LONDON EVENTS – Best guide to South Bank this Autumn

Autumn is typically the height of London’s cultural scene and in the run up to the festive season, the capital’s favourite riverside hotspot, South Bank, is teeming with must-sees and dos .

Arts & Entertainment highlights could include:

  • The Hayward Gallery – Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art (26 October 2022 – 8 January 2023) the first large-scale group exhibition in the UK of its kind, exploring how contemporary artists such as Grayson Perry, Magdalene Odundo, and Betty Woodman use clay in unexpected ways. 
  • The Garden Museum – Lucian Freud: Plant Portraits (14 October – 5 March), the first exhibition to bring together a selection of Freud’s rarely or never-before-seen paintings and etchings of plants.
  • BFI IMAX Britain’s biggest screen will be reopening early this November following a refurbishment as it comes back into operation by the BFI. This year’s most exciting blockbuster Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be screened from 11 November. 

Hidden Gems could include:

  • This October the BFI Mediatheque will reopen to the public after refurbishment. Choose from over 95,000 films to watch in your own booth with a headset and discover the world’s greatest film and TV archive, from timeless classics to quirky gems – all for free.
  • Oxo Wharf Towercombines up-and-coming design and retail therapy, hosting a run of creative studio stores by jewellery designers, ceramicists, accessory designers and more. Favourite picks include Loveness Jewellery for contemporary ‘wearable sculptures’, or Archipelago for gorgeous textiles. 
  • Until 16 December every Tuesday afternoon, The Bernie Spain Gardens are offering free ‘gentle gardening’ sessions, where you can have a cuppa, meet locals and get your hands muddy.
New Brewdog Waterloo

Food & drinks highlights could include: 

  • London Cocktail Week – The world’s biggest cocktail festival is back from 13 – 23 October, and several South Bank hotspots are taking part. Purchasing a wristband to the Week will give you access to £7 Signature Cocktails in 300 of the best bars in London
  • South Bank Centre’s Winter MarketReturning this year with dates to be announced. Stroll along the Thames under twinkling lights and sample indulgent drinks, scrumptious street food and seasonal goodies.
  • New Brewdog Waterloo – The biggest BrewDog in the UK, which has opened in the new Sidings area of Waterloo station complete with a slide and duckpin bowling, is perfect for evening or after-work drinks.