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When is the Best Time to Visit London? The city’s parks are green and blooming from March through May when temperatures are mild. Late spring – along with summer – is also a high tourist season, and hotel and flight prices reflect this.
During the fall and winter, it’s easier to find cheap airfare and accommodation, but you’ll also face chilly temperatures. In December, the holiday season in London is also an extremely popular time to visit, so expect the streets to be crowded with both domestic and international tourists. When you travel, you should pack an umbrella: London is notorious for misty days and showers all year long. Another thing to remember: it’s nearly impossible to avoid crowds in London. London is also one of the most popular tourist destinations globally, so no matter what time of year you go, you’re bound to see lots of tourists.
Best Time to Visit March-May.
The tourist season in London is pretty much year-round, but the late spring and summer are hectic. During the late spring, you’ll get to see the royal parks and gardens blooming, as well as hit the city’s weather sweet spot. The earlier you visit in spring, the smaller the crowds are likely to be. Spring in London enjoys a comfortable medium temperature, hovering between the 50s and 60s, with a lot less rain in the fall and winter.
Key Events March-May:
- Vault Festival (late January-March)
- St Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade (March)
- London Coffee Festival (March-April)
- Gemini Boat Race (April)
- London Book Fair (April)
- State Opening of Parliament (May)
- Hackney Moves (May)
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May)
Comfortable summertime temperatures (mid-70s Fahrenheit) make the tourist crowds more tolerable. London has experienced record highs in the lower 90s in recent years, so don’t leave your shorts at home just yet. Summer also brings a lot of rain and subsequent humidity. Be sure to pack an umbrella.
Key Events June-August:
- Trooping the Colour (June)
- London Pride (June-July)
- Wimbledon Championships (June-July)
- Kaleidoscope (July)
- Underbelly Festival (July-September)
- Notting Hill Carnival (August)
It is still crowded with tourists in London well into mid-September, thanks to the mild temperatures of 60 to 70 degrees. Autumn foliage is also a plus. However, the best time to visit is if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the culture. Annual events during these months, especially Guy Fawkes Night in November, are deeply rooted in London’s and England’s history.
Key Events September-November:
- London Fashion Week (September)
- London Marathon (October)
- Guy Fawkes Night (November)
- The Lord Mayor’s Show (November)
- Christmas at Kew (November-January)
You can save a few pounds by traveling during the winter months (except during December, when rates rise around the holidays). With temperatures in the 30- to 40-degree range, you’ll be able to enjoy a more authentic London experience without the large crowds of tourists. Due to its twinkling lights and festive events during the holiday season, central London tends to be overrun by holiday shoppers, especially at Oxford Street. Plan to see the city’s Christmas splendor away from popular shopping hot spots while you’re in London for the holidays.