Things To Do In London in October 2016 – 21 Great Ideas

As summer turns into autumn, October welcomes you to London. Expect crisp fall days with a chance of showers, but don't worry, there's so much to do & see that a few drops of rain won't spoil the fun. Cultural activities are in full swing with plenty of interesting exhibits at the best museums of London including Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds at the British Museum.

October is also an ideal month to spend the day exploring the English countryside on a tour to Stonehenge and the Cotswolds. It's also a perfect month to catch some of the exciting festivals happening — like the Frieze Art Fair, the Bloomsbury Festival, and the London Film Festival.

Most Popular Activities

Things to Do in London October 2016

London Tour + Tower of London + St Paul's Cathedral

London Sightseeing Tour

Explore the best of London, starting with Christopher Wren's masterpiece, St. Paul's Cathedral — crowned by the dome that dominates the skyline. Next stop is the Tower of London, the ancient fortress steeped in centuries of intrigue and treason. Learn its tragic tales from a Beefeater guard, then see the Crown Jewels & coronation regalia. Continue to the City of London, the ancient Roman city where skyscrapers now soar. Did we mention the free Thames River cruise?

Private Tour of London in a Black Taxi

Black Taxi Tour of London

Harrods, Piccadilly Circus, Downing Street…see the best of London from a classic black cab. Did you know London's taxi drivers have to pass the toughest taxi exam in the world, and their inside knowledge of the city is unsurpassed? London cabbies know every street, hidden back road, and hidden gem of the city. That makes for a real insiders tour! Includes hotel pickup & drop-off with seating for 5 passengers.

Private Guided Tour at the The British Museum

The British Museum

See one of the world's most famous museums on a private guided tour with an art historian. Learn illuminating details about the treasures of the British Museum like the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, and sculptures from the Parthenon. We prefer the personalized attention you get on VIP private tours like this one.

Thames River Lunch Cruise

Thames River Lunch Cruise

Cruise in style on the River Thames with a three-course lunch, prepared onboard by a team of chefs. From the river you can see some of the best of London — the London Eye, Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe, Tower Bridge. Choose from the Classic Lunch Cruise or the Elite Lunch Cruise with wine & mineral water.

Top Day Trips From London

Things to Do in London October 2016

See England in One Day…

See England in One Day

Well, if not all of England, at least some of the country's most iconic locations — Stonehenge, Bath, the Cotswolds & Stratford-upon-Avon. Spend time exploring the mysterious stones before setting off for Bath, one of the prettiest cities in England. It's then a short distance to the Cotswolds to see the picturesque countryside and villages. The tour ends in Stratford-upon-Avon with a champagne & scone reception in Shakespeare's garden.

Stonehenge + Windsor Castle + Bath – Day Trip from London

Stonehenge

We also like this day trip that takes you to the best of England. This one kicks off at Windsor Castle, home of the British royal family. Continue through rolling green hills to Stonehenge, to see the collection of stones from 5,000 years ago. Next stop is Bath, famous for its Georgian architecture and Roman Baths. Includes hotel pickup, transportation, and all entrance fees.

Paris Day Trip on the High-Speed Eurostar

Paris Day Trip + Champagne Lunch on the Eiffel Tower

Board the sleek Eurostar at St. Pancras and enjoy the quick and quiet ride to Gare du Nord for a memorable day trip to Paris. Choose from an independent trip with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, or a guided tour that takes you to the best of Paris — a skip-the-line Eiffel Tower visit and a Seine River cruise. Late in the afternoon catch the train back to London. Includes round-trip Eurostar tickets, hop-on hop-off bus tour.

The Best of London Theatre

Things to Do in London October 2016

Wicked – The Musical

Wicked

Playing at the lovely Apollo Theatre in October, Wicked is based on Gregory Maguire's best selling novel about the behind-the-scenes story of The Wizard of Oz story! The musical transports you to a fantasy land of wizardry and witchcraft. Select standard seats or VIP seating for unobstructed views of the stage.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

London is well-known as a theatre destination and so we recommend you take in a performance of this hit musical, the basis for the movie. Just being a part of the playgoers in London's Theatre District it itself a thrill. We recommend upgrading to include a 3-course pre-show dinner at L'Escargot.

