Outdoor Activities to Do in Autumn
Some days in London throughout autumn are perfect for enjoying outdoor activities. A few of our favourites are:
Stroll along Kynance Mews: Originally stables and now one of the city’s most coveted places to live, Kynance Mews offers one of the best autumnal walks in London. Stroll along the cobbled street admiring the fiery foliage that veils archways and walls.
See the leaves in Kensington Gardens: The former Kensington Palace gardens and the adjoining Hyde Park are a riot of autumn colours in October and November. If you want more space than Kynance Mews (or the street whets your appetite for more), wander the paths that criss-cross both spaces. Consider popping into the Serpentine Galleries for a moment’s respite while you admire the art on display.
Head to Holland Park’s Japanese Garden: See nature idealised at this beautiful time of year at Holland Park’s Japanese-style Kyoto Garden.
Watch football games: Indulge in that oh-so-British pastime of taking in one or more football matches at Stamford Bridge stadium. A few upcoming football autumn events in London include Chelsea vs Manchester United on 22 October, Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb on 2 November, and Chelsea vs Arsenal on 6 November.
Get excited about the festive season with Christmas at Kew - From 16 November: Wander through tunnels of light and a fire garden, marvel at larger-than-life illuminations, be entranced by dancing lakeside reflections, and say hello to Father Christmas. Enjoy delicious seasonal delights and winter warmers from independent street food vendors at Christmas at Kew Gardens.
Indoor Things to Do in Kensington
Some October and November days are perfect for spending as much time indoors as possible. Take a look at these places to visit this autumn in London that let you do exactly that:
Head to the best indoor markets: London’s open-air markets are justifiably famous, but the best indoor markets are just as good. Browse and shop to your heart’s content at Covent Garden Apple Market, Camden Lock Market, and Brixton Village Market.
Mosey round the top shopping areas: Kensington is wonderfully close to some of the capital’s most prestigious shopping areas. Even if browsing is all you do, be sure to visit Knightsbridge (where you’ll find Harrods and Harvey Nichols), Mayfair, Carnaby Street, Sloane Street and Sloane Square, Bond Street, Regent Street, Oxford Street, and Seven Dials.
Explore London’s museums: London’s major museums are among the best in the world and visiting them in autumn means you won’t face the loud, pushy crowds of summer tourists. Make your way to the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Design Museum, the Museum of London, and the British Museum.
Be entertained at great live music venues: If you’re a fan of live music, catch a gig or two at some of the capital’s best venues. You’re sure to find sounds to soothe and satisfy you at places such as the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, Under the Bridge in Fulham, the Troubadour in Kensington, Piano in Kensington, Nell’s in Kensington, Bar 190 in Queen’s Gate, 606 Club in Chelsea, and the 100 Club in Oxford Street.