Please sign in to post.

School holidays & summer crowds - London

Two part question please (regarding May/June) for one week in London. I have a little leeway on dates.

There's option to be there May 7-May 14 (post coronation/cheap hotel already booked) or last week May or first 2 weeks June.
1) When is/are the height(s) of summer school holidays?
2) Do you anticipate as it gets later in June, there will be so many other out-of-country visitors, that this won't matter?

Thank you in advance. There's a work thing so I'm having to re-plan dates. I don't expect to get to London with no crowds and nice weather, but I'm hoping to avoid being part of the tourist stampede.

Posted by
331 posts

Are you inquiring about the English school holidays? If so, school is not out for the summer until sometime in July. There is a half-term holiday of about a week at the end of May/beginning of June.

Posted by
89 posts

Thanks Leslie! The half-term holiday of about a week at the end of May/beginning of June is very helpful.
Now I'm thinking about other, non-Brit tourists mid-June. And wondering when it starts to get really crowded

Posted by
8241 posts

Its always crowded in London. I’d stay with your London dates.

Posted by
942 posts

I am an ex-pat and I like to visit in June. There will be a week-long holiday (Whit-Week) for the schools around Memorial Day weekend (May 29th) so I tend to avoid that week. I do find the June weather is mild, the countryside is in full bloom, and the crowds are less. As for London, it is always busy, but I don't think of it as so crowded it is miserable. European schools don't break up for the summer until mid-July and go back in early September. Everyone in Europe is on vacation somewhere at the end of July/August. Avoid this time if you can.

Posted by
5246 posts

The one that catches people out in London for crowds is the time around Ascension Day. Not a British holiday but a common one elsewhere in Europe. This is 18 May this year.