The days of summer barbecues and outdoor swimming might be behind us (unless you’re really resilient!) but that doesn’t mean that you can’t experience London’s great outdoors during the cooler months. Designated a “forest city”, the English capital is teeming with parks, nature reserves and quaint autumnal refuges from the rain. From sampling the autumn menu at Finsbury Square restaurants to drinking in the fiery coloured canopies of Epping Forest, there’s an activity for every mood during the lead up to Christmas.
Whether it’s your first time staying at the Montcalm Hotel London City or you’re a returning guest, the central location of our hotel means you’re primed to get out and see the city in a new, daylight saving light. Below are some of the best autumnal activities that London visitors can enjoy during their visit and how they fit perfectly with the autumn season.
Halloween Film Screenings
Whilst the USA might be the reigning monarch of Halloween, London isn’t too far behind. As the birthplace of classic Hammer Horror Studios and the home of not only some of the best spooky filmmakers but cinemas as well, London puts on a stellar Halloween night. This year, expect horror movie all-nighters at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square as well as pop up, often immersive scary movie events across the city.
Guy Fawkes Night - Ally Pally Fireworks
Guy Fawkes Night - or bonfire night to many, is one of the most uniquely British events of the year. Falling on the 5th of November, bonfire night celebrates the thwarting of an explosive assassination plot on James VI of England that was foiled in 1605. With many bonfire night events across London, a leading fireworks display that’s unmissable for guests at spa hotels in London is that of Alexander Palace in the north of the city. With indoor bierkellers and light shows and stunning firework displays that light up the hilltop city panoramas, the Ally Pally Fireworks Festival is a shining beacon in the London autumn.
The Momijigari Trail At Kew Gardens
Running from the 2nd to the 31st of October, the Momijigari Trail is part of the Japan Festival and translates as Maple Leaf Hunting. This autumnal trail and celebration of Japanese botany in West London’s celebrated botanical gardens is a must for anyone wanting to get a taste of those bright autumn colours this year.
Autumnal Walks In Epping Forest
For a seasonal walk cemented firmly in British myth and legend, the ancient woodlands of Epping Forest in East London promise London hotel package guests not only a slice of Roman and Elizabethan history but stunning oak canopies taking on orangey hues through the autumn months. With over 6000 acres of woodland to explore, the best train stops to reach Epping Forest are Chingford Overground, Loughton and Theydon Bois on the Central Line.
London Pubs To Warm Your Cockles
If the weather outside’s less than desired or your blustery London hike has left you thirsty, there are plenty of cosy options to rest those weary legs. London pubs are well renowned for their vast arrays of lagers, ales and wine selections, whilst the rustic interiors of often centuries-old inner-city taverns will leave you relaxed and satiated.