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This year, October promises more than just the beginnings of Autumn. While the leaves slowly turn red and fall, the art world heats up throughout the capital with many exciting events, fairs and exhibitions.

Though Design Week has finished, there is still plenty more in store for the Interiors and Antiques worlds - with Decorex International, The Decorative Fair: Autumn Fair and PAD London all taking place in the first half of the month.

Not to miss as well is the BFI London Film Festival, with tickets on sale now.


The Decorative Fair: Autumn Fair

4th - 9th October

Battersea Park, London

This Autumn, the Decorative Fair is back in Battersea Park, hosting 160 specialist dealers showcasing their collections of traditional and decorative antiques, 20th-century design accessories and objects, dating from the 17th century to the 1970s. Art dealers at the Decorative Fair will display works from classic to contemporary.


Decorex International

9th - 12th October

Olympia London

Decorex is always a good one for the design calendar. Hosting loads of wonderful designers who will be launching new products at the show. New for 2022, Decorex introduces Making Spaces, which will see several areas of the design show dedicated to talented craftspeople who will be demonstrating their skills live at the event. Expect to see the unique processes that go into creating handmade wallpapers, furniture and more.


Cezanne Exhibition

5th October - 12th March

Tate Modern, London

"With an apple, I will astonish Paris" Cezanne once said, which is exactly what he did. The French painter's works will be exhibited at the Tate Modern from 5th October, with his still lifes, landscapes and paintings of bathers all on display at the gallery. Tickets cost £22 and can be found here.


Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art

26th October - 8th January

Hayward Gallery

Curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Strange Clay will feature eccentric abstract sculptures, large immersive installations, fantastical, otherworldly figures and uncanny evocations of everyday objects to explore the expansive potential of clay through a variety of playful as well as socially-engaged artworks.


The Other Art Fair

13th - 16th October

The Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

The Other Art Fair is a global collection of creative thinkers, game changers and pleasure seekers sharing the work of emerging talent and creating unforgettable experiences. The upcoming fair in Shoreditch promises original and affordable art to take home with you, as well as immersive installations and performances.


St. John Restaurant

October 2022


With three restaurants, a bakery, a winery all in London... oh and a wine company too, it only makes sense that St. John have revealed plans to open a Marylebone restaurant in October. Inspired by the bars of Paris and Florence, the new restaurant, which will function as both a wine bar and dining room, will be offering an all-day menu.


Lucian Freud: New Perspectives

1st October - 22nd January

The National Gallery, London

Displaying works from over seven decades of his life, this October The National Gallery presents the first major exhibition of Lucian Freud's work in ten years. Exhibiting paintings from his early and intimate works to his well-known, large-scale canvasses and his monumental naked portraits.


Frieze London & Frieze Masters

12th - 16th October

Regent's Park, London

Within walking distance from one another, Frieze London and Frieze Masters will excite the art world and collectors alike this October with their much anticipated fairs taking place at Regent's Park. Where Frieze London focuses on contemporary art and living artists, Frieze Masters gives a unique view of the relationship between historical art and contemporary practice. From collectible objects and significant masterpieces, to contemporary pieces, there's plenty to enjoy at both fairs.


Gavin Houghton Plates

4th - 12th October

Pentreath & Hall Pop Up Shop, Rugby Street

This October, Artist, Designer and Ceramicist Gavin Houghton will be exhibiting his hand-painted plates at the Pentreath & Hall pop-up shop on Rugby Street in Bloomsbury, London. Recently collaborated with 8 Holland Street and Charleston, Gavin's handmade and hand-painted plates will be available to buy at the pop-up.


PAD London

10th - 16th October

Berkeley Square, London

PAD returns for its annual London event at Berkeley Square from 10th October. Dedicated to 20th-century and contemporary Design, which inspires a unique spirit of collecting, the week-long event will bring historical, modern and contemporary design to the heart of the capital.


The Spotlight Market

2nd October 10am - 4pm

Lower Clapton, London

The Spotlight Market will be joined by eleven top traders, showcasing the very best in design, furniture, antiques & art. The upcoming Spotlight Market will be held on the 2nd October, welcoming new traders to the line-up and some returning favourites, bringing with them a range of furniture and decorative antiques, 20th-century art and vintage homewares.


The Textile Society's London Antique & Vintage Textile Fair

9th October

Chelsea Old Town Hall

The Textile Society's London Antique & Vintage Textile Fair offers a great selection of vintage fashion, antique textiles and costumes sourced from around the world. You can expect textiles from 18th century to 1970s, furnishings including pre-1950s rugs, unique fashion accessories and secondhand books.


William Kentridge Exhibition

Royal Academy of Arts

Until 11th December

Exhibiting works by William Kentridge at The Royal Academy of Arts until 11th December, don't miss this new, immersive world by the multi-sensory artist and global creative powerhouse in the RA's major autumn exhibition. Tickets are available now from £22.


BFI London Film Festival

5th - 16th October

Multiple Venues across London

With a jam-packed programme of screenings and events, this year's BFI Film Festival is scheduled to be great. Featuring anticipated sequels like Glass Onion: A Knifes Out Mystery and a new adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical. Get your tickets now before they run out!


By Design: Season Three

4th, 17th & 31st October and 14th November

Sir John Soane's Museum, London

Sir John Soane’s Museum and Luke Irwin present a third season of By Design, a public talk series in which leading designers discuss their practice, through the lens of a single object. With multiple speakers throughout the programme, which takes place on four dates through October and November, including Cornelia Parker, Sophie Hicks, Martin Brudnizki and Stephen Jones.


Boot Sales & Fairs

Chiswick Car Boot Sale - 2nd October 2022

Newark Antiques Fair - 6th -7th October 2022

Sunbury Antiques Market - Kempton Park Racecourse - 11th October 2022

Uttoxeter Racecourse Antique and Collectors Fair - 22nd October 2022


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