Top 20 Things To Do This Autumn
So summer is out and autumn is in. And along with upgrading to that fetching roll neck jumper and slurping pumpkin spiced lattes (let the haters hate), London is marking the change of the season with all sorts of snug activities. Don't lament the darker nights and dropping temperatures; this is a time for piles of crispy tatties and roast dinners, for cute pubs and pints of IPA, and getting stuck into a new immersive experience. We've rounded up the best things to do this autumn in London.
If Aperol Spritz be the drink of the summer then it's time to switch to something a bit heartier. Our suggestion? Beer, beer and more beer, and where better to sample plenty of the hoppy stuff than at one of London's breweries. Along with all the craft brews, these spots will get you behind the scenes to show you what goes down in making your favourite drink.
Temperatures may be dropping, but things are heating up at The Prince of Wales in Brixton this autumn. Head here for a series of unmissable events on their heated rooftop, including popular R&B brunches, DJ sets for world-famous performers and live jazz music nights.
Shuffle boarding, best known as Henry VII's favourite pastime, has had one hell of a glow-up from the team behind other high-tech experiences, including Flight Club. Re-opening this September, Electric Shuffle is chucking a load of technology at the puck and sliding game, alongside paddle-board pizzas and sharing cocktails.
Bake Off is back on our screens, and as well as Paul Hollywood's piercing stare, it's bringing some serious cake envy. Instead of shouting at the TV, see if you've got what it takes to be crowned master baker with this 90-minute cooking competition.
Set in a secret private members club - that looks like an abandoned pub from the outside - Gin-House Burlesque is hot enough to warm even the chilliest of autumnal nights. Join London's sauciest burlesque performers for snake charming, fire breathing and scintillating strip tease in one of East London's coolest locations.
Sure, the nights are shorter and the days are cooler, but after so long inside during 2020, we're not letting go of outdoor shenanigans that easily. From our favourite walks around London through to the best places for alfresco drinking, we've got the ultimate autumn outside guide.
Bringing Agatha Christie vibes to East London, The Murder Express is part supper club, part immersive theatre experience. Jump aboard their train carriage for a swish, 1920s-inspired setting, with all sorts of characters telling their tale of deceit, trickery, and - yep, you guessed it - murder...
The days get cooler, so ultimately, you're gagging for a roast. From mounds of fluffy potatoes and epic Yorkshire puddings to new gastro takes on the humble gravy, our guide to London's best Sunday roasts will have you escaping the recent chill and tucking into a hearty British staple.
One of the world-leaders for top-notch comedy, there's no better way to spend autumn in London than catching some live stand-up. Head over to Bethnal Green where one of the city's best comedy clubs, Backyard, is showcasing fresh talent and established names all season.
While cinema has been off the cards for the last few months, it's back in spectacular fashion. To make up for missed time, check out Backyard Cinema, the immersive screening experience which is creating two magical pop-ups, including a snowy kingdom with an actual river.
William JM Chilila has already taken on Master Chef The Professionals and now the finalist is opening his own Central London restaurant. Add Akoko to your dining bucket list as it opens this October, focussing on the cuisine of West Africa.
Calling all ghosts, ghouls and living dead, Halloween is coming to London and we've compiled the most comprehensive guide. Whether you want to dress up and dance til the early hours or go hunting for spirits in a graveyard, there's a little something freaky for everyone.
Blending being outside and open fires? We're all about campfires this autumn as Londoners cuddle up around roaring flames. Head to one of these fiery cuties for city views, warm cocktails, and marshmallow roasting.