Exploring London: How to Travel in Style

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When it comes to travelling in style, it’s not always about fast cars or luxury yachts; style comes in many different forms, and what you wear is perhaps one of the most important elements of style, especially on trips to London. London is one of the greatest cities on earth, home to an array of wondrous attractions to visit. The city is divided into 32 boroughs, with neighbourhoods to satisfy the tastes of anyone, with cultural food, vibrant live music, and unique pockets at every turn.

The classic destinations for every tourist to visit in London are always Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower of London, not to mention many other destinations such as the beautiful parks, museums, and restaurants. No matter what you’re coming to London for, and whether you came via train, boat, private jet charter, or cycle, it is important to come prepared.
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Explore London in style © Benjamin Davies / Unsplash

By no means is the British weather predictable (to say the very least!), and any London locals will know that it is always a savvy choice to have a raincoat, flip-flops, sun cream, thermals, and gloves ready in a bag just in case! When it comes to planning what to bring to London, unpredictable weather can cause some issues. To help you prepare for your trip, we have created the perfect guide to London, filled with insider tips to help you always travel in style, no matter the season.

Spring in London

With the arrival of spring, the parks across the city start to bloom, bringing a new sense of anticipation as the locals look towards longer days and milder weather. The brighter days do not necessarily mean the weather is instantly warmer, as it can still be fairly unpredictable. Temperatures fluctuate from anywhere between 12°C to 18°C. In the spring months, it is crucial that you pack strategically. Be prepared for the weather to turn even on warmer days. 
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Summer in London © Massimo Virgilio / Unsplash

Summer in London

When summer arrives, every nook and cranny of London is fuelled by food markets, live music festivals, pop-up bars, sporting events, and more. You could be sitting at Wimbledon sipping on Pimms or catching your favourite bands at the British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park; there’s never a drought in entertainment during the summer months in London.

Temperatures differ, as with other seasons of the year, with heights reaching anything up to 30°C and glorious daylight lasting until late in the evening. As with the nature of the English weather, it is no surprise for locals to be welcomed with showers in the forecast, making travelling to London a difficult challenge in the summer months. Always try to capitalise on outdoor events and know that if rainy weather has been forecast, it does not mean that it is going to be cold. 
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Autumn in London © Jack Finnigan / Unsplash

Autumn in London

When Autumn comes around, the dropping temperatures bring with them light chills and even more showers. The autumn weather can change fairly drastically from day to day, but you can still enjoy temperatures in the 20s. At night, a different story is told, with temperatures falling to as low as 6°C. The vests and shorts you had been donning in the summer are no longer viable, but it may still be too warm for a large winter jacket. The key to autumn in London is layers.

Winter in London

London is one of the most beautiful cities in winter. The festivities are back, and those lazy autumn days are gone. The temperature has definitely dropped by this time, sitting between 5-9°C, sometimes even colder. Winter is a time to show off your true style, and when it comes to the locals, they know how to look good, even when bundled up against the cold. The temperature does not deter Londoners from enjoying a mulled wine in one of the cosy pop-up bars or enjoying festivities at markets and festive fairs, which means you should do too. 
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Christmas time in London © Jamie Davies / Unsplash

Looking cool in London

Each area of London will bring its own style, so that means there isn’t just a single look to follow. This being said, there are a select few fashion mantras that all Londoners live by when getting dressed for the day.

Have fun: There is a good reason why London is seen as one of the largest global fashion hotspots, and that is that the residents aren’t afraid to try something a little risqué. Colouring outside the lines and adding a little fun into their outfits is what Londoners are all about. Embracing the individuality, eccentricity, and quirky nature of each personality is something you’ll see regularly. Think bold, think colours, think patterns.

Dress down: Not every aspect of your outfit needs to be perfectly matched or have too much thought put into it. The London aesthetic often combines mix-match pieces, delivering a sense of not looking perfectly put together. Don’t be afraid to combine an elegant evening dress with an oversized jacket, for example.
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This chap is definitely looking cool in London © Abi Ismail / Unsplash

Practicality: The true essence of London styling is being casual, cool, and practical. Work with your surroundings. High heels have no place on public transport and cobbled streets. Go for something more comfortable that is going to put the work in when you’re exploring one of the many boroughs. A top tip is to always pack an umbrella – we are in England, after all!

Vintage: With so much history and tradition, it is no surprise that vintage looks are always pushed in London. To get a true London look, combine a beat-up leather jacket with a band tee. Vintage clothing is ripe for exploration, and if you’re a true vintage lover, you should head to the places that celebrate these styles the best. Brick Lane, Dalston, Marylebone, Camden, and Portobello Road are all quintessential for one-of-a-kind retro garments.


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