London Weather

Let’s face it… London weather is not exactly its best feature… I think this line from the move Snatch pretty much sums it up perfectly.

Bad food, worse weather, Mary f*#@ing Poppins…

Now, that statement is not entirely fair… I have had some fine food in the fair London town. London weather, well that’s an unpredictable beast. Unless you predict rain, in which case you have a high percentage change of being correct. Don’t misunderstand me – I’m not complaining. London is one of my favorite cities in the world. I am merely bringing attention to a preconceived notion many have about this city. But is that really such a bad thing?

I think it can be considered quite romantic as well – the London fog moving through the narrow streets, the moody atmosphere of the misty rain, and who doesn’t love a good cup of tea in chilly weather? This is the land of the War of the Roses, Henry VIII and his 6 wives, Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada. The little island north of France has a rich history – one a sun-kissed Mediterranean climate just wouldn’t seem to fit. For me, the  less-than-perfect weather is part of what gives London its unique character.

I took these photos while wandering the streets during my study abroad. For me, they exemplify the beauty that can be found in London, whether on a cloudy day, rainy day or sunny day. Personally, the ones taken in less that “perfect” weather communicate more to me. They better capture the essence of the city.

Next time you are in London, if it’s a gorgeously sunny day, enjoy it. If not, don’t immediately become frustrated or upset because you might get a little wet. Have a leisurely cup of good British tea in a cafe. Or go ahead and hit one of the pubs on every corner, cozy up with a pint and people watch. It all adds to the charm.

  • London, my sweet, my love. I love its weather. That kind of weather is my favorite.

    • Me too! While I love a good sunny day (especially for an afterwork in a beer garden) I absolutely adore the cooler weather and being all tucked up somewhere when it rains. Must be because we hardly ever get that sort of weather in Florida! 🙂

      • So you’re in London now, right? Can I pick your brain sometime? My best friend and I are seriously wanting to move to the UK sometime early next year.

        • I’m not there now, but I did live there for a year a while back. I still know some people there as well, and am more than happy to offer any insight and advice I can!

          • Excellent. 😀 So where are you now? It may be the hour messing with my brain but I can’t find it on your blog!

          • You know, I don’t think I have that info anywhere on my blog! Must fix that lol. I’m currently in Florida, back in my hometown. It’s temporary, but I’ll be here for the next year I believe. 🙂

  • Yes!! You get it too! Everyone always asked me “Why did you leave the weather of Florida to come to London?” We are so used to the sunshine here though, it gets a bit boring (in my opinion. The only way we know it’s fall is football season starts and Starbucks starts offering their Pumpkin Spice Lattes again…. something so nice about being able to wear boots and a scarf. Without cranking down the a/c that is. Have a fabulous weekend yourself!! 🙂

  • Completely with you. Especially your last paragraph. Our bad weather brings us all together – we love a good moan – and there’s really nothing better than an afternoon in a pub on a gloomy afternoon!

    Love the photos, especially of Tower Bridge. Clouds add drama to the London skyline.

    • Kindred spirits we are!! I remember when living there and gathering with people in a pug – the weather was always a legitimate conversation topic – not just small talk! Loved the camaraderie! And thanks for the compliment – so pleased you like the photos! 🙂

  • Mar

    Great photos! I visited London almost 10 years ago and would love to go back!

    • Thank you!! It’s been some years since I lived in London, and the last time I was there was in 2011. Time for another trip I do believe, in my case and in yours! 🙂

  • I think this fits in the grass is always greener category. I love how it rains all the time in Germany but I’m from the desert in Las Vegas. M doesn’t get it at all. He loves Vegas weather. I do too, but I love the rain and seasons more. 🙂

    • That is so true – I can’t say that when it’s extendedly dreary and rainy that I don’t wish for a sunny day, and when it’s blistering hot I dream of chilly weather and hot chocolate. Good thing there tends to be both in a year! 🙂

  • I almost think that London without the grey, and the drizzle is hardly London at all. My favourite season there is autumn, when the sky is swirling with clouds and russet leaves crunch underfoot and the light is long, late and golden. Then, a visit to a pub, sitting by a fireside with a cup of tea, good ale and a hot pie is the perfect way to spend a London afternoon.

    • Okay, now I am sorely tempted to buy myself a ticket there, just in time for the weather to change this autumn! lol. I lived there from August 2007 to July 2008, so went through the full seasonal changes. I loved all of them, but autumn I particularly enjoyed – probably because we don’t really have on in always sunny south Florida!

  • Very nice pics. I lived in London for over 20 years, so reminds me of the weather I’m missing. As DaveCenker mentioned below, 30C and sunshine 365 days a year is not as good as it sounds. Especially after nearly 4 years of it.

    • Thank you! Yes, it was so lovely to have the real seasons as they do in London. I miss being able to cozy up on a chilly day, and the real appreciation of spring after winter. In south Florida, spring pretty much means that blistering hot weather is just around the corner!

  • I can imagine London and Vancouver have the same reputation for being incredibly rainy (and they are). But I think, right now, I’d prefer the rain over the snow! haha. The one things i adore about Canada is that we get 4 completely different seasons. That is awesome. Love all these photos!!

    • Thank you! I’ve only been to Vancouver in the summertime, but I can imagine it would be pretty similar to Seattle, which I know is rainy. But four seasons!! We can only dream of that in Florida! We get hot, a little less hot, a little more hot, and stupid hot lol. I loved being able to wear boots and scarves in London!