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Average Weather and Climate in United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has a temperate climate, with plentiful rainfall all year round. The temperature varies with the seasons but seldom drops below -10 degrees Celsius (14.0° Fahrenheit) or rises above 35 degrees Celsius (95° Fahrenheit). The prevailing wind is from the southwest, bearing frequent spells of mild and wet weather from the Atlantic Ocean. Eastern parts are most sheltered from this wind and are therefore the driest. Atlantic currents, warmed by the Gulf Stream, bring mild winters, especially in the west, where winters are wet. Summers are warmest in the south east of England, being closest to the European mainland, and coolest in the north. Snowfall can occur in winter and early spring.

LONDON

London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. It is the most populous city in the United Kingdom with a metropolitan area of over 13 million inhabitants. Standing on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium. London's ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its 1.12-square-mile (2.9 km2) mediaeval boundaries and in 2011 had a resident population of 7,375, making it the smallest city in England. Since at least the 19th century, the term London has also referred to the metropolis developed around this core. The bulk of this conurbation forms the Greater London administrative area (coterminous with the London region), governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN LONDON

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. Also known as the Millennium Wheel, its official name was originally published as the British Airways London Eye

Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.

Buckingham Palace is the London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the Centre of state occasions and royal hospitality.

The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The British Museum is a museum dedicated to human history, art, and culture, located in the Bloomsbury area of London.

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London.

Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England.

Trafalgar Square is a public space and tourist attraction in central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. It is situated in the City of Westminster.

The Sea Life London Aquarium is located on the ground floor of County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames in central London, near the London Eye. It opened in March 1997 as the London Aquarium and hosts about one million visitors each year.

Shard London Bridge or The Shard is a skyscraper in Southwark, London. Standing 309.6 metres above ground level, it is the tallest building in Europe as of July 2012

ACCOMMODATION

BERJAYA EDEN PARK HOTEL (3*)

Built circa 1860, the hotel is a welcoming and relaxing haven in the heart of London. Contemporary meets flair and grandiosity in this quiet enclave just minutes from the bustling Centre of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Introducing a new standard in living spaces, this Victorian hotel is your ideal choice for an exquisite stay. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.berjayahotel.com/london

PHOENIX HOTEL (2*)

Phoenix Hotel is a 5 minute walk away from Hyde Park in central London, overlooking one of the capitals famous Garden Squares; an area characterized by wonderful shopping and countless international restaurants and traditional English pubs.

Bayswater and Queensway underground stations are both within a few minutes walking distance. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.jdvhotels.com/

THISTLE MARBLE ARCH (4*)

Stepping off Oxford Street into the Thistle Marble Arch, you are welcomed by classic Art Deco design and elegant style. Right in the Centre of London, Thistle Marble Arch is just two minutes’ walk from Marble Arch tube station giving easy access to the whole of London. With some of the largest standard rooms in the area, The Thistle Marble Arch is the perfect place to stay for business or leisure. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.thistle.com/

THE CUMBERLAND (3*)

Now you can make every minute count when it comes to exploring London thanks to our new express check-in service. Simply make your booking directly on the Guoman Hotels website to access the new service, allowing you to simply pick up your room key on arrival at your chosen hotel. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.cumberlandbournemouth.co.uk

HYATT REGENCY LONDON- THE CHURCHILL (5*)

One of the finest 5 star hotels in London, Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill enjoys a prime location in Central London's West End, close to exclusive shopping and the City. Its positioning in the Marylebone area, adjacent to Park Lane, ensures that it is one of the best situated luxury hotels in London from which to explore Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Buckingham Palace, some of London’s most celebrated landmarks. Just minutes away from the exclusive shopping areas of Oxford Street, Soho or Bond Street, Paddington Station is also in easy distance of the hotel, where a fast train service takes a mere 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: london.churchill.hyatt.com/


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