Autumn is the perfect time of the year to get away and see something new. And there’s plenty to see and do in London.  It’s still warm enough to enjoy London out of doors – pop ups continue to offer food, booze and fun and there are tons of great autumn events to enjoy both indoors and out.

So why not come down and visit us at the Washington Mayfair Hotel. Our location is in the heart of London city and so offers a great location to stay when visiting this great city.

In this article we will be exploring some events and experiences that will be happening during the month of October in London.

FRIEZE SCULPTURE 2017 IN REGENT’S PARK – until 7th October 2018

Explore a free outdoor exhibition featuring 25 new and significant works by some of the world’s most famous sculptors with Frieze Sculpture 2018 in Regent’s Park’s English Gardens. Highlights of the sculpture trail include works by Larry Achiampong, John Baldessari, Rana Begum, Yoan Capote, James Capper, Elmgreen & Dragset, and Tracey Emin. You can also join a guided tour of the open-air display, or download the free Frieze Sculpture Audio Tour app, with descriptions of all the artworks on show. Visit the official website for more information.

NFL LONDON GAMES 2018 – 14, 21 and 28 October 2018

The NFL has played regular-season games in London since 2007, with Wembley Stadium having hosted 18 games and almost 1.5 million attending fans. In 2016 and 2017, games were also played at Twickenham Stadium. The schedule for the 2018 NFL London Games features a series of firsts, including three teams playing a regular-season game in London for the first time including Super Bowl LII Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles facing the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley.

The 2018 London Games schedule is as follows:

 14 October 2018 – Seattle Seahawks v Oakland Raiders

21 October 2018 – Tennessee Titans v Los Angeles Chargers

28 October 2018 – Philadelphia Eagles v Jacksonville Jaguars

Visit the official website for more information.

MUSEUM AT NIGHT – from 25 to 27 October 2018

Explore museums, galleries and heritage with late-night exhibitions, Halloween-themed events, quirky activities and spooky guided tours, Museum at Night is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy London’s culture and history in a new light. Find the list of all the museums visiting the official website of Museum at Night. We are the perfect place to stay during your Halloween weekend!


HALLOWEEN IN LONDONfrom 26th to 31st October 2018

London is steeped in history, and therefore home to countless ghost stories and gruesome, grisly tales: myths and urban legends as well as terrible, true facts. From haunted venues and bone-chilling attractions, to special Halloween tours and gripping family events, plan your Halloween in London with our roundup of gory ideas and horrifying activities.

  • Explore museums and galleries after dark with Museums at Night‘s Halloween-themed activities.
  • Explore The London Dungeon, where London’s horrible history and terrifying characters come vividly to life.
  • Look out for spooky goings-on at the Tower of LondonHampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace, as these Historic Royal Palaces usually host Halloween-themed events.
  • Join a very mortal talk, tour or workshop, including visits to London’s most famous cemeteries, during the London Month of the Dead.
  • Catch a West End musical featuring monsters, witches and mysterious characters this Halloween, such as The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.
  • Delve into the menacing world of the Dark Arts as the Harry Potter sets get a Halloween makeover at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

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Located high above the world-famous abbey in the medieval triforium, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries offer spectacular views of the church and the Houses of Parliament. The new exhibition and gallery is home to more than 300 objects from Westminster Abbey’s treasured collection, which traces its 1,000-history through four themes: Building Westminster Abbey, Worship and Daily Life, Westminster Abbey and the Monarchy, and The Abbey and National Memory. Visit the official website for more information.



Our Autumn Break package includes:

  • 15% off the Best Available Rate
  • Free English Buffet Breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Rate is subject to availability and on sale for stays between Monday 10th September and Sunday 28th October 2018.

Rate requires full prepayment at the time of booking and is then non-cancellable, non-refundable and cannot be amended.



Summer is not over! The sun is still out so there’s still time to enjoy London’s great outdoors, have a peep in the city’s secret green spaces, feast in London’s best restaurants and enjoy the last days of London’s rooftop bars. September in London is also the month of the annual London Design Festival, Open House London weekend when over 800 London buildings are opened to the public.

Here at The Washington Mayfair we will be bringing you the top things to do in London during September, allowing you to make the most of your visit.

TOWER OF LONDON FOOD FESTIVAL – 7-8-9 September 2018

Enjoy the last few days of summer in the heart of the capital with the return of the Tower of London Food Festival this September. The three-day Tower of London Food Festival has over 100 hand-picked artisan producers, live music at the bandstand, vintage games and hands-on culinary masterclasses in ‘The Classroom’. Plus, join the UK’s top celebrity chefs (Michel Roux Jr, Nadiya Hussain, Melissa Hemsley) and experts for live demos, interviews and book signings. What’s more, all tickets include free entry into the Tower itself!
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Explore a range of creative installations and events celebrating contemporary design during the London Design Festival (LDF). The launch of the first Festival took place at Bloomberg on 25 March 2003, with a huge show of support from design, education, government and London organisations. 16 years later, this vision remains ever strong.

During the festival, hundreds of large-scale installations, exhibitions and events pop up in many unique spaces across London, from world-famous museums to small local studios. The V&A is the hub of the London Design Festival, hosting a wide range of activities, from tours and workshops, to installations and exhibitions.

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OPEN HOUSE LONDON – 22-23 September

The annual Open House London weekend gives Londoners the chance to explore behind the closed doors of some of the capital’s biggest, most renowned and most secret venues for free. Enjoy free access to more than 800 public buildings, private houses, churches, museums, schools and offices, and join tours, guided walks and activities throughout the weekend. You can explore iconic buildings that are not usually open to the public, learn something new about more familiar spaces, and step into the private homes of the rich and famous. Highlights of the Open House London programme often include the BT Tower, The Gherkin, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Royal Albert Hall and Fuller’s Griffin Brewery.

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Every summer London’s most famous house opens for tours with an accompanying exhibition. Visit the official London residence of the Queen, as Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public. During a visit to Buckingham Palace, visitors can see the nineteen magnificent State Rooms which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. All rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. Every year, Buckingham Palace’s summer opening features a special exhibition. This year’s Prince and Patron exhibition celebrates the 70th birthday of Charles, Prince of Wales, with a special display of more than 100 artworks chosen by the prince. The items on display include paintings, decorative arts, furniture and textiles.

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FRIDA KAHLO: Making Her Self Up – until 4 November

Frida Kahlo inspires devotion in a way exceptionally few people do. The V&A’s new exhibition of over 200 Frida-related items (many of which were only re-discovered in 2004 when a room sealed by Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera, was opened) goes some way to explaining the allure underpinning Frida fandom. Delving into the wardrobe of the iconic painter, it showcases Kahlo’s hand-painted corsets (used to support her spine after a traffic accident when she was 18) and her prosthetic leg (designed by Kahlo herself as she lost her leg as a result of suffering from Polio as a child), as well as many more pieces sealed away by her husband Diego Rivera for 50 years after her death.

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