London is an exceptional city, with a huge variety of things to see and do all year round. But if you’re planning to make a special trip to the capital, you might wonder when is the perfect time to go.
To help you decide, we’ve reviewed what’s on in the city throughout the year. Read on to find out more about some of the top highlights during each season, so that you can discover the perfect time of the year in London for you.
Spring is one of the most wonderful seasons in London, as the days get longer and brighter, and everything starts to feel a little more energised. It’s a great time of the year to explore the city’s rich arts scene, as new exhibitions begin to open across the capital for the year ahead. Keep an eye on listings at some of the city’s most popular museums and galleries, including the Tate and the V&A, which will show off some incredible collections.
Alongside great art, spring is also the perfect time to enjoy a little more of London’s romantic side. With Valentine’s Day in the air, make sure you book a reservation in the capital’s stunning rooftop restaurants and bars, where you can dine with an incredible view overlooking the city. Or, if you’re planning on popping a special question, London has some excellent spots to make a memorable proposal, including on board the iconic London Eye. And if you’re looking to treat someone for Mother’s Day, enjoy a delicious cream tea in a stylish café in the capital.
It’s hard not to fall in love with London in the summer, as the long, hot days bring a burst of energy to the city. With fantastic London Hotels Special Offers, it’s the perfect time to take a longer trip to the capital, and discover all that it has to offer.
Immerse yourself in the rich culture and heritage of the city, with a riverboat cruise down the Thames. It’s the perfect way to take in the special sights and many landmarks around the capital, while enjoying a cool, breezy ride along the water.
Keep it outdoors by exploring the many parks and open spaces around London. The Park Grand London Hyde Park International is just a short and convenient walk away from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, two of London’s most beautiful Royal Parks in the city. You’ll find wide open spaces to play or relax in, perfect, scenic walks for gentle summer strolls, and the fantastic Serpentine to gaze out or even swim in.
If you need to stay cool when it heats up, then make a beeline for Hampstead Heath, where the marvellous ponds provide the ideal place to sunbathe and swim in. If you need some refreshment after that, head to one of the city’s fantastic bars, where you can enjoy delicious cocktails with a relaxed table outside.
Summer also brings some of the most memorable sporting events to the city, including the world famous Wimbledon Championships. It’s hard to beat the electric atmosphere on the courts, so indulge in the traditional bowl of strawberries and cream, and prepare to admire some of the world’s best tennis players, as they show off their skills on the court.
Autumn gives London a beautiful and colourful transformation, and if you’re staying at the Park Grand London Hyde Park International, it’s the perfect time of year to try a Breakfast Hyde Park London and enjoy a scenic stroll around the magnificent park outside.
As autumn rolls in, London’s green spaces are transformed with the changing colours of the trees. Explore the beautiful Richmond Park, where you can meet wild red deer amongst the stunning photogenic backdrop, or head out into the more wild, rambling space of Hampstead Heath.
The cooler season also means it’s the ideal time to enjoy some of London’s excellent theatres, with a variety of new shows opening through the latter part of the year. The West End always has an exceptional variety of shows on, and with the weather turning a little more damp and grey, there’s nothing better than an inspiring theatre show, followed by a delicious dinner.
If theatre isn’t your thing, then look out for some of the more exciting events later in autumn, as fireworks and bonfire night is just around the corner. Across many of the city’s top venues, the end of October sees the skies burst into colour with incredible fireworks displays, while Halloween brings some fun seasonal spookiness to the city’s streets.
With winter comes all things festive, and the holiday season brings a magical sparkle to the streets of London.
It’s the perfect time of year to indulge in London weekend packages for the whole family, as there’s plenty to see and do. While the days might be shorter, the longer nights mean that the city can show off its spectacular lights in style. Look out for the variety of colourful Christmas light displays all over London, with a variety of styles on show. You’ll find classic and elegant lights around Bond Street, while the more youthful areas of Oxford Street and Carnaby Street take on a more colourful approach.
As well as lots of pretty lights to admire, winter also brings with it a great range of things to do in the city. Choose from charming winter markets where you can nibble on tasty treats and warm drinks, or get your skates on in one of the city’s outdoor ice rinks. And by the time the end of the year comes around, you’ll be ready to celebrate in style, as London welcomes in a brand New Year with a spectacular fireworks display, as well as some brilliant parties.
With so much on offer throughout the year, it’s hard to pick just one season to visit London. Instead, make the most of the city and discover something new all year round.