10+ Things to Do in London in the Fall 2016

September 6, 2016 8:40 pm

After the major tourist rushes of the summer, the fall season in London often offers fewer crowds and shorter lines. And of course, there are still tons of amazing attractions, tours, and special events to enjoy to round out your perfect fall trip to London town.

If you’re planning a trip and looking for things to do in London in the Fall, take a look at our suggestions for the top attractions and activities to check out this year, including..

  • Trolls Takeover DreamWorks Tours: Shrek’s Adventure!
  • Bieber Will Make it Rain at Madame Tussauds London
  • The Witch Hunter at the London Dungeon
  • London Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Totally Thames Events
  • And more!

Save on Attraction Admission

Regular admission to a number of these top London activities is available on the London Explorer Pass®.

Choose as you go from of top attractions and save up to 35% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more.

Please note, some of the Fall events listed below may be separately ticketed and not included on the London Explorer Pass®.

Trolls Takeover DreamWorks Tours: Shrek’s Adventure!

Trolls at DreamWorks
Image credit: DreamWorks/Shrek’s Adventure.

This October half term the wild-haired stars of DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls will be taking over DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London.

From 22 October guests will be able to meet Poppy and Branch and step into the vibrant world of Trolls Village exclusively at DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London. Think rainbow colours, feel-good songs and plenty of celebrations.

With characters voiced by the likes of Justin Timberlake (Branch) and Anna Kendrick (Poppy) the film is brought to you by DreamWorks Studios, creators of other legendary hit film franchises such as Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda. The coiffured co-stars will be joining Shrek at the end of the adventure to meet guests, take pictures and share the unbeatable fun.

The hugely anticipated film, set to be one of 2016’s most popular animations, is scheduled for UK release on 21 October, making this half term the perfect time to embrace the zany world of Trolls and spread some happiness around.  If you can’t stop the feeling – you don’t have to!

Getting In: DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure London tickets are available with the London Explorer Pass®.

Bieber Will Make it Rain at Madame Tussauds London

October 22 – October 30, 2016

Justin Bieber
Image Credit: Madame Tussauds London

With a #1 album in over 100 countries, back-to-back worldwide smash hit singles, and a 64-city North American tour, Justin Bieber is coming to London in October 2016.

As the global superstar prepares to take the 02 by storm with his Purpose World Tour, fans can get their fix of the magnetic musician in a special new experience at Madame Tussauds London.

Inspired by the jaw dropping climax from his tour, the experience stars a stunning wax figure of Bieber in a recreation of the spectacular rain shower finale.

The experience will literally make it rain in the heart of the attraction, with rain soaked dancers joining Bieber’s ‘wet look’ figure on stage as his anthem, Sorry, belts out in an energy packed performance worthy of one of the world’s most celebrated entertainers.

Bieber’s daring figure is making a guest appearance from Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and the pose features the 22 year old singing sensation, topless showing his toned torso off to perfection with his trademark tattoos carefully recreated.

Performances will run regularly throughout each day.

Getting In: Madame Tussauds London tickets are available with the London Explorer Pass®.

The Witch Hunter at the London Dungeon

October 1 – 31, 2016

The Witch Hunter
Image Credit: The London Dungeon

This October the London Dungeon will pit those of you brave enough to join the witch hunt with the sixteenth century Matthew Hopkins, known as England’s Witchfinder General.

Hopkins and his associates were responsible for more hangings than in the previous 100 years, with Hopkins believed to have been responsible for the deaths of over 300 women, all suspected of witchcraft.

You’ll be lured into Hopkins’ Witchfinder’s den, where you’ll find yourself part of his latest witch hunt investigation and he’s determined to locate his next witch! But will Hopkins sniff out the right victim? One thing that is for certain, he will stop at nothing until he gets his confession!

Getting In: London Dungeon tickets are available with the London Explorer Pass®.

Hop On Hop Off London Sightseeing Tour

London Big Bus in front of St Pauls Cathedrals

First-time visitors to London (and even repeat customers!) will get a lot out of a bus tour of the city.

