Spring has arrived in London! The daffodils are out in the parks and the days are getting longer and warmer every week. If you’ll be traveling to the UK capital in the next few months and want an insider’s guide to what to bring, here’s my spring packing list for London. These 5 things will help you pack light and arrive ready to live (and look) like a local.
Spring Packing List for London
Spring is a fickle season in London. Some days feel like winter, others could pass for July. When I first moved here I felt like I was always dressing for the wrong weather, but after 9 spring seasons I’ve gotten it down to an art. I hope my list will help you do the same.
As with all the other seasons, spring in London requires a coat. I like to wear a trench with good lining in the spring since it keeps me warmer than my summer coat but not as toasty as my winter one. It’s great for dressing up and down depending on where I’m going, and it’s versatile enough to go with anything I wear. If you’re in the UK, get one here. If you’re in the US, get one here.
The next item on my spring packing list for London is a good pair of brogues. I didn’t know what brogues were when I moved to London, but seemingly every woman in the city has a pair or three. I now swear by these lace-up shoes in spring, when it’s too balmy for boots but not quite hot enough for flats and flip-flops. If you’re in the UK, get them here. If you’re in the US, you can get them here.
The next essential item for London in spring is a scarf. As with any other season, it helps keep me warm if temperatures suddenly drop, and is a good accessory for adding color to an outfit. I like light, bright scarves for spring, as they get me in the mood for the season. If you’re in the UK, get one here. If you’re in the US, these are just the things.
As with scarves, good colorful sweaters are key for spring. London can be chilly through mid-May, and a light sweater is just the thing to keep me warm. I usually pair it with a T-shirt underneath in case I need to shed a layer when it gets hot in the afternoon. If you’re in the UK, get them here. If you’re in the US, these are perfect.
The last thing on my spring packing list for London is a good camera. Spring is my favorite time of year in the city, not least because the parks and gardens are bursting with crocuses, daffodils, tulips, and blossoms. I love capturing their colors with my DSLR. I use a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM (standard zoom) lens and a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (telephoto) lens. It’s an investment, but well worth it. You can get one here.
To recap, here’s my spring packing list for London:
1. Spring coat
3. Spring scarf
4. Colorful sweaters
In addition to these, I still recommend the umbrella from my summer packing list. It’s good to have one no matter what time of year it is in London.
Follow this packing list and you’ll be all set for your trip, rain or sun. Happy travels!
How about you? What would you put on your spring packing list for London?
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