London Weather October Averages, United Kingdom

What's the Weather Like in London in October?


Is October a good time to go go London? Well, the colours and textures are very attractive in London, UK, with the autumn season well underway. For many locals it's a favourite time of year, and not too chilly yet! 

During this month, the average temperature is 12°C (54F) – that's 4°C cooler than September, which slowly changes as the month develops.

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    • Temperature Temperature 13°C 55°F
    • High Temperature Holiday Weather 14°C 57°F
    • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 9°C 48°F
    • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 3 hrs
    • Rainfall Rainfall 71 mm
    • Rainfall days Rainfall days 15 days

    London Weather for October 2019

    What's the Weather Like in London in October?


    Is October a good time to go go London? Well, the colours and textures are very attractive in LondonUK, with the autumn season well underway. For many locals it's a favourite time of year, and not too chilly yet! 

    During this month, the average temperature is 12°C (54F) – that's 4°C cooler than September, which slowly changes as the month develops.

    A warm place you'd might like to visit in September to get away from the cool London air is Mauritius, which will still be very warm.

    Daily Highs and Lows

    What is the weather like in London in late October?

    On October 1, daily highs start off at 18°C (64F), gradually dropping to 13°C (55F) by October 31, rarely going over 21°C (70F) or falling under 11°C (52F).

    Average daily low temperatures follow a similar pattern, starting at 12°C (54F) on October 1 and steadily falling to 9°C (48F) on October 31, rarely exceeding 15°C (59F) or going below 5°C (41F).

    Extreme Temperatures in London

    The highest temperature ever recorded for London and the extended southeast area is 29.9°C (86F) in Kent, with the lowest temperature 1°C (34F).

    Compare these temperatures to the average for the month – 12°C – and it's easy to see that they're extremes and very unlikley during your holiday. 


    With 71mm of rainfall across 15 days, October is the rainiest month in London, so pack plenty of waterproof clothing and an umbrella.

    Light rain is the most likely type of precipitation and generally falls around October 28. Moderate rain is the second most common kind of rainfall, close to October 31.

    Overall, late October weather sees the 31st as most likely to be the wettest day of the month, with rain on 54% of days around this date. However, October 1 is most likely to be the driest day of the month, with precipitation falling on 44% of days around this date.

    The chances of London experiencing some kind of precipitation throughout October increases as the month progresses.

    On October 1, the probability of rainfall is 44%, which rises to 45% by October 11, is 49% by October 21 and 54% by October 31.

    If you don't want to risk rainfall spoiling your London holiday, book your trip for the first two weeks of the month.

    Cloud Cover

    Across October, the median cloud coverage for London fluctuates between 69% and 76%.

    The sky generally becomes cloudier as the month progresses, with median cloud cover increasing from 69% on October 1 to 76% on October 31.

    On the bright side, London experiences fog on an average of less than one day each October.

    Average Sea Temperature 

    At 16°C, the average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to London is very chilly and much too cold for most people to endure.

    Spending more than 5-10 minutes in the sea would leave you feeling extremely refreshed to say the least.


    The relative humidity for London in October ranges from 59% to 91%, rarely falling below 46% or reaching as high as 97%. October 1 is usually when the air is at its driest, when relative humidity drops below 66% three days out of every four.

    On average, October 31 is when the air is at its most humid, when the relative humidity rises over 88% three days out of every four.

    Average Sunshine Hours 

    In October, London enjoys an average of five hours of sunshine each day – that's one hour less than September.

    As the month goes on, the sunshine and daylight hours gradually decrease.

    From the start to the end of the month, the day shortens by 1 hour and 54 minutes.

    The shortest day of the month is October 31, with 9 hours and 42 minutes of daylight. October 1 is the longest day of the month, with 11 hours and 36 minutes of daylight.

    Daylight Savings Time

    Don't forget – Daylight Savings Time ends at 2am on October 26, shifting the sunrise and sunset times to an hour earlier.

    The earliest sunrise is at 6:47am on October 28, with the latest at 7:45am on October 27. 

    The earliest sunset is 4:34pm on October 31, whilst the latest sunset is 6:37pm on October 1.


