5 Things to do on an Autumn Break to London

5 Things to do in London in autumn - Pikalily Travel Blog

Now the autumn leaves are falling, and the tourists have all gone, and the children, they have all gone back to school. Fans of Bagatelle will recognise those words from the song ‘Boston Rose’, but the autumn leavers are indeed falling, and the children are back at school. The warm summer days and long evenings of June and July seem a distant memory, as the temperature takes a bit of a drop.

With autumn now in full flow, it’s a great time of the year to consider a city break. One such city to enjoy the autumnal weather and colours is London, a city we visited two weeks back. Here are some things to consider if you’re planning an autumnal break to the English capital.

5 Things to do in London this Autumn

1. Visit a harvest festival or food market

London Food Market- Pikalily Food Blog

Yes, you are likely to find a harvest festival service in churches all over London this autumn, but such celebrations aren’t limited to religious congregations. In fact, you can head over to Wapping and visit places like Skylight for a drink or two, enjoy a game of horseshoes, and even play hay bail skittles to welcome in the season.

If food markets are more your thing then you’ll find plenty of variety in London. We used to regularly visit Islington for work and the Islington Farmers Market and Chapel Food Market are both worth checking out. Indeed, Islington has some great street food venues.

2. Take in a show

While in London, it’s always a good idea to take in a show. There are plenty on offer as well from the more serious and left field pieces like Dust to fun musicals such as Wicked and The Lion King. You can even see the stage adaption of the Disney film Aladdin in London now. In fact, by the reviews and press pictures, it looks to be a riot of colour that would brighten up any dull autumn afternoon! Now is a great time to take in a show and put you right in the mood for panto season, one of our favourites!

3. Treat yourself to some top-notch grub

Food at Niche Islington London - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

Bangers and Mash - Niche Islington London - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

London is littered with fantastic places to eat, and your main problem may be choosing between them. As previously mentioned, we’ve had some great dining experiences in Islington, but London has so much variety to offer that you’ll not go far wrong. If you do find yourself in Islington, we’d highly recommend checking out the popular gluten-free restaurant Niche (where the bangers and mash are a must – a perfect autumn dish) or Masigo, a wonderful Korean restaurant with thee most amazing chicken EVER!

4. Get spooked

Of course, if your favourite part about autumn is Halloween, then London is a great place to celebrate that as well. In fact, if you head on over to Northumberland Street, you can catch the Ghost Bus that will take you on a tour of central London, and go through all the gruesome things that have happened along the way! We didn’t have enough time to check it out on our latest visit, but it certainly looks like it would be great fun in the build-up to Halloween,

If you fancy something a touch more terrifying and hair-raising then head on over to the London Dungeon, a place that is bound to give your nightmares! You can even attend an evening session where they provide a cocktail or two first, perfect for if you need some Dutch courage before you enter!

Looking for more ways to get spooked? Check out our 5 last minute UK breaks for Halloween.

5. Take in the sites

Tips for a weekend in London - Pikalily Blog

London is a vast city, but make your way towards Trafalgar Square and enjoy some of the city’s most famous sites including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the National Gallery, and of course, Nelsons Column. Here’s the obligatory Big Ben selfie.

Nial at Big Ben - Pikalily Travel Blog

Share your tips for Visiting London

Are you a regular visitor to London? We’d love to know what you would recommend for an autumn break. Share your ideas with us below or over on our social media channels – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Welcome to Pikalily, an award-winning food, travel and lifestyle blog. We are Nial and Helen, a happily married couple from Northern Ireland, who share a passion for food and travel among many things. We became parents to our beautiful boy Lewis in 2017. Follow our adventures through the blog.

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