Autumn is not just a season, its an emotion. Hands up if you agree!
I am a sucker for all the Autumnal clichés – plump pumpkins, oversized cardigans, cosy blankets. Candles, books, yummy drinks. AND ALL THE DELIGHTFUL, CRUNCHY LEAVES. Ahhhh.
The magic of autumn has never failed to inspire me. But it feels extra special this year, having made it to this side of covid with double vaccinations.
In retrospect, Autumn 2020 was one of the highlights of a year that left us all lacklustre and hurting. Nestled in that sweet spot between our two major national lockdowns in the UK, it gave us enough hope to want to start anew. We embraced it wholeheartedly, keen to enjoy some freedom from restrictions, blissfully unaware that another big, bad covid wave was round the corner. Looking back, I am so grateful for those stolen moments trying to soak up the beauty of this season amidst one of the toughest, most uncertain phases of our lives.
If there is one thing that 2020 has taught me, its to make the most of here and now. And that’s exactly what I plan to do this Autumn – as much as these last few weeks of pregnancy will allow me. I am giddy with excitement to go pumpkin picking, a favourite activity this time of the year. I am keen to tick this off my ‘things-left-to-do-in-the-UK’ list after 13 years. Because the slots sell like hot cakes as soon as they are released, I made sure to set up a calendar reminder last month. It felt like a mini achievement when I managed to snag some spots for October! In case you didn’t realise, I take Autumn very seriously. ☺️🍁
One of the best things about living in London is witnessing all the seasons being celebrated in grand style. So don’t despair if you cant book yourself into a pumpkin patch this year. There is no shortage of Autumnal inspiration in this city, and you really don’t have to look too hard to find it. From Mother Nature decked out in all shades of fiery red, orange and yellow to magical pink, gold and periwinkle pumpkin displays at various shops and restaurants, not to mention unique seasonal treats like Pumpkin Spiced Apple Crumble, London in autumn is a MOOD.
To help you make the most of this season, I have decided to round up some of the BEST places for that perfect Autumn capture/treat in London. I think Mid October is the best time for the perfect photos!
The Outdoors/Free Spots
- Kynance Mews
- St Dunstan-in-the-East
- All the amazing parks!
Nature is always the best way to experience Autumn but some restaurants go above and beyond to give us the best seasonal photo ops!
Always decked out in seasonal finery. Peggy Porschen and Jo Loves are my favourite haunts!
- Dalloway Terrace
- The Ivy Market Grill, Covent Garden
- The Ivy Chelsea Garden
- Milk Train
- Colette Cuisine
- One Aldwych
- Cammas Hall Farm
- Crockford Bridge Farm
- Castle Farm Kent
- Humble Crumble @oldspitalfields
- Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches at @yolkinmacice
- Pumpkin macaroon @eat_ohlala
- Halloween cookies @biscuiteersltd
- The molten chocolate and salted egg pumpkin BAOs @bao_london
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Hope this blog post gives you enough inspo to start planning your Autumn Adventures!
[Note: some of the displays/seasonal items may be different this year as most are from 2020. Keep an eye out on the relevant Instagram pages for 2021 updates!].