London is Europe’s most visited city. According to MasterCard’s annual Global Destination Cities Index, the British capital attracts 19.8 million overseas guests alone. Add in domestic tourism in a country with 66 million citizens, London sees massive crowds throughout the year. Our Avoid Crowds score focuses on touristic hotspots. While some parts of the city will get less busy during weekends or bank holidays, tourist hotspots get busier. For some areas of London this score is not applicable.
Like most other major tourist hotspots, London attracts visitors the entire year. There are however considerable peaks when school vacations in both the UK and continental Europe kick in. This is similar to other European countries. Add in a British bank holiday, and London’s streets can feel really small quickly. Best time to travel is the shoulder season in spring or autumn. Especially for popular attractions like The Shard, it is smart to book tickets early.