The Best Time to Visit London

The city of London is the global capital of tourism and business. Tourists from various parts of the world fly to London every year and have their own favourite seasons and enjoy its grandeur and rich heritage.

Most international travellers prefer the summers because of the warmer weather and special events. A few also visit London during the spring. The Japanese are believed to flock to London during the traditional April and May vacations. However winter is a less popular time, due to cold temperatures and heavy rain. The month of December is another all time favourite among tourists as the city buzzes with celebration and Christmas shopping.  Below are a few highlights of the summertime which makes it the best time to visit London.

Weather

London’s climate is very unstable. It is usually damp throughout the year especially during winter and spring seasons. Tourists often complain that sudden showers play a spoilsport to their plans. Summers on the other hand mean long days with sunshine and moderate temperatures.  The average temperature in summer is about 64 degrees Fahrenheit. The months of July and August are the warmest and busiest for the city.  The optimum weather of summer lets tourists enjoy outdoor activities like bird watching, skating, barbeques and open air festivals.

Summer special events

Summer is the time in London for fun and special events. Summer offers a series of colourful festivals and carnivals which are purely an English affair. Some of the key events that will be taking place during the summer of 2013 are The Great Britain Row 2013, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, the Lollibop Festival, The Buckingham Palace summer opening, The Queen’s Birthday Parade and the British Beer Festival.

Summer Sports

One of the major reasons for tourists to visit London during summer is the sports events that take place during these months. The ICC championship, Wimbledon and the London Cycling Tour are the main summer sporting events. Apart from these world acclaimed events, the weather favours a wide variety of sports activities like Horse Riding, Paintballing, Polo, Rollerblading, Sailing and swimming.  Another major attraction of summer is the Royal Ascot Horse Race. This 300 year old festival attracts racing enthusiasts and fun seekers from across the globe. The impeccable fashion and the top quality horse racing are the stimulating features of this event.

Summer concerts

Concerts in London are well received by the Londoners as well as the tourists throughout the year. Summer is a special time and the right platform for some of the best musical performances. Some of the well celebrated concerts of this summer in London are Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones.  Apart from these international concerts, music festivals such as The Meltdown Festival and Hard Rock Calling add to the musical extravaganza every year.