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The tower of London in England

The tower of London in England

The best time to visit London and Paris is late spring into early summer, from May to June and again when the summer season winds down and the fall starts in September and October.

A captivating history, contemporary ambiance, and overall tangled, chic atmosphere make these two cities a perfect combination. Ensure you make the most of the weather, have the option to avoid crowds, and give yourself enough time to visit iconic monuments, from the Tower of London and Big Ben to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, to experience the wonders of the cities.

Embrace the majesty and magnificence of London and Paris when you plan your travels to ensure you capitalize on the best time to experience both for an exploration tailored to your tastes.

Overview

  1. Best Time for Sightseeing
  2. Best Time for Palace Gardens
  3. Best Time for Seniors
  4. Best Time for Family Travel
  5. Best Time for Romance
  6. Best Time for Spring & Summer Activities
  7. Best Time for Fall & Winter Activities
  8. More Travel Information & Tips

Best Time for Sightseeing

Big Ben and Parliament across the Thames in London, England

Big Ben and Parliament in London, England

Best Months: May | June | September | October

Take advantage of the fresh spring air as the months start to merge and May becomes June, or embrace the changing weather from September to October for the best time to visit London and Paris for sightseeing.

Whether it is with a bird’s-eye view on an open-top bus, a private vehicle taking you from highlight to highlight, or a scenic boat ride down the Thames or the Seine, taking it all in at the most ideal time will enhance your overall experience. Warm days open the way for clear views or a slow walk past city treasures, such as Big Ben or Notre Dame.

Visit parliament or take a stroll along the Champs-Elysee in the premier weather.

Best Time for Palace Gardens

Apollo Fountain in the gardens of Versailles

The Gardens of Versailles near Paris, France

Best Months: April | May | June | July

Step inside magnificent palaces in and around London and Paris from April to July for the best experience. Admire the beauty within palace grounds, then stop to indulge in the scent of the roses as you embrace the ambiance and colors. The beauty on a landscaped canvas starts to blossom mid-spring and continues to impress throughout early summer.

Discover the magnificence of Kew Gardens and Hampton Court, or marvel at the greatness of breathtaking Versailles, with its many pathways and classic French design. Roam around the Luxembourg Palace grounds or simply admire palatial estates and plants when in London and Paris.

Best Time for Seniors

The Tate Modern in London, England

The Tate Modern in London, England

Best Months: April | May | September | October

April to May and September to October are the best months for seniors in London and Paris.

Popular sites can feel overwhelming in the summer, with hundreds of visitors per day and long waits, while visiting in the spring or fall provide fewer crowds and cooler weather in which you can get up close and personal with certain wonders in the beautiful cities.

Whether eager to explore the Louvre or the Tate Modern, visit the Globe Theatre or d’Orsay, spring and fall will give you the most enticing atmosphere.

Best Time for Family Travel

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Paris, France

Best Months: June | July | August | December

London and Paris offer many wonderful, fun, and informative attractions that appeal to the whole family, especially from June to August and in December. Discover the Tower of London and the world of Harry Potter.

Climb the Eiffel Tower and enjoy sightseeing from your Bateaux-Mouches boat tour. In the summer, children can enjoy activities such as cooking classes and outdoor markets, and for families looking for a winter escape, the cities in December glow with festive spirit and Christmas lights, accentuated by ice rinks, tea or hot chocolate, and possible seasonal markets.

Best Time for Romance

The London Eye on the South Bank of the Rover Thames in London, EnglandEngland

The London Eye on the South Bank of the Rover Thames in London, EnglandEngland

Best Months: May | June | September | October

Traveling to London and Paris for a romantic trip from May to June or September to October makes the most of the mild weather and quieter surroundings in which you can enjoy the blossoms that line parks and riversides or the leaves that set a dramatically beautiful scene as you walk main boulevards arm in arm.

Gentle strolls along the Champs-Elysee and that special kiss under the Eiffel Tower, a private turn on the London Eye, or a dinner for two in Covent Gardens can give you the perfect intimate moments that should be experienced without the crowds during your London and Paris romantic trip.

Best Time for Spring & Summer Activities

Montmartre in Paris, France

Montmartre in Paris, France

Best Months: April | May | June | July | August

The best time to visit Paris and London to capture the freshness of spring and the warm days of summer are between the end of April and the end of August.

The latter may be quite warm and super-crowded in both cities, making May and June the optimum time to enjoy outdoor activities and fewer crowds. Visitors to London and Paris can take advantage of sightseeing via river cruises, walking through neighborhoods, and dining al fresco.

Walking tours | River cruises | Clear skies for longer hours | Palace and garden tours | Extended store hours

Best Time for Fall & Winter Activities

Ice skating during the winter season in London, England

Natural History Museum Ice Rink in London, England

Best Months: October | November | December | January

Watching the fall leaves scattered on the ground and enjoying the crisp air that brings that romantic feel and winter wonderland make these the best times to visit London and Paris for fall and winter activities.

From the height of autumn in October and November to the chilly days in January, museums and monuments are easy to experience, breezy walks uncover quaint streets, and festive winter delights emerge around festive urban areas. London and Paris take on a different charm and are worth discovering during these seasons.

Autumn Art and Music Festivals | Holiday markets | Hampton Heath Autumn Walks | Santa’s Grotto visit in London | Skating in front of Hotel de Ville in Paris | Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival

More Travel Information & Tips

The Louvre in Paris, France

The Louvre in Paris, France

London and Paris are similar in dramatic architecture, wonderful traditions, and inspirational sights, yet each brings a unique charm to all who visit. History meets glamour, outstanding cuisine, and a myriad of activities.

The cities complement each other and are worth discovering together, no matter when you decide to visit. Visit our London and Paris Tours & Packages for ideas on how to plan your perfect personalized trip. Speak with a Zicasso travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or call our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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