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Autumn is generally considered to be a quieter season in London than the summer and spring. The weather getts colder, leaves beginning to fall off trees and the days getting shorter. But London being London, the city is still filled with plenty fun, entertainment and one that virtually never sleeps.
Halloween, England’s pre Six Nations Rugby Matches, Bonfire Night, film festival season, food and beverage festivals, pop-culture conventions there’s plenty of activities in London during the fall.
If you’re visiting London during the season or a Londoner that has a blank schedule here’s 5 things worth trying:
1. Winter Wonderland
Late Autumn is the time of the year when Hyde Park becomes unrecognised to the commuter and turns into a fairground ripped from a fairy-tale.
Step forward Winter Wonderland, your very own Christmas theme park. Its stacked with winter-themed rides, entertainment shows, merry-go rounds, ferris wheels and ice skating rinks. Winter Wonderland doesn’t just cater for the child themselves but also the inner child of adults and families. Do wrap up warm though because the queues for activities are immense. Best off getting advanced tickets and ride passes to avoid the long waits.
I’ve been dying to go for years. I’ll never get over why I haven’t channelled my inner snowman See myself doing
Dates: 21st November 2019 – 5th January 2020
Location: Hyde Park
Image Credit: Visit London
2. MCM Comic-Con
If you’re a big comic book or sci-fi fan then the MCM Comic Con is where you wanna be between 25-27th October.
First being held in 2002 the pop-culture convention is a bi-annual event. Held in the last weekend of May and October often beginning Friday and wrapping up on Sunday. Also taking place in cities outside of London.
As a major comic-book fan I put down attending a convention had on my bucket list having last went four years ago. Not to mention it being on my doorstep at ExCeL London Exhibition Centre in East London. How am I gonna pass up on that?
Loads of well-known celebrities, guests and panelists from the sci-fi, comic-book, cosplay and video game industries. Doing workshops, Meet and Greet, photo and Q&A sessions. On top of that you’ve got social hubs for fans to socialise and merchandise pop up shops to take home a souvenir. Some TV shows come here to promo their upcoming season.
All in all its the ultimate real-life crossover event!
P.S. Keep an eye on an handsome black man with some Captain America gear and looking suave 😉
Dates: 25-27th October 2019
Times: 11am-7pm (Friday and Saturday), 12-6pm (Sunday)
Location: ExCeL London
Image Credit: Chaos Hour
3. NFL @ Wembley and Tottenham Hotspur
American Football has steadily been making its presence felt in the UK more. At least in London. NFL has been hosting some of its competitive season matches during the season in London since 2007. I’ve had an eye-opening experience of the sport when I went to a few Super Bowl screenings at bar crawls during my time at University.
What better way to capitalise on that than attending an NFL game during its London series of games throughout the autumn. Teams playing include the LA Rams, who were this year’s Super Bowl runners up, and 2016 Super Bowl champions Carolina Panthers. List of matches being played in will be listed below and will take place at Wembley Stadium and at newly opened Tottenham Hotspur stadium, which will be be hosting NFL for the very first time.
It’s an grand opportunity to delve into a new hobby and get into a new sport, Rugby fans to enjoy its US sport counterpart or to enjoy an evening out with friends and family.
Chicago Bears vs Oakland Raiders
– Oct. 6, 2019 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Oct. 13, 2019 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Cincinnati Bengals vs Los Angeles Rams
Oct. 27, 2019 – Wembley Stadium
Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars –
Nov. 3, 2019 – Wembley Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (6th October and 13th October 2019)
Wembley Stadium (October 27th and November 3rd 2019)
4. Oktoberfest in London
Celebrate anything and everything beer related at the famous German Oktoberfest beer festival. Making its mark in many parts of London. Namely Olympia London in Kensington, Millwall Park in Canary Wharf and HAC at City Central in Central London. All taking place in October and November.
Oktoberfest has become a household name in Munich among beverage enthusiasts. Such a pop culture staple it’s taken over the UK’s capital and other cities in the country in the last decade. Bringing the very best, authentic quality of food and drink from Bavarian culture. Feast on a Bratwurst and compliment it with a Bavarian Craft Beer out of a Oktoberfest glass. Want a more healthy option? Eat light with potato salad fresh from Bavaria. This is married up with everyone in traditional Lederhosen and Dirndl fancy dress (available to get in and live music and band performances being played in well-decorated tents.
There’s free entry on all Thursdays of every week the festival takes place. Otherwise tickets are up to £10 for general admission on the other days. Along with special Bavarian tickets between £11 and £26 that includes a free pint in a Oktoberfest glass. Oktoberfest and VIP tickets are available from £35 onwards.
P.S. Customers are not allowed to bring their own food and drink into any venues.
3rd-6th October + 10th-12th October 2019 – Millwall Park, Canary Wharf (6th October is the Family Fun Day and grants free entry for all families)
24th-26th October 2019 – Halloween Special – Olympia London
15th-16th November 209 – HAC City Central
Image Credit: Secret London
Image Credit: Londonist
Image Credit: Rad Season
5. Fireworks Displays On Guy Fawkes Night
November is when fireworks start to pop in local neighbourhoods and parks as the year draws to a close and the festive period begins.
And you can kick it off with a bang by attending some fireworks shows happenng around in London on Guy Fawkes night (or Bonfire night) on the 5th November. The evening was named after Guy Fawkes, who famoualy plotted to blow up Parliament with tons of gunpowder. There are many recreational places hosting shows on the night and around early November which I’ll give details of down below.
Alternatively you can keep things intimate and host your own fireworks display with family and friends. Shoot off to your nearest convenience store or supermarket and stock up with your own rockets and gunpowder. Then light them up in a garden or park near home.
Silvertown Quays – 1st November 2019**
Alexandra Palace – 1st-2nd November 2019
Battersea Park – 2nd November 2019
Byron Park – 2nd November 2019
Clissold Park – 2nd November 2019
Richmond Park – 3rd November 2019
Ravenscourt Park – 3rd November 2019
Victoria Park – 3rd November 2019
Southwark Park – 5th November 2019*
Wimbledon Park – 5th November 2019*
Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium – 8th November 2019
*On Guy Fawkes Night
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Special mentions to the London Film Festival and VegFest, which will be equally as good. Summer may have said goodbye for this year but London during this Autumn promises to be action-packed for those willing to spend quality time with families, friends or by themselves.
If you’re in London around this autumn what are you going to get up to? Will you be doing any of these activities coming up soon? Let me know your autumn plans below. First time reading my blog? Get following and subbing!
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