Autumn 2018: The best seasonal pop ups and events in London

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Megan Murray

Say hello to the best events and pop-ups coming to London this Autumn…

Hot on the heels of the relentless 2018 heatwave, autumn is looking pretty good to us right now.

The golden season hits the sweet spot between constant upper lip sweat and covering up all your best outfits with a huge coat. It’s the yearly consumption time of the pumpkin-flavoured-just-about-everything. It’s the perfect time to go on long, sun-dappled walks. And those hearty, seasonal recipes taste pretty damn good, too. 

However, our favourite thing about those post-summer months is the wealth of picturesque Autumn-themed events that hit the capital in celebration of the changing season.

Forget the usual pumpkin carving parties and seasonal food tastings: we’ve rounded up the best (and most niche) Autumnal-themed events happening in London in 2018. 

And don’t worry: we’ll keep adding to the list as the year goes on, in a bid to ensure maximum seasonal fun for all. 

Last nights of Havana at Tabacco Dock

This autumn the distinctive tastes, sounds and spirit of pre-revolution Cuba are coming to London as Last Nights of Havana sets up in Tabacco Dock. From the 19 October the re-imagined Quayside Bar will be a vision of rum cocktails, cigars, Cadillacs, in celebration of a time when 1940s glamour ruled.

Instead of letting frost bite get to you, head East and enjoy live cuban jazz mixed with some of London’s top DJs, dancers and delicious cocktails, from the full Bacardi portfolio alongside a selection of unique bottles from the Caribbean paired with Cuban street food and snacks.

Entry is free, see more here.

Oktoberfest at Camden’s Electric Ballroom 

On both Saturday 13 and 20from 2pm-9pm, Camden’s iconic music venue, Electric Ballroom, will be transformed into a fully decked-out, traditional Bavarian beerhall.

 Complete with long wooden tables and bunting, the place will be looking more than fit for a decadent bohemian schloss. Waitresses and waiters will be dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen and guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion too. 

Herman ze German will have a pop up, providing you with all the wursts you could ever want and there will, of course, be endless supplies of giant beers and other German foodie treats. To keep you entertained there’ll be a 10 piece drum and brass ensemble playing covers, classics and oompah favourites. 

Tickets start at £8, see here for more information. 

GO! Organic Festival at Battersea Park 

If organic food is a passion of yours, head along to Battersea Park on the 8 and 9 of September, where you can enjoy a whole festival dedicated to health foods and sustainable sourcing. GO! Organic Festival’s sales manager, Amanda Thackray, explains the essence of the gathering: “It’s about people coming together to have fun and share their love of all things organic. It’s about seeing, sampling, tasting, experiencing, and discovering what’s out there, what’s new.”

Over the two days, plenty of well-known chefs and cook book authors will be lending their time and talents to the event, with a schedule packed full of demonstrations in the Organic Kitchen. We’re particularly excited about the announcement that Melissa Hemsley, one half of the Hemsley + Hemsley sisters, will be making an appearance, closing the festival with an interactive session. Hemsley’s inspirational food business is well-known for championing the importance of good nutrition, sustainable sourcing and responsible environmental practices, so her presence makes perfect sense. 

She will be offering visitors a rare treat as she shares insights into her career so far, tips on eating well and making the most out of ingredients, and answers audience questions. All whilst serving up a sumptuous selection of fast, fuss-free dishes from her new bestselling book Eat Happy: 30-minute feel good food. Where do we sign?

Tickets are priced at £26, see here for more information. 

Costume evenings at the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studios 

Harry potter decors and props at the Warner Bros' Harry Potter studio in Watford, London, United Kingdom, on 9 January 2018. (Photo by Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

We’re willing to bet that, ever since you picked up your first Harry Potter book, you’ve dreamed of a non-muggle life. Shackled by your un-magical blooded heritage, though, the closest you’ve probably got to experiencing the Dark Arts firsthand is going on a Harry Potter themed tour or visiting the Warner Bros. studio. And, even then, you will have been held back by your typically muggle clothing. 

