The following is another lovely guest post from London Relocation‘s client relations manager, Phillippa Rutt.

There is no doubt about it, summer is well and truly behind us. There is a chill is in the air, but there are still plenty of things to look forward to: fabulous winter activities to keep both adults and children entertained. Relocating to London is a stressful task, so reward yourself by filling your diary with some lovely events to look forward to! Winter is my time of year – I love wrapping up warm, and coming in from the cold to a cosy house and a cup of tea!

Next on the diary is Bonfire Night, which is on the 5th November. There are plenty of great firework shows across  a variety of London neighbourhoods. Take a look at firework displays in London to find out the one nearest to you – we recommend Barnes, Ealing or Weavers Fields! Watching the London Sky light up whilst wrapped in hats and scarves is a joyful thing!

Now we know that Thanksgiving is a special time for so many of our clients, and moving to London for work or school can mean you are miles away from friends or family – so why not head to one of the various restaurants that host special Thanksgiving dinners? Our picks would be Hix at the Albemarle Hotel for the discerning diner and Villandry, whose thanksgiving dinner has turned into a major event for homesick students and professionals alike – book ahead for the A La carte menu featuring all the classic dishes! Or if you find yourself wanting a more romantic evening out, head to the stunning Kensington Roof Gardens and Babylon, where you can dine Thanksgiving style whilst being serenaded by a live band playing classic American jazz from the 30s and 40s.

If after all the eating and drinking you fancy an outdoor activity (work off some of that pumpkin pie!), then head towards the stunning Somerset House for ice skating. Somerset House is one of many ice rinks in and around the city, but if moving here has left you cold, the atmosphere here will awaken the love of London and transport you into a seriously cool and totally beautiful winter wonderland. Wrap up warm and head down before to sample some mulled wine and watch others attempt skating – but remember to book in advance as it gets very very busy!

London is amazing, and once you have got used to wearing many layers and wrapping up warm, you can embrace the outdoors and many parks and open spaces that the city offers.

Yes, autumn and winter are my favourite times of year: the promise of hats and gloves and scarves, of delicious warming hot pots and cocoa. Winter is a much maligned time of year, and I have to stand up for it; after all, there is something quite magical and quintessentially English about those days where there is a chill in the air but the sun is shining and the sky is blue!

Thank you so much, Phillippa, for a heads-up on events and locales perfect for the season. Dear Readers, if you’re making your international relocation to London in time for autumn and/or winter, I hope these festive words have put you in the spirit to call your new apartment home for a while. 🙂