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What's on in London this October 2017 near Canary Wharf

For this month we've got music, art and beer. And often combinations of all three!

OKTOBERFEST

London Oktoberfest means plenty of German beers to drink, plus Bratwurst and Schnitzel to eat, fun music and Lederhosen! It's all happening in Millwall Park, Canary Wharf from 28 September to 8 October.

More than 50,000 revellers are expected to take a seat in the open-plan wooden beer hall and be served by the expert Bavarian hostesses, wearing traditional dirndl dresses, who can carry up to 10 steins of beer at a time.

Children are welcome on Sundays for Sunday lunch, otherwise it's an adults only affair. And, in case you are wondering, you can rent lederhosen and dirndl to dress up when you arrive.

THE TERRIBLE INFANTS

Following their ground-breaking production of Alice’s Adventure's Underground at The Vaults, Les Enfants Terribles is staging a ten year anniversary production of their multi-award winning show, The Terrible Infants at Wilton's Music Hall.

The Terrible Infants is a collection of twisted short stories by Oliver Lansley and Sam Wyer, which recall both Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, performed with inventive puppetry and atmospheric live music.

The show features recorded narration by Dame Judi Dench plus new material.

MUSIC OF WAR HORSE

On 12 October 2017, at the V&A Museum of Childhood you can enjoy a Music of War Horse evening. Expect live music and readings from the National Theatre's award-winning stage adaptation of War Horse, with folk musician Ben Murray, in front of the original Joey puppet.

There is also an opportunity for questions and a chance to see the Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories exhibition.

MY NAME IS PRINCE

The O2 has the world premiere of the first ever official exhibition about iconic superstar and legendary performer Prince Rogers Nelson. Opening on 27 October, My Name Is Prince gives fans the chance to get up close and personal with the music legend's life and work.

The exhibition showcases hundreds of never before seen artefacts direct from Paisley Park, Prince's famous Minnesota private estate. Fans can see clothing from the 1984/1985 Purple Rain tour, the Gibson L65 guitar that Prince used when he made his national television debut in 1980 and his diamond-studded cane from 2015. 

My Name is Prince is in London for a limited 21-day engagement, reflecting the 21 unprecedented record-breaking, sold-out concerts that Prince played at The O2 in August and September 2007 – a record that still stands today. Clothing worn during those shows is on display.

NEIL DIAMOND

Grammy award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member Neil Diamond is performing at The O2 on Tuesday 17 October 2017.

Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums.

Diamond's many other achievements include a Golden Globe award, 13 Grammy nominations and 2009's NARAS MusiCares Person of the Year award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.

A WORLD INSIDE A BOOK

Magic really does happen at Discover Children's Story Centre as their new Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson exhibition brings 12 of their enchanting picture books to life. A World inside a Book – The Gruffalo, Dragons and other Creatures opens on Saturday 21 October 2017 (and runs to September 2018).

The book brought to life are A Squash and a Squeeze, The Smartest Giant in Town, Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, Monkey Puzzle, Tiddler, Room on the Broom, The Highway Rat, Zog, The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale, Stick Man and Superworm.

Visitors enter through a mystery porthole to find a scaled down town for children to feel like giants and a humongous cow to feel tiny and squeeze around. You can rock hop through the Monkey Puzzle jungle and dress up to take your seat on a broom. There's also the dark forest where a full-size Gruffalo hides, and the sandy beach and the deep dark shimmering sea - taking children and their families on exciting journeys, meeting many characters and stories along the way.

POP ART

On Thursday 12 October you can join in a pop-up painting session at Crossrail Place Roof Garden. This month's event explores the Pop Art style to express yourself creatively like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.

All abilities are welcome and you get to take away your original artwork.

RODIN

Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917): An Exhibition in Celebration of 100 Years is in the Lobby of One Canada Square. Coinciding with the centenary of Auguste Rodin's death in November 1917, the exhibition aims to underline his enduring sculptural legacy with significant works ranging from the early years to his late abstracted figures.

The exhibition of over thirty works includes work from a rare lifetime cast of the artist's famed Eternal Spring (conceived in 1884) as well as a selection of his most renowned pieces such as The Thinker and The Kiss. The exhibition also includes a number of drawings rarely seen in public.

It's free to visit and there is a free exhibition tour on Monday 2 October at 6.30-7.15pm with Curator Iain Brunt and Robert Bowman of Bowman Sculpture.

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

There are couple of spooky events happening at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich for Halloween.

'Quarantine' is an after-hours, interactive horror event on 26, 27, 28 October. A devastating virus, dredged up from the depths of the ocean has infected the Museum's research staff with terrifying consequences. Participants need to follow the clues to find the antidote to this mysterious maritime illness, encountering creepy characters and unusual objects along the way.

And on 27 October there's the 'Lost in the ice! Halloween Party' from 11am to 4pm. Join a spooky journey through the icy depths of the National Maritime Museum at their annual family Halloween party. Investigate a haunted ship and meet ghostly explorers who have come back to life to join in the fun.

 If you are planning your trip in October, please check Fraser Place Canary Wharf offers! We are in the heart of Canary Wharf, minutes away from great bars, restaurants and shopping malls.  

 

  

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.

 

Required image credits: The Terrible Infants: Credit: Rah Petherbridge  |  Joey at the V&A Museum of Childhood - Artist: Nicholas Hart (Head), Stuart Angell (Heart), Thomas Goodridge (Hind). Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London  |  National Maritime Museum - Franklin: Death in the Ice: © National Maritime Museum  |  Snail and the Whale: Axel Scheffler  |