When is the best time to visit London? The answer is it depends on you, mostly on you. Of course, it depends on your budget, what kind of weather you prefer, your mode of travel, or are you going for a particular event, or do you like to go with tourist crowds and your ability to take off from the workplace.
Before getting mixed and messed up with your thoughts, let me tell you London is a beauty as you know! England’s buzzing capital is well worth the visit and has so much to offer, from Camden’s punky vibe to Hampstead heath and historic Big Ben. The ultimate fashion destination, shopper’s paradise, iconic palaces and musical playhouses, star restaurants make it an unmissable destination for tourists.
So, we are here to know the pros and cons of each different time of the year and figure out what’s going to work best for you!
Is Visiting London In Spring ( March To May) The Best Time?
Average of 17 degrees high to 12 degrees low
London has a great time during the early spring. The chill has begun to decrease, but not absolutely, so it is a great time to be in there. The sun feels warm, and moving around the town taking in the many sights and views would be quite a privilege. The flowers are vibrant chaos and only add to the delight being in London in spring, the lacking crowds.
- If you are an in-between person for the love of summer and winter, may is the best time to visit London. There is less crowd and you will get good deals on hotels and tickets.
- Buy an oyster card for all public transportation and it’s cheaper if you buy train tickets online.
English weather is unpredictable! Carry an umbrella all the time.
What You Shouldn’t Miss When You Are In London During Spring?
London Marathon(26th April)
Runner, make sure you don’t miss it!
The London Marathon, one of the largest annual activities in the city, sees thousands and thousands of athletes from all over the world roaming our streets.
Chelsea Flower Show(May 19th-23rd)
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes over the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, with gardeners from all around the country displaying off their works, shops in which you can purchase plants and flowers to bring home, an opportunity to scoop up pieces of advice from horticulture specialists.
Food Festival (23- 25 May)
Love for food? Grab the Opportunity!
Currently the biggest food festival in the UK, the Foodies Fest hosts food carts, cookery lessons, musical bands and other concerts at Syon Park for 3 days. As you walk around, tuck in tasty brunch, and load up on produce to take home with you.
Is Visiting London In Summer( June To August) The Best Time?
Average high at 23 degrees to low at 21 degrees
Summer is London’s celebration of life. London’s climate is ideal for a picnic, people are sitting in the open to enjoy their drinks and the city transforms into a walking plaza as everyone tries to get a little bit of the sunny weather.
- Increased Crowds-If you love interacting with English people and culture, this is your time! Get ready to get into the crowds! That’s when schools and many families around the world get their summer vacation.
- Get Greener-Summer also opens hundreds of parks in London to take a long walk and breath fresh air.
- Long Light Days- If you want long light days, June and July is the best time to visit London since there is daylight from 4 Am to nearly 10 pm.
- Higher Prices- This also makes prices to be higher than average. This goes for flights, accommodation and even some attractions. Check out the seasonal packages, discount sites to make most of your holidays without breaking the bank.
- Roads And Accommodation- They are more competitive than other seasons. Cars in the UK drive on the left, so pay attention to the traffic.
- Beware! – London is unfortunately also full of pickpockets, so hide your wallets and other expensive valuables! There are a lot of scams targeted mostly tourists, so make sure you buy the tickets only in the official ticket office and not on the streets.
- Some Plans Don’t Work Out As You Plan- Summer is the season of festivals and celebration of life! Due to increased tourists, tickets for hotels, shows, theatres will be sold out or you will have to stand in line for a long time. So, pre-book the tickets as it will save you time.
What Are The Events You Shouldn’t Miss During Summer?
Notting Hill Carnival
The biggest street party in Europe, with a parade route through many communities in West London, is this vibrant street festival honouring Caribbean culture. The August Bank Holiday Weekend is held every year, so take the subway to Westbourne Park or Notting Hill Gate and walk to the parade field.
Relax In The Hyde Park
Hyde Park is London’s largest park, and it becomes Londoners’ de facto hangout spot in the summertime. To throw a frisbee and have a picnic while enjoying the good weather, friends and family come here.
Are You Planning To Visit London In Autumn( September To October)?
