My 5 Favorite Places To Enjoy Autumn In London!

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ― William Cullen Bryant

Autumn in London holds a special place in my heart.  I experienced it for the first time in 2010 while I was studying abroad.  Seasons are basically nonexistent in Los Angeles so seeing the leaves changing was pretty mind blowing for me.  This is actually the first time in 3 years that I’m not in London during this magical season!  Tragic, I know.  My heart is breaking a little bit as I look through these pictures but I thought it was only fair to share my favorite spots in London to experience the fall foliage.  I might not be able to be there right now but hopefully some of you can go out there and experience this glorious season before it ends!

1. Kew Gardens

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With almost 300 acres (121 hectares for you Brits) to explore, you can easily spend a day getting lost in Kew Gardens.  You’ll enjoy a visit to Kew during any season but the gardens boast the most beautiful fall foliage that is not to be missed.  At around 14 pounds to get in, it’s a bit pricey but completely worth it.  Give yourself at least half a day and you’ll definitely be satisfied.  My favorite spots in the garden are Kew Palace, Palm House, Temperate House, Pagoda, Japanese Gateway, the Lake, and the Xstrata Treetop Walkway… just to name a few 😉

2. Highgate Cemetery

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Some people find it a bit strange to visit a cemetery as a tourist.  Okay, maybe it is a bit strange but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Highgate Cemetery.  I visited around Halloween on a rather gloomy day so it was a bit eerie but still beautiful.  Karl Marx is one of the few famous people buried here and you’ll always find tourists around his grave.  During my visit, I just visited the East Cemetery and admission was only 4 pounds.  However, the West Cemetery is the more popular (and beautiful) section that is only open to the public through guided tours that cost 12 pounds.  Both options are definitely worth it.

3. Regent’s Park 

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Regent’s Park is one of several Royal Parks scattered throughout London.  I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but my main reason for visiting this park was because they filmed a scene from The King’s Speech here.  Judge away.

4. Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens

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Hyde Park is definitely my favorite park in all of London.  I lived about a 10 minute walk from the Kensington Gardens entrance back in 2010 which was probably the start of my Royal obsession.  Not only is Hyde Park one of the largest parks in London but it’s also (more importantly) home to William and Kate who reside in Kensington Palace.  Yes, that’s right, they live in a park.  Strange, I know, but once you visit Hyde Park, you’ll want to live there too.

5. Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace was home to King Henry VIII and is now a wonderful tourist attraction open to the public.  Lucky us.  During my visit, it had been raining all day and I didn’t actually manage to take a decent picture of the palace.  Of course the rain gods chose to stop pouring down on us as soon as we were leaving.   I managed to snap this photo while we were exiting through the gardens.  The palace itself is worth the 17 pound entrance fee but the grounds are what make it worth it in my opinion.  Allow yourself enough time to thoroughly explore the beautiful gardens, especially during the fall season!

There you have it!  October is already sneaking away from us so you only have a few weeks left to frolic in the fall foliage.  Have any of you experienced autumn in London?  What is your favorite place during the fall season?  


Happy travels!

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28 comments

  1. Clare says:

    I’m feeling the love for London a lot more recently after spending a weekend there in August. Definitely need to explore the parks a bit more next time. Lovely post and lovely colours in your pics!

  2. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans says:

    You’re right, Lauren. The fall is flying by! Based on your pics of the season around London, I can see why it’s your favorite season. I recently visited Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah. I think that cemetery visits are an interesting way to experience a city, and like Bonaventure, Highgate is very pretty. And I’m sure it’s the Angeleno in you that motivated you to visit the site from “The King’s Speech” scene (such a great movie) – I do the same thing!
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    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace are definitely worth seeing! Highgate is not for everyone. My friends I dragged along with me were rather bored actually… can’t please everyone 😉 It just looks pretty cool in the fall. Thanks so much for reading, Bianca!

  3. Pamela says:

    Beautiful pictures! I have never experience autumn before but It seems like the weather would be just right to stroll in those parks (minus the crowd please). 🙂

  4. Laura @Travelocafe says:

    I don’t fin it strange to visit a cemetery. I have done it several times in different location. My favorite is in Milano, but I haven’t seen the cemeteries in London yet. This fall we had planed to go to London, but in the end we had to postpone it for next year. Your photos are wonderful and they convinced me that we have to make the effort to get to London for next autumn.
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    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      Glad I’m not the only one! I love cemeteries. I just visited a beautiful one in Savannah that I’ll do a post on in a week or two. I hope you make it out to London next fall! Thanks for reading, Laura 🙂

    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      Thanks, Stefania! The entrance fee is a bit steep but if you’re planning to spend most of the day there, then I think it’s totally worth it. Luckily I knew someone who was a member so I was able to get in for free a few times.

  5. Miles says:

    Great post. I lived in London for a long time and always enjoyed this time of year. There are just so many parks to enjoy. My favorite was Richmond Park. Well, in fact, my favorite was a walk through Greenwich Park, then along the river, and then to my favorite pub. Oh, how I miss pubs 🙂
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