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.


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

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

late May–early September • event

The actors perform in both warm starry nights and stormy weather

Paddling on the Thames

March–October • activity

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

Buckingham Palace Tours

August–September • activity

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

Rugby Union

September–May • event

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

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

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


April–November  • food

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

Deer Watching in Richmond Park

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

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

Premier League

mid-August to mid-May • event

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

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!


April–October • activity

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

Tower of London

all year round • activity

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

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

Power Kiting

April–October • activity

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

Jerusalem Artichokes

September–March • food

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

Mushroom Season

September–October • food

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

Highgate Cemetery

year round • activity

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

Old Operating Theatre

all year round • activity

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

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

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

April–October • activity

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


Notting Hill Carnival

August 25–27, 2018 • event

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

St Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 2019 • event

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

Hogwarts in the Snow

November 17 2018–January 27 2019 • activity

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

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

Open House London

September 22–23, 2018 • event

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

Royal Gun Salutes

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

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

BFI London Film Festival

October 10–21, 2018 • event

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

Museums at Night

May 15–18, 2019 • event

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

London Wine Week

May 14–20, 2018 • event

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

BBC Proms

July 13–August 08, 2018 • event

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

Trooping the Colour & The Queen's Birthday Parade

June 09, 2018 • event

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

Canalway Cavalcade

May 04–06, 2019 • event

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

Winter at the Southbank Centre with Natwest

mid-November to late January • event

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

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

November 04, 2018 • event

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

Reading & Leeds Festivals

August 23–25, 2019 • event

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

Ice Skating

mid-November–early January • activity

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

Bonfire Night

November 05, 2018 • event

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

Spring Blossoms

March–May • nature

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

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

April 23 • 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

Opera Holland Park

June 04–August 03, 2019 • event

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


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

Lovebox Festival

July 13–14, 2018 • event

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


July 02–15, 2018 • event

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

New Year's Eve

December 31 • event

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

Taste of London

June 13–17, 2018 • event

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

Wireless Festival

July 03–07, 2019 • event

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


late-February–March • nature

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

Street Performances

June–August • event

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

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

June 21–July 07, 2018 • event

This summer weekend is devoted to modern art and outdoor performances

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

May 11, 2019 • event

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

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

June 19–23, 2018 • event

Royal Ascot combines exquisite English fashion with high-quality racing

The London Design Festival

September 15–23, 2018 • event

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

Lord Mayor's Show

November 12 • event

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

Hampton Court Palace Festival

June 12–20, 2018 • event

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

Christmas Shows

late November–early January • event

Theatre is a must go during the holiday season in London

Camellia Showcase

late February–March • nature

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

Swan Upping

July 16–20, 2018 • event

The swans are surrounded with special attention in England


October–February • food

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

Christmas Carols

late November–late December • event

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

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

May • food

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

London Fashion Week

February 16–20, 2019 • event

London has become a fashion Mecca for talented young designers

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

Virgin Money London Marathon

April 28, 2019 • 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

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!

Pumpkin Season

October • food

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

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

March 05, 2019 • event

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


June–August • food

Be sure to try the local lobster in London

London Christmas Lights

mid-November–early January • event

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

Christmas Markets

November 09 2018–January 06 2019 • event

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

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

Lumiere Festival

November 14–17, 2019 • event

The largest light festival in the UK features amazing installations


August • food

Enjoy freshly shelled English peas!