Best time to visit London

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Best time of year to visit London

Even though it is virtually impossible to escape the crowds, March to May is probably the best time to visit London. Warm spring is a prime time for exploring blooming city parks and going wild and green during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. High room and airfare rates reflect the surge of tourism from late May to early September. Besides excellent summer weather, the city enjoys numerous events like the Wimbledon tournaments, Notting Hill Carnival, and the Globe Theatre plays. You can always plan your trip for autumn and winter, but mind there is a higher probability that weather will pass you a curve-ball. Misty October will guide you through the London Film Festival and boozy nights in cosy pubs, while busy December will charm you with festive atmosphere. The main rule is, no matter when you visit London, pack an umbrella.

23 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON (DECEMBER 02 - DECEMBER 11)

London Christmas Lights

London Christmas Lights

early November–early January • event

The capital of the UK glows and shines getting ready for the holidays

Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols

late November–late December • event

Angelic singers celebrate the holidays and share goodwill and joy with Christmas carols

Hogwarts in the Snow

Hogwarts in the Snow

November 14 2020–January 17 2021 • activity

Still waiting for your invitation letter to Hogwarts? Luckily, today muggles can freely roam the school for wizards!

Tower of London

Tower of London

all year round • activity

Visit the iconic landmark which played a pivotal role in the history of London

Premier League

Premier League

September 12, 2020–May 23, 2021 • event

Crazy about football? Give in to your passion at the greatest games of the English Premier League hosted in the capital

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

mid-November–early January • activity

London's historical and modern landmarks make this traditional winter activity into a truly beautiful experience

Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms

November–March (all year round) • activity

This place used to be the best-kept secret of the British government, the place from where Sir Winston Churchill directed the World War II

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

early November–early January  • event

Pop-up ice rinks and holiday fairs cheer up the dark winters with their twinkling lights

Rugby Union

Rugby Union

September–May • event

England takes great pride in Rugby Union, the oldest type of rugby football

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

year round • activity

One of the creepiest sites in London known for its vampires and famous people's graves

Christmas Shows

Christmas Shows

late November–early January • event

Theatre is a must-see during the holiday season in London

Sweet Chestnut Season

Sweet Chestnut Season

October–late December • food

Large steaming braziers, from which a fragrant smoke spreads, is a typical sight for the Englishmen in the fall

Oysters

Oysters

October–February • food

In the 19th century, oysters were cheap and abundant, nowadays—much more expensive and scarce so be appreciative!

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Christmas at Kew Gardens

November 18, 2020–January 3, 2021 • event

An unforgettable after-dark explosion of colours and a festive trail of lights

Old Operating Theatre

Old Operating Theatre

all year round • activity

Britain's oldest surviving operating theatre​ dates back to 1822

Lightopia Festival London (formerly Magical Lantern Festival)

Lightopia Festival London (formerly Magical Lantern Festival)

November 20 2020–January 03 2021 • event

Spectacular fusion of art and culture transforms a park into wonderland

Luces de Navidad de Londres

Luces de Navidad de Londres

early November–early January • event

La capital del Reino Unido brilla y brilla preparándose para las vacaciones

Espectáculos de Navidad

Espectáculos de Navidad

late November–early January • event

El teatro es un must-see durante la temporada de vacaciones en Londres

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes

September–March • food

Though the once named "Girasole" artichokes have been renamed "Jerusalem" artichokes though the great taste remains the same

Caroles de Navidad

Caroles de Navidad

late November–late December • event

Cantores angelicos celebran las fiestas y comparten buena voluntad y alegría con los cantos de Navidad

Hunting Season & Game Meat

Hunting Season & Game Meat

August, 12–February • activity

While London's licensed hunters try their shooting skills, you can treat your stomach to some delicious game meat

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

all year round • activity

Numerous sandy beaches around London are perfect for a weekend trip

Mercados de Navidad

Mercados de Navidad

early November–early January  • event

Las pistas de hielo pop-up y ferias de vacaciones animan a los inviernos oscuros con sus luces brillantes

