London is one of the great, world-class cities that many people spend their life dreaming about visiting. Whether it is the British accent that we have heard gracing the cinematic screens of the James Bond films or the Harry Potter series, or the music from everyone from The Beatles to Adele, London is a place where once your trip is planned, you will want to make the most of every moment.
If you’ve planned a fall trip to the UK that is quickly approaching, take a brief moment to take into consideration these three key items that you need for a trip to London in the fall.
You likely bring your phone, camera, luggage, backpack, wallet or purse, and passport to any distant vacation trip you may go on. But these particular items we are going to cover are most suitable specifically for spending time in London during the autumn season and attending events on foot. Continue reading for the three must-have items for your London trip:
1. Umbrella for the Fall
The month with the most rainy days in London is generally November, which places it during the autumn season, making it essential to bring a travel umbrella for your trip. Be sure to get a high-quality umbrella that can withstand strong gusts of wind and is also waterproof. Nobody wants to be stuck in a rain storm with an umbrella so weak that it turns inside out.
Get yourself a travel umbrella that has a lifetime warranty to cover you with the confidence that it can handle heavy weather conditions while still being lightweight and able to fit properly in your luggage.
2. Outfits for London
Now that you have the right umbrella to handle that autumn London rain, it is time to make sure that you have the correct clothing for your trip during this time of year. You will need to dress casually enough for outdoor events while also having the ideal clothes to go to fancy art exhibits or high-end restaurants for a romantic evening, if needed.
It would make sense to pack things like long sleeve tops, blue jeans, black pants, a rain-appropriate jacket, a warm layer, terminals if it is really cold outside, knit dresses, and a suit jacket. Packing for London should also include some fashion accessories, such as scarves, a cardigan sweater, and a warm hat.
3. Proper Footwear
What type of autumn footwear for London would be the most appropriate for your trip? Plan your footwear choices around what types of activities you are embarking on and what the weather is supposed to be. Choose several pairs in neutral colors that you can easily match with your London outfits.
The best waterproof shoes are constructed with rubber. Make sure that you also have some canvas sneakers and waterproof leather boots when you are going out sightseeing, as well as some dressier options to accommodate your itinerary.
Autumn Activities to Experience While in London
Now that we’ve covered a few essentials, it’s time to start considering what you will actually want to do for autumn activities in London. After all, you will want to make your trip the most memorable it can be, so give yourself a wide range of activities to do there. We suggest starting with museums to take in some culture.
London has numerous free museums you can visit while saving some of your money for later engagements during your trip. There are art galleries you can go to with your friends, like the Tate Modern or the National Gallery. You can also take your family to historical museums like the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum or British Museum. If you want to get a little more scientific, there is the Science Museum or the National History Museum.
Besides museums, there are plenty of other ways to experience London, including:
London Restaurant Festival
If you are going to London in October, you can bring your taste buds to the London Restaurant Festival, where there are 350 restaurants involved in this incredible experience.
Experience Diwali in London
Diwali at Trafalgar Square is a festival of lights where you will find dance performances, music events, and craft activities for the entire family, plus some delicious Indian food. Diwali also coincides with the new moon in October or November, which are prime times to visit London this autumn.
Christmas at Kew
Do you celebrate the Christmas holiday? If so, you can get a headstart on it this autumn in west London if you attend Christmas at Kew, a light trail that begins in mid-November. There will be activities to partake in after dark and plenty of independent food vendors.
Weatherwise, autumn is a wonderful time to see London. It’s not too hot, and overall, the temperatures are relatively comfortable, between 11°C to 15°C (52°F to 59°F). So start packing those essentials like a travel umbrella, suitable outfits and footwear, and get ready to explore some of the best things London has to offer this fall season!