What to do in London with children in autumn

What to do in London with children in autumn

If there’s one thing I’ve started to appreciate since I live in London it’s autumn. I must say that I never understood it before and almost annoyed me, with its meteorological uncertainty and the expectation of the fateful moment of the change of season. London dressed in autumn colors has enchanted me to make this season one of those that I love most. Are you planning a travel to a city with your family? Autumn in London with kids is simply perfect. And for many reasons.

I made a selection of things to do, always following two criteria: suitable for children and toddlers and in central areas, for those coming to London on a visit. But I try to propose also something that is usually not included in the common tourist itineraries.

As I have been living in London for a while now, and with two young children, I always look for activities to do with them!

If this is the first time you come to London, I suggest you read this post, in which I give some tips about how to visit this city with kids.

 

Autumn in Notting Hill

Autumn in Notting Hill

WHAT TO DO IN LONDON WITH CHILDREN IN AUTUMN | ON A BUDGET

Autumn is generally a good time to travel. For tourism is a low season as for Christmas holidays coming next. The weather is still mild, there are fewer people around and it is easier to visit the attractions and find more offers. It’s a perfect time to visit a city.

London in autumn is coloured by gold, ocher, carmine and the streets and parks become a natural stage full of a thousand shades.

 

autumn at Kew Gardens in london

Autumn at Kew Gardens

 

WHAT TO DO IN LONDON WITH CHILDREN IN AUTUMN | THE PARKS

The parks in London do not need many presentations and it is worth seeing more than one if you have time.

In addition to the most popular parks as Hyde Park, Regents Park and Primrose Hill or Hempstead Head, I recommend some of my favorites that are:

 

WHAT TO DO IN LONDON WITH CHILDREN IN AUTUMN | EVENTS IN THE CITY

There are lots of things to do at this time, I am going to mention only a few, in my opinion the best to do with children in London. In case you are visiting the city with a toddler and want to know the vest attractions to do, then I suggest you to read Top 10 things to do in London for under 5s.

 

OPEN HOUSE: if you are in London towards the end of September, you shouldn’t miss the London Open House. For a weekend, it is possible to visit buildings generally closed to the public or by paying a ticket. We and the kids went to visit the Royal Albert Hall and the children loved it. Check on the RAH website because they often organize live music sessions for the children over the weekend.

visit to the Royal Albert Hall with my children

 

HALLOWEEN … London is full of parties for All Hallows’ Evening. Stroll around Knightsbridge and Belgravia to spot some houses with Halloween decorations!

Halloween in London

Halloween house in Belgravia

As there is also half term and school are closed, there are also many activities to do with children around the city. Check here for the updated events for kids in London, and also the museum’s websites, because they organize special sessions and themed workshops for children and are often totally free.

 

APPLE DAY AND HARVEST FESTIVAL: Many historic houses host events related to the apple harvest. Check the National Trust website for details and locations.

 

ENCHANTED WOODLAND:  a light festival at the Syon Park in November, with a mile-long path that winds around the lake with decorated trees of various colors.

 

CHRISTMAS AT KEW
We went at Christmas at Kew Gardens last year and it was superb! What amazing thing you can create when fantasy, art, lights and a beautiful park come together? Reservation is recommended. Christmas at Kew winter event begins in November, when the magnificent light path is lit for the holiday season. Stroll in the gardens after sunset, follow the sparkling lights, warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine and let the kids take part in the Victorian fairground. One of the best winter events in London.

Christmas at Kew Gardens

 

REGENT STREET MOTOR SHOW: in a Regent Street closed to traffic, the show of vehicles that tell 125 years of motoring. My son last year had a lot of fun strolling around the vintage classic cars! 3 November!

 

BONFIRE NIGHT (5 November)
The day of the conspiracy of dust against the parliament. And in London and the United Kingdom the failure of the Guy Fawkes mission is celebrated with fireworks: here is a list of fireworks in London.

bonfire night in london

 

WINTER WONDERLAND
We talk about a real Christmas village full of rides, kiosks with street food and skating rinks. There is also Santa’s Grotto for the little ones. Booking is recommended. The best time to go is at the end of November, when it has just been opened.

 

In case you are looking for other activities to do with toddlers in London, then I suggest to read Top 10 things to do in London during Christmas season with kids.

 

 

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what to do in london with kids in autumnAs always, if you have any other suggestions, add them in the comments!

 

With love!

Francesca

 

 

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  1. October 20, 2018 / 10:33

    London is looking particularly beautiful this Autumn. Our favourite place to enjoy the seasons is Kew Gardens. I had not heard of the Regent Street Motor Show before, that sounds rather special! #culturedkids

  2. October 20, 2018 / 13:27

    I love London in the fall,. Christmas at Kew is a favourite and don’t get me started on Halloween. I always trek around Notting Hill where the Americans live – the decorations are spooktastic!

    • mumwhatelse
      Author
      October 22, 2018 / 16:08

      I am enjoying Halloween more now that I am a mum to be honest 🙂 and yes Halloween decorations in London are fab!!

  3. October 22, 2018 / 15:07

    I love our parks in autumn, so beautiful. You can’t beat a stroll around Battersea this time of year! #culturedkids

    • mumwhatelse
      Author
      October 22, 2018 / 20:55

      I love parks in London, I have just discovered that actually they cover 40% of the city which is huge!

  4. October 26, 2018 / 19:35

    Fantastico! Che bella vita state conducendo, tu e la tua famiglia, a Londra! Ci vuole senza dubbio tanto coraggio e spirito di iniziativa… Ti ammiro

    • mumwhatelse
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 19:55

      Grazie, cerchiamo di fare del nostro meglio 🙂

    • mumwhatelse
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 21:51

      grazie!!

  5. October 27, 2018 / 15:08

    Lots of interesting things to do in London right now. I love the cities where you can spend some good time in the nature, like in London parks. I went there twice for Halloween, it is amazing for children.

    • mumwhatelse
      Author
      October 29, 2018 / 23:43

      During Halloween and Christmas this city gives the best in my opinion 🙂 Thanks Valeria!

  6. October 28, 2018 / 07:31

    Some great suggestions! We love Kew Gardens although haven’t done the Christmas lights yet. Chiswick House’s Magic Langern Festival is also supposed to be a great spectacle. #culturedkids

    • mumwhatelse
      Author
      October 29, 2018 / 06:30

      Thank you Elizabeth, you are right, I know this festival but never been yet. This year could be the right one 🙂

  7. October 30, 2018 / 08:48

    il tuo blog è molto bello e le foto sono meravigliose. Questo, come tanti articoli sono utili e fanno venir voglia di fare subito un salto a Londra. vogliamo parlare delle scenografie che preparano ad Halloweeen…spettacolariii!!

    • mumwhatelse
      Author
      October 30, 2018 / 09:16

      Grazie mille!! Comunque sono andata in giro a scovare case stregate lo scorso weekend e devo solo pubblicare il post 🙂

  8. November 7, 2018 / 07:32

    I love London, especially in the fall season. Thanks for all the advice, they are precious because you are not a traveler but live here. Congratulations for the beautiful photos.

    • mumwhatelse
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 22:16

      Thanks Anna, I always try to suggest something different that in the popular tourist guides you can’t find 🙂

    • mumwhatelse
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 21:59

      Thank you Silvia! I hope they are helpful!

  9. November 8, 2018 / 12:05

    I had no idea about the open house! All your suggestions are great things to do with kids, but hey, even without I really want to do it all now! Great ideas!

    • mumwhatelse
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 21:40

      Thank you Simona 🙂 London Open House is really unforgettable and if you organise it, you can visit a lot of buildings usually closed.

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