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Lumiere Festival

Lumiere Festival

November 18–21, 2021 • event

The largest light festival in the UK features amazing installations

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

August 30–31, 2020 • event

The capital of Great Britain is hardly recognizable when the Afro-Caribbean spirit revels in the streets of London

BBC Proms

BBC Proms

July 17–September 12, 2020 (virtual event) • event

One classical music concert can heal your soul, develop more positive thinking, and improve your productivity

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

November 07, 2021 • event

Spectacular cars from the end of the 19th century preserve the spirit of good old England

Open House London

Open House London

September 19–20, 2020 • event

A unique occasion to discover London's secret venues with free guided tours

St Patrick's Day Parade

St Patrick's Day Parade

March 15, 2020 • event

Raise a glass to Ireland while the green procession paves its way through the centre of London

Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre

May–October • event

Would you like to visit a Renaissance Theatre? The reconstructed open-air Globe stages plays in a 17th century fashion

World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR London)

World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR London)

June 13, 2020 (online event) • event

The annual event aimed to protest car culture and celebrate the human body

Trooping the Colour & The Queen's Birthday Parade

Trooping the Colour & The Queen's Birthday Parade

June 13, 2020 • event

Even rows of marching soldiers called "Trooping the Colors​," royal flyovers, and salutes celebrate the Birthday of Her Majesty

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

August 28–September 12, 2020 • event

This summer weekend is devoted to modern art and outdoor performances

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night

November 5, 2020 • event

Thanks to Guy Fawkes' attempt to kill James I, Londoners have another reason to set off fireworks and eat festive toffees

London Wine Week

London Wine Week

May 13–19, 2019 • event

Wherever you go, you'll be offered a sip of wine

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

April–July • event

A guard in an iconic scarlet tunic and bearskin hat must be always on alert to protect the Queen, so the changing of the guard is a vital tradition

Emerge Festival of London Lates & Museums at Night

Emerge Festival of London Lates & Museums at Night

October 31–November 02, 2019 • event

Museums have a special charm when explored at night—​you might see something special you'd miss during the day

Pride in London Parade

Pride in London Parade

June 27, 2020 • event

One of the largest gay pride events in Europe and the world

Lovebox Festival

Lovebox Festival

June 11–13, 2021 • event

Enjoy the the genre-blurring lineup during one of the finest festivals in London

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

late May–early September (canceled in 2020) • event

The actors perform in both warm starry nights and stormy weather

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

April 18, 2020 • event

Although the identity and the origin of England's patron saint are not 100% clear, the feast bears a great importance for this nation

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

canceled in 2020 • event

Immerse yourself in the magical holiday spectacular

Swan Upping

Swan Upping

July 13–17, 2020 • event

The swans are surrounded with special attention in England

Canalway Cavalcade

Canalway Cavalcade

May 02–04, 2020 • event

A range of nice neat boats arrive to the canalway of London's Little Venice

Comida Fest

Comida Fest

August 10–11, 2019 • event

The biggest Latin American food festival in London

Royal Gun Salutes

Royal Gun Salutes

February 06 | April 21 | June 02 | June 10 | November 14 • event

Gun salutes mark special occasions in London often associated with the Royal Family

London New Year's Eve Fireworks & Traditions

London New Year's Eve Fireworks & Traditions

December 31 • event

The British consider the New Year to be a secondary holiday, but they celebrate it well anyway!

Southbank Centre Winter Market

Southbank Centre Winter Market

November 08 2019–January 08 2020 • event

The Southbank Centre promises great winter fun starting with a Christmas fair and seasonal treats and captivating snow spectacles

Paddling on the Thames

Paddling on the Thames

March–October • activity

Observe London's historical buildings while drifting along the River Thames

Wireless Festival

Wireless Festival

July 03–05, 2020 • event

Let this fantastic event be a highlight of your London summer!

