What to wear in London for a weekend visit during any season

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For tourists and those who have never been to London or even England before, we’re sure you’ll be wondering what kind of clothes you need to bring with you for a long-weekend visit.

However, what you bring with you is largely dependent on what the weather is like and even if you’re going to be visiting London in the summer, you should prepare for any sudden changes in season.

We say season because many places have been known to experience extreme high temperatures, rain and even snow all in the one day.

It’s best to have a look online at the forecast before you go, as it’s a good way to track what’s going to be happening with the sun and rain during your trip.

Even if you forget to bring your windbreaker or umbrella with you, most London hotels will have these spare or even in your room for you to use whenever you want.

Budget hotels will also have these, but you’ll probably have to request them at the reception – if they don’t have what you’re looking for, the staff behind the desk will be pleased to point you in the direction of the nearest shop.

Having said all this, travelfashiongirl.com says that London is pretty much like anywhere else, in that you have to pack for the environment and the activities that you’re going to be doing when you’re there. If you are mostly planning on staying inside the museums, galleries, bars and restaurants then you’re not going to have to worry too much about the inclement weather. But if it’s the draw of the outdoor events in the city’s parks and in Trafalgar Square you seek, we’d recommend you pack sensibly.

Fashion conscious

Although people in London might not be as chic as those who live in and are from places like Paris, it is an undeniable fact that this city is one of the fashion powerhouses of the world.

You’ll notice when you’re walking around the capital that there are many different interpretations of style and fashion that seem to change as you travel through the city’s various regions.

It’s no wonder that Londoners are considered so fashionable though, as some of the best designers in the world have stores and studios in the city, meaning that style runs through the very lifeblood of the city.

This doesn’t mean that you need to make a particular fuss of your appearance, but it does mean that a backpack and a camera slung around your neck will definitely single you out as a tourist.

It might not necessarily be a bad thing, but if you want to try to blend in with the crowd, it’s an idea to brush up on what’s been in British Vogue or GQ magazines recently.

The shops

You might find that when you get to London, your whole wardrobe is wrong, which is fine because there are plenty of shops in which you can find a bargain to restyle yourself.

Despite the fact that the capital is well known for being an incredibly expensive place to live, there are clothes shops to suit budgets of all sizes.

If you aren’t looking to spend too much money but still want to find something special, then one of London’s many markets is what you’re looking for. Head along to the vintage and quirky boutiques of Brick Lane and don’t forget to go on a Sunday when the street’s best market is on.

Camden Market has lots of special little stalls that are interspersed with a variety of food and beverage stall vendors, so you can snack while you shop.

Covent Garden has a wide array of high street shops and various places that sell handcrafted trinkets if you want to take a souvenir home with you.

Of course, if you are looking to spend some money on designers, that’s easily done too – have a look around Bond Street for some of the best you can find.

What to wear in London in summer

Luckily, London is known for getting some of the best weather in England – this is often the case the further south you go in the country.

Fortunately, the city is right on the Thames River and there’s lots of lovely little bars and restaurants that decorate its banks, meaning that you can sit outside and enjoy the breeze.

Don’t forget to drink lots of water though, as the underground (the Tube) can get extremely warm and stuffy, particularly during rush hour, so it’s important to stay hydrated.

As it’s usually expected to be warm during June, July and August you can take full advantage and pack your summer dresses, sunglasses and flip flops.

Often, you’ll see people walking around with light jackets or cardigans in case the weather becomes overcast, or for the evening when the sun isn’t beating off the buildings.

With regards to men, shorts and t-shirts are the way to go but whatever you do, don’t forget to bring suncream with you. Just because there’s a breeze doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to get burnt!

And what about winter?

Layers are your friend when it comes to winter in London. Although it can get right down to freezing temperature and it usually snows during December, January and February, the shops, bars and restaurants all make sure that the heating is on at full blast.

For this reason, it makes sense to wear jeans and a light jumper, with a thicker jumper, coat and scarf on top.

Ear muffs or a hat are a good idea too, as due to the city’s proximity to the water it can sometimes be rather windy, which can reap havoc on your ears.

For women, don’t be afraid to wear dresses; as we said, this is a fashionable city and Londoners are keen on pairing woolly dresses with tights and long boots. Knee socks under your boots (or boot toppers) can be great at keeping out the pesky cold.

Another good tip is to make sure that you drink plenty of tea, hot chocolate or indeed a mulled wine! There are lots of Christmas markets throughout the city in December – although some start from the end of November – which is where you’ll find plenty of all three.

Spring and autumn

Again, layers are going to be your closest pals in London during these seasons and you might want to invest in a leather or denim jacket.

Skirts aren’t out of the question in spring, but you’ll probably still have to wear tights and long boots to stay warm.

Again, you really need to have a check on the forecasts and think about what activities you’re going to be doing.

Regarding autumn, it can be notoriously unpredictable because one day can feel like the beginning of winter and the next will be gloriously warm. During September it’s advised that you bring a slightly heavier jacket than you used for summer, but don’t stray too far from your sunglasses either.

Whatever the weather, regardless of whether it’s raining or the sun is shining, be happy in the knowledge that London basically has an endless supply of activities to suit all conditions – so you’re guaranteed to have a great time on your holiday.

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