    Across October, typical wind speeds usually fluctuate between 1 m/s and 6 m/s, very rarely exceeding 8 m/s.

    The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur on October 30 when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s.

    Lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s usually occurs on October 5, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s.

    During this month, the most likely wind direction for London is out of the southwest, with the wind very rarely coming out of the southeast.

    In 2013, the highest sustained wind speed was a staggering 20 m/s, on October 28.

    October 2013 was the windiest month of the year, with an average wind speed of 5 m/s.

    October 2002 was also an extremely windy month, with maximum gusts in London on October 27 reaching as high as 32 m/s.

    London Hotels in October

    The Savoy

    For the ultimate in British elegance and luxury, The Savoy is one of London's legendary grand hotels. Located just off The Strand right on the Thames, the  supberb location allows you to see all of the London famous landmarks, designer shopping in Knightsbridge and Mayfair, the cultural theatreland of Covent Garden, the Houses of Parliament and the National Gallery...The list is endless.  The rooms are finished in either Art Deco or Edwardian style and marble clad bathrooms many with views over the Thames landscape. The Savoy has two cocktail bars, Gordon Ramsey's Savoy Grill, Kaspar's all day menu and Simpsons in the Strand.  A stay in this London icon will be unforgettable.

    The Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

    Another 'wow' experience in quintissential London luxury is The Taj 51 Buckingham Gate. This hotel is steeped in history and is is built around St James Court's fountain which was once home to the Lords and Ladies of the Royal Courts. It has been beautifully restored in keeping with a London Heritage hotel and is simply magical and indulgent in every way. Five minutes walk from Buckingham Palace,  it offers 5 star plush suites with bespoke interiors and state of the art luxury with a nod to . The Taj is also home to one of the best Indian restaurants in London.  

    The Montcalm at the Brewery

    Transformed from an historic brewery to a luxury hotel with 235 rooms, The Montcalm at the Brewery has maintaind it's original heritage with a touch of the modern. The is on a quite side street that is very close to St Pauls catherdral and bang in the middle of the lively Financial district. The rooms are decorated with a contemporary style,  complete with all the amenities of a lavish hotel. There are two lovely eateries to choose from in the hotel, a traditional British pub and The Chiswell Street Dining Rooms.    

    Premier Inn London Wimbledon South

    For those on more of a strict budget, the Premier Inn London Wimbledon South is a central hotel just a short walk away from Colliers Wood tube station and only three miles away from Wimbledon. The modern accommodation comes in the shape of double, triple, quadruple and accessible rooms, each of which includes free WiFi access, flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries. Within the hotel you'll find a restaurant which serves continental and full English breakfast buffets, bar which serves coffee, alcohol and soft drinks, free WiFi access throughout and paid public parking nearby. Children under 16 years old can enjoy a free breakfast every morning.

    Holiday Inn Express Earl's Court

    Another budget-friendly hotel, is the Holiday Inn Express Earl's Court. This affordable hotel is within a five-minute walk of the West Kensington tube station, a ten-minute walk from the Olympia Exhibition Centre and Earls Court and a 15-minute walk from Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Stadium. Here guests can choose between twin, double and accessible rooms. Your stay will include a full English and continental breakfast buffets, the Great Room which serves light snacks, drinks and broadcasts live sporting events, free WiFi access throughout and paid public parking.

    Park Plaza Riverbank London

    When it comes to a room with a view, it's got to be Park Plaza Riverbank London. This hotel is found on the south side of the River Thames and offers fantastic vistas of the river and London's cityscape. The hotel is also within walking distance of top attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye. Park Plaza Riverbank London provides a selection of superior and executive rooms, junior suites and accessible rooms. Onsite dining options include the Club Lounge which serves breakfast, Chino Latino which serves fusion cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Bars and Restaurants

    Herman ze German

    October is a great time to celebrate German cuisine, and London has plenty to offer. Charing Cross is home to Herman ze German where you'll find a variety of schnitzel meals, as well as traditional wurst sausage with an array of toppings, extras and deals. Prices are reasonable, and the portions are generous. Take note, the spicy sauces are definitely spicy!


