In fact the period of late spring and summer are also popular with tourists who flock to London at this time of the year. It is peak tourist season and this is evident in the higher flight and hotel charges. If you are looking for deals and special discounts in accommodation and air flights fall and winter is the time to visit, albeit it will be rather cold.
Also December month is the festive season like elsewhere in Europe and America, so it does attract very large numbers of tourists. Do not expect the cold weather to deter visitors and tourists at this part of the year, in the festive season. Another thing to bear in mind is irrespective of the period you plan your visit, always carry an umbrella as you can expect showers all year round. You will find crowds in London almost all year around this is an inescapable fact! With its reputation as one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, you can expect to run into tourists and visitors any part of the year.
Best period to visit
March – May: This is the most popular time with visitors and is peak tourist season in the city. Late spring and summer are the busiest times of the year. Nature lovers will especially enjoy visiting London in late spring when they find the city’s eight royal parks and garden in a riot of colour. Plus the weather is lovely to explore the many outdoor attractions. If you time your visit at the end of winter and beginning of spring there will be lesser crowds. The average temperature hovers between the 50s and 60s which makes it very pleasant to roam about the city. Some of the events scheduled at this part of the year are the Royal Chelsea Flower Show, Museums at Night and St. Patrick’s Day Parade etc.
September – November: The city is still filled with tourists into mid-September, because of the pleasant temperatures along with the incredible autumn natural beauty as well. Culture wise this is the best period to plan your holiday. Among the many festivals and events planned there is the Lord Mayor’s Parade and Guy Fawkes Night along with plenty of other exciting public celebrations.
December – February: For the budget conscious looking to save on accommodation and other expenses, this is the best period to travel to London (with the exception of December). While the temperatures tend to dip there are fewer crowds to contend with. The entire city looks amazingly beautiful with festive events and sparkling lights in the festive season. It is also the busiest shopping period in central London at popular shopping spots like Oxford Street. If you plan a visit to London at this part of the year and want to shop to the hilt stay clear of the shopping hot spots, unless you are prepared to jostle with the crowds. Top events include London Parade, London Fashion Week etc.
June to August: While the place is chock-a-block with tourists in the summer, the mild temperatures compensate for this to an extent. It is a good time to enjoy the best of outdoor events ranging from theatre in Regent’s Park to numerous pop-up open air cinemas and plenty of gigs in London’s Parks and other outdoor areas. Key events to look out for include the Notting Hill Carnival, City of London Festival, Wimbledon Championships and Trooping of the Colour among other festivities.
Culture and social etiquette: One of the best things about London is that it truly is the epitome of a cosmopolitan city, with more than 300 languages spoken and its local population is multi-ethnic. English is of course the official language so communicating is easy sans a few different phrases and terms for Americans. The British are welcoming of tourists and polite and are glad to share directions and even give recommendations to visitors. The British are orderly people and like it that way when travelling on public transport e.g. stick to the right side and give way to passengers on the left side. Similarly, this needs to be borne in mind when using lifts (escalators for Americans).
Ways to save on expenses in London
Stay in central London: While central London is indeed expensive to stay, the fact is that there are boutique hotels near Shoreditch which are reasonable in price. A great place to stay in the area would be the M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Hotel, which offers the best in boutique luxury and features at a competitive price. This way you could stay in comfort without have to shell out too much on accommodation. Plus you will be close to the best attractions, shopping, entertainment and dining establishments.
Explore the best free attractions: One of the best ways to trim expenses in London is to visit the many public museums and galleries that are free to visit. There are plenty of spots to sightsee and not spend a penny, including public parks and gardens.
Get yourself an Oyster Visitor’s Card: If you intend to spend a week or more in London, get a Visitor’s Oyster Card. It is the most cost-effective way to save money of public transport when travelling in London. There also may be additional benefits that come with the card.
Eat smart: One of the best ways to save dining expenses in the city is to enjoy the many street food options found all over the city. From Brick Lane to Borough Market there are plenty of street food stalls, where you can enjoy a fine meal, at a fraction of the price of eating at a restaurant.