The Big Draw is a nationwide campaign set to take place in a variety of spaces and venues throughout October and the start of November. After a massively successful campaign last year The Big Draw returns for 2014 with more events and a truly global agenda. Devised by the Campaign for Drawing – a charity that aims to eradicate the words ‘I can’t draw’ from our vocabulary – the Big Draw’s mission is to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the joys of drawing. It will encompass over 1000 events and 280,000 people are expected to take part. On the back of becoming the largest arts festival the UK has ever seen in 2013 The Big Draw returns even bigger and better this year with prominent London events set to take place in venerable London institutions like the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Welcome Collection and the British Library. Check the Big Draw website for events near you. For more information about where to find local London hotels, and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.
Founded in 2001 to showcase the diversity of contemporary photography to the widest possible audience, Photomonth returns in October with another eclectic selection of exhibitions, talks and workshops across East London. As ever Photomonth 2014 aims to give emerging artists a prominent platform alongside more established, internationally renowned photographers and to present work in unusual and exciting spaces. The festival’s Open Call for exhibitions is designed to encourage more widespread participation and foster a truly innovative programme of events. This year’s theme is Imagining the East End, which will be evident throughout the festival’s many and varied exhibitions and provides the subject for the festival’s opening show at the Cass Gallery, which derives inspiration from the East End Archive and seeks to explore the East End as both a geographical area and a conceptual space. Among the other prominent spaces participating in Photomonth is the Barbican, which hosts ‘Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age’ and the Whitechapel Gallery where Heather McDonugh and Rod Morris will host a workshop on street photography. For more information about where to find local London hotels, and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.
London’s restaurant scene has exploded in recent years, transforming the city into one of the world’s foremost gastronomic hubs. There’s little question that London now ranks as a must-visit foodie destination to rival New York and Paris. To celebrate the fact that London plays host to some of the best restaurants and showcase some of the most diverse and exciting culinary treats on the planet the London Restaurant Festival returns this October with a mouth-watering array of foodie events fit for the most discerning gourmand. Events will take place across the capital with highlights including the return of Eat Film, which once again presents a unique marriage between cinema and gastronomy. This year celebrated photographer Rankin will curate a three-course dinner inspired by the Italian cinematic masterpiece Cinema Paradiso. Also not to be missed is Laurent Perrier’s Gourmet Odyssey, a unique gastronomic tour of London’s foodie hotspots aboard a fleet of London Restaurant Festival Routemaster buses, and a chance to explore the city’s most exciting Italian dining experiences courtesy of the Cicchetti Trail. For more information about where to find local London hotels, and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.
London Cocktail Week returns in October to showcase the capital’s ever-evolving cocktail culture and serve up a citywide celebration of marvellous mixology. Centring on Covent Garden’s Seven Dials area but dedicated to bringing cocktail-inspired cheer to the entire city, London Cocktail Week stretches it’s reach across over a multitude of participating bars courtesy of wristbands (available for £10) that will grant wearers signature £4 cocktails in every corner of the city. With over 200 participating bars it’s safe to say you won’t be short of opportunities to flash that wristband! London Cocktail week HQ is the Ketel One Hub in Seven Dials, where you can pick up wristbands, plan your week and take part in a variety of fun cocktail-themed events, with a special focus this year on that most famous of cocktails – The Bloody Mary. There are three further Cocktail Week Hubs situated across London: Mark’s Bar at Hixter in Devonshire Square, The Cointreau Hub at the Bluebird Café on King’s Road and the Whisky Exchange at Vinopolis in London Bridge. For more information about where to find local London hotels, and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.
East is East, Ayub Khan Din’s classic comedy, returns to the London stage seventeen years after it debuted at the Royal Court. Focusing on British Asian life in the 1970s this celebrated play went on to become a hit film and makes a highly anticipated comeback this October as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season. The production will be directed by Sam Yates who is also taking on directorial duties in Richard III, which runs simultaneously at Trafalgar Studios. In a first for the play, the writer, Ayub Khan Din, is set to take on the role of Pakistani chip shop owner George ‘Genghis’ Khan himself. He stars alongside Jane Horrocks as Ella Khan, George’s long-suffering wife. Exploring the uncomfortable union of a strict Muslim upbringing and 1970s Salford with wit and sensitivity, East is East is now established as a modern comedy classic and this special production is a great chance to enjoy it again. For more information about where to find local London hotels, and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.
Another spectacular Frieze Art Fair is nearly upon us, promising once again to make London the centre of the art world’s attention and grant visitors a unique chance to survey the work of many of the most esteemed and exciting artists on the planet. As ever the Frieze Art Fair will showcase work from more than 160 leading galleries, spread across a sizeable expanse of London’s picturesque Regent’s Park. This year’s fair also sees the introduction on Live Spaces, an area dedicated to performance-based installations, and promises to give more space to the Focus Section, an area for young galleries and emerging artists. Frieze never fails to present a unique selection of the world’s most important contemporary artists to a huge London audience of over 60,000 visitors, composing art world insiders and the general public. With its rare dedication to contemporary art and living artists Frieze represents a unique opportunity to engage with the most important and challenging work emerging today. For more information about where to find local London hotels, and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.