    Zeitgeist, gastropub in Lambeth is full of character and can get pretty lively. The dishes are hearty and comforting, such as schewinebraten and German wurst sausage and chips, and there is an excellent variety of beer to suit - over 18 on tap and 30 bottled.

    The Delaunay

    For the exceptional service and high class food, The Delaunay, Covent Garden is excellent value for money for what you receive. An ideal and stunning art deco venue for a pre or post theater meal, the menu offers popular dishes such as schnitzel, with its thin and perfectly fried crispy coating. For dessert, treat yourself to a traditional and warming slice of hot strudel - perfect for the winter month of October.

    Bierschenke Beer Hall

    Throughout October, experience the excitement of Oktoberfest at Bierschenke Beer Hall, near Liverpool Street. With free entry, and lively entertainment, it's the perfect venue. Explore the signature craft beers, crafted by authentic Bavarian brewery Müllerbräu of Neuötting, established in 1768.

    Things to do in London in October

    The Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

    October can be a very cold and damp time to visit London, so you're best off planning indoor activities for your trip. The Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery is a great place to visit for art lovers. Set in the former home of the Victorian artist Lord Leighton, this museum is one of the 19th century's most remarkable buildings and is home to a selection of artwork created by Leighton and his contemporaries.

    The museum also displays the large collection of phenomenal 16th century glaxed Middle Eastern tiles. In addition to the permanent collections which include sculptures, paintings and other masterpieces, the Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery also features various temporary exhibitions.

    The Museum of London

    With free entry every day, the Museum of London is a top attraction to visit if you're on a low-cost holiday in the city. This museum features various permanent galleries – including London Before London, Roman London, Medieval London, War, Plague and Fire, Expanding City, People's City, World City, City Gallery and Sackler Hall – each of which provides visitors with a new understanding of the capital.

    Tower Bridge

    Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic buildings in London and is a must-visit during your stay. At this popular attraction you can admire the structure from the side of the Thames or venture inside and explore the exhibition. If you visit the Tower Bridge during the day, you'll be able to see the structure in its true glory, but if you visit after dark you'll have a completely different experience, with the tower lit up by thousands of lights. Highlights include animated videos, high-level walkways, panoramic city views, international bridge displays, artwork displays and Victorian engine rooms. 


    If you fancy seeing a show during your holiday in London, check out Stomp. This international smash hit is held at the Ambassadors Theatre which is easily accessible by the tube or the train. Fresher, faster and funnier than ever before, Stomp is a superb combination of rhythm, comedy, theatre and dance which has astounded audiences world over. The eight talented performers who make up the show use everyday items such as lighters, plastic bags, sinks and bin lids to hammer out tunes which will have you singing along. 

    St Martin in the Fields

    St Martin in the Fields is one of the most popular churches to visit in London. Set in the heart of the city, this church offers regular services in several languages and also features a café set inside the crypt, providing a budget-friendly option of London dining in unusual surroundings.

    London Transport Museum

    It's located just around the corner from Covent Garden, which deservedly ranks as one of the most popular tourist spots in the city. The area bustles with life and is known for its regular street performers in addition to high-end shops, restaurants and theatres. If the weather takes a turn for the worst, head indoors to the London Transport Museum, which pays justice to the city's reputation as the birthplace of the railway and first modern underground system, colourfully brought to life via a series of exhibits and interactive learning.

    October events in London


    The Big Draw

    1st October 2019 to 31st October 2019

    The Big Draw takes place in not only London, but the whole of the UK and in 20 other countries worldwide. In total there are 1,000+ events to take part in, many of which are completely free. The idea behind the Big Draw is to bring together those who love to draw with those which never thought they would be able to. Events take place in locations throughout the city, including museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, schools and parks.




    27th October 2019

    Each autumn, Trafalgar Square comes to life with Diwali celebrations in honour of the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of light. Thousands of people attend this free event each year to indulge in the local cuisine offered at the food stalls, watch the entertainment put on by community groups and professional artists, and families with little ones always love the children’s activities.




    31st October 2019

    London is packed full of events to enjoy each year on Halloween. Here is a pick of some of the best spooky things to do in the capital which will be available when they are announced.


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