72 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 101 things to do in autumn have your September, October and November sorted.

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. See the city sparkle with a Christmas lights bus tourBe dazzled by a glittering display of festive lights and famous landmarks.
  4. Brave the London Dungeon: Enjoy this immersive experience at one of London's most terrifying historical sights.
  5. Enjoy "lates" events in London's museums and galleries: Explore the London Transport Museum after dark and enjoy talks and live music events at the National Gallery.
  6. Head up one of London's most iconic landmarks at The View from The Shard: Enjoy unrivalled views of the city from above. 
  7. Or take a leisurely turn on the London Eye: Take a ride on the world's largest observation wheel. 
  8. 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. See a different side of the Royal Family at the special Life Through the Royal Lens exhibition. Until 30 Oct
  9. Soar above the river Thames with the IFS Cloud Cable CarTake in sweeping views of the city on London's only cable car. 
  10. Take a tour of historic Tower of LondonLearn all about the famous fortress, royal palace and infamous prison. 
  11. 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
  12. Go on a fascinating tour of Shakespeare's GlobeLearn all about the open-air playhouse.
  13. 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 2022?

The cast of Wicked the Musical on stage pointing to the witch who is elevated under blue lights
Wicked the Musical © See Tickets. Image courtesy of See Tickets.
  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. Enjoy the whimsical My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican Theatre: See the beloved Studio Ghibli film brought to life on stage. 
  3. Experience the intensity of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall: Accused of murder, Leonard Vole tries to convince the jury of his innocence.
  4. See the award-winning The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre: Meet the mysterious masked figure haunting a Paris opera house. 
  5. Take on time travel at Back to the Future the Musical at the Adelphi Theatre: Join Doc Brown and Marty McFly as they work to save their own existence.
  6. Be terrified by The Woman in Black at Fortune Theatre: Watch the West End's scariest production if you dare!
  7. Hear the heart-warming tale of Stick Man at Leicester Square Theatre: Join Stick Man as he makes the epic quest to his home tree in time for Christmas. Until 2 Jan
  8. Get into the festive spirit at ELF The Musical at Dominion Theatre: Follow the story of Buddy the Elf as he causes merry mayhem across New York. From 14 Nov  
  9. See RuPaul's Drag Race UK Series Three tour at the London Palladium: Be dazzled by glitz and glamour as RuPaul comes to town. 7-8 Oct

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

What are the top London autumn events?

Red and white fireworks explode near Alexandra Palace at night, with the London skyline in the background.
Fireworks Festival at Alexandra Palace. Image courtesy of Alexandra Park & Palace Charitable Trust.
  1. Celebrate Black History Month across London: Discover a lineup of activities and events for all the family. 1-31 Oct
  2. 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
  3. 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. 12 Nov
  4. Watch the World Cup at Skylight Rooftop Bar: Head to the ultimate viewing space, Skylight Pitchside, to see the much anticipated 2022 Qatar World Cup. From 12 Nov
  5. Football fans can enjoy Europe's first official FIFA Fan Festival* this November: Meet football legends and enjoy 4D match viewing. 21, 25, 29 Nov
  6. See your favourite artists perform live: Iconic acts of all genres head to London this autumn, including Kaiser ChiefsKendrick Lamar and Sigrid
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Celebrate Rosh Hashanah: Mark the start of the Jewish New Year with activities across the city.

Find more world-class London events in autumn months.

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. Credits: Joe Pepler/PinPep.
  1. Have a blast at the KidzaniaDiscover this epic interactive indoor city run by kids. 
  2. Get an adrenaline rush with The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit: Whizz down the tallest and longest tunnel slide in the world.
  3. Walk among the stars at Madame Tussauds London: Snap a photo with your favourite celebrities and enjoy the exciting Marvel Universe 4D experience.  
  4. Be a junior zoo keeper at ZSL London Zoo: Feed and make friends with animals as you take care of them for the day.
  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.
  7. Treat the kids to a trip on the Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour: Spot famous London landmarks while tucking into delicious treats.

Discover more family activities, including exciting experiences for teenagers.

Top autumn activities in London

A man in a long black coat stands under a spotlight surrounded by an audience in masks at the burnt city immersive experience in london.
The Burnt City immersive experience by Punchdrunk. Image courtesy of Bread and Butter PR
  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. Try out one of London's best masterclasses: Learn from the very best when it comes to cocktails, cooking, crafts and much more.
  5. 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?

Two people look at framed images on a tiled wall, bathed in vibrant green light, with a neon green twisting light above, at the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition.
Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition. TM & © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Wizarding World Publishing Rights © JKR
  1. Go behind the scenes at the Harry Potter Photographic ExhibitionDelve into never-before-seen images of the famous film series, fun activities and a bit of magic!
  2. Come face-to-face with the world's most fearsome of creatures at Jurassic World: The ExhibitionTake on this immersive dinosaur experience that brings the famous films to life. Until 15 Jan
  3. Surround yourself with the incredible works of Vincent Van Gogh at Van Gogh: The Immersive ExperienceSunflowers, starry skies and more are brought to life. Until 31 Mar 
  4. Or be mesmerised at Frameless in Marble Arch: A fully immersive space with four rooms showcasing artwork from periods throughout history, paired with a moving soundtrack. Until 31 Jan
  5. Delve deeper at Manet & Eva Gonzales at the National Gallery. Explore new technical examinations in this series that looks at a single painting from new perspectives. Until 15 Jan
  6. Marvel at the Strange Clay installation at Haywards Gallery: Fantastical creatures and representations of the everyday are formed from impressive ceramicsUntil 8 Jan
  7. Immerse yourself in Marina Ambramović's work at the Royal Academy of Arts: Admire pieces that invite the audience to become apart of the experience. Until 10 Dec 2023

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 25 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 person pouring tea into a glass, with afternoon tea nibbles displayed on a table around.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea awaits at One Aldwych. Image courtesy of Luxury Lifestyle Magazine.
  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 (4-9 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. © RBG Kew/Jeff Eden
  1. Celebrate a magical festive season with Hogwarts in the SnowWizarding wonders are given a festive twist this winter, with plenty of fun activities and features. 
  2. Be wowed by Christmas at Kew: See stunning light displays and immersive art.
  3. Don't miss the feel-good festive fun at Winter Wonderland: Don't miss its return to Hyde Park for 2022! 
  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.

Keep an eye out for special deals and offers for your visit; and make sure to download the Visit London app for inspiration on the go.