January Weather Averages for London

What's the Weather Like in London in January?

Temperature

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

What's the Weather Like in London in January?

Temperature

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.

Rainfall

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.

Snow

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.

Wind

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 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 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.

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.

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 

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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