London, England, United Kingdom: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to London, England, United Kingdom? If you're planning to go to London, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to London, England, United Kingdom

Based on the climate and weather in London, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for London, England, United Kingdom by month

January

January here is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost a bit less than half of the time. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Light gloves or mittens

February

If you are traveling to London in February, you will notice that it can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C). There is frost 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Light gloves or mittens

March

Traveling to London in March, you will notice that it is cold and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). There is frost about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Umbrella

April

If you vacation in London during April, you are likely to find that it is cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally around 60 during the day.

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly. There is frost sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces

May

In May, London is chilly. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (high 10s C) and sometimes jump into the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for London, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage

June

June in London is balmy and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) to high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks

July

July is warm. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses

August

If you go to London in August, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Skirts

September

September in London is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) to high 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear

October

If you visit London during October, you are likely to find that it is relatively cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Rain coat

November

November in London is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about half of the time.

But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average. There is frost regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof footwear

December

If you vacation in London during December, you are likely to find that it is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 80 and 90% during the day.

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time. There is frost 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for London, England, United Kingdom

Here are some general tips on what to wear in London, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types G
  • A SIM card that works in London
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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