7 October-26 January 2020
Gauguin Portraits, National Gallery
Marvel at the master of Post-Impressionism as the National Gallery stages the first-ever exhibition dedicated to the portraits of Paul Gauguin. Be sure to catch a group of self-portraits that reveal how the artist created a range of different personas for himself, including the unmissable Christ in the Garden of Olives.
19 October 2019-12 January 2020
Ice rink, Natural History Museum
Get your skates on – London’s most enchanting ice rink is returning this autumn. Set beneath the stunning terracotta facade of the Natural History Museum, this London classic is sure to charm visitors of all ages and abilities. And when your legs can’t take any more, head to the special viewing balcony with a hot chocolate or mulled wine to keep the fun going.
31 October-1 November
Trapped In Wonderland Halloween Experience, indigo at The O2
Do you dare jump down the rabbit hole? Experience the capital’s most twisted adventure as you wander through a haunted fairy tale in the famous O2 building in Greenwich. Forget everything you know about Alice – she has been locked away for years and has emerged as Evil Alice, surrounded by her barmy band of cats and bunnies.
Until 3 December
Antony Gormley, Royal Academy of Arts
Antony Gormley’s sculptures are recognisable the world over, standing pride of place everywhere from New York rooftops to British beaches. Now, the acclaimed creator of the Angel of the North takes over London’s Royal Academy of Arts for his most ambitious show in over a decade. Don’t miss the immersive Clearing VII, made from several kilometres of coiled metal.
17-27 OctoberLondon Literature Festival, Southbank Centre
There’s something for everyone at the prestigious London Literature Festival, which celebrates its 13th year this autumn. Staged on the banks of the Thames in the renowned Southbank Centre, the festival features a series that explores contemporary retellings of folk and fairy tales – including modern masterpieces such as Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.
November 2019-April 2020
Dear Evan Hansen, Noël Coward Theatre
Scooping no fewer than six Tony Awards and a Grammy, Dear Evan Hansen is the smash-hit musical about modern life that is melting hearts across America. The production arrives in London’s West End this autumn for a run of shows guaranteed to sell out quickly – so be sure to snap up your tickets early.
New Restaurant Opening
The Hansom, St Pancras
Boldly British and totally delicious, The Hansom is a stylish bar and restaurant set in the iconic Gothic Revival buildings of St Pancras railway station. Whether you are meeting for business or relaxing with friends, it offers a modern-classic menu featuring Victorian-inspired cocktails and a refined afternoon tea – and for an unforgettable English experience, grab one of their famous breakfast yorkies.