When Should I Go

When Should I Go

Deciding when to travel to London can come down to a number of factors. The weather can play a massive part in your decision however it should not be the only factor. We look below at some of the pros and cons for traveling to London at certain times of the year.

When should I travel to London?

Summer in London

Summer in London can mean beautiful weather, not stinking hot like Aussie summers but blue skies are common between June and August. With the nice weather comes lots of tourists chasing the same thing as you. The attractions will get extremely busy and long queues are quite common, an old joke is that standing in queues is the national past time of the British. Prices for airfares are more expensive and hotels also are more difficult to get. Personally I try and stay away from London during the mad summer rush as I am not visiting the UK for the weather.

London Guide recommends September as the best time to visit London

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Winter in London

Winter in London can mean cold, dark and days short which depending on what your idea of a good holiday is can be either a good thing or a bad thing. If you plan on completing a pub crawl of London (Good Luck – there are somewhere between 3500-4000 of them!!!) then a drab rainy day might be perfect. If you are looking for outside adventure or enjoy walking then I would stay away from winter in the UK.

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Christmas in London

Christmas is a beautiful time to be in most cities, and London is no exception. The city comes alive with Christmas markets, shopping, light displays and Ice Skating rinks. The Winter Wonderland is a free event located in Hyde Park that includes fairground rides, Christmas lights and big top shows.

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School Holidays

If you are traveling with kids then school holidays might be the best time for you to take them, Flights from Australia are usually more expensive however the holidays do not line up with UK holidays so its not generally any busier than usual. The hotels are also reasonably priced. If you have younger primary school kids I would recommend taking them out of school so you can travel outside the school holidays, they will learn so much from travelling (more than they will miss in school). Teach them to convert money, use maps and keep a travel diary or blog or their trip.

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Shoulder Seasons

I personally the shoulder seasons of September or March are the best time to visit the English capital. March is starting to warm up while September still has some of the summer heat and isn’t too cold. September around the time of the AFL and NRL footy finals are perfect, either side of the school holidays depending on your state.

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Current Weather Forecast

LONDON WEATHER

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Monthly Weather Comparison

MonthSeasonHigh / Low Temp (°C)Rain Average
January Winter 9° / 4° 11 days
February Winter 9° / 5° 9 days
March Spring 12° / 6° 9 days
April Spring 15° / 7° 9 days
May Spring 18° / 10° 9 days
June Summer 21° / 13° 7 days
July Summer 23° / 15° 6 days
August Summer 23° / 15° 6 days
September Autumn 20° / 13° 7 days
October Autumn 16° / 10° 10 days
November Autumn 12° / 7° 10 days
December Winter 9° / 5° 10 days
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