When to Go in London

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One of the world’s most visited cities, London is awash with tourists all year round. The city’s many attractions are worth a visit at any time of year, and the changeable climate means that visitors should come prepared for any weather possibility. During the winter months of December, January and February, chilly weather is pretty much guaranteed, but visitors  are more likely to see grey skies and drizzly  rain than heavy snowfall. Summers in the city can be very hot and sticky, but umbrellas should be kept ready in case of sudden downpours. Spring and autumn are pleasant times to visit London, with plenty of crisp clear days and fewer tourists than during the key holiday seasons.

Summer in the City

The crowds that swarm London during the summer high season can make the city feel stifling on hot, humid summer days. The months of July and August see the city at both its busiest and hottest, and although temperatures rarely exceed 30°, it can feel an  awful lot hotter when trying to navigate the busy Tube (underground train) system. The summer months offer the best chance to bask in sunshine in London, but May and June tend to be less crowded and slightly fresher than July and August. Travelers can expect long queues and higher accommodation prices during summer, but the city’s parks, gardens and café bars are wonderful places to be when the sun beats down.

Warming Winter Treats

London hits another tourist high season in December for many reasons. London is one of the best places in the world for Christmas shopping. The switching on of London’s impressive Christmas lights displays, which takes place in early November, has become a major event for the city, with crowds gathering to watch celebrities at free ceremonies across the West End. The city’s pubs and bars are great places to warm up with a drink and a bite to eat during the winter chill, and London’s buzzing nightlife makes this a key city for partiers to celebrate the New Year.

Bargain Breaks

Travelers looking for a cheap break to London would be wise to visit London during the low seasons of November 1 to December  1 and from January to March. Prices plummet in line with the temperatures, and London’s many excellent galleries, museums and shows, together with a nightlife and dining scene, excel whatever the weather. Rain needn’t stop play during an off-season visit to London.

January 19, 2010 new by sequoia maner

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