We love visiting London in springtime (okay we love visiting London at any time of the year) there’s something magical about the flowers beginning to blossom, and dining outside in Camden even on a cold day.
However, friends and family from around the world often ask us about what to wear when visiting the English capital in spring. After all, England is known as being an incredibly cold and rainy country.
When visiting London in Spring aim for layers of clothing. Start with a t-shirt, then a hoodie, cardigan or jacket. This can be placed under a raincoat if required. Wear comfortable waterproof shoes as you’ll be doing a lot of walking and rain is still common in London in springtime.
Consider packing additional accessories such as a hat and scarf into your backpack before heading out for the day. Popular sites such as The Shard and The London Bridge are more exposed and therefore significantly colder than other areas of the city.
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What To Wear In London In Spring
The weather in London at spring time can range from glorious sunshine to rainy days. With highs of 18 degrees and lows of 6 degrees there is nothing more important than coming prepared.
Spring is a great time to visit London for a number of reasons, the weather is more than likely to be nice and warm (still pack for rain, it is England after all!) and there can often be some lovely events going on. Even better is that all the lovely cafes and restaurants will have seating outside for you to enjoy the scenery.
Depending on what you are heading to London to do depends on what kind of footwear you will want to wear. If you are planning on doing a lot of walking, exploring and tube hopping I would suggest footwear that is both flat and comfortable for long days.
Trainers, sports shoes, converse, etc are all great city exploring shoes. Don’t be afraid to get out your trainers and head off around the city. Trainers are built to give the foot and ankle the best support and comfort.
They are also generally lightweight which means your leg doesn’t have to carry as much weight. These are great if the weather is a little drier on your visit, even with a small splash of rain I would suggest wearing trainers.
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If you are planning on wearing some tights or leggings with a cute dress flat boots might be a better option. Wearing a pair of showerproof/waterproof boots no matter the style will be great if the weather on your visit is a little rainy.
Make sure your shoes are well worn in and are comfortable to spend the day in. If you have shoes that have a thick sole that moulds to the foot that is the best style shoe to walk around in.
Heels aren’t advised as some of the streets in London are cobbles making it harder to walk on in heels. If you plant o go out for an evening meal and want to dress up, take a pair and stash a pair of flat shoes in your handbag for the way home. I would only advise wearing heels when getting in taxis or walking short distances.
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Coats & Jackets For Women
Though Spring is a time for the weather to start getting warmer and sunnier it doesn’t mean it will be. You are visiting the UK where we are famous for rain, you want to make sure you are prepared for a little rain at some point.
Taking some kind of jacket that will either keep you warm when the weather is a little chilly or if it starts to rain. A jacket is a must-pack when deciding what to wear in London in Spring.
A leather jacket is very versatile and can easily be used as a day coat and then again for more formal evening wear. I had a weather jacket that lasted me years and I loved it. It was so easy to wear with pretty much anything.
Jackets such as trenchcoats, blazers, macs and bomber-style jackets are all great options as light jackets for London in Spring. These are all great to wear while exploring the big attractions of London.
They will all cope well with a little rain and also keep you warm for any cooler weather. Lighter style jackets are also great if you are planning on packing light, you can use them for evening jackets/coats if you are heading out to a show or dinner.
A hoodie is the perfect outerlayer for London in Spring. A jersey hoodie or zip up jacket is great as it is a warm material and great for layering up over t-shirts or under a waterproof layer.
If you don’t like the idea of a hoodie bring along a pack away light rain jacket. We had a compress lite jacket form Craghoppers we loved as it was easy to wear and we could pack it away into a small bag when we didn’t need it.
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T-shirts & Shirts For Women
The benefits of wearing a sleeveless shirt or top are that when you feel a little warm or when you go inside you can feel the cool air more.
As the weather can often be a little unpredictable you want to be prepared and you could enjoy enjoying the sunshine on a rooftop bar or quaint terrace.
If you are looking for clothes that are breathable and easy to wear, choose fabrics that are pure cotton, or linen blend. These are the best as they are durable, breathable and keep their shape after washing.
The comfiest thing to wear while you explore London is a t-shirt. It can be the perfect underlayer to keep you cool or warm depending on how you feel. T-shirts are always easy to wear and easy to pack into a small case.
Trousers & Skirts For Women
When decided what to wear in London in Spring trousers are quite a simple part of the outfit. As much of the layers you want to create are on the top half of your body you can focus on that.
I would honestly suggest any type of trouser /bottoms you find comfortable and easy to wear would work. I would still be wearing that you will be walking around all day in them so remember practicality still needs to play a part in the decision.
You can easily put together leggings or tights with a dress, blazer and a pair of ankle boots. There are so many options and leggings can be great as they are really easy to wear, move around in and they stretch with your body.
You can bring along a lovely pair of skinny jeans partnered up with a t-shirt and light jacket and trainers. Jeans are great as they are hardwearing, easy to wear and warm. Jeans are probably one of the easiest things to pack when deciding what to wear in London in Spring.
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Dresses & Jumpsuits For Women
These are otherwise items you might not think of packing or would forget as they aren’t what you would normally choose. These are just a couple of different options for those wanting to wear something a little different, something a little more dressy or just another option.
Wearing a dress doesn’t mean you aren’t dressed practically. Layering up a dress with tights, a blazer or leather jacket and a pair of converse would be a great outfit idea for what to wear in London in spring.
