Speed Plating: Cock Tavern
It’s dinner crossed with speed dating for this evening at Fulham favourite the Cock Tavern.
The set-up’s simple – seven guys and seven girls share 20-minute dates across seven courses of fine grub, such as beef carpaccio with wild rocket and truffle oil and scallops with pea puree and shoots.
And to facilitate the evening’s culinary (and perhaps carnal?) hook-ups, Sipsmith Gin’s master distiller and cocktail historian, Jared Brown, has devised seven cocktails to provide each mini-date’s Dutch courage.
Oct 23. 7pm, £45
360 North End Road, Fulham, SW6 1LY
Tube | Fulham Broadway
Sneaking Into Fashion
The subtitle, ‘Tracking the trainer’s journey through popular culture’, could also be, ‘When the sports shoe became cool’.
This Covent Garden Piazza exhibition looks at how the lowly sneaker went from grotty at the bottom of the gym bag to expensive, stylish, coveted and worn on the town the world over.
Until Oct 28. 9am-7pm, free
Tube | Covent Garden
This platform for the country’s very finest contemporary craft and design artists comes to London after a successful stint in Brighton that has seen no fewer than 6000 people attend.
Not only is there a dazzling array of individual works on offer, but there are also exhibition spaces for craft galleries and groups to curate, too.
Oct 26, 12-5pm; Oct 27, 10am-6pm, £8+
Oct 28, 10am-5pm. NW1 4AQ
Tube | Marylebone
Red Cottage Artisan Fair
This bookable and free lunchtime pop- up at the Old Truman Brewery runs for three days, each showcasing artisanal fare from one of the country’s regions (west Sweden, Skane, then Lulea), all within a reconstruction of traditional red cottages found across the country. Warming, educational, and better than a cheap sarnie.
Oct 22-24. 12pm-2pm, free
Tube | Old Street
The UK’s only annual horror theatre season dives into its second week in the run-up to Halloween.
With all manner of creepy productions and theatrical projects, the emphasis is less on the cheesy, tongue-in-cheek notion of Halloween as imported from the trick or treatin’ Yanks, and more about serious, controversial productions that revel in the macabre and scaring the pants off you.
Expect to be terrified!
Until Nov 3. 7.30pm, £12.50+
21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE
Tube | Oxford Circus
International Animation Fest
This festival aims to dispel the myth that ‘cartoons are for kids’ with its programme of challenging, intelligent animations from around the world.
Top of the bill for the opening night gala is the Johnny Depp-narrated For No Good Reason, about the controversial political satirist animator and cartoonist Ralph Steadman.
Oct 25-Nov 3. Various times, £8.50+
Barbican Centre, EC2Y 8DS
Tube | Barbican
Bringing the quirk of the summer festie scene to the autumn and winter of east London, the Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop garden becomes home to all manner of music, with a crackling fire, extravagant food to sate your appetite (suckling pig, venison, racks of lamb) and a barrage of warm, filling beverages under their tipi canopy.
Oct 26-Mar 2013. 5pm-10pm, free
Tube| Old Street