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8 Lovely Autumnal Things To Do In London This Week

If you, like us, have been waiting with bated breath for autumn to kick in (goodbye heatwaves, hello knitwear), then this one’s for you. Feed your autumn-lovin soul at these seriously lovely spots.

We’re working with South Western Railway to provide you with the very best recommendations of how to make the most of your autumn days in central London. From comfort food to steaming hot chocolate, from the best spots to frolic in the leaves to the prettiest book shops, we’ve got you covered!

autumnal things to do

Indulge in a luxurious marshmallow-topped hot chocolate at Chin Chin

Yes, many of you pumpkin spice fiends may be running straight to Starbucks come autumn, but perhaps you want to switch up your drink of choice? If so, head straight to Chin Chin in Soho or Camden. They’re famous for their ice cream, but their glorious molten hot chocolate is crowned with toasted marshmallow fluff and it is the stuff of dreams. One sip of this will transport you straight to a cosy countryside scene where you’re toasting marshmallows over a campfire! Chin Chin Soho at 54 Greek Street, W1D 3DS, Chin Chin Camden at 49-50 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF

autumnal things to do

Frolic in the autumn leaves at Hyde Park

London is full of gorgeous parks where you can admire the vibrant colours of the most beautiful season. But Hyde Park just might snag the top spot! Meander along the Serpentine and see this leafy green expanse in the heart of the city turn to fiery shades of orange, red and gold.

autumnal things to do

Shop the harvest at the Marylebone Farmers’ Market

It’s the season of pumpkins, parsnips and squash! Find all your autumn soup ingredients (and much more) at a wholesome farmers’ market this season. We recommend Marylebone Farmers’ Market if you need some inspo. It’s open every Sunday, rain or shine, so you can get your hands on the freshest organic produce from fruit and veg to meat, poultry and fish. Just remember to bring your own bags and food containers! Marylebone Farmers Market on Aybrook, St Vincent and the top of Moxon Street.

Cosy up with a glass of vino at the Winemaker’s Club

There’s nothing like finding a warm candlelit bar where you can sit down with a nice glass of wine. And the Winemaker’s Club is the perfect spot for you to do just that this autumn. It sits in the Victorian arches beneath the Holborn Viaduct, and boasts an excellent wine list. They even serve a small amount of old Bordeaux, Burgundy, Port and Madeira from their private cellars. Enjoy a glass or two accompanied by some locally sourced cheese and charcuterie for a delightful evening out. 41a Farringdon Street, EC4A 4AN

Be the main character as you wander through Daunt Books

Getting lost in a beautiful bookshop is a highly aesthetic autumnal activity, it’s comforting, you’ll get a good read out of it, and it will really help you find that main character feeling. The perfect backdrop? Daunt Books in Marylebone of course. This Edwardian bookshop may well be the prettiest in the city, and for a wanderlust-inspiring book-browsing experience they arrange all their books by country! 83-84 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW

Enjoy a painting class with this amazing SWR reward

Autumn weather may not be predictable but you can always enjoy some indoor arts and crafts! Buy your train ticket with SWR and you can get 10% off painting classes in various locations around London. Don’t worry, there’s no artistic experience required! You’ll be guided by the artist in residence to create your own unique masterpiece, step-by-step. And at the end of it all, you’ll have your very own piece of art to take home with you.

autumnal things to do

Tuck into a warming roast at Fallow

Apart from being the ultimate cosy activity, a roast dinner is the perfect way to enjoy the delicious seasonal vegetables of autumn – and Fallow’s sustainably sourced Sunday roast is made using only the finest produce. Tuck into prime cuts of meat (or a veggie option), served with perfect roast potatoes, massive Yorkshire puddings, glazed carrots, red cabbage, cavolo nero and a gorgeous jug of gravy. 2 St. James’s Market, London, SW1Y 4RP

Wes and Sandy’s pick of the week

South Western Railway’s winged friends, Sandy and Wes are always on hand to provide their top London recommendations. Sandy is a culture vulture with a love for the arts, theatre and lunching with the girls, while Wes loves clubs, pubs and going to gigs with his mates. But one thing they can both agree on is the importance of having a giggle. Settle in for a cosy comedy evening at The Shakespeare pub in Farringdon, with tickets starting at just £3 and watch side-splitting performances from some of the UK’s best comedians. 2 Goswell Road, Golden Lane Estate, EC1M 7AA