The summer may be over, but there’s still so much to look forward to this autumn in London. From Halloween to Bonfire Night and preliminary Christmas festivities, this season is full of opportunities to enjoy the best food, culture and entertainment the capital has to offer.
A Scenic Walk through Regent’s Park
Home to the London Zoo, the Open Air Theatre, sensational rose and wildlife gardens, a boating lake and more than 395 acres of palatial green space, Regent’s Park is a true favourite with Londoners and tourists all-year-round. Take a stroll through this beautiful, regal parkland and enjoy soaking up the views of nature, with autumnal oranges and yellows coating its walkways for a picture-perfect setting.
Adjoining Regent’s Park to the north, Primrose Hill is one of the capital’s most treasured locations, inspiring awe from all who visit its quaint pastures; wonderful for visiting this time of year. Enjoy one of the most magnificent, uninterrupted views of Central London, and while you’re at it why not head to the Primrose Bakery for a satisfying sweet treat?
London Restaurant Festival
Calling all foodie lovers! Whether you’re on the hunt for the best gourmet burger, fancying experiencing ‘London’s Longest Lunch’ or tasting mouthwatering signature desserts crafted by the capital’s leading chefs, the London Restaurant Festival is sure to have your taste buds tingling this autumn. With a number of restaurant experiences and festival menus to choose from, this is a fantastic opportunity for Londoners and visitors to London to enjoy the best of the capital’s cuisine in renowned eateries including the Oxo Tower Brasserie, Helix Restaurant at The Gerkhin and steak specialists Hawksmoor.
Head to the Backyard Cinema
If you’re someone who enjoys something a little alternative, you’ll definitely enjoy a trip to the Backyard Cinema. This ‘roaming, theatrical cinema’ uses elaborate sets, actors and live music to create a physical extension of the film you’re watching for a truly unique cinematic experience. Currently themed as a ‘Winter Night Garden’, visitors can step through a magical wardrobe into an enchanted forest and enjoy classics including Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing and Harry Potter, as well as Halloween favourites such as Shaun of the Dead, Hocus Pocus and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Grab some popcorn and a cocktail, and let the show begin!
Christmas Lights at Regent Street
Start getting in the Christmas spirit by heading down to one of London’s most renowned shopping streets – this year on Thursday 14th November – for the official start of Yuletide festivities, where thousands of people turn up to watch the lights turn on and watch performances from the nation’s favourite bands and musicians.
Take the Tower Twilight Tour
Transporting visitors to Tudor England, theis a must-see for any history buff this autumn. Enjoy after-hours access to this renowned cultural attraction and visit sights such as Traitors’ Gate, the Scaffold Site and the Bloody Tower, accompanied with tales of past prisoners including Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII who was accused and consequently beheaded for witchcraft and adultery.
‘The Woman in Black’ at the West End
Celebrating its 30th year in the, the is described as ‘the most brilliantly effective spine-chiller you will ever encounter’ by the Daily Telegraph. Currently playing at the , this show is perfect for embracing the Halloween mood.
Bonfire Night in Blackheath
Nowhere in London does. This event starts at noon with a funfair for all the family to enjoy, with food and drink served from 5pm, and finishes with the dramatic fireworks display from 8pm. One of the biggest free community displays in the capital, Blackheath welcomes more than 100,000 people on Guy Fawkes Night – one of the most anticipated events on the autumn calendar.