Weather Averages for London in November
Averages for London in November
The weather continues to get colder in November in London, UK, when the autumn season is blending into the winter season. This month is characterised by falling temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 13°C on November 1st down to 10°C by November 30th, only exceeding 16°C or falling under 5°C one day out of every ten. The daily low temperatures change in a similar fashion, falling from 9°C on November 1st to 5°C by November 30th, dropping below 1°C or exceeding 12°C very rarely.
In recent times, the highest temperature ever recorded for London in November is 19°C, with the lowest ever recorded temperature being -2°C. When you look at these temperatures alongside the average temperature for the month – 8°C – it’s easy to see that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should be prepared for during your holiday.
With an average of 63mm of rainfall divided across 17 days, it’s extremely likely that you’ll experience at least one shower during your visit, so make sure you bring an umbrella with you. The most common type of precipitation for this time of year is moderate rain which tends to occur around November 21st. Light rain is the second most likely type of rainfall for November and generally happens around November 12th. Overall, November 22nd is most likely to see rainfall, with some kind of precipitation occurring in 63% of days around this date. On the other hand, November 1st is least likely to see any rainfall, with precipitation occurring in 55% of days around this time.
In 2003, November 20th-24th saw some exceptionally heavy rainfall, with parts of London experiencing 130% of the average rainfall for the month during these five days alone.
The probability of London receiving some type of precipitation throughout November rises as the month progresses. On November 1st, the chance of rainfall is 55%, which rises to 58% by November 11th and 63% on November 22nd, before falling to 62% by November 30th. If you don’t want to risk rain spoiling your London holiday, you’re best off planning your trip for the first two weeks of the month.
Throughout November, the median cloud coverage for the month is a constant 76%. This figure varies very slightly, starting off at 76% on November 1st and falling down to 75% on November 9th, before rising to 77% on November 21st and rising once again to 79% on November 30th. On the plus side, London is subject to less than one foggy day each November.
The average sea temperature for London’s closest coastal location is 14°C – that’s 2°C colder than October. As you’d expect, this temperature is far too cold for anyone to enjoy a swim.
In November, the relative humidity for London fluctuates between 66% and 91%, rarely exceeding 98% or falling below 56%. You can expect the air to be at its driest on November 1st, when the relative humidity drops below 71% three days out of every four. November 6th is usually when the air is at its most humid, when the relative humidity exceeds 88% three days in four.
London enjoys only three hours of sunshine each day throughout November – that’s two hours less than in October. As the month progresses, the number of sunshine hours and daylight hours steadily decreases. Between the beginning and the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by one hour and 26 minutes. November 30th is the shortest day of the month with 8 hours and 12 minutes of daylight, whilst November 1st is the longest day of the month with 9 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. The earliest sunrise and latest sunset take place on November 1st at 6:54am and 4:32pm, respectively, whilst the latest sunrise and earliest sunset take place on November 30th at 7:42am and 3:55pm, respectively.
Throughout November, typical wind speeds generally range from 2 m/s to 7 m/s, rarely going over 10 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s usually happens on November 30th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur on November 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. The highest gust speed in 2013 was 43 m/s which occurred on November 17th. Just like the rest of the year, the most common wind direction for London in November is out of the south west – the wind very rarely comes out of the south east.
Things to do
The weather is very cold and wet in London in November, so avoid most outdoor activities and make the most of your holiday by visiting plenty of indoor attractions. Holidaymakers who are interested in history should definitely take the time to visit the Imperial War Museum. This fascinating museum is home to a huge collection of exhibitions which feature photographs, stories, children’s displays and artefacts across themes such as the Holocaust, secret war, extraordinary heroes and a family in wartime. After you’ve explored the Imperial War Museum, indulge in some retail therapy at the onsite gift shop or take it easy in the café. Whether or not you’re a history buff, the Imperial War Museum provides a fascinating insight into war and provides a great day out that everyone can enjoy.
Musical lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to see Mamma Mia. This worldwide smash hit is held at the Novello Theatre which can easily be reached through the Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Holborn Underground stations. Performances are held Monday to Saturday at 3pm and again at 7:45pm, so whether you can opt to catch an early matinee or an evening show. If you really want to make a night of it, combine the show with a Mamma Mia manicure package which includes a Nails Inc. manicure and a bottle of hot pink nail varnish to take home. With toe-tapping tunes, fantastic choreography and family-friendly humour, Mamma Mia is a top show that everyone can enjoy.
