Averages for London in February

What's the Weather Like in London in February?

Temperature

February is a very cold time to visit London in the UK. The city has an average temperature of around 5-6°C at this time of year which slowly rises as the month progresses. Daily highs start off at around 7°C on February 1st and rise until they reach 10°C by February 28th. Daily highs very rarely go above 12°C or under 3°C, doing so only one day in...

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  • Temperature Temperature 7°C 44°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 7°C 45°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 3°C 37°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 2 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 39 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 16 days

What's the Weather Like in London in February?

Temperature

February is a very cold time to visit London in the UK. The city has an average temperature of around 5-6°C at this time of year which slowly rises as the month progresses. Daily highs start off at around 7°C on February 1st and rise until they reach 10°C by February 28th. Daily highs very rarely go above 12°C or under 3°C, doing so only one day in every ten.

The daily low temperatures change in a similar fashion, with low temperatures rising from around 3°C at the beginning of the month up to 5°C by the end. Only one day out of every ten will the lows exceed 8°C or fall under -1°C.

The highest temperature ever recorded in recent times in London in February is 19°C, with the lowest temperature ever recorded for the month being -3°C. When you look at these temperatures alongside the average for the whole month – 5/6°C – it's easy to see that they're the extremes and definitely aren't what you should expect during your holiday.

Rain

London experiences 39mm of rainfall divided across 16 days throughout February, which means there's quite a good chance you'll get at least some kind of precipitation during your visit. Light rain is the most common type of rainfall and generally occurs around February 2nd.

Moderate rain is the second most likely type of precipitation and usually falls around February 4th. As the month goes on, the probably of rainfall decreases from 50% on February 1st, down to 42% on February 24th, before rising up to around 45% by the end of the month.

Visibility

Intense cloud coverage comes with the rainfall, making the average cloud coverage for any given day 80%. In 2013, the longest spell of cloudy weather took place between February 20th and March 4th – that's 13 consecutive days which were cloudier than they were clear.

Snow

Snow falls on an average of three days during February and is most likely to occur on February 1st. If you want to visit London at the driest time of the month, you're best off playing it safe and visiting during the second or third week.

In February 2012, the Met Office issued an amber warning – the second highest level there is – for extreme weather conditions, with snowfall up to 15cm expected, alongside daytime temperatures as low as -9°C. In February 2009, London experienced similar extreme conditions, with snow depths up to 16cm in the Greater London area.

In spite of all the rain, clouds and snow, London experiences less than one foggy day each February.

Average Sea Temperature

The average sea temperature for London's closest coastal location in February is 8°C – that's 1°C colder than in January. As you can imagine, this makes the sea far too cold for swimming, even for the hardiest of swimmers.

Humidity

February's relative humidity ranges from 61% to 91% over the course of the month. The air is usually at its driest on February 28/29th and at its most humid on February 14th.

Average Sunshine Hours

London enjoys an average of four hours of sunshine each day in February, a number which can vary greatly according how to dense the cloud is each day. As the month develops, the number of daylight hours is increasing, which means that the hours of sunshine also go up.

Between the beginning and the end of the month, the day increases by one hour and 44 minutes, with the shortest day being February 1st with 9 hours and eight minutes of daylight and the longest day being February 28th or 29th which usually has ten hours and 52 minutes of daylight.

The sunrise and sunset times also change significantly throughout the month, with the sun rise and set taking place at 7.39am and 4.48pm on February 1st and 6.45am and 5.39pm on February 28th/29th, respectively.

Winds

During February, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 1m/s and 6 m/s, very rarely exceeding 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s is most likely to occur on February 28th/29th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur on February 15th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 5 m/s. The wind direction is most commonly out of the south west, followed by west then east.

London Hotels in February

When it comes to budget accommodation in the UK's capital, Premier Inn London City (Old Street) is a fantastic choice. This hotel provides guests with double, triple and quadruple rooms, each of which comes with basics such as free WiFi access, flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with hairdryer. Accessible rooms are also available.

