I would like to know what is the best time of the year to visit London, England? I ask this question because I'm in LA where the weather never changes. I don't want to go when its cold and rainy although it rains alot there. Looking for a time where its comfortable enough to wear a small jacket. Also, I know London is expensive. What are some hotels I could stay at with pretty good rates and comfort?
Spring is good. Re comfortable hotels: Search the net. 'Youth' hostels are cheap, often comfortable, and occupied by all ages without discrimination.
The first time l did a tourist visit to London was in Feb - it was schools half term and there were kids and families everywhere. The weather was cold but crisp and good for walking about but wouldnt recommend sitting for a drink outside! I then visited in July this year and it was warm enough but wet very wet!! And that was supposed to be summer!
Maybe go for April/May and fingers crossed the weather should be ok - but this is the UK - dont try and predict the weather!! There could be snow in May (it wouldnt be the first time!!)
I agree that April or May are good times to go. Also September or October.
As for London hotels, do not use the words "comfort" and "good rates" in the same sentence.
I was there over Easter this year and it was hot! Sunny and I didn't need a coat at all. But as the others mentioned London's weather is unpredictable, cos the week after I left it was cold again. When I was there last June I got sunburnt the first day, but subsequent days were cool-cold, then 2 weeks later the heat wave started (30-40deg!)
Never stayed in a London hotel so can't answer your other question.
It's very difficult to predict when it's going to rain in London, some years it barely rains all summer, this year we barely had a sunny day. May and June are generally the most comfortable months, you shouldn't need thermals then.
Re hotels, how much do you think of as a 'good rate'?