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Top five things to do this autumn

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As golden-brown leaves pave our pathways, cosy jumpers replace summer staples and pumpkin-spiced everything nice replaces cooling iced drinks, the transition to autumn has begun. Join us to give the season a warm welcome with these top activities in central London.

1. Snuggle up in a cosy pub

As the nights draw in and temperatures start to drop, why not turn the snug levels up with a visit to one of our cosy pubs? Pop into The Golden Lion to savour a pie and a pint, or why not make an afternoon of it and treat yourself to an exquisite Sunday roast that showcases the finest in British produce at The Game Bird.

2. Explore central London’s coffee culture

A crisp autumn day is your perfect excuse to have not just one, but two coffees in a day. Pop into Danish all-day bakery Ole & Steen for a cup of “Kaffe” or a pumpkin spiced latte, or step into well-mannered coffee house and roastery, The Gentlemen Baristas for a great brew made just how you like it. You’ll find us at Whittard of Chelsea, stocking up on its Pumpkin spiced coffee and homely ginger and dark chocolate biscuit dippers.

3. Replenish your library

All true bookworms know that autumn is the perfect season for reading. Get lost in literature at Maison Assouline, or step into one of the world’s leading literary institutions, The London Library and enjoy its quiet reading rooms. Why not stroll the stacks at Waterstones to find a book that travels with you to a cosy spot in St James’s Park. Prepare your reading list with our handbook to central London’s best independent and specialist bookshops.

4. Spot Fall-iage

Autumn brings a kaleidoscope of colours to St James’s Park; spot fiery foliage taking over the trees, crimson blankets of fallen leaves and squirrels scurrying to get ready for winter. Pause on The Blue Bridge to the enjoy exceptional views of Buckingham Palace on one side and the London Eye on the other. Be sure to share your photo with us on Instagram for a chance to feature on @stjameslondon – we love to see your seasonal snaps.

4. Get arty this autumn

Seek out the neighbourhood’s best art exhibitions this autumn – the ideal cultural immersion for rainy days or sudden downpours – or explore one of the area’s many independent galleries for a new purchase. If you’re feeling creative, why not pick up some art supplies from Ryman and paint your favourite St James’s scenes to make the most of those gorgeous autumnal colours.

Discover more things to do this autumn in London, from refreshing your wardrobe with our guide to autumn fashion, to places to cosy up with a glass of something special at the area’s top wine bars.