Buckingham Palace Tours

Buckingham Palace Tours

August–September • activity

The finest pieces of art, exquisite furniture, and the overall magnificence of the palace evoke great awe

BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival

October 07–18, 2020 (virtual event) • event

This is a great event for the local and international film industry and a wonderful occasion to meet your favourite actors in person

Taste of London

Taste of London

November 19–22, 2020 • event

Nothing motivates more that the desire to be the best, so just relax and let the chefs try to please your palate

Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend

April 10–13, 2020 • event

London's busy Easter weekend features Good Friday performances, grand masses, egg hunts, locally-made sweets, and even an equestrian parade

Lord Mayor's Show

Lord Mayor's Show

November 14, 2020  • event

London celebrates an 800-year-old tradition as the iconic golden coach takes the mayor to the Queen

Reading & Leeds Festivals

Reading & Leeds Festivals

August 28–30, 2020 • event

Some of the most popular music festivals in the UK with great names of pop and rock

Crabs

Crabs

April–November  • food

Crab meat is a real delicacy, it is tender, tasty, and like almost all seafood, very nutritious

Opera Holland Park

Opera Holland Park

June 02–August 01 2020 • event

The London open air opera has its own charm and worldclass performances

The London Design Festival

The London Design Festival

September 12–20, 2020 • event

The world's capital of design dictates the best modern styles

Deer Watching in Richmond Park

Deer Watching in Richmond Park

September–October (rutting) | May–July (birthing)  • nature

This park is not fenced off, deer roam where they want

Birdwatching in Barnes

Birdwatching in Barnes

April–October • nature

Anything from wetland birds to wildfowl and migrating species can be found in the large area of the London Wetland Centre

Horse and Pony Riding

Horse and Pony Riding

April–October • activity

Horses—for adults, ponies—for younger riders, and beautiful natural trails with windmills​ and red deer—for all to enjoy

Diwali in London

Diwali in London

November 1, 2020 (virtual event) • event

Join Europe's largest live outdoor Diwali celebration and show

The Great British Tattoo Show

The Great British Tattoo Show

May 15–16, 2021 • event

How about a tattoo from one of the world's best masters?

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

April–early May • nature

Beautiful pink sign of spring arrival

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

September 17–22, 2020 • event

London has become a fashion Mecca for talented young designers

Spring Blossoms

Spring Blossoms

March–May • nature

Floral show continues throughout the entire spring starting from daffodils in early March until wisteria in late May

Street Performances

Street Performances

June–August • event

Besides oranges, Covent Garden's jugglers are skilled enough to shuffle knives and chainsaws

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

May 10, 2020 • event

A puppet show holiday is a great delight for the whole family

BMW LSO Open Air Classics

BMW LSO Open Air Classics

June 30, 2020 • event

A free open-air concert by London's oldest orchestra in the heart of UK's capital

MCM London Comic Con

MCM London Comic Con

July 10–12, 2020 • event

One of London's favourite cosplay events

Halloween

Halloween

October 31 • event

Owing to its long and sometimes bloody history there's no shortage of hauntings and ghosts in London if you know where to look

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

June 28–July 11, 2021 • event

The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, one of four Grand Slam tournaments

Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens

Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens

February 08–March 08, 2020 • event

See some of the most beautiful orchids in the world

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot at Home: June 16–20, 2020 (virtual event) • event

Royal Ascot combines exquisite English fashion with high-quality racing

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

April 06, 2020 • event

Let out your inner child andhave some fun in the middle of a megapolis

Crocuses

Crocuses

late-February–March • nature

Exploring London's parks, one might find a "Crocus Carpet" or even an entire meadow of crocuses

Hyper Japan

Hyper Japan

July 10–12, 2020 • event

Celebrate J-culture with traditional art, performances, and food

Underbelly Festival Southbank

Underbelly Festival Southbank

July 24–October 15, 2020 • event

Comedy, circus and cabaret all summer on the south bank of the Thames river

London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week

October 01–31, 2020 • event

The world's biggest cocktail festival showcasing UK capital's unrivalled cocktail scene

Duck and Goose Eggs

Duck and Goose Eggs

February–June | September • food

Try a duck or goose egg omelette for a change or for the sake of new experience. You may develop a taste for it!

