Packing Guide: Visiting London in the Autumn

London is gorgeous in the Fall – there’s a cold snap in the air, the leaves change colour and it’s one of the best times to visit because it’s a little less touristy than in the summertime. If you are visiting between October – December and wondering what to pack for sightseeing around the city, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

packing guide londonWe have been blessed this year with warm weather until the last week. The temps went from 65-degrees F to a crisp 50 degrees F. It’s usually a lot colder than this though as we make our way into November but layering during this time of the year is key. If you’re visiting London, you’ll likely be out and about, visiting all the landmarks and while there will be a chill in the air, you may get a bit hot if you are doing a lot of walking. To be comfortable, I’d recommend a light sweater – the one I am wearing from HM is so soft, not too thick but still very warm on its own. I also love the bell sleeve (it’s my favourite trend this year!). HM is one of my favourite stores to get cosy jumpers from – they have an amazing variety this season at affordable price points.

A comfortable pair of jeans is also ideal for walking around. I love these black jeans with a bit of stretch from Marks & Spencer – they look great with flats or boots and are a great transition piece as they can be dressed up with a pair of heels and a silky top for dinner in the evening. I’d bring a couple pairs of trousers that you can transition from day to night with you.

packing guide londonShoes – the most important part of packing in my opinion as you want a pair of shoes that are super comfortable for walking around the city! I love these leopard print mules (on sale) from River Island and have been wearing them every single day to work as they match with nearly everything. Bring with you a great pair of flats like these and a pair of nice boots that will keep you warm.

A secure bag for all of your belongings is also key for walking around London. I highly recommend a cross body bag as its easier to keep an eye on your things but have also been using this fantastic tote bag from Accessorize for all of my autumn essentials. This bag is awesome because it comes with a middle compartment inside that also zips up, so you can store your wallet, passport, and any other important possessions inside safely zipped up. It’s also big enough to store extra layers such as a scarf, extra pair of heels for dinner, makeup, etc.

Finally, bring a very warm coat with you. As Ciaran and I were walking around Hyde Park on Sunday, it got freezing as the sun set. I love this wool checked jacket I got from J Crew last year – it’s incredibly warm. I find that the coats from J Crew are made to last and they’re generally very well-made.  The previous J Crew coat I bought a few years ago was a gorgeous bright pink wool number that lasted me several years. It’s still going but I gave it to my little sister when I upgraded to the checked wool one pictured above. They are investment pieces, but worth it. I would also recommend bringing a pair of sunglasses – even though London can be doom and gloom during the colder months, it’s nice to have a pair of shades when we do have a glimpse of the sun!

To recap, I would say comfy-cozy is definitely key when it comes to packing your autumn wardrobe for London. You are going to be doing quite a bit of walking, quite a bit of pub crawling and quite a bit of eating and you’re going to want to feel warm and comfortable whilst doing those things so think practically when packing above all else!

Packing Checklist:

  1. Sweaters for layering
  2. Smart denim/black trousers
  3. 1 pair of flats
  4. 1 pair of boots
  5. 1 pair of heels for dinner or going out
  6. A cute scarf. My little sister got me this adorable reversible scarf Poncho that I wear all the time.
  7. A very warm coat – I love this one from J Crew this year.
  8. A cross body bag – I have always been huge fans of COACH cross body bags and most recently love my Cambridge Satchel Co scalloped bag
  9. An LBD or jumpsuit- always comes in handy for lovely dinners out and always looks chic
  10. Jewellry
  11. A few silk tops for going out
  12. Makeup
  13. Sunglasses
  14. Camera – I love my new Olympus Pen EPL8 – it’s a fabulous little camera that takes tack sharp images. It’s small enough to throw in my bag and is perfect for traipsing around London.
  15. Hair straightener
  16. Umbrella
  17. UK Adapter for your electronics

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