Becoming a Londoner: How to Dress & Pack for London

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Knowing what to pack for London is an art form. There are few cities quite as stylish (Paris and New York of course take the cake), and there are few cities with quite as sporadic weather as London. One minute rain, next minute grey, perhaps a peak of sunshine, and back to rain again. Its important to know what to pack (and what to leave at home), as well as how to keep up with this stylish city!

What to Pack for London


The Bag

No accessories is quite as coveted as the handbag in London. It is here where you will hide your daily snacks (London is notoriously expensive, so skipping expensive restaurants will save a tonne of money), as well as your small umbrella (absolute necessity), and your tube map (also absolute necessity). Here are some London-approved bags (the bigger the better, there’s a lot to fit in!) These bags are chosen as ‘investment items’ as they have a much longer lifespan than cheap imitations, however you can still find some great bargains at shops like Top Shop, River Island, and even Primark when you arrive.


The Coat

Here’s one thing there won’t be a shortage of in your wardrobe for London: layers. While the weather is often cold and miserable, sometimes it can be quite muggy and humid though it isn’t actually hot – indeed, this is an odd climate. Coats for travelling are usually best as a cheaper buy, so as to not have the hassle of ruining them in the crazy weather. Longer style are usually the ‘in thing’ in London, or a short cropped leather jacket for a grungier vibe:


The Accessories

In London, its all about the accessories. More often than not you will see people dressed in dark colours – particularly black, so you might want to leave the bright reds and purples at home. Because everyone looks so uniform in all that black fabric, people typically jazz up their outfits with accessories galore. A hat is the easiest way to make your otherwise boring outfit instantly fashionable, while a pair of sunglasses seem to add a touch of mystery (I can’t imagine all those Londoners are requiring shade from the sunlight).



With all that tube travel and the miles you’ll be clocking up, its important to have a few gadgets on hand. A watch is a handy choice, but never travel in London without headphones – a great way to pass the travel time! And always, always, always get snap happy – this is one of the world’s most photographed cities!


The Wheels

Wheels/Heels, whatever you will! There’s more to consider than looks here, as these bad boys will be your key to enjoying the city (no one likes blisters, no one…). Here are a few London approved kicks:

Whatever you do, don’t forget that umbrella!

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    Tamsin @ A Certain Adventure
    September 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Oh god. I’m a Londoner (from birth, baby) and the painting at the top pretty much details my everyday wardrobe. Leather jacket…check. Black ankle boots…check. Red Cambridge satchel…check. Headphones…check. Way too accurate! I’ll have to get a snazzy watch next…xx

    The Dame Intl
    September 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    A coat, an umbrella, headphones, sunglasses and a really comfy pair of shoes is what you need. You will walk A LOT in London, the sunglasses mean you can check out other people without them knowing, the headphones block out the noise and strangers talking to you and the coat and umbrella because the weather is unpredictable.

    September 15, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Quite interesting! I also find that people in every city dress differently all the time. Berliners also wear black all the time. And Parisians, now that I think about it, too. I guess black is the new black haha

    September 13, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I’d love to see a “what I packed” series from you- what bag do you bring and what do you put in it? Lists are good, photos are even better! It seems kind of creepy and voyeuristic as a concept but I admit it’s one of my favorite features on some other travel blogs I read! Plus- you mention that you bring too many shoes…but how many is “too many” according to you? We want details!

    September 13, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    This list probably works for any big city And while an umbrella is a must for London, some places you can skip that requirement. I find it helpful to pick a color scheme and stick to it. It makes it easier to take less stuff. You can change the outfit up with accessories which are easier to pack and dress up or down depending on your activities for the day.

    September 12, 2015 at 6:17 am

    I love these ideas! When I visited London, I found that having a large purse was absolutely necessary!

    September 12, 2015 at 5:47 am

    I loved this post because it is literally too true! SO crucial to have a big bag to hide cheap food and your rain coat haha

    Bethany |

    Cest La Vibe
    September 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Love this!

    September 11, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Ahhh London fashion always makes me sad because I’m usually backpacking when I visit it- so my fashionable choices are a bit limited.

    I do my best though 😉 I just got a whole new wardrobe for my next trip to Europe. I was feeling a bit ugly compared to all the beautifully dressed Europeans

    Sarah Hickey
    September 11, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I would definitely add an umbrella to the accessories list!
    Unless you are staying at a hotel then I would just steal, umm, I mean borrow, one from them. Lol.
    Sarah Lynn

    Katie @ Second-Hand Hedgehog
    September 11, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Love the illustations at the top (though for a second I saw it and thought, ‘what, she’s packing a phone box?!’)

    I love a good cross-body shoulder bag for London – and you’re right, it definitely needs to fit food / umbrella / bottled water. Trekking round the city is thirsty work, and stopping for a snack / picnic in the park is always a good idea 🙂

    Cojo Graab
    September 11, 2015 at 3:54 am

    The style of Londoners is my favourite! Everybody is reading about the style of Parisian Girls and for me rule the London street style is the hardest:)

    September 11, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Absolutely love this post. These illustrations are so cute!

    Love, Kerstin

    September 11, 2015 at 3:25 am

    I love London! Hope to make it back soon!

    September 10, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    loved this, i’m visiting next month and i’m so excited!

    September 10, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Great list and I love the illustrations! I’m heading to London for the first time this November and can’t wait! 🙂

    September 10, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    this is awesome! i’m visiting london for the first time very soon and am soo excited!

    September 10, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    these illustrations are amazing! my home town <3


    September 10, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    This is an amazing idea for a post! I love the drawings <3 did you creat the drawings yourself?
    <3 Toni

    btw, I made a list of my favorite bloggers, you are number one 😉

    September 10, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Ah, the London look. Tres cool!

    September 10, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    No matter what time of year you’re in London, never go out without an umbrella! 🙂

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    September 10, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I love the illustrations here, they’re fantastic and definitely represent packing essentials for London accurately!

    Tessa at

    September 10, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Love this post! Love London! and love the style of the post! 🙂

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    September 10, 2015 at 5:28 pm


    THIS POST IS GREAT, can’t wait to visit London again soon!