Summer is ending. Raspberries are out of season and the nights and the spiders are drawing in.
OH WELL. I’ve already moved on to my new boyfriend – Autumn – season of opaque tights, stained red wine lips and double helpings of carbs.
You do need a survival plan for this time of year in London though – or it gets depressing, in a ‘being soaked by a massive bus splash and then questioning the meaning of life’ kind of way – so here is my list of 18 things I plan to do in London in Autumn to *BASICALLY STAY SANE*. (Please note I make no apology that 80% of these things involve eating).
- Dinner at The Dairy in Clapham – supposed to be an incredible restaurant – and autumn is the time to eat in incredible restaurants so you can order desert with custard with the excuse we need the ‘nutritional value/warmth to SURVIVE THE WEATHER’
- Noodles at the newly reopened Pepper Tree in Clapham – my secret restaurant when I lived in Clapham. Except everyone loved it too. I had a minor stroke when I thought it had closed down. But they were just renovating it. PAD THAI I’M COMING BACK FOR YOU.
- See Gone Girl at the cinema – remember the cinema? I know I haven’t been for months either. Gone Girl is blatantly going to be insane.
- Buy a leather jacket and maybe a big tartan scarf and definitely also an aggressive new eyeliner – October needs confronting with a strong look
- Make a vat of chicken casserole and eat it whilst watching Homeland and Downton Abbey – Lady Mary and Carrie Mathison are survivors and inspirations
- An autumn walk to pick sloe berries and make sloe gin – sounds idyllic, probably will descend into stealing berries from bushes outside people’s houses in SW London and making some kind of weird poison but I DON’T CARE I WANT TO DO IT
- See the Constable exhibition at the V&A – because I’m embarrassed I’ve been living in London for 8 years and never been to the V&A
- Book to go to Harry Potter Land and see the snow scene – I make no excuses
- Plant spring flowers – I’m thinking bluebells? Keep meaning to get down to Battersea Flower Station for some ideas
- See Live at the Apollo – tickets aren’t for general sale but you can apply and potentially go for free *how amazing is that*
- Plan a firework party/trip to Battersea Park or Ally Pally – honestly one of the best things about living in London in November, love the feeling of layering up for some communal pyrotechnics
- Make a roast dinner for friends. With cauliflower cheese as a focal ingredient…Oh and crumble
- Brixton Vilage for dinner – because I haven’t been for months and I’m getting withdrawal
- Shopping at Bicester Village – which is definitely a bad idea but so what…
- A night at The Dogs at Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium – I mean it sounds kind of scary, but also I DO own a sheepskin coat
- Drink beer/tour at a London brewery – like Meantime in Greenwich or By the Horns in Earlsfield (see the nice write up on ‘Go Earlsfield‘).
- Curry in Tooting Broadway – the South West Brick Lane
- Book a winter holiday – I mean…all of this is great, but I’m not Jesus – there is only so long you can go without summer
The photograph in this post is London October 13 2013 015 Conkers Clissold Park Hackney by David Holt.