London is one of the undisputed top holiday destinations in the world. From landmarks famous all across the world to cutting edge theatre, the UK’s capital city offers no shortage of places to explore and activities to get involved with.
With so much on your doorstep to see and do, there are plenty of reasons why it’s worth it for Brits to visit London this autumn rather than travel further afield.
Over at TickX, we are an events ticket search engine which specializes in allowing our customers to find and compare ticket prices from businesses like 365Tickets for all sorts of experiences, spanning attractions, live music, theatre, sport and cinema.
As a result, we know full well what ‘staycationers’ can discover by choosing to spend a week off in the Big Smoke instead of going abroad!
No matter whether you’re a born-and-bred Londoner or a visitor from elsewhere in the UK, a few days spent off in London will have something for you.
Here’s just a glimpse of the great experiences you can uncover in London this autumn.
Even if you’re never been to the UK’s capital city in your life, London’s landmarks are some of the recognizable and iconic in the United Kingdom.
Who could fail to recognize cultural markers like Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge or the Palace of Westminster?
While all of London’s famous landmarks, museums and art galleries may be impressive enough from the outside, many of these attractions have a lot to offer inside too, as plenty of them run in-house tours to help you discover the wonders they contain.
You could, for example, book a guided visit to the British Museum in Bloomsbury.
The most visited museum in the UK, the British Museum boasts a permanent collection of over 8 million works of art from across the world, meaning that it promises fascination.
For whose who prefer sight-seeing, you could always book a trip on the Coca-Cola London Eye which offers panoramic views of the entirety of London.
Many businesses offer tickets to attractions that come with special perks such as a trip to Windsor Castle or a two-course lunch.
By taking a day-trip to London’s attractions you can get a sense of the capital’s grandeur and history – something that’s easy to forget when you’re in the middle of your daily commute.
Thanks to its mélange of cultures, London boasts a more vibrant music scene than anywhere else in the UK. From pop and jazz to hip-hop and garage, every single genre has its home somewhere in the capital.
Whatever your particular tastes in music are, you can rest assured there will be a gig that takes your fancy going on every night of the week.
One of the main reasons for the richness of London’s gig nightlife is its rich array of venues. Among the powerhouses of London’s music scene are venues which are part of the Academy Music Group, which owns several of music venues across the capital. If rock or indie music is your thing, London’s AMG venues are venues to look at.
Whether you’re drawn to the intimacy of the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the buzz of O2 Forum Kentish Town, or the grandeur of the O2 Academy Brixton, it’s worth checking out gig listings at these venues if you want to spend your time off pumping your fists to some of rock’s modern greats.
Just some of the acts coming up at London’s AMG venues this autumn include Twenty One Pilots, First Aid Kit and Pale Waves.
If you’d prefer a more relaxed way to spend your evening this autumn, don’t worry, as London holds plenty of unique independent venues where you can enjoy a night out.
One of these is Green Note, a bohemian hotspot located at the heart of Camden Town in north London.
A must-see stop for music lovers, Green Note puts on shows every night of the week from the more relaxed side of music including folk, roots, blues, jazz, country, and world music.
The venue has won numerous awards and has historically hosted famous performers such as Leonard Cohen, Amy Winehouse, and Ed Sheeran.
Whether it’s a communal singalong at a huge venue or an intimate acoustic session, there’s no better way to discover London’s buzzy, cosmopolitan ethos than heading along to a gig.
For those who believe in the idea of active rest, London’s nightlife is full of places you can relax the hedonistic way.
Across the capital are nightclubs holding club nights where you could dance your worries away to all the latest electronic/EDM tunes or sing along to your favourite rock classics, all while not having to worry about work the next day.
Famous for its three floors and commitment to house, techno and drum and bass, Fabric’s regular nights such as its Sunday night residency WetYourSelf! are not to be missed. In 2017 it was nominated for Club of the Year at the prestigious Electronic Music Awards.
It might be that you prefer your nights out to offer a more intimate experience. If you’re that type, London is chock full of cosy venues like Lightbox. Based in the south London suburb of Vauxhall, this tiny 600-capacity venue – named after the LED lights all over its walls and ceiling – offers a dazzling and distinctive clubbing experience with its regular club nights and parties.
Lightbox has a reputation for hosting top DJs and live acts across the worlds of techno and garage, as well as regular showcases for record labels.
This autumn you can head along to the House of Horrors Halloween Rave arranged by London’s sound system crew Rampage Sound, or check out the first birthday party of Whitepark Music, a label dedicated to underground drum and bass.
Whatever type of nightclub most takes your fancy, if you partake in London’s vibrant nightlife you are sure to come away physically exhausted but mentally refreshed.
West End theatres
Finally, you’ll find few more pleasurable ways to make use of your time in London by spending an evening at the theatre.
Alongside New York’s Broadway theatres, theatres in London’s West End are renowned for presenting stunning productions that won’t be found anywhere else in the world, ranging from retellings of stage classics to cutting-edge modern theatre.
The largest West End theatres such as The Apollo Victoria Theatre, the London Palladium and the Lyceum Theatre are, of, course, famous for specializing in musicals, and rest assured that none of them disappoint.
This autumn on the West End, you can take your pick between a ton of musicals, including but not limited to the Wizard of Oz-based Wicked, the rap history of Hamilton or the Disney classic The Lion King.
Whichever musical most appeals to you, you are sure to leave the theatre thoroughly entertained thanks to their talented casts and jaw-dropping stage effects.
If you’re not the musical type, you won’t feel let down by the fare offered by slightly smaller West End theatres. Unburdened by the need to draw huge crowds, these theatres focus on presenting more traditional plays which are no less entertaining.
Our pick of the plays you can catch at these theatres is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is continuing its run at the Palace Theatre.
Of course, London’s theatrical fare isn’t limited to the West End, as the capital boasts tons of non-commercial and off-West End theatres which offer up a more intimate performance. Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank will be serving up Macbeth and Doctor Faustus as part of its winter season, while The Old Vic is producing an in-house adaptation of Angela Carter’s Wise Children in October.
With so many imaginative and thrilling productions to choose from, London’s rich theatre scene is a diverse world just waiting for you to discover it during your visit.
With all the engaging attractions, thrilling gigs, raucous club nights and fantastic theatre the city has to offer, London has all you need to guarantee you a rewarding, surprising staycation.
So what are you waiting for?
Forget about booking that flight abroad, look at what’s happening in London this autumn and get planning.
The UK’s capital city is waiting for you
Chris Ogden is Digital Content Editor for TickX. TickX is an events ticket search engine which specializes in helping customers to find and compare ticket prices for experiences across the UK, Ireland and Spain, spanning attractions, live music, theatre, sport and cinema. To check out TickX, please visit www.tickx.co.uk. You can also follow TickX on Facebook or Twitter.