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Best Times to Visit London: A Month by Month Weather-Conscious Guide

Last updated on August 14, 2023

London’s mild climate makes it a perfect travel destination all around the year. No matter what month you visit, there’s always something special to see and do in London.

Here’s a month-by-month guide to what you can expect the weather to be like when you visit.

Visiting London in Winter (December to February)

Winter in London is cold but not extreme, with temperatures ranging between 2-6 °C.

This means you can explore the best of London and have as much fun as you would during other seasons, so long as you pack a coat and perhaps a hat and gloves.

But despite the colder temperatures, visiting London during winter – and particularly in December – comes with a holiday frenzy of decorations, lights and cheer throughout the city.

January and February in London are quieter and more laid back, but there is still plenty to see and do. If you’re looking for deals on airfare or hotels, this is the time to come. Check out Montcalm Hotels in London, which offers special winter packages to draw in visitors. 

Visiting London in Spring (March to May)

Spring in London is – as you might expect – much milder and drier than winter. 

If you are travelling to London in spring, remember to pack your rain jacket or raincoat and an umbrella as showers are common at this time of year.

But despite the potential for rain, the days are longer and brighter, meaning you get to accomplish much more of your itinerary than you would during winter. 

Visiting London in Summer (June to August)

London is at its best in summer, with temperatures rising to between 18-30 °C  from June through August.

If you are planning to travel to London around this time, remember to pack for all types of weather as London can be a bit unpredictable in terms of weather. It could rain for an hour and be sunny and warm the next.

Either way, this is the perfect time for outdoor activities in London, including open-air theatres, drinks at rooftop bars and some quiet time at the many park throughout the city.

If you do plan on visiting London during the summer, bear in mind that kids are off school at this time of year, which means flights can be more expensive and popular hotels like the Montcalm Royal London House will book up quickly. 

This is all to say that you’re better off planning ahead to get better value on accommodation and airfare. 

Visiting London in Autumn (September to November)

The climate drastically changes in London around the second week of September. 

Autumn temperatures drop to around 11-15 °C, as summer slowly fades away, although you may get lucky and get some decent weather up until the end of October. 

Given the mild temperatures, there are a lot of annual events hosted in London around this time, including fun themed events for Halloween.

With all of that being said, London has numerous sights and attractions for all kinds of visitors. If you love the outdoors, visiting the surrounding countryside during the summer months might be best.

If, on the other hand, you are travelling on a budget, you can visit London during the lower seasons, like autumn and spring when accommodation is cheaper.

Where to Stay in London

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Have you already been to London? What time of year did you visit? What are your tips for other travellers? Leave a comment below to join the conversation.

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