This October is typically rich in new exhibitions, sports events and theatre openings, and here are three standouts that have caught our eye, plus one of the most impressive but least-known royal residences in London.
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The Victoria & Albert Museum is one of the world's great dressing-up boxes, filled with an improbable mix of fantastic objects from all around the world - which makes it the perfect venue for the work of the photographer Tim Walker. Wonderful Things showcases his dreamlike and eccentric fashion shoots for British, American and Italian Vogue, as well as films, photographic sets, and special installations, plus a new series of photographs inspired by the V&A collections. Runs until 8 March 2020.
Some of America's top NFL teams return to London this month for four games, starting on 6 October with the Oakland Raiders playing the Chicago Bears at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the first purpose-built NFL stadium outside the USA. On 13 October they're followed by the Carolina Panthers playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wembley Stadium hosts the final two games, with the Los Angeles Rams hosting Cincinnati Bengals on 27 October, and the Houston Texans playing the Jacksonville Jaguars on 3 November.
The Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith continues its tradition of bold new productions with Solaris, a fresh adaptation by David Greig of Stanislaw Lem's classic science-fiction thriller. Despatched to investigate strange events on a space station orbiting a mysterious planet, Kris Kelvin arrives to find one crew member dead and two who claim to be seeing things that cannot be explained. Have the crew been studying Solaris - or has the planet really been studying them? From 11 October to 2 November.
Close to Buckingham Palace but far less well known, Marlborough House was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built for Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, whose life featured so sensationally in this year's Oscar-winning movie, The Favourite. Now the headquarters of the Commonwealth of Nations, its sumptuously decorated early 18th-century interiors are some of the finest in London, and can be visited by special arrangement on private guided tours when the house is not being used for state functions.