London is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year, but there’s something about crisp autumn mornings, amber-coloured leaves covering the pavements and people dashing around wrapped in thick coats and scarves that makes the UK capital seem all the more quintessentially British.
Whether you’re staying at The Montcalm Royal London House for business or pleasure this autumn, make sure you venture outside of the hotel’s cosy interior to brave the cold and enjoy London at its best as the season draws to a close.
Here are five of the best places to experience autumn in the capital:
1. Regents Park
For an invigorating autumn walk, a spot of conker hunting and a chance to kick your way through the crisp, fallen leaves, there are few more picturesque spots than Regent’s Park. Take a stroll around the park, seeing if you can spot any ducks braving the chilly temperatures, before hiking up Primrose Hill for a spectacular view of the city. Just as dusk falls would be a particularly lovely time to make this trip, allowing you to see all of the twinkling lights of London stretched out below you. Then all you need to do is get back on the Circle Line to Moorgate, just a three-minute walk from your cosy hotel room and as much room service as you need to warm you up.
2. Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath is another must-visit park during autumn, with a trek up Parliament Hill offering similarly mesmerising sights as the walk up Primrose Hill. Animal lovers should keep an eye out for squirrels foraging ahead of the winter months on the Heath, and keen walkers will find this is one of the best places in London to immerse yourself in nature and forget you’re not too far from the hustle and bustle of the city for an hour or two.
3. William Curley
If you’re in need of a warming pick-me-up after an autumn stroll around the capital, there are few better options than a luxurious William Curley hot chocolate. With outlets in both Belgravia and Richmond, the chocolatier’s sumptuous drinks are the perfect indulgent treat, made from the finest chocolate with 70 per cent cocoa content. There are traditional dark chocolate and hazelnut flavours, as well as fiery chilli for those with more daring tastebuds – can you imagine anything more warmth-inducing on a cold autumn day?
4. Kew Gardens
Venturing back into the outdoors, Kew Gardens is another London attraction that really comes into its own in the autumn months. Although beautiful at any time of year, the golden, burnt orange and deep reddish hues of the leaves framing the site’s pathways are simply stunning on a bright autumn day. And if the unpredictable Great British weather happens to take a turn for the worse, you can shelter inside one of Kew’s greenhouses, enjoying thoughts of warmer climes among the many tropical plants that can be found here.
5. The Chesham Arms, Hackney
With a roaring log fire, claret-coloured walls and piles of board games, The Chesham Arms in Hackney is a great choice for those wanting to spend an evening hiding from the chill in a traditional cosy London pub. The gastropub has been renovated in the style of a classic English public house following a campaign by locals. After an evening sampling the menu’s hearty pork pies and the pub’s real ale selection, you can catch the Overground from Hackney Downs back to Liverpool Street Station afterwards, which is just a ten-minute walk from Montcalm Royal London House.