London is the capital city of the United Kingdom. It is a large city that was once many separate settlements. This is currently recognised through the names used locally, most notably, the walled Roman settlement of the “City of London”, which lies some 2 miles to the East of the “City of Westminster”, where the Parliament buildings and centre of Government stand.
The city stands on the River Thames and is known to have seen various forms of occupation since the Stone Age. It has been an almost continual urban area since its creation as a city by the Romans as Londinium. In 1999 the remains of a bridge were discovered on the shore by the current Vauxhall Bridge that date to 1,500 BC, while in 2010, near the same site the remains of a timber structure on the south shore were dated to 4,500BC.
The Thames Valley is a floodplain surrounded by gently rolling hills. The river has been changed by the urban environment from its original much broader, shallower profile with extensive marshland either side of the water to its current form.
William of Normandy built the famous Tower of London at the south east corner of the old Roman city area. His descendents built their Palace, Westminster Hall, near the already existing “West Minster”, built by King Edward the Confessor, upstream and away from the “noxious airs” of the city.
London was a major port, with the tidal flow reaching upstream of Westminster and until the 20th century a river big enough to accommodate the world’s biggest ships of the day. The London docks were the centre of the “Blitz” air raids during the Second World War.
London has been the centre of much activity over the years because of its status as the capital and is rich in history: almost every street tells a story for those willing to look.
One of the most famous sayings about London is attributed to Samuel Johnson who said “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford”.
To change from London weather forecast, enter a location (this could be a village, town or city) or a postcode into the "Find a weather forecast" box and select the appropriate location from the list provided. You can also search for world forecast locations by entering a location or world post/zip code. To save a location as one of your favourites click on the star next to the location name. You can save up to five locations as favourites. Favourite locations can be found in the drop down list under the "Find a weather forecast" box.
For web browsers that have geolocation capabilities, you can also use the 'find my location' button to automatically find your location. Find out more in the UK forecast guide.
You can move between the weather forecast, nearest observation site and climate for the location by clicking on the arrow next to the forecast location name and selecting either forecast, observations or climate.
The map view allows you to view both location and mapped forecasts for the UK.
To display your chosen forecast, select one of the options from the map menu on the right. A key to the forecast layer is provided below the timeline.
You can pan and zoom around the map using the controls in the top left of the map or by using your mouse to click and drag the map and the mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Zooming in on a location will display additional location forecasts in that area.
Click on the time selector to view the forecast for a particular time or use the play button to animate the forecast.
Five day table
The five day forecast table provides a detailed view of the weather for the days ahead at London.
Our Air Quality Index is currently in Beta. It is a daily index representing the background and regional air quality for a chosen location. Air pollution levels close to roads in urban areas may be higher. For more information please visit our Daily Air Quality Index page.
The Timeline provides an alternative graphical representation of the five day forecast for a location. Forecasts for around 5000 UK locations can be viewed in this way. For each location we provide three-hourly forecasts of weather, temperature, wind speed and direction and feels like temperature.
The temperature range forecast is a relatively new way of displaying forecast information. Temperatures will fall within the indicated range roughly 9 times out of 10 with the most likely temperature shown in green. There may be variations between this product and the five day forecast. Five day forecasts of maximum and minimum temperature for around 5000 UK locations can be viewed in this way.
Text forecasts are provided for the each of the nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland along with six regional forecasts for Scotland and eight regions of England.