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DAY OF THE DEAD: If you’re still up for some scary fancy dress fun after Halloween, get down to one of London’s Mexican inspired Day of the Dead events — take a look at this year’s events.
BONFIRE NIGHT: Still not sure where to see the fireworks? There are loads of displays taking place across London — see our sparkliest in this Bonfire Night round-up.
TRAVEL FAIR: Missing the summer sun or dreaming of escaping the rat race? Head to Conde Nast’s Luxury Travel Fair to turn daydreams into reality with over 80 travel companies to help you plan your perfect trip and a roster of inspiring holiday experts. Olympia (Hammersmith), £13.50-£20.50, book ahead, 1-4 November
HEART MATTERS: This exhibition examines the organ of love through artworks inspired by patients with heart conditions and their clinicians. Copeland Gallery (Peckham), free, just turn up, 1-11 November
ROOM TO BREATHE: Journey through the rooms of the Migration Museum to discover the personal spaces created by those who’ve built new lives in London. This immersive exhibition (one of our recommended exhibitions to see this month) offers a look at scenes from 1930s to present and provides a backdrop for refugee artists in residence. Migration Museum (Vauxhall), free, just turn up, 1 November-Summer 2019
ROOF EAST: Rooftop events venue Roof East relaunches for the winter season today. It’s themed around all things Jamaican, taking inspiration from the film Cool Runnings to feature curling games, bobsleighs, delicious food and steaming hot cocktails. Roof East (Stratford), free entry, just turn up, 4.30pm-11pm
PIE CONTEST: Brave enough for a chilli challenge? Take part in Young Vegans’ spicy pie eating contest and gobble up some of the hottest peppers around to reign victorious as London’s very first chilli champ. Young Vegans (Camden), free, book ahead, 6pm
ORLEANS HOUSE: Experience an evening of entertainment in the palatial surrounds of Orleans House. Fun and games include wine tasting in the cellar, terrarium making, silhouette portraits and performances from poet extraordinaire Inua Ellams. Orleans House Gallery (Twickenham), free entry, just turn up, 6pm-9pm
PLAY WITH CLAY: Mould your own masterpiece at an evening of crazy crafting inspired by musical greats, including Freddie Mercury. All materials are provided so settle in for a cocktail and get making. Drink, Shop and Do (King’s Cross), free, book ahead, 6pm-10pm
SONGS OF SUFFRAGE: Delve into the Senate House archives at a concert based on material from the library’s shelves by women of the suffrage movement. The Berkeley Ensemble plays music of the period, plus Dr Kate Kennedy reads from original letters and revealing diary entries. Senate House (Bloomsbury), £5-£10, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
DRUNK CRIMESTOPPERS: The drunken women behind the smash hit true crime podcast are taking to the stage for a live edition of their boozed-up detective show. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £10, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
SOUTHBOUND SOUNDSYSTEM: Young Warrior Son of Jah Shaka dishes up a full soundsystem roots and dub experience alongside Caribbean cuisine at Phonox in celebration of south London’s rich music culture. Phonox (Brixton), £5, book ahead, 9pm-3am
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