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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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
Go here to view and explore hundreds of timepieces from throughout history and from around the world.
• Science Museum
• Ends October 23, 2016
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
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