Best time of year to visit London?
Your better bets if you don't want cold and wet are summer, like July and August, based on what I've heard. I've only ever been in winter and spring. But this too is changeable. My friends in that part of England reported a very wet summer.
Years ago I would have said that the best time to vist London would have been the Spring or Autumn(Fall)(May,early June or September/October) as the crowds are generally less and the weather would have been such where you would need a light coat or sweater in the evenings.
However, now you just can't say for sure!
Probably though, I would go for Autumn as the colours of the trees in the Parks are beautiful and if you go early September you might be lucky and have an 'Indian Summer'.
In regard to hotels, I generally go for the Holiday Inn Express and stay in 'London Park Royal'Wembley then catch the tube/train in to Central London from North Acton Station which is only 2 minutes walk away. You can get a double/twin room at around Â£60 a night inclusive of breakfast.
The website is www.ichotelsgroup.com
As for places to stay, I highly recommend the travelodge, there are a bunch of them. THey have great fares if you prepay more than 3 months in advance. We had no troubles with reservations, and it was money that we did not have to worry about when we got there.
This year, we had an amazing Spring, a couple of weeks in April were scorching, and then for the best part of our 'summer', it rained. There were the odd day it was nice, but nothing consistent.
I would recommend visiting around May, June time.
By that time, the days are getting longer (light wise), the weather will be getting warmer, and most importantly, the kids are still at school, so it wont be too busy.
Hope you have a good time!!
Or, Actually do come now. everything in the shops are on sale the pound is doing crap against the dollar and euro and theres the chistmas lights up!!
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Try and visit as many of the free attractions as you can, such as Tate Modern, Science Museum, Changing the Guard and Westminster Abbey.
There's lots of things happening all year round in London's South bank; free events, exhibitions, debates and festivals. Try this website - http://www.londonisfree.com/
If you're set on visiting the attractions with admission fees then work out if it's worth investing in a London Pass. These aren't cheap but if you cram as many of the 50 free attractions in as you can, you should save money.
December, July, and August are the busiest months of the year, while January is ideal for those looking to save a little extra cash. So, if you are a shopaholic and want to grab the best deals, and if you are willing to put up with cold, wet weather and lower-priced hotel rooms, you can enjoy great deals from mid-November until after the January sales.
Whilst summer may improve your chances of good weather, will also more severly dent your bank account, as it's THE most expensive time to fly transatlantic. Transatlantic fares US-UK are often the cheapest during the winter.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. ---St. Augustine
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