56 Autumn Date Ideas


It’s the perfect time to ahem, fall for someone.

And as your humble advisors regarding the best of London, allow us to take you on a little whirlwind tour of the most date-worthy events and places to visit in this fair city this season, from al fresco gigs and a barge full of cheese to fireworks; festivals and the occasional rutting stags.

So without further ado, behold our Autumn date ideas…

Watch Acoustic Musicians Play In A Candlelit Church

With hot toddies brought to your seat. READ MORE

Details: 16th & 23rd October | The Hackney Round Chapel, 1D Glenarm Rd, Clapton, London E5 0LY £22

Test Your Sunday Compatibility At Sunday Papers Live

Comfy sofas, roasts, Bloody Maries and fascinating speakers. It’s not the worst place to start a tradition… READ MORE

Details: 3rd October Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HU | £35

Share A Baked Brie On Board The Cheese Barge

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THIS is what floats your boat. READ MORE

Details: Open Tuesday – Sunday | Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, London, W2 6HY

Hear Someone Fascinating at the London Literature Festival

Word up. READ MORE

Details: 21st – 31st October Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

Book Tickets to Moulin Rouge!

After 10 years of development, it’s opening in London… come what may. READ MORE

Details: Opens 12th November | Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London W1D 7DYFrom £25

Check Out The Free Outdoor Art Gallery in Regent’s Park

These sculptures have all been curated by Frieze, and it’s totally free to see.

Details: Until 31st October | The English Gardens of The Regent’s Park Free

Admire Japan’s Famous Autumnal Trees… at Kew

Alongside some show-stopping Japanese art at their upcoming festival. VIEW DETAILS

Details: 2nd – 31st October Kew Gardens, TW9 3AE £17.50

Go Apple Picking!

Tim Mossholder

With the apple of your eye, of course. VIEW DETAILS

Details: Daily Garsons, Winterdown Road, West End, Esher, KT10 8LS Pay per kilo

Or Pumpkins, If It’s That Time Of Year

Maddy Baker

Then have a carve-off. VIEW DETAILS

Details: 23rd-30th October Secretts, Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford, Surrey, GU8 5HU £3 entry

Do The Crossword In A Pub With An Open Fire

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These are our favourites.

Explore the Dalston Curve Garden by Night

While enjoying the dulcet tones of two incredible musical acts. VIEW DETAILS

Details: 28th September Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3DF£16.37

Go Deer-Spotting in Richmond Park

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Sophie Keen

It’s surprisingly easy to track them down. VIEW DETAILS

Details: Richmond Park, TW10 5HS | Free Entry

Plan a Month of Dates for London Cocktail Month

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London Cocktail Week is just a teensy bit longer this year… VIEW DETAILS

Details: 1st – 31st October | Across London Wristbands £12.50-£15

Book Tickets to the BFI Film Festival

And if you’re not keen on film, there’s a whole programme dedicated to ‘immersive’ film and mixed-reality artwork… VIEW DETAILS

Details: 6th – 17th October BFI Southbank and other venues From £10

Go to A Museum Late

Learn how awesome museums are with cocktails instead of coach tour groups. READ MORE

Play Pétanque, Drink Pastis at Baranis

Baranis petanque activity bars

After all, the French do it best. VIEW DETAILS

Details: Open Tuesday-Saturday 115 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PP

Watch A Film Beneath The Stars (With Blankets)

There are screenings running into October, amazingly. READ MORE

Toast Marshmallows at the Midnight Apothecary

It’s a rooftop cocktail bar in a garden. With unlimited marshmallows for the fire-pits. What’s not to love? READ MORE

Details: Fridays and Saturdays until the end of September Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF£8-20

Warm Up Over A Steaming Bowl of Ramen

So you can cool down with a bowl of noodle ice cream for dessert.

Details: Open Wed-Sun | Sūpa Ya Ramen, 499 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AU

Pick Out A Book For Each Other At Daunt

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Ugur Akdemir

Then read the first chapters to each other over strudel at Fischer’s.

Details: Open daily 83 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QW

Go for the Perfect Roast

Maybe try all of them, just to be sure. READ MORE

See Shakespeare in a Candlelit Theatre

Wanamaker Playhouse autumn date ideas

It’s the Globe’s closed-roof – and sliightly more autumn-friendly – cousin. VIEW DETAILS

Details: Metamorphoses opens 30th September, Measure for Measure opens 19th November 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DTFrom £5

Wander Round An Eccentric Architect’s Townhouse

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Candlelight, wine, and an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus. READ MORE

Details: Open Wed-Sun; lates on 24th September & 29th October 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP | Ticketed free entry, lates £25

Go On A Day Trip

Incredibly, this doesn’t require a plane ticket. See the best day trips from London

Get Steamy in Your Own Personal Rooftop Sauna

And relax with a cocktail by the campfire after. VIEW DETAILS

Details: Open daily Netil 360, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8 3RL From £22.50

Head To A TT Liquor Cocktail Masterclass

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Then drink your homework. READ MORE

