Is there a best time to come to London? Well, that really depends on what you want. London is full of indoor and outdoor attractions, while there are special events taking place throughout the year. London’s transport infrastructure means it’s not difficult to get round, while there are also plenty of hotels and food and drink options, so whatever time of year you are visiting, it is easy to make the most of your stay at The Montcalm Hotel At The Brewery London City.
Summer would seem like the ideal time to visit London, with many more outdoor options than at other times of year. The parks begin to fill with people having picnics, outdoor swimming pools do a good trade, and the patios and gardens of pubs get much busier. You can enjoy concerts in the park, open air theatre performances, and music festivals. You can take in the atmosphere of the Notting Hill Carnival, or head to a sporting event like Wimbledon or a cricket test match. Many shops hold summer sales, so it’s an ideal time to go and grab a bargain.
If rushing round looking at indoor attractions in the heat of the summer does not appeal to you, then autumn is a good time of year to visit London. But you shouldn’t discount the outdoors yet – London is a very leafy city, and in the autumn the trees change their colours, making it a romantic time to take a stroll. Pubs, restaurants and cafes switch on their outdoor heaters, so al fresco eating and drinking is still popular even as the days grow shorter. Inside you might find a fire by which you can dine on Sunday roast and glass of wine. The football season is in full swing, so why not catch a game at one of London’s top clubs?
When winter comes round, you could fill the dark nights with trip to the theatre in the West End, or even opt for the intimate setting of a pub theatre. In the run up to Christmas the decorations and lights go up around town in the streets and shops, adding a sparkle to the city. London hosts Christmas Markets, such as on the Southbank, while outdoor ice rinks appear in a number of places, including Somerset House, Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London. London is rarely snowbound, and a relatively mild climate means being out and about is pleasant enough. After Christmas (and sometimes before), the shops begin their January sales, which is ideal if you like trying to beat the crowds to the bargains. Then you can see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display by the River Thames.
Spring sees the snowdrops; daffodils and bluebells appear in the parks. As the days get longer and the weather warms up, outdoor sporting events like the Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race and the London Marathon draw in thousands of spectators. You could keep the kids amused by taking a trip to the London Wetland Centre, or to one several city farms to see the baby animals. Or why not take an open top bus tour of London and tick off several of the famous attractions on your list in one go?