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Joke aside, if you’ve decided to visit London in the (relatively) warmer months, you know that temperatures usually stay in the 70s, which is great for exploring the city. Unfortunately, London weather is also famously quite unpredictable so together with your sunglasses you must always carry an umbrella or a lightweight rain jacket with you.
If we have to sum up in one word the secret to the perfect London packing list, it would be: layers. Take with you a few summer staples such as cotton t-shirts or short-sleeved shirts, but don’t forget to pack a sweater or a cardigan in case it gets cooler. When it comes to footwear, apply the same philosophy. Sandals are really not the best option if you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors. Opt for a closed-toe shoe instead—it’s also the more appropriate option for a city like London. After all, you will probably want to check out the newest eateries in town, maybe even stay in luxury at The Connaught, and you may feel a bit too underdressed sporting a pair of summer sandals.
Now check out the most essential items to pack before you jet off across the pond this summer.
Woolrich Utility Rudder Jacket
This wind- and rain-resistant jacket will keep you dry from the occasional summer rain in London. It has a detachable quilted lining which you probably won’t need this time of the year since temperatures are not that low. The jacket also sports several pockets and a hood.
To buy: $537, harrods.com
Burberry Hadlow Logo Polo Shirt
During the day, opt for a classic polo shirt in breathable cotton. This one dons a classic silhouette and has Burberry’s newly re-invented logo on the chest.
To buy: $396, harrods.com
John Smedley Palter in Dusk Blue and White Sweater
John Smedley is popular for their high-quality knitwear that also won the company a Royal Warant in 2013, a stamp of approval given to companies who provide the Royal Family with goods. This marine-inspired sweater is made from lightweight Sea Island Cotton, a high-quality fabric that John Smedley is known for using.
To buy: $250, johnsmedley.com
Gieves and Hawkes Striped Casual Shirt
Blue and purple stripes make up the eye-catching print of this casual shirt. It’s crafted from fine Italian cotton and has mother-of-pearl buttons. If you’re not a fan of very formal eveningwear, this is a great choice for a night out.
To buy: $216, gievesandhawkes.com
Crockett & Jones Sydney Penny Loafers
It may be summer, but you still need a stylish closed-toe shoe in case the weather surprises you. These loafers by British heritage company Crockett & Jones (they’ve been around since 1879!) were handmade in Northampton from high-quality brown suede and feature a leather sole and contrast stitching.
To buy: $560, barneys.com
Rag & Bone Fit 2 Slim Fit Chinos
These cotton chinos sport a modern slim fit silhouette and come in a beautiful light blue shade.
To buy: $225, nordstrom.com
Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses
Take your fashion cues from Prince Harry and opt for a pair of classic Wayfarers while in the English capital.
To buy: $153, ray-ban.com
Creed Aventus Eau de Parfum
Aventus is one of Creed’s best selling fragrances and features fruity top notes of blackcurrant, pineapple, and apple which transition into more masculine notes of birch and patchouli.
To buy: from $325, nordstrom.com
Tod’s Envelope Bag in Suede
Carry this stylish suede bag as a tote or a messenger thanks to the detachable shoulder strap.
To buy: $1,995, tods.com