• It’s expensive, especially the south of England and London hotels are particularly outrageous.
• The weather is often damp, grey and unpredictable, particularly in Wales and Scotland.
• Public transport, especially rail, is over-priced, while some sections of the tube (London’s underground rail system) are shabby and overheated – the tube was built long, long ago when users were few.
UK best seasons
The best season is May-September, though no guarantees, prepare for rain and shine! The south of England sees the warmest, sunniest weather, especially in July/August when temperatures average from 15C-30C (59F-86F) but can go above 30C (86F) on occasion. Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland are famously wet much of the year.
Worst: December-February (wet, cold, grey, and short daylight hours). Average temperatures mostly range from a few degrees below zero to 15C (59F), with London and the south being the warmest regions. Scotland is the coldest.
London and Edinburgh have accommodation problems around New Year (Dec 29-Jan 2), summer time and the Edinburgh Festival (mid July-August)