The golden leaves are fading away almost as quickly as they appeared here in London.

If there is one place you can still catch the last of Autumn in London, its Regents Park.

I’m used to the colours of Richmond Park and Hyde Park, but Regents Park truly topped them all this year.

The leaves may be falling from the trees, but that just makes the pavements even more beautiful – just try to resist kicking around in the absolute piles of leaves…

The park is big enough to spend hours in whiling away the day. Grab a coffee and snack from one of the teeny cafes or even go for a full meal in the few restaurants that are here.

But what really is worth a visit, is Primrose Hill.

Not far from Regents Park itself, Primrose Hill is a gorgeous viewpoint that looks out over the whole of London. Going in fall was probably the best decision I’ve made in a long time; those gorgeous colours just looked breath-taking amongst the famous London skyline.

I do love winter and getting festive, but I’m sure going to miss fall.

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Contrary to popular belief, Autumn is still here.

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November may have begun, and the Christmas light switch-ons are well underway, but I personally can’t let go of Autumn until it is officially Winter.

Autumn is a very special time of year for all, and I was lucky to spend some of Autumn in Paris this year. The perfect time to go and sip Chocolat Chaud and eat cake.

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But, if my “go to drink hot chocolate” didn’t sell it for you, then here are 3 legit reasons to actually visit Paris in Fall:

  1. Experience Paris’ Fall Foliage

Autumn in Paris means gloriously crisp days, and beautiful colours around every corner. These cooler days are the perfect time to see Paris, since it is still mild enough to walk everywhere, yet crisp enough to see Paris’ foliage in its autumnal glory. Walk the Champs de Elyees or the Louvre Palace to capture some incredibly vibrant fall shots. Faithful to true Parisian style, many of these trees are arranged in elegant lines, and the tree-hedges are in a gorgeous orderly arrangement like nowhere else.

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2. Feel like a Parisian

School has started again, and tourists have began to leave the city before Christmas season begins. Although still a busy city, Autumn is the quietest time to visit. How does exploring the streets of Paris alongside the locals sound? And not fighting tourists for table views on the terrace? It’s mostly just you and the locals, generally. Sure, there are tourists around, but it’s half the amount compared to July. Sounds perfect to me.

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3. It’s a cheaper time to visit Paris

From airfare to hotel costs, it is much less expensive to visit than Christmas, Spring, Summer or even February (Valentines Season: when prices increase incredibly – those on a budget should avoid like the plague). In summer, demand pushes the prices back up, so by Fall, everything is falling straight back down. *kerching*

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Easy like a Sunday morning.

These Fall Cinnamon Persimmon Pancakes are a perfect morning treat in the lead up to Christmas.

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Easy, peasy, persimmon squeezy – they can be made in a matter of minutes, and are so simple you’ll probably wonder why you have never tried it before.

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Using a basic pancake recipe, adding some slices of persimmon and a sprinkle (or a dash, depending on preference) of cinnamon; voila, you have pancakes with a very wintery twist.

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Using cups and spoons only to measure the ingredients, it requires no messy weighing of all sorts:

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • One persimmon (at least)
  • Ground Cinammon
  • Maple Syrup (to serve!)

In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Make a ‘well’ in the centre and pour in the milk, oil and egg. Combine, mix and stir until smooth!

Now, slowly add as much ground cinnamon as you wish…

Slice the persimmon into thin slices (aim for no bigger than half a cm really), and heat a lightly oiled frying pan over a medium heat.

Place one slice of the persimmon in the middle of the pan and flip a couple of times for about 20 seconds maximum, before scooping one spoonful of batter onto the pan, on top of the persimmon. Brown on both sides and serve up hot with maple syrup! This recipe gave me the chance to use my mouth-watering Maple syrup from Maine…

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Yesterday morning me and my friend went for a breakfast in a new spot; Covent Garden. I have been to Covent Garden many times, most of my memories are when I was looking for potential London Universities, me and my mum would go here and grab an amazing pizza at Jamie Oliver’s Union Jacks in the amazing Market Halls.

However The Ivy Market Grill is one of my new favourites. We decided to grab breakfast here whilst London was still sleepy.

Proper freshly squeezed orange juice (amazing), eggs royale and eggs benedict. Mmm.

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Inside the place was so pretty though so I would like to go back for dinner at some point, check out the menus online it looks amazing! I could not fault the service of the waiters and waitresses, they were so friendly and chatty, yet dressed so formal in suits and black dresses.

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Covent Garden is currently in the process of becoming all Christmas-y (eep!) … yes, I am one of those people who love the build up for Christmas even if it is still November…

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The Market Halls Christmas Decs are looking pretty fine…

I know it’s still Autumn at the moment but I couldn’t resist; Covent Garden put me in a slight Christmas-y mood. It just had me thinking about all of the Christmas themed blog posts I shall be posting in the upcoming two months…

 

What: THE IVY MARKET GRILL

Where: 1 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8PS

Price: (based on meal for two) Around £28+

Rating: 4/5

 

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Picture yourself: you’re walking through a vast park with thousands of trees. Their red, yellow and burnt orange leaves fall around your feet. The sun still shines, but the fresh air bites just enough for you to nuzzle into your oversized scarf; so you tighten your grip around your warm coffee cup and…

Yeah, you get the picture. In case you didn’t gather I was describing an autumn day in London… and the perfect way to spend an Autumn day here is to grab a hot cuppa’ coffee and kick around in the leaves.

As much as I love the adventures of summer and the beauty of Spring, there is nothing quite like seeing the trees turn red.

Did you know that 47% of London is green space? Bundle on that warm sweater, take that cuppa’ coffee to go and to one of my four favourites this Autumn.

  1. Wander around Barnes Wetland Centre

A place many people have not heard of, I came across Barnes Wetland Centre last weekend, when we went for a stroll after a Sunday pub lunch at the Red Lion. There is not a lot to do as such here, but it was like a painting.

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2. Grab a hot drink in Green Park after a visit at Buckingham Palace

Being so close to Buckingham Palace, this park is a place every visitor will surely walk through or see; so it is an obvious one. (As is Hyde Park). However, I couldn’t leave it out as it is one of my favourites.

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3. Walk along the Thames in Putney, South West London

Although when people first think of Putney they think of the main high street, if you were to walk along the bridge you’d find a park and an autumn haven of a riverside walk, popular with joggers and dog walkers.

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4. Holland Park, Kensington

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These are my most recent favourite places I have seen this Autumn. Where are yours?

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