A letter from the Mayor of London: Sadiq Khan

Mayor Sadiq Khan

Welcome to London this October

The nights may be getting longer but our city is packed with things to do. London’s galleries have something for everyone. Museums at Night brings extended opening hours, talks and special exhibitions to the city, Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park with works from more than 1000 artists, Tate Modern unveils a new commission for its Turbine Hall and the V&A opens its vast Photography Centre.

Meanwhile, appealing to all movie buffs, the BFI London film Festival showcases exciting director debuts and premieres. I am proud that London is one of the most diverse cities in the world. Trafalgar Square hosts ‘Africa on the Square’ (27 October) celebrating African arts and culture, while the Diwali festival (28 October) has free performances, family activities and food stalls.

Our capital is a food lover’s dream, with many venues showcased as part of the London Restaurant Festival. From chef-hosted lunches to restaurant-hopping tours the event offers huge variety.

However you spend your time I hope you have a fantastic visit.

Sadiq Khan
Mayor Of London
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