However, that is all set to change this Autumn. On the 6 and 7 of October, fans of Death Eaters, daring duels and Halloween feasts are invited to explore the darkness of the Wizarding World as witches and wizards themselves, and dress up as characters (or creatures!) from the books. On both evenings from 6.45pm, there’ll be unique photo opportunities and giveaways laid on specially for the night. Best of all, the studio will undergo a seasonal makeover, with the Great Hall being decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins and a Halloween feast.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 14 August and are available here.

HarvestFest at Skylight

From the 27 September, East London rooftop venue Skylight will be celebrating the changing of the seasons with a gorgeously golden makeover.

For the décor, think a flurry of russet tones, “mellow fruitfulness” and hay-bales. The menu, meanwhile, will be filled with apple ciders and warming spiced cocktails. Cosy blankets, heaters and cushions will be scattered across the rooftop bar (ideal for shorter days and cooler nights). And, instead of summer staples like croquet, guests can try their luck with a number of autumnal activities: think throwing horseshoes and playing Pumpkin Draughts, to name just two.

Check out Skylight’s website here.

Image: Instagram @paolakiggins’

London Brunch Fest at The Old Truman Brewery 

Brunch is the most talked about meal of a generation, and an activity that has become a staple in the diary of many a millennial. However, it has largely been neglected by the plethora of food markets popping up all over the city – something which London Brunch Fest is keen to rectify.

Foodies are invited to attend their pop-up event from 1 to the 2 of September, where they can visit some of the city’s best food vendors. Think Waffle On, Urban Pantry, Café Miami and Benitos Hat. We’ve also been assured that there’ll be plenty of Bloody Mary’s going round, courtesy of The Pickle House.

For those with a sweet tooth, the marketplace offers more pastry, coffee, carb-y based treats than you can shake a poached egg at, with delights from Good and Proper Tea, Sweet Nothing Bakehouse and Freddies Flowers.

Better still, there will also be a range of talks, panel discussions and interactive workshops to help you work up an appetite. From how to make the perfect Bloody Mary by Florence Cherrualt to Tea Done Properly: A Guided Tasting with Emilie Holmes, there’s enough to keep any brunch-enthusiast entertained.

Sessions run from 10am-1.30pm or 2-5.30pm and tickets are priced at £15 which gets you entry to one session, a tote bag and access to the main stage for talks. Or, for £28 you can get a full day admission, a complimentary Bloody Mary and jump the queue for talks.

Book your tickets here

Stylist Live 

At the risk of sounding ever-so-slightly narcissistic, there’s an event happening this autumn that you definitely shouldn’t miss, and that’s our very own Stylist Live

This November Stylist Live will be returning to Olympia London, bringing everything you love about Stylist magazine to life across three days of experts, interviews, comedy, food, beauty and fashion exclusives.

Take a seat at the Stylist Catwalk, shop hundreds of pop-up boutiques, discover the trends that will shape your life in 2019, and enjoy the free beauty treatments on offer. With life lessons, insights and inspiration for everyone - with help from your favourite inspirational women - this is a weekend of empowerment, entertainment and influence at its best.

If, however, you’re not a Londoner or aren’t able to make it to the capital that weekend, we’re also bringing the show to Manchester in September. On the 8 and 9, in the Intu Trafford Shopping Centre, our Northern readers will get the chance to browse a selection of our recommended lifestyle and beauty brands, listen to talks from our favourite celebrities and experts and watch the curated Stylist catwalk bring the latest trends to life, all for free. See more information here

Tickets for Stylist Live London start at £15 which gets you access to the talks and workshops and a free drink on arrival. For those looking to make the most of the experience check out our £30 and £95 VIP tickets which includes a goodie bag worth £150, complimentary food and drinks, a beauty treatment and more!

Images: Getty / Anton Darius Thesollers