Crisp, unpredictable weather, and leaves turning into vibrant colours. Many say that autumn is the most beautiful season of all. It’s the time of year to make long walks in the park, dance in the rain and explore new pubs and bars.
And there’s more to look forward to. The best festivals, museums, and attractions are waiting to be explored.
In September we celebrate the Thames during the Totally Thames Festival. This annual event hosts a diverse programme of creative projects, fun activities, walks, talks and more. Including the Big London River Quiz with Londonist editor-at-large Matt Brown on 27th September. Until 30th September.
Always wanted to gain access to buildings that are usually closed to the public? Then, the capital-wide annual festival of architecture is the perfect one for you. Explore unique private homes, government buildings, historic sites and many others during Open House London. 16th – 17th September.
The Postal Museum shows the world’s first ‘social network’ through objects, artefacts and interactive galleries. One of the highlights of the museum is the immersive Mail Rail ride through the original tunnels under the museum.
See the famous moat of the Tower of London transformed into an incredible food and drink experience. With live demonstrations from UK’s top chefs, the city’s best street food vendors, pop-up restaurants, hands-on masterclasses, and live entertainment, this promises to be a great day out. 22nd – 24th September.
Enjoy comedy, circus and a huge outdoor bar next to London Eye. It’s great for all the family, with a variety of live entertainment, the best acts and al-fresco eating and drinking at one of London’s biggest outdoor bars. Until 30th September.
London celebrates theatre in September, with great offers and 2-4-1 tickets on popular shows, like Mamma Mia! Thriller Live, and Kinky Boots. Until 30th September.
October is the month to discover London’s top restaurants and chefs. During the London Restaurant Festival, you can tuck in great-value special menus, partake in wonderful chef-led events and a series of activities, such as restaurant tours and wine tasting. City Cruises’ sister company R.S. Hispaniola is one of the festival’s headlining restaurants and offers a scrumptious 3-course lunch or dinner and free flowing Prosecco at £35 pp. 1st – 31st October.
BFI London Film Festival is brilliant for movie fans. Discover new national and international films, spot movie stars on the red carpet, and join talks, workshops and screenings of feature films, shorts and documentaries at venues across the city. 4th – 15th October.
The cocktail party is on for one week in October, as delicious and colourful creations are served during London Cocktail Week. The festival includes a Cocktail Village in Old Spitalfields Market, and over 250 partnering bars all over London. 2nd – 8th October.
With Halloween coming up, Museums at Night are great fun. Explore exhibitions after hours, join in Halloween-themed events and interactive workshops during Museums at Night. Participating museums are The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, National Gallery, Museum of London and many more. 26th – 28th October.
Halloween is the best time to visit London’s scariest attractions. From London’s gruesome history coming to live at interactive The London Bridge Experience, as well as at the London Dungeon, to one of the most famous fortress in the world with a dark past, the Tower of London – there are enough spooky places to have a fantastic Halloween. Book these and other attractions now in combination with a river cruise: https://www.citycruises.com/london-sightseeing/packages/
We all love a fireworks display. To mark the beginning of a new mayoral year, the City of London’s newly confirmed Lord Mayor will launch a spectacular fireworks display over the Thames. Secure the best spot for fireworks-watching, on our 75 minute river cruise, including a welcome glass of sparkling wine and a soft drink for children. 11th November.
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the EFG London Jazz Festival with fantastic performances in impressive venues, such as the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Kings Place and more. 10th – 19th November.
The winter season at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre kicks off at the end of October and includes fantastic plays and shows at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the candlelit indoor theatre. 20th October 2017 – April 2018.
When the days get shorter it’s the perfect time for London to change into a sparkling and glittering place. The London Christmas lights will be switched on all over the city in November to transform it into one of the most festive places in the world. The annual Christmas markets and ice skating rinks will also open their doors to add to the festive atmosphere.
Enjoy the best of comedy on board restaurant ship Hispaniola with Boat Show Comedy Club. Four top comedians with the occasional special guest grace the stage, and there are regular intervals for trips to the bar. Every Saturday until 8th December.