Something about the October light is just magical. The nights are starting to draw in, the weather is getting cooler and now we can get back to some of those comforting Autumn rituals like lighting the fire (or just a couple of candles!) and wrapping up in your favourite knit for a good walk. There is plenty to do this month from the London Film festival to celebrating Halloween, not to mention heaps of delicious food to eat and exciting new arrivals coming in weekly at Gather&See.
London Film Festival
The BFI London Film Festival is the biggest celebration of cinema in the UK. Now in it's 62nd year, the festival will see screenings of more than 300 films, documentaries and shorts from approximately 50 countries. Opening the festival is Andy Serkis’s feature directorial debut 'Breathe' starring Clare Foy and Andrew Garfield. Also showing is a startling restoration of the silent Indian/British/German co-production, Shiraz (1928) as part of the UK India Year of Culture.
10th - 21st October
Acting legend Ian McKellen takes to the West End stage in one of William Shakespeare's greatest roles as he stars in King Lear at the Duke of York's Theatre. ... He plays the title character in King Lear, which has previously said is likely to be his 'last big Shakespeare part'.
Azzedine Alaia at The Design Museum
Your last chance to celebrate ‘couture’s rebellious outsider’ (The Guardian) in the first UK solo exhibition of his work. Conceived and co-curated with Monsieur Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body. Seeing his designs upclose will remind you of what a design genius he was.
Until 7th October, The Design Museum
London Cocktail Week
Any excuse... London Cocktail Week is the biggest, most vibrant celebration of our capital's fantastic cocktail scene and the biggest event of it's kind - in the world! With 300 bars signed up to the Cocktail Tours and a week-long cocktail village at it's heart, this is the ultimate week off work for those that love a mixed drink.
Get into the spirit of things this Halloween, even if it is just a matter of carving a couple of pumpkins. If you have kids, then i would be rude not to dress them up - it's a mother's perogative. If you are really brave then why not try one of the many ghost tours up and down the country - Hampton Court Palace's comes highly recommended whilst the university city of Cambridge has combined punting and ghost walks... spooky.
What to Eat
Stating the obvious but October is pumpkin and squash season. We love how pretty they look but also how they taste! A favourite is a comforting squash risotto with a good helping of cheese - perfect for a chilly night. For something sweet why not give a pumpkin pie a whirl - ideal for a Halloween party or to hand out to trick or treaters in place of the usual chocolate and sweets.
What to Wear
The new arrivals keep coming at G&S in October. We are super excited to have received a new collection of perfectly cut organic cottons and silks from Kemp Gadegaard. Meanwhile Rakha's latest pieces includes the brilliant Wholly Jumper - a fluffy organic cotton number that looks set to be a best seller. Magpies look out for new in Kind Collection - gorgeous new pieces to adorn yourself with in fair trade and recycled gold.