Ideal Time to Visit London

London’s climate is not very severe being more on the moderate side and having moderate to high temperature during summer and cold temperature during winter. However during winter there is light snowfall at times while throughout the year rainfall is a common phenomenon.  The city experiences mild temperatures in the spring when you can enjoy greenery and blooming in the city’s parks and gardens. The prime tourist season, however, is in late spring and in summer when the surge of tourists is reflected in the rising hotel and flight prices. There are many attractive airfare and accommodation deals in the fall and winter although chilly temperatures are quite common during the winter. Apart from the peak tourist season in spring/summer, December is also quite popular and you can find a surge of tourists, both English and international, during this festive month. London’s weather is most unpredictable throughout the year as you can encounter misty days and showers all through the year and as such, it is essential to carry an umbrella always with you.  Moreover, irrespective of the season, you will always find crowds on the streets and in the various attractions. A season-wise analysis for finding the best months to visit London is given below.

March to May: Although tourists flock to London throughout the year, there is a huge surge during late spring and summer seasons.  If you visit the city in late spring, you will be able to enjoy the best weather that the city has to offer and you can have a great time in the city’s vast green spaces covered by Royal Parks and gardens in full bloom. The spring season starts in March when the temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius and you get longer daylight hours, more amiable weather and a few showers as well. It is important to note that public holidays like Good Friday and Easter Monday fall during this period and many shops are closed with reduced public transport services.

However, if you arrive too early in the spring, you will find smaller crowds although spring is when you can enjoy a happy medium while fall and winter can be cold and rainy and summer can becomes quite muggy. During spring, the average temperature would remain between 50 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  The main events that take place during these months include St Patrick’s Day Festival in March, Cancer Research UK Boat races in March, Virgin Money London Marathon in April, Museums at Night in May, RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May and State of Opening of Parliament.

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June to August: This is the period when maximum tourists descend on London as the city experiences comfortable summertime temperatures in the mid 70s Fahrenheit but sometimes it does get into the lower 90s necessitating lighter clothes such as shorts. However, there is no respite from rain and subsequent humidity and as such, you must carry an umbrella. Nevertheless, it is the most pleasant time to visit London with temperatures hovering between 13 and 30 degrees Celsius. It is ideal for sightseeing and enjoying outdoor events such as music shows and open air cinemas. This is when you can truly relax in the lush green meadows of the parks and gardens and the rooftop bars. However, you must book in advance to avoid disappointment. The key events taking place during this period include Trooping the Colour in June, London Pride in June, Wimbledon Championships in June-July, City of London Festival in June-July and Notting Hill Carnival in August.

It is essential to book hotel accommodation well in advance especially in the best hotels London as there is high demand for the same.

September to November: This is the best time to visit if you wish to immerse yourself in London’s cultural offerings. You can find tourists still lingering on in the city mainly because of the mild weather with temperatures in the mild 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The autumn foliage is what everyone enjoys. The moderate temperatures that range between 11 and 15 degrees Centigrade are ideal for enjoying fun events such as Guy Fawkes Night, Halloween, pre-Christmas celebrations and others. London is also bright with autumn colours during these months. The main events that take place in this period include Museums at Night in October, Guy Fawkes Night in November and The Lord Mayor’s Show in November.

December to February: For budget travellers, this is the best period to visit London as the weather is chilly and fewer tourists can be seen and as a result there is a drop in prices of accommodation, air travel and other aspects of stay in London. However, it is not so economical in December because of the festive season and the holidays. With temperatures hovering between the 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit range you will be able to get the true feel of London minus the usual tourist crowds. London is however abuzz with festivities and it sparkles with twinkling lights and plays host to a number of festive events. You will also find shopaholics and holiday shoppers making a beeline for Oxford Street which also gets marvellously bright with festive illuminations. However, winter does get quite cold with temperature plummeting to 1 degree Celsius and the average ranging between 1 and 8 degrees Celsius. The tourist surge abates in the winter months and you can have a great time with the whole city at your disposal. It is advisable to be properly clad to withstand the cold weather and to enjoy Christmas festivities and the Christmas markets. There may be a reduction in public transport services during New Year’s and Christmas. January and February are best for avoiding crowds and to take advantage of after-Christmas sales and excellent deals on flights, hotels and popular tourist attractions. The main events include London Parade, Pancake Day and London Fashion Week.

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