Onsite services and facilities include free WiFi access throughout, Thyme Restaurant which serves breakfast buffet in the morning and an a la carte menu on the evening and lounge bar which offers light snacks, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol. Note that no onsite parking is available. The Premier Inn London City (Old Street) is close to many attractions, including the Barbican Centre (10 minutes away), Old Street Tube Station (2 minutes away) and markets of Brick Lane (1 mile away)

Holiday Inn London – Commercial Road is a top pick for families and couples looking for low-cost hotels in London. This hotel is set in the East End of the city, within a five-minute walk of two Underground stations from where you can access a wealth of shops at New Westfield Stratford in only 15 minutes.

Guests can choose between 133 standard and executive twin and double rooms, each of which features free WiFi access, flat-screen HDTV, blackout curtains and a pillow menu. Onsite services and amenities include breakfast room which serves breakfast buffets, bar-lounge with Starbucks coffee, free Wifi access throughout, mini gym and paid public parking nearby. Shoreditch's art galleries and Spitalfields' market are only one mile away, with the London Eye and Buckingham Palace a 30-minute drive away.

If you want to avoid the corporate hotels and stay somewhere with a bit more character, check out Church Street Hotel. This funky 150-year-old hotel is comprised of three townhouses and is surrounded by pubs, wine bars, restaurants, art galleries, gastro pubs, farmers' markets, street markets and independent retailers. Accommodation comes in the form of six ensuite twin, double and triple rooms, plus three single, double and twin rooms which share a bathroom.

Each guestroom features unique artwork and furniture, LED TV with DVD player, free WiFi access and loads of freebies, including L'Occitane toiletries, the hotel's signature hot sauce, organic chocolate and mineral water. Within the hotel you'll find 24-hour Havana lounge which serves free organic tea and coffee plus spirits and wine, Angels & Gypsies restaurant which specialises in Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, free DVD library and onsite art gallery.

The Premier Inn London Greenwich is located in a quiet part of London, just a short walk away from the city's markets, as well as the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Park and the National Maritime Museum. Here accommodation comes in the form of double, triple and quadruple rooms, each of which features basics such as flat-screen TV, free WiFi access, heating, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with bath and shower.

Accessible rooms are also available. Onsite services and facilities include restaurant which serves all-you-can-eat breakfast buffets in the morning and an a la carte menu on an evening, free Wifi access throughout and vending machine for drinks and snacks.

Bars and Restaurants

Having indulged in festive feasting over the Christmas period, these restaurants are great picks for a more healthy option.

Hummus Bros in Soho offers delicious homemade hummus to have in wraps, pitta bread or salads. The smoked barbecue aubergine and zesty tabuleh are favoured choices. Whatever you choose, make the most of the garlic infused lemon juice at every table. It's very affordable and very popular!

For health conscious vegans and vegetarians, opt for Itadaki Zen at St Pancras. Honest, healthy and reasonably priced dishes mainly comprised of tofu, noodles or seaweed, this funky little place also offers a great, although small, wine, sake and drinks selection. Some desserts are sugar free which is also an attractive feature of the restaurant.

NOPI restaurant in Soho is an innovative and excellent culinary treat. Middle-Eastern and Asian themed dishes, with many to share, NOPI prides itself on bold flavours and a menu that adjusts with the seasons.

For a romantic rendez-vous over dinner, visit Chez Elles Bistroquet. Located on East London's vibrant Brick Lane, this charming French restaurant brings a feel of Paris to the Big Smoke and serves up Gallic favourites such as duck confit, dauphinoise potatoes, bouillabaise and moules-frites. 

For a healthier choice in cocktails, head to Barrio in Brixton. Zingy and dynamic decor, and a vibrant choice of cocktails. The Green Grocer is a fab, healthy alternative to the classic mojito mixing Beefeater gin, kiwi, coriander and cucumber.

Things to do in London in February

The weather is very cool in London at this time of year and the chance of rain is high, so it's wise to plan indoor events to enjoy during your visit. If you want to catch a show during your holiday, spend an evening at the Brick Lane Music Hall.

