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Spring Is The Cheapest Time To Visit This Iconic European Capital

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If summer is the time for tropical beach getaways and winter is the time for mountainous retreats, spring is the season for sunny European city breaks, which explains why so many travelers are flying across the Atlantic to experience the best of what the Old Continent has to offer.

In recent months though, one of Europe’s most famous capitals has become more popular than ever, especially among U.S. travelers, millions of whom have entered the city’s limits in the past few months alone.

red double decker busses in london

And if you’re one of the few avid travelers who’ve yet to experience London's timeless allure, I’ve got good news for you—you’ve waited just long enough to get the most value out of the experience.

Kayak’s “Best Time To Travel” tool, an algorithm that feeds off of the data input by hundreds of millions of travelers, estimates spring to be not only the cheapest but overall best time for U.S. citizens to visit the English capital.

Here’s why:

Flight Prices Are At Their Lowest

One of the main reasons why those planning to travel to London this year might want to hurry up and make those reservations is that airfare is currently at its annual low.

heathrow airport, London

According to Skyscanner, round-trip tickets between most U.S. hubs and London will drop drastically in these upcoming months, with May being the cheapest time of the year to fly (airfare drops to $315).

Throughout the rest of the year, a similar ticket would set you back around $500-$600, and that’s assuming you choose the most economical option, so this is truly a deal you won’t want to miss out on.

Great Accommodation Options Can Be Found For As Little As $135 A Night

With travel taken care of, the next big expense to think about is accommodation.

View of iconic 5-star Ritz hotel London

Now, London is a notoriously expensive place, and decent hotels that don’t also come with moldy walls and pest infestations can run pretty expensive bills.

However, since peak season in London has yet to start (it usually stretches from June to September), you might be able to book some great, centrally-located hotels for a pretty reasonable price.

Actually, I know for a fact you can.

Carlos Place in Mayfair, London

If you look through TripAdvisor’s list of the city’s most highly-rated stays, you’ll find plenty of great deals, though the most remarkable right now is the one offered by The Corner – a charming yet modern room in Adler Street for just $135 a night – that’s just too good to pass out on.

The Weather Is As Good As It Gets

I know London is known for its gloomy, rainy weather; however, if there’s one season that can transform the local climate into the closest thing you’d label as “balmy,” that’s spring.

double decker busses in London

With temperatures that range between 53°F (12°C) to 64°F (18°C), strolling through the historic streets and picturesque neighborhoods will feel more rejuvenating than ever – though, remember, we’re still talking about London, so checking the weather forecast and bringing an umbrella along are still musts. 

Escaping The Crowds

As the most searched destination in the world, London is naturally very busy year-round.

And keep in mind that U.S. travelers are far from the only ones rushing to take in the iconic views, so expect long lines in restaurants and big crowds in attractions no matter when you go.

Crowds at Buckingham Palace, London, England

However, if you want to escape the brutal peak seasons, visiting now is one of the best possible choices you can make.

Based on Kayak’s last year data, December and July are the most popular months for London tourism, and since you’ll be traveling during the off-season, you can hope for a much more peaceful and overall enjoyable experience.

woman looking at parliament and Thames river, London

Plenty To See And Do

London’s incredible array of attractions is so famous, that there’s no need for me to explain why the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben, or the London Eye are worth visiting.

sunny day in London

However, I do want to urge you not to miss out on the many events that take place in the city at all times.
These upcoming months, in particular, are filled to the brim with fun things to do and witness, like the St Patrick's Day Parade, the many Easter weekend activities, the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, and the famous London Games Festival.

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