Thursday, 13, October 2016

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8 things not to miss in Kensington this month

What's on in October



Renaud’s Phénix Concert at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo, 18th October

French singer Renaud is making a comeback after 10 years with his European Pheonix Tour and will be making a stop at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo on 18th October. The pop-star is a big name in France, his characteristic voice known for producing songs that have become classics and the evening is sure to be a big draw for the French ex-pat community in Kensington.


Ice skating at The Natural History Museum, from 26th October

A highlight in every Londoner and tourist’s winter calendar, the ice skating rink at The Natural History Museum opens at the end of the month along with its strings of magical fairy lights and hot toddies. The main rink is set against the backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse’s buildings – spectacular on their own, but even more enchanting when the festive event begins. There is a smaller rink for children, with penguins for support, and around the perimeter are wood lodges. The Café Bar overlooking the ice has live music on Thursday and there is a carousel too.

Ice rink at The Natural History Museum London


The Chocolate Show, Olympia London 14th-16th October

Think you’re the biggest chocoholic in London? Think again. From 14th-16th October 20,000 fans of the cocoa bean will descend on Olympia for a weekend of truffles, cakes, desserts, ice cream, baking, cocktails and sculptures. Celebrity chefs will be holding demonstrations and workshops, along with Great British Bake Off winners. And there’s the famous chocolate fashion show, of course!

The Natural History Museum Night 27th-29th October

Three of London’s most famous museums are on The Kensington’s doorstep and if you can’t pack them all into one day take advantage of The Natural History Museum’s late night openings, which happen on the last Friday of every month (except December). This month it is on 27th October, when visitors can spend the evening in the pop-up planetarium, meet scientists, take a tour of the Treasures Gallery or mingle with dinosaurs.



 You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 until 26th February 2017

The Victoria & Albert’s exhibition explores the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism. The Kensington has partnered with the exhibition to offer a special package for its guests. 

Halloween themed day in Hyde Park, 26th-27th October

Get dressed up as your favourite spooky character and join the Royal Parks Foundation for some hair-raising fun at Hyde Park. Delve into the ‘feely boxes’ in the witches den, uncover spine tingling facts about bats on a nature trail and create your very own magical potion using herbs and plants from the garden.

Hyde Park


London Restaurant Festival until 31st October

Eateries across the capital are concocting special menus to celebrate London Restaurant Festival, and complement a programme of food and wine related events taking place. Nearby fish restaurant Kensington Place is offering two courses for £20 or three courses and a glass of Prosecco for £25 per person, chosen from the chef’s British menu.

Kensington Place


Gareth Parry at Thackeray Gallery, 11th-28th October

Royal College of Art graduate Gareth Parry brings his show ‘Look Stranger at this Island Now’, a collection of works from the mountain to the sea and all that is in between, to the Thackeray Gallery from 11th-28th October 2016. Parry works predominantly with a palette knife, creating extra-ordinary energy and light with the paint. For many years he painted en plein air only before reverting to studio work based on sketches and memory. His landscapes and seascapes, while inspired by his local environment of Wales, are more about weather and the natural elements than the place alone.