There’s nothing quite like that November 5th feeling. Smokey air, the sizzle of extinguished sparklers, the crackle of the bonfire and those weird glow sticks that always end up exploding over your clothes like a frightening radioactive spillage. Just me? Maybe… Guy Fawkes Night obviously takes place on the 5th November but there are events from then right through until the end of the weekend, so there’s no reason why you should limit yourself to just one. Get ‘ooo’-ing and ‘ahhh’-ing London, and try not to crick your necks.
An often overlooked museum. The Hunterian Museum boasts unrivalled collections of human and non-human anatomical and pathological specimens, models, instruments, painting and sculptures that reveal the art and science of surgery from the 17th century to the present day. One room is filled with glass bottles of pickled remains and specimens - perfect for Halloween.
Sugar skulls, shrines and edible offerings for the deceased are just some of the Dia de los Muertos traditions to look out for at these celebrations, but you can also expect a whole lot of party atmosphere. Here's a selection of London's best takes on the Mexican festival.
Oct 24: This Day of the Dead party at The George Tavern in Shadwell promises a mariachi band in skeleton onesies, food by Forza Win and DJs until 3am.
Oct 29: Soak up some spooky storytelling at The Crick Crack Club Presents: The Day of the Dead, where guests are invited to bring photos of lost loved ones to add to the traditional altar.
Oct 30: The British Museum's Day of the Dead Late is a free evening event for over 18s featuring performances, music, Mexican street food and tequila cocktails.
Oct 30-31: A family-friendly Day of the Dead Festival in Pimlico will offer chocolate skull making, folk dance, traditional Loteria games and a Mexican buffet.
Oct 31: Scoff something gruesome at El Patron's Day of the Dead, when the Mexican restaurant will be offering spooky snacks such as dried worms, marinated cockroaches and cricket-infused cocktails.
Nov 7: Wahaca presents a Day of the Dead Festival at Tobacco Dock in November, with a spooky music line-up that includes The Horrors and Mexrrissey, a band that does Mexican covers of Morrissey and The Smiths. The food will be great too, naturally.
We love Ed Gray's paintings of contemporary London. From Soho to the City, Arsenal to Millwall he captures the capital at its restless, challenging, dismal, glorious, everyday best.
A selection of Gray's London prints are now on show at the top of the Gherkin, including the City view he painted from Searcy's Club on the 38th floor. You can tour London's Brilliant Parade for free on Tuesday evenings between now and Christmas. We can't think of a better venue for an intimate look at these engrossing London scenes with magnificent views of the capital around you.
The exhibition is free but you must book your viewing in advance by email to GX Gallery and take ID with you. Once you've seen the pictures, stay for a drink in the Members Lounge or take the lift up higher and experience the bar with truly stunning views right at the very top of the building.
Ed Gray: London's Brilliant Parade Limited Edition London Prints at the Gherkin is at Searcy's Club, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP until 22 December. Open to the public on Tuesdays between 4-7pm. Book your free viewing by email@example.com.