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You don't need to leave London to truly experience the changing of the seasons. As the trees turn more autumnal in hue; it's time to head outdoors in search of things to see and do throughout London's great open spaces. Here are 10 suggestions of things to do in The Royal Parks to get you started:

1. Bird walk in Regents Park

Take a short bird walk around the park and witness the exotic and native waterfowl collection as well as birds on migration over the autumn in The Regent's Park, which boasts an impressive list of at least 200 species of birds: all the more impressive given its location in the very heart of London.

Little Owl in Regent's Park © Tony Duckett

2. Isabella Plantation Walk in Richmond Park

Autumn is the perfect time to see the parks change colour, so why not join the gardeners for a guided walk of the colourful ornamental woodland in the heart of Richmond Park (Sunday 20 & Friday 25 October). Walks last 1.5 hours and are free of charge.

Isabella Plantation

3. Enjoy an afternoon tea with a view at Pembroke Lodge

Pembroke Lodge is a magnificent listed Georgian Mansion set in 13 acres of landscaped grounds, situated at the highest point in Richmond Park. With spectacular views over the Thames Valley to the west, the Lodge also offers classic and contemporary English refreshments in the elegant Georgian Tea Rooms.

Pembroke Lodge

4. Visit the world-famous Meridian line

In the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, visit the world-famous Meridian line to mark the end of British Summer Time on Sunday 27 October - use that extra hour too see the location which represents the Prime Meridian of the World - Longitude 0º.

Meridian line in the Royal Observatory in Greenwich

5. Go Batty for Bats, Family Workshop in Hyde Park

On Tuesday 29 October, build your own bat roosting box at the Isis Education Centre in Hyde Park. The Royal Parks Foundation's Education team will tell you all about bats; where they live and how they hunt. Using screwdrivers and team work you can construct a cosy home for bats to sleep in during the day, and once completed, decorate the box to make it comfortably camouflaged. Book your place on the Royal Parks Foundation website.

Go Batty for Bats, Family Workshop in Hyde Park

6. Guided tour of The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens

On the first Sunday of every month, take a guided tour of one of London's most ornate monuments - The Albert Memorial. The tours offer exclusive access inside the memorial railings, so you can appreciate up close the craftsmanship and marble carvings.

Lasting 45-50 minutes and costing £6 (£5 for concessions and English Heritage members), there is no need to book unless you are a group. The next tour will be Sunday 3 November.

Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens

7. Enjoy an elegant breakfast or decadent afternoon tea in a unique English palace garden setting

Visit The Orangery restaurant, which is located in Kensington Gardens just by Kensington Palace. The beautiful airy space with huge windows allows an unrestricted view of the autumnal trees. Open 10.00-17.00 daily.

Orangery restaurant, Kensington Gardens

8. Visit the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park

On Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 November, visit the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park to see one of the biggest telescopes in the world. An Evening with the Stars gives you a chance to look through the 18 tonne Victorian telescope. While you're there, you can also to take a look at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition, which runs until February 2014.

Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park

9. Bushy Park Heritage Trails

Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park's mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife, with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer.

There are five self-guided walks with maps, stopping points, images and audio guides including walks along the Longford River, through the Pheasantry Garden, giving you a chance to spot the wildlife and see the vast American air force base that was set up during WWII.

Bushy Park Heritage Trails

10. Cinematic walk in Brompton Cemetery

When the autumn nights roll in, curling up in front of the fire with a good movie seems like a sensible option, but if you feel like venturing outside to enjoy the fresh air, why not visit the locations of the various films which have been shot in Brompton Cemetery?

The gothic splendour of Brompton Cemetery has been irresistible to many film-makers, with the elaborate Victorian gravestones and buildings having been the backdrop for period dramas, romantic comedies and thrillers.

Cinematic walk in Brompton cemetery © Robert Stephenson



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