Things to do in London this autumn
London is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities not just in the UK, but in the whole world. The many people who choose to make this iconic capital city their home, even if just for a short time, have hundreds of options for when it comes to free-time activities and pursuits.
Below is just a small selection of the things to do in the city this autumn.
Explore London's food scene with the Restaurant Festival
As one of the world's most renowned and varied gastronomic centres, there can be few more exciting places to enjoy a restaurant festival than London! Taking place throughout the month of October, it includes restaurant experiences such as special theme nights, chef-hosted events and tasting menus, and special offers that give you access to some of the very best and most exclusive restaurants in the capital.
See the autumn colours at their best in London's parks and gardens
London may be an urban centre, but it's a great place to enjoy the burst of autumnal colours as the city's parks change from bright greens to warm coppers and golds. The larger parks to enjoy the spectacle include Regent's Park, Hyde Park and Richmond Park, London's largest open space.
This October you can immerse yourself in the particularly spectacular seasonal colours and culture of Japan with a walk on the Momijigari trail, part of the Japan Festival at Kew Gardens.
Catch an NFL game at one of London's top stadiums
This October Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is hosting the NFL London Games, which sees this popular US sport brought across the Atlantic for UK-based fans and spectators to experience.
Head to the Totally Thames 2021 festival
From 1st – 30th September London’s river Thames is brought to life in a month-long season of events along the river's 42-mile stretch. Totally Thames includes large-scale art installations, free exhibitions and live performances, as well as water sports and boat parties to enjoy.
Take part in Halloween celebrations across the capital
From haunted venues and scary attractions, to special Halloween tours there are a host of ways and places to get into the spirit of Halloween in London this year! Alongside ghost walks and bus tours, including visits to London’s most famous cemeteries, there are special events at a number of historical landmarks such as the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace. Of course, the London Dungeon is a year-round attraction for finding out about the grislier side of London's history!
Remember, remember the fifth of November…
Just after Halloween in the UK comes Bonfire Night. Celebrated on November 5, it commemorates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, a plan by Roman Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill the king in order to reestablish Catholic rule in England.
London is a hub of activity on Bonfire Night, with large bonfires and fireworks displays all around the city.
Go behind the scenes at the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition
Until 31 December 2021 Harry Potter fans can enjoy never-before-seen images of the wizarding world at the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition in Covent Garden.
Enjoy being able to see live theatre, music and dance after the recent Covid restrictions
London is a city that is brimming with arts venues, and where you could find something different to enjoy every day of the year. Having been off-limits for so much of 2020, and the early part of 2021, making the most of these fantastic venues and their varied offerings is a must this autumn.
For a list of venues and their current listings, see visitlondon.com.