Tourist guides are full to the brim with advice on which landmarks to visit, where to stay, where to eat and drink, how to get around, and where to seek out evening entertainment. But one important thing often gets neglected: what to wear. This is especially prudent to consider when you’re visiting London, which has unpredictable weather to say the least. ‘Summer’ in the United Kingdom won’t necessarily match your associations with that term, with the exception of a handful of days a year (if we’re lucky), and is no guarantee that it won’t be cold, wet and windy. On the other hand, winter can often be mild, to the extent that you won’t even need a coat and a light outer layer will suffice. On balance, the United Kingdom – London included – has a temperate climate. You’re unlikely to encounter extreme heat or cold, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be prepared for a variety of weather conditions.
While British weather is notoriously unpredictable, there are certain measures you can take in the immediate build-up of your trip to London. The Met Office is a good place to start, and BBC London Weather provides the latest forecasts for up to a week in advance. Don’t forget, though, that the weather forecast can never be completely relied on, and in a climate as unpredictable as Britain’s, it’s best to pack for all weathers. Make sure you bring hats, scarves, gloves, a warm coat and an umbrella, as well as sun cream and sunglasses. A rain coat is also essential – no matter what time of year you are coming to visit. London can vary a lot in temperature in the space of one day, so you’ll find it helpful to bring clothes you can wear in layers, shedding one or two when it starts hotting up.
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The single most important piece of clothing to consider for your trip to London – as with any destination – is your footwear. What shoes you wear, and at what times, will obviously depend on what you’re doing, but a pair of hard-wearing, comfortable and supportive walking shoes, with a springy sole, is your best bet for days spent walking to and around London’s tourist attractions. A pair of comfortable casual shoes and a pair of formal shoes will probably suffice for most of the activities you’ll undertake in London. Needless to say, a rucksack is another essential piece of kit to hold your essentials when you’re out and about, and a small pouch or bag which can be worn discreetly underneath your clothes is fantastic for cash, cards, passports and other valuables. London, like any big city, has its share of pickpockets and thieves, and unfortunately these people often target tourists, so looking after your things as best you can is important