London Weather December Averages, United Kingdom

What's the Weather Like in London in December

London, in the UK is an exhilarating city to explore at any time of the year.  Although December is one of the coldest months to visit, it's always enjoyable to see a typical English winter at the festive season. 

What's the weather like in London at Christmas?

It tends to be cold, rainy and dark at Christmas but this makes for a cosy time to wrap up warm to ...

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    London Weather for December 2019

    What's the Weather Like in London in December

    London, in the UK is an exhilarating city to explore at any time of the year.  Although December is one of the coldest months to visit, it's always enjoyable to see a typical English winter at the festive season. 

    What's the weather like in London at Christmas?

    It tends to be cold, rainy and dark at Christmas but this makes for a cosy time to wrap up warm to see the Christmas lights and decorations all over the city or to get cosy in a traditional English pub. You'll need warm and waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear.

    The last widespread white Christmas in the UK was in 2010, the coldest December for over 100 years. In 2018 it was 5°C and in 2017 it was 10°C - both Christmas Days were cloudy with no snow,

    Temperature

    The average daily temperature for London in December is 7°C with an average low of 3°C.

    Rain

    The average rainfall for December is 53mm occurring on 17 days throughout the month. This makes it highly likely that you'll experience a shower or two during your visit.

    Average Sea Temperature

    At 11°C, the average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to London is far too cold for even the hardiest swimmers.

    Wind

    Across December, typical wind speeds tend to fluctuate between 1 m/s and 7 m/s, rarely rising above 10 m/s. 

    London Hotels in December

    Premier Inn London Kew

    When it comes to affordable accommodation in London, the Premier Inn London Kew is a prime pick. Surrounded by lush gardens and within one mile of the M4 and two railway stations, this hotel provides the perfect getaway from hectic city life, whilst still being close enough to access the best attractions that London has to offer.

    Accommodation comes in the form of single, twin, double, triple, quad, family and accessible rooms, each of which features satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, heating and private bathroom with shower, hairdryer and toiletries.

    Rhodes Hotel

    For something a bit more traditional, consider staying at Rhodes Hotel. Situated in a Georgian House only a stone's throw away from Hyde Park, this hotel offers single, double, triple and quad rooms, as well as standard, superior, deluxe and family rooms. Each guestroom features satellite TV with Freeview, WiFi access, tea/coffee making facilities and heating.

    Deluxe rooms are significantly larger and come with a Whirlpool bath and fridge. Onsite services and amenities include dining room which hosts breakfast buffets with traditional English and continental options, free WiFi access throughout and limited parking. 

    Best Western the Boltons

    The three-star Best Western the Boltons is located in Earl's Court, close to the Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum and Hyde Park. Here guests can choose between single, double, twin and family rooms, each of which includes flat-screen satellite TV, iPod docking station, free tea, coffee and mineral water, free WiFi access and private bathroom with hairdryer.

    Free WiFi access is available throughout the hotel, although there is no onsite restaurant or parking. Thankfully, there are loads of services and amenities in the local area, including Olympia Exhibition Centre, Earls Court Exhibition Centre underground stations.

    Ibis London Euston St Pancras

    Ibis London Euston St Pancras is set in a central location, metres away from Euston Station, a ten-minute walk from St Pancras International Station and Regent's Park and a 20-minute walk from Covent Garden and Oxford Street.

    Accommodation is provided in the form of 380 non-smoking twin and double rooms, each of which includes tea/coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV with on-demand films, WiFi access and private bathroom with hairdryer.

    Onsite amenities and services include Fogg's Restaurant and Bar which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, bar which serves soft drinks, alcohol and coffee, free WiFi access throughout and paid public parking.

    Brewers Inn

    If you're looking for an authentic British experience during your holiday in London, check out the Brewers Inn. This traditional inn is set in the heart of Wandsworth, close to the River Thames, Chelsea Harbour, mainline station and A205.

    Here guests can choose between 16 double and twin classic and superior rooms, each of which includes flat-screen Sky TV, free WiFi access, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with hairdryer.

    The highlight of the hotel is Young's Pub which specialises in cask ales and British food. You'll also find 17 wines by the class, three champagnes, fruity ciders and European lagers on offer here. Other services and facilities onsite include free WiFi access throughout, free private parking and garden.

    Bars and Restaurants

    Mother Mash

    Experience a hearty, warming and traditional British classic: pie and mash. Mother Mash in Soho is the place to go for this tasty dish. For less than £10, choose your pie flavour, your preferred mash, and then pick from 5 types of gravy. The Aberdeen Angus steak pie is extremely popular, and the horseradish mash is thoroughly recommended.

    The Wilmington

    The Wilmington in Clerkenwell is a superb example of British gastro pub fare. The beautiful 19th century public house is in a fantastic location, and has been recently refurbished to a modern standard. The highly praised Sunday roast dinners are a must try, and for quality, fresh and seasonal produce, the prices are reasonable (between £13-£18).

    The Foyer At Claridge's

    For an unforgettable culinary delight, experience British food at fine dining level at The Foyer At Claridge's located in the affluent area of Mayfair. Lavish and opulent decor, complimented by live piano music, you'll be treated like royalty at this unforgettable restaurant. The menu changes regularly to take advantage of seasonal produce of the utmost quality. Expect high prices, but be assured that it will be worth every penny.

    The Spaniards Inn

    Explore one of London's oldest pubs, The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead. Built in 1585, this inn has survived the Great Fire of London and the Blitz. Here you'll find a perfect selection of craft beers, local brews and bottled beers and ales from around the world. Savour a drink and admire this beautiful time capsule, said to have been visited by Dick Turpin, Charles Dickens and William Hogarth.

