Autumn is in the air. Or it’s supposed to be. London’s had mixed weather lately, but I’m sure things will return to normal soon. If you’re traveling to the UK this fall and want a local’s advice for what to bring, here’s my essential autumn packing list for London. These 5 items will help you travel light and look like a local. And who wouldn’t want that?

Autumn Packing List for London

Autumn Packing List for London

Being a shoulder season, autumn can have mixed weather in London. One day it feels like summer, the next it threatens to snow. When I first moved to London this erratic climate threw me off. But now that I’ve been through 9 years of it, I’ve learned what I need to survive. I hope that by sharing my findings with you I will help you avoid the mistakes I made.

Autumn Outfit for London

Jeans
I love jeans. I wear them almost every day, summer or winter, rain or shine. And in the autumn they’re the perfect thing to wear with sweaters and boots. Durable enough to withstand the weather and warm enough to resist the cold, they couldn’t be better suited for the season.

As far as the type, I swear by AG jeans and 7 For All Mankind. I’ve had countless pairs over the years and they fit perfectly. If you’re in the UK, these are the perfect pair. If you’re in the US, check these out.

Autumn Scarf
In the same way I included summer scarves in my summer packing list, I’m putting autumn ones on my autumn packing list. Scarves are a staple of any Londoner’s wardrobe, and autumn scarves are perfect for the season’s ever-changing weather.

They’re a great way to accent an outfit, too. If you’re in the UK, you can buy one here. If you’re in the US, you can get one here.

Autumn Coat
Nothing fights the impending chill like a good coat, and I never walk out the door without one. Heavier than my summer trench but shorter than my winter coat, my autumn coat offers a good balance for the season in between. It’s also a great wardrobe investment, as I wear it more than anything else I own in the fall. If you’re in the UK, you can get one here. If you’re in the US, you can get one here.

Autumn Sweaters
Under my coat, I always like to wear a good autumn sweater (er, jumper). I’m a sucker for light cashmere ones, not least because they’re so soft I feel like I’m walking in a cloud. But beyond touch, they also keep me warm.

On days when I don’t need a coat, I can layer them and know I’ll still be toasty if the weather turns. If you’re in the UK, this is a good one. If you’re in the US, this one is just the thing.

Ankle Boots
If flats are the perfect summer shoes, boots are just the thing for autumn. It’s usually not cold enough for calf-height boots until November, so I like to go with a shorter boot before the cold creeps in. Flat ankle boots are great for walking around London, and keep my feet warm and dry on rainy days (and there can be a lot of them!). You can buy them here.

To recap, here is my autumn packing list for London:
1. Jeans
2. Autumn scarf
3. Autumn coat
4. Autumn sweaters
5. Ankle boots

Beyond these 5 items, I still recommend the umbrella and bag I mentioned in my summer packing list. They’re useful year-round, and are good things to have on any trip to London.

If you follow this packing list you’ll be all set for your visit, rain or shine. Happy travels!

How about you? What would you put on your autumn packing list for London?

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20 Comments on Lady’s Essential Autumn Packing List for London

  1. A sweater is something that I swear by during autumn/fall! They’re the best thing ever, also boots because not only are they comfy as hell but also stylish! x

  2. I just started following you because we are traveling to the UK in October so this is timely. This Texas girl has NO IDEA how to pack for cooler temperatures.

  3. Am travelling to London in the next two weeks and have been waiting for this post! Question though, is there a “wet” kind of chill in the air in September? I don’t live close to a body of water so when it gets chilly here, it’s a “dry” kind of chill. Thank you so much!

    • It’s been pretty humid here lately, but it can get dry quickly, too. I would check the weather a few days before you arrive to see what the humidity is like. Hope that helps! London can be so unpredictable that it’s sometimes hard to know.

  4. I’ve just bought tickets and I’m going to London for one October weekend! So excited to be back there after a few years 😉 Thanks for your list, Julie, I think it might be helpful reminder while packing.

  5. I leave for London on the 21st of this month so I’ve been watching the weather carefully to make sure I’m packing the right things. I only take one small bag with me so I have to be able to make a few things go a long way. I’m still torn between my Burberry short rain coat and another coat similar to the one you’ve shown. I’ll keep watching the weather reports.

  6. I see a lot of weather checkers here. I think the trick with London is don’t believe the weather forecasters. They will change, the weather itself will change – it’s all to do with where we are on the globe and the fact that we are an island (well that is their excuse anyway!). That’s why multi weather clothes like scarves, light sweaters and ankle boots are such a good call – they all keep the chill out without smothering you! Also I like to save something to have to buy on my travels – makes for a nice souvenir! In London I’ll head to Camden Lock for that.

  7. I know this article is addressed for tourists spending only a few day in autumn, but it reminded me of the days I had to pack because I was moving to London. I had to give away 70% of my wardrobe because it was made of summer clothes only… Not sure what I miss more, the sun or my lovely summer dresses 🙂

  8. Pack fewer clothes and more scarfs. You can always look fresh with new scarf. I always plan on changing shoes once a day makes for better feeling feet.
    Two ply cashmere is the best layered with cotton turtle neck sweaters. Works for me every time.

  9. Thanks! I’ve noticed how the weather has been acting different lately, but def want to pack for my upcoming trip the best way possible and this quick guide is perfect! Heading to London in two weeks and couldn’t be more excited!

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