I love wearing my Dungarees, especially in Spring when the weather is lighter and a little warmer. You can wear a thin jumper or t-shirt underneath and a light jacket over the top for the morning chill.
Feel free to take these ideas as inspiration for what to wear in London in spring and create your own style with it.
Though dungarees and jumpsuits are a little more fiddly when it comes to getting to the bathroom they are really easy to wear and comfortable. You can find really easy to wear linen style jumpsuits that are loose and breathable for warmer climates.
Accessories For Women
No matter the plan of what to wear in London in Spring you need a bag or backpack. You need somewhere to stock those bargains, souvenirs and your money.
Not to mention any extras you plan on taking such as an umbrella. You can find really nice easy to use and pack away bags from Craghoppers that are versatile and waterproof too.
If you like to live life with a side of caution it is always handy to keep an umbrella on you. Though the weather is less likely to be rainy and showers it is always safe to keep one with you.
They don’t call them April showers for no reason, you can find a really easy foldable one that can be small to stash in your bag.
Don’t forget to bring a small plastic bag in case you have to put away a soggy umbrella. This will stop the umbrella soaking the rest of your bag and save you dripping all over yourself.
Footwear For Men
I feel like footwear can be both easy and hard for men to work out. There aren’t many styles of shoe that are mid range, from comfortable day wear to nice smart evening shoe.
I would pack a pair of each at least, depending on what you plan to do, where you plan to go and if you have any special restaurants booked for your trip. London is a place that no matter what you wear you won’t stand out as the population is so diverse (something I love about London).
I would recommend wearing either a trainer or waterproof boot while exploring the wonderful city of London. If the weather is forecast to be nice, work with a trainer style shoe. This can be anything from what you wear at home and are comfortable in or a more hardcore shoe such as a Merrell hiking shoe.
Top Tip: If you go clubbing make sure you wear smart shoes as many clubs in London won’t let you in if you wear trainers.
Even though you can get around London by bus, underground, taxi and bike you will still end up doing a lot of walking. Sometimes walking the streets of London gives you the bet view and feel of the place.
So plan your footwear so you can have the best amount of comfort and support.
Top Tip: No matter what shoes you wear make sure they are well broken into, nothing worse than getting blisters on day one of your trip.
Personally I always recommend trainers as they are the most practical for walking. I love wearing my converse as they are well broken in and find that they pair well with most items within my wardrobe.
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T-shirts & Shirts For Men
T-shirts can be pretty straight forward for men. Pick the style and fit that suits you the most and is most comfortable.
Try and pick 100% cotton t-shirts as they are the most comfortable, breathable and won’t irritate the skin if you get too hot.
Depending on the weather and your outer wear may depend on whether you wish to wear long sleeve or short sleeve.
Shirts are also a great layer to wear in Spring as they are cotton, breathable and comfortable.
Trousers & Shorts
Any type of trousers are good for walking around London in Spring. Be sure to check the weather before deciding what to wear, as this may drastically change what is best suited to the day.
I personally like to wear stretchy jeans or joggers but you can wear what makes you feel most comfortable.
Top Tip: I would save your smarter trousers for the evenings or when you plan to go out for a nice meal.
The benefit of wearing joggers is that they are so comfy and easy to wear. They are also super flexible if you find yourself running for the underground.
Trousers such as chinos and khakis are great for exploring the city due to the fabric being breathable and easy to wear. They can often look smart and nice for photos to send back home.
Shorts are the same principle as trousers, as long as they are comfortable and easy to wear they will be good to pack for London. I would advise to make sure you have good pockets and zip pockets on either your trousers, coat or bag to protect your belongings.
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Jackets & Coats For Men
England is known for having some rainy showers even when the weather is forecast to be nice. So it is always best to be prepared for colder weather.
The easiest way to make sure you don’t get soaked while starting at the big ben is to make sure you have what you need on hand.
Whether is be a light jacket to shelter your body and keep you warm to a pack away rain jacket. Personally I like to be well prepared so I would have a light jacket on hand and a pac away rain jacket in my bag.
You can find a number of pack away raincoats on the market which are great for doing the job and don’t have to take up too much space in your backpack.
Jackets such as denim jackets, leather or sheepskin jackets are great as they aren’t too thick but will help keep the wind and breeze off your body.
Take what you most feel comfortable in and what you feel you can wear while exploring the many wonderful sights of London.
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Jumpers For Men
If jackets and coats aren’t your thing then why not take a woolly jumper or hoodie?
Hoodies are so easy to wear and so comfortable that they make for a perfect layering option for most countries not just England.
You can team up a hoodie or woolly jumper with a t-shirt underneath and a rain coat in your backpack for the rain showers in the day (fingers crossed you don’t have to use it!).
You can find fleece lined hoodies, fur trim and even super thick ones to keep you really nice and warm. If you feel you need a little extra coverage underneath, change your short sleeve t-shirt for a long sleeve.
You can even use this style for the evenings when you are heading out, put a shirt on with a nice thin woolly jumper over the top with nice jeans and shoes.
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Accessories For Men
I always like to recommend a backpack or bag to take on a day trip around London.
This can have in your wallet, travel card for the underground, bottle of water and even an umbrella or pack a mack.
Having a couple of essentials in your bag is so helpful when exploring London. We love to use our to hold our camera and some snacks to keep us going through the day!
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That is everything on our guide for what to wear in London in Spring. I hope you have found this helpful and easy to follow. Honestly, there are so many style outfits and style clothes you could wear it is all a matter of practicality, comfort and ease.