London is one of my favorite cities to visit and each year I go back to build out recommendations for London, Perfected. This year I am once again returning to London and I cannot wait to explore the city under the blue skies while enjoying all the city has to offer.
London in Spring Packing List
My suitcase for Spring trips is usually full of pretty, feminine dresses and light layers and springtime jackets. London doesn’t get super warm in spring so light jackets are key as you pack for London.
When is Spring in London?
Spring in London begins usually in April as the sunnier days return, flowers begin to bloom and warmer weather begins to settle into the city. If you have London travel on the calendar for this spring, this post should help you determine what to wear in London.
Next to the holidays in London, Spring is my personal favorite time of year in London.
Be sure you check the weather before you head to London in Spring. You can ditch the winter coats for sure but you may experience some cold weather and you’ll definitely have some rain so you’ll want to ensure you pack appropriately depending on what the weather will be for your particular days in London.
Read on for my Packing List for London. Hopefully it’ll inspire you as you begin packing. I also always recommend you try on your outfits before you put them in your suitcase and keep a Notes app in your phone of what you plan to wear each day and night. This will ensure you don’t overpack and know exactly what’s in your suitcase! I find it handy to do this so I can determine which pieces will be best to bring to mix and match.
Also heading to Paris? I have Paris Packing Lists, too!
I love bringing a pair of black trousers with me on nearly every trip. They are perfect for cooler days of Spring travel and I pair them with a block heel for evenings out and then I wear them on the plane with sneakers.
2. Basic Tee
I bring a basic tee in white and in black for every trip. This one from MM.LaFleur is a favorite as it has a great fit, a thick fabric that makes sure it travels well and slightly longer sleeves making it really flattering to wear on its own or layered. Also it doesn’t stretch out making it wonderful for re-wearing while on your trip.
3. Straw Tote
The perfect spring/summer bag to bring for sunny Spring days out exploring London. For a more affordable version, check out Mango’s bags. I have a couple and they are really great quality.
4. Denim Jacket
If weather allows for dresses and you want a light jacket over it, I love pairing a denim jacket in either blue or white with floral numbers for daytime outings in London.
5. Bow Sandals
Leave the flip flops at home so you don’t stick out like a sore thumb and instead opt for a stylish sandal that could easily be dressed up or dressed down. If going earlier in the Spring, you may want to swap the sandals for a pair of suede ankle boots should it be a bit chillier on the days you’ll be exploring London.
6. Celine Belt
The perfect belt that’s a subtle statement. I love to wear mine with jeans and with trousers but you could also pair this over a dress.
7. Common Projects Sneakers
Comfortable shoes are a must for exploring London! It is a city that is best explored on foot so I always have my do-it-all sneakers that I wear with black pants, jeans, dresses and even skirts. Read my full Common Projects Sneakers Review.
8. Belt Bag
I bring a variety of bags with me when I go to Paris and this one fits quite a bit so it is good for the daytime when I’m bringing my camera and a variety of other things around the city with me. I like that it can be carried on my shoulder or by the top handle.
9. Striped Sweater
I love wearing a striped sweater year round and it is the perfect pop of pattern to layer under your lightweight jacket or trench coat. The brand La Ligne makes my favorite striped knits.
10. Button Down
A crisp button down is a great top to bring to London as you can layer it, wear it on its own, tie it and pair it with a skirt…the styling options are endless. I have this one and love it – I sized down as it does run rather oversized.
Related: Jenni Kayne Apparel Review
11. Travel Umbrella
London’s reputation for rain means it is usually a matter of when not if it’ll rain while you’re visiting London. Be sure to have an umbrella on you!
I think a jardigan makes a perfect Spring layer for trips. This one has a flattering tie waist and is made from a ribbed fabric that travels particularly well.
13. Linen Dress
Linen dress season is upon us! Reformation makes my go-to dresses for trips because they are great for dressing up or dressing down.
14. Sezane Trench Coat
No trip to London is complete without a trench in my opinion! For the inevitable showers – this favorite one from Sezane is a classic and timeless style. It’s got a flattering fit and all the classic details you want such as a tie waist and lapel collar. I love the camel color and thoughtful details on this well-made investment piece that I know I’ll wear for a long, long time.
I size up in all Sézane Coats and am wearing an 8 in this trench. Read more about my favorite Sezane Essentials.
15. Tweed Jacket
A tweed jacket can be one of the best light jackets you can bring to London. I love wearing mine with jeans, over dresses and with trousers. Wear it open or button it up and wear it closed for more variety!
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Traveling this Spring? Don’t miss my All My Travel Essentials so you’re prepared with things like portable chargers when you head to London.
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Have you been to London in the Spring? I’d love to hear what your favorite part was!
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Hi Megan! Have a blast in London 🙂 I’m heading to the Uk in a couple of weeks, and am wondering if you would be able to share your covid testing plan to get back to the US?
Oops, sorry – Meghan* (my mom is Megan, so it is an automatic 🙂
Ha, I’m literally packing for London (and Cotswolds and Bath) right now! Similar but more linen pants and a slouchy blazer for me, with fewer dresses, though I’m bringing a floral one. The weather looks amazing; have fun!