    Happiness Forgets

    London's trendy East End neighbourhoods are known for their fashionable hangouts, and Happiness Forgets is the place to go if you're looking for quiet cocktails after a heavy day of sightseeing and shopping.

    This basement bar is recreated in the style of a Prohibition-era speakeasy and combines character with modern sophistication. It's a bit out of the way over in Hoxton, but the range of drinks make up for the journey. 

    Things to do in London in December

    Winter Wonderland

    Winter Wonderland is one of the best winter events which takes place in London. Held each year in Hyde Park throughout December and the beginning of January, Winter Wonderland features a large ice rink, an ice kingdom complete with sculptures, two circuses, giant observation wheel, various rides, Santa Land and the Arctic Circle.

    There's also a superb Christmas market where you can find all sorts of festive artisan products as well as a festive assortment of food and drink from around the world. 

    Somerset House

    If you've got your heart set on ice skating during your visit, take a trip to Somerset House. This iconic building is home to a 900m2 ice rink throughout December and provides a stunning backdrop for couples and families gliding across the ice.

    If you've never gone ice skating before, you'll be pleased to hear that there is an onsite skating school which offers lessons for adults and children alike. In addition to the ice skating, Somerset House also offers a rink-side bar and lounge which serves drinks and snacks throughout the day, as well as a Christmas shop where you can buy all sorts of festive treats.

    Geffrye Museum

    Each December, the Geffrye Museum hosts a winter exhibition entitled Christmas Past. Suitable for visitors of all ages to enjoy, this exhibition allows you to step back in time and see how the Christmas traditions have evolved over the years, with the museum's period rooms decorated in various styles to reflect our changing tastes at this time of year.

    As well as the exhibitions, there's also a programme of events and plenty of child-friendly activities – such as make your own Christmas decoration workshops and carols by candlelight.

    Crafty Fox Market

    Visitors who want to indulge in some retail therapy during their holiday in London should check out the Crafty Fox Market at Brixton's Dogstar. This festive market is open for one weekend each year in December and provides a wonderful opportunity to try unusual food, snap up some last-minute Christmas presents or find the perfect souvenir.

    The Crafty Fox Market is completely free to enter and is held over three floors of an old Victorian pub where you'll find around 80 stalls selling everything from hand-made decorations and home-made pastries to designer handbags and jewellery. In addition to the shops, there are also several workshops where you can learn origami, knitting and card-making.

    The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House

    If you're a fan of the Nutcracker, don't miss the opportunity to catch it at the Royal Opera House in London in December. This immensely popular performance is held each year in the city and is sure to get adults and children alike into the Christmas spirit.

    Thanks to its wonderful music, superb choreography and stunning costumes, the Nutcracker is one of the most popular ballets in the world. Suitable for adults and children aged five and over, this show is two hours and 15 minutes long and includes one 30 minute interval.

    December events in London

    Event

    The Great Christmas Pudding Race

    7th December 2019

    The Great Christmas Pudding Race takes place in Convent Garden in aid of Cancer Research UK and attracts loads of guest celebrities. The race which starts at around 11am and sees teams of six people dress up in festive costumes and race through an obstacle course whilst balancing a Christmas pudding on a plate, all in the effort to win a Christmas Pudding Trophy.

    Website:

    http://www.xmaspuddingrace.org.uk/Home.html

    Religious

    Christmas Day

    25th December 2019

    Christmas Day is a bank holiday in London, when almost all shops, supermarkets, bars and schools remain shut. On this day, many people enjoy a large meal with families and friends in their homes. After feasting, there are loads of things you can do in London on this day, including visiting the home of 'A Christmas Carol', admiring the Christmas lights throughout the city and checking out the exhibits at Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum in Piccadilly Circus, which is open 356 days a year.

    Website:

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

    Sports

    Peter Pan Swimming Cup

    25th December 2019

    Every year at 9am on December 25th, the Peter Pan Swimming Cup is held at the south bank of the Serpentine. The tradition of this 100-yard swimming race first began in 1864 and continues to this day as members of the Serpentine Swimming Club meet together in Hyde Park before heading on over to the river where they'll race in the icy water which is usually below -4C at this time of year.

    Website:

    http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/10716901-peter-pan-cup

    Shopping

    January Sales

    28th December 2019 to 1st January 2020

    The January shopping sales start surprisingly early in London – usually on December 28th. From this date through until the end of January, almost all shops throughout the capital will be offering huge discounts on all stock, making it a great time to pick up Christmas presents and decorations for next year.

    Website:

    http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/activities/shopping/londons-january-sales

    Music

    LNYDP Festival Concert Series - St John's Smith Square

    29th December 2019 to 30th December 2019

    From 7.30pm onward on these evenings, St. John's Smith Square in Westminster will host a number of classical music concerts, performed by choirs, symphony orchestras, soloists and instrumentalists as part of the LNYDP Festival Concert Series.

    Website:

    https://lnydp.com/festivals/about-concert-series/

    National Holiday

    New Year’s Eve

    31st December 2019

    December 31st marks New Year’s Eve when parties, firework displays and loads more takes place all across London. Whilst Trafalgar Square used to be the focal point for the celebrations, the South Bank is now the best place to see free firework displays which last around ten minutes and begin immediately after Big Ben chimes midnight.

    Website:

    http://www.timeout.com/london/new-year

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