Located close to the City Airport and the Excel Centre, this venue is really easy to get to by public transport. Throughout February, the show of the month is Big Dick Whittington, which is always a hit with adults and children alike. You can choose to catch an evening show with dinner, a lunchtime show with a three-course meal or a matinee performance which includes afternoon tea.

Art fans won't want to miss the opportunity to visit The National Gallery. One of the most famous art galleries in Europe, The National Gallery is completely free to visit and boasts around 2,300 paintings. If you want to know all there is to know about the paintings, sign up for one of the audio tours or themed trails during your visit. Or if you're looking for something more child-friendly, join in with one of the family workshops. After you've explored the exhibitions, you can relax in the restaurant, café or bar or indulge in a bit of retail therapy at the art shop.

If contemporary art is more your cup of tea, then you won't want to miss a visit to the Tate Modern. This museum is housed in a former power station and occupies a prime position on the South Bank, with a viewing terrace that affords amazing views over the River Thames and skyline of the City. There are regular events and exhibitions throughout the year, which have been aided with the recent arrival of the striking West Wing.

The RAF Museum is one of the best museums in the UK, making it a must-visit during your holiday. Located in the historic centre of Hendon's London Aerodrome in Colindale, this museum tells the fascinating story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections.

The RAF Museum is completely free to enter and features loads of free interactive activities, plus displays of very early aircraft designs all the way through to the state-of-the-art modern jets and military aircraft which are used today. Some of the highlights of the museum include the 3D cinema, the Black Hawk simulator and the sound and light show.

If you fancy visiting a museum during your holiday in London, take a look at the Natural History Museum. One of the most popular attractions in the city, this museum is open every day and is completely free to enter.

The Natural History Museum is gigantic and is divided into four different coloured sections, each of which focuses on a different topic – dinosaurs, ecology, the Earth and Darwin/Attenborough. With child-friendly interactive displays, ancient artefacts, skeletons, artwork, jewels and sculptures amongst the thousands of fascinating exhibitions, this museum offers something for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

London is rightly renowned as one of the world's greatest shopping centres and you'll be spoilt for choice here, no matter what you're looking for. Head straight to the Oxford Street and Regent Street in the West End to sample the best of high street and high fashion shopping and snap up bargains. From here you can venture inwards to Soho to explore the boutiques and unique stores which are centred around the famous Carnaby Street.

If you're looking for a show with a difference, check out the Fawlty Towers Dining Experience. Held in a large room at the Strand, this comedy show includes a three-course meal alongside an interactive two-hour show in which Basil, Sybil and Manuel from the popular TV show Fawlty Towers put on a hilarious performance and include the audience at every given opportunity. A must for any fan of the popular programme, the Faulty Towers Dining Experience will leave you with amazing memories and plenty of stories to tell for years to come.

February events in London

Other

Clowns Church Service

4th February 2018

Each year on the first Sunday of February hundreds of clowns attend a church service at the Holy Trinity Church in Dalston, East London in memory of Joseph Grimaldi – the most celebrated English clown. After the service, the clowns usually perform in the street for the public.

Website:

http://golondon.about.com/od/februaryannualevents/p/clownsservice.htm

Festival

Chinese New Year

18th February 2018

The Chinese New Year festivities take place all across central London, including Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue. Events kick off around 10am with the parade which takes place between Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue, whilst the main Trafalgar Square stage will play host to all sorts of artists visiting from China. Throughout Chinatown there will be lion tamers, local performing artists, loads of traditional food and plenty of craft stalls.

Website:

http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/4733685-chinese-new-year-2015-in-london

Pancake Day

28th February 2018

Pancake Day is traditional feast day held before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. This foodie holiday came about as a way to use up the leftover foods that were soon to be given up for Lent. One of the highlights of the day are the Pancake Races which take place in Bankside, Spitalfields, Leadenhall Market, Greenwich Market and Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster. Some of the best cafes and restaurants in London to enjoy pancakes include: Breakfast Club in Soho Chez Lindsay in Richmond Crepe Affaire in Spitalfields The Delaunay in Covent Garden La Petite Bretagne in Hammersmith

Website:

http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/pancake-day-in-london

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