TIMPI Top Picks for October

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Somehow, October is just around the corner, and we all know what that means – colder days, darker evenings, and a whole host of spooky goings on. But do not fear, there is far more to this month than it first seems. So we urge you to swap those slippers for wellies, dressing gown for coat, and get yourself to some of our top picks…Netflix can wait.

Top event picks 

London Cocktail Week
Not sure this will be a hard sell for a lot of you, but DrinkUp.London is hosting a week-long cocktail party across the capital. This means that, from the 2nd – 8th of October, over 200 bars (including Searcys at the Gherkin, Bar Termini and Trailer Happiness) will be offering their amazing concoctions at discounted prices. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a whole Cocktail Village to explore in Shoreditch. See, we told you October wasn’t so bad. 

London Literature Festival
Book lovers rejoice, London Literature Festival is back and, this year, there are a few exciting additions to the line-up. Talking about her journey from First Lady to presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton will be giving an exclusive London appearance. And, if that doesn’t excite you, we’ve got another visitor from across the pond – the one and only Tom Hanks will be discussing his first dabble into fiction. All at the Southbank Centre from 13th October – 1st November.


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Theatre Pick 

Glengarry Glen Ross at the Playhouse Theatre London

David Mamet’s masterpiece is back, and with a very star-studded bang. Christian Slater, Kris Marshall and Robert Glenister are just a few of the recognisable faces reviving this classic from October 2017 – February 2018.   

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Music Pick

Michael Kiwanuka at London Palladium

Following his sold-out tour, the soulful Michael Kiwanuka will be performing his Mercury Prize and BRIT Awards nominated album ‘Love & Hate’ at the London Palladium on 25th October.

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Fitness Pic

Open Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

On the 14th and 15th October, some crazy folk will be gathering in Yorkshire to climb the summits of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours. Think you’re up to the challenge? Go join them (we’ll be watching from the bottom).

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Wild Card Pick

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico

This one’s less exerting than the above, but there is still some solid neck-xercise required. From 7th – 15th October, hundreds of colourful hot air balloons will float above Albuquerque city, against a backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. If that wasn’t entertaining enough, there will also be laser light shows, fireworks, balloon rides a                                          whole lot more.


Destinations to visit in October

Lanzarote

Handily located just off the western shores of North Africa, Lanzarote enjoys lovely weather and little rain in October. With the summer holidays over, beaches are less crowded – perfect for a dip in the nicely warmed sea, or snorkelling in the clear waters of Caletón Blanco. Back on land, explore the country’s volcanic landscape, discover how local artist, César Manrique, influenced modern day Lanzarote, and head to La Geria vineyards for a tipple. Did we mention that this is all just a four hour flight away?

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French Polynesia

French Polynesia may be a bit of a trek (approximately 24 hours flying time), but we promise you, it is well worth it. Home to 118 beautiful islands, this is a place of paradise waiting to be explored. Spend your days searching for ancient temples deep in the jungle, cooling off in magnificent waterfalls, and snorkelling with reef sharks and stingrays. Come evening, aboard a catamaran for a sunset cruise, sample local delicacies and enjoy some traditional Polynesian culture. While the humidity may start to rise in October, this is still a great time to go, with a pleasant climate and fewer tourists.

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Seville

Beautiful Seville, a city full of Spanish charm, authenticity and infectious energy. Come in Autumn, when the buildings bask in a golden glow, and you’ll wonder why you never came before. Flights are cheaper, temperatures are mild, and the cultural season is in full swing. Museums and galleries stay awake until the early hours, there are pop-ups and rarely opened spaces to see, and the Festival de la Naciones is up and running, with food, craft and music from around the world. We haven’t even touched on the flamenco or the tapas.   

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Abu Dhabi

Sitting in the shadow of Dubai’s glamour, Abu Dhabi struggles to get the limelight. Yet, this is a place of beautiful beaches, stylish hotels and high-end restaurants – and, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees, it’s perfect for some October sun. Fancy something a little faster paced? Take a ride on the world’s fastest rollercoaster, walk or cycle around Abu Dhabi’s Formula 1 track, or try and enjoy a seriously high tea at Observation Deck, 300.

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Dylan Winn-Brown