April Weather Averages for London, United Kingdom
What's the Weather Like in London in April?
The weather continues to get better in April in London, UK when spring is in full bloom. This month is characterised by rising daily temperatures, with average daily highs increasing from 13°C on April 1st up to 16°C by April 30th, rising above 21°C or falling below 10°C very rarely – only one day out of every ten, compared to other resorts such as Newcastle, which are ...
What's the Weather Like in London in April?
The weather continues to get better in April in London, UK when spring is in full bloom. This month is characterised by rising daily temperatures, with average daily highs increasing from 13°C on April 1st up to 16°C by April 30th, rising above 21°C or falling below 10°C very rarely – only one day out of every ten, compared to other resorts such as Newcastle, which are a little lower.
Daily low temperatures change in a similar fashion, ranging from 7°C at the beginning of the month, up to 9°C in the final few days, falling below 4°C or exceeding 12°C only one day out of every ten. Across the whole month, the average temperature for April is a cool 9°C.
The highest temperature ever recorded in London during April in recent times is 26°C, with the lowest temperature ever recorded being 0°C. When you look at these temperatures alongside the average for the month – 9°C – it's clear to see that they're the extremes and aren't what you should expect during your holiday.
In 2013, the longest cold spell lasted from March 17th all the way up until April 12th – that's 27 consecutive days which had cooler than average temperatures.
In April 2011, London experienced some incredibly high temperatures in comparison to the average. Following on from a very cold March, April 2011 saw daily high temperatures increase by as much as 6°C – 22°C in comparison to 16°C – making it the warmest April since 1910. April 2011 was also the third sunniest month for the capital, and the national as a whole, since 1929.
London experiences an average rainfall of 43mm across the month, a figure which is significantly higher than any of the previous months so far in the year. Moderate rain is the most likely type of precipitation you'll see in April which tends to occur on April 23rd. This is followed by light rain which usually falls on April 17th.
As the month progresses, the probability of rainfall increases from 44% on April 1st up to 47% on April 11 and up once again to 49% on April 19th, before falling one final time down to 47% on April 30th. With only a 2% probability, there's a miniscule chance you'll experience snowfall during your holiday in London in April. If you don't want to risk any precipitation spoiling your visit, you're best off planning your holiday for the first week in April.
Between April and July 2012, London – and the UK as a whole – experienced exceptionally wet weather, breaking many previous records and resulting in several floods. April 2000 was an even worse month for London, when the city experienced 113.8mm of rainfall, making it the wettest month since 1940, when records first began. On the other hand, April 2011 was an extraordinarily dry month, when the city experienced only 10% of its average rainfall – that's only 4.3mm for the entire month.
April is a fairly cloudy month for London, when the median cloud cover ranges from 73% on April 5th to 71% on April 25th. In spite of the rainfall and cloudy spells, on average April isn't affected by any foggy days at all.
Average Sea Temperature
The average sea temperature for London's closest coastal location is 9°C – that's 1°C warmer than in February and March. Even if you consider yourself to be a hardy swimmer, 9°C is far too cold to stay in the water for more than a few minutes without feeling deeply uncomfortable.
In London in April, the relative humidity ranges from 48% to 86%, rarely falling under 34% or rising above 93%. Around April 14th is when you can expect the air to be at its very driest, during which point the relative humidity drops below 53% three days out of every four. On the other hand, the air is at its most humid on April 1st, when the humidity rises above 83% three days in every four.
Average Sunshine Hours
London experiences an average of eight hours of sunshine each day during April – that's three hours more than in March. As the month develops, the number of sunshine hours and daylight hours are both rapidly increasing.
Between the 1st and 30th of the month, the day increases by 1 hour and 50 minutes. The shortest day of the month is April 1st with 13 hours of daylight and the longest day of the month is April 30th with 14 hours and 50 minutes of daylight.
The earliest sunrise and latest sunset take place at 5:33am and 8:23pm, respectively, on April 30th. On the other hand, the latest sunrise and earliest sunset take place at 6:34am and 7:34pm, respectively, on April 1st.
Over the course of the month, typical wind speeds range from 1 m/s to 6 m/s, very rarely going over 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur around April 28th, during when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. T
he lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s usually falls on April 28th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. The wind direction is most commonly out of the south west, followed by the west and then the east, rarely coming out of the south east.
London Hotels in April
High Road House Hotel
This boutique hotel on the Chiswick High Road is a stylish hotel occupying a georgian town house in the leafy affluent neighbourhood of Chiswick. High Road House Hotel is part of the Soho House private members club and boasts a members bar and club as well as a European-style brasserie with a terrace on the ground floor serving an all day menu in art deco settings.
This is a popular local gem and and is located minutes from Turnham Green station. The rooms are decorated with chic white wood panelled interiors and a rainfall showers.
Chiswick Best Western Hotel
If you like the sound of Chiswick but prefer a more family friendly hotel at a reasonable rate, the Chiswick Best Western Hotel is ideal. Located on the Chiswick High Road and not far from both Turnham Green and Hammersmith tube stations. The rooms are reasonably priced and very comfortable and they have the option of renting an appartment. There is buffet breakfast available and a cosy patio outside.
The Cranley Hotel
Made up of three 19th century town houses and in the heart of up-market Chelsea, this small hotel is the ultimate in English style and character. The Cranley Hotel is located a few minutes from South Kensington and Gloucester Road tube and short stroll away from Harrods and Harvey Nichols. The nearby Exhibition Road offers some of London's best museums including the Victoria and Albert, the Science Museum and the Natural History museum. Rooms are very plush and comfortable with Frette linen and period paintings, the staff are attentive and the hotel offers an excellent concierge service.
