5 Exciting Things You Must Do In London This Autumn

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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

Times: 10am-10pm

Location: Hyde Park

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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 😉

Tickets are still available here

Dates: 25-27th October 2019

Times: 11am-7pm (Friday and Saturday), 12-6pm (Sunday)

Location: ExCeL London

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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.

Dates/Times/Locations

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

Location(s):

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (6th October and 13th October 2019)

Wembley Stadium (October 27th and November 3rd 2019)

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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.

Dates/Times/Location(s):

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

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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.

Dates/Times/Location(s):

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

**Provisional Date

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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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36 Comments

  1. October 1, 2019 / 6:57 am

    Great suggestions Johnny! I’m particularly looking forward to winter wonderland again ☺️

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 2, 2019 / 8:18 am

      Same here, I remember myself being gutted about missing out on Winter Wonderland last year and putting it on my bucket list for this year. Now it’s nearly here, time proper flies!

  2. October 1, 2019 / 8:11 am

    Wonderful post! I would really love to visit London soon. I haven’t been there in ages.

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 1, 2019 / 5:06 pm

      Thank you! Glad you found it worthy of reading 🙂 When was the last time you went to London?

        • Johnny
          Author
          October 2, 2019 / 8:10 am

          My god that must feel like decades for you. The city surely looks a bit more different compared to 06

          • October 2, 2019 / 8:54 am

            I am sure it does. I don’t even remember that much about the vibe of the city as I was there on a day trip from language school. If I went now I would certainly explore it in a whole different way.

  3. October 1, 2019 / 12:06 pm

    This is so helpful! I’d absolutely love to visit London in the Autumn time and go to Winter Wonderland x

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 2, 2019 / 8:12 am

      Good to hear that Sophie! I’m dying to go myself, by hook and crook we’ll make it happen this year. Have you visited London before?

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 1, 2019 / 5:04 pm

      Very interesting – normally the time of the year where sleep was hard to come by in the evenings when I was younger 😂 But yeah a great spectacle to watch up close nonetheless!

  4. October 2, 2019 / 8:06 am

    I love London at any time of year but it is my favourite at this time of year and the winter. I love walking round Covent Garden at the time of year, all wrapped up with a nice coffee in hand.

    I also love seeing the Christmas lights starting to go up and a visit to Hamleys is just perfect!

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 2, 2019 / 8:16 am

      I take it that you’re quite the festive person then, London is pretty lively during the winter too for obvious reasons.

      If you love Xmas lights definitely go up to Carnaby St near Regent St, won’t be disappointed trust me 😊

  5. October 2, 2019 / 11:10 am

    It’s crazy how expensive Winter Wonderland is these days compared to back in like 2013, but it basically law that you need to go at least once for the rides and the amazing food. I like to go there just to go on the little Mousetrap ride – it’s so lethal! One of my favourite things about the season is Bonfire Night (I even prefer it to Halloween) – nothing quite says autumn like standing in a muddy field with everyone you know, eating a hotdog and watching fireworks! ♥

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 5, 2019 / 6:29 pm

      I’ve never been before so I’ll kind of be going into the unknown if I do go WW this year, apart from knowing about the long queues and waiting in the freezing cold for some rides. The mousetrap ride proper sounds like one you would find in Alton Towers or something. Don’t know what you think tho? Defo can’t do you by standing on mud – I’m more high maintenance when it comes to my shoes 😂

      • October 6, 2019 / 12:11 pm

        Mousetrap looks so humble and almost eyeroll inducing but it is so much fun and surprisingly jarring. I like to go on a weekday afternoon to avoid the queues, then you can actually get around the stalls, there’s fewer kids and much shorter queues! As for the mud, I don’t own wellies so I keep a pair of old Uggs aside for winter events like WW and Bonfire night!

  6. October 3, 2019 / 9:30 am

    I’ve been to Winter Wonderland a few times whilst at uni and it always made me feel so festive x

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 5, 2019 / 6:24 pm

      It tends to has that effect on everyone 😊 Going again this year?

      • October 5, 2019 / 6:45 pm

        Sadly not I’m not longer in London thanks to graduating uni so not this year!

  7. October 4, 2019 / 10:45 am

    Brilliant post – I did this one too but yours is way better!! Great ideas.

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 5, 2019 / 6:19 pm

      Thank you Yaya, I’m sure your post is cool in other ways. Maybe do one for Winter too?

  8. poofbeegoneblog
    October 4, 2019 / 3:12 pm

    The pics of the winter wonderland and fireworks look amazing! London is definitely on my bucket-list!

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 5, 2019 / 6:17 pm

      Thank you, cant take all the credit though 😉

  9. October 5, 2019 / 1:45 pm

    We will be there October 18th – 20th! Have any ideas for those dates other than American football?

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 5, 2019 / 6:17 pm

      Plenty! There’s the London Restaurant Festival happening throughout the whole of this month, a cool exhibition at the London Transport Museum called Hidden London where you can secret spots once a part of the London Underground. That’s from the 11th onwards, and Camden Oktoberfest on the 19th.

  10. hannahthemaddog
    October 7, 2019 / 9:00 am

    I’m actually going to London next week! It’s going to be my first time and I’m excited…too bad I’ll miss Winter Wonderland…my husband and I actually watched the Raiders vs. Bears game on TV (he’s a Raider fan. This is awesome, thank you so much!

    Hannah the Mad Dog

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 7, 2019 / 10:25 am

      Sweet! Hope London treats you guys well. Will you be travelling to other cities around the UK and Europe too? I’m assuming you’re from Canada or the US

  11. October 7, 2019 / 10:05 am

    Great post – I still haven’t been to Winter Wonderland – need to rectify that this year!

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 7, 2019 / 10:26 am

      You shall!

  12. October 7, 2019 / 11:24 am

    I find Winter Wonderland too packed and stressful but Battersea Park fireworks are absolutely INSANE.
    I do have to recommend that if you can get to Richmond Park during the day in this gorgeous leaf-changing season, your heart and soul will thank you for it!

  13. Lisa Alioto
    October 8, 2019 / 7:01 pm

    GOrgeous pics – thanks for the scoop on the UK!

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 8, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      You’re welcome Lisa 🙂

  14. October 8, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    I love these suggestions, your pictures are absolutely stunning! I’ve never been to comicon but I’ve always wanted to go

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 8, 2019 / 10:27 pm

      Thanks Laura! Reckon you can put that right this year?

  15. October 25, 2019 / 11:47 am

    We visited London the other weekend! It was amazing I had such a great time there, I’ve also always wanted to go to a Comic Con and I didn’t know there was on there until this post! I have to get myself there! Great post!

    Katt

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