London in Late March

Old Sep 5th, 2003, 09:47 AM
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London in Late March


Looking to snare a cheap airfare. Is it reasonable to assume it will be in the 50's during the day and upper 40's at night?

Any chance some of the gardens will have something in bloom? I thought the days should be longer with sunset around 1830?
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Old Sep 5th, 2003, 10:11 AM
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Could have some blooms, depends on winter. Have been there several times in late March/early April. Most time things have been pretty green considering time of year, but of course nothing like June or July. Expect some rain and chilly spells but overall should be pretty decent.
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A few years ago I was there first week of March. Temps in the upper 50sF to low 60s, a raincoat with a liner or a sweater underneath was great.

Daffodils and forsythia were in bloom.
Drizzle occasionally, but not all the time nor every day.
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Old Sep 5th, 2003, 03:44 PM
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Daffodils in Hampton Court,Hyde Park,Kew Gardens(at their best),and everywhere.

Cherry Blossoms in Regent's Park.

Primroses in most gardens and parks.

Early rhododendrons in Kew Gardens.

Hyacinths in Victoria Enbankment Gardens.

But snowdrops and crocus will be almost over.
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Old Sep 6th, 2003, 04:48 PM
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I think your temps are okay and you might get lucky and have it warmer.
 
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We were in London last year in mid-March and the trees were beginning to flower. Also, we had some daytime temps that were in the 60's. It was a beautiful time to be in London!

I also remember the daffodils blooming on our visit to Greenwich.
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Old Sep 7th, 2003, 06:42 AM
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Thanks for the inputs - I feel much better about the timing of the trip
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Last year, the weather was beautiful in London during the last week in March. Most of the time I didn't wear a jacket.

As to gardens being in bloom... This is what a traffic island looked like on March 25. http://mightymac.org/gb25a.htm

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Old Sep 10th, 2003, 10:21 AM
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We went to London the last week of March 2001 and 2002. In 2001 the weather was cool and lots of rain showers. In 2002 the weather was warm and sunny everyday except our last day in London when it rained and was cold. Spring flowers were in bloom, it was nice. Dress in layers and take your brolley and you should be fine.
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Thanks for the additional inputs.

And exactly what is a "brolley"?
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I too will be in London in late march. I have never been there in march before but have been most other months and have never had much rain so I am counting on being lucky this time too I think it is possible to handle almost any weather, as long as it doesn't rain. You can always dress warmer or strip a few layers off, so heres wishing us both good luck with the weather.
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"Brolley" is (polite) slang for an umbrella.
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Old Sep 10th, 2003, 12:09 PM
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Was in London past February/early March, and your weather data are right on the mark. All excellent suggestions as well. Have a good trip.
 
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Anyone who has spent any time living in snowy conditions in North America will appreciate London in March. I'm always amazed at the flowering that goes on (daffs, tulips, etc) that would haven't a prayer of blooming in Montreal until at least May/June. March is truly springtime in London. Trust me.
 
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True, and this year was particularly good. But we can occasionally get a cold spell in late March, which can seem all the colder if you're just getting used to early warmth and longer days. As ever, bring layers.
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