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
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.
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:
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!
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: