Low-cost activities to do in London this Autumn
Autumn is often an overlooked season, sitting between the glorious summer and the excitement of Christmas. However, autumn in London is a wonderful time of year when the leaves turn golden and the city comes alive with a vibrant array of events and activities.
For those in the hospitality industry, it's an opportunity to take a well-deserved break and enjoy these events before the chaos of Christmas comes into full swing.
However, with the current cost of living crisis, budgeting may be more challenging this year. That's why we've put together this guide, filled with tips and recommendations to help you make the most of the season without breaking the bank.
Hospitality events in London this autumn
For those in the hospitality industry, attending trade shows can be invaluable. Although it might not feel exactly like time away from work, it is a chance to meet other people in the industry and scout for your next challenge.
Trade shows are an opportunity to network, discover new products and trends, and gain fresh insights into our ever-evolving field.
Some of the hospitality events going on this autumn are The Restaurant Show (2nd - 4th Oct), The Hospitality Tech Expo (10th, 11th Oct), Street Food Expo (10th, 11th Oct) and many more. Keep an eye on Brigad’s future articles for upcoming hospitality events.
Explore London's Museums
London is home to an incredible amount of world-class museums, many of which offer free admission.
Why not spend an afternoon getting lost in the exhibits at the British Museum, or immerse yourself in art and history at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate Modern, or get lost in the spectacular Natural History Museum?
These cultural treasures are not only enriching but also provide a warm indoor escape from the autumn chill. They make great days out alone, with a partner, or with a family.
If you are looking for something a little smaller, something a little lesser known and more of a hidden treasure, you can get a taste of antiquity by visiting the Sir John Soane Museum, or Dennis Severs House. The Southbank centre or the Barbican can be relied on for unique and lesser-known exhibits, although they are often ticketed.
To keep things free, consider visiting the Tates, the Wallace Collection, or the Serpentine Gallery - one of London's best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art.
Embrace Outdoor Activities
While the temperatures may be dropping, there are still plenty of outdoor activities in London to enjoy.
Take a leisurely stroll along the South Bank, visit one of London's beautiful parks for a picnic, or join a guided walking tour to explore the city's hidden gems.
Be sure to find a spot to enjoy the changing colours - many people consider Richmond Park to be London's quintessential autumn spot.
If you go early in the morning you will be able to catch the mist settling on the park, as well as the deer roaming against a backdrop of golden leaves.
If you want to stay closer to the city, you can also see the autumn colours lining the Chelsea Embankment - a perfect spot to sit on one of the benches, eat your lunch and take some time out.
Of course, Kew Botanical Gardens will have the best range and variety in colours, thanks to their ginormous collection of tree species, but a ticket to Kew does come at a cost.
Visit Free Events and Festivals
Although the summer is full of festivities, the celebrations continue well into autumn and there are plenty of events to look forward to. Plus, these community-based festivals are often free to attend.
Notting Hill Carnival is a must-see - it is the most anticipated London festival of the year, with music, dancing, food, and thousands upon thousands of attendees having a great time.
Totally Thames 2023 is a whole month of events in October celebrating our waterways. Across London, there are various talks, walks, live performances, boat trips and workshops - a lot of them for free.
Two of London's biggest art fairs take place in October, Frieze London (11-15 October 2023) in Regent's Park, and The Other Art Fair (12-15 October 2023) at the Old Truman Brewery.
Although Diwali falls on 12 November this year, London's official celebrations in Trafalgar Square take place on 29 October, with live music, dancing and more.
Keep an eye on local event listings and social media for updates on upcoming happenings.
Plan Ahead and Budget Wisely
As the cost of living rises, it's more important than ever to budget carefully. Keep track of your expenses, plan your outings in advance, and look for discounts or special offers wherever possible.
Remember, autumn in London is a time of transition. Take a little time out and enjoy it, perhaps this will lead to a transition in your own life, whether it’s making personal or career goals.
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