When to go to London: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Joel Fulleda

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Chaotic and multi-ethnic, modern but with a retro soul, London is one of those cities that never get bored and that have the ability to reveal new aspects of themselves every time. Suitable for tourists of all ages, the English capital is perfect for a cultural holiday thanks to the vast museum offer (do not miss the British Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate Modern, as well as the very special Natural History Museum), but it is also ideal for lovers of evening and night entertainment, for those who want to enjoy a bit of tranquility in the lush parks (there are many green areas) and for lovers of shopping and / or markets, both food and vintage objects.
Visit London it's always a good idea, no matter what season of the year you're in. However, it is necessary to keep in mind some small tips to avoid being caught unprepared by the (spiteful) London weather.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to London: the cheapest period
  3. London in Spring
  4. London in the Summer
  5. London in Autumn
  6. London in Winter
  7. Haven't booked your trip yet? Discover our offers!
  8. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: London is enjoyable all year round, but the best months are from May to early September, when temperatures are a bit warmer and rainfall is less. During the holidays, especially at Christmas, it is wonderful
  • Period to avoid: none in particular, but from November to February it gets colder and it rains more often. But at Christmas it is beautiful.

In England, the climate is temperate and cool for most of the year. Winter is cold and cloudy, and currents from Russia can often blow which further lower perceived temperatures. Even in summer, however, the weather remains variable throughout the country and, especially in the south-west area where the capital is located, so continuous climatic changes sun / rain / sun.

In general, however, the annual temperatures almost never fall below zero, ranging from 8 ° (max) in the coldest season to 23 ° in the summer, with high peaks of humidity.

When to go to London: the cheapest period

Being a very popular destination, it is quite easy to find low cost flights and solutions at any time of the year.

On the contrary, housing is not exactly cheap. Hostels, which are generally the cheapest facilities, also start at € 25,00 per night. For food, on the other hand, an average cost of € 15,00 per person per meal must be calculated. As for the entrances: many attractions are free but the paid ones cost no less than € 10,00 each. Also not to be underestimated transport costs, more expensive than in Italy (for a weekend you will spend at least £ 50,00 on transfers to / from airports and metro transfers)

London in Spring

With the arrival of spring, the first real sunny days after months appear in London and the city is besieged by tourists interested in the various activities that can be done outdoors. In fact, the Royal Parks are starting to get crowded, as well as the panoramic buses and panoramic cruises on the Thames, which have always been very popular means to discover the city from another point of view.

We must not forget, however, that we are in one of the busiest capitals in the world: for this reason, the calendar is full of interesting events and proposals, among which I would like to point out the Museum at Night (or the opening after hours of some of the most important museums in London), the Chelsea Flower Show and the Foodies Festival (towards the end of May).
For lovers of country style, I also recommend the Country Living London Spring Fair, a great fair where you can find ideas about furniture, how to beautify the garden, and even some original garments to update your wardrobe. All in pure country style!

London in the Summer

Summer is perhaps the best time to visit London, thanks to the more pleasant temperatures and the brighter than usual bustle of life in the squares, open-air pubs and very popular street food markets. Among the most unmissable events of the season, there is theBuckingham Palace summer opening (starting July 21) and the long-awaited Notting Hill Carnival at the end of August. Celebrated since 1965, this event organized by members of the London West Indian community has become increasingly popular year after year, establishing itself as an internationally renowned event and attracting the attention of over a million curious visitors. Today, the Notting Hill Carnival has become one of the largest street carnivals in the world.

London in Autumn

Even in autumn, London never ceases to amaze and, when the parks are colored with the warm colors brought by the new season, the city seems suspended in a beautiful painting. Strolling in the parks and along the main shopping streets takes on a whole new charm, but it's the scheduled events that are special this time of year. One of the most famous is the Totally Thames Festival which takes place throughout the month of September and which animates the banks of the river with concerts, events and parades of ancient sailing ships (in memory of the English Navy).

Another not very well known, however, is the Open House London weekend (also in September, but the date is not fixed and changes every year), during which London opens its palaces and secret gardens: a unique opportunity to discover new corners of the capital!

London in Winter

Winter in London is not just Christmas and New Year, yet these are the two most magical times to visit the city and savor it in a whole new light. The core of the festive spirit culminates in Trafalgar Square, where thelargest Christmas tree in the capital (donated annually by Oslo). Skating rinks are also very popular and are often set up in unusual places, such as the one installed inside the Natural History Museum.

For the little ones, a visit to the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is highly recommended, the Christmas-themed amusement park with toy and candy stalls, a mini Ferris wheel and Santa's grotto. Alternatively for adults, there are the Christmas markets at the Southbank Center Wintertime. For New Year's Eve, however, don't miss it fireworks show at the London Eye (remember, however, that for some years it is necessary to buy the ticket well in advance).

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: warm clothes (wool sweaters, warm socks, coat, etc.), comfortable and water-resistant shoes, scarf and hat to protect yourself from the wind
  • In summer: clothes suitable for mid-season (you could hardly wear shorts and short-sleeved shirts); avoid sandals, ballet flats or other footwear that could get soaked easily ...
  • In autumn and spring: spring / autumn clothes (sweatshirts, long jeans, raincoat). Don't forget that time is a dancer: the folding umbrella is always useful in any season!

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