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This weekend in London is hugely colourful, with spectacular free events in Trafalgar Square, world-leading art exhibitions and plenty of Halloween-themed fun.
Diwali on the Square
Celebrate the festival of lights in Trafalgar Square this weekend. Hosted by the Mayor of London, this colourful annual celebration brings together a vibrant programme of entertainment from the Hindu and Jain communities. A delicious selection of vegetarian snacks will be available to purchase from around the square. Entry is free. 27 Oct
Witch Academy at the London Eye
Take the kids for a Halloween treat this weekend on the London Eye, where the special Halloween Storytelling Capsule allows them to embark on a Halloween adventure while soaring above the London skyline. Each child gets a special badge after they’ve foiled the evil witch. Tickets start from £15.66 for children. 26 Oct-2 Nov
The Candlelight Club’s Halloween Ball
Step back in time at this glamorous vintage ball, hosted by 1920s pop-up, the Candlelight Club. Taking place in a secret art deco ballroom, this masquerade ball features period-style, occult-themed acts including burlesque, magic and jazz, alongside a divinely decadent range of vintage cocktails and a deliciously dangerous speakeasy atmosphere. Tickets are £25. 26 Oct
Masterpieces of Chinese Painting
See rare works of Chinese art at the V&A’s new exhibition, which has brought together pieces from all around the world. As well as finished works, including some of the earliest surviving Chinese paintings, you can learn about how they were made thanks to a fascinating array of original artists’ tools and materials. The director of the V&A has described this as a once-in-a-lifetime experience – book tickets now (from £12) to ensure you don’t miss out. 26 Oct – 19 Jan
Dark Circus Party Halloween Special
Terrifying fun awaits you at the Dark Circus Party, which features the best of the dark, decadent and debauched. Get in touch with your dark side and watch curious circus performances, listen to mesmerising music and get a spooky makeover. There’s a strictly spooky dress-code at this event and tickets are £20. For more information visit the event website. 26 Oct
NFL Fan Rally
Celebrate the joys of American Football at this popular free event at Trafalgar Square, which is now in its fourth year. Celebrating the impending game at Wembley Stadium between the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, the rally features appearances from NFL stars, interactive games, American food, cheerleader performances and much more. The excitement kicks off at 12pm and entry is free. 26 Oct