5 must-do things in London this October

The sun has officially disappeared, the holidays have all run out and the only big thing left on the calendar is Christmas (or so it would seem). If you’re in the mood to shake off the post-summer blues in style and ring in the capital’s autumn season a little differently, here are a few happenings we know you wouldn’t want to miss:

‘Alcotraz’, London’s First Prison Cocktail Bar

Just when you thought every angle had been exhausted in the capital’s ever growing propensity to want to outdo itself, another utterly bizarre yet totally viable concept bar opens (or should we say closes, in this instance?) its doors – and this one is as equally arresting as the rest. Alcotraz, a prison-themed cocktail bar pop-up, will be immersing inmates to a world of crime and corruption, as they smuggle-in liquor to be used to make delicious, bespoke cocktails. Head down to Brick Lane to be booked in. See below for details.

Alcotraz Penitentiary, 212 Brick Lane, London, E1 3EA, until the 17th of December

‘Rebel Angel’ at the Old Operating Theatre

‘Rebel Angel’ – telling the little-known, short and extraordinary life of the Romantic poet,  John Keats, the play centres on the period of his life when becoming a successful surgeon was more promising than the life of a down-and-out poet. Angus Graham-Campbell’s production confidently charts the oft-told story of ‘misunderstood artist’ to great success, using the surroundings as an additional character in the piece.  Set in the Old Operating Theatre and in the round, the actors use every part of the gorgeous and historical space to tell the story – even using the original operating tools to simulate a 19th century-style surgery.

Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, 9a St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY, until 7th October

‘History is a Nightclub. Downtown AREA, NYC, 1983-87’ at Peter Harrington Gallery

Mayfair’s Peter Harrington Gallery‘s new show takes us through time, to a pivotal period in New York City’s nightlife. The exhibition showcases photographs from Ben Buchanan, the in-house photographer of iconic NYC nightclub AREA in the 1980s – capturing candid moments of modern art and pop culture legends at their most relaxed. Expect previously unseen portraits of Jean-Paul Gaultier (pictured), Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and David Hockney can be seen alongside the likes of Sting, Tom Waits, The Beastie Boys, Grace Jones, Bebe Buell and John Waters.

Peter Harrington, 43 Dover Street, London, W1S4FF,  from 2nd-31st October 2017

‘Hocus Pocus’ Halloween at The Book Club

“Come, little children, I’ll take thee away…into a land of enchantment.” Here’s one that’ll no doubt get every nostalgia-laden 1990s child into the spirit. The Book Club is hosting a spooktacular evening of ‘Hocus Pocus‘-themed screening and club night, including inspired cocktails and bewitching props. ‘The witching hour’ starts a  little early, at 4:30pm and continues well into the night.

The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH, 28th October 2017

Ouse presents ‘Beetlejuice’ 80s Halloween Disco at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! We’re mightily excited about one of our favourite 1980s classics having its own club night, cause “IT’S SHOOOOOOWWWTIME!”…This Halloween, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen are calling on Beetlejuice to save their souls!!  From 6pm onwards you can join the party for a screening of the film, followed by an after-party that promises to turn the venue into a Burton-esque 1980s underworld – think big hair, pinstripe suits, 80s wedding dresses and iconic Winona-goth makeup (the film won an Oscar for costume design, so, no excuses!) Oh, and there’ll also be themed Beetlejuice Cocktails and spooky popcorn.

In the main club room, we will be delving into the seedy backstreets of the film, as we recreate the raunchy set of Dantes Inferno Rooms (the neon-covered brothel from the movie). You can expect spectacularly immersive production like no-other from Fables, the festival production team behind immersive clubnight Ouse, the Rooftop at Queen of Hoxton as well as production at festivals around the UK, including Houghton, Secret Garden Party and El Dorado.

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU, 28th October

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