When the leaves fall, festival season picks up in the capital. From arts shows to sports tournaments, don’t miss these leading autumn events in London
Autumn is one of London’s most beautiful seasons. So dust off your most stylish trench coats and get ready to embrace the crisp autumn air and the festivities that come with it. From festivals like Totally Thames and EFG London Jazz Festival to traditional cultural events like The Lord Mayor’s Show, there are countless autumn events in London to entertain visitors of all ages.
Kicking autumn off in grand fashion is the annual Totally Thames festival. Transforming the Thames banks for a whole month, the 30-day celebration hosts a busy schedule of non-stop river-inspired events and happenings, from boat races and large-scale art installations to musical performances, and much more.
London Design Festival is the greatest annual celebration of design in London. An inspiring showcase of the city’s vibrant design scene, the event brings together talented designers, architects and artists for a series of installations, exhibitions and pop-up events at spaces across the city. Highlights at this year’s event include dRMM’s Baboushka Boxes in Victoria Gardens, Glithero’s The Green Room at the V&A and Alison Brooks Architects’ The Smile installation.
The most stylish event in the autumn fashion calendar, London Fashion Week hosts catwalk shows by many of the world’s leading designers and fashion houses. Tickets are hard to come by, but if you can work your connections it’s a prime opportunity to witness the latest trends and mingle with A-listers. If one week of fashion isn’t enough, stay on for London Fashion Weekend, where consumers can enjoy additional shows, talks and shopping.
Celebrating its 15th edition in 2017, Frieze Art Fair offers art enthusiasts, dealers and galleries the opportunity to browse, buy and showcase contemporary art. Highlights at the upcoming event in Regent’s Park include works from renowned galleries such as Sadie Coles and Cheim & Reid, the striking Sculpture Park and special commissions by the Freize Projects programme.
Make 5th November a night to remember by attending one of London’s spectacular fireworks displays. Ever since the Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot of 1605, fireworks shows have been an annual tradition across England, with some of the best displays taking place in the capital.
A tradition since 1215, The Lord Mayor’s Show sees the Mayor of London lead a parade from the City of London to Westminster. Join Londoners as they line the streets to watch the colourful procession, which terminates with a dramatic fireworks display over the Houses of Parliament.
Touted as one of the best jazz festivals in the world, The EFG London Jazz Festival is renowned for bringing the best and freshest musical talents to London. During the 10-day celebration, music lovers can enjoy a busy, diverse programme of concerts and club nights at myriad venues across the city.
For your chance to witness the world’s best tennis stars in action, don’t miss the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. During the fierce eight-day tournament, players like Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will take to the courts at the O2 Arena to complete for the title.