The seasonal spiced lattes, oversized knitwear and ankle-length coats have finally arrived to keep us cosy from the rainy days and frosty nights. It seems this year autumn swept in quickly to make the scorching hot summer days a distant, yet fond memory.
But as we say goodbye to summer, we say hello to lots of nostalgic and exciting celebrations. Get your roll-neck jumper at the ready, bake a spiced apple pie and carve up a pumpkin because Autumn is here, and we are ready to celebrate it with you.
So, without further ado, here are our top picks of things to do in London this Autumn.
The zoo is the perfect place to take the whole family and this October, London Zoo is celebrating Halloween in style. For the October half-term ZSL will be hosting a range of spooky activities and talks. Expect frightening face paints, Halloween themed crafts, tours on your favourite spooky animals such as owls, bats and spiders and a pumpkin patch that will look great on your Instagram account!
Join Borough Market at their annual harvest celebration taking place on the 24th until the 26th of October. For children there will be face painting, storytelling and pumpkin carving whilst cooking demonstrations and tips on how to grow your own seasonal veg will be great for parents. Visitors are also asked to bring in any apples they may have from school yards, gardens and allotments which would otherwise go to waste. These apples will go towards making a community cider and apple juice, which you can watch being made there and then!
Nothing is better than walking into a warm café on a frosty, cold day. Indulge in a hot chocolate like no other at Rabot 1745 to bring in the coming of the winter months. This unique bar, café and restaurant has cocoa at the heart of what they do. Their food menu also offers incredible contemporary dishes influenced by the flavours of the Caribbean, West Indies and Britain.
Richmond Park in Autumn is a must. The changing colours of the trees and the deer in the distance is a picturesque sight not to be missed. Feel at one with nature and visit the Isabella Plantation. This woodland garden is set within a Victorian woodland plantation planted in the 1830's. For refreshments, Pembroke Lodge offers incredible views over the Thames Valley, making it the perfect location for a mid-afternoon cuppa.
Never underestimate the importance of a cosy winter night in reading your favourite book. Returning for the 13th year, the Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate and find new favourites to add to your bookshelf. From the 17th until the 27th October come along to talks, readings, poetry and performances to inspire and enjoy.
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