If you want to see the city’s landmarks during your holiday, make sure to visit Buckingham Palace. This iconic structure has served as the official London residence of the monarchy since 1837 and whilst many parts of the building are off-limits to visitors, several of the State Rooms are open to the public. If you’re not lucky enough to receive a personal invitation from the Queen, you can sign up for an exclusive guided tour of the state rooms which provides you with access to many parties of the Palace that aren’t open to other visitors. If you haven’t got much time to spare, you can simply admire Buckingham Palace from the outside – just make sure you remember to take your camera with you to snap some iconic shots.
The London Eye is another symbolic London structure which is a must-visit during your stay in the city. There are loads of different tickets available for this attraction, so you can tailor your day out to the needs of you and your group. Activities and benefits you can buy tickets for include fast track entry, 30-minute rotation on the wheel, interactive capsule guides, entry into the 4D cinema, complimentary 360° mini guides and a specialist guide providing commentary. The capsules treat visitors to amazing vistas which stretch across London for miles, providing you with a unique view of the city. The London Eye is open throughout the daytime and evening, so you can choose between a bright and clear view of the capital or a magical twinkling night time vista of the city.
Westminster Cathedral is a fantastic place for art and architecture lovers to visit whilst staying in London. This church is completely free to enter and is home to a number of tombs, as well as stunning artwork and a viewing tower which offers views across the city. The self-guided audio tour is one of the best ways to explore Westminster Cathedral and allows you to take everything in at your own pace. Don’t forget to stop by the Westminster Cathedral gift shop before you leave, where you can buy jewellery, books, hand-painted icons, CDs and other religious artefacts as a reminder of your visit.
Where to stay
Families and couples on a budget holiday in London should think about staying at the Premier Inn Chingford. This popular hotel is found on the outside of Epping Forest, close to the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge and within easy reach of the M25, Chingford Railway Station, River Lea and Chingford Reservoirs. Here you’ll find spacious rooms, each of which comes well equipped with one comfortable double or two twin beds, desk with lamp, TV, private bathroom and tea/coffee making facilities. The Premier Inn Chingford boasts a number of amenities and services to make your stay comfortable, including restaurant, parking, lift, wheelchair-accessible rooms, family rooms, WiFi access and air conditioning.
Holiday Inn Express London Hammersmith is another affordable option for anyone on holiday in London. This hotel is ideal for sightseeing around the city, with the Hammersmith Underground station just a stone’s throw away. At the Holiday Inn Express London Hammersmith you’ll find a number of rooms to choose from, each of which comes with free WiFi access, air conditioning, choice of pillows, flat screen TVs and en-suite bathrooms with power showers. Under 19s are allowed to stay for free and all guests can enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast. There are loads of services and facilities available onsite, too, such as 24-hour vending area, hotel lounge, cheap parking and business facilities.
When it comes to centrally located accommodation, London City Hotel is a top choice. With a number of top attractions on the doorstep – such as the London Eye, Tower Bridge and Big Ben – this hotel is perfect for visitors who want to see the sights during their holiday. At the London City Hotel you’ll find double en-suite, double deluxe, twin standard, twin en-suite, triple en-suite family, single standard and single en-suite rooms to choose from, guaranteeing something for all group sizes. Each of the rooms comes complete with tea and coffee making facilities, towels, body wash, hairdryer, flat screen TV, WiFi access, free newspaper, clock radio, room service and ironing facilities. There is a handful of amenities and services onsite for guests to enjoy, such as airport transfers, parking, café, restaurant, luggage storage and disabled facilities.
If you’re looking for a boutique hotel in London, consider staying at 54 Boutique Hotel. Set in a traditional London townhouse just a short walk away from the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, this is a top pick for holidaymakers visiting the UK’s capital. The rooms and suites at 54 Boutique Hotel feature complimentary toiletries, power shower, Egyptian cotton bed linen, safe, telephone, free WiFi access, TV, iPod docking station, air conditioning, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the services and facilities on offer, including bar, continental breakfast and room service.
