Autumn often feels like the fleeting season of the year. For just a few weeks golden leaves decorate the trees, crunchy leaves scatter across pavements, and warming scents of the season fill the air. Before you know it November is here and the trees are already beginning to look quite bare. As we brace ourselves for cooler temperatures I’m reminding myself of one of the prettiest seasons of the year and all the places and spaces I’ve been able to squeeze in.
Enjoying long walks outdoors is a must at the height of autumn. There’s nothing better than the sight of golden and red hues, the sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet.
Collecting conkers at this time of year brings back nostalgic memories of excitedly foraging through parks as a child. Did you used to play the conkers game when you were younger? I hope children still play this today and it hasn’t fallen into the traps of health and safety hazards!
In London we’re particularly lucky to have the Royal Parks on our doorsteps. Their regal history often means you can find the finest and most colourful landscapes at this time of year. Before the clocks turned back I made sure I escaped the office just in time for sunset and got treated to a pretty stunning evening walk.
As the temperature drops and the days draw in I’ve been making the most of daylight hours by discovering new cafes and enjoying regular favourites even more.
This month I found The Liberty of Norton of Folgate, Ben’s Canteen (which I must return to for brunch) and a great new South West find Brickwood Coffee and Bread. I’ve also made a few trips to the closest cafe to my flat which sells Workshop Coffee, Graveney and Meadow.
Of course when enjoying drinks in the evening I turn to my other favourite treat, cocktails! And October was a great month with London Cocktail Week!
You can discover my top 10 finds here!
One of the great things about being out in the city at night is the chance to cross Waterloo Bridge when I wouldn’t normally have the pleasure.
This view always stops me in my tracks.
As for other highlights of the month, I certainly enjoyed celebrating National Champagne Week with Searcys at my favourite London station, Kings Cross St Pancras (where we also met regular piano players and saw a lot of romance!).
I took a long overdue trip back to my hometown Birmingham. Enjoyed an impromptu catch up and burger at Tommi’s Burger Joint. Tried my first supperclub at Tooting Market. Discovered the brilliant COLD Bar for far one of the best G&Ts I’ve ever had!
Big thanks to everyone who entered this month’s giveaway which celebrated the collaboration between Ping Pong and the V&A for the launch of the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting. Congratulations to the 12 winners!
A busy autumnal October which like every month of the year so far seems to have flashed by in a second.
How was your October? What are you looking forward to in November?
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