Average of 16 degrees high to 12 degrees low
Together with the crowds, the summer heat is beginning to dissipate. The climate is slightly cold in London’s fall season, but it’s nothing you can’t handle with a coat and your excitement. Somewhat more, it begins to shower and that will contribute to the cool factor. The autumn leaves begin to create an impression which envelops the town with vibrant colours.
- Cosy Pub Culture- While the weather starts to be cold, London pubs lit up fireplaces and encourages people to get in to get cosy. Sunday roasts and seasonal cocktails are served in every corner of the city.
- Affordable Prices- As the crowds start to diminish, flight and hotel accommodation tickets start to drop. Since London is a shopping paradise, this is your time to give a shot if you are a fashion enthusiast.
- Fewer Crowds- Fewer traffic, fewer tourist crowds which gives you a bit more space to comfortably explore the city.
- Cold And Wet Conditions- Even though the weather is not bad, it may still not be expected to be the same from summer. Make sure you keep an umbrella, coat and waterproof shoes with you.
- No Long Light Days- Schedule your time well planned before you are out since it will be darker earlier when compared to the summer.
What Are The Events You Shouldn’t Miss When You Are In London In Autumn?
The Summer Exhibition That’s Happening In Autumn! ( Oct 6 to Jan 3)
Are you a bit late for the summer exhibition? Don’t worry! The royal academy’s annual open submission mega-show ” Autumn exhibition” is there. So, it will be the same thing we get every summer!
London Design Festival(18-26 September)
This gives you a chance to explore London’s art scene. This is an annual event held to promote and celebrate London as the capital of the country.
Thames Festival ( 1-30 September)
Thames festival is a month-long annual celebration with creative and diverse programmes of events and talks at venues spanning the length of Thames! Dreamy isn’t it? Grab the opportunity then!
Are You Planning to Visit London In Winter (November To December)?
Average of 13 degrees high to 9 degrees low.
If you really can endure the cold and rainy climate, winter is a fantastic experience in London. There is indeed a definite nip in the breeze, but you won’t feel it much if you’re wrapped up in warm clothing. With the sun rising as early as 4 pm, the hours are limited, providing you with very little time to see all of the highlights. Fortunately, in winter, there are fewer crowds in London, enabling you to see the city at your leisure without feeling hurried.
- Tourist Attractions Are Less Busy- Due to the decreased number of tourists, tourist attractions will be less busy. This allows you to get more accomplished during the short time you were in the city.
- Cheap Flight Tickets- Flight tickets to London dip during this month and while last-minute deals are available, booking two months before your departure date helps you to find a great deal. If you are a budget friendly type, November to December is the best time to visit London.
- Accommodations Are Cheaper Too! – Because accommodation appears to be cheap during winter, you might be able to stay for much less (depending on your budget) in a better location.
- The Beautiful Christmas Celebration- London during the holiday season is gorgeous! It will be pleasant to see the town glowed for Xmas and adorned. Carnaby Street, Regent Street and Oxford Street are some of the must-visit places.
- Daylight Hours Are Shorter- Days are very short since it begins to dark at 4.00 pm. You can wake up early for sightseeing after the sun is out and get relaxed after a long day after dinner.
- Wet conditions- Some of you may turn out miserable with rain. London isn’t a rainy city but a grey one. The general thing about the London climate is it rains far less than people imagine.
What You Shouldn’t Miss About Winter In London?
It will definitely put you in the mindset to do some Christmas shopping with all the festive decorations around the area. Oxford Street, Regent Road, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill are some of the top places for shopping.
Outdoor Ice Skating
Outdoor ice skating rinks pop up everywhere in the town during the season. This is a common time in London, and whether you’re decent at skating or not, during the winter months it’s a fun activity.
Go to one of the free museums in London, in which you can stay warm as you know about culture or history.
Tate Modern, National Gallery, for sculpture, British Museum, V&A Museum are the best places.
London can be visited at any time of the year since it’s climates don’t reach the extremes during summer and winter. Overall spring ( March to May) and autumn( September) are the best time to visit London when it’s usually warm and dry and you can avoid tourist crowds.
Summer (June to August) is the best time to visit London when you want to interact with English people and enjoy the feasts and festivals and experience longer evenings. Winter is your choice when you want cheaper air tickets, hotel accommodation, and celebrate Christmas in the beautiful sight!