We all love the warm sun beating down on us, but you can’t deny that there is something quite enchanting about the crisp air of an autumn afternoon. We happen to think autumn is the best time of year in London, despite the lack of bank holidays and the shorter days
The weather might not be in the mid-20s, but it’s still relatively pleasant; the leaves fall from the trees, turning to a golden brown colour; and everyone gets out their autumn wardrobe because, after all, it is the most fashionable time of the year.
While the whole of London is pretty special during autumn, some areas seem like they were made specifically for the season. These are the areas you should be visiting on a brisk but sunny afternoon.
We start in Wimbledon village, a quaint area located in south west London where town meets country. Wimbledon is famous for its annual tennis tournament, but the village itself is not to be ignored. Enjoy a pleasant October stroll, visiting the independent boutiques before stopping to dine at the Light House to enjoy their international cuisine.
Average monthly rental prices in Wimbledon village:
One bedroom: £1,350
Two bedrooms: £1,870
Three bedrooms: £2,410
Staying in south London, this time moving to the east side of the south, Greenwich village is particularly delightful in the autumn. There’s the open space of Greenwich Park, which is a great setting for a scenic stroll, while the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory offer a taste of maritime history to discover.
Average monthly rental prices in Greenwich village:
One bedroom: £1,300
Two bedrooms: £1,760
Three bedrooms: £2,290
If it’s not the unkempt terrain of Highgate Woods that attract you, it will be the gastropubs. If it’s not the beautiful period homes, it will be the village-like high street full of patisseries and boutiques. Basically, there’s something for everyone in Highgate. And if an area was ever made for one particular time of the year, it’s Highgate, which goes with autumn like a lock goes with a key.
Average monthly rental prices in Highgate:
One bedroom: £1,500
Two bedrooms: £2,320
Three bedrooms: £3,445
Situated between the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Borough of Lewisham, Blackheath is a south east London town with village vibes. There is a selection of gastropubs, quaint shops and large open spaces ideal for dog walking on a summery autumn afternoon. Of course, you don’t need a four-legged friend to enjoy the heath because kite flying is one of the main attractions, so make sure you bring a colourful kite. You’d look silly without it!
Average monthly rental prices in Blackheath:
One bedroom properties: £1,270
Two bedroom properties: £1,575
Three bedroom properties: £2,175
It’s hard to believe that an area so close to central London can offer country vibes, but that’s exactly what Hampstead does. In fact, after a few minutes there you will find it hard to believe it’s in London at all. One of the main reasons is Hampstead Heath with its scenic trails, local wildlife and sweeping views of the London skyline. Then there’s the village, which is dotted with winding cobbled lanes, boutique shops, gastropubs like The Wells Tavern, and sought-after restaurants.
Average monthly rental prices in Hampstead:
One bedroom properties: £1,720
Two bedroom properties: £2,760
Three bedroom properties: £5,060
Whether it’s Battersea Park, the arts centre or the red brick period properties, Battersea has a certain charm to it in the autumn season. Add in the riverside setting and the huge regeneration at Battersea Power Station, and you have one of the most exciting areas in London.
Average monthly rental prices in Battersea:
One bedroom properties: £1,885
Two bedroom properties: £2,590
Three bedroom properties: £4,520
You may have guessed already, but village areas in London really do suit the autumn season. Dulwich village is no different. There is easy access to the splendid Dulwich Park, where you can enjoy a boat ride in one of the lakes or try your hand at a spot of horse riding. Other interests in the area include some pretty spectacular mansion houses that are worthy of a space on your Instagram page, a golf club, the odd gastropub, and the beautiful Dulwich Woods.
Average monthly rental prices in Dulwich:
One bedroom properties: £1,220
Two bedroom properties: £1,950
Three bedroom properties: £2,500
Holland Park is the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s largest park with 22.5 hectares of open space. There also happens to be a selection of desirable mansion houses accompanied by stylish shops and upmarket restaurants to enjoy, including Belvedere, which is located in the middle of the park.
Average monthly rental prices in Holland Park:
One bedroom properties: £2,400
Two bedroom properties: £3,675
Three bedroom properties: £6,240
Haggerston in east London has seen plenty of regeneration, making it an area high in demand with young professionals. Taking a slightly more low-key approach to its Shoreditch neighbour, the area lights up in the autumn thanks to the Regent’s Canal which is decorated with street art and former warehouses that have recently been converted into new apartment blocks.
Average monthly rental prices in Haggerston:
One bedroom: £1,475
Two bedrooms: £1,855
If green is serene, Richmond really is the place to be this autumn. Richmond Park is one of the eight Royal Parks and most popular green spaces in London. Make sure you take the time to visit the wildlife roaming the park, including the spectacular deers. Other highlights include near by Kew Gardens, as well as a lovely high street in Richmond that is perfect for Sunday shopping in October.
Average monthly rental prices in Richmond:
One bedrooms properties: £1,560
Two bedroom properties: £1,910
Three bedroom properties: £2,890
October 12, 2016 rentonomy London Living