Thursday, 05, September 2019
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Cosy ways to celebrate the start of Autumn
With September 23rd marking the Autumn Equinox, we’ve compiled the best ways to celebrate the new season in London
A long, lazy lunch with family and friends is the ultimate antidote to any post-summer blues. Head to The Swan at Shakespeare’s iconic Globe Theatre for one of the restaurants generous traditional roasts, using locally sourced and seasonal produce. Located on the Southbank, The Swan offers views across the River Thames to St Paul’s Cathedral, providing a picturesque spot to spend a cosy Sunday.
There’s something magical about the changing seasons, and the arrival of autumn will hopefully see bright blue skies, crisp fresh air and the crunch of leaves beneath your feet becoming a daily occurrence. Head north of The Marylebone for an escape from the city only 20 minutes away. With its wild meadows and dense woodland areas, it’s the perfect quiet spot to admire the changing colours of the trees as the new season arrives. The bathing ponds - mens, womens and mixed – are open throughout the autumn months too, although with temperatures averaging at 15°C, it’s not an activity for the fainthearted!
Say goodbye to the summer pub garden and hello to the Cocktail Diviner to The Bloomsbury Club Bar: a new set of 14 cocktails corresponding to the 14 states of mind or being. Upon arrival at the bar, guests must allow the Diviner to guide their emotions, exposing their secret yearnings and allowing it to provide a perfect tonic to their state of mind. Once matched with our cocktail, you’re free to settle in to the luxurious confines of the bar, with plush leather armchairs, atmospheric lighting and wall-to-wall bookshelves creating a decadent and atmospheric space to unwind on an Autumn evening.
Via The Doyle Collection
London Landmarks Afternoon Tea
Tick off the very best of the capital’s landmarks, without having to even leave the hotel! London Landmarks Afternoon Tea at The Kensington takes diners on a tour of the city’s architectural feats, with tributes to London’s most iconic structures. Spend an afternoon celebrating the beauty of London with a skyline of scones, sandwiches and sweets presented on a London Eye-inspired tea stand. The menu is complemented by an extensive tea selection, cocktails and champagne.
Via The Doyle Collection
Just a stone’s throw from The Kensington sit several of the city’s finest museums, offering the perfect educational retreat from any sudden Autumnal turns in the weather. The iconic Victoria and Albert Museum is currently exhibiting FOOD: Bigger than the Plate, inviting visitors to participate, taste and debate the politics and pleasure of food and asking how the choices we made can lead to a more sustainable, and more delicious, future. Next door, the Natural History Museum is the perfect family-friendly destination to escape the chillier climate, with areas dedicated to everything from dinosaurs to human evolution just waiting to be explored.