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Top Autumn Things to Do in London

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by Erin (subscribe)
I travel as much as possible at home and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences
Published October 13th 2019
Make the most of the cosy season
Despite grey days and miserable weather, autumn in London is a great time to get outside and check out the many events occurring across the city.



1. Cosy Outdoor Dining in London's Secret Garden

Garden dining pod; image by London Secrt Garden


Located in the back streets of Kensington next to a quiet church, far removed from the city nightlife, is a secret garden with enclosed dining pods. These cosy spaces offer a perfect atmosphere to enjoy the changing seasons and celebrate special events.

Address: 100 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ER
When: Mon-Sun, 9am-10pm
Phone: 0871 942 9022 option 6
Website

2. Horror Movie Season at The Prince Charles Cinema

Horror Movie Season is an annual event at The Prince Charles Cinema promising to 'bring you a strand of dark, twisted, scary, fun and bloody cinema!' Selections include early films from the 30s (such as Frankenstein and Dracula) to the height of the horror film genre of the 80s and 90s (Nightmare on Elm Street franchise) and a horror marathon of 666 minutes of films, as well as other marathons of classic and teen films and many more.

Date: 15 Oct 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Where: 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY
Phone: 0207 494 3654
Website

3. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, at Trafalgar Square

Lighting of Lanterns (Diyas); image by Arnav via Wikimedia


Diwali is a religious festival celebrated by Hindu, Sikh, and Jain communities. The holiday is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil or light over darkness, which is symbolised by the many lanterns and candles displayed during the event. This year the festival in Trafalgar Square offers a large programme of events featuring cultural music, dances, workshops, puppet shows, food, band performances, and a lantern lighting ceremony.

Date: 3 Nov 2019
Where: Trafalgar Square; see Directions
Phone: 07712 177 703
Website

4. Bonfire Night Festivals and Fireworks

Guy Fawkes Fireworks Display; image by Billy Hicks via Wikimedia


Attending a bonfire night fireworks display is the quintessential thing to do in the autumn season. The following is a selection of recommended fireworks displays:

Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks (2-3 November)

This 2-day weekend festival is well-suited to families with children. It takes place at a former gunpowder mill (now a museum) with daytime child-friendly activities, such as a workshop on the science of explosives and tractor tours of the mill. In the evening, a large fireworks display will be produced by ForceFX, a company specialising in special effects for film and tv.

Blackheath Fireworks (2 November)

This year the event will include a child-friendly fun fair from 12pm; food stalls available from 5pm; and a large fireworks display from 8pm.

Wimbledon Park Fireworks (5 November)

This fireworks display is one of the largest and most well-attended in London. The event will include two fireworks shows, a funfair, and light acts. From 5.15pm - 10pm.

5. Spooky London



London features many Halloween events for all ages and varieties of tastes. Popular activities include special Harry Potter activities at Warner Brothers Studios, pumpkin carving, fireworks displays, macabre lecture series and cemetery tours, and the popular London Month of the Dead series of events. For more options see: 10 London Halloween Events
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