The first time I visited London was during the holidays and it was truly a winter wonderland unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Even the decor of NYC doesn’t hold a candle to London during Christmastime! I loved that trip but told myself I wanted to travel to London in spring when the festiveness is gone, the grass is green, and the flowers are blooming.
Spring is the perfect time of year to visit London. The weather is mild, making exploring the city much easier than winter. Plus, the London summer crowds haven’t arrived just yet.
However, despite warmer temperatures, London weather can be quite unpredictable this time of year, and it’s usually not time for sandals. Mornings and evenings can be incredibly chilly, and chances are you may get some brief periods of light rain during your vacation.
If you’re planning a trip to London in spring, here’s my spring packing list featuring essential items to bring in your suitcase.
Your Packing Guide: What to Wear in London in Spring
Whenever I travel, regardless of where I’m going, I try to limit my color palette so I can mix and match my pieces. I stick to mostly neutral colors for my foundation pieces (like jackets, jeans, or shoes), then work in some pops of color via tops and dresses.
Packing like this helps keep options open since plans and weather can change. This also allows me to re-wear certain items with new pieces I may buy during my trip.
Read on for my London packing list for spring but be sure to also check the weather since it can be a bit erratic.
If there’s one clothing item that’s synonymous with London fashion, it’s a trench coat. This is a must-have to pack for your spring trip to London. A trench coat is highly versatile, and it really is the perfect outer piece for spring weather. It’s warm enough for cooler days, but also breathable during moments of sunshine. I prefer a camel color since the shade works with pretty much everything. You can style a trench coat over jeans and sneakers as easily as you can with a dress and heels.
This post on how to wear a trench coat will provide you with a handful of outfit ideas for your London spring trip.
When it comes to footwear, people dress in London similarly to how they do in any major US walking city: sensibly and for comfort. Therefore, a pair of sneakers – or as they call them, trainers – is a must.
I’m partial to classic white sneakers like these or these because you can wear them with everything from jeans and skirts to casual dresses and wide leg trousers. These Adidas sneakers also provide a cool it-girl aesthetic.
Black leather ankle boots are a footwear staple in London. Which should be no surprise since both Chelsea boots and Dr. Marten’s started there.
Londoners wear these water resistant boots with everything. They’re a great option for trekking through damp streets or when a rainy forecast is on the horizon.
4. Lightweight Sweater
Due to the ups and downs of weather, layering is key in London in spring. Make sure to pack a few thin layers such as a lightweight sweater or cardigan that you can wear on its own or easily layer if needed.
I recommend packing at least two pairs of jeans for your spring trip to London. If you’re packing knee-high or tall boots, pack a pair of skinny jeans so that you can keep your legs warm by tucking the legs into the boots.
I also usually pack a pair of straight leg jeans that hit at my ankle. Not only does this length and silhouette work for a variety of footwear options, if it rains your pant bottoms won’t get soaked.
If you’re traveling to London in late spring or happen to luck out with warm weather, be sure to pack a few midi dresses.
Pairing a midi dress with some with sneakers is quintessentially British. Find a great selection of solid and printed dresses from English brand Boden here.
I’m a big fan of these t-shirts from M.M. LaFleur. Pima cotton is a higher quality cotton. So these short sleeved shirts are thicker and a bit more elevated than your average basic tees. (If you need an easy dinner outfit after a long day of sightseeing, throw one on with some jeans and heels for a simple but comfortable look.)
Mornings and nights in London can still be quite chilly in the spring, so consider packing a lightweight scarf or cashmere travel wrap to keep your neck and chest warm.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to rain, especially in London. The city is notorious for rainy weather. So be sure to pack a space-saving umbrella that you can fit in your suitcase or purse.
I always like to be hands-free when I travel. Because I don’t like holding a bag all day while sightseeing or shopping. Although London is generally safe, the city isn’t immune to pickpockets. And a zip-top crossbody bag ensures my wallet, phone, and other essentials are on my physical body that I can hold close in large crowds.
This zipper crossbody bag is my bag of choice for international travel, and it’s a great medium size that fits a camera or small souvenirs.
If you’re looking for something smaller, I love this bag from Sezane and it’s available in multiple colors.
The key to packing for London in spring is bringing light layers, pieces you can mix and match, and comfortable shoes like sneakers or boots for your sightseeing days.