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London travel guide

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: The average maximum temperature in summer is around 22°C, while winter temperatures average 5°C.

Best time to visit: For warmer days, visit London in summer (from June to mid-September). 

London has a temperate climate, with cold winters and warmer summers. Be sure to bring your brolly, as rain can be expected at any time.

LONDON IS BEST FOR...

Culture vultures: The museums are free to visit, you’ll find art galleries at every turn, and the West End is alive with theatres and shows. Cultural exploration in the city is virtually endless.

Shoppers: Shops galore on Oxford Street, luxury shopping on Bond Street, hidden gems in the backstreets; all this and more makes this the shopping capital of Europe, making London breaks ideal for a shop of retail therapy. 

Foodies: London is a haven for food lovers, with something to suit every taste. Head to Carnaby Street for fantastic street food, tuck in at a traditional London pub, or splash out at a Michelin-starred restaurant. The choice is yours. 

FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken here is English.

Currency: The currency used is the Pound Sterling (£).

Fly to: Heathrow (LHR) is about 20 miles from the city centre.

Tourist Information: Further London tourist information can be found at http://www.visitlondon.com/.

Visa / health: Visit www.gov.uk for recommendations and advice on visas and health ahead of London city breaks.

GETTING AROUND

By train: The London Underground and Overground trains will get you all around the busy city for an affordable price.

By bus: Explore the city by taking a red bus; they’re efficient, on time and can take you almost anywhere. You can also book a spot on a tour bus, and get on or off as you wish. 

By bicycle: Boris Bikes can be found all around the city. It’s quick and easy to hire them, and your first 30 minutes are absolutely free.

EVENTS

New Year’s Day Parade: Timing London city breaks with New Year means you can experience one of the buzziest times of year in the capital. Thousands of performers from all over the world gather here to celebrate the New Year in the streets of London.

Notting Hill Carnival: The streets of Notting Hill transform into a colourful carnival for three days every August. Expect performances and costumes everywhere you look, and plenty of singing and dancing in the streets.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show: For five days in May, the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea transform into a magnificent garden show, attracting people from far and wide. Tickets are cheaper if you buy in advance.