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End of March-London

My teenage daughter and I are thinking of going to London over spring break. 11 day trip. Is end of March a good idea for London?
We may also take the Eurostar to Paris for 2 days.

Thanks!

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Be prepared for a variety of weather in London in March. So bring clothes you can layer according to temp and wet. Luckily London has tons of free indoor stuff to do such as several Museums, Shopping and Theatre. Even on rainy days it is not that bad...just carry a small folding umbrella. There are bright days, too. Use that one of those to take the train out to Hampton Court for one of the very entertaining tours. Cruise the Thames to The Tower and Greenwich. There are several charming B & Bs with easy transportation on the underground nearby. Taking the Eurostar sounds like fun, too!

Posted by
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London is a great place to visit any time of year. I agree - be prepared for layers, but there will be far fewer tourists and everything will be open. It's not likely the weather will keep you from doing anything you'd like to do.

Posted by
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I remember being in London late in March one year. Snow was still on the ground in Montreal but the daffodils were showing London. Hope you will be as lucky.

Posted by
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London stuff is the same stuff all year round, mostly, the weather may vary but you won't know what it will be until the day you arrive. It rains more in Paris but the French manage to keep a lid on that fact.

Posted by
1022 posts

I use to go to London every March and had a wide variety of weather from snow to spring-like. Never bothered me. London is fabulous anytime of year more so without the crush of tourists.

Posted by
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Is end of March a good idea for London?

Perhaps not the best time of year, but you shouldn't pass up any opportunity for a trip with your daughter while you can.

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908 posts

If you’re going for 11 days, I’d consider a 7/4 or 8/3 split instead of just two days in Paris. You can fly open jaw—into one and out the other. But I also understand focusing on London. There’s just so much to do in both cities!

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What I would do is plan outdoor days and indoor days and be flexible. Do the outdoor days whenever possible.

For me, any time of year in London is a good idea. If you are planning to spend time in Paris as well, then fly open-jaw, into London and out of Paris. Then spend at least 3 nights in Paris. Otherwise, if you want a couple of days outside of London, consider an overnight in Bath or York.

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I’ll ditto others’ comments. Any time is a good time to go and plan for varying weather. Average highs are in the mid to upper 40s. Two days isn’t enough time to adequately see Paris especially if those two days include travel. If the travel is on other days, then you can see a lot.

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I am most definitely not a winter traveler to Europe, but if any city could tempt me to become one, it would be London. You've got enough museums to keep you busy for weeks and English-language theatre, two great indoor activities if you're unlucky with the weather. And the fact is that you may not necessarily see a lot of sun in London even if you travel there in mid-summer.

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We often go at the of March. It's a great time of year especially as hotel prices are more affordable for us. This past March, it was sunny and warm (low 50s); that was extraordinary. The year before it was blustery and rained on and off. So the weather is a question mark but we don't care one bit about that; we are not fair-weather wimps who hate rain or cold weather.

London and Paris sound perfect. Have a wonderful time!