What to Wear in London: How to Dress Like a Local

What to Wear in London: How to Dress Like a Local

by George Mouratidis
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Whether you’re embracing your inner tourist as you ride the London Eye, touring the Harry Potter studios or dining in one of the cities many incredible restaurants, there are so many reasons you might want to take a trip to London.

But in a city where the weather is rarely predictable, and you could find yourself exploring for hours, you want to make sure you’re prepared for your visit and dressed appropriately. That’s why we’ve put together this simple guide for what to wear on a trip to London so you can make the most of your day (and you might even find you’re mistaken for a local!).

Keep it casual

As a general rule, Londoners tend to dress pretty casually most of the time – even at work! There are of course some areas frequented by men in suits and women in heels, but for the most part, stylish but casual is key. Think layered clothes, slogan tees and comfy trainers. Even on a day out to the theatre, you’re likely to see casual clothing everywhere in the city.

You could prepare a slightly smarter outfit for the evening if you’re planning on heading out, but even at this stage you don’t need to go overboard, this really is a relaxed and casual city.

Consider the weather

Unfortunately, the weather in London and the UK as a whole can be somewhat unpredictable and sometimes quite chilly! So depending on the time of year you choose to visit, you’ll need to be prepared for a change in the weather. Layers are always a good idea so you can add and take these away as required, but certainly, in the colder months, you’ll want a good coat! As the city is also prone to the odd rain shower, either a waterproof jacket or an umbrella is always a good idea, so you don’t get caught out.

That said, London does see some glorious sunny days in the summer months. During this time you’ll probably find yourself enjoying a pub garden or local park, so lighter layers will allow you to explore the city on a warmer day without becoming too hot (especially if using the tube!). So consider the weather when deciding what to wear and make sure to keep it casual as discussed above.

Choose the right shoes

what to wear in London

The relaxed London style is excellent for finding the right pair of shoes to match your outfit. Again, remember nothing fancy! Despite stereotypes, we aren’t all walking round in Oxford shoes and brogues. And while you can use the excellent public transport systems to get around, it’s likely that you’ll be doing a lot of walking around the city and therefore you’re going to want something comfortable that you can wear on your feet all day.

It’s best to opt for trainers or comfy walking shoes, maybe even boots in the colder months. In the summer a good pair of sandals will keep your feet cool, but not too hot on the tube. Just make sure these don’t rub or ache your feet.

A small bag is a must-have

If you’re exploring the city all day, it’s a good idea to have a bag with you to carry your things. While these can also be an essential part of completing your outfit, you still need to be careful with your bag choice. Why? Because get it wrong and you could find yourself lugging a heavy bag about, or, worst case scenario, losing some of your belongings.

It’s best to have a bag that zips up so you can hide your possessions. And of course you’ll need all the essentials, but a heavy backpack or carry on can draw the wrong attention to you. Not to mention, it can be inconvenient when walking around crowded areas or hopping on and off public transport. It’s best to select a small handbag or leather backpack that has just enough room for your wallet, phone a bottle of water and an umbrella and is water resistant.

Leave the souvenirs for when you get home

While you might not be able to resist the Union Jack accessories or the ‘I love London’ slogan hoodies and T-shirts, it’s best that you save these for when you get home. Wearing these around the city is only going to make you look like a tourist, plus they come across as fairly corny for those who actually live in London, so it’s a good idea to avoid this look during your trip.

Where to store your luggage in London

Don’t waste your time in London dragging heavy bags with you! Store your luggage in London in one of our StashPoints.

Here’s a list of our available luggage storage locations:


This article was written by Stuart Cooke at MAHI Leather, specialists in leather travel bags that are both stylish and practical when it comes to travelling.

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