It’s that dreamy time of year again when our streets and parks are washed in a romantic autumnal palette. Londoners and visitors alike enjoy the charming atmosphere, crunching leaves underfoot and strolling past the Thames covered in early morning mist. No matter the time of year, there’s always plenty to see and do in the Capital! Here’s a few of our favourite Autumn activities to pop into the diary. 👇
Soak up some scenery
Speaking of crunching leaves, kick off your Autumn acivities with a leafy stroll or cycle in the park 🚶🍂🚴.
If you’ve got time on your side, plan some games and activities to enjoy a fun day out with family and friends.
Check out some of our favourite London parks to enjoy the season such as Hyde Park, South Bank, Kyoto Garden Holland Park, Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest.
Totally Thames Festival
Enjoy a month-long programme of exciting events celebrating the River Thames in September! 🙌
The yearly Totally Thames festival is curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust. It covers a range of arts and cultural activities, talks, walks and boat rides 🛥️.
Many events and activities are free! 🙌
Open House London
21 & 22 September
Open House London, the world’s largest architecture festival, returns this year to bring you free access to sites across the Capital not normally open to the public!
In previous years, fabulous sites such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the BT Tower and Australia House – aka Harry Potter’s enchanting Gringotts Bank 🧙 – have been open for your viewing pleasure.
Get ready for fun-filled activities with hundreds of sites to choose from featuring walks, talks and tours over one weekend!
Reimagine Car free Day
The Mayor of London invites all of London to enjoy our streets at this brand new event, on 22 September, celebrating World Car Free Day! 🚫🚗
There’s fun for everyone with free entertainment and activities such as cycling, fitness and dancing, pop-up playgrounds, guided walking tours, live entertainment and more!
Reimagine is an opportunity for Londoners to cycle, walk and use public transport to help improve health and reduce car emissions 🏃🚲.
Spooky Halloween festivities
As October comes along, things start to get spooky in London 🎃.
Whether you’re attending a party or planning one, you’re bound to encounter a ghoul or two in the days leading up to 31 October! 🕯️
If you’re keen to get into the spirit of things, be sure to check out all the spooky events happening around London such as the gravestones at Highgate Cemetery, the menacing grin of the Parkland Walk Spriggan, or the creepy West Norwood Cemetery Catacombs 😱.
Bonfire Night festivities
Remember, remember the fifth of November… 💥
True to tradition, celebrate the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ arrest with a bang! Expect fireworks and bonfires to light up the sky for the week, as well as fun for everyone with entertainment and funfairs. 🎆
Here are some of the best places to admire the spectacle – phone’s at the ready! 🎇
EFG London Jazz Festival
15 – 24 November
Get your groove on – the Capital’s biggest annual jazz festival is on its way! 🎷
Stay tuned for musical talent from world-class artists and emerging stars. You can also celebrate jazz in a city at ease with its cultural diversity, at venues across London.
The best part? There’s always plenty of free and affordable shows, talks and events to enjoy!
London Transport Museum
Whether you’re after heritage vehicle events, interactive activities to keep the whole family entertained, or you want to discover more about London’s transport history, the London Transport Museum has an event for you!
Need more inspiration?
Explore more than 500 museums, galleries, street art sites and more. All are within a short walk or bus ride from each Underground station with our interactive Cultural TfL Map.
Kids aged 5-10 also travel free on all Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail services with a valid 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard. All kids under 11 travel free on buses and trams.
Go and discover London off-peak this Autumn at Time Out.