Things To Book, Watch & Listen To This Month
Things To Book, Watch & Listen To This Month

Things To Book, Watch & Listen To This Month

There are some exciting things to add to your calendar this month, as well as podcasts and films to have on your radar. We’ve rounded up nine of the best – including a literary festival, a hotel opening and a new exhibition…
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Cliveden Literary Festival

Cliveden Literary Festival takes place this month. On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October, guests will be able to tune into a range of events and live talks from writers, historians and politicians. Talks will take place on either The Arts Club Stage or in Cliveden’s Great Hall, where you can hear from the likes of award-winning journalist Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful, actor Brian Cox (Succession, Churchill),and writer Abi Morgan. Tickets cost £120 for a day pass or £195 for a weekend ticket.



Frieze London

Frieze London is an art fair featuring 280 of the world’s leading galleries. Visitors can view and buy art from more than 1,000 artists, while enjoying the fair’s critically acclaimed curated sections and talks programme. Highlights include an outdoor sculpture exhibition in Regent’s Park featuring 19 large-scale works by artists including John Giorno, Ro Robertson and Ugo Rondinone; a guided tour of the main exhibition space with a focus on established artists and big-name galleries; and an exhibition by Louise Giovanelli at White Cube Bermondsey. Tickets start from £16.

Regent’s Park, NW1 4HA; 12th-16th October 




Imagining Musicals at the V&A

Later this month, the V&A will open a new exhibition about musicals and their cultural significance over the decades. Featuring a range of artwork, photography stills, costumes and props from the West End and Broadway, it explores how some of the best-loved musicals have been adapted, revived, and retold. From Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady to modern classics SIX the Musical and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the exhibition charts how the genre has changed over time. 

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL



Forever Home by Graham Norton

Graham Norton has just published his fifth novel set in small-town Ireland. Carol is a divorced teacher and her only son has left home. A second chance at love brings her unexpected connection and belonging. The new relationship sparks local speculation: what does a woman like her see in a man like that? What happened to his wife who abandoned them all those years ago? But the gossip only serves to bring the couple closer. But when her new partner becomes ill, things start to fall apart. His children are untrusting and cruel, and Carol is forced to leave their home and move back in with her parents. Carol's mother is determined to get to the bottom of things, but what she discovers is far more sinister than she could have imagined. 




Produced by Oprah Winfrey and directed by Reginald Hudlin, this revealing documentary honours the legendary Sidney Poitier and his legacy as an iconic actor, filmmaker and activist at the centre of Hollywood and the civil rights movement. Featuring candid interviews with Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Lenny Kravitz, Barbra Streisand, Spike Lee and many more, this is a must-watch look at the stylish actor’s life’s work.




After a two-year delay, David Tennant returns to the West End stage with this new production of the political play Good, directed by Dominic Cooke (The Courier, The Hollow Crown). John Halder is a good man. But good men must adapt to survive. As the world faces a world war, this decent, intelligent, music-loving German professor finds himself swept along in a movement that crescendos towards an unthinkable finale. A timely release.

Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, Covent Garden, SW1Y 4DN; 6th October-24th December



BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival celebrates the most innovative new films from across the world. Visitors can discover the Oscar winners of the future, new talent and beautifully restored treasures from the archives. Every screening is hand-picked by a trusted team of programmers, and all features are being shown in the UK for the first – and sometimes only – time. Hundreds of leading directors, writers and actors will also take to the stage to introduce their films and take part in audience Q&As. Head down to the social hub at BFI Southbank for free events or discover films at the pop-up Embankment Garden Cinema. This year’s headline films include Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light starring Olivia Colman and Micheal Ward, Living featuring Billy Nighy, and the Hitchcockian noir thriller Decision to Leave

Various locations across London; 5th-16th October



Detour by Sawday’s x Postcards From Midlife

Travel company Sawday’s has teamed up with Trish Halpin and Lorraine Candy from Postcards from Midlife for a new podcast miniseries. There are currently three episodes to listen to featuring inspiring women from the world of interiors, fashion and broadcasting. With a focus on all things travel, each interviewee talks about their favourite holiday spots, the places that inspire them, and their go-to spots in the UK. Expect to hear from interior designer Lisa Dawson, author Tasmina Perry and jewellery designer Claudia Bradby.

Listen here


Virgin Hotels Edinburgh

Virgin Hotels has opened its first outpost outside of the US in Edinburgh. Set in a historic building in Edinburgh’s Old Town, the hotel has 222 chambers and grand chamber suites with views over Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. All rooms are spacious with a lounge area complete with a Smeg mini fridge stocked with local products, a separate dressing area with a vanity and make-up desk, and an ensuite with Arran of Scotland toiletries. After a day of sightseeing, guests can enjoy dinner and drinks at the Commons Club Restaurant and bar or settle down for a nightcap in The Scarlet Lounge with its plush seating and romantic ambience. 

1 India Buildings, Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2EX


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