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

Here's another award-winning musical playing in London. The story of The Four Seasons and written by one of the original members, the play has also been made into a hit movie. Hear all the songs that catapulted a group of blue-collar boys from Jersey to the top of the charts and to musical fame.

Afternoon Tea, Pubs & Other Food Events

Things to Do in London October 2016

Discover the Food of London's East End

London East End Food Tour

Take a culinary stroll to East London's diverse food scene. You start the day with a traditional British breakfast staple, the humble bacon sandwich. Sample bread pudding, taste artisan British cheeses, visit a proper East End chippy for fish & chips and discover London's curry capital in the heart of Shoreditch. Your final tasting ends on a sweet note with salted caramel tart.

Discover the Pubs of London's West End

Pub Tour of London's West End

Here's where you'll find London's top historical ale houses. You visit five traditional pubs in Trafalgar Square, Soho, and Seven Dials, with beer samples at each one. These are the best local pubs, hidden down side streets that most tourists will never see. This small-group tour is limited to 15 to ensure you have more fun.

Discover the River Thames on an Evening Dinner Cruise

Discover the River Thames on a Dinner Cruise

Dine in style aboard a luxury boat cruising on the Thames River. Relax to live jazz as your 4-course gourmet dinner is served. From the river you view the illuminated city sights — Big Ben, the London Eye, Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe, etc, etc. The menu features regional cheeses, Scottish salmon, and decadent lemon posset with shortbread for dessert.

Festivals & Events

Things to Do in London October 2016

Bloomsbury Festival

Bloomsbury Festival

It's an explosion of performance, art & music held in the streets, parks, museums, galleries, in one of London's most vibrant cultural quarters. The festival celebrates the best of Bloomsbury and its pioneering attitude and is a showcase for artists and academics, scientists as well as dancers, musicians and publishers.
• October 9 to 23, 2016
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London Film Festival

London Film Festival

240 films. 72 countries. 16 cinemas. 12 days. One Festival. The London Film Festival brings together the biggest, brightest and the best. See everything from red carpet premieres of Hollywood movies to world cinema, at movie houses across London. Also seek out masterclasses, talks and workshops with filmmakers, actors and producers.
• October 7 to 18, 2016
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Frieze Art Fair

Frieze Art Fair

Here's your chance to see, browse, and possibly purchase contemporary art from around the world – on display in Regent's Park. The annual fair features 160 leading and emerging art dealers and galleries as they present their latest work.
• Regent's Park
• October 6 to 9, 2016
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Diwali Festival of Lights

Diwali Festival of Lights

A vibrant celebration of the festival of light by London's Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities. Expect fireworks, good food, music, and dancing in Trafalgar Square. The programme includes religious music, contemporary Asian music and dance. Best part, sampling the finest Southeast Asian vegetarian cuisine!
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What's On at the Museums

Things to Do in London October 2016

Scottish Artists – From Caledonia to the Continent

Scottish Artists 1750-1900

Just being able to get inside the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace is worth it! There you can view this exhibition of 80 works from QEII's personal collection of the best of Scotland's artists.
• The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
• Ends October 9, 2016
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Measuring Time – A Free Exhibition

Measuring Time

Go here to view and explore hundreds of timepieces from throughout history and from around the world.
• Science Museum
• Ends October 23, 2016
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Sunken Cities – Egypt's Lost Worlds

Sunken Cities Egypt's Lost Worlds

This unusual exhibition is about the fascinating story of recently discovered Egyptian artefacts from the later Egyptian era. The twist here is that these items were found beneath the sea!
• British Museum
• Ends November 27, 2016
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Undressed – A Brief History of Underwear

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

The bare facts…the underlying story…this show uncovers it all…you get the idea! See everything from a 19-inch-waist whalebone corset to elegant and sexy pieces by modern designers.
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Ends March 17, 2017
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