England as a whole is known for its unpredictable and somewhat rainy weather. London is no exception and often has a rainy spell and wintery showers. Though that doesn’t mean winter is a bad time to explore London.
We have some useful tips, tricks and style options to help you decide on your outfit choices. I can imagine you are planning on seeing the big sights, trying out some of the cute cafes and riding around on the big red buses.
Comfort is important when running around a huge city like London. This is what to wear in London in winter…
What To Wear In London In Winter
Whether you are a comfort over style kind of person or you want to try and look your best we have you covered.
I am going to be siding with comfort and caution as nothing can be worse than walking around in soaked clothes all day. What to wear in London in winter is all about practicality, comfort and keeping dry.
This post can apply to both men and women.
Personally, I find one of the most important parts of keeping dry is your feet. I honestly can be in the worst mood if I have to have wet feet for long.
To save yourself from having to buy new shoes, ruining your nice ones or just having soggy feet look at our suggestions below.
Anytype of the waterproof or showerproof boots are wise. There will be many puddles and when you are walking in and among the busy Londoners you are bound to get splashed.
I personally would pick a pair that are from the ankle upwards and preferably flat. If you are planning on doing plenty of sightseeing, walking and exploring you want to be as comfortable as possible.
Now if you are looking to be a little more stylish you can go with a sleek black pair that really blend into your outfit. You can buy plenty of different styles from high street stores that are a little less countryside and a little more stylish if you prefer.
Tip: If you are heading out for dinner and want to have heels or nicer shoes on, take them in your bag and trade out as you arrive. Saves you from ruining your nice shoes and you still get to look nice!
I know so many people have a variety of what they like to wear, personally like a raincoat and woolly bobble hat, others prefer a stylish jacket and umbrella. I will present the best options to keep you looking good but staying as dry as possible.
A raincoat is probably going to be the most suitable coat for roaming London in winter. It is really versatile as you can wear it while it is snowing and raining.
They are generally quite light and easy to pack away if you are too warm. The best part is they are easy to wear and not too thick making them the ideal outerwear option.
Raincoats come in so many styles, sizes and colours so you can be bold in yellow or sleek in black. You can get varied styles so if you want something a little more stylish you can find ones at high street stores.
Alternatively look for a raincoat more suited to outdoor adventures at places like Regatta, Blacks and Go Outdoors. Or consider Pac a Macs which are super helpful as they pack away small and light to carry around.
Leather is a natural waterproof fabric anyway which is great. You can team up a leather jacket with a thin jumper, skinny jeans with boots and an umbrella for the rain.
This is a great option if you are heading to London for a more formal event or for a celebration. They are also great as they are easy to clean, durable and long-lasting.
There are some really lovely style of wool coats that are great for keeping warm in winter. They aren’t as practical for rain but if the winter air is quite dry and there is ice/snow on the ground a wool coat is a great option.
The wool is a naturally breathable fabric making it a great material to wear while exploring London.
I got a great thick coat from Craghoppers, they make coats to last with easy care. The coat above is really thick and warm perfect for the coldest of winters, it has large pockets which are so handy and even a secret one to keep valuables in.
I am a big lover of jumpers as they are snuggly, loose and easy to wear. I love winter along just so I can wear my jumpers again. I have a range of thick woollen jumpers to thinner t-shirt style jumpers.
These can create a great warm base layer with a raincoat or leather jacket for a trip to London. A jumper is a must when it comes to deciding what to wear in London in winter. You can also trade this for a hoodie style jumper too for added warmth.
Long Sleeve Top/Shirts
Long Sleeve Tops can be the difference between too cold in a t-shirt and too warm in a jumper. You can use long sleeve t-shirts as a base layer if you like to wear multiple layers. You can wear it as a thermal layer or a normal layer.
Shirts are great as they can look nice an also very practical in keeping you warm. You can find some really high-quality shirts for reasonable prices, the best bit is you can always roll up the sleeve or undo the front to wear it more casually.
If you are like Cora then you won’t want to wear too many layers. If you are naturally warm look at having an outer layer and then a thin cooling under layer.
T-shirts are great as you can just add on the outer layer for when your outside and inside you can feel cool.
Leggings are such a great layer to wear in winter. You can even find fleece lined for extra warmth and comfort. The best thing about leggings is that you can wear them with boots and wellies easily and still look good.
You can team them with a long top, jumper or dress and can be versatile. If you are looking for what to wear in London in winter and want something that will look nice in the evening too these are a great option.
Tights are easily a good base layer, I would suggest getting the thicker denier or even the woolly style tights for London in winter. You can team up tights with a lovely dress or long jumper or even a skirt.
Remember to pick up tights with a little more thickness to help keep your legs warmer, if you tend to get cold quite easily pick up a thick pair of tights as thermals under jeans or trousers.
Jeans are such a save and easy option for so many. Though they don’t dry well they are warm to wear and sturdy. Pair up your jeans with some waterproof boots, top and jacket and maybe even a hat for extra warmth.
You can also take your jeans from the day into more formal evening wear by trading out for a smarter shirt/blouse and a leather jacket. If jeans aren’t your thing thick trousers or joggers will do the trip.
As I have mentioned above you can put a lovely dress with a pair of thick tights or leggings. If you are struggling to decide what to wear in London in winter, a dress can be a great alternative for going from daywear to eveningwear.
If you aren’t a fan of wearing hoods and hat this is a better alternative but be prepared to hold on and push through the crowds at busy times.
If you wanting to save space in your day bag I would suggest getting a foldable compact umbrella.
Tip: If you are using an umbrella take a plastic bag along with you to put it in while it is wet and you are inside or not using it.
I love bobble hats, they are one of the most exciting parts of winter for me. Wearing a hat of any kind is a great way to help keep the heat in your body.
Don’t hesitate to pack a hat when deciding what to wear in London in winter.
Whether these are leather or woolly a pair of gloves are good to have on hand for early mornings and evenings when the temperature drops.
You can store them in your bag until you need them. I would say these are essential when deciding what to wear in London in winter.
We always have showerproof bags so this isn’t new for us. If you plan to use your ordinary backpack look at getting a cover for when it does rain. Alternatively, you can use your normal bag and keep it covered under your umbrella or coat.
You can find easy pack away bags if you are looking to take a backpack but don’t have space in your luggage.
That is everything on our what to wear in London in winter. I hope this has been helpful for your packing and deciding what to wear. If you have any suggestions on the best places to buy any of the suggested items above leave us a comment.