You could easily argue that there’s no such thing as a bad time to visit England’s capital city – world-class events running year-round, incredible galleries and museums, cozy pubs, and beautifully landscaped parks and gardens. London does not hold back from flaunting its many stunning attractions no matter what the weather is doing….although, spoiler alert, what it’s doing often involves gray skies.
For this reason, summer is the season to be in this exciting capital. Festivals are rife across the city, pop-up markets and beaches (yes, pop-up beaches) appear all over, and al fresco eating and drinking are all the rage. Prices might be higher, but the option to entertain outdoors means summer is when London is at its most exciting and glamorous.
As with anywhere, you should time your visit to suit your interests and budget. This guide, with its monthly list of events, can help you decide the best time for your visit to London.
June to August is the best time for festivals, events and sunny skies
Expect to be cheek by jowl with strangers on the sweaty public transport system and fork out higher prices for accommodations. But this is also the time the city is buzzing with events – from one of the largest street parties in the world to small pop-up book fairs and markets.
London’s parks fill up with locals enjoying the summer sun, and beer gardens overflow with the sound of vitamin-D-induced joy and laughter. It’s the perfect time to skip the speed of the tube and explore the city on foot.
Easter to May and mid-September to October are the best times for beautiful scenery
Spring can be a delightful time to visit the city, with events starting to pick up and many flowers blooming in the city’s gardens. It can also be pretty wet, so bring a waterproof jacket.
London in the fall means anything from dreary wet and windy days to crisp, bright sunshine glowing off the spectacular autumn scenery across the city’s many parks and commons.
December to February is the best time for visiting museums and galleries
Winter brings cold, wet, and gray days that don’t seem to last very long at all – the sun makes a fleeting appearance…
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