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Hampton Court Palace Festival

June 08–19, 2021 • event

Ten days of July are devoted to music and comedy to entertain the nightly visitors of Henry VIII's Palace Court

Swimming

Swimming

April–October • activity

Though London has no access to the sea or ocean, it has the Thames River and moreover—ponds to bathe in

Camellia Showcase

Camellia Showcase

late February–March • nature

Apart from China and Japan, Chiswick's Camellias are the oldest in the world

London Literature Festival

London Literature Festival

September 17–27, 2020 • event

One of London's most exciting and prestigious literary events

The Creative Craft Show

The Creative Craft Show

April 24–25, 2020 • event

A huge gathering of new and established crafters

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

May 18, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The most famous and glamorous in the world, this show is truly unforgettable

London International Mime Festival

London International Mime Festival

January 13–February 07, 2021 • event

A popular innovative theatre event in London

MOVE IT

MOVE IT

March 13–15, 2020 • event

The world’s largest dance event, celebrating all forms of performing arts

London Restaurant Festival

London Restaurant Festival

October • food

Even if you try 11 restaurants a day for every day of October you still won't get them all!

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

May • food

Sour rhubarb crumble topped with ginger and sweetened with cicely leaves is a classic London favorite

London Coffee Festival

London Coffee Festival

April 02–05, 2020 • event

Dozens of tastings, special offers and barista competitions

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park

canceled in 2020 • event

The 600-year-old gardens get transformed into wonderland by a light display

Virgin Money London Marathon

Virgin Money London Marathon

October 04, 2020 (limited event) • event

This London Marathon is a great way to observe the main landmarks of the city and collect money for charity all in a single day

Power Kiting

Power Kiting

April–October • activity

It's an amazing feeling to be literally carried away by a kite in Richmond Park

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 26, 2020 • event

The biggest celebration of this kind outside of Asia

The Boat Race

The Boat Race

March 29, 2020 • event

The rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge reaches its peak

The Big London Flea

The Big London Flea

April 05, 2020 • event

London's largest indoor flea market is a true heaven for vintage and antique lovers

Mushroom Season

Mushroom Season

September–October • food

Are you keen on fresh mushrooms? Local porcini must be a real treat for you!

Lobster

Lobster

June–August • food

Be sure to try the local lobster in London

Tower Hamlets Fireworks at Victoria Park

Tower Hamlets Fireworks at Victoria Park

canceled in 2020 • event

A spectacular display on Bonfire Night in London

Great British Beer Festival

Great British Beer Festival

August 04–08, 2020 • event

Sample some great street food, listen to live bands and enjoy a glass of special beer

Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin Season

October • food

The "golden head" is full of delicious seeds and vitamins

Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats

October 31 • food

The taste of Halloween is embodied in cubed earwax, eyeball cubes, jelly dentures, and blood shots available in haunted pubs

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

February 16, 2021 • event

The day before the beginning of Lent when English families prepare a hearty meal with pancakes

Parkour in Westminster

Parkour in Westminster

April–October • activity

Make your way through the labyrinth of obstacles in The Leap—the largest parkour park in the world

Watersports at West Reservoir Centre

Watersports at West Reservoir Centre

April–October • activity

West Reservoir offers a variety of watersports from sailing to canoe polo

West End LIVE

West End LIVE

June 20–21, 2020 (virtual event on Facebook, 2 pm) • event

Best London's musicals—for free

Prudential RideLondon

Prudential RideLondon

August 15, 2020 • event

Watch the best cyclists of the world and experience the freedom of riding a bike through central London without cars

London Short Film Festival

London Short Film Festival

January 15–23, 2021 • event

The premiere UK showcase for gound-breaking short films

London Beer Week

London Beer Week

March 12–18, 2018 • event

Early spring in London is the time to feast on your favourite drink

Wheels and Fins Festival

Wheels and Fins Festival

September 07–08, 2019 • event

An eclectic music and action sports festival

Peas

Peas

August • food

Enjoy freshly shelled English peas!

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