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6 of the Best Ways to Enjoy London Outside this Autumn

Published on October 30, 2020 by Rebecca Hinshelwood

Autumn is one of the best seasons for exploring the great outdoors of London. Daylight hours are receding, but it’s not too cold to spend the day outdoors. From a centrally situated base of serviced apartments in London, you can easily enjoy all of the colours and experiences that Autumn in the city has to offer. So from parks to cafes, waterways to markets, choose from the best outside destinations of Autumnal London.

1. Walk in the Park

London parks are the perfect places to enjoy the changing colours of Autumn. Woodlands are a riot of colour this time of year so enjoy these spots before the leaves all drop. From a serviced apartment in London’s Kensington, Chelsea or Mayfair you will easily access Hyde Park. This is London’s biggest Royal Park so there’s plenty of space to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. One of the best things about Autumn parkland is collecting conkers – fun whether you’re 8 or 80! For the best yield, follow the path around the Serpentine lake towards Lancaster gate, where they often fall aplenty. 

2. Get on your Bike

Go for an invigorating Autumnal bike ride around Richmond Park, where you can bask in the colourful scenery without the stress of heavy traffic. With trial restrictions to vehicle access from specific points into the park, relaxed bike rides here have become more possible. You may have your own bicycle or hire one through the location based Parkcycle. If you have children with you, the quiet paths and trails here are an ideal and safe place to exercise and enjoy some fresh air.

3. Enjoy Al Fresco Coffee

For a relaxed and social Autumn afternoon, you can’t beat coffee and cake, or afternoon tea. And why not make the most of the sparkling Autumn sunshine and crisp yet mild temperatures with al fresco seating? In the Kensington area, a serviced apartment in London means that you’re not far from Brompton Food Market. This cafe offers leafy, terraced seating and seasonal ingredients. If your apartment is more centrally based, try Dalloway Terrace in Fitzrovia. From the patio seating you can enjoy food, afternoon tea or even cocktails if that takes your fancy!

4. Historical Cemeteries

Far from being morbid destinations, London’s Victorian cemeteries are both a peaceful place to walk and an educational tour of history. Follow Fulham Road to the west and you will reach Brompton Cemetery. This is the resting place of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. There’s also an informative visitor’s centre and 39 acres in which to walk and absorb the surrounding legacies.

5. Take to the Water

Head up from Hyde Park to Little Venice to reach The Regent’s Canal and the various canal boat tours that are on offer. On Autumn days in changeable weather, waterway tours are an ideal excursion as you have the option to move from open air to under cover! If you prefer a more active pursuit, you can take to the canal by kayak. Or even walk the towpath  for a long leisurely stroll.

6. Market Shopping

The best way to shop in the Autumn is in the open air, and this means markets! Serviced apartments in London provide an ideal base for this kind of shopping as they are centrally located and easily accessible to those desirable market hotspots. To the west of London, High Street Kensington Farmers Market is a popular source of culinary delights, and the renowned Chiswick Flower Market is set to return on 1st November. For vintage, fashion and food, Portobello Road Market is an iconic destination.

London is very much a place to enjoy by being outside, and the best way to make the most of this is to select your accommodation centrally. Serviced apartments in London offer the flexibility to go where you please, when you please, and really absorb the beauty of Autumn in the city.

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