5 Things to do in London This Autumn

Although we’ve had an amazing (officially record-breaking) summer  here in the UK, we can’t deny that we’re really looking forward to our favourite time of the year: autumn.

It might be slightly colder, and perhaps a little bit wetter, but London is no less spectacular than any other time of year. Hibernating inside your hotel room (no matter how brilliant we are here at Swinton Hotel) is definitely not an option when visiting the capital in autumn.

From exciting events to unmissable festivals, there are plenty of things to get you out and about in London over the next few months. Here are just a few to keep an eye out for:

Chelsea Embankment during autumn time

What: The Hunted Experience

When: Saturday 22nd and 29th September 2018 / Saturday 6th & 13th October 2018

Where: Secret Location (Nearest Station is Liverpool Street Tube)

How Much:  Tickets from £32.99 – £39.99 (depending on size of team)

 Taking place in a secret location in East London, The Hunted Experience is a brand-new live event based on the Channel 4 TV show of the same name. In teams of up to 3, you’ll be moving around the streets of London as “fugitives” looking to outwit a team of hunters.

You need a phone with full access to the internet, as you’ll be asked to solve encrypted clues, collect and bank crypto-currency and keep in contact with “The Contact” – all whilst attempting to stay one step ahead of those hunting you.

The experience is expected to last for around 90 minutes Please note that this activity is for over 18s only.

What: London Cocktail Week

When: 1st October 2018 to 7th October 2018

Where: Various London Venues

How Much: £10 digital pass (and then drink prices are dependent on venue)

Celebrating London’s finest mixology, London Cocktail Week returns for another year at the beginning of October. You can purchase a £10 pass which will give you access to a wide range of different venues and events, including pop-up cocktails bars, entry to the Cocktail Village and exclusive cocktail offers.

Guests will also have the opportunity to learn behind-the-scenes secrets on mixing the perfect tipple, which is a must for any cocktail enthusiast.

Bartender is making a cocktail, toned


What: London Restaurant Festival

When: 1st October to 31st October 2018

Where: Across London’s best restaurants

How Much: Depends on restaurant and meal

Taking place throughout October, the London Restaurant Festival celebrates the diverse range of restaurants in the capital city. Returning for its tenth year, there are over 60 events to enjoy throughout the month.

Events include restaurant hopping tours (enjoy five-in-one day for as little as £45), wine tasting, tea tasting, inspiring talks with Michelin-starred chefs and themed nights pairing different food and films.

October is a fantastic month to visit London for those who love food.

What: NFL London

When: 14th October 2018 to 28th October 2018

Where: Wembley Stadium

How Much: From £59.95

Fans of American Football will be excited to know that the NFL is returning to London this October. All three matches will once again be taking place at Wembley Stadium, as they have since 2007.

Oakland Raiders host the Seattle Seahawks in the first game on 14 October. London debutants the Tennessee Titans take on the Los Angeles Chargers in the second of the games on 21 October, and then the Jacksonville Jaguars battle the Philadelphia Eagles on 28 October.

With standard tickets starting from £59.95, it’s the perfect event for NFL fanatics.



What: Natural History Museum Ice Rink

When: 25th October 2018 to 6th January 2019

Where: Natural History Museum

How Much: Adults from £12.65, children from £8.80, families from £39.60, Members save 10%.

You might not want to hear the C word just quite yet, and we hate to say it…. but Christmas is on its way! The 25th October marks the opening of the much-loved Natural History Museum ice rink – a staple of the Christmas season that runs right up until the beginning of January.

There is also a Café Bar which has a bird’s-eye view of the rink and is open daily – it’s even open to those who are not skating. You can warm up with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some delicious cake. There is even mulled wine for those feeling extra festive.

The ice rink is open daily between 10.00-22.00.

You can experience all of these events and more when staying with us at Swinton Hotel. Offering cheap accommodation in Kings Cross, we’re just a stone’s throw away from all of the action. Check  our availability online to book your stay.


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