After fashion month in London comes art month with the likes of Frieze descending upon Regents Park while a Basquiat retrospective opens at the Barbican and the V&A takes us on a journey of opera and it’s ‘humble’ beginnings. While those of us in need of a stiff drink will be elated to hear its London cocktail week from the 2nd, and if you prefer a little razzle-dazzle with your French 75 then head to Gin House Burlesque at The Kings Head where they will be celebrating their 2nd birthday!
London Cocktail Week: 2-8th October
One of the biggest cocktail events of the year returns this October for another foray into all things mixology. Join London Cocktail Week across some of the city’s best bars as you not only devour cut-price cocktails, you tuck into some of the very best.
Gin-House Burlesque 2nd Birthday Special: Friday 13th October
In celebration of the collective’s 2nd birthday bash, London’s vintage showgirls The Gin House Burlesque are inviting you to the elusive King’s Head Member’s Club for a night of rip-roaring, gin-fuelled and taxidermy heavy entertainment. Think live music, sizzling burlesque, cabaret acts and plenty of razzle-dazzle finesse at this East London blowout.
Frieze London: 5-8th October
Discover the world’s most exciting artists, from the emerging to the iconic. Frieze London features more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries. View and buy art from over 1,000 of today’s leading artists, and experience the fair’s critically acclaimed Frieze Projects and Talks programmes.
Basquiat Boom for Real exhibition at the Barbican
Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous.
Opera: Passion, Power & Politics at the V&A
Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition exploring a vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day. Told through the lens of seven premieres in seven European cities, this immersive exhibition takes you on a journey through nearly 400 years, culminating in the international explosion of opera in the 20th and 21st centuries.