Autumn is a poem to me. Made for long walks in boots, & hands tucked deeply into your coat pockets. Leaves rustling gently underfoot. Einaudi will be playing in my ear.
Descending into London, autumn brings with it a passionate show of colour, & picturesque nostalgia. Whether you wander West or South, London is cloaked in a coat of auburn & fire.
Mid October to early November is the prime season to enjoy the autumn foliage display in London.
Foggy mornings with dainty piles of auburn leaves scattered on the side roads. Tones of gold, russet, magenta, & orange alongside a vintage Figaro. A white cat sits on the window pane, sleepily looking out at passersby.
Just for the briefest moment, the world is on hold.
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
~William Cullen Bryant
The eight Royal Parks of London are spectacular this time of year, with over 170,000 trees displaying the vivid change of seasons. You can enjoy candelit classical concerts, historical walks, & art fairs at the Royal Parks too- there are plenty of fun events to choose from.
Read on to discover where the best Autumn walks are in London, as well as places to admire Autumn foliage in London.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
THE BEST AUTUMN SPOTS AND WALKS IN LONDON
1. GREENWICH PARK
Overlooking the river Thames, Greenwich Park is London’s oldest enclosed park and is a spectacular sight in Autumn. With giant ancient oak trees, squirrels, & bird song, this park makes for a wonderful Autumn walk.
Blackheath Gate Lodge: The Park Keeper’s house in Greenwich Park, built in 1851-52
The Pavilion cafe in Greenwich Park
Nearest stations to Greenwich park: Cutty Sark station DLR & Greenwich station DLR.
2. ROYAL KEW GARDENS
London’s largest UNESCO World heritage site, has over 132 hectares of beautiful landscaped ground. It is a world renown research centre. The beautiful Kew gardens are magical this time of year, and less than 30 minutes from central London. Check out the glasshouses, or get a birds-eye view of the gardens from the 18m high Treetop walkway.
Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE
By tube Kew Gardens station / By train Kew Bridge station / By bus 65 stops at Victoria and Lion Gate.
3. GEFFRYE MUSEUM
The Geffrye museum in Shoreditch is set in 18th-century almshouses, & recreates living spaces from 1600 till present day. It is a fascinating museum, which lets you see how people used to live through the times. The exterior of the almshouses are covered in autumn foliage in the autumn months. It makes a beautiful display!
Address: 136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA, nearest station: Hoxton railway station and Old Street.
4. HAMSTEAD HEATH
Hampstead heath is a picturesque place for a good walk any time of year. But autumn being autumn makes it a particularly beautiful spot. You will see tall trees decked in autumn colours, with birdsong and squirrels. For beautiful London views, walk up Parliament Hill. Take a beak watching the ducks swimming on the ponds, or wander into Kenwood House for a little culture or a cup of tea.
5. REGENT’S CANAL
Little Venice is a charming oasis in London, not far from Maida Vale or Warwick Avenue tube station. Here the Grand Canal Union meets with Regent’s canal, with beautiful mansions as a backdrop. As you walk along the stretch of the canal, there are plenty of gems to discover: waterside cafes, narrowboats, floating art galleries, London waterbus, hotel boats & the odd willow tree or two.
This would make for a very scenic autumn walk in London.
St James’s Park is the oldest Royal Park in London and is surrounded by three palaces.
London’s oldest park has a beautiful small lake, with 2 islands. Originally the park was a deer hunting ground for the royal family, & then remodelled. Today, it is a beautiful oasis in central London, & a great place for an autumn walk.
Address: London SW1A 2BJ
The Institute of Contemporary Art, near St James’s park and just off Trafalgar Square.
7. HYDE PARK
Hyde Park is perfectly positioned, & one of London’s largest Royal Parks. It has over 4000 trees, a meadow, and a lake. There will be plenty of fun events over the autumn period, definitely worth checking out.
8. RICHMOND PARK
Richmond park is London’s largest Royal park, with scenic wildlife & spectacular grounds. Red and fallow deer roam freely here. Isabella plantation is a tranquil woodland garden, that is full of beautiful flowers.
If you come early in the morning to Richmond Park, you’ll spot the deer in the hazy mist. It makes for some incredible photography opportunities. Undoubtedly, one of London’s best Autumn walks.
For a beautiful skyline view of London head to King Henry’s Mound or Sawyer’s Hill.
Address: TW10 5HS
9. KYNANCE MEWS
Built in the 19th century, & hidden behind tall stone arches. Kynance mews in autumn comes alive with beautiful red foliage, and is one of those most instagrammable locations in London.
Where: South Kensington, London
Epping forest is a 2,400 hectares area of ancient woodland between London and rural Essex. A former Royal forest, it has areas of wetland & grassland, & is one of London’s three Special Areas for Conservation. Autumn in Epping forest makes for a spectacular display, and some may be lucky to spot some deer.
Walks in Epping Forest here.
What are your favourite places to admire autumn in London, or your favourite autumn walks in London?