As spectacular as London is to visit, it does have one big downfall and that’s its weather! When London turns on a sunny day it’s truly spectacular but there can be a lot of long grey cloud in between and winters can border on downright miserable!
Fear not though, we’ll guide you through the seasons and help you figure out the best time to visit London.
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Spring in London (March to May)
London is slow to emerge from the winter fog but when it does, those sunny spring days are just brilliant. Vast blue skies and none of the crowds of summer make for fabulous city exploring. The start of Queens and then Wimbledon is a sure-fire sign summer is on its way. But do be prepared with an umbrella!
Summer in London (June to August)
Summer is when London really shines at its best. Days can be incredibly long with its quite northern position in Europe, and if the weather is playing nice, spectacular mild days with top temperatures about 20c can be expected. That said, still pack your woollies just in case.
Summer is the busiest time of year with worldwide visitors flocking to the historic capital. Naturally, London hotel prices rise at this time and all the popular attractions are incredibly busy. Advance bookings at this time for both hotels and activities are essential to prevent lengthy queuing.
Autumn in London (September to November)
London is renowned for having a late summer. Often some of the best of the summer sun makes a late appearance after the European schools return. You can, in fact, find London at its best when daylight hours are still reasonable and the crowds have vanished in September.
Heading into October the temperature significantly drops but you can be treated to the array of amazing colours across the city, still making for an enjoyable experience. Guy Fawkes Night on 5 November is celebrated across the country with bonfires and fireworks, always some festivities for the kids to join in.
Winter in London (December to February)
The most magical thing about winter in London is most certainly Christmas. Like many European cities, you will find an amazing vibe and activities all over town from ice skating at iconic Somerset House to the Hyde Park Festival.
January and February though can be long and cold. Snowfall is not uncommon, disruption to train services, chilliness and damp foggy mornings. You can no doubt nab flights and hotel rooms at a much cheaper price but your London sightseeing is likely to be impaired – we’d recommend holding your travels until those bright sunny Spring days return.
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