October is a lovely time to be in London, with the cooler weather allowing for explorations around the city and the many opens spaces becoming a riot of autumnal colours. If you wanted to grab some stunning photos amongst the brilliant russet red and glorious golden leaves then head to one of London’s many parks, such as the stunning Richmond Park.
During half term there are lots of family friendly events which take place at the popular tourist attractions, many are included in the entrance price or are completely free so it is worth a quick internet search of ‘what’s on’ for the dates you are planning to visit. The downside to this is that London will likely be busier but with a bit of forward planning, such as advance purchase of any required tickets, it shouldn’t prove too much of a problem.
October is also the time for Halloween and again, you will find many themed events taking place. The London Dungeons are always a good place to start if you fancy being spooked out of your skin or try the Jack the Ripper Ghost Walk as an alternative. If being frightened isn’t for you then the London Restaurant Festival might be more your thing. This three week celebration runs from the 8th October to the 27th and includes a number of tasty activities from tours and trails based around specific culinary themes to special menus at some of London’s top restaurants.
If you are in London between the 16th and the 19th October then head over to Regent’s Park where you can experience the Frieze Art Fair; you can browse and purchase art from more than 160 galleries and leading international artists. Even if the art is out of your price range it is still a fantastic way to spend a cultured afternoon, enjoying the brisk autumn air and taking in the stunning pieces of contemporary art on display.
Diwali also takes place during October and you will find several events taking place across the city, though most notably in Trafalgar Square. Look out for the Diwali inspired menus too across various London restaurants.