London has a dry and mild climate on average and its reputation as gloomy and miserable is little unfair. In the warmer months (June to September) average daily temperatures peak at around 20°C (68°F).The highest recorded summer temperature was 38°C (100°F), recorded one August.
In winter, dry sunny days are few and far between and there is occasional frost but infrequent snow. Average daily temperature in December and January top 8°C (46°F) – not warm, but not as chilly as some of the other European capital cities.
London Black Cabs
London Black Cabs are a common sight on the streets of London. They’re a convenient way to get from A to B but they’re subject to road traffic conditions. The interior layout is perfect for up to five passengers travelling together since each passenger faces each other in the rear of the cabin.
Black cabs can be hailed in the street and most Londoners will announce their destination to the driver before getting in. Drivers are obligated to take all fares of up to 12 miles (19 km).All fares are metered and the minimum charge is £2.20. Cabs can also be booked by phone which incurs an additional fee of £2.00 –£2.00 also applies for fares from London Heathrow Airport. Many black cabs take major credit cards as payment, we recommend you confirm their machine is working before your journey starts – an additional charge of 10-15% will apply.
The famous London Underground (or Tube) is the quickest way to move around London. The city is served by 12 Tube lines which are colour-coded. An interconnecting train network services the outer suburbs, airports and other major cities. Rush hour can get very busy so it’s best to avoid travelling at these times and remember to check the train’s destination before you get on – the same colour code is used for trains going in both directions.
To get the best fares and avoid queuing for tickets, buy an Oyster Card. The plastic cards can be recharged with money or loaded with a daily, weekly or monthly travel pass for unlimited travel within a certain zone. Oyster cards can also be used on London red buses. The staff at the station ticket counters are helpful in providing free tube maps, station opening times and directions.
Walking in London
London is a great city for walking and many of the attractions in the centre are best explored on foot. In fact, some areas appear far apart on Tube maps but are only five minutes walk away from each other! If you’re planning on a day of walking, ask your concierge for advice and suggestions.