Look Like a Londoner: What to Pack for a Trip to the Capital


When you’re planning a city break, there’s a lot to think about. You’ll need to consider your transportation and do plenty of research, so you know what you want to see and do during your getaway. Of course, accommodation is also important to ensure you have a safe and comfortable place to relax after a busy day of sightseeing.


Here at the Park Grand London Kensington, we can help with that last one. Our stylish hotel in Kensington is ideally located in the heart of the capital, and our team works endlessly to ensure all of our guests have an enjoyable experience. So, once you’ve booked a stay with us, you have plenty of time to think about other parts of your visit – like what to pack.

What’s your style?

Deciding on what to put in your suitcase is always hard. There just never seems to be enough room to pack everything you want to bring! The key to being prepared for anything, while only having a few key pieces in your suitcase is to choose various items of clothing that can do multiple jobs. A top, for instance, that is perfectly suited for walking around the busy city but which can also be dressed up for a night on the town.

The good news about visiting London is that it’s such a diverse city, you won’t need to worry too much about blending in. The capital is a melting pot of cultures, nationalities and lifestyles so almost anything goes – and most Londoners won’t think twice if you’re wearing a suit and tie, or full-on punk gear with bright pink spiky hair and platform boots. They’ve seen it all before.

That said, if you want to blend in with the average Londoner, you probably want to aim for a more refined look that matches the current style. London is right up there with New York and Paris when it comes to fashion and, in exclusive areas like West London, you’re likely to see people dressed in some of the finest fashion brands.

London Packing

Dress for the weather

London might be famous for its rain and fog, but the city also sees a lot of sunshine. The summer months can get hot and humid, and you really feel that heat when using public transport or walking along the hot pavements. So, be sure to bring plenty of warm-weather clothing.

On the other hand, the weather in the winter gets very cold. So, depending on the season, a heavy coat and scarf may be necessary.

No matter what time of year you’re visiting, you should always expect a bit of rainfall. The city’s changeable weather means that even bright sunny days can turn dull and drizzly within a short time.

What to wear?

The simple answer is: whatever you want, as long as it’s appropriate for the time of year. Here are a few suggestions:

    • Bag – Whether it’s a stylish handbag or backpack or a messenger bag, no accessory is quite as important as a bag in London. It’s great for carrying snacks and storing away anything you buy. Try to choose a bag that closes securely to help deter pickpockets.
    • Coat – The weight and length of the coat will depend on the season, but try to choose something designed for keeping you dry in a rainstorm.
    • Shoes – On a typical day out in London, you’re likely to see people wearing everything from trainers to stilettos, slippers to knee-high boots. While any of these will do, it’s probably best to wear something sensible since you’re likely to be on your feet a lot.