London: Things to do this Autumn
As the mornings get darker and the evenings draw in, it’s easy – and very tempting – to slip into a routine of getting home from work to sit in front of the TV with a cuppa, and not moving until bedtime. But Autumn in the capital is as event-filled as every other season, so don’t let the grey spells and lack of sunshine get in the way of your fun.
- Get Cultural
London has a wealth of museums and galleries, and most of them are completely free to enjoy. Brighten up a grey day with a visit to the Tate Modern, which houses masterpieces by Matisse, Rothko, Bacon, Twombly, and Beuys. From ancient artefacts at the British Museum, to the Apollo 10 command module at the Science Museum, there’s something to suit every interest and curiosity. Take your pick!
- Autumnal Festivities
No matter your age, it’s impossible to welcome September without an inkling of excited over Halloween and Bonfire Night. As pumpkins, chestnuts, and fireworks make an appearance on supermarket shelves, you can plan ahead for ghoulish fancy-dress parties, hair-raising ghost tours, and breath-taking firework displays. Plan an unforgettable Halloween, or find your nearest firework display.
- Retail Therapy, Under One Roof
Why risk the traffic and the weather when you can enjoy a day of retail therapy under one roof? London boasts some of the best indoor shopping centres and malls in Europe, granting all the benefits of the high street without the inconvenience of wet feet, cold hands, and a soggy brolly. Whether you’re browsing for gifts or wanting to treat yourself, there’s a shopping centre to suit everyone’s style and budget. Find your nearest shopping centre here.
London is home to some of the most beautiful, well-kept parks in the country, and they’re no more enchanting than at the turning of the seasons. Take a detour from your usual commute to admire the golden hues of Autumn in first light, or escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a weekend walk through some of London’s hidden woodland. Find out where you can get back in touch with nature.
- Cosy Up in the Pub
One of the best things about life in London is the wealth of traditional pubs on your doorstep. Whether your usual is a pint of locally brewed craft beer or a Singapore Sling, you can enjoy it cosied up beside a roaring fire. Why not go the whole hog and tuck in to a Sunday roast?