68 autumn in London ideas to fall for

Autumn colours, fun festivals, blockbuster exhibitions… this season serves up plenty of treats.

From annual events such as Bonfire Night or Halloween, to the latest theatre shows or exhibitions, these 69 things to do in autumn have your September, October and November sorted.

What are the top London autumn events?

The Gipsy Kings' band members play their violins and guitars on stage in front of a crowd.
Gipsy Kings at the Royal Festival Hall during EFG London Jazz Festival. Image courtesy of EFG London Jazz Festival. Photo credit: Emile Holba.
  1. Remember, remember the fifth of November… If you’d somehow forgotten, here’s a reminder: London Bonfire Night fireworks displays mix pyrotechnics, seasonal food and family fun. On and around 5 Nov
  2. Celebrate Black History Month across London: Discover a lineup of activities and events for all the family. 1-31 Oct
  3. Remember, remember the fifth of November… If you’d somehow forgotten, here’s a reminder: London Bonfire Night fireworks displays mix pyrotechnics, seasonal food and family fun. On and around 5 Nov
  4. Get your jazz hands ready for the EFG London Jazz Festival: See spectacular performances and events across London. TBC
  5. Marvel at the The Lord Mayor's ShowEnjoy the much-loved historic parade that mixing pageantry with a party atmosphere in the heart of London. TBC
  6. Tuck into turkey and pumpkin pie for ThanksgivingSoak up Canadian and American culture at restaurants and pubs across the city. On and around 10 Oct and 24 Nov
  7. Spend the evening at a concert at the Royal Albert HallSoak up the atmosphere as you enjoy everything from tribute bands to enchanting orchestra performances.
  8. Enjoy "lates" events in London's museums and galleries: In past years you could explore the London Transport Museum after dark and enjoy talks and live music events at the National Gallery.
  9. Use the Mid-autumn Festival as the perfect excuse to have your fill of Asian delicacies in ChinatownTry Golden Gate Cake Shop for mooncakes, the traditional treat at this time of year.
  10. Celebrate Rosh Hashanah in the capital: Mark the start of the Jewish New Year with activities across the city. Oct TBC
  11. Enjoy eclectic sounds at Regent’s Park Music FestivalGrab a picnic, sit back and discover local bands, choirs and jazz bands. TBC
  12. Calling all theatre lovers for Musical Con 2024A weekend of everything West End including live performances, workshops, panels and more. 19-20 Oct
  13. Raise a stein as you celebrate Oktoberfest in LondonGet your friends together and attend one (or a few!) of the many exciting beer festivals popping up across the capital. 

Find more world-class London events in autumn months.

What are the top autumn attractions?

A family enjoy the amazing views from a pod as they ride The London Eye.
Enjoy incredible views of the city on The London Eye. Image courtesy of The London Eye.
  1. Discover the best 10 London attractions: Buy The London Pass, the Go City London Explorer Pass or the Merlin London Attractions Pass to see multiple attractions on one trip.
  2. Tick off London's top sights with the Total London Experience: Make the most of your day out in the capital. 
  3. Brave the London Dungeon: Enjoy this immersive experience at one of London's most terrifying historical sights.
  4. Take a leisurely turn on the London Eye: Take a ride on the world's largest observation wheel.
  5. Turn your world upside down at the Twist Museum: Take on the optical illusions and immersive exhibits at this unusual London museum.
  6. Walk in the footsteps of royalty at Kensington Palace: Explore the palace that once housed Queen Victoria and is now home to the Prince and Princess of Wales. 
  7. Soar above the river Thames with the IFS Cloud Cable CarTake in sweeping views of the city on London's only cable car. 
  8. Take a tour of historic Tower of LondonLearn all about the famous fortress, royal palace and infamous prison. 
  9. Visit the City to discover centuries-old relics: Head to London's Roman Amphitheatre, hidden within the Guildhall Art Gallery, and London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE and take a tour of the Billingsgate Roman House and Baths
  10. Go on a fascinating tour of Shakespeare's GlobeLearn all about the open-air playhouse.
  11. Gaze at the marvellous interior of St Paul's Cathedral: Before delving into the fascinating history of this iconic landmark.

