These are the best events happening in London this week

We’re going a little fancy this week… well, we have the wardrobe for it.

We’ll be necking free champagne to celebrate National Champagne Day, dining out in what might feel like an art gallery, checking a garden installation on the roof of a Tube station, drinking in free music from a hot new artist and celebrity gossip from a book club, and checking into the Moët & Chandon Suite.

Oh, and sending any kids off to KidZania to give us some elbow room.

An absolute horror show

Halloween is a good time to get kids into gainful employment, just to keep them out of the way of the spookies.

Over at KidZania, where London’s Festival of Fright launches soon, they not only get to meet the cast of kooky characters roaming the cobbled streets of the city given over to children, but also get to investigate paranormal activity in the Metro newspaper office there! For real!

They can also explore the Halloween happenings from the safety of the top of a City Tour Bus, try their hands at a range of activities in the Fashion Studio or the Music Studio or become a performer in the City Parade. They can even make deliveries for Dracula!

From October 24, Westfield London, Ariel Way, W12

Take a page out of their book

We’re not sure if you’ve tuned into the Celebrity Book Club with Steven and Lily, a forensic dissection of the words of celebrities, but if you haven’t you should.

And you can go a whole step further by joining the analysts/gossips themselves as they throw open the doors of the beautiful Town Hall Hotel for an evening of drinks, fun and generally holding celebs to account in the historic Art Deco Council Chamber.

It all starts with drinks, then we move into an evening of vicious wit and verve straight from New York that has been described as ‘giddy’, ‘unhinged’ and ‘surreal’. 

Tomorrow (October 20) from 7.30pm, Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, E2

No champagne, no gain

If you haven’t seen the new Olivier Award-winning production of Cabaret yet, then we’re sure we don’t know what you’ve been doing. Scratching yourself in front of the TV, no doubt. Well, now there’s even more of a reason to get down there: a brand-new extremely pricey Moët & Chandon Suite!

With room for just 26 people, the hideaway is smoky and sexy – with its own bartender and VIP host, which you can enjoy before the show and during the interval.

There are even private loos! Have a glass of bubbly, a pre-show bite, a luxury wee… and if you have seen the show before, it’s a whole new cast, so you can do it all again!

From October 26, the Kit Kat Club, Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2

Face the music

We know one word that’s always guaranteed to get you excited. Free! Yes, in this cost-of-living crisis who doesn’t want a little bit of something for nothing especially when it’s live music from singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu?

It’s all part of advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Creators’ Showcase: Music Edition, hosted in partnership with Twenty Below Music. And you’ll get a live and intimate set from BBC Music Introducing Award-winning Izzy with a DJ to keep the party going afterwards.

Seeing as the showcases are designed to ferret out new talent, you might even be in on the start of something big. For free! There’s that word again.

October 26, The Pregnant Man pub, 40 Chancery Lane, WC

Dinner p-art-y

If you’ve been following the progress of restauranteurs Daisy Green, you’ll be as excited as we are to hear of their biggest project yet, Paradise Green, a huge 10,000-square-foot space loaded with art and design. Oh and food.

It’s all inspired by Surfers’ Paradise on Queensland’s Gold Coast (well, it’s where founder Prue Freeman went to university) and it’s basically an art gallery-style restaurant with a ‘sunrise’ room for healthy breakfasts, green juices and proper Aussie coffee, and a ‘sunset’ bar for drinks, dinners, brunches, and lunches.

Expect signature dishes like chicken parmigiana, Big Boys and Aussie meat boards. Oh, and drinks… and plenty of them. And, of course, art. Really good art.

From tomorrow, 100 Bishopsgate, EC2

Cocktail classics

Cocktails ain’t what they used to be. Back in the golden age of cocktails – we’re thinking 1995 to, ooh, 2005 – you could get a sharp, sophisticated cocktail that harked back even further.

It wasn’t rammed with sugar but had an edge… and a kick! And there’s no better place to relive the glory days of those classic cocktails than at one of our favourite hang-outs, the steakhouse Hawksmoor, where they are launching a new menu of old classics from sub-zero martinis through classic champagne cocktails to Steakhouse Sharpeners, all overseen by Head of Bars Liam Davy (if ever there was a job we were born to do…). So, slip into something classy, get your steakhouse chops ready and dive in.

Various locations

Lawn to be wild

It’s a very well-kept secret even if we have blabbed about it before: the half-acre public access roof terrace on top of Temple Underground Station. But why would you be climbing onto Tube station roofs at your age, you ask? To drink cider with your friends?

No, silly, to celebrate the first anniversary of the garden up there and take in the new work, Through the Cosmic Allotment, by horticultural installation artists Heywood & Condie, which celebrates ‘our ability to find spiritual and psychic affinity with the non-human world’.

Mount the steps, go through the gate and take in the acid-green lawns, trees, greenhouses and great views of the Thames.

Until June 2023, Temple Underground Station, WC2

Let’s get fizzical

Have you ever wanted to be poured a glass of champagne from one of those massive Magnums or Jeroboams? We have.

And what better day to do it than on National Champagne Day. On October 28, LPM, the gorgeous Riviera-inspired restaurant in Mayfair, is lobbing in a free glass of Legras & Haas Blanc de Blancs (it’s champagne!) and an oyster for good measure for every guest at your table as you tuck into a menu of king crab and tomato tart, tortellini with truffle and other gorgeous things.

53-54 Brook’s Mews, W1

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