What's the Pollen Count in London Today?
Tap in your postcode above to see the pollen count today in London. Use Your Pollen Pal to see if your hay fever allergy will be trigger in specific regions across the Big Smoke – whether at home, work or out in the park.
Pollen Forecast for London
Monitor the pollen forecast in London over the coming days. Get the all clear for a picnic in Hyde Park when the Your Pollen Pal tracker presents gloriously low levels. Or pack your hay fever kit filled with anti-histamines and Allergy Comfort wipes should the London pollen levels be heading higher than The Shard.
Pollen Hotspots in London
Despite the Big Smoke nickname and it’s skyscrapers across The City and Canary Wharf, there are more than 9,200 hectares of parks and gardens across London making it the greenest major city in Europe . While that’s fantastic for the local eco system and our love of a picnic, it also means the London pollen count can hit some pretty big highs.
One of the biggest culprits for causing an onset of hay fever allergies is the London plane – the capital’s most common tree. Found both in parks and lining countless streets, it pollinates in early summer.
Graph shows mean pollen grains per metre cube in London
London pollen hotspots are mostly the places you might expect, like Hyde Park and Jubilee Gardens, from Hampstead Heath down to Hampton Court Palace – anywhere with a lot of greenery.
Hay Fever Friendly Activities in London
When the pollen count in London starts to rise faster than the price of a one-bed flat in Knightsbridge, it’s time to try a hay fever-free activity. Head to one of the capital’s regions with the lowest pollen levels or find fun away from the hay fever instigators.
In the spring and summer months is when you’ll notice a definite increase in the pollen count in Liverpool. Tree pollen reaches a local high in April, while grass peaks in June and weed pollen in July. During these times, why not pre-book tickets to some of the city’s best-loved attractions to make sure your plans are sorted.
Graph shows pollen grains per metre cube by month for each main type in London
If there’s one thing London excels at - besides serving overpriced pints - it’s the quality and variety of its museums. Annoyingly, some superb ones sit surrounded by pollen in parkland (here’s looking at you Imperial War Museum). But there are plenty in more low pollen areas:
1. The Painted Hall, Greenwich
2. Waterloo Vaults
3. London Transport Museum's Hidden London
From high-class fashion and intriguing antiques to delicacies from across the globe, exploring some of London’s fascinating indoor and outdoor markets is a great way to dodge the pollen. You can find renowned sellers across the capital, just maybe avoid Hackney’s Columbia Road flower market:
1. Maltby Street Market, Bermondsey (there's plenty of delicious food stalls to choose from, but check out the tap houses and craft gin bars as well if that's your thing?)
2. Leadenhall Market, City
3. Borough Market, Southwark (food galore and half-price fish if you go late on a Saturday afternoon...ssshh)
Picnicking in the park may be off your agenda, but you can still burn off some energy with both indoor and outdoor hay fever happy activities:
1. London Aquatics Centre, Stratford
2. Various lidos across the city
3. Wild swimming, Hampstead Heath (that's wild water, not you swimming wildly...unless you want to?)