If you are expecting sun and warm winters then London might disappoint you due to its cold and dark weather. But as it a 24 hour city, you will find tourist attractions open for business and given the weather, they would actually be lot cheaper. Once you are here, do visit the London eye to get a bird’s eye view of the city. The Science, Natural history and Imperial War Museums are also recommended for visiting. To venture out in such cold weather you must carry a lot of warm clothes. Read on to find out more about what to wear in London in January.
Weather of London in January
It is cold, dark and wet in London during January. So if you are expecting sun, January might not be an ideal time to visit as there are only three hours of sunshine each day which adds an air of alight gloom to the city. Daytime temperatures reach a high of 7 degrees Celsius which drop down to as low as 2 degrees Celsius. You will also experience rainfall during this month, with the average being 17 days worth.
What to Wear and How to Pack for London in January?
London fashion is often quirky and colorful but during winters people tend to favor blacks and greys more. They dress up with an eye towards comfort yet retain their style. Here are some packing suggestions:
Women – It is going to be extremely cold though it doesn’t drop below freezing but you will need a lot of warm clothes. Thermals are to be packed along with t-shirts and shirts that can be layered with sweaters and cardigans. It is best to pack in layers due to temperature difference between inside and outside. You can go for warm tunics and slacks along with a lightweight cardigan. Jeans and trousers will also work well with cardigans and woolen sweaters. An overcoat is also to be packed for extra cold days.
Men – Men can often be spotted in suits and formals and sometimes in dark jeans and hoodies. A lot of style statements can be seen in the city but mostly everyone is dressed by casually smart. You can pack formal button down shirts along with warm trousers or jeans and shirts with leather jackets. A woolen sweater will also be needed. At certain places like the Knightsbridge you will need your blazer and tailored jeans. An overcoat or a thick trench is also advised.
Kids – Kids can go for jeans and shirts along with woolen sweaters and cardigans. Jeans and hoodies also work well for kids. Overcoats or trench coats can also be packed.
Footwear – It is going to be frosty and wet and you will need comfy shoes. It is best to opt for Uggs or waterproof ankle boots. On sunny days you can opt for trainers and sneakers too.
Accessories – Add a dash of color and glamour to your outfits with different scarves in silk, wool and cashmere. Sunglasses and bags are not to be forgotten.