I love writing about London, can you tell? I’ve previously written about Halloween in London, Summer in London, the Tourist Hotspots in London and also a guide to the Museums and Galleries in London but today I wanted to write about Autumn in London. There are so many beautiful sights to see and things to experience so you can use this post as an Autumnal Bucket List if you like. As always I’ve tried to include a variety of things including different London events as well as some cool restaurants that have different settings for Autumn / Winter. Everything is linked to a main website, so if you are looking for more information, have a click through to each item.
Jimmy’s Lodge and Igloos – Located on Southbank, Jimmys Lodge and Igloos are perfect for an evening meal with a touch of the Alps. The igloos are heated domes that can seat up to ten people and the views look out over the river Thames. There is a refuge restaurant and also a takeaway grill so lots of options available. For more information click through on the link to see the menus and book your table!
Skylight at Tobacco Dock – Known as Europe’s only rooftop ice rink, it opens in November but is also known for it’s winter bars that serve cocktails as well as mulled wine. There are more igloos as well as a ice-hockey shootout and private huts where you can warm up. Skylight has different events taking place in the run up to Christmas so have a look on their website for more information.
Winter Igloo at Coppa Club – Coppa Club is a stunning venue alone but when they bring out those Winter Igloos, they sure do book up fast! There are candles, cosy blankets and beautiful views all within each igloo. The food menu contains everything from sourdough pizzas to breakfast and they even have a kids menu. They’re open all day until late at night, seven days a week.
Dalloway Terrace – A favourite among Instagram girls (and boys!) everywhere. Dalloway Terrace know what people like in their Autumn decor. A quick browse on their website will show you just how many menus they have but I like to keep it simple and go for a cocktail at #Dallowaygoldenhour. They also hold special events such as Autumn Afternoon Tea and Æcorn Apertif Cocktails.
Alto by San Carlo at the Selfridges rooftop – Perfect if you are looking for some Italian comfort food this Autumn, the San Carlo restaurant also serves breakfast Thursday – Sunday. You can only access the rooftop via the express lift which is located in the fragrance section on G. Although it is a rooftop, you can visit throughout the year as they have a alfresco sun terrace as well as a Italian garden setting and the restaurant.
Pergola On The Roof – For Autumn, the decor has now turned into an urban winter forest. Pergola has two locations and both look fabulous for an evening of winter cocktails. You have a choice of Pergola Olympia and Pergola Paddington. The venues are filled with different bars and restaurants as well as music and stunning views of London.
12th Knot – I have never been here but my goodness, it is on the 12th floor of Sea Containers London at Southbank. It overlooks the Thames and looks like the perfect place for a nice evening drink! It is over 21’s and on the 26th October they are having a special evening of Magic and Mischief!
Richmond Park – Known for its deer, Richmond park is a National Nature reserve close to central London. It’s one of London’s eight Royal Parks and has been the location of many an Instagram shoot as it’s stunning! It opens at 07:00am every morning and you have a whole 2500 acres to explore.
Regents Park – This park has a lot of extras as not only is it the largest grass area for sports in Central London, it also has an Open Air Theatre and many cafes and restaurants. Another Royal Park, it’s really well looked after and looks beautiful in the Autumn! It’s also the location of many films especially up on Primrose Hill and inside The London Zoo which are both inside the park!
Green Park – If you’re looking for a park with fountains, statues and memorials, this is the one for you! A little smaller than the two above, it’s pretty and picturesque and of course, is just behind Buckingham Palace.
Kew Gardens – Closer to Richmond Park, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, or Kew Gardens is known for it’s beautiful greenhouses and Treetop Walkway. You do have to pay to get into Kew Gardens but if you go for the whole day, it is well worth the entrance cost. There are tours of the Gardens too if you want to take part as they tell you about the history of Kew.
What better place to get that Instagram shot of you and your Autumnal outfit, then visit a pumpkin patch? You can pick your own pumpkin perfect for Halloween too. There are so many you can visit in Surrey, Essex and Hertfordshire. For your closest one, it’s probably best to just google as out of London you can find one within twenty minutes and be amongst a pumpkin patch. Alternatively, go to a pumpkin carving class, find out more about that in my Halloween in London post here.
