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The 10 best things to do for you and your kids in autumn in London

London’s Big Ben, framed by autumnal leaves on the Thames

Rain or shine, there are plenty of things to do in London for visitors of all ages. You can enjoy the warm weather in early autumn in one of London's many parks and green spaces, or go to one of the city's world-famous museums and see one of the changing exhibitions. There are always seasonal special events to schedule into your stay to get the most out of your time in London!

1. Spend an afternoon in Kensington Park at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.

This playground is located in Kensington Park, one of the largest green spaces in London and is a great stop on an afternoon stroll or as a direct destination. The playground has a large ship, a tree house complex and an Indian campground to play with, one of many great free ways to discover the city. It's no wonder this is London's most popular park! For parents there is a cozy café with changing facilities, where you can relax while the children have fun. Near the playground, in the northwest corner of the park, you can also see the round pond and gardens behind it Kensington Palace scout out. Entry to the royal residence is free for children under 13 and costs £ 16-17 for adults. Take a look at our top 10 list of other green spaces in London!

Double-decker buses come in many shapes and sizes

2. Admire double-decker buses from different decades in the Transport Museum in London.

If you and your family are history buffs, then don't miss the collection of real buses, trains and more from the 19th century to the present day. Some of London's first underground trains are also more groundbreaking Metropolitan Railway and a whole range of the red double-decker buses that personify the city. Children will love to experience the exhibits up close. There is also a special program for children of all ages: characters in costumes explain the history of London's means of transport throughout the museum, a transport-style play area entertains children up to 7 years old and the Transportorium on the ground floor hosts new events every holiday season. Children under 18 have free entry to the museum and an adult ticket costs £ 16 making this one of our best things to do on a rainy day in London.

3. The longtime tourist attraction Madame Tussaud’s London is perfect for kids with familiar faces of history and fiction!

Madame Tussaud’s is housed in the former planetarium of London and is among other things the main attraction of the city since it was founded in 1884 by a wax sculptor from Marylebone. The museum is constantly adding new figures to the inventory of pop culture icons, world leaders, top athletes and superheroes! There are also many characters from children's films from Shrek to Star Wars, which makes a visit to the museum a must for young film lovers. Entry costs £ 21-30 for children and £ 25-33 for adults, depending on the reservation and online booking time.

Kings Cross is a modern hub related to novel fame

4. Start your own Harry Potter tour and discover London's magical side.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour guides you through re-enacted, real-size Harry Potter film sets in suburban London. You can get there by public transport and via the motorway. The new expansion, consisting of the large platform 9¾ and a replica of the Hogwarts Express, has been accessible to guests since March. Entry is free for children under 4, £ 25 for children 4-18 and £ 33 for adults. For a cheaper Harry Potter experience, head to Kings Cross Station in central London, where you'll find a memorial to the fictional platform 9¾ between platforms 9 and 10. Check out our list of 10 film locations in London for more stops on your Harry Potter tour.

The Thames is lined with London landmarks like Tower Bridge

5. Go to Totally Thames, a September festival honoring London's famous river.

The Thames runs 68 km from west to east through London and characterizes the cityscape to a large extent. Although the river is no longer as immensely important for the economy and social life as it once was, it is advancing Totally Thames Festival every fall brings the river back to the center of the action through a plethora of events for all ages. From concerts to fire shows to public art events, including for children, there is a wide range of options, and everything is free! We offer a large selection of holiday apartments that are located directly on the river and therefore close to all events.

6. Browse the collections at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, with over 700 items from around the world.

London is known for a rich history of global exhibitions showcasing the highest quality works from around the world. The collection in Ripley’s combines everything from bizarre modern art to cultural artefacts from distant jungles, always with a flair of the unusual and interesting. There are also many interactive exhibitions to offer the kids something, such as the Mirror Maze, where endless reflections and reflections provide hours of entertainment! Single tickets vary in price from £ 15-27 and family tickets (for 4 people) cost £ 60-80 depending on the booking period. Check out our tips on other things to do in Soho and the West End to live like a local!

The Tower of London flooded with poppies on Armistice Day

7. Explore the Tower of London, a real castle with a gruesome history.

Legends and traditions awaken in the Tower of London to live. This is a medieval fortress where Edward III. Princes imprisoned in the tower. This gruesome story draws a lot of attention, not to mention the impressive medieval architecture of the fortress, built in the 11th century by William the Conquerer. This fortress also houses the British Crown Jewels, making it one of our must-see places in the city. Plan your stay around November 11th and you'll be blown away by the cascade of poppies that flood the Tower in memory of Armistice Day and Britain's war dead. Buy the tickets online in advance and they cost only £ 22 for adults and £ 10 for children!

8. Try to catch a glimpse of the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

If your stay falls in September, you can be guided around the royal residence when it is open to the public. The many rooms of the massive palace combine different architectural and furnishing styles from the 19th century to the present day. There is a lot to discover for children and a lot to learn even for adults! If you have the Buckingham Palace visit at a later time, try to take a big event with you so that you might discover the Queen herself as she leaves the palace with her car! Before you travel, however, check out our list of tips for proper behavior in London.

Annual fireworks display during the Guy Fawkes Night celebrations

9. Join the celebrations for Fireworks Night on November 5th

Like all major holidays the remembrance Bonfire Night, also known as Fireworks Night and Guy Fawkes Night, in beautiful clothes on a serious day in history. It marks the survival of the Palace of Westminster, the seat of government of the United Kingdom, after a bombing in 1605. The Catholic attack may have failed, but the day remains one of the most significant for the British community and is always a welcome occasion for celebration ! The British are celebrating the anniversary with extensive fireworks displays in London and beacons in the rural areas. If you are only coming for a weekend, we have the perfect accommodation for that too!

10. Enjoy autumn apple picking in Outer London.

Just because London is a bustling city doesn't mean you have to miss out on one of the world's favorite things to do: picking apples. The city's green belt has some orchards and sprawling farms to enjoy British country life just a short distance from the city. We recommend the Crockford Bridge Farm in Addlestone, Surrey, which has 30 acres of fields, a farm shop, and its own ice cream parlor with homemade ice cream (great way for kids to enjoy fruit!). It's an easy day trip to get there, just an hour by train from central London. To warm up after the day on the farm, head to one of our favorite coffee shops!

Whether you are staying for just a few days or a whole season, you can live like a local in our fully furnished rental apartments during your stay in London!