Picking the right time to visit London is as important as any other factors that go within your travel planning. So, if you are unsure on when to schedule your vacation, here are the things you should know:
Unlike some European countries that experience chilling winter and hot summer, England has a moderate climate and temperatures that rarely fall to 23F or rise above 86F. Meaning to say, anytime is a good time to visit the country.
But like any European countries, the perfect time to visit England is always during summer, when the weather is the warmest and the extra hours of daylight are experienced. Summer months run from July to September. These months bring lots of tourists into the city. During the high season hotel rooms are often fully-booked and very expensive. Vacation packages are plentiful. All attractions, museums and theaters are open but long queues are expected.
Winter months, from November to March, are the least popular time to visit London. But this doesn’t mean that London provide less enjoyment. Again, temperatures in England rarely fall to 23F so roaming around the city is still possible. If you want to take advantage of the cheaper rates, then this is also the best time for you. Hotels are not fully-booked (except the Christmas season) so walk-in clients can be accommodated. Streets are less crowded and while some small resorts and shops are closed for the low season, indoor attractions, theaters and museums remain often remain opened to keep visitors occupied.
The months of April, May, June and October are considered shoulder season. If you don’t like the high season crowd and the low season temperatures, then this is the best time for you to visit. Weather is also pleasant during these times. Attractive deals such as cheaper flights, discount rooms and cheaper vacation packages are also available.
No matter what time of the year, London weather can change from warm and sunny to cool and rainy in a matter of hours or even in a matter of minutes. As British people often say, “If you do not like the weather, just wait 5 minutes and it will change.”
In general though, summers are warm during the day and cold during the night with temperatures that range from the low 60s to the high 70s or 80s. Winters are cold but are still comfortable with temperatures that range from the low 30s to the high 40s. Springs and Autumns (Falls) have varying weather with temperatures that range from the low 40s but sometimes 50s or 60s. Northern England is colder than the southern regions.
Attractions are busiest during holidays, including a week in mid-February and mid-October, 2 weeks at Easter and Christmas, mid-July to the first week of September, Crowd is at the highest during the summer months and the holidays such as Christmas Day, Boxing Day (December 26), Good Friday, Easter Monday, New Year’s Day and May Day.
British people, just like other Europeans take their vacation in August.