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London Weather in January, United Kingdom

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  • What is Average Temperature?
    The average high temperature and the average low temperature for that month, on a daily basis, divided by 2 equals the average temperature for that month


  • What is Average High Low Temperature?
    The sum of high temperatures/low temperatures divided by the number of days in that month, recorded daily

    High Temperature

  • What is Average High Low Temperature?
    The sum of high temperatures/low temperatures divided by the number of days in that month, recorded daily

    Low Temperature

  • What is Average Day Temperature?
    The average temperature recorded between sunrise and sunset

    Day Temperature

  • What is Average Night Temperature?
    The average temperature recorded between sunset and sunrise

    Night Temperature

  • What are Average Daily Sunshine Hours?
    Total sunshine hours for the month, divided by the number of days in the month. Sunshine hours are taken with a sunshine recorder, either a Campbell-Stokes recorder or an Eppley Pyreheliometer

    Sunshine Hours

    1 hours
  • What is Average Rainfall?
    The amount of mm in rain for that month divided by the number of days, and the number of days that it rains during that month on average, over a given period of years

    Rainfall Days

    19 days
  • What is Average Rainfall?
    The amount of mm in rain for that month divided by the number of days, and the number of days that it rains during that month on average, over a given period of years


    52 mm

January, 2024

1 Avg 45º
2 Avg 45º
3 Avg 45º
4 Avg 43º
5 Avg 43º
6 Avg 43º
7 Avg 46º
8 Avg 46º
9 Avg 48º
10 Avg 43º
11 Avg 43º
12 Avg 43º
13 Avg 41º
14 Avg 39º
15 Avg 41º
16 Avg 39º
17 Avg 37º
18 Avg 37º
19 Avg 36º
20 Avg 34º
21 Avg 36º
22 Avg 37º
23 Avg 37º
24 Avg 41º
25 Avg 41º
26 Avg 43º
27 Avg 43º
28 Avg 43º
29 Avg 45º
30 Avg 45º
31 Avg 43º
Avg Historical Daily Average

What's The Weather Like in London in January?

January is the coldest month in LondonUK when the winter season is underway. The city is cool and wet but milder when compared to many other northern European cities. It's a good time to visit if you want to avoid crowds and queues at the city's attractions.

How Cold Is London In January?

Throughout the month, the average temperature remains constant at 5-6°C, with little variation. Daily highs are around 8°C over the course of January, rising above 12°C or going under 3°C very rarely.

Highest Temperature

The highest temperature recorded in London in January is a surprisingly mild 17°C, with the lowest recorded temperature ever being a bracing -5°C.

How Wet Is London In January?

With 52mm of rainfall spread across 19 days throughout the month, it's almost guaranteed that you'll experience some rain on your trip.

January Snow and Fog

London experiences snowfall on an average of two days throughout January. Despite the rain, cloudiness and snowfall, London experiences less than one foggy day each month during January.

Average Sunshine Hours

There are around three hours of sunshine each day in London in January, a figure which varies according to how dense the cloud is on each given day.

How Windy Is London In January?

Throughout January, wind speed tends to vary from mild to moderate breezes, usually coming from a south-westerly direction, followed by the west and then the east.

London Hotels in January

The Staybridge Suites

The Staybridge Suites London is one of the most popular places to stay in the capital. Located in the heart of Stratford City, this large hotel is set inside the Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre and is only a five-minute walk from the 2012 Olympic Village.

The Stratford Tube Station is just a short walk away from where you can access Central London in 20 minutes.

The Luna Simone Hotel

The Luna Simone Hotel is located in Victoria, close to a main Underground station which you can use to get to London's main attractions and airport quickly and easily. Established in 1970, this family-run hotel provides accommodation.  Although services and facilities are limited, the best thing about this hotel is its location - Big Ben, Parliament Square, and Westminster Abbey are all just a 20-minute walk away.

Ibis London Shepherd's Bush

Within easy access of the Westfield Shopping Centre and five-minutes from the Shepherd's Bush Tube Station, the Ibis London Shepherd's Bush is one of the best located hotels in the city.  Onsite dining options include all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with traditional and continental options, restaurant with international a la carte menu for dinner, snack bar open throughout the day and bar which serves coffee, soft drinks and alcohol. Paid outdoor parking is available at a location nearby.

