The Definitive London (Weather) Packing Guide

Trying to work out what to pack for visiting London? Our weather is notoriously unpredictable, but we've got the ultimate packing list for you, no matter what time of year you visit.

We know - London’s weather is unpredictable at best. But if you’re coming on vacation you still need to know what to pack. Don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you. Check out our insider travel tips for what to wear in London, whatever the weather!

In general, London (like the rest of England) can turn on a dime, so it's good to be prepared. If packing light is a priority, make sure you bring items and layers that are adaptable "multi-taskers".

And never forget your waterproofs!

January In London is COLD

Plum Essentials

  • Thick winter coat
  • Winter boots
  • Winter scarf
  • Gloves
  • Winter hat
  • Chunky knit sweaters
  • Thermals

Decided to ring in the new year in London town? Or banishing the January blues with a trip to the capital? London in January plays host to a truckload of events and things to do that are sure to blow away the cobwebs and welcome you into the New Year with a bang.

In order to make the most of your trip and enjoy it, you need to be prepared. We’d love to sugarcoat it, however… London is cold in winter (cue dramatic music). With an average high of 9 degrees and lows of 4, there’s a reason January feels like the longest month of the year.

Plum tip: It’s January, so you know what that means? The sales are on! And what better place to shop till you drop than in one of fashion’s major capitals. With shops at every corner, sprawling from the city centre around Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street to East London and Spitalfields market (to name a few), you’re going to be stomping around the city so do pack some sensible shoes.

What's the weather in February? 

Plum Essentials

  • Winter coat with hood
  • Sweaters and t-shirts for layering
  • Gloves
  • Winter scarf
  • Winter boots

The weather is incredibly unpredictable in the UK and London is no exception - believe us.  If we were to make a prediction, then we’d say February will be cold with a chance of snow, so continue to wrap up warm. You’re going to still need your winter coat, but the rains are likely to have started so make sure you have one with a hood. 

Plum tip: February is the month of love and if you are coming over for a romantic Valentine’s day break then it’s best to book somewhere special in advance. As well as packing your winter best, many places have a specific dress code so remember to bring smart shoes and something to wear other than woollies!

March in like a lion, out like a slightly soggier lion

Plum Essentials

  • Parka or leather jacket anything with a hood!
  • Sweaters and t-shirts for layering
  • Gloves
  • Winter scarf
  • Trainers

March is a month of ups and downs, with the average temperature ranging from 12 to 6 degrees. The key here is to really layer up and hope for the best (2018 saw snow creep in at the beginning so it’s worth checking the forecast before coming!). Normally however, in terms of coats, a parka or even a leather jacket over layers will probably suffice. We’d normally suggest leaving the winter boots at home, but if the Beast from the East comes knocking then you may see yourself getting a little wet underfoot.

Plum tip: London is home to a melting pot of people - so don’t feel weird about wearing what you like. If you’re used to baking heat then feel free to wear that thick down parka in March - you won’t regret it and your trip will be all the more enjoyable for it.

April Showers... or Rainstorms...

Plum Essentials

  • Raincoat
  • Umbrella
  • Jeans
  • Sweaters, t-shirts, jumpers and cardigans for layering
  • Spring scarf
  • Spring jacket (if you’ve packed enough jumpers!)
  • Weatherproof trainers

April, enter showers. And when it rains, it pours. You are pretty much guaranteed to need a raincoat... and an umbrella... and waterproof footwear. As ever with London the weather is changeable so don’t let the rain put you off (also there are lots of attractions inside that will keep you busy and dry!), just be prepared.

Plum tip: In April, Spring will have truly sprung and you’ll see blossom appear all over London! Pack a camera too to capture the city’s bloom in all its glory.

The Darling Buds of May

Plum Essentials

  • Lightweight rain jacket (something packable that you can carry on the move) or umbrella
  • Spring Scarf
  • Jeans
  • T shirt, light jumper or cardigan
  • Light jacket (trench coat)
  • Sunglasses
  • Pumps/trainers

Ah the darling buds of May, a month where we still recommend you to err on caution (rain, rain go away...) but at least we can safely say the full down parka is not required. We’re talking full transitional wardrobe this month people, and we’d even say it’s time to bring out the sunnies (especially for the last May bank holiday weekend).

Plum tip: May is packed with bank holidays (two, to be precise) so bask in the good vibes and join the throngs in one of the many parks London has to offer. Maybe worth picking up a picnic blanket!

What to pack for the summer in London: June, July, August

Plum Essentials

  • Jeans
  • T shirts
  • Trainers
  • Sunglasses
  • Summer jacket
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella

By June summer is officially in full swing, although this doesn’t necessarily mean getting the short shorts on and the tank tops out. Summer’s in London are fairly moderate and require a degree of skill to dress for. 

On a typical day in June, July or August, jeans, a t-shirt and trainers will do, with a jacket for evenings. London is known to have heat waves sometimes, so if there’s room in your suitcase pack a pair of shorts and sandals too. (Always check the weather forecast!).

Plum tip: Head to a beer garden in the summertime and you’ll experience the true joy and pure pleasure a bit of sun gives the British people.

September in London

Plum Essentials

  • Leather jacket
  • Jumpers, sweaters, shirts and t-shirts for layering
  • Lightweight scarf
  • Trainers
  • Jeans

September hails the end of summer and with that a whole new wardrobe. Similar to the start of the year, layering is completely key. A warm, lightweight scarf can dress up an outfit and stashes well in a backpack. It’s also best to pack a mix of long-sleeved and short-sleeved t-shirts. A leather jacket thrown over a jumper isn’t a bad shout either.

Plum tip: o escape a chill in the air or a sudden downpour, why not pop into one of the many free galleries in London. Catching a bit of culture whilst keeping dry - something we can get behind.

October Style

Plum Essentials

  • Down or waterproof jacket
  • Jumpers, sweaters, shirts and t shirts for layering
  • Winter scarf
  • Ankle boots
  • Jeans

The spookiest month of the year, don’t catch a fright in the night and wrap up warm. We suggest packing either a down jacket or pair a waterproof trench with a jumper. A pair of ankle boots wouldn’t go amiss and of course to complete the look, a scarf!

Plum tip: If you’re still feeling cold in October, try warming yourself up with a pie and mash in a pub - you won’t regret it!

Remember, remember, your coat in November

Plum Essentials

  • Down or waterproof jacket
  • Jumpers, sweaters, shirts and t-shirts for layering
  • Winter scarf
  • Ankle boots
  • Jeans

If you’re here for bonfire night then a warm bobble hat and earmuffs are obligatory. 

Pair with a coat, scarf, boots and some sparklers then you’re good to go.

Plum tip: Be sure to pack tartan if you're out on the 30th - the Scots will be out in force celebrating St Andrew's day.

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

Plum Essentials

  • Thick winter coat
  • Winter boots
  • Winter scarf
  • Gloves
  • Winter hat
  • Chunky knit sweaters
  • Thermals

Tis the season to be jolly! Christmas in London is unparalleled, with Christmas markets all over the capital and beautiful light displays as far as the eye can see. Everywhere you walk, you’ll embrace merriment (which isn’t usual on the streets of London, especially during commuter hour).  

Again, to truly relish the atmosphere and all that London has to offer layer up and whack on that big winter coat. We encourage you to wear the January uniform and enjoy.

Plum tip: Ice skating in the capital is a wonderfully festive thing to do, with rinks outside the Natural History Museum and Somerset house you can get up and personal with some of London’s most famous landmarks whilst gliding on the ice. No need to pack skates though as these will be provided!


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