Holidaymakers looking for low-cost accommodation in the city should check out Premier Inn London Hammersmith. This hotel offers incredible panoramic vistas across the Thames to the Shard and Southbank, making it a top pick for avid photographers. Here you’ll find a selection of spacious rooms to choose from, each of which comes complete with one double or two single beds, private bathroom, desk with lamp, tea/coffee making facilities and TV. The Premier Inn London Hammersmith offers a top selection of services and facilities for guests to enjoy, too, such as parking, lift, wheelchair-accessible rooms, family rooms, air conditioning, WiFi access and restaurant.
November events in London
1st November 2014 to 9th November 2014
Bonfire Night is celebrated in London with huge bonfires and firework displays being held all across the city. Although the official date of the event is November 5th, some towns and villages hold events and activities at various times between November 1st until November 9th. The celebrations held along the River Thames are usually said to be the best in London and range from autumnal food at Southwark Park and fancy dress competitions at Barnes Sports Club's Big Bonfire Night to choreographed firework displays at Bishops Park and theatrical performances at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival.
9th November 2014
Remembrance Sunday is held throughout London and the rest of the UK in honour of those who gave their lives to enable us to enjoy the peace and freedom we have today. On this day, the National Service of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall for everyone who lost their life in the World Wars. The church service is followed by a Cenotaph parade and sometimes music concerts. At 11:11am, it's customary for everyone in the country to pause and take a two minute silence.
Veteran Car Run
2nd November 2014
The Veteran Car Run is the longest running car event in the world and ranks in as one of the biggest motoring spectacles in Britain, attracting entries from all corners of the globe. The first group of cars leaves Hyde Park at sunrise, with the last group leaving around 90 minutes later. If you miss the cars leaving, you’ll need to head to the seafront at Brighton to see them, where they’ll remain for most of the day.
Lord Mayor’s Show
8th November 2014
The Lord Mayor’s Show has been going since 1215 and was the very first event to be broadcast live on TV. More than 6,000 people of all ages take part in the three-mile event which starts at 11am at the Mansion House, before passing by St Paul’s Cathedral where the new Lord Mayor is blessed. The procession then carries on to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Lord Mayor swears an oath before reaching the half-way point around 1pm along Victoria Embankment, where everyone turns around and treks back to Mansion House. The highlight of the event takes place around 5pm when the Lord Mayor launches a fireworks display from a barge on the River Thames.
London Jazz Festival
14th November 2014 to 23rd November 2014
The London Jazz Festival has been described as one of the best jazz festivals in the world and is made up of a great number of shows and performances – many of which are completely free to enjoy. The 2014 London Jazz Festival programme includes the following: 14/11 7.30pm - Opening concert 7.30pm - An evening with the Branford Marsalis Quartet 15/11 2pm - Dedication Orchestra 2pm - Supersonics 16/11 12.15pm - George Montague 2pm - Marilyn Mazur – family-friendly matinee 17/11 6pm - Chano Dominguez and Niño Josele 7.45pm - Marilyn Mazur – Spirit Cave 18/11 7pm - Snarky Puppy + support 7.30pm - Trish Clowes and Guy Barker with the BBC Concert Orchestra 19/11 9.15am - Jazz for Toddlers 7.30pm - Ibrahim Maalouf – Illusions + support 20/11 7.30pm - Chucho Valdés 7.30pm - Brendan Reilly 21/11 7.30pm - Chucho Valdés 7.30pm - Kenny Barron & Dave Holland + Jeremy Monteiro 22/11 2pm - Royal Academy of Music Big Band featuring Nikki Iles 2pm - Jazz for Toddlers 23/11 11am - Adriano Adewale: Catapluf’s Musical Journey 2pm - Robert Mitchell – Invocation ft Panacea + Bournemouth Symphony Chorus + Goldsmiths (Big) Strings
Taste of London Winter
20th November 2014 to 23rd November 2014
The Taste of London Winter at East London’s Tobacco Dock brings together restaurants and suppliers from all over the nation, creating a superb line-up of interactive programmes on cooking and dining. The 2014 edition of the festival will feature signature dishes from London's best restaurants, live chef demonstrations, interactive master classes, tastings, foodie freebies, exhibitions, music concerts and pop-up restaurants.
Kensington Dollshouse Festival
29th November 2014
The Kensington Dollshouse Festival takes place at Kensington Town Hall and sees more than 170 of the best dolls’ house and miniature makers from around the world come together. During the festival you'll be able to chat to the artisans, admire their creations, purchase miniatures, take part in workshops and wander around exhibitions.