What's on in London theatre during autumn 2024?

Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, is shown looking sideways, wearing a black witch's hat and a black dress.
Travel to the world of Oz and discover the story of the unlikely friendship between two witches: Glinda and Elphaba, with Wicked The Musical. Image courtesy of Matt Crockett.
  1. Be mesmerised by Wicked at the Apollo Victoria: Enjoy spectacular songs and stunning effects in the magical story about the witches from The Wizard of Oz.
  2. Don't miss the brand-new stage adaptation of Mean Girls at the Savoy Theatre: New to high school, Cady decided to take on The Plastics in the ultimate revenge plot. 
  3. Experience the inspiring Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre: See Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash-hit musical based on the tale of the founding father Alexander Hamilton.
  4. Watch the award-winning The Phantom of the Opera London at Her Majesty's Theatre: Meet the mysterious masked figure haunting a Paris opera house. 
  5. Get the family together for Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre: A girl with magical powers takes on her terrifying headteacher.
  6. Tick off West End classic Les Misérables tour at the Sondheim Theatre: Fall in love with this global hit that has enchanted audiences for decades.

See more London theatre shows or laugh your head off at a comedy show.

How to make memories with the kids this autumn

A sculpture of Harry Potter on his broom in a Quidditch attire in Leicester Square.
Spot the wizard himself at the Scenes in the Square sculpture trail on Leicester Square. ©Joe Pepler/PinPep.
  1. Reach new heights at Lift 109 at Battersea Power Station: Enjoy 360-degree views of London in this exciting glass lift experience.
  2. Walk among the stars at Madame Tussauds London: Snap a photo with your favourite celebrities and enjoy the exciting Marvel Universe 4D experience.  
  3. Be a junior zoo keeper at London Zoo: Feed and make friends with animals as you take care of them for the day.
  4. Meet your favourite characters at Shrek's Adventure! London: This indoor attraction brings to life the films through captivating storytelling, extraordinary animation and a 4D ride. 
  5. Marvel at magical views from the Treetop Walkway at Kew GardensStroll along the treetop canopy and be dazzled by a spectrum of the world's brightest colours this autumn.
  6. Spend a day exploring some of London's top free museumsEnjoy the best of London's culture with the little ones.

Discover more family activities, including exciting experiences for teenagers.

Top autumn activities in London

A horse guard stands with his horse as tourists watch from behind a screen.
Get up close with the Horse Guards. Image courtesy of the Household Cavalry Museum.
  1. Take a guided walking tour of the city: Discover hidden corners on a Secret London Walking Tour or seek out the filming locations of the wizarding world.
  2. Get lost in an immersive experience: Hear tales of tragedy at The Burnt City and play detective at Sherlock Holmes: The Official Live Game.
  3. Head to an exciting activity bar: Challenge your friends to a game of ping pong at Bounce, or have a go at axe throwing in Tower Bridge.
  4. Spend the day exploring London's more unusual museums: Go behind the scenes of the royal Household Cavalry Museum, or uncover sinister secrets at the Jack the Ripper Museum.
  5. Try out one of London's best masterclasses: Learn from the very best when it comes to cocktails, cooking, crafts and much more.
  6. View the Illuminated River in a new light: Artist Leo Villareal's light show dazzles the bridges of the Thames.

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What are the best exhibitions in London this autumn?

A pastel on paper painting of a woman in a red striped dress with a young girl pouring tea in the Jean-Etienne Liotard painting, The Lavergne Family Breakfast.
The Lavergne Family Breakfast by Jean-Etienne Liotard (1754). Image courtesy of © The National Gallery, London
  1. See artwork come to life before your very eyes at Frameless: Travel beyond reality and into the worlds of famous artists such as Van Gogh and Rubens.
  2. Explore the extraordinary Six Lives: The Stories of Henry VIII's Queens at the National Portrait Gallery: See Tudor paintings by famous court painter Hans Holbein the Younger. 20 Jun-8 Sep
  3. Discover In the Eye of the Storm at the Royal Academy of Arts: Marvel at the groundbreaking modernist art from Ukraine. 29 Jun-13 Oct
  4. Don't miss Fragile Beauty at the V&A: See an unparalleled selection of photographs that tell stories across fashion, celebrity, reportage and the male body. Opens 18 May
  5. Marvel at Expressionists: Kandinsky, Munter and the Blue Rider at Tate Modern: Discover stories of friendship that has made modern art. 25 Apr-20 Oct
  6. Uncover over 1,000 items at Designer Maker User at the Design Museum: This free display showcases design through architecture, engineering, fashion, and more. 