Details: Fridays & Saturdays TT Liquor, 17b Kingsland Road, E2 8AA £75

Attend A Supperclub In A Plant Shop

Joy = Stevie Parle’s cooking, and a roomful of cacti. READ MORE

Details: Thursday evenings JOY, 94 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RG | £65pp

Go For Dinner at This Ridiculously Beautiful Restaurant

And have a nightcap up at the rooftop bar. READ MORE

Details: Sessions Arts Club, The Old Sessions House, 22 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0NA

Hold A Board Game Tournament At Draughts

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Loser gets the drinks in. READ MORE

Details: Open Tues-Sun | 41 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, E8 2JS | £5pp cover charge

Cosy Up with Campfire Club

Music, marshmallows and a crackling fire = peak autumn. READ MORE

Details: Several dates Various outdoor venues | From £5

Go Star-Gazing

Not the Leicester Square kind, the Greenwich Observatory kind… READ MORE

Details: Daily, 10am-5pm Royal Observatory, Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 8XJ | £10

Step Into The Kit Kat Club

At this intimate new production of Cabaret, starring Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne. VIEW DETAILS

Details: Opens 15th November Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE From £30

Go Watch The Fireworks At Alexandra Palace

Unless you already have enough fireworks of your own… READ MORE

Details: 5th & 6th November Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY £10.50

Go To A Chef’s Table In A Railway Arch

If you love seafood but hate choosing things on a menu, this is for you. READ MORE

Details: Wednesday to Saturday The Sea, The Sea, Hackney, 337 Acton Mews, E8 4EA £150pp

Go For A Crisp Sunday Stroll Through Hampstead Heath

Julian Simpson

Find our guide to the heath here.

…Then Listen To Live Music and Sip Cider at the Southampton Arms

When the weather turns really cold, they serve it mulled. READ MORE

Details: Open daily, live music most Sundays 139 Highgate Road, London NW5 1LE

Go Vintage Shopping Down Camden Passage

Ungry Young Man

Buy each other antique spoons and vintage prints, then admire your haul at the Katsute Japanese tearoom. READ MORE

Details: Camden Passage, Angel Islington, N1 8EA

Sip Cocktails at Coupette


Our favourite bar, and a decidedly autumnal one at that. READ MORE

Details: Open daily, live music Mon & Wed 423 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, East London, E2 0AN

Show You Don’t Have A One Track Mind…

One Track Minds

by getting tickets to One Track Minds. VIEW DETAILS

Details: 11th October Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB £12-15

Explore A Promenade Dance Show at Battersea Arts Centre

Stumble on performers in corridors, basements and stairwells… VIEW DETAILS

Details: 6th – 10th October Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN | Pay what you can, suggested price £20

Have Your Own Ghost Moment In A Pottery Class

Then sip smugly from your slightly off-centre mugs by the fireside later. READ MORE

Listen to Jazz In A 300 Year-Old Crypt

And find out if you’re soul mates. READ MORE

Details: From 22nd September St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ£10-15

Whisk Your Date Off to DinnerPARTY

Dinner, cocktails, candlelight, bands, DJs, gambling and the most brilliant people in London for company… Nudge readers. READ MORE

Details: 25th September Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU | From £22

Take A Leisurely Dinner Cruise Along London’s Canals

Candlelight, oysters and wine. You literally cannot go wrong. READ MORE

Details: Cruises Wednesday-Sunday | London Shell Co, The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2 6DS | £65

Go For A Dip In A Heated Lido

Then refuel over Michelin-starred fare at Brat’s nearby pop up. READ MORE

Details: Open dailyLondon Fields Lido, Hackney E8 3EU £5.25

Listen To Celebrities Read Incredible Letters

And get inspired to write love letters of your own. READ MORE

Details: 30th October Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP £29.50

Hibernate In One Of London’s Hidden Bars

Ruby's Dalston Bar

Any of these should do quite nicely. READ MORE

Roam Through A Bar with Six Rooms of Live Music

With themed cocktails to match. READ MORE

Details: From 23rd September Wardens Grove, Southwark, SE1 0HT | £54.50

Bathe In Red Wine

Aire Ancient Baths

We are NOT speaking figuratively. READ MORE

Details: Open daily | AIRE Ancient Baths, 2-3 Robert Street, WC2N 6RL From £150

Go To A Listening Party In The Dark

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A spine-tinglingly atmospheric way to listen to music. READ MORE

Details: 21st-23rd September Across London From £8

Run Around London On A Cryptic Treasure Hunt

Solve clues sent to your phone (with pub stops built in)… READ MORE

Watch Some Comedy Together

Even if the acts are terrible, at least you’ll seem hilarious by comparison. READ MORE

Hole Up In A Wine Bar For The Night

Leave with a bottle to take with you on your next date, at a BYOB restaurantREAD MORE

Indulge In Decatur’s Seafood Pop Up

Their warm cockles will warm your cockles.

Details: 29th September – 16th October, Wed-Sat | Quality Wines, 88 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3EA

Go For Dinner With A View

One of these ought to fit the bill. READ MORE


Last Updated: 16th September 2021 | Main image: Nest Collective

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