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5 Intriguing Autumnal Activities

23 September 2018 Natasha Sutton-Williams

As the leaves start to fall and the days start to darken, your heart might be sinking as autumn comes calling. But fret not, there are myriad activities to stimulate your senses as the cold sets in.

Midnight Apothecary
The Midnight Apothecary

If sitting round a fire pit while toasting marshmallows and sipping cocktails tickles your fancy, then the Midnight Apothecary is for you. This hidden wonder was once a neglected rooftop garden above Brunel’s Thames Tunnel Museum. It has been transformed into a community potager garden with vegetables, herbs and flowers. The garden hosts the Midnight Apothecary all year round, which specialises in preparing botanical cocktails. The locally sourced food and drink menus are seasonal and use ingredients grown from the rooftop garden. Don’t forget to gulp down as many free toasted marshmallows as you can!
 
The £5 ticket includes admission to the roof garden, with the opportunity to explore Brunel's cavernous underground Grand Entrance Hall beneath. From October they have ukulele and cabaret star Tricity Vogue performing regularly with her risqué cohort. The Midnight Apothecary also hosts Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas sing-along themed events throughout their autumn and winter season.

The Midnight Apothecary is at the Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, London, SE16 4LF.
 
Sherlock: The Game is Now – Immersive Escape Game
 


Clay pipes and deerstalker hats at the ready! Time Run, the renowned escape room entrepreneurs have collaborated with Sherlock series creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for the ultimate immersive escape game experience. This is a 360-degree cinematic quest blending the ultimate escape game with the cryptic world of Sherlock. Delve into the mysteries of Holmes, experiencing a labyrinth of immersive sets from the BBC TV show while trying to solve mysteries as time runs out.
 
Located in a top-secret venue in the middle of the metropolis, this immersive escape game features original content from stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman among others, who guide you through the conundrums as the stakes rise and tensions heighten. Bring your friends as this is a 90 minute game for groups of 4-6 people.

Sherlock: The Game Is Now will be at a secret location somewhere in London.
 
Soane Lates at Sir John Soane’s Museum
 


If you have never been to the John Soane’s Museum then you are in for a treat. This 19th-century townhouse was owned by eminent architect John Soane and is kept in pristine condition just as he left it almost 180 years ago. The house exhibits his incredible collection of curiosities, artefacts, sculptures, Hogarth paintings and over 30,000 architectural drawings.
 
The museum has curated Soane Lates, a series of events where you can visit the house in the dark of night. These include the Drawing By Candlelight evening where visitors (and Instagram addicts) can relish the sought-after opportunity to take photos inside this extraordinary house as well as participate in sketching workshops and listen to curators’ talks.
 
For a more morbid experience, the Momento Mori evening invites participants to explore objects of death and mourning that Soane collected, including his Egyptian sarcophagus. Soane made his workers break down the back wall of his home in order to lower this antiquity into his basement crypt; they then had to rebuild the wall brick by brick.

Sir John Soane's Museum is at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP.
 
Live Music, Film & Cocktail Nights at Screen on the Green
 


Upon arriving at Screen on the Green, you can’t help but soak in the beauty of this 1913 purpose-built ‘electric’ cinema, which is one of the oldest running movie theatres in the UK. This autumn the cinema have teamed up with the distinguished 69 Colebrooke Row cocktail bar for a series of late night evenings of live music, cocktails and 35MM films. They will be showing the alternative classics of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. Each evening begins with an hour of mood matching live music and a complimentary cocktail made by expert mixologists. For the main event plunge yourself into a plush velvet seat and watch a timeless film in pristine 35MM.

Everyman x 69 Colebrooke Row is at Screen on the Green, 83 Upper St, London, N1 0NP
 
London Transport Museum: Hidden London
 


You may have heard urban myths about secret pathways, closed off tunnels and dilapidated tube stations hidden within the warren of the London Underground. Now you can discover these little known and rarely seen sites beneath London’s hustle and bustle with London Transport Museum’s guided tours.
 
Each Hidden London expedition explores a different site. Dive down into the Subterranean Shelter in Clapham South where Londoners sought shelter in the Blitz, as did hopeful Caribbean migrants arriving on the Empire Windrush. Wander through the winding narrow tunnels of Churchill’s Secret Station underneath Mayfair, a station integral to winning WW2 when it was covertly transformed into the Railway Executive Committee's bombproof headquarters. Roam around the Undergrounds’ former HQ which just so happens to be London’s first skyscraper from 1929 with its exquisite Art Deco design and 14 stories worth of detailed offices and grand meetings rooms from the period. Don’t forget to take a trip to the top floor for the breath-taking rooftop views.
 
Tickets for the Hidden London tours by the London Transport Museum can be booked here.

 
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