London is breathtakingly beautiful during the autumn and positively glows with the sight of red, orange and yellow hues, which gives it a very warm and cosy atmosphere. Whether you’d like to enjoy sunny afternoons in the park, high street shopping, or simply warming your bones with a hot cup of tea, London has plenty to offer during the build-up to winter.
London contains an abundance of picturesque Royal Parks – lands that were previously owned by the monarchy – each with their own individual charm. Autumn is the perfect time of year to see these parks in all their colourful glory – although you may need an umbrella.
Food Lovers’ Fair
It’s never too early to stock up for Christmas, and there’s no better place to get a nice tasty gift than the Food Lovers’ Fair in Covent Garden. Here you’ll be able to purchase one-off cheeses, breads and chocolates as the fair runs for three days at the end of October/beginning of November.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is without a doubt one of the most iconic venues in London – perhaps the world – however, because it’s an open air theatre it will close its doors for the winter at some point during October. If you’ve got time, head over and catch one of the last shows of the season.
No trip to England would be complete without enjoying a nice traditional afternoon tea. This quintessentially British pastime is best enjoyed outdoors. The autumn isn’t always damp and gloomy, so take advantage of this opportunity before the weather takes a turn for the worse.
London Restaurant Festival
For three weeks during October restaurants all over London will be actively taking part in the world famous London Restaurant Festival, offering cheap autumn and winter-themed dishes for the entire duration. Many of the country’s leading celebrity chefs take an active role in the event and design special one-off menus.
If you really want to experience the “real London” then a trip to Portobello Market is crucial. Of all the markets in the West End, Portobello is without a doubt the most culturally significant, and is particularly beautiful throughout autumn.
Oxford Street is the one place in London that never gets dull. If the hustle and bustle of the big city is what attracts you, you can’t beat a day out shopping and prepping for winter. When you need cheap clothing, souvenirs or anything in-between, Oxford Street should be your first port-of-call.
International Halloween Festival
Halloween is one of the biggest events in autumn, and there’s no better place to be than the International Halloween Festival. This two-day event showcases folk music, witchcraft displays, traditional occult rituals, lectures, workshops and all things creepy.
With tubes, buses, trains and taxis in abundance, you’re never short on transport options in and around London. However, this autumn, Walk London (funded by Transport for London) has created an impressive list of walking paths so you can explore the city in all its glory before the rain really starts to kick in.
If you think London is all urban then you’re very much mistaken. Richmond Park is a 2,360 acre area of land housing a vast array of wildlife, plant life, ponds and stunning botanical gardens. Richmond Park is definitely worth a visit when you are in need of a quiet and secluded place to spend time.
There’s nothing like viewing the city from above, so if you really want to experience the sights and autumn colours, why not take a ride on the London Helicopter?
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Image Caption: Inside Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.