The summer is drawing to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun needs to stop. Autumn is where the magic happens and, after the sweltering months we witnessed here in London, the cooler temperatures ahead are more than welcome.
Autumn in London is hard to beat. The style icons come out with their swanky pullovers and fall season attire, leaves turn a crispy golden brown, and it’s still light in the evening. But what about the sweet, sweet amenities?
The capital is full of fun things to do, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves to point you in the direction of where it’s at. There are festivals, brunches, sports and more in our pick of fun things to do in London this autumn.
What’s better than bowling? Bowling while having brunch in a retro setting, of course. And that’s exactly what you’re going to get at All Star Lanes in Brick Lane, East London. Take a trip back to a time where jazz and electro swing was all the rage while scoring a strike with ten-pin bowling. Don’t forget to come dressed for the occasion.
Where: All Star Lanes, 95 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
When: September 29th
Price: From £17
Hay-bale skittles, horseshoe flinging, a rooftop movie and, of course, cocktails with harvest ingredients are all on the agenda at HarvestFest at Skylight. There’s even a bucket of cider to down if you feel you’re up to the task. The themed event is spread over three floors, so there will be plenty of variety on offer.
Where: Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, St Katharine's & Wapping, E1W 2SF
When: From September 27th
Price: From £15
The National Football League of America is heading to town for some bone-crunching, high-intensity antics. There are three matches taking place in October: the Tennessee Titans take on the Los Angeles Chargers; the Jacksonville Jaguars meet the Philadelphia Eagles; and the Oakland Raiders battle the Seattle Seahawks. We’re going for the impressive names alone.
Where: Wembley Stadium, London HA9 0WS
When: October 14th, 21st and 28th
Price: £41 to £156
Get yourself in the mood for Halloween with a London ghost tour. If you’re a paranormal enthusiast, or just like scaring the bejesus out of yourself, then browsing some of the capital’s most haunted spots will delight and fright you at the same time. There is a selection of tours, including The Hidden Horror Ghost Walk, Alleyways and Shadows Ghost Walk and The Jack Ripper Tour.
Where: Various parts of London
Price: From £10 per person
Peckham is quickly turning into one of South East London’s most creative hubs. The Peckham Festival celebrates that creativity with free workshops, teaching people new skills, and live entertainment. There will be a diverse range of activities from short films to musical performances to cake-baking classes to boxing and much more.
When: Sept 14th to 16th
Take a brisk autumn stroll through one of London’s most scenic open spaces. The Royal Park offers plenty of live roaming deer to spot and admire, take a ride in a horse carriage and wander around The Isabella Plantation, a woodland garden. Just don’t leave let your dog chase the deer.
Price: Entry to the park is free
Ok, so maybe you shouldn’t expect anything to come to life, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking part in Museums at Night. The event takes places across the UK and starts in London, where doors are kept open after hours and include specialist talks, night-themed events and exclusive exhibitions. It’s a great chance to see museums in a completely different light.
Where: Various London museums
When: October 25th to 27th
Price: Prices vary depending on the event
A celebration of Amy Winehouse marks what would have been the iconic singer’s 35th birthday. To celebrate, Lucy Randell and her eight-piece band will play at Boisdale of Canary Wharf, a two-floor venue overlooking Cabot Square. Expect to hear Amy’s greatest hits, including Rehab, Back to Black, Valerie and many more. £5 for every ticket also goes to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Where: 15 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QT
When: September 24th- 28th
Price: From £35
Oktoberfest takes place in Munich every October and is the world’s largest beer festival. Its popularity has influenced many copycats to recreate the German event, but none do it better than the events taking place and Millwall Park in Canary Wharf and Finsbury Park in Finsbury. Sing, dance, drink beer and embrace your inner German at London Oktoberfest.
Where: Millwall Park, Canary Wharf and Finsbury Park, Finsbury
When: October 4th to 14th at Millwall Park and 18th to 31st at Finsbury Park
Price: From £10
London is the design capital of the world, which is why you should get yourself down to the official design week and see what’s in store from some of the world’s best designers. It takes place across several locations between the 15th and 23rd of September. One of the events taking place is Kellenberger-White: Alphabet, where a series of alphabet chairs will feature for festival goers to experiment and make words with.
Where: Around London
When: 15th-23rd September
The first week of October is London Cocktail Week, which means you’re encouraged to indulge in the best cocktails around. You can even buy a digital pass which will give you access to £6 cocktails at 300 of London’s best bars, first look access to popups and parties, and free, unlimited entry to The Cocktail Village at Spitalfields Market. How do you like your Martini?
Where: All over London
When: October 1st to October 7th
High-end art that is from the ancient era to the end of the twentieth century is on the agenda at Frieze Master. There are 130 international galleries from around the globe, featuring the very best names in the art world. From Rembrandt to Picasso, expect to find the best of the best when the event takes place between Friday 5th and Sunday 7th of October in Regent’s Park.
Where: Regent’s Park
When: October 5th to 7th
Autumn fun in London
These autumn events should get you on your way to enjoying the best London has to offer. Which ones will you be attending? And do you think we’ve missed some off the list that might be worth including? Let us know in the comments below.