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A trip to London is always a good idea, but with the recent opening of a number of innovative eateries and luxury hotels––like the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park––the English capital deserves your attention now more than ever. Whether you fly across the pond for a weekend getaway or a more prolonged stay, you’ll find plenty of cool things to keep you busy and entertained.
When it comes to the perfect packing list for London, we take our inspiration from the city itself––modern with a nod to tradition. A classic trench coat and a pair of loafers are probably the first things you should pack in your suitcase––it may be summer but London still gets about 13 to 14 days of rainfall each June, July, and August, so you need to layer up.
And then think about the travel essentials: a good camera to snap photos, a portable phone battery, and a stylish travel case to keep your passport and other IDs and cards organized.
We broke down everything you need before you head to the English capital.
Victoria Beckham Slash Back Blouse
Victoria Beckham’s version of the classic white shirt comes in a loose fit and a dropped shoulder silhouette. We love it because it’s so versatile––you can wear it during the day with a pair of jeans and rolled up sleeves, and for a night out partly tucked in pants and paired with stilettos.
To buy: $835, nordstrom.com
Mulberry Amberley Maize Yellow Small Classic Grain Purse
Named after a street in West London’s Maida Vale district, this gorgeous Mulberry bag is crafted from mustard-hued cow leather. It has a soft suede lining on the inside and a zipped pocket for your documents and cards.
To buy: $1,550, mulberry.com
Alexander McQueen Houndstooth Stripe Leather Trousers
For a night out, style this edgy pair of leather pants with a silk top and a sleek ponytail. The legs sport Houndstooth stripes on the sides––a nod to Britain's penchant for horse racing.
To buy: $3,540, neimanmarcus.com
Rebecca Minkoff Charming Powers Battery Bank
A spare battery is an absolute must-have to make sure your smartphone never runs out of juice while you’re exploring London. This one looks like a keychain and comes in a pretty rose shade.
To buy: $70, shopspring.com
Bougeotte Flaneur Suede Loafers
It may be summer but British weather calls for closed-toe footwear year-round. This pair of Italian-made suede loafers are a timeless and stylish (but most importantly: comfortable) option you can wear all day long.
To buy: $795, mytheresa.com
J Brand Natasha Sky High Skinny Crop Jeans
When it comes to denim, we’ll take our style cues from Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge loves her skinny J Brand jeans so much, she has even been photographed running in a pair.
To buy: $278, bloomingdales.com
Burberry The Kensington Heritage Trench Coat
If you’re going to be investing in a classic trench, it might as well be Burberry’s iconic Kensington style. It’s made from the company’s signature cotton gabardine fabric and sports belted cuffs, a storm shield, and epaulets.
To buy: $1,990, burberry.com
Tom Ford Julie Sunglasses
This pair of chic Italian-made Tom Ford shades feature thick frames, a classic, flattering shape, and brown lenses.
To buy: $415, nordstrom.com
Amour Vert Flora Wrap Skirt
On a warm afternoon, head to Hyde Park in this flowy wrap skirt made from sustainable Mulberry silk.
To buy: $178, amourvert.com
Stow The First Class Leather Tech Case
Keep your travel essentials organized the way Meghan Markle does with this leather case in gorgeous vibrant hues. Just be warned: it keeps selling out ever since the Duchess of Sussex was spotted with one, so act fast and get yours while it’s in stock.
To buy: $495, stowlondon.com
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI Digital Camera
When you’re in a photogenic city like London, you need to be prepared to snap a picture at all times. Sony’s compact point-and-shoot camera is the travel-friendly option you need. It’s lightweight but boasts a number of impressive features that will deliver sharp photos and videos regardless of the situation or shooting condition.
To buy: $1,198, shopspring.com
Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask
Fifteen minutes is all you need with Shiseido's fast-acting masks to erase any sign of jetlag puffiness or swelling under your eyes. The liquid retinol-infused formula brightens up the skin tone almost instantly and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
To buy: $54/12 packs x 2 sheets, amazon.com