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You might imagine that in a country with such a temperate and mild climate as England, the weather is not much of a topic for conversation, and yet, like their middle-England cousins, Londoners are relentless weather-watchers and every rise or fall of the mercury will provoke smiles or gloom respectively. It’s good, therefore, that London is not a city where fun depends on the weather – do as Londoners do, expect overcast skies and rain (even in summer) and then be elated when the sun comes out.

While summer is a great time to visit (and recent years have seen some very Continental heatwaves), spring and autumn are also good times to come, when the crowds are far thinner and sights less crowded. Winter’s all cold, wet and dark, although if you’re after outdoor pleasures, you’ll have them largely to yourself.

For a full list of events in and around London, look out for Visit London’s bimonthly Events in London and its Annual Events pamphlet. You can also check the website at www.visitlondon.com.