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Five classic and lovely things to do in London this autumn

By Phoebe Trimingham

That London to-do list hiding at the back of your mind? The one you wrote when you first fell in love with the city – when you were younger, cuter, less cynical and oh-so up for exploring the landmarks? Well, dig it out again, pal because we’ve just updated our list of the ultimate 101 things to do in London. It's a bumper bucket of the city's must-dos and must-sees, so whether you’re new to town or fancy living like a tourist for the day, go remind yourself why London is one of the best cities in the world (and reward yourself with some satisfying tick-offs in the process). Here are five classic autumn outings to get you started.

Crunch leaves in Kew Gardens

West London’s palace of flowers, leaves, and frickin’ great foliage turns into a whole new world in the autumn months. Celebrate the change in seasons with some serious yellow, gold and brown. 


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Beat the crowds at Liberty

That weird Tudor building at the gates of Soho will fast become every Londoner's one-stop-shop for last-minute Christmas presents. Get in there early and buy all the fancy socks now. 


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Freak out at Highgate Cemetery

London's finest collection of dead people takes on a different air from October onwards. No longer a spot for semi-spooky strolls, the cemetery becomes a full-on ghostly hide out in the lead-up to Halloween.  


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Check out the Science Museum's Wonderlab   

Yep, it’s busy and yep we're in school-trip territory, but London's home of science has just had an exciting addition: the colourful new Wonderlab. Go get your geek on and keep your brain warm during the colder months. 


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Work out the meaning of life at Sutton House

The oldest house in east London – which might also have London's oldest Loo – makes for a lovely, quick-fire history trip all year round, but head there during the final weeks of this month for a cheery little festival of talks and events about life, death and everything in between


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See how many you’ve already ticked off with our things to do in London checklist.

Or read the full collection of 101 things to do in London for more inspiration.

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