January Weather Averages for London, United Kingdom

What's the Weather Like in London in January?


January is the coldest month in London, UK when the winter season is well underway. Throughout the month, the average temperature remains constant at 5-6°C, with almost no variation whatsoever. 

Daily Highs and Lows 

Daily highs are around 8°C over the course of January, rising above 12°C or going under 3°C very rarely – only one day out of every ten. On ...

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  • Temperature Temperature 5°C 44°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 6°C 43°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 3°C 37°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 1 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 52 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 19 days

Daily January Averages for London

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What's the Weather Like in London in January?


January is the coldest month in LondonUK when the winter season is well underway. Throughout the month, the average temperature remains constant at 5-6°C, with almost no variation whatsoever. 

Daily Highs and Lows 

Daily highs are around 8°C over the course of January, rising above 12°C or going under 3°C very rarely – only one day out of every ten. On the other hand, daily lows are around 3°C, exceeding 8°C or falling under -3°C only one day in ten.

Highest Temperature

The highest temperature which has ever been recorded in London in January is a surprisingly mild 17°C, with the lowest recorded temperature ever being a bracing -5°C. The longest warm spell in London in 2013 took place between December 20th and January 10th, when there were 22 consecutive days with higher than average temperatures.

On the other hand, the coldest day in 2013 relative to the average was January 17th, when the lowest temperature that day was -4°C in comparison to the average 4°C – a difference of 8°C.


With 52mm of rainfall spread across 19 days throughout the month, it's almost guaranteed that you'll experience some kind of precipitation at least once during your holiday. Moderate rain is the most common type of rainfall and is most likely to fall around January 1st, followed by light rain which is most common around January 2nd.

Rainfall is least likely to occur at the end of the month on January 31st. As January progresses, the likelihood of rainfall decreases from 58% on January 1st down to 50% by January 31st. Intense cloudy spells come with the rainfall, which means that the average cloud coverage for any given day is 83%, which remains constant throughout the month.


London experiences snowfall on an average of two days throughout January and is most likely to occur on January 14th. The snow will be at its deepest – around 3.8cm – on January 15th.

If you want dry weather during your holiday, you're best off playing it safe and planning your visit for the middle of the month. Despite the rain, cloudiness and snowfall, London experiences less than one foggy day each month during January.

Average Sea Temperatures

At 9°C, the average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to London is incredibly cold – too cold for even the hardiest of swimmers. The relative humidity for the month generally ranges from 69% to 94%, with the air being driest around January 31st and at its most humid on January 1st. In 2013, January was the most humid month of the year, with an average daily low humidity of 73%.

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. Over the course of the month, the number of daylight hours is increasing, which means the number of sunshine hours also rises.

Between the start and the end of the month, the day increases by one hour and ten minutes, with the shortest day being January 1st with seven hours and 55 minutes of daylight and the longest day being January 31st with nine hours and six minutes of daylight.

Just like the number of daylight hours, the sunrise and sunset times also change significantly throughout the month, with the sun rising and setting at 8.06am and 4.01pm on January 1st and 7.40am and 4.46pm by January 31st, respectively.


Throughout January, wind speed tends to vary from 2 m/s to 7 m/s, rarely going over 10 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s is expected around January 12th and the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s and occurs around January 31st. The wind direction comesm most commonly from the south west, 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.

January events in London


London Ice Sculpting Festival

1st January 2019 to 28th February 2019

Held at Wood Wharf, the London Ice Sculpting Festival includes the river life-themed single block carving, the freestyle event and the fabulous fashion-themed big block carving. Each event is judged by a table of art experts, but the public get to vote for their ultimate favourite big block sculpture which will receive a special prize. The festival also incorporates award ceremonies, a winter food market and master classes suitable for adults and children aged 12 and over. The date for this event is yet to be announced.




New Year's Day Parade

1st January 2019

Held on January 1st each year, the New Year's Day Parade takes place from Green Park to Westminster between noon and 3.15pm. Entertainment is provided by more than 8,500 performers representing various London boroughs, as well as countries from across the globe, who take part in dancing, acrobatics, cheerleading and music playing.




London International Mime Festival

9th January 2019 to 3rd February 2019

The London International Mime Festival offers 25 days of contemporary visual theatre divided into a large number of shows. There are all sorts of theatrical acts and performances being held throughout the festival and individual tickets are available to buy for each show, so you only have to pay for what you want to see.




London’s Short Film Festival

11th January 2019 to 20th January 2019

London’s Short Film Festiva is split into three categories: Film Surgery in which you can submit your film and receive feedback, Panel Discussion in which each chosen film will be given tips on how to enhance it and Networking when you’ll have the chance to chat to like-minded film-makers. Dates to be confirmed for 2016.



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Burns Night

19th January 2019 to 2nd February 2019

Burns Night is celebrated every year on the birthday of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet and lyricist who became a national icon. On this day loads of cafes and restaurants throughout the capital hold special Burns Night events, complete with traditional music, singing, dancing and food, so you can get into the Scottish spirit without ever having to leave London. London bars celebrating Burns Night include: Lombard Street Brasserie - free whiskey if you wear a kilt The A Lounge - whiskey, bag pipes and poetry The Duke's Head - learn all about whiskey Gows Oyster Bar and Restaurant - Scottish food, whiskey and bag pipes Honky Tonk - Scottish dancing and traditional food Mr Fogg's - loads of whiskey The Prince Arthur - Scottish food London restaurants celebrating Burns Night include: Albannach - Scottish food and music Alyn Williams at The Westbury - six-course Scottish tasting menu Boisdale of Belgravia - Scottish food and drinks The Cadogan Arms - Scottish food Fifth Floor Restaurant - four-course Scottish tasting menu, whiskey cocktails, music and poetry Min Jiang - Chinese-Scottish fusion food Sams Brasserie and Bar - Scottish food and music Seven Park Place - six-course Scottish menu St Pancras Grand Brasserie - three-course Scottish menu, whiskey and dancing.




Loco London Comedy Festival

25th January 2019 to 29th January 2019

British comedy film-makers from all over the nation head to the capital for the Loco London Comedy Festival each year for the chance to show their films. The date and venue for this event is yet to be announced therefore keep an eye out if you think you may be interested.



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