Packing for a visit to London presents unique challenges for a number of reasons. The weather is unpredictable, meaning you’ll need to pack for all possibilities, and there’s so much variety when it comes to things to do that a range of outfits are bound to be required.
First things first: bring a waterproof. British weather gets a bad press, and it’s not always fair: we’re (thankfully) rarely hit by the extreme weather conditions which ravage some parts of the world, with generally mild temperatures year round. Our winters are rarely arctic, it’s certainly fair to say that our summers aren’t exactly Saharan, and rainfall doesn’t often reach dangerous proportions, particularly not in London. But, it has to be said, it does rain. Regularly. Crucially, London’s rainfall is also unpredictable, but is a feature of the weather year-round. Therefore, bring a waterproof jacket and a small umbrella which you can carry with you in your backpack when you’re out and about to ensure you’re suitably prepared if (or when!) the heavens open.
The next essential when it comes to packing for London is something which should really apply no matter where you’re going, and that is to bring comfortable shoes. While it’s often tempting to leave behind walking boots in favour of another pair of fashionable or smart shoes, you’ll only regret that decision when you’re tottering between museums on heels desperately trying to find some blister plasters (another good thing to pack, even when you do get your footwear right!) Practical shoes are particularly important for a trip to London because of the sheer size of the place, and the number of attractions it is home to which are most easily accessible by foot. Central London has an embarrassment of riches within walking distance of each other, and with some of the best museums and galleries in the world, a lot of your time in this city is going to be spent walking around. If you’re looking for a hotel in central London from which to explore its myriad attractions, the Marble Arch by Montcalm is a luxury hotel in a central location with a wide range of rooms and suites.
Temperature is just as unpredictable and rainfall, and a frosty winter’s morning can turn into a bright, warm afternoon just as easily as a summer’s day can start off sunny and warm before clouding over and turning into a distinctly grey and chilly afternoon. Therefore, the third rule of packing for London centres around layers. You’ll probably want the option of a jumper, shirt and t-shirt all year round – pack accordingly. Every cloud has a silver lining, though, and the weather’s unpredictability can also mean that the sun makes an appearance in the most unexpected of situations. For that reason, it’s always a good idea to bring sunglasses, no matter what time of year you’re visiting London.