It seems that Autumn has descended on us quickly. There are beautiful brown leaves everywhere, it’s winter coat weather and the evenings and mornings are noticeably darker! And I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been feeling particularly moody since the change in temperature, so to tide us over until we can start throwing up the tinsel, here are 10 great ideas of things to do in London this Autumn.
- Have a go at curling – head to Stratford for a bit of winter curling! From Nov 3rd, ‘Roof East’, across the road from Westfields, will turn into a wintery arena – don’t miss out on this fun, unique experience!
- Watch the fireworks – Bonfire Night is almost upon us and if you don’t fancy battling the crowds at your local, organised display, here are some great view points around London you can head to, for the best seat in the house!
- Christmas time – already? It may seem too soon but it’s almost time for the Christmas lights to turn on! Oxford St and Regents St put their lights on Nov 6th, with the rest of the landmark areas following closely behind. This is a great way to get into the festive spirit with a mulled wine or two and, if you have chance, I recommend a trip to Kew Gardens to see their garden decorations if you’re a Christmas fanatic!
- Fly the Emirates Skyline – with these dark evenings come one great thing – more gorgeous sunsets to watch! Visit the Emirates Skyline for a lovely view over a different side of the city. It’s peaceful, it’s serene and, with great views for miles on every side, the sunset opportunities are next level!
- Wildlife Photographer of the Year – I shouted about it last time around and I’ll recommend it again – make sure you get down to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum, which has just started. There’s some great shots from different age ranges, taken from different sides of the globe, and the stories that come with each picture will definitely inspire you to get out with your camera this autumn!
- Fire, Fire – continuing with awareness of the Great Fire of London‘s 350th anniversary, the immersive experience lets you step back in time and experience it for yourself.
- Time for an art attack – there’s some great art exhibitions out this Autumn. If you’re looking for some classics, head to Picasso Portraits or if you fancy a glimpse into the modern world, represented through socially driven art, try the #NoFaceLikePhone exhibition.
- Crime fighter for a night – So, Crime Scene Live has started again and offers the opportunity to spend an evening in the Natural History Museum solving a crime! Time to be Sherlock Holmes for the night!
- Tour the city on foot – Got visiting family or just fancy getting out and about in London? Try the Planetpass app and take tours, such as the graffiti tour or London at sundown. If it’s raining, don’t worry, the pubs tour or chocolate tour have got you covered! Read about my ‘London at Sundown‘ tour here.
- Sit back and relax – head to the cinema to watch ‘A Streetcat Named Bob’, which is out Nov 3rd. If you’re an animal lover or you just love a film to get you in the winter spirit, this is the one for you! And let’s not forget that ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ will also be out on Nov 16th – I can hardly hold in my excitement!
Well, that’s enough to keep you busy for a month or two! What have you got planned around London over the coming months? Share them with me over at @keepitnorthern!