The Westbridge Hotel

If you're after a bit of luxury, check out the Westbridge Hotel. This stylish boutique hotel is found in the centre of Stratford, only a short walk away from a myriad of shops, bars, restaurants and other attractions. Here you can choose from standard double rooms, standard twin rooms, double deluxe rooms and suites.

Restaurants and Bars in London in January 

Melt Room

Budget friendly and unbelievably tempting, the Melt Room in Soho is an ideal place for a not-so-healthy but delicious grilled sandwich snack. Averaging £5, chose from a range of cheesy fillings, meats or veggie options, grilled in rustic and freshly baked artisan bread.

Taberna do Mercado

Taberna do Mercado in Old Spitalfields Market is a small Portuguese eatery serving tapas, charcuterie and cheeses. You'll find updated versions of well-loved and traditional Portuguese dishes here. For just under £10, order the ever-popular pork bifana, yeast mayo and fennel sandwich.


For a luxurious and delectable treat, book a reservation at Hawksmoor, Knightsbridge. Exquisite main course dishes as well as sandwiches and rolls served on the bar menu. For £25, experience The Tokyo. A lobster roll, slightly spiced, with the Japanese fruit yuzu, Kewpie mayonnaise and Sriracha. The char-grilled rib-eye Steak Sandwich will set you back £18.50!

The Shoreditch

The Shoreditch is a quirky and vibrant Tiki-themed hangout in East London, with happy hour deals all the way through the week. The bar features fresh and fruity cocktails, with DJs spinning their tunes every night.

Al Waha

London is famous for its quality Lebanese restaurants and Al Waha promises succulent Middle Eastern fare. This renowned West London establishment buzzes with diners throughout the week and offers a variety of meze dishes to pick and choose from. 

Things to do in London in January


The weather can be quite cold and wet in London in January, so you're best off enjoying indoor activities at this time of year. If you're visiting the city as part of a group of adults, don't miss the chance to visit HintHunt.

Tucked away into a side street close to the London Euston station, HintHunt is a game designed for small groups of three to five people who have an hour to work together to solve a number of increasingly challenging puzzles and mysteries in a tiny room in order to get out in time.

The puzzles are quite tough to solve, so visiting with young children is not recommended. There is only a handful of rooms available at any given time, so make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Les Miserables

Culture vultures will be eager to see Les Miserables the longest running musical in the world. This classic performance focuses on the saga of Jean Valjean who, after 19 years on parole, is released from prison and struggles to get his life back on track.

Some of the most popular songs from the musical include I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More and At the End of the Day. Les Miserables is performed at the Queen's Theatre London and tickets get snapped up quickly, so make sure you book as far in advance as you can to ensure you get a good seat.

Bomber Command Memorial

If you're interested in Britain's history, stop off at the Bomber Command Memorial. Dedicated to the 55,573 young members of the Bomber Command crew who lost their lives whilst fighting, this memorial is striking and can be very emotional. Don't forget to take your camera with you you won't want to miss the chance to snap some shots of this magnificent statue.

The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is one of the most popular art attractions in London. This comprehensive museum is open every day and offers free admission to the 25 galleries which display all sorts of 18th century French paintings, porcelain and furniture.

If you want to find out all you can about the art, join one of the free highlight tours which take place at 1pm each day. In addition to the regular displays, the Wallace Collection is also home to various temporary exhibitions, so there's always something new and interesting to see.

Houses of Parliament

Visitors who are interested in politics should definitely pay a visit to the Houses of Parliament during their stay in London. The building is open to all local and overseas visitors who want to attend debates, sit in on committee meetings or enjoy a tour of the building.

Please note that essential refurbishment works are being carried out from early 2017 and will be completed by 2020. Plenty of alternative tours are on offer throughout the Houses of Parliament during this time. When you're finished exploring, don't forget to stop by the UK Parliament gift shop where you can pick up some presents for friends and family back home.

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