From the grandeur and bustle of London, to the pastoral countryside that inspired Shakespeare, to some of the quaintest towns you'll ever experience, England delights. Stand in a desolate field and ponder an ancient stone circle. Strike up a conversation just to hear the Queen's English. Bite into a scone smothered with clotted cream, sip a cup of tea, and wave your pinky as if it's a Union Jack.

London is the L.A., D.C., and N.Y.C. of Britain — a living, breathing, thriving organism...a coral reef of humanity. Blow through the city on the open deck of a double-decker orientation tour bus, and take a pinch-me-I'm-in-London walk through the West End. Ogle the crown jewels at the Tower of London, hear the chimes of Big Ben, and see the Houses of Parliament in action. Cruise the Thames River, and take a spin on the London Eye. Hobnob with poets' tombstones in Westminster Abbey, and visit with Leonardo, Botticelli, and Rembrandt in the National Gallery. Enjoy Shakespeare in a replica of the Globe theater and marvel at a glitzy, fun musical at a modern-day theater. Whisper across the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, then rummage through our civilization's attic at the British Museum. And sip your tea with pinky raised and clotted cream dribbling down your scone.

Month Jan Feb Oct Nov Dec Record high 14.0 19.7 21.0 26.9 31.0 35.0 35.5 37.5 30.0 28.8 19.9 15.0 °C (°F) (57.2) (67.5) (69.8) (80.4) (87.8) (95) (95.9) (99.5) (86) (83.8) (67.8) (59) Average 8.3 8.5 11.4 14.2 17.7 20.7 23.2 22.9 20.1 15.6 11.4 8.6 high °C (°F) (46.9) (47.3) (52.5) (57.6) (63.9) (69.3) (73.8) (73.2) (68.2) (60.1) (52.5) (47.5) Average low 2.6 2.4 4.1 5.4 8.4 11.5 13.9 13.7 11.2 8.3 5.1 2.8 °C (°F) (36.7) (36.3) (39.4) (41.7) (47.1) (52.7) (57) (56.7) (52.2) (46.9) (41.2) (37) Record low −10.0 −9.0 −8.0 −2.0 −1.0 5.0 7.0 6.0 3.0 −4.0 −5.0 −7.0 °C (°F) (14) (15.8) (17.6) (28.4) (30.2) (41) (44.6) (42.8) (37.4) (24.8) (23) (19.4) Precipitation 51.6 38.2 40.5 45.0 46.5 47.3 41.1 51.6 50.4 68.8 58.0 53.0 mm (inches) (2.031) (1.504) (1.594) (1.772) (1.831) (1.862) (1.618) (2.031) (1.984) (2.709) (2.283) (2.087)
Avg. rainy 10.8 days (≥ 1.0 mm) Avg. snowy days
4 91 8.5 4 89 9.6 3 91 9.4 1 90 9.0 0 92 8.3 0 92 8.0 0 93 7.6 0 95 8.5 0 96 10.7 0 95 10.1 1 93 9.9 3 91

Climate data for London (Greenwich) Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep

37.5 (99.5) 15.2 (59.4) 7.5 (45.5) −10.0 (14) 591.8 (23.299) 110.4 16 92.3

% humidity
Mean monthly sunshine hours



107.1 159.8 181.2 181.0 192.1 195.1 138.9 108.1




Source #1: Record highs and lows from BBC Weather,[119] except August and February maximum from Met Office[120][121] Source #2: All other data from Met Office,[122] except for humidity and snow data which are from NOAA[123]

[show]Climate data for London (Heathrow airport 1981−2010)

Things to Do
1. London Eye


The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. Also known as the Millennium Wheel, its official name was originally the British Airways London Eye, then the Merlin Entertainments London Eye, and since January 2011, the EDF Energy London Eye.

1. Big Ben


Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower. The tower is officially known as the Elizabeth Tower to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place. The tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.

2. Buckingham Palace


Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre

of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focus for the British people at times of national rejoicing.

3. Tower of London


Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. The castle was used as a prison from 1100 until 1952, although that was not its primary purpose. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence. As a whole, the Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. There were several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. The general layout established by the late 13th century remains despite later activity on the site.

Palace of Westminster


The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its tenants, the Palace lies on the Middlesex bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster, in central London. Its name, which derives from the neighbouring Westminster Abbey, may refer to either of two structures: the Old Palace, a medieval building complex that was destroyed by fire in 1834, and its replacement New Palace that stands today. For ceremonial purposes, the palace retains its original style and status as a royal residence.

Tower Bridge


Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London which crosses the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name, and has become an iconic symbol of London.

Westminster Abbey


Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic, church in the City of Westminster, London, located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the most notable religious buildings in the United Kingdom and is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. The abbey is a Royal Peculiar and between 1540 and 1550 had the status of a cathedral.

Trafalgar Square


Trafalgar Square is a public space and tourist attraction in central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. It is situated in the borough of the City of Westminster. At its centre is Nelson's Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. There are a number of commemorative statues and sculptures in the square, while one plinth, left empty since it was built in 1840, The Fourth Plinth, has been host to contemporary art since 1999. The square is also used for political demonstrations and community gatherings, such as the celebration of New Year's Eve.

St Paul's Cathedral


St Paul's Cathedral, London, is a Church of England cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604. The present church, dating from the late 17th century, was designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren. Its construction, completed within Wren's lifetime, was part of a major rebuilding programme which took place in the city after the Great Fire of London.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum in London is a museum exhibiting a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three large museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Natural History Museum's main frontage, however, is on Cromwell Road. The Natural History Museum in London is a museum exhibiting a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three large museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Royal Albert Hall, London


The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, London, best known for holding the annual summer Proms concerts since 1941. It has a capacity of up to 5,272 seats; standing areas and stage specifications can change this. The Hall is a registered charity held in trust for the nation and receives no public or central and local government funding.

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