Autumn in London – Best Outdoor Activities in the Capital

London autumn

As the sky begins to darken and the greenery of summer transforms to hues of orange and brown, we are faced with an overwhelming temptation to begin winter hibernation early. However, autumn is most certainly not a season to be missed. Crisp mornings, iridescent afternoons and beautiful sunsets provide spectacular backdrops for a season spent in the great outdoors before the onset of winter. Join us, and make the most of autumn in London as we countdown the very best outdoor activities London has to offer.

Midnight Apothecary

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Sitting around an open fire roasting marshmallows is a perfect autumn evening warmer at Midnight Apothecary

Open fires, rooftop views and beautifully cultivated flora – Midnight Apothecary provides the perfect outdoor setting for a fresh air get-together with friends this autumn in London. Of all the outdoor bars London has to offer, this is perhaps the most magical – with botanical cocktails freshly prepared using the very ingredients being grown around you. 

This candle-lit oasis provides the perfect way to spend an autumnal evening with friends, gathered around a fire, drinking delicious beverages and toasting marshmallows in seasonal style. Situated above the Thames Tunnel, the venue also offers tours of the Grand Entrance Hall of the Thames Tunnel. This hidden extra is guaranteed to make your trip to this magical venue even more memorable.

Camden Passage

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A hot coffee in a cosy cafe is the perfect way to round off a Camden Passage spree on an autumnal afternoon

Brisk autumn mornings and lazy afternoons lend themselves to a gentle shopping spree – and nowhere is better suited than the charming Camden Passage. This car-free street in Islington is filled with markets, boutiques, unique stores and plenty of character. Known for its collection of antique offerings, Camden Passage is often ranked among Portobello and Spitalfields as a leading area for historical gems. 

Add to this its eclectic mix of modern, traditional and retro clothing stores, and you can see why an afternoon spent here on an autumnal day would fly by. And of course, no shopping outing during autumn in London would be complete without a warming drink and some delicious food. 

Visit the cosy Viennese coffee house, Kipferl, for some Austrian cuisine and, most importantly, indulgent cakes. To celebrate with something a little stronger, look no further than the traditionally British Camden Head pub – complete with wood panelled interior and Victorian décor.

Richmond Park

deer at Richmond Park
The free-roaming red deer of Richmond Park are best seen in the autumn months

No autumn in London would be complete without making the most of the beautiful London autumn walks on offer. The city’s collection of Royal Parks certainly provide plenty of inspiration for outdoor adventures year round. But of all outdoor activities in London, the most majestic is walking through Richmond Park and enjoying the magnificent wildlife on display. 

Created by Charles I in the seventeenth century, Richmond is the largest of the Royal Parks. Being a national nature reserve, visitors can enjoy an array of flora and fauna in this expansive outdoor retreat. From picturesque posies in the Isabella Plantation, to the stunning woodlands throughout, there is plenty to see and explore. 

But the main attraction at Richmond Park, particularly in autumn, has to be the free roaming red and fallow deer. With the rutting season in full swing between September and November, autumn offers the chance to view the animals at their most active. The clash of mighty stags as they battle over mates makes for a brilliant photo opportunity.

Hampton Pool

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Nothing is quite as invigorating as an autumn swim in the open-air, heated Hampton Pool

Outdoor swimming in London may not sound like an obvious outdoor activity during autumn in London – but there is an ideal London venue suitable for the task. Hampton Pool is an open-air swimming pool surrounded by space for sitting and enjoying a picnic between dips. The real beauty of this pool, however, is that it is heated. No matter how chill the autumn air may be, you can still marvel at the autumn skies and surroundings in comfort. 

The venue even offers ‘Moonlight Dips’ for those seeking to enjoy swimming in the London night air; it doesn’t get much better than that! For those looking for autumnal outdoor activities in London suitable for children, there is even a learner pool for families with little ones.

Tip – the pool is currently available for only those who have booked, so check the website well in advance of your trip!

Treetop Walkway

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The array of colours to be seen at Kew Gardens is even more spectacular in autumn

There are few things as beautiful in autumn in London as the exquisite autumnal tones of the city’s green spaces. Nowhere is this better exhibited than in the incredible, tree lined Kew Gardens with its vast collection of indigenous and exotic plant life. The gardens are home to an incredible 14,000 trees, including a range of oak species, sweet chestnut and maple – all of which turn lovely shades in autumn. 

The best way to see the trees up close, and indeed take in panoramic views of the surrounding gardens and London area, is to climb the Treetop Walkway. At 18 metres high, the walkway takes you right to the tops of the trees – sure to be a highlight moment from your autumn in London experience.

Don’t hesitate. Book your London autumn getaway today. Whether to experience bonfire night in true central London style, or for a romantic break with a loved one, book with us for the ultimate autumn in London city break. 

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