance is about Cymbeline, a ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both. Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers.
For lighter entertainment, it's the Canary Wharf Comedy Club on 19 October with emerging and established comedians in the East Wintergarden.
The highlights at The O2 in North Greenwich this month include the Godfather of electronic music. Jean-Michel Jarre is performing a spectacular live show – his first in six years – in The O2 Arena on 7 October.
Global superstar Justin Bieber is in The O2 Arena for six dates: 11, 12, 14, 15 October (plus 28 and 29 November) for his Purpose World Tour.
And rock band Nickelback are in The O2 Arena on 20 October with support coming from fellow Canadian rockers Monster Truck. The tour marks Nickelback's tenth world tour and sees the band performing in 30 cities across Europe this Autumn.
By choosing to stay at Fraser Place Canary Wharf you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in October. Check out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon!
You can also check-out what's on in Kensington, by clicking here
Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.
Image Credits: Guided walk: © Pawel Libera/London and Partners | Docks After Dark: © Museum of London | RSC Cymbeline: Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC |