Guide type: Area Guide
26th October 2016
Photo Credit: The London Walks Blog
Home to the London Zoo, the Open Air Theatre, sensational rose and wildlife gardens, a boating lake and more than 395 acres of palatial green space, Regent’s Park is a true favourite with Londoners and tourists all-year-round. Take a stroll through this beautiful, regal parkland and enjoy soaking up the views of nature, with autumnal oranges and yellows coating its walkways for a picture-perfect setting.
Adjoining Regent’s Park to the north, Primrose Hill is one of the capital’s most treasured locations, inspiring awe from all who visit its quaint pastures; wonderful for visiting this time of year. Enjoy one of the most magnificent, uninterrupted views of Central London, and while you’re at it why not head to the Primrose Bakery for a satisfying sweet treat?
Calling all foodie lovers! Whether you’re on the hunt for the best gourmet burger, fancying experiencing ‘London’s Longest Lunch’ or tasting mouthwatering signature desserts crafted by the capital’s leading chefs, the London Restaurant Festival is sure to have your taste buds tingling this autumn. With a number of restaurant experiences and festival menus to choose from, this is a fantastic opportunity for Londoners and visitors to London to enjoy the best of the capital’s cuisine in renowned eateries including the Oxo Tower Brasserie, Hutong at The Shard and steak specialists Hawksmoor.
If you’re someone who enjoys something a little alternative, you’ll definitely enjoy a trip to the Backyard Cinema. This ‘roaming, theatrical cinema’ uses elaborate sets, actors and live music to create a physical extension of the film you’re watching for a truly unique cinematic experience. Currently themed as a ‘Lost World’ venue, visitors can enjoy Disney classics including The Legend of Tarzan, The Lion King and The Jungle Book, as well as Halloween favourites such as the Blair Witch Project, Hocus Pocus and Ghostbusters – all within a jungle-style setting complete with tropical plants and trees, sound effects and beanbags! Grab some popcorn and a cocktail, and let the show begin!
Start getting in the Christmas spirit by heading down to London’s most renowned shopping street – this year on Tuesday 1st November – for the official start of Yuletide festivities, where thousands of people turn up to watch the lights turn on and watch performances from the nation’s favourite bands and musicians.
Transporting visitors to Tudor England, the Tower of London’s Twilight Tour is a must-see for any history buff this autumn. Enjoy after-hours access to this renowned cultural attraction and visit sights such as Traitors’ Gate, the Scaffold Site and the Bloody Tower, accompanied with tales of past prisoners including Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII who was accused and consequently beheaded for witchcraft and adultery.
Celebrating more than 27 years in the West End, the Woman in Black is described as ‘the most brilliantly effective spine-chiller you will ever encounter’ by the Daily Telegraph. Currently playing at the Fortune Theatre, this show is perfect for embracing the Halloween mood.
Nowhere in London does Bonfire Night like Blackheath. This event starts at noon with a funfair for all the family to enjoy, with food and drink served from 5pm, and finishing with the dramatic fireworks display from 8pm. One of the biggest free community displays in the capital, Blackheath welcomes more than 90,000 people on Guy Fawkes Night – one of the most anticipated events on the autumn calendar.
For a quintessentially British experience this autumn, the Lord Mayor’s Show is an event not to miss. Dating back more than 800 years, this annual procession celebrates the appointment of the new Lord Mayor of the City of London with an iconic parade and a fireworks display to rival 5th November. Taking place this year on Saturday 12th November, visitors will be able to see the regal flotilla cruise down the Thames from Westminster to Tower Bridge, watch the famous procession of bands, horse and carriages, vintage cars and tanks from Mansion House, and take a guided tour around the old streets of the City of London.