Find more exhibitions in London.

What are the top places to explore in autumn?

London panorama above golden trees.
Roam London's Richmond Park, as it is covered in autumnal colours. Credits: Jon Reid. Image courtesy of Jon Reid.
  1. See London from the water during a river cruiseSpot some of London's most famous sights as you glide along the Thames. 
  2. Combine royal treasures, fascinating history and beautiful architecture on a tour of Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and BathLearn all about the mysterious monoliths and the famous Roman Baths.
  3. Or tick off multiple iconic sights in one day on a Leeds, Canterbury and Dover bus tour and Greenwich river boat tour: A fantastic way to explore many great sights.
  4. Shuffle your way through fallen autumn leaves in London’s best parks and gardens: They are swathed in oranges and yellows at this time of year.
  5. Enjoy a warming drink at one of London’s cosy pubsCurl up in front of a roaring fire as the nights draw in. 
  6. It’s Black Friday on 24 November, so rush out to the city’s top shopping destinations and department stores: Find plenty of bargains and autumn fashion deals.

Find more of the best autumn spots in London.

Where to go for autumn food and drink

A dining table with display boxes full of cakes and candy floss, scones on plates, glasses of champagne and a teapot, cup and saucers
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych. Image courtesy of One Aldwych.
  1. Go potty for plant-based food at the best vegan restaurants in London: Join in as November celebrates World Vegan Month.
  2. Make the most of the city's dining scene during the London Restaurant Festival: Learn how to make international dishes, go on a restaurant-hopping tour and enjoy special menus. 
  3. Treat yourself to an indulgent brunch: Whether that's bottomless or in a ball pit, London does a late morning better than most. 
  4. Admire London's attractions from the water on a memorable dinner cruise: Savour delicious food as you take in the illuminated London skyline.
  5. Don your lederhosen for Oktoberfest celebrations: Join the festivities at various locations in London, including Camden Oktoberfest
  6. Celebrate National Curry Week (10-16 October) at a top south Asian eatery: Choose from venues including Michelin-starred AmayaTrishna and Veeraswamy.
  7. Have a serious fill at London's restaurants in celebration of World Food Day: Try the capital's best eating out options, from quirky eateries to luxury dinners.
  8. Enjoy Sunday roasts, fish and chips or afternoon teaAutumn is the traditional harvest time, so tuck into hearty food (you’ll need that extra fuel for winter…).

Find more food and drink inspiration.

The countdown to Christmas in London

Children run through the cathedral of light tunnel at christmas at kew gardens in london.
Cathedral of Light at Christmas at Kew. Image courtesy of Jeff Eden/Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
  1. Celebrate a magical festive season with Hogwarts in the SnowWizarding wonders are given a festive twist over winter, with plenty of fun activities and features. 
  2. Be wowed by Christmas at Kew: See stunning light displays and immersive art in the famous London gardens.
  3. Don't miss the feel-good festive fun at Winter Wonderland: Get into the Christmas spirit at this winter spectacular in Hyde Park. 
  4. See the city sparkle with a Christmas lights bus tour: Be dazzled by a glittering display of festive lights and famous landmarks.
  5. Get your skating fix: London’s winter ice rinks start popping up across the city from November. 
  6. Start your Christmas shopping spree under sparkling Christmas lights, as they switch on in November: Bond Street, Carnaby, Covent Garden, Jermyn Street, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Seven Dials, South Molton Street all usually have stunning displays. Join a Christmas lights bus tour to see London lit up from November.

Plan ahead with more Christmas in London ideas.

If you're visiting another time of the year, find inspiration for each month. Or, if you'll be in London sooner, check out our top picks of things to do this weekend and activities for today.

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