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Seasons in London
London is a great city to visit all year round, the city experiences the 4 traditional seasons and each one brings the city to life in a new way. The climate in London is typically mild and extreme weather conditions and storms are very rare.
Learn a little more about the weather during your planned trip to the city…
Springtime in London (March to May)
Spring in London is a lively season when the city begins to shake off its winter chill. During this time, London weather in March starts warming up, followed by London weather in April and May, which sees temperatures rising to an average of 12°C to 18°C. However, days can often feel much warmer when bathed in sunshine. Spring showers are a common feature, especially during London weather in March and April, so it's a good idea to pack a waterproof jacket and umbrella.
Why not visit Kew Gardens when all the flowers are out in bloom? This West London sanctuary is home to over 121 hectares of exotic species and is the largest of its kind in the world. It's a fantastic getaway from the hustle and bustle, and particularly beautiful in May. If you're more for exploring the quieter suburbs, consider hopping on a train to Windsor Castle. It's included in your London Pass and stands as England's oldest castle, where the Queen still spends her weekends.
Summertime in London (June to August)
The summer is the most popular time of year for visitors to London. London weather in June kicks off the warm season, followed by the typically warmer London weather in July and August. During these months, it's the warmest and driest time of the year with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 23°C on average. The longest days are found during the summer when London can be light from 6am through to 9pm.
It is recommended you pack protection from the sun during hot days, especially when sightseeing and spending long days outside in the London weather in June, July, and August.
Make the most of the summer and see London the alternative way. Why not try the Thames River Cruise for a unique perspective of the city; or if you’re a fitness fanatic, try the London Bicycle Tour and take sightseeing to another level. If culture’s more for you, Shakespeare’s Globe runs an extensive theatre programme during the London weather in June, July, and August. So get the Tour for free with the London Pass and marvel at the open-top theatre with a backdrop of a clear blue sky.
Autumn in London (September to November)
Autumn is still a bustling time to visit London. London weather in September and October can still be quite warm, while the cooler weather typically starts to roll in during London weather in November. With Auburn trees and often late-summer sunshine, the city offers a picturesque backdrop during these months. It's probably smart to pack a jacket and a warm jumper, as chillier days are possible, especially as you get into cooler weather in November.
For those cooler days, Westminster Abbey makes for a great visit. You can marvel at the gothic architecture and dive into the stories of notables who have passed through its doors. Steeped in history, the church has close ties to the Royal Family and offers a rich context to the monarchy that stands today. For another historical angle, why not check out HMS Belfast? Perfectly positioned on the Thames between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, it offers insights into Britain's naval past and is a great starting point for a walk along the river, especially lovely during London weather in September and October.
Winter in London (December to February)
London can get fairly cold in the winter, with London weather in December, January, and February seeing temperatures dropping to an average of 2°C to 8°C. It's not uncommon for them to drop below zero during these months. The winter also brings the shortest days of the year, with daylight generally lasting until about 4.30pm.
It can sometimes snow in London, especially during London weather in December and January, and the city can look stunning under a blanket of snow. Make sure you bring a warm coat, scarf, and hat when visiting the city during these cold months.
To escape the cold, take shelter in The National Gallery. It's an ideal place to appreciate centuries' worth of iconic paintings and portraits, especially when navigating the colder London weather in December, January, and February. A free audio guide is available, offering insights into works from Michelangelo to Monet — a great way to stay warm and dry!