With so many diverse neighborhoods and a frankly very sprawling expanse, it’s almost impossible to tackle it all without a comprehensive tour.

Choose a hop-on hop-off option for maximum flexibility. This particular option also includes a free London river cruise!

Getting In: Hop On Hop Off Big Bus London Tour tickets are available with the London Explorer Pass®.

Coca-Cola London Eye

One of the most recognizable landmarks in all of London, the Coca-Cola London Eye is a must-visit attraction.

Its iconic silhouette is perfect for those skyline photos, and the amazing perspectives on the city you’ll get from its heights are unbeatable.

Getting In: Coca-Cola London Eye tickets are available with the London Explorer Pass®.

Wembley Stadium Tour

Wembley Stadium Tour

Football leagues around the world have begun their seasons. Get into the spirit of the world’s favorite game with a tour of the famed Wembley Stadium.

This thorough, 75-minute tour escorts you through numerous areas not normally open to the public, including the Player’s Tunnel, press conference spaces, and more.

Getting In: Wembley Stadium Tour tickets are available with the London Explorer Pass®.

Totally Thames Events

Thames River & surrounding areas, September 1- 30 2016

Celebrate one of the world’s most famous rivers with this month-long series of cultural events on and around the Thames.

Explore art installations, enjoy musical performances, visit free exhibitions, take a few tours, and more.

With over 150 events to choose from, you’ll truly get into the spirit of this massive local festival.

Getting In: Admission to most Totally Thames events is free. For more information about all events and to purchase tickets for select events, please visit the event website.

Open House London

Locations throughout the city, September 17 – 18, 2016

Explore hundreds of buildings and venues throughout the city, from the most famous to the hidden gems.

Choose from hundreds of guided tours, themed walks, and other fun activities to fill out the days. Select venues require advanced booking to tour.

Getting In: Admission to participating venues is free; for more information about participating venues, please visit the event website.

London Restaurant Festival

Restaurants throughout the city, October 1-31 2016

Foodies rejoice! This city-wide food festival is your chance to try some of London’s best cuisine for less.

Dine with special menus at over 200 participating restaurants, take multi-restaurant tours, and enjoy chef-led events. A visit to one of these restaurants is the perfect chance to really enjoy London culinary culture.

Getting In: Restaurant Festival meals are separately priced and are not included with the London Explorer Pass®. For more information about participating restaurants and for reservations, please visit the event website.

Frieze Art Fairs

Regent’s Park, October 6-9 2016

See two amazing art shows on display in Regent’s Park this fall – Frieze London (featuring contemporary works of art) and Frieze Masters (emphasizing classical works of art).

Both offer special opportunities to see rare works in a unique setting, so it’s a must-visit attraction for art lovers. While you’re in the area, take a walk through the Sculpture Park.

Getting In: Frieze Art Fair events are separately ticketed and are not included with the London Explorer Pass®. For more information about the art works on display and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.

Museums at Night

Various venues throughout London, October 27-29 2016

Another one for the art lovers, the Museums at Night events feature original, fascinating programming at various museums, galleries, and heritage sites throughout the city.

One of our favorites is the salacious talk at the Samuel Johnson House entitled “Sex, Scandal, and Life Writing” (on October 27).

Getting In: Many events affiliated with Museums at Night are free. For more information about specific events, please visit the event website.

Urban Food Fest

Euro Car Parks, Shoreditch, Saturdays

Stroll through dozens of international food options in a totally transformed parking lot in Shoreditch.

Try something new, or locate a hard-to-find favorite among the authentic stalls and trucks that show up each Saturday throughout the fall. There’s even a bar to provide adult beverages to the thirsty.

Getting In: Admission to Urban Food Fest is free; food and beverage is available for purchase.

Let’s Recap

So there you have it. Our list of some exciting things to do in London in the Fall of 2016.

With so many special events and seasonal activities to choose from, you’re bound to have a blast.

Remember, many of these great attraction options are available on the London Explorer Pass, where you can save up to 35% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Please note, some of the Fall events taking place mentioned in this post may be separately ticketed.

We hop you consider adding a few of these fun options to your fall vacation itinerary.

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