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London in Autumn

Our Guide to Things to do in London in Autumn

September 27, 2017 10:00 am

This autumn, why not embrace some of London’s most beautiful sites and historic attractions? Catch the season changing as you stroll through parks, explore museums, join riverside festivals or admire the view from rooftop cocktail bars. To get you off to a good start, here’s a short guide to things to do in London in autumn. Brought to you by the team at the London Pass.

London in Autumn

Scenic strolls

Renowned for its vast collection of trees and plants, Kew Gardens is a must-visit as the leaves start to change colour. This autumn, Kew Gardens is hosting the Artful Autumn festival and the Sculpt at Kew exhibition. Grab your walking boots and scarf, and get ready to admire the artwork as you stroll around the gardens. Get to know some of the best parks and gardens in the city with our ultimate outdoors guide.

Museum mania

Using a Hop On Hop Off tour bus, you can easily explore historic sites and museums located all over London. Jump on the classic red tour route and head to the Science Museum in South Kensington, where a fascinating new exhibition celebrates 70 years of Indian independence. Illuminating India is on from 4 October 2017 to 19 March 2018. While you’re there, why not check out the museum’s famous iMax cinema, pop next door to the Natural History Museum for some impressive dinos or the V&A for the Balenciaga Exhibition?

 London in Autumn

Children restless? Get them to the zoo

You’ll find London Zoo in Regent’s Park, right next to the canal and guaranteed to look stunning in all its autumn glory. Educational and inspiring, the zoo contains a wild array of different species including the Land of the Lions, which allows visitors to get up close and personal with the big cats. After lunch, take a leisurely stroll from the zoo to neighbouring Camden Town and explore the diverse and famous Camden market. To finish off your day, you can catch one of Jason’s Original Canal Boat Tours which takes you sailing (slowly) down the canal to Little Venice as the sun begins to set.

London in Autumn

Messing about on the river

This September, London is celebrating the month-long ‘Totally Thames’ festival. With something for everyone, this festival features art installations, river races, river walks and much, much more. And why not take a free Hop On Hop Off River Thames boat tour, for a different view of London’s iconic waterway.

Hop off at Tower Bridge for the Tower Bridge Exhibition. Walk along the glass floor walkway of this beautiful and legendary bridge that took eight whole years to complete. Definitely a good selfie spot.

To the north of the bridge, you’ll also find the Tower of London. Explore, if you dare, the legendary tower and dungeons; admire the crown jewels and absorb hundreds of years of history. And if you’re there between the 22-24 September, the BBC Good Food Show Feast will be set up in the Tower’s grassy moat area, with delicious street food for you to try.

London in Autumn

Fancy a cocktail… or 250?

Are you a cocktail lover? From 2-8 October, enjoy London’s Cocktail Week, in more than 250 venues all over London. Check out some of London’s best cocktail bars or head to the festival’s Cocktail Village in Old Spitalfields Market for pop-up bars and food pairing sessions. Close to the centre of town, you can also explore the diverse nightclubs and bars dotted around the area, with most being only a short walk away. Enjoy the last of the Autumn sun at some of the best rooftop bars in the capital!

London in Autumn

Penny for the guy?

We can’t talk about things to do in London in autumn without mentioning the big two – Halloween and Bonfire Night. As the days grow shorter, and the leaves start to fall, get your Halloween costume ready and watch out for those trick or treaters! From the end of October, you’ll find numerous organised firework displays throughout London. One of the best is in Battersea Park, where you can join thousands to watch as London is lit up in vibrant colours.

London has an endless supply of exciting things to do and interesting places to visit, made even more beautiful against a backdrop of autumn colours. Wishing you a great trip!

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