London in October is a fine time of the year – the air has a nip in it, the leaves are falling but with any luck there won’t be too much rain and it’s still light(ish) in the evenings, since the clocks don’t go back until Halloween. So why not make a trip to the capital and take advantage of all there is to offer in terms of a festival, whether it’s art, culture, music and food? Here are a few things we at La Gaffe would recommend you check out this month…
1. Frieze Art Fair
Frieze London is back, giving locals and tourists alike the chance to view and buy art from a mixture of established and emerging artists from around the globe. Set in the magnificent grounds of Regent’s Park, over 160 galleries will be taking part in the exhibition, and there will also be Frieze Talks (for lectures, conversations and panel discussions) and a Frieze Music programme.
This year, there is also a temporary sculpture exhibition in the park, which is free to all. Sculptures will include Robert Indiana’s ONE through ZERO, Tom Sach’s’ three-metre high rendition of children’s storybook character My Melody and a creation by the fabulous Tracy Emin, made of bronze entitled “When I Sleep.” No doubt they will intrigue and give great enjoyment to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who walk in the park this year.
2. London Restaurant Festival
Not that you need an excuse to eat out in the British capital, but October’s a fantastic month to treat your tastebuds because this is the month of the London Restaurant Festival. Whether it’s tasting evenings, mini menus, or food parings, hundreds of London’s restaurants are partaking, making it a must-visit for foodies.
There’s even an attraction called ‘Side Orders’ which includes dinner and a tour of the Saatchi Gallery, restaurant hopping tours (eat your way around a neighbourhood in 4 hours) and a Japanese film and food paring.
For more information and to buy tickets, take a look at https://www.londonrestaurantfestival.com/
3. BFI Film Festival
The BFI’s London Film Festival will take place from 2nd to 13th October 2019, welcoming leading lights from across the international film industry. With the Southbank as its home base, what could be better than an early dinner and a stroll along the Thames, before catching a movie from an up and coming director? Since last year’s line-up of speakers included Keira Knightley and David Hare, we’re pretty sure you’re in for a treat.
Screenings take place at a number of venues across central London and it’s also possible to pick up ‘multibuy’ tickets (£30 for three films). As they say – 225 features. 77 countries. 14 cinemas. 12 days but just one Festival. For more information about what’s on and when, take a look at
4. London Cocktail Week
It’s the tenth anniversary of London’s annual Cocktail Week (the largest event of its kind in the world) and there’s plenty to get excited about. Over 300 different venues are participating this year and once you’ve bought your £10 digital pass, you will have access to the capital’s Cocktail Village, where plenty of top bars will be offering up speciality creations, for just £6.
Held at Brick Lane, in the heart of the trendy East End, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about mixology. So whether you like your martini on the rocks, shaken, with traditional English gin or something a bit more risque, this is the place to experiment and even push the boat out a bit. There’s plenty of food options too and for drink enthusiasts, the endless pop-up bars and creations for sale are too good to miss. For some expertly-mixed creations, download your pass here…
5. Chihuly at Night, Kew Gardens – Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night until 26th October, the fantastic botanical gardens in West London’s Kew are opening their doors at sunset, so visitors have a chance to gaze at the astonishing and awe-inspiring glass statues of Dale Chihuly. Working out of Seattle for the last 50 years, the sculptor’s glasswork exhibition is simply breathtaking – the colours, the array of works (large-scale installations, sculptures and drawings) and the setting – a beautiful glasshouse, surrounded by fabulous gardens. For more about the exhibition take a look at:
To make the exhibition even more worthwhile, the ticket price includes entry to the gardens, so you can also explore the wonderous Hive (an architectural gem), tropical plants in the Palm House and the many tress of the Arboretum.
COVID – 19 UPDATE
LA GAFFE RE-OPENING 4th JULY 2020
There is light at the end of the tunnel!
After three very trying months of lockdown, which have been disastrous for all businesses, but necessary for public health, we now have Government permission to re-open our premises to the public.
However, Covid-19 has not gone away and we must all be responsible in our daily lives to help stop the further spread of the virus.
We have followed Government guidelines to ensure that we are ready to welcome our lovely clientele back to La Gaffe. Our already high hygiene standards have been enhanced to make sure that all our staff and guests can work and socialise in a safe environment.
Our restaurant and bar areas have reduced seating with the recommended gap between tables. There are hand sanitiser stations upon entry and we will be doing our best to reduce unnecessary contact. Seating will be staggered and reservations are preferred as we take part in the track and trace program.
We are taking reservations for our rooms. For the continued safety and wellbeing of our staff and guests, once a room is occupied, it will not be serviced on a daily basis. If your requirements are just a bed and you are happy to use the same towels and sheets for a few days, we are happy to help. Obviously, in this scenario, our rates will be reduced and we are here to help with any requests. Once a room is vacated, they are sterilised with products especially for Covid-19 and left empty for a minimum of 24 hours. This way we can provide peace of mind for all concerned.
We look forward to a time when we can return to what we were very fortunate to call normal.
Thank you to all and we look forward to welcoming you