I'm a US citizen/passport holder. I'm planning to go to London to visit beginning November.
The UK Standard Visitor Visa website seems to indicate that I don't need a visa to enter the country, but 1) I'd like travel Europe and re-enter the UK a couple times and 2) I'd like to break up my six month eligibility so I can stay until the end of May instead of April. A UK extended visa should allow me to do this.
So, should I apply for a visa now, even though the website tells me I don't need to?
Should I be concerned about not being issued a regular visa, if for some reason, I can't satisfy the need for an extended stay? In other words, if they deny my extended stay, would I still be able to enter the country?