Top 20 things to do in London this autumn Fantastic family events and cool things for couples


As the summer comes to a close, the days get cooler, the nights get longer, and Brits begin to mourn the loss of summer. However, autumn is still one of the most exciting seasons with plenty of activities to be enjoyed – with a guarantee that you won’t wilt in the heat! There are lots of amazing London experiences to excite all demographics this autumn, from families to couples.


1. With the summer tourism bustle dying down, autumn is the perfect time to see London’s best sights in their autumnal glory. See London’s iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge by walking, bus, or river cruise.


2. If you haven’t seen London from 135m up, now is the time, with all the natural hues of autumn. Head to the London Eye to see the City from a spectacular height on the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel.


3. Visit London’s best parks, such as Hyde Park, Regents Park, and St James’ Park which all look wonderful this time of year as the leaves turn gold, auburn, and brown.


London autumn events


4. Kew Gardens pays homage to the plants and culture of Japan this autumn, with its Japan Festival. If you’re a fan of Japanese horticulture, you should visit Kew Gardens and take part in the Japanese Momijigari tradition of visiting places with red trees in autumn. At Kew Gardens, you can follow the Momijigari trail and even see some Japanese-style architecture.


5. Make a visit to The View from The Shard and have a romantic fine-dining experience at one of the Shard’s restaurants, or have drinks while admiring spectacular views of London’s skyline at 1,000 ft. on the open-air Skydeck, or even take a cocktail masterclass.


6. Harry Potter fans must visit the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London. If you’re also looking for some Halloween fun should visit from 24th September – 7th November where the haunting Dark Arts feature returns. Throughout your tour, Lord Voldemort’s symbol of the Dark Mark is projected throughout the Studio Tour for you to follow during your visit.


7. Harry Potter fans that have already experienced the Studio Tour need to visit the new and exclusive Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition in Covent Garden. At the Photographic Exhibition, you can view never before seen behind-the-scenes photographs from one of the most-loved film franchises until 31st October. The Photographic Exhibition is also home to London’s only bottled Butterbeer bar for patrons in the mood for Hogsmeade’s best beverage.


8. If you’re seeking spooky entertainment during Halloween, you have to visit London’s scariest attraction – The London Dungeon, for a trip back to London’s perilous past. Go back in time and see Mrs Lovett’s pie shop, Jack the Ripper, and Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot.


Things to do in London in autumn


9. True crime fans have to visit a killer attraction this Halloween – the Jack the Ripper Tour. As you walk through the eerie streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields with expert tour guides you can investigate the chilling cases for yourself.


10. Beer lovers will be pleased to know that Oktoberfest 2021 will still be going ahead in London. Don your lederhosen and dirndls, and head to a Bavarian beer hall in October to sample the finest selection of beers.


11. Cocktail lovers can rejoice, as London’s returning London Cocktail Week festival has been extended from 1st – 31st October for a month of drinking festivities.  By purchasing a wristband, you have access to discounted cocktails at some of the best bars in London.


12. Britain celebrated its 23rd Annual National Curry Week from 4th – 10th October 2021. What better way to celebrate one of Britain’s most loved cuisines than dining at one of London’s finest curry houses? No matter your spice tolerance, London’s Indian restaurants offer something for everyone. For a different experience, visit The Cinnamon Club, set in the historic Grade II listed former Westminster Library.


13. Feeling fancy this autumn? What better way to spend a crisp autumn afternoon than by treating yourself to a London afternoon tea. London has an amazing selection of afternoon teas to choose from. You can go for a classic afternoon tea, such as afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason, or delight yourself with a whimsical theme, such as the Peter Pan Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard.


London autumn things to do


14. The entire month of November is celebrated as World Vegan Month. Whether you’ve already made the leap to veganism, or you’re just curious to try out some great plant-based dishes, you need to visit some of London’s amazing vegan restaurants. Whether you want to try out fine dining, vegan fast food, or different vegan cuisines, London caters to all tastes.


15. History buffs, who want to combine their love of historic buildings and Halloween frights, look no further than London’s Historic Royal Palaces. HM Tower of London to hear tales of barbaric imprisonment, or head to Hampton Court Palace to find out about its resident apparitions – the Grey Lady, and the Screaming Queen.


16. Art aficionados must head to the Tate this autumn for the EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin. At this special exhibition in an unprecedented collaboration with the Musée Rodin, you can over 200 works from the mould-breaking French sculptor – many of which have not ever been seen outside of France before. The exhibition is on until 21st November.


17. This autumn you can take a peek behind the velvet curtains of Buckingham Palace and see one of the world’s most exclusive art collections. In the Royal Collection in a new exhibition called Masterpieces at Buckingham Palace at The Queen’s Gallery, you can see some of the world’s most famous art up close, including works from Vermeer, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Rubens, Titian and Canaletto.


18. Fans of Italian Renaissance art will delight as the magic of Michaelangelo comes to London. Tickets for the Sistine Chapel Exhibition London where the Renaissance masterpieces are presented in a totally unique way, stretching from floor-to-ceiling and closer than ever. The Sistine Chapel Exhibition will be held at a soon-to-be-announced secret London location, from 15th October onwards.


Autumn events in London


19. Are you are literature lover who would love to attend one of Gatsby’s iconic parties in real life? Now you can, old sport! The Great Gatsby immersive play is hosted at Gatsby’s Mansion, just off of Bond Street. 


20. Need your culture fix this autumn? Look no further than the Southbank Centre for an exciting autumn programme of classic and contemporary music, performances, and stimulating talks and events.


Now that your diary has been filled out for autumn, it’s time to jot down one more thing! Why not make your day out even more of a memorable experience by booking a photography session? Whether you’re a family, or a couple, having a photographer capture your special day as you make memories together, is the icing on the cake. 

Family and couples photo events can be much more fun outside the studio! Book a day out and have a photographer on hand for an hour or two to capture the highlights of your day. It makes a good day great, and a great day even more memorable, for you and your loved ones. 

Or if you prefer to keep things more portrait-like, a studio session is perfect for capturing timeless shots of you and your most special people; this can even be done in the comfort of your own home with a mobile studio! Great for families with young children.

Whatever your preference, at Splento we only supply you with carefully vetted, top-rated professional photographers, at a surprisingly affordable rate. Contact us today to inquire about your couples or family photography session this autumn.


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