What to Wear in London in Winter (+ Packing List!)

I live in the north of England and visit London for work about once a month. Even more so in winter, with brands lining up Christmas events and award ceremonies.

London is beautiful in winter. However, the weather can be confusing. One morning, you can wake up to pouring rain, but by lunch, it’s so sunny that you’d think it was summer. That said, if I was planning a trip to London in the winter, here’s what I’d pack.


The essential clothing items you’ll want to pack for a trip to London:

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Trousers & Leggings
  • T-Shirts (long sleeve if you can)
  • Jacket
  • Trainers
  • Pyjamas
  • Raincoat

You could pack a dress or two, especially if you’re going somewhere nice in the evening. However, you’ll want a coat or jacket to go over this.

Accessories & Extras

  • Purse / Wallet / Money
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Wooly Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses (just in case)

I recommend bringing a backpack for your jacket or coat. That way, if it does start to rain, you’ll still have it to hand.


The toiletries available in hotels in London will vary depending on where you stay. As such, feel free to adjust this list of toiletries where necessary.

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bodywash
  • Facewash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Bobbles
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturiser
  • Razer/shaver
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Make-up
  • First aid kit (plasters, bandages, etc.)
  • Medication (where applicable)

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you’ll also want to pack the following where applicable:

  • Prescription glasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Contact lens solution
  • Prescription goggles
  • Prescription sunglasses

Tech & Entertainment

  • iPad / tablet
  • Headphones
  • Chargers
  • Laptop
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • SD Cards
  • Power Bank

Baby & Toddler

If you’re travelling to London with a baby or toddler, then you’ll also want to bring:

  • Vests
  • Babygrows
  • Clothes
  • Snowsuit
  • Pushchair
  • Raincover
  • Baby bottles
  • Water bottle
  • Sterilising bags
  • Baby Monitor
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Sling/baby carrier
  • Nappies
  • Nappy creams
  • Formula
  • Breast pump
  • Thermometer


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