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  • The weather: is obviously better in the summer, when there will also be slightly less rainfall. However it can get uncomfortably hot, and fewer places have air-conditioning as compared to a tropical country or the USA. In particular, there is no air-conditioning in the tube.  It still rains about one day in three in the summer, compared to one day in two in winter. Spring and summer offer the most daylight hours, with sunset at around 21:00 in mid July and 20:30 in early May, although in spring it will be quite chilly in the evening.  The sun sets at around 7:15 in mid September, but the evenings are often warm and the city after dark has a pleasant feeling.  Winter days are very short with sunset around 16:00.

    Click here for sunset and sunrise times and click here for information about average weather conditions in London.

  • School holidays: are another important factor to consider.  During the long holiday in the summer (third week July to first week of September for most schools) many locals leave London, whilst the numbers of tourists increase dramatically.  The city’s cultural life is rather subdued during this period – some of the main concert halls and opera venues close completely for a time.   During the other, shorter, school holiday periods, many attractions including those not specifically aimed at children organise special events for them. Places that are aimed at children, like the Natural History museum, are very crowded and we would highly recommend you to visit them in the morning.  If you don’t have children, these are dates to avoid if you can, since everywhere will be much busier.  If do you have children, there will be more for your kids to do but most things will be more crowded – overall it is probably neutral.

  • Public Holidays for 2014: 1st of January (New Year Day), 18th of April (Good Friday), 21st of April (Easter Monday), 5th of May (Bank Holiday Monday), 26th of May (Bank Holiday Monday), 25th of August (Bank Holiday Monday), 25th of December (Christmas Day), 26th of December (Boxing Day).

  • Tourist crowds and hotel costs: are higher in the summer and at Easter. Outside of these periods  you can get some much better deals and have a much more enjoyable time visiting attractions without having to queue.

  • Festivals: Finally you might like to time your visit with one of the many festivals.



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