Michele Morgan photographed by Ernest Bachrach, crica 1939. Private collection
Explore an It girl haunt, historical landmark and highly-acclaimed festival this month as we detail your October to-do list
discover the history of fashion & photography
The worlds of fashion and film have always been deeply intertwined, no more so than in the early 1900s when screen stars became as noted for their on-screen talent as their style choices. Taking a trip down memory lane, the Fashion and Textile Museum is hosting an exhibition that explores the 1930s in all their glory while deciphering the evolution of the flapper girl – especially in film and photography. Covering a spectrum of wears from the period (think everything from beaded mini dresses to ornate outerwear), Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs sheds a light on the sartorial and social changes that shaped this fascinating decade.
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master mixology at london cocktail week
If you've ever fancied yourself as a wannabe Tom Cruise in Cocktail, clear your diary from the 1st to 7th of the month for a masterclass in all things mixology (minus the cheesy soundtrack.) For alcohol aficionados and speciality-cocktail lovers alike, this 7-day celebration of the nation's favourite tipples features over 300 high-profile bars so you're more than spoilt for choice. Opt for the VIP package if you're feeling the buzz post payday and head to the appealingly-named Cocktail Village to beat the crowds. Want to get in on the action? You can also pick up a tip or two as masters of the craft reveal their tricks to the perfect Martini, Bellini and more in open-to-all classes.
meet the girls at London blame gloria
Fact: the best parties are always held in a basement. From the same team behind London institutions Bar Elba and Tonight Josephine, Covent Garden’s newest (and most tagged) haunt promises a memorable night - every night. The delightfully named I Blame Gloria is a cool-girl paradise, always buzzing with singalong anthems and sinfully good cocktails. On any evening, it attracts an energetic crowd who perch at the fully-stocked bar and within the spacious booths, so even if you’re just popping in for pre-drinks, the vibe is always on-point. Decorated like the lounge you’ve always wanted with Insta-trending hits of pink and green foliage, the magic of I Blame Gloria’s rockstar reputation lies in its tongue-in-cheek spirit and electric ambience. Dress accordingly…
Explore the city's best museums at Night
Indulge your inner child and run riot at some of London’s most impressive museums; after the lights go out. A twice-yearly festival that encompasses sleepovers and pop-up events at heritage sites all over the country (libraries and galleries included), Museums at Night brings history to life in an extraordinary way. Watch key figures from the past come to life with the help of actors and performance artists, enjoy a selection of intimate concerts and experience a torch-lit tour down the hallways of some of the world’s oldest archival institutions. Just bring your sense of imagination (and comfortable exploring shoes.)
find inspiration at the frieze art fair
Unlike a quintessential gallery experience that can be quite one-note, Frieze London brings together critically-acclaimed works from over 160 of the world’s leading art names, housing them in the spacious grounds of Regent’s Park. Collectors can shop for outstanding pieces from over 1,000 global artists, promising something to suit every taste and medium. If you’re happier to browse rather than buy, take in the exceptional talent with the fair’s interactive programme of film, music and talks. Featuring a new performance and participation space, there’s plenty of highlights to take in throughout the weekend, and more than a few backdrops to snap a selfie.
celebrate new talent at the london film festival
Every year, some of the world’s most acclaimed screen stars descend on the capital for the BFI London Film Festival, the capital’s most impressive showcase of international film. Screening a considered selection of cinematic highlights from Cannes and other major ceremonies, this year’s opening red carpet will be given to ‘Breathe,’ the directorial debut of Andy Serkis featuring Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield. As well as special presentations, competitions and high-profile galas, the event also celebrates the magic of film as a medium of art. Watch some of Britain’s earliest Victorian films in IMAX and discover the power of feature films and documentaries.