London stops for nothing, least of all the change in seasons.

While the end of Autumn brings on summer blues, London’s vibrant spirit across the autumnal months will have you swept off your feet, morning, noon and night.

Want to know how to celebrate the best of the season in London? Here are the essentials.

Autumn in London

A crisp walk in Richmond Park

Located south of the River Thames, only a short walk from Richmond station, visitors flock to the former hunting ground of kings to witness hundreds of wild stags stomping the grounds at Richmond Park. At this time of year, they fight one another amongst the fiery colours of the Autumn leaves, to impress their doe friends. 

Accessible by car, bike and foot, take a camera to capture the beauty of British wildlife, get a glimpse of St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound, or tour the highlights of the 17th Century National Trust treasure: Ham House. Meander through the picturesque pathways, secluded streams and blooming flower gardens of the Isabella Plantation.

Richmond Park

Richmond Park

BFI London Film Festival

For film lovers, London hosts one of the biggest festivals celebrating the best in cinema in the second half of October every year.

Screening over 300 films and documentaries, and hosting workshops, masterclasses and talks with directors, producers and actors, BFI London Film Festival promises a packed programme that is known to book up fast. 

Tickets can be purchased on the BFI website, over the phone or by queuing up at the BFI Southbank and costs range from £10 — £30.

London Film Festival

London Film Festival

Eat your way through the food markets

Rain never stopped a Londoner so warm up in the cooler months with hearty street food. 

A few key spots for your stomach include Borough Market where Levantine-inspired food can be sampled at Arabica Bar & Kitchen, Camden Lock Market which offers the only fully cheese-focused restaurant in London at The Cheese Bar or Broadway Market for healthy Asian food at Katsu Wraps.

Borough Market Food

Borough Market

Discover London’s spooky side

In the lead-up to Halloween, London has tricks and treats up its sleeve to enthral thrill-seekers looking for supernatural experiences.

A noteworthy spot, and local favourite, is Hackney’s Sutton House where an afternoon of ghost-hunting awaits.

The onsite Ghost Investigators Teams educate visitors on the House’s spirit inhabitants such as the White Lady, Lady in Blue and ghost of former Sutton House resident Frances Mitchell, all of whom are known to float around the parlours. 

In addition, Highgate Cemetery, noted for being the burial site of Karl Marx, also draws a lot of attention due to decades of reports on sightings of vampires, nuns and elderly ghost couples around the gothic tombstones!

If you only have time for one, however, be sure to get acquainted with London’s former infamous resident: Jack The Ripper, who has gained international notoriety posthumously thanks to numerous books and films that reference his evil acts. Whether you choose to head to London Dungeon to meet Mrs Waldron, landlady of the Ten Bells pub where Jack is known to have frequented, to hear all about his heinous crimes; venture to the Whitechapel to visit the Jack the Ripper Museum and be transported back to the 1880s to hear the tale from the six victims; or choose to walk in the footsteps of the wicked serial killer on one of the East End’s Jack The Ripper Tours, you’re sure to leave feeling spooked.

Highgate Cemetary

Highgate Cemetery

Get cosy on Bonfire nights

There’s no better way to warm yourself up after a long day in and around London’s attractions than to head to Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Night, in November.

Taking place on the fifth of November, the event commemorates the demise of the Gunpowder Plot, when the most famous plan to destroy the Parliament Buildings and blow up the King in 1605, was uncovered. It was then that the tradition of lighting bonfires and burning Guy Fawkes (the key instigator of the plan) began and why it exists today.

That said, nowadays it’s more of an excuse to drink a lot of hot chocolate in one of London’s parks such as Battersea Park, Victoria Park or Bishops Park around their bonfires and additionally watch one their fireworks displays!

Bonfire Night London

Fireworks in London

To learn more about the event, don’t miss our guide on How To Celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.

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