A quick 20-minute direct train journey from Kingston, or rather four Bohemian Rhapsodies, central London is host to a seemingly infinite number of events. However, with possibilities come choices and you may be struggling to decide which events are worthy of your precious time off. Check back here every week for the best student-friendly weekend events London has to offer.
Oktoberfest: October is the month of the rather aptly named Oktoberfest. Celebrations will be taking place across London throughout the month, with this weekend’s must-see event being held at Between the Bridges this Friday and Saturday, located on the South Bank. As well as the typical Oktoberfest celebrations, you can expect mass singalongs as drum and brass powerhouse, Old Dirty Brasstards, take centre stage with their alternate renditions of pop and R&B classics. The £20 entry fee includes a two-pint stein of beer, with beer-less tickets also available.
Halloween: Prefer vampire fangs over Lederhosen? You can kick-off the scary season early at the Prince Charles Cinema’s festival of horror films. Located in Leicester Square, the independent cinema will be showing some of the most iconic horrors throughout the month, with this weekend’s top picks including Carrie, Donnie Darko and Beetlejuice, along with a whole host of other cult classics.
Louis Theroux garage and disco party: Want something a little more niche? After selling out shows in Manchester and Liverpool, Gotta Get Theroux This will be taking place this Friday at Colours Hoxton in, you guessed it, Hoxton Square. The event paying tribute to the unrivalled king of documentaries will include competition prizes, hundreds of Theroux masks and even a meet and greet with (a cardboard cutout) of Louis Theroux. With a £5 entry fee, what more could you want?
Record fair: One for the vinyl lovers, a record fair will be taking place this Saturday at Stapleton Tavern in Finsbury Park. The event is free to enter with specialist dealers hosting stalls all day from 10am-4pm. As well as the thousands of records to trawl through, there will also be DJ sets throughout the day and a variety of food.
Installation: Finally, make sure to check out artist Chila Burman’s immersive large scale installation in Covent Garden. The giant neon wonderland, which has taken over the South Hall of the historic market building, will be in place until Sunday. The installation, which features sculptures of peacocks, tigers and snakes, is inspired by Burman’s Hindu Punjabi heritage.