This could probably be a whole blog post in itself especially because it’s such a Winter / Christmas activity and there are so many beautiful ice rinks in London. You have Alexandra Palace which is open all year round as well as the Natural History Museum which is opening mid-October. For ones that are opening in November there is Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Winter Wonderland all around the mid November mark. Skylight at Tobacco Dock (mentioned above), also has its own ice rink that is opening on the 31st of October.
I love the idea of immersive cinema and each of the following three suggestions are so different from each other! Tickets are more than a normal cinema ticket but it looks worth the extra cost as you get so much more out of an immersive experiences. I’ve listed three below that stand out to me, but I’m sure there are many more all around London.
Although there are many places and times and events for the Christmas lights turning on, I thought it best to include this in an Autumn in London Bucketlist post as most of the lights in London are turning on either mid-October or early December. To read my guide to the Christmas Lights turning on in London, click here!
London is an incredible place to live and work but sometimes Autumn in London can be a bit much, what you need is a bit of rest and relaxation. A chance to get away even just for a day and experience something that is purely designed with your peace in mind. That’s why I think a spa day is essential in the winter season! Everyone is waking up in the dark, leaving work in the dark and having to carry on work with all the extra events on top of that, to have an escape for a day would be very refreshing and who doesn’t love a bit of a pamper.
This is another point that could probably be a whole blog post in itself but below are 30 of the best options available if you are close to London.
Cliveden House, The Gainsborough Bath Spa, The Vineyard, Down Hall Hotel, Lucknam Park hotel and spa, Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa, Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa, Calcot Manor, Aqua Sana Woburn Forest, Y Spa at The Waterfront Hotel, Utopia Spa at Alexander House Hotel, Lime Wood Hotel, Eden Spa, Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa, Champneys Henlow, The Spa at Sopwell House, Cowley Manor, Stoke Park Spa, Foxhills Club and resort, Dormy House, Ockendon Manor, Hartwell House, Utopia Spa at Rowhill Grange, Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa, Brandshatch Place Hotel and Spa, Sequoia Spa at The Grove Hotel, Champneys Tring, Coworth Park, Luton Loo Hotel, Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa, The Runnymede on Thames,
A tourist destination year round, Covent Garden looks even more beautiful in the Autumn time. There are decorations and pumpkins as well as special events taking place. Head to Neal’s Yard, wander the courtyards and even watch the street performers. I love the Punch and Judy pub with it’s rooftop terrace and it feels so spacious after making your way amongst the tourists. There is more often than not, a singer or performer that you can watch as you have a drink. After a drink, have a wander to Laduree or Godiva for some chocolate covered strawberries or a sweet treat. There is also the Royal Opera House which is set to have another incredible Winter Season!
London’s most renowned food and drink Market, I was actually wandering here with my friend recently and love how much variety there is. There are a huge amount of cheese and meat stands as well as homemade jams and marmalades. We saw so many places that had huge queues so were obviously making some great food. This market apparently started in 1014 so it’s been going a LONG time. We walked through the Market down past Shakespeare’s Globe, which is a really nice walk in itself as you pass more traditional London pubs and have views of the Thames.
Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes is a big thing in Autumn in London, as this is where the tradition originated with the arrest of Guy Fawkes after he tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. Now, it is celebrated with a huge display of fireworks and bonfires across the UK, London though, has a lot of displays so you have a few to choose from. Ally Pally’s Fireworks are pretty special and take place on 1st November as well as the Light Up the Night at Wembley Park on the 10th November. Southwark Fireworks Night is one of the largest in the city with last year’s numbers reached over 30,000 people and tickets usually sell out in advance. Taking place on the 5th November, for the Southwark fireworks there is also a funfair as well as places to get food and drinks!
I hope you liked this little guide to London in Autumn and have some ideas of where you can go and things to do! I’m really looking forward to spending my winter in the UK for once and love spending time in London as well as my hometown of Brighton. Are you planning on going to any Autumn events?
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