This post is a summary of the January weather in London, with tips on what to wear as well as things to do. January generally means fewer crowds and shorter lines. If you will be in London at the start or end of the month, then you should also read our reports on the weather in December and February.
January in London is cool and wet but somewhat milder than many other northern European cities. Daily high temperatures tend to average in the upper 8 C – 9 C (45 F) with a few of the warmer days reaching afternoon temperatures around 12 C – 13 C (mid-50s F). Late night and early morning low temperatures will be mostly in the 3 C – 5 C (upper 30’s F to near 40 F) with the coldest temperatures this month, generally near -1 C (30 F).
This post is our guide to things to do in London, with tips on free things to do, suggested nighttime activities, things to do with kids, top attractions and other points of interest. We also provide ideas for exploring London’s vast and dynamic food scene. This post also provides subsections so that you could explore things to do my month or season, by neighbourhood or district as well as sample itineraries. You may also want to check out our pay-what-you-wish walking tours. If you plan on experiencing many attractions and tours during your stay in the city, then we suggest that you read our post that compares and reviews tourist discount passes available to you in London, which could be of great value for certain travelers.
This post is a guide to things to do London during Christmas, including markets, ice skating rinks, beautiful lights, and holiday shows. If you are planning on visiting many attractions during the holidays, then consider a tourist discount pass, and be sure to check out our definitive guide for free things to do in London.
This post is a sample 3-day itinerary of things to see and do in London. It’s meant as a guide to help you plan out your stay to maximize the value of your time. You could also use this as a 1 or 2 day London itinerary. London is a mega-city and you simply can’t fit everything in a lifetime, let alone 3 days. So, you will need to be strategic. We’ve included links to other posts that go into more depth about a particular location or attraction. Of course, we hope that you will consider one of our pay-what-you-like London walking tours.
In this post, you will learn about our GPS-enabled audio tours of London, how to download our free app as well as a list of our ever-growing catalog of self-guided audio tours. Can’t make one of our guided tours? No problem, we have partnered with our friends at Atlantis Audio Tours and recorded some of our best tour guides giving their tours and made them available to you at any time.
This post tells you everything you need to know about witnessing the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, when to arrive, finding the best spots as well as explaining the all of the elements of the event. This is a ceremony that traditionally takes place daily in the summer and 4 days a week throughout the rest of the year. Thousands of people will queue up for hours outside the gates of Buckingham Palace for a chance to witness a part of this most famous tradition. Basically speaking, the Changing of the Guard is a process where the ‘old’ guard (those who have been on shift already) gives up their position to the ‘new’ guard (those who are just coming onto duty). However, there is nothing basic about the enormous and impressive display that goes along with this! TIP: The Changing of the Guard is a part of our Tour of Westminster and London in a Day Tours.
This particular post will focus on film sites in and around London. Not only does Harry journey to and through London throughout the 7 best-selling books, but numerous scenes from all 8 movies were filmed right here in the capital of the U.K., and each one easy to get to! What follows is a guide to the real-life counterparts of many of the magical locations you have read in print or seen on the big screen! Or, you can join your fellow Muggles on a walking tour of Harry Potter London film locations on our pay-what-you-like tour. We also have more in-depth posts on finding the most sought after locations, including the Ministry of Magic, Diagon Alley, Platform 9 3/4, and Borough Market (the Leaky Cauldron).
This post is an overview of the weather in London in August as well as providing tips on how to dress and what to do during this relatively warmer month. August is one of the best months to visit as temperatures are relatively high and there is lots of sun. It’s also a great time of year to enjoy evening activities, such as our pay-what-you-like tours, as the evening temperatures provide for very comfortable conditions.
In the world of Harry Potter, the Ministry of Magic is the governing body of the magical community in the United Kingdom. Since so much of the Ministry of Magic is based on the realities of our world, it means there’s quite a bit to see for Potter lovers who are visiting us here in London! From locations mentioned in the book to filming locations, there’s a lot of the Ministry of Magic to be discovered! The Ministry of Magic is a stop on our pay-what-you-like Harry Potter Film Location Tour. We also have more in-depth posts on finding the most sought after locations, including Diagon Alley, Platform 9 3/4, and Borough Market (the Leaky Cauldron).