Premier Inn London Docklands
Premier Inn London Docklands (Excel) is ideal for travellers on low-cost holidays in London. This hotel is situated next to the Excel Centre, just a five-minute drive from London City Airport, a 15-minute drive from the O2 Arena and Canary Wharf and a five-minute walk from the nearest tube station.
Another great option when it comes to budget accommodation in London is Vancouver Studios. Located close to Oxford Street and the West End, this hotel is within easy walking distance of the Bayswater Underground Station, Portobello Road Market, the Royal Albert Hall, Westfield London Shopping Centre and Buckingham Palace. Although there are no communal services and facilities, you'll find a wealth of cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and supermarkets in the local area.
Ibis London Blackfriars
Situated less than 2km away from the London Eye, the Ibis London Blackfriars is located in Central London close to Southwark and Blackfriars Underground Stations. Within the hotel you'll find Fogg's Restaurant which serves innovative cuisine for lunch and dinner, plus continental and full English-style breakfasts in the morning. With the Tate Modern, the London Eye, Big Ben and a plethora of bars and gastro pubs within a 20-minute walking radius of the hotel, there is absolutely loads to do in the local area.
Space Apart Hotel
For something a bit more luxurious, consider staying at the Space Apart Hotel. This stylish modern hotel is found just a short walk away from Hyde Park in the heart of Central London. Space Apart Hotel is within a ten-minute walk of the nearest shopping centre and is within easy access of Queensway which is brimming with shops, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants.
Bars and Restaurants
L'Oro di Napoli
L'oro di Napoli, South Ealing is said to serve the very best in the London pizza game - and at surprisingly affordable prices. With a thin, perfectly cooked base and fresh, authentic Italian toppings, this hidden gem is a real winner.
For freshly created pasta, which you can see being prepared as you walk to your table, head over to Mattarello Restaurant in Aldgate. Highly regarded and recommended for their ravioli and fish dishes, Mattarello also prides itself in friendly and attentive service.
Mayfair is home to the highest rated Italian restaurant, Murano. Boasting a Michelin star, Murano's menu combines the very best of British and European produce to create perfectly crafted Italian dishes. Choose as many dishes from the five menu sections, in any order you desire.
Caffe Vergnano 1882
To experience the finest espresso in London, travel to any one of Caffè Vergnano 1882's five locations across the city. Rated as 'the best espresso in London' by The Times, it's extremely irresistible.
If you're in the mood for a gelato, then head to Amorino. With several branches across central London, this chain scoops up delicious Italian ice cream in a variety of flavours and styles. Their sorbets and milkshakes are also highly recommended.
Things to do in London in April
St. James' Park
The weather starts to improve in London in April and if you're lucky enough to get a dry sunny day during your holiday, make the most of it by spending the day at St James's Park. The oldest park in the capital, St James's Park incorporates the Mall and Horse Guards Parade, and also provides plenty of room for children to run around and adults to relax in. Here you'll find ponds, fountains, deckchairs, local wildlife, trees, grassy areas and benches.
If you don't mind travelling a bit further afield, then take the bus or the tube to Hampstead and spend an afternoon exploring the famous Hampstead Heath. This beautiful parkland commands stunning views over the City of London, and serves as a respite from the hustle and bustle of the busy centre.
Another green site of interest which is well worth visiting is Kew Gardens. Set near Richmond in southwest London, the gardens qualify as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts the largest and most diversified botanical collections in the world. Within its grounds you'll also find Kew Palace, which ranks as one of the smallest royal palaces in the United Kingdom.
Make sure you take some peanuts with you to feed the friendly squirrels. Explore Duck Island Cottage, the office building for all of London's historic parks and garden trusts. Various events and activities are held at the park throughout the year, so keep an eye out for posters advertising what's on during your visit.
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon is one of the best shows in London. This hilarious comedy is brought to you from the creators of South Park and takes place at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Coventry Street. Due to explicit language, it's only suitable for adults and older children. An award-winning combination of humour, singing, acting and dancing, the Book of Mormon is a top pick for a night out you won't forget.
Victoria and Albert Museum
If you have a few hours to spare, don't miss the chance to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum. Highly regarded as the world's greatest museum of art and design, this museum is comprised of a plethora of exhibitions which range from paintings, photographs and sculptures to artefacts, fashion accessories and storyboards.
There are many child-friendly activities, too, such as backpacks and trails, the imagination station and pop-up performances. In addition to the exhibitions, the museum is also home to a lunch room, several cafes and a shop.
For a unique view of London, head on over to Up at the O2. This 90-minute experience takes you across the roof of the O2 building so you can enjoy amazing 360° views of the city from a sky high platform before culminating your experience with a thrilling ride back down.
Whatever you do, make sure you take your camera – you'll be surrounded by photo opportunities at every turn. Up at the O2 is a very popular attraction, so make sure you book in advance in order to avoid disappointment.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the biggest and best tourist attractions in London and is a must-visit during your trip to the capital. Here you can explore the iconic white tower, admire the Power House exhibition or wander around the Royal Mint Museum.
Witness the infamous Crown Jewels and read the stories about the royal beasts which were housed in the tower. Walk along the line of kings then explore the prisoners' exhibition. Visitors can also join a yeoman warder tour, and observe the memorial for people executed in Tower Green. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the famous Tower of London ravens!