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What's on October

Ends 31 Oct 2019 at 11:59 PM

silhouette of St Paul's & London Bridge

Frightfully fun Autumn activities taking place along London's riverside this October


Royal Wharf Pier opening

Royal Wharf, the 23rd pier to be served by Thames Clippers opens this month!
Find out more about the Royal Docks.

Nearest pier: Royal Wharf

London Restaurant Festival

Now in its eleventh year, all of October is London Restaurant Festival. Over 250 restaurants are taking part in this year's festival and there are more than 70 unique restaurant experiences taking place across London.

Nearest piers: across London

Tate Britain: Mark Leckey and William Blake

Opening to rave reviews, William Blake explores some of the visionary poet, painter, and printmaker's most striking images. Showcasing over 300 original works, including watercolours, paintings and prints, William Blake at Tate Britain is the largest show of Blake’s work for almost 20 years.

Also taking place at Tate Britain, Mark Lecky's O' Magic Power of Bleakness displays previously unseen and existing work by the Turner Prize-winning artist. A life-sized replica of an M53 motorway bridge, a reference to the artist's upbringing in the Wirral, now resides inside the gallery housing a previously unheard audio play. The M53 bridge addresses the subjects of youth, class and nostalgia, recurring themes across Lecky's work.

Nearest pier: Millbank

Harvest at Battersea

Looking for somewhere to pick up some Harvest themed treats this weekend? Head to the River Walk Market for harvest loaves from Flour Station and A Glass of Joy’s freshly squeezed apple juice from British heritage varieties. The market is open on weekends between 11:00 and 17:00.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

The London That Never Was

From a crystal Tower Bridge to a concrete Covent Garden, discover some of London's shelved plans at Guildhall Gallery's The London That Never Was. This free exhibition is at Guildhall Gallery until Sunday 8 December.

Nearest pier: Blackfriars

Moniker contemporary art fair

The 10th Moniker exhibition is taking place at Chelsea Sorting Office between Wednesday 2 – Sunday 6 October. The fair will also be crossing the Thames to Battersea Power Station with the installation of an exclusive mural along the River Walk designed by British artist, Mr Penfold.

On Friday 4 October, ten free pieces of art will be hidden around the riverside destination for the event’s ‘Free Art Friday’ scavenger hunt. It’s finders’ keepers so art enthusiasts will need to be quick!

Nearest pier: Cadogan or Battersea Power Station

Greenwich Performs

Taking place Friday 4 - Sunday 13 October, Greenwich Performs is an arts festival based in Greenwich featuring music, theatre, dance and outdoor events. This celebration of the arts builds upon the original Greenwich Festival, paying homage to an array of art disciplines and a range of activities, performances and community events. Venues hosting this year's festival include the Laban Theatre, the Old Royal Naval College, the Queen’s House and the Painted Hall.

Nearest pier: Greenwich

Dance Umbrella

Celebrating choreography across the capital, Dance Umbrella, brings London to life Tuesday 8 – Sunday 27 October. Founded in 1978, the 2019 London international dance festival will see over 751 artists take part in events all over Greater London with the aims of enticing audiences, nurturing budding artists, innovating performance and stimulate interest in dance.

Nearest piers: across London

Chelsea History Festival

The inaugural Chelsea History Festival takes place across three venues in the Royal Borough (namely: The National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden), Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 October. With over 35 events of world-class speakers, live music, performers and family fun it will be a celebration of history and heritage in the heart of iconic Chelsea.

Nearest pier: Cadogan or Battersea Power Station

Hidden London: The Exhibition

Opening Friday 11 October at the London Transport Museum, Hidden London: The Exhibition takes you on an immersive journey of some of London’s most secret spaces, uncovering the secrets of the oldest subterranean railway in the world. These ‘forgotten’ parts of the London Underground have incredible stories to tell about Britain’s past.

Nearest pier: Embankment

Café Conversations on the Thames

On Thursdays 10, 17 and 31 October, we will be hosting Café Conversations aboard our RB2 services. These special trips provide the perfect opportunity to make new friends as you sail through Central London. Café Conversations are free but booking in advance is required

Departs from: Battersea Power Station or London Bridge City piers

Hallowe'en at Battersea Power Station

Head to Batter-scream Power Station for a whole range of spooky schemes to keep the kids entertained this half-term. From eerie ear-making and witch or wizard hat-making workshops to Hallowe'en Hunts, these free activities take place Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 October & Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 October.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

Adventure Trail at The O2

Running throughout the October half-term, (Monday 21 - Sunday 27 October, the entire family can enjoy an urban adventure within the world’s most popular music, entertainment and leisure venue. Collecting stamps along the way, explorers will voyage through The O2 stopping at Build-A-Bear Workshop, Sky Studios, Oxygen Freejumping, Hollywood Bowl and Snowflake Luxury Gelato. Those who successfully complete the trail will receive prizes from The O2 which includes a game at Hollywood Bowl, a treat from Nestlé, discounts for Up at The O2, Oxygen Freejumping, Immotion VR and Snowflake Luxury Gelato.

Nearest pier: North Greenwich

Where Light Falls at St Paul's Cathedral

Take a trip back in time and witness the lives of volunteers who watched over St Paul's during the Blitz unravel on the cathedral's iconic façade. Using powerful poetry, visuals and photography to tell the fascinating story of the St Paul's Watch, Where The Light Falls takes place Thursday 24 - Sunday 27 October, 18:30 - 22:00.

Nearest pier: Blackfriars or Bankside

Last chance to see: Ladybird Books Exhibition

On loan from Penguin Random House, original artworks from beloved Ladybird titles published between 1940 and 1980 are on display at The Garden Museum (next to Lambeth Palace). From children picking fruit and flowers to colourful depictions of wildflowers and wildlife, this heart-warming collection of illustrations takes you back to the innocence and joy of playing in the garden as a child. The exhibition closes on Sunday 27 October.

Nearest pier: Millbank

Halloween at The Jetty

Head to The Jetty at Greenwich Peninsula on Thursday 24 October for ghoulish goings-on and paranormal activities that will provide fun, crafts and frights for kids and adults alike. Featuring face-painting, pumpkin carving and trick or treats along The Tide, this spooky celebration is free for anyone to attend but bookings should be made in advance.

Nearest pier: North Greenwich

The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival

Switzerland, Austria... Battersea?! The Ski & Snowboard Festival returns to Battersea Evolution Thursday 24 - Sunday 27 October. The festival is unmissable for anyone who has ever been skiing or snowboarding or is even just thinking about it. Displaying latest tech, and providing the opportunity to meet Olympians, the festival will host an array of show activities such as roller skiing, dog sledging, live bands and much more!

Use the code THAMESCLIPPERS when you book your tickets online to receive a 10% discount

You can also save 1/3 on Single and Return tickets to travel to and from Battersea Power Station Pier for The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival using the code SKIFEST19 at our online checkout. Discount available online only.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

Silent Disco Up at The O2

Grab a headset, pick your channel and enjoy a 30-minute silent disco whilst on The O2's rooftop. A combination of panoramic views and classic tunes means you can dance to your heart’s content whilst snapping selfies in front of London’s iconic skyline. Hosted by Capital FM DJ Dave Goodings, adrenaline junkies and music lovers alike can join the disco on Thursday 31 October or Friday 1st November at 18:00 or 19:00 each day.

Nearest pier: North Greenwich

Remember, remember the 5th of November

Although these events take place in November, we thought you may be interested in hearing about fireworks displays taking place along the river for Bonfire Night as tickets sell out fast: