London Spy Report: October

Each month our Lucky Onion London Spy leaves Cheltenham and the Cotswolds behind and heads for London. The Spy brings you the latest news from the best restaurants, hotels, theatres, galleries and general happenings in the capital. Check out what October has to offer.

RESTAURANT  

Claw  

October

They’ve been popping up at markets all over town but now these shellfish street food specialists are setting up shop in Soho permanently. Dealing directly with the fisherman to ensure the best catch, there’s a scrumptious array of dishes offer which celebrate the best of the British coastline including: bacon and scallop muffin for breakfast, lunch of crab mac and cheese and pork stuffed squid with kaffir lime for dinner. 

Opens October. 21 Kingly Street, W1B 5QA  

EXHIBITION 

Dalí/Duchamp at The Royal Academy
 

October

It’s double trouble at this major new exhibition exploring the unlikely friendship between Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp. Bringing together over 80 pieces of artwork, photography and correspondence, the show gives a fascinating insight into the influences each of these 20th-century giants drew from the other. Exhibits range from Dalí’s most inspired and technically-accomplished paintings and sculptures to Duchamp’s ground-breaking assemblages and ready-mades.
From 7th October – 3rd January 2018. Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD020 7300 8090

THEATRE 

The Real Thing at Rose Theatre Kingston
 

October

Clever. Poignant. Entertaining. Catch Tom Stoppard at his wittiest with this multi-award winning classic about love and infidelity. Laurence Fox treads the boards as Henry, a successful playwright in his 40s going through a midlife crisis. Henry is married to an actress, Charlotte, who is playing the lead in his current play about a couple whose marriage is on the rocks. Henry has fallen in love with another actress, Annie, for whom he soon leaves Charlotte. But is his new love ‘the real thing?’  

3rd – 14th October.24-26 High StreetKingston KT1 1HL. 020 8174 0090

MUSIC  

Hackney Wonderland 

October

This E8 music crawl is back for its fourth year. And it’s bigger and better than ever. Taking over London Fields Brewhouse, Oval Space, Mangle, Sebright Arms and The Pickle Factory for just one day, they’ve got some of the best East London venues on board. The music acts are up there, too. Get ready for top alt-Indie hotshots such as Jagwar Ma, The Rifles, Bo Ningen, Saint Agnes, HVMM and Honey Lung.

14th October. Venues across Hackney.  

SCENE STEALER 

BFI London Film Festival  

October

Taking over nearly 20 venues across the capital, enjoy the best movies from Cannes and other major festivals alongside British talent and awards contenders from US studios. Breathe, the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, will open the gala. Other hot tickets include Battle of the Sexes from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine, Carey Mulligan’s new film, Mudbound, about racial tension in 1940s Missippi and Jamie Bell in hostage thriller 6 Days which dramatises a key event in British political history. 

4th-15th October. Venues across London. 020 7928 3232 

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