Changing seasons: Autumnal walks in London

October 10, 2014 10:46 am

Come autumn, as the leaves turn and an earthy hue spreads over the city, temperatures drop and London becomes a new city. It is many Londoners’ favourite season and it’s not surprising, as the months of October through November and into December, see stunning sunsets and cool sunny days – perfect for sightseeing in London and enjoying the city at (arguably) its finest.

We thought you’d want to enjoy the new season with a walk through London for a true sense of the changing landscape. Here are some of our favourite places to go to really experience autumn in the city:

Kew Gardens

One of West London’s leafiest retreats, Kew Gardens is a wonderful place to go to experience autumnal London. As London’s Royal Botanical Gardens, it is home to the world’s largest range of species within in 121 hectares and is the perfect sanctuary to experience the changing season.

The tree top walk will give you an unparalleled aspect of the browning leaves and winter plants; and you can also explore the vast arboretum with its changing trees. If you’ve got kids, Kew is a great place to go conker hunting and stock up for the winter season. Bring wellies and splash around the fallen leaves for some innocent autumn fun.

The lake comes into its own in autumn as the ducks, dragonflies and swans enjoy the still, flat water and cooler temperatures. Even if it’s raining there are plenty of glasshouses and cafes to seek shelter in – plus, the cakes they make are pretty good, too!

River Thames

Our winding River Thames is a great place to go for a quiet stroll and a spot of sightseeing. As it spans the whole width of London, you can be sure to get a unique perspective of the city from any every. Starting at Battersea you can even walk all the way to Greenwich (if you have the stamina!) but one of our favourite walks is along the Southbank, where you can walk from Tate Britain and Mi5 offices near Vauxhall Bridge, along past the Houses of Parliament to see Big Ben in all its glory.

A little further down the river you’ll come to the main hub of activity as street performers and entertainers are vying for your attention; here you can enjoy the smell of roasted chestnuts and wrap up warm against the backdrop of Westminster (a great place for a selfie).

Past Southbank, up towards Bankside, you’ll pass the beach and independent quay where you can warm up with a steaming mug of coffee or even some mulled wine in the really cold months. If you’re after some more culture, carry on to the Tate Modern for some contemporary and modern art – one of London’s finest galleries and great for expanding your mind.


One of East London’s most popular boroughs, especially in the autumn, Greenwich is a haven for Londoners and tourists alike who want to explore local London. Greenwich Park, on the hill, is great for a verdant stroll and a hit with joggers and dog walkers. One of the least crowded parks, it’s a great option for a bit of peace and quiet, out of the city.

Head to the river where you can see the Cutty Sark and marvel at the old naval ship, as well as other Old Royal Naval College and Gardens and National Maritime Museum. With a past steeped in maritime history it’s great for those who want to learn about this 19th century tea clipper and to walk among the cobbled streets of this quaint area.

We recommend you stop off at the best pub in Greenwich, the Gipsy Moth pub, too, for one of their special home brews (potato vodka!) to warm up and indulge in a Sunday Roast at the weekend. With a view overlooking the historic ship, you can’t beat it as a place to rest up and fill up.


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