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Visiting London in


London is a vibrant, buzzing city at any time of the year, and the crisp autumn air makes October an ideal time to visit. From sipping coffee in a cozy cafe to strolling through the latest museum exhibitions, you'll find plenty to see and do throughout this month.

What to expect


  • Average Daytime Temperatures: 55 F (13C)
  • Average Overnight Temperatures: 47 F (8C))
  • Sunny or partly sunny days: 16
  • Rainy days: 15

What to wear

  • It is a good idea to pack long-sleeved shirts and sweaters that can be layered.
  • Pack a heavier coat for going out in the evenings.
  • Pack your rain gear: an umbrella, a light raincoat and water proof / resistant, comfortable walking shoes.

London Prices in October

London is a busy year-round destination. October is the shoulder season, therefore, visiting London in this month, you'll be able to take advantage of all the budget-friendly values throughout the city. Flights and travel to London are less expensive than in the peak summer season, and the hotel prices are also discounted. Book your flights and accommodation in advance for the best prices and save money by booking at the right times.

Planning your trip is a key to a balanced budget, use free online resources like our maps & guide or the itinerary tool, if you are going to visit some iconic attractions, get a sightseeing pass, it will easily save you 50% on regular admission prices – see more

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Getting around

With roughly 30 million travellers per year, London easily ranks as one of the most visited cities on earth. London is easy to navigate, but if you can't walk to your destination there are plenty of options

London Underground

The quickest way to travel around, London's Underground metro system is the oldest and most famous in the world. In total, there are 11 lines on the Tube within nine zones. On most days the London Tube is open between 5AM and 12AM, but there is extended services for Friday and Saturday. Fares vary widely for the London Underground depending on when you're using the service and how far you're going. The easiest way navigate the Tube is to invest in what's known as an Oyster Card. These re-chargeable card can be purchased at any Tube station. Put as much money as you want on your Oyster Card and scan it at the entrance of the Tube station. It’s much cheaper to use than single tube tickets.

Black Cabs - Traditional London taxis

These cabs can easily be found all over central London as well as by major train stations, bus stops, and by Heathrow Airport. Please ensure the yellow "taxi" light in the front of the cab is on when you're trying to hail a vehicle.
All taxicab services in London are metered and there's a £3 minimum charge. While you're not required to tip, it's always welcome, and most Londoners will round up their fare.

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Things to do in October

Check out the following list of ideas for fun things to do in London in October:

1. Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

One fascination that is not to be missed is the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It takes place outside Buckingham Palace, begins at 10:45 AM and lasts around 45 minutes (handover takes place at 11:00 AM). You can join the Change of the Guard walking tour to learn much more about this ceremony.

2. London Restaurant Festival

Foodies will love the London Restaurant Festival, which is a month-long celebration of the best chefs and restaurants. Test exclusive menus at some of London’s Michelin-stars restaurants, try out one of the capital's wide range of different cuisines and enjoy amazing culinary experiences. Many restaurants offer special menus during this festival, and there are even opportunities to meet celebrity chefs.

3. London Cocktail Week

Budding mixologists will delight in London's Cocktail Week, which is easily one of the best things to do in October. Visitors can take advantage of discounts, tastings, and special cocktail-themed events across the city.

4. Frieze London art fairs

Art aficionados may wish to take home a piece of the city with them by picking up a painting at the Frieze London art fairs in Regent's Park. This annual contemporary art fair is an influential event, where you can contemplate and buy art from world-renowned international galleries.

5. Museums at Night

October is also an ideal time to visit the many museums that London has to offer. Most museums run night-time tours as part of the city's Museums at Night feature, and this can make it easier to browse these frequently crowded spots. The Museum of London, V&A, British Museum, Tate Modern, and National Gallery all have free admission and make an excellent introduction to the area's museum culture. Off the beaten path, visitors may wish to explore the lesser-known Design Museum, National Maritime Museum, Hampstead Museum, or Geffrey Museum.

6. Halloween in London

Experience an unforgettable Halloween in London, discovering London's gory history, scary attractions and horrifying things to do on and around 31 October. London hosts a number of ghost tours and other Halloween-themed activities. For example, you can take a trip on the spooky London Ghost Bus or go on a haunting Jack the Ripper or Tales of Plague guided walking tour. You might also want to attend terrifying Fright Nights London or Haunted Happenings.

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace 1
London Restaurant Festival 2
London Cocktail Week 3
Frieze London art fairs 4
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Halloween in London 6

Rainy Day Options in London

Tower of London

Learn about the storied history of London with a trip to this epic tower. Visitors will delight in the exhibit of the Royal Family crown jewels, including the Imperial State Crown. The guards of the tower will regale visitors with tales of the bloody history of these times, enchanting everyone who walks through the gates. Visit to the Tower of London is free with the London Sightseeing Pass.

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West End Theatre

taking a West End show will chase away any rainy day blues during your visit to London. It might not be possible to get last minute tickets to every show, but you can find something a couple of hours before the show starts by visiting the Encore Box office. With every sightseeing pass purchased on this site we offer 55 GBP towards your theatre ticket

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London Museums

Your weather app says it’s going to be raining the whole day? Head over to one of the best London Museums or Galleries. Whether your interest is in art, science or history, there’s something for everyone in just about every neighbourhood. Pick from the British Museum, The National Gallery, Tate Modern, the Kensington Museums of Natural History or Science Museum – all offer free entry to the public.

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