Tempus Hot List: October 2023
From Gergei Erdei’s artistic garden at Maine to Kew’s Queer Nature takeover, Tempus brings you the artistic events and luxury news not to miss this October
Visit Queer Nature at Kew Gardens
While most eyes will be on Frieze in October, we encourage you to head west to Kew Gardens to check out its impressive, immersive exhibition Queer Nature, which celebrates the connection between queer people, plants, and fungi.
The month-long festival, ending on 29 October, sees Kew’s Temperate House transformed with four bespoke installations, including a large scale, suspended artwork, House of Spirits, by Jeffrey Gibson; a garden takeover of the South Octagon, Breaking the Binary, by Patrick Featherstone and Kew Youth Forum; Queer Voices, a series of video interviews with LGBTQ+ scientists, artists and more curated and and brought to life through an installation designed by Adam Nathaniel Furman; and two original spoken word pieces by LiLi K. Bright and Ama Josephine Budge Johnstone.
Running across four dates, book tickets to Queer Nature After Hours for an evening of music, cabaret, comedy, drag artists and talks.
Check out Gergei Erdei’s takeover of Maine Mayfair
If you’re not quite ready to let go of summer and al fresco dining, artist and designer Gergei Erdei has reimagined the terrace at the Maine Mayfair as a whimsical orangerie. In place until mid November, the secret Mediterranean garden clings on to the last drops of warmer weather with the citrus scent of orange trees complementing his romanesque, hand-illustrated designs.
For contemporary art fair Frieze, Erdei has also transformed Maine’s Drawing Room into La Galerie de Surrealism – expect hand-painted, boiserie style screens leading guests to a dream-like universe.
Pop a bottle at Searcy’s latest opening at Battersea Power Station
It might be slightly more under the radar than All Hallow’s Eve, but October marks another of Tempus’ favourite days of the year – Champagne Day! In honour of the original sparkling wine, the third Friday of each October is dedicated to all things fizz, and there just so happens to be a new Champagne bar opening in London where you can raise a toast on 27 October.
Setting up shop in Battersea Power Station, Searcy’s will open the doors of its latest venue on 18 October. Complete with ‘press for Champagne’ buttons at every table (which, frankly, we think should be compulsory everywhere…) guests can choose from an extensive range of bubbles both by bottle and glass.
Book a table at Ganymede for its first chef takeover with Avi Shashidhara
This month, Belgravia favourite Ganymede will, for the first time, host a chef takeover at its much-loved restaurant. Taking place on 12 October, the Supper Club will be led by 2023 Great British Menu winner and Head Chef at Fitzrovia’s Pahli Hill Bandra Bhai, Avi Shashidhara.
For one night only (so book quickly!) the talented Bangalore-born chef has produced a special six-course tasting menu, featuring a series of vibrant dishes, including Avi’s signature sweet and soft Mangalore buns with Dorset crab sukkah, which showcase the diverse and traditional flavours of India’s regional cuisines.
Have a hedonistic Halloween at Home House
This winter, iconic London private members club, Home House, celebrates turning 25 and will kick off the festivities with a Halloween party to rival all of its predecessors.
Home House – whose history of exclusive and hedonistic soirees long predates its 25 years – is known for throwing a killer (pardon the pun) Halloween party every year, which is a fitting homage to its original owner the Countess of Home, nicknamed the Queen of Hell.
The theme for this year, Infamous 25, revisits the club’s most hair-raising Halloween highlights of the past 25 years, which will see the entire 250-year-old Grade I listed townhouse transformed with spine-tingling performances and eerie entertainment.