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5 romantic ways to spend Autumn in London

1 Oct 2018
The night’s maybe drawing in and the temperature starting to drop but there is something about the changing light, falling golden leaves and conkers on trees that make Autumn a special season in the annual calendar. So, say goodbye to Summer and embrace the romance of Autumn with some of our top picks for dates this season.

Regents Canal

The ever-popular stretch of canal from Islington Basin to Limehouse Basin is the perfect place for an autumnal date. The smell of wood-burner smoke from canal boats, fallen leaves underfoot and golden hues from the setting sun make this a particularly special romantic setting. Whether you choose to navigate the towpath by foot or bike, there are a number of places to stop on route for a mooch, pint or snack. Favourites include, Towpath café in Haggerston for coffee and cake, Broadway Market for fresh produce, vintage clothes and delicious street food, Victoria Park and the traditional East London boozer The Palm Tree for jazz.

Kew Gardens

If you’re looking for nature, trees and crisp leaves under foot then look no further than Kew Gardens. Consisting of 121 hectares (300 acres) of gardens and with some 14,000 trees it’s the best place to get your autumnal skyline fix. They also offer guided tours exploring Kew’s extensive collection of trees from around the world. Romance and a bit of education thrown in!

Tremendous trees tours take place daily until 31 October and are included in the entry fee. Tickets start from £16. BOOK HERE

London Cocktail Week London Cocktail Week is the biggest, most vibrant celebration of our capital's fantastic cocktail scene and the biggest event of its kind - in the world! Whilst you can enjoy £6 cocktails in 300 venues across the city, it is The Cocktail Village on Brick Lane that we would be heading to with our date. It’s basically a village full of cocktails with forty different cocktail experiences to discover across the three spaces on Brick Lane. We think it’s time to get wicked drunk with your chosen date!

London Cocktail Week runs from 1-7 October. MORE INFO

London Film Festival

If you fancy avoiding the drop in temperature during Autumn then there is nothing better than snuggling up with a date, popcorn and a good film (or 300!). The BFI London Film festival offers cinema lovers the opportunity to view 300 films, documentaries and shorts from all over the world. In addition you can enjoy Q&As and masterclasses with filmmakers, talks and workshops. With big galas screenings like Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ and Yorgos Lanthimos’s hugely buzzy ‘The Favourite’ coupled with lesser known films and shorts this year is proving to be an exciting year for attendees.

BFI London Film Festival hits cinemas across London from 10-21 October 2018. MORE INO

Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival

What better way to enjoy Guy Fawkes Night (or Bonfire Night!) than with a romantic date snuggling up under the stars with fireworks exploding above? Ally Pally’s legendary fireworks celebrations offer the best fireworks in the city coupled with amazing city line views, German bier festival, circus, ice skating, DJ’s, street food and more. So get your oooohs & aaaahhs ready, wrap up warm, head into the cold and enjoy the finest fireworks that London has to offer.

Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival runs from 2-3 November 2018. Tickets start at £12 per adult. BOOK HERE

If you’re looking for a date this Autumn then check out our upcoming events.

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