October in London: Weather And Events Guide

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••• Aerial View of Hyde Park. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images (cropped)

Like much of the rest of the year, the weather in London in October tends to be brisk, overcast and partly rainy. The average daily temperature barely hits 60 degrees, and there's an average of nine rain days annually in October.

But tourists to London aren't visiting to soak up the sun, and there's plenty to keep travelers entertained. So pack some layers and rain gear as you explore all there is to see and do in London during the autumn months.

 

And it should go without saying; Always bring along an umbrella for a visit to England's capital city.

London Festivals in October

The British Film Institute London Film Festival has been held annually in mid-October since 1953. This massive festival shows hundreds of movies, documentaries and short films from more than four dozen countries.

The Pearly Kings & Queens Harvest Festival (late September or early October) is a festival that celebrates the tradition of London's pearly families, a charitable organization that began in the 19th century when people would adorn outfits with pearl buttons in order to attract attention when raising money. 

The Raindance Film Festival (late September or early October) celebrates independent film in various locations across London. And the monthlong London Restaurant  Festival is a city-wide celebration of eating out. Over 350 restaurants participant and offer bespoke festival menus.

 

The October Plenty on Bankside (Sunday in late October). is an annual autumn harvest festival that brings together ancient customs, theater, and plenty of contemporary events. 

Things to Do in London in October

If festivals aren't really your thing, there are plenty of other October events and activities that may interest you.

 National Poetry Day is usually observed during October, and   Chocolate Week (a week-long event in mid-October) is the U.K.'s biggest chocolate event featuring tastings, demonstrations, and workshops. It culminates in The Chocolate Show at London Olympia. 

Frieze Art Fair features contemporary pieces from more than 160 leading galleries throughout the world at this annual art fair in Regent's Park. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year at The Natural History Museum (from mid-October to April) celebrates the world's best wildlife photographers every year.

The Trafalgar Day Parade, held on the Sunday closest to October 21, marks the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in Trafalgar Square. It features a series of events and a Sunday parade that sees more than 400 Sea Cadets from across the U.K. march on behalf of the Royal Navy.

British Summer Time Ends (clocks go back 1 hour on the last Sunday in October), so be sure to plan your day trips accordingly.