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12 things to do in London in October 2022

London celebrates its food and drink scene, while Halloween showcases the capital's spooky side – just some of the many October events in London.
London panorama above golden trees.
Roam London's Richmond Park, as it is covered in autumnal colours. Credits: Jon Reid. Image courtesy of Jon Reid.

What's on in London in October?

British schools break up for a October half-term this month, so look out for special family activities at many London attractions. While Halloween ensures the month ends with a spooky feel with plenty of scary events and activities – see below for ideas.

London becomes a little colder in October as autumn splashes the city’s parks and gardens with a riot of autumnal colours, changing the vivid greens to warm coppers, golds and russet reds. Take a trip to Kew GardensRichmond Park, or other major parks to bask in the beautiful display of colours.

Unmissable London events in October 

  1. Enjoy fun events throughout Black History MonthCelebrate black culture and history throughout October. 
  2. Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights: Enjoy performances and cultural activities in Trafalgar Square. TBC

A man dressed in traditional clothing with flower garlands around his neck, at the Diwali festival, while other performers dance in the background.

  1. Test your fitness at the Virgin Money London Marathon: Sprint past London landmarks or join thousands cheering from the sidelines. 2 Oct
  2. Take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon: Run for great causes in the leafy surrounds of London's beautiful parks. 9 Oct

Halloween in London

  1. Plan a frighteningly good Halloween in London: Enjoy themed events, family activities, tours and more of the best things to do in London this Halloween.
  2. Seek out spooky London attractions: from immersive experiences to haunted houses.

Woman in a pie shop on Halloween

Fun family events in London

  1. Go behind the scenes of the iconic Harry Potter films: Head to Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter to learn more about the making of the films.
  2. Enjoy a host of events during October half-termTake your pick from fun events and activities at London attractions. 17-28 Oct
  3. Check out KidZania's immersive play areas: Get active and combine learning with fun. 
  4. Explore London's top kids attractions: Entertain the kids and make lifelong memories.
  5. Book these iconic top 10 attractionsFor a fun-tastic family day out in the capital.
  6. Sing along with the kids at these top musicalsEnjoy your favourite shows on stage.

The Diagon Alley set from the Harry Potter film series, set in a nigh time atmosphere.

For more things to do in October in London, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London. Or discover plenty more seasonal events and activities with our ultimate guide to autumn in London.

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see this London weather page.

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