For many people, autumn is a time of cosy evenings spent indoors, snuggled up on the sofa. However, if you are looking to get out and about and explore the city this season, we have done the groundwork for you! Check out some of our top suggestions for autumnal activities in the capital…
Of course, we have to begin with Woodberry Wetlands! The crunch of fallen leaves and trees transitioning from green to shades of bronze, orange and red is matchless in our opinion. Woodberry Wetlands is a designated nature reserve, meaning access to crisp fresh air and plentiful green space without leaving London. Take a stroll around the East Reservoir, collect some prize conkers, and soak up nature’s beauty. Why not stop by The Coal House Café for a hot chocolate to keep your hands warm?
New River Path, Woodberry Grove, Woodberry Down, London N16 5HQ
Milroy’s of Soho
What could be more appropriate on a chilly evening than a wee dram of whisky? Milroy’s is a slice of old Soho and its whisky selection is exceptional. From single malt Scotch whisky to bourbons, ryes and more from the US, from Irish whiskey and Japanese bottlings to all manner of new world expressions, Milroy’s assortment has been designed to delight every whisky drinker. If you’re not into the amber stuff, check out the bookcase at the back – it’s the entrance to the cosiest speakeasy in London, with a bespoke cocktail menu and resident pooch.
Only 29 minutes from Woodberry Down via Manor House tube station.
Find out more: https://milroysofsoho.com/
A foodie’s paradise at the best of times, Borough Market is a riot of colour in the autumn months. There are squashes, pumpkins and gourds as far as the eye can see, not to mention barrels of rosy apples and the strangest array of mushrooms known to man. Your soup game will never be stronger.
Our best tip; have a hot spiced brew from The Cider House while you browse the market stalls.
Just 31 minutes on the tube from Woodberry Down.
Find out more: https://boroughmarket.org.uk/
The towpath of the Regent’s Canal is perfect for an autumnal stroll – or cycle, if you’re feeling energetic. The smell of wood-burner smoke from the picture-book narrowboats makes it extra special. Wind up in Little Venice and you can keep an eye on the scenery from inside the canalside Bridge House pub.
Get the full autumn effect – don’t just look at the boats – wrap up warm, hop aboard and cruise from Little Venice to Camden and back with the London Waterbus Company.
Regents Canal is just 35 minutes from Woodberry Down via the 341 bus.
Find out more: https://www.londonwaterbus.com/
Barge East Sunday Roast
Step aboard a 120-year-old barge in Hackney Wick, which has been lovingly restored into an award-winning restaurant. Enjoy an exquisite Sunday roast cooked by their talented chefs, who source the finest quality produce and handpick homegrown ingredients from the Barge East Garden for every dish. The Sunday Roast menu comprises crowd pleasers such as beef topside, lamb leg, porchetta and shallot tart – all served alongside crispy roast potatoes, seasonal veg and a Yorkshire pudding.
Barge East is 35 minutes by car from Woodberry Down.
Find out more: https://www.bargeeast.com/