5 things to do in October

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We tend to play by the rules at Oliver Brown, but we think it’s important to bend them occasionally.

  So slip away from work early. Just once. While London is still sparkling in the sunshine, who can deny that autumn is here? So just this once, we’re going to leave work a little ‘punctually’ (we’ve got to attend to a pressing matter, if anyone asks) and walk home while the weather allows it. On our way, we’ll mull over what October has in store. Gear up for the pheasants The trusty gun in safe in its cupboard, but perhaps it’s time to put in an order for some more shells and bring the tweeds out for a once-over. British Champions Day Head down to Ascot on the 15th to catch the last day of the European flat season. What are Saturday afternoons for if they’re not for having a little flutter on the richest day in the racing calendar? Enjoy a modern British dinner at Elystan Street Phil Howard left the two Michelin-starred The Square with, he says, ‘unfinished business’. He has teamed up with Rebecca Mascarenhas to bring us some ‘delicious, clean, ingredient-led dishes full of natural vitality’. Pick sloes. Head out to the hedgerows with a bag or basket, gather the bitter little berries and then enjoy the approving look of the person behind the counter when you go to buy a frankly indecent amount of gin. Look to the experts at Sipsmith for the recipe.