On The Hotlist: Top October Events, Dining, Style & Travel

Although the leaves are turning orange and temperatures are starting to cool, October is a great month in which to get out and explore your home town or abroad. There are less crowds in holiday destinations and yet if you’re lucky then you’ll get some fantastic sunny days like we have had recently in London. We’ve rounded up our pick of the top October events, dining, style and travel that you shouldn’t miss.

October Events

Photography fans should definitely consider visiting Berlin for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA) exhibition until 15 October. There are some seriously talented photographers on display. Eva Torok has double-exposed her photos, with a fascinating end-result.

Vera Torok, a finalist in the Leica LOBA Awards in Berlin, Germany
This month sees the opening of the new Hyundai Commission in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall by Danish collective SUPERFLEX. While details of the artwork are yet to be revealed, the Scandinavian artists are known for their playful installations and films. Check it out from 3 October until 2 April 2018.

Style Picks

We’re giving 3 lucky readers the chance to win 1 of 3 watch and bow tie sets by stylish British brand, Charles Bow Tie. They make a great gift for a loved one or for yourself and are popular with women as well as men.

Big Ben Remi bow tie set
The cooler temperatures can leave you with brittle hair, so I was pleased to discover Less is More organic haircare. They’ve actually been around for 10 years in Austria where they’re well known for their natural products which are certified vegan and with no animal testing. Now everyone can get their hands on these high quality products which contain natural anti-oxidants, herbal extracts and essential oils. We particularly like their Lindengloss shampoo, conditioner and finishing spray which have a lovely herby fragrance and effectively smooth your hair, making it soft and supple. We’re looking forward to trying their Grapefruit and Cardamom bodywash and bodycream too which smell equally divine!

Less is More organic haircare
Whether you’re a fan of hiking or more of a city walker, these mid-high Teva Arrowood hiking boots are a perfect choice. I recently went on an open doors helicopter ride with MySnapAir in Innsbruck, and these shoes gripped my feet so well that I was able to hang them out of the aircraft with no fear of them falling off! They’re also waterproof and very comfy thanks to their FloatLite™ technology.

Would you go on a no–doors helicopter ride? Well I did in Innsbruck and it was amazing! @mysnapair are one of the very rare helicopter providers to have a licence to fly without doors. If you’ve ever wondered how people manage to get shots with their feet dangling out of the plane, this is how! I felt perfectly safe as I was strapped in so well and the pilot was a real expert. Tip for ladies with long hair – take a hair band, my hair was blowing all over the place ;-). Thanks to #myinnsbruck for arranging such an amazing experience. The views over the town and the river are phenomenal I’ll be uploading a video to Facebook and the blog soon. —————————————————————————- Thanks also to my Arrowood Lux Shoes by @teva – I had no fear of my shoes falling off!

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As we’ve been blessed with a late Summer in London, I soaked up the sunshine recently wearing some Céline Stella sunglasses from Fashion Eyewear. The acetate frames are sturdy but feel lightweight on the face and the square shape suits virtually everyone. There’s a graduated lens and a 1 year warranty too.

Celine sunglasses from Fashion Eyewear, London
Travel Tales

October is the perfect month to visit the Austrian Alps, as temperatures are pleasant yet it’s quite uncrowded. Kitzbuhel and Innsbruck are both charming towns with colorful medieval buildings and are great for skiing. If you’re craving tropical temperatures then Portland in Jamaica is a good choice, with its laid-back vibe and stunning scenery.

Colourful pedestrianized street in Kitzbuhel, Austria
Zurich has a charming medieval town with some great places to eat, but there also many modern facets to this city. Zurich West in particular is a hive of trendy bars and quirky shops such as Freitag, in a tower of old shipping containers. These umbrellas suspended in front of the Gerold Cuchi restaurant are a must-see.

Colourful Gerold Cuchi umbrellas in Zurich, Switzerland
If you’re a fan of iconic French brand LALIQUE and their crystal homeware, jewellery and perfumes, then you’ll be pleased to know that they also have two stunning hotels in Alsace. Chateau Hochberg is located opposite the beautiful Musée Lalique, a fantastic museum dedicated to the brand. Villa René Lalique has six exclusive suites and a 2 Michelin starred restaurant, presided by chef Jean-Georges Klein.

Chateau Hochberg, Bas-Rhin, France
Wining and Dining

Everyone loves a home cooked meal, but finding the best ingredients can sometimes be a challenge. That’s why we were excited to try a delivery from Heartier, everyone’s local farm shop. They aim to transform the weekly shop by giving customers as much information as possible about their producers. They’ve established close relationships with the most renowned suppliers to bring you top quality food. There’s a wide selection of meat, charcuterie, cheese and chocolate. It’s easy to order online and your items are delivered in a cleverly designed cool box which keeps the contents inside fresh for at least 48 hours. Along with your order summary, there’s a recipe suggestion and information about one of the food producers.

