As one of the planet’s ‘world cities’, it’s fair to say visiting London whatever the time of year makes for an unforgettable experience. That said, is there a particular season that’s best for doing certain things in the UK capital? Well, join us as, here, we break down the visitor’s year in the city season-by-season..
Towards the end of March, the landscape across Britain – and not least in London, located in the warmest corner of the country – comes back to life following the winter. To that end, spring’s an exciting season in the capital, full of world-famous annual outdoor events, many of them sport-related, such as the London Marathon, the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and football’s FA Cup final, always hosted by Wembley Stadium. There’s also, of course, the likes of the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows and don’t miss the chance to discover the Royal Parks, which are bursting with colour thanks to the reawakening of Mother Nature.
Given Britain has a temperate climate, you’ll find that summer’s, yes, a simply awesome time to visit the capital, thanks to the temperatures not often reaching, well, scorching levels (on average, it’s usually between 17°C and 25°C). Fantastic then for throwing yourself into all the city has to offer this time of year, not least a plethora of music festivals (there seems to be more of them every year), outdoor cinema screenings, sporting events like the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and more intimate occasions like gatherings on rooftop bars. Moreover, summer’s definitely when to come to the capital for Royal exhibits – especially at the globally renowned Buckingham Palace, which is open to the public during this season only. Just don’t complain about queues!
Less warm, but definitely bearable, autumn brings browns, golds and russets to parks and gardens across the city and the opportunity to truly enjoy them away from hordes and hordes of tourists (it’s slightly less busy than during the summer and there’s plenty of London city break deals to be had at accommodation like London City Suites Montcalm Brewery). And there’s still lots going on – everything from food and drink events to religious celebrations, the official London Film Festivals to German beer festivals, as well as many events to celebrate both Hallowe’en and the UK-only Guy Fawkes Night (or Bonfire Night).
Finally, the December to early March period may be the capital’s quietest in terms of tourist numbers (although don’t worry; you won’t be alone), yet there’s a huge amount going on. Not least because the festive season falls slap-bang in the middle of winter, of course, bringing with it Christmas markets, ice-skating (especially at the Natural History Museum and Somerset House), the giant Norwegian pine annually erected in Trafalgar Square and, lest we forget, all that colourful and fun Christmas shopping to enjoy, Plus, don’t doubt it; London’s one of the greatest cities in the world to visit to see out the old year and ring in the new come December 31st!