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Visit August, Nov or April??

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Visit August, Nov or April??

Hello! I'm planning a trip to London and am debating between going in late August, November or April. August is obviously most ideal weather wise. November is least expensive and April gives me more planning time.

Pro/Cons on each time frame or just your opinion on best time to visit would be greatly appreciate imaged!! First time visitor :)

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1. Re: Visit August, Nov or April??

Days are shortest in November. It can be quite dark by 3 or 4 when it is cloudy.

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2. Re: Visit August, Nov or April??

August is busiest with holiday-makers. IF it's hot (by no means guaranteed) then London gets uncomfortably hot. Because the weather's very seldom really hot, we don't have a lot of air conditioning. So a very hot spell (say, high 20s C & above) makes London unpleasant. On the other hand, it could be cool and/or wet...

As it could also be in April. April can be absolutely delightful in UK, and the evenings are getting longer. But it can also be cold, wet, windy - you get the picture.

The Easter long weekend (Fri to Mon) can be busy.

November, gets dark very early (4/5-ish), often wet, cold and dreary. BUT the city is gearing up for Christmas and the lights are going on, and it can be a bit Dickensian.

My preference would be April first.

But whichever you choose, bring some kind of rainwear.

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3. Re: Visit August, Nov or April??

August can by sweaty hot (though maybe that's just me), and November has short daytimes and can be grim weather wise.

For me, it would be (late) April every time - Spring things bursting out in the parks, a chance of good weather (though it's notoriously unpredictable)

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4. Re: Visit August, Nov or April??

Another vote for April

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5. Re: Visit August, Nov or April??

Out of the three I'd choose April, for the reasons already given, but given the choice of any month - June (long evenings, the chance of good weather - it's been around 23 degrees and sunny today - and before the schools break up so slightly less crowded and expensive) or September (schools have gone back, the weather can still be suprisingly good). To be honest, any trip to Britain based too much around the chance of good weather just won't work - it's simply too unpredictable.

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6. Re: Visit August, Nov or April??

As geegesh says. There's a rhyme here "March winds and April showers bring on the May flowers" so expect rain, although you can get that anytime in England. Come late April if possible to avoid Easter. In addition to the (possible) heat the best value accommodation is probably already booked for August. You'll be fine if you have a large budget but if not the longer planning time would be useful.

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7. Re: Visit August, Nov or April??

Skip November.

If you had any more wiggle room, I would focus on June, which is after the Bank holidays, but before British schools are out, and September, which is gorgeous.

April would be fine.

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8. Re: Visit August, Nov or April??

April. Longer daylight hours and usually at least some pleasant weather.

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