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Uncover London’s secrets this autumn

Underground, behind locked doors, on riverbanks and inside unusual museums – there are endless ways to delve deeper into London this season. We’ve teamed up with Transport for London to bring you our top picks

Written by Time Out. Paid for by Transport for London

If, like us, you spent much of the summer chilling out in parks, dipping into lidos and lounging on rooftops, then we’ve got a challenge for you. This autumn, make it your mission to learn new things about your city. To make it a little easier for you, we’ve got together with TfL to bring you loads of ways to experience your city in a new light. Thanks to TfL’s off-peak fares (single adult pay as you go fares start from £1.50) your cultural adventures are easier and more affordable than ever.

Remember to check TfL Journey Planner before you travel. 


Hidden London tours

Ever wondered what goes on underground, or fancied discovering the secret abandoned stations that used to be a mainstay on the tube map? Bag yourself a ticket for one of London Transport Museum’s tours and delve into London’s forgotten past – from Winston Churchill’s secret Down Street war bunker to Euston’s labyrinth of lost tunnels. And that’s not all: on October 11, London Transport Museum will launch a new 'Hidden London' exhibition at its Covent Garden HQ. You'll be able to spy rare archive photos and posters and secret diagrams from disused stations on display for the first time.
Tour: Various venues and times. Tickets from £35.
Exhibition: London Transport Museum. Tickets from £16.50, kids free. Tickets allow unlimited daytime entry all year.

It may surprise you, but in a small park off Brixton Hill lies London’s last working windmill. Although more than 200 years old, the Grade-II listed tower was left dormant between 1934 and 2011, when it underwent a major restoration. When you visit this slice of the countryside in south London, it’s possible to take a free guided spin of the windmill and to learn all about its history.
Tour dates vary. Free.
Getting there Victoria line to Brixton.

Phoenix Cinema

Looking to step back in time during your trip to the flicks? This gorgeous East Finchley cinema is the picture house for you. The single-screen cinema is London’s oldest, having been built in 1910. You can catch the latest films, cult favourites, plus National Theatre and Royal Opera House screenings. Make sure you leave time to explore the adjacent gallery.
Tickets from £7.
Getting there Northern line to East Finchley.

Already ticked off London’s more popular museums? This spot dedicated to Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s epic feats of engineering, and their subsequent impact on London, is worth checking out. Head along to one of the guided walks or arrive in style on the daily Brunel’s London Boat Trip.
Open daily. £6, £4 concs.
Getting there Overground to Rotherhithe.


Make like a lord or lady of leisure and spend an afternoon wandering the 350 acres of parkland which surround this eighteenth century mansion. This National Trust property is going all-out with activities and events over autumn; you could book in for canoeing on Middle Lake, get bendy at a yoga class in the Entrance Hall, spy flappy friends on a bat walk or even have a go at spoon carving.
Open daily. £12. 
Getting there Piccadilly line to Osterley.

Get around easily with TfL

Your guide to the wonderful world of off-peak

Your guide to the wonderful world of off-peak

When embarking on your autumn adventures, it pays to remember that you’ll save big when travelling during the wonderful world of off-peak. Off-peak fares apply on all Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail services before 6.30am, between 9.30am and 3.59pm, after 7pm on weekdays, and all day at weekends and on public holidays. You can also take advantage of off-peak fares when travelling into Zone 1 (from a station outside Zone 1) between 4pm and 7pm on weekdays. Always touch in and out with the same card or device to pay the right fare. Touch in only on buses and trams. To check a fare, visit TfL’s single fare finder.

Travel in Zones 2-6 for £1.50
Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey not going via Zone 1 on Tube, DLR and most London Overground services.

Travel into Zone 1 from £2.40
Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey from Zone 2 into Zone 1.

Travel by bus or tram for just £1.50
TfL’s Hopper fare lets you take unlimited pay as you go bus and tram journeys within one hour of first touching in for just £1.50.

Your key to more London adventures

The interactive Cultural TfL Map reveals more than 800 Time Out-recommended museums, galleries, street art works and more, all within a short walk or bus ride from each station. There are plenty of fantastic experiences to be found, which you can visit during the wonderful world of off-peak. Explore now at

We know that affordable, convenient public transport is the key to accessing the best that London has to offer – and thanks to TfL’s affordable off-peak fares and other discounts across the network, the possibilities for adventure are wider than ever. Here, you'll find plenty more unexpected and exciting off-peak outings.

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