Despite rumours of endless rain, London offers four distinct and very enjoyable seasons. Although you may want to pack an umbrella, the city has a balmy, hot summer season as well as a crisp, dry autumn. London really is a year round destination for every type of traveller!
Here is your month-to-month ‘what to wear and when’ guide for visiting the British capital:
Embrace fluffy layers and cosy knits this month. Keep the cold out as you explore with some great quality boots. Select easily removable layers for when you head indoors to warm up with a coffee.
There is potential for snow this month, so good quality footwear to keep out the damp and the cold will work well. Cosy scarves and gloves are a stylish must have.
Though the daytimes will begin to get longer, it may still be chilly with some breakthrough spots of sunshine. Swap heavy winter coats for light, waterproof jackets and large lens sunglasses.
As spring begins, so do the infamous April showers! Although the temperatures will be starting to pick up, it can still be very chilly in the evenings so pack stylish loose layers to suit.
As spring nudges closer to summer, you might get away with a few warmer days where you can remove jumpers and jackets. The weather is variable so be prepared for every occasion.
As festival season kicks off with Pride month, London will explode into colour. The weather will follow suit, for the most part! Be prepared for rain or shine as you enjoy the outdoor celebrations.
The month of July is the hottest one of the year. London is a fantastic city in the summertime. Wear loose linens and sandals to soak up the sunshine in London’s many traditional pub gardens.
As the hot weather continues, you’ll still be able to enjoy lots of sunshine. Be prepared for unexpected heavy rains, however! Pack a light and comfortable layer for the evening.
As the days begin to gradually shorten, the temperatures will fall also. This is ideal blazer season, which can be easily added to any outfit you choose to wear while venturing out in town.
Roll necks, wraps and heavier fabric will suit this typically British autumn month. Swap open toes for boots and embrace English wide brimmed hats and trilby’s during the daytime.
With winter setting in fast, it’s time to step out in your favourite winter layers. Stylish dark glasses and a groomed hairstyle will offset the bulk of winter coats with European elegance.
December is a London’s festive season! Enjoy Christmas shopping on Oxford street and ice- skating outside the Natural History Museum while keeping warm in cosy winter layers.
No matter what time of year you visit the bustling city of London, you won’t be limited for things to do. Regardless of the weather, London offers an incredible variety of spots to explore that will suit the interests of every traveller.
Wander through the free museums scattered across the central city, or head to the less tourist- packed East area of London to enjoy the arts and music scene. Take a train out to Southall to enjoy incredible asian food and culture, or keep things simple with a picnic in Hyde Park.