But what about the food itself? We cooked the rib eye steaks first, in a creamy mushroom sauce and they were extremely juicy and tender. Our flatiron steaks, organic chicken breasts, gammon steaks and smoked back bacon rashers were just as tasty. Perhaps that’s because all of the meat from Heartier’s producers is outdoor reared, outdoor bred and free range.
The Three Little Pigs Mild Chorizo from a British farm was also very flavourful. We finished with some Ticklemore goats’ cheese. It’s mild and creamy and will work perfectly on rounds of toast, with a little honey drizzled on top. All in all, Heartier is a great initiative to help producers deliver great British food and customers to enjoy it!

Heartier, Your Local Farm Shop - read our full review on Luxurycolumnist.com
Those who follow us on Instagram might have noticed that we also cooked up some Asian inspired meals this month with Lee Kum Kee sauces. My favourite dish was the Prawns in Double Deluxe Soy Sauce – all you need is the Double Deluxe sauce, sugar and cooking wine for your seasoning and 350 g of unshelled prawns that you stir fry for a few minutes until the colour changes. Then you just fry 2 spring onions, and some grated ginger in half a tablespoon of cooking oil, add your seasoning and the prawns and it’s ready in a few minutes – delicious!

Lee Kum Kee
Kronenhalle was one of the culinary highlights of my recent trip to Zurich. It’s famous for its delicious Swiss cooking but equally for the incredible artworks adorning its walls. From Picasso to Chagall, Mirò and Matisse, it’s a feast for the eyes.

Kronenhalle Zurich - one of the best restaurants in Zurich, Switzerland
For casual but healthy dining, one of the most fun places we’ve lunched recently is Tombo on Windmill Street in Fitzrovia, London. Specializing in poké sushi bowls and matcha tea, they’re serving up a special Hello Kitty poke until 22 October. It’s walk-in only though we didn’t have to queue on our visit.

Tombo Hello Kitty Pop Up in Fitzrovia, London
Finally, we’ll be writing about it in detail but we couldn’t resist showing you a photo from the epic Creation menu at Villa René Lalique in Alsace.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these suggestions for the best October style, dining and travel and would love to hear any of yours. What do you have planned this month?

Villa Rene Lalique 2 Michelin star restaurant

  • Dressed With Soul

    Innsbruck and the region there is a wonderful area – we live nearby it 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • Suze

      You’re very lucky to live in such a charming region!

      • Dressed With Soul

        I’m lucky but I have to admit I never flew with a helicopter there like you 🙂 xx Rena

  • The Hello Kitty bowl is so cute!

    • Suze

      Isn’t it lovely! Not just for kids 😉

  • Great adventures the open door helicopter sounds scary but the views are breathtaking. Zurich looks lovely and all the wonderful eating treats yes please Lucy x

    • Suze

      It did feel weird being in a helicopter with no doors but the views were amazing! As for the food, we had a delicious month!

  • This is a great list for October. I want to do and see all of these things!

    • Suze

      I’m really glad that it has inspired you, Danyelle and hope you have a great month ahead

  • You look wonderful as usual suze.
    I love the scenery.

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

    • Suze

      That’s really sweet, Zarrah – thank you! The scenery is so lovely in Autumn

  • Michelle Marcos

    Oh I love this post so much! Such a great idea! I wish I did that helicopter ride when I was in Innsbruck. SO cool

    • Suze

      The helicopter ride was great fun, windy but amazing!

  • Tracey Best

    Double deluxe soy sauce! I love October! Spring time in Australia, jacaranda trees blooming & my birthday haha. Great article & suggestions.

    • Suze

      Hope you had a great birthday, Tracey! We’re in Fall now but it’s lovely and sunny in London

  • Lena Eriksen

    I love this post – I haven’t been to Austria (other than Wienna) and Switzerland. I love food and always try to have some local specialities. We went on a food tour in HK and loved it. October is not a big thing in Norway, apart from growing interest for October festival and mountain trips. We have lots of lamb and there’s one dish that is special for October – cooked lamb/sheep with cabbage and whole black peppers served with boiled potatoes – which I love 😍😍😍

    • Suze

      I like the sound of your local dish for October, it must be very warming and filling! It’s been ages since I visited Norway but it’s such a scenic country!

  • Hannah Martin

    SO lucky there was snow in Innsbruck!! When I was there in July it had all melted 🙁

    • Suze

      Yes that was a bit of a surprise, apparently you can ski on the glacier quite early in the season too

  • Christine Connell

    I’m a vegan so I want to try those hair products!

  • Any Galván

    loved the post! innsbruck looks gorgeous! love those views