A traveller’s checklist for visiting London in winter


Travelling to London may not seem like the best idea during winter considering the reputation Britain has for bad weather but there are plenty of exciting things to do and amazing sights to see even when the air’s cold and the rain is pouring.

If you’re planning to join us this winter at our boutique hotels in London, there will be plenty of wonderful winter activities waiting for you. To make sure that your stay at The Piccadilly London West End is comfortable, we’ve put together the ultimate winter checklist so you don’t leave anything behind.


shutterstock_644573965It may seem cliché that you always need an umbrella when you go to London but there is a lot of truth to this particular stereotype. The weather in London can be very unpredictable, especially during the winter months so having an umbrella will help out a lot if you get caught out in the rain. Whether you’re a fan of a classic parasol umbrella or you prefer to carry a compact version, any style will help you stay dry.

Winter coat

shutterstock_235753156When the frost sets in, the temperature in London can get very low so it’s important to remember your big coat if you’re planning a trip to The Piccadilly London West End this winter. When you’re packing, make sure that your winter coat is at the top of your checklist. If you’re travelling with kids, it’s also important to remember their coats and keep them wrapped up.

Appropriate shoes

Although you may want to pack your best heels or your smartest shoes, it’s important to remember that the floors around London will most likely be wet or slippery during winter. This doesn’t mean you can’t dress to impress but it’s a good idea to bring a pair of walking boots or waterproof shoes to wear during your day-to-day travels around the city. There are plenty of places in the city to find some new shoes if you forget yours.


GlovesThere’s nothing worse than having cold fingers that feel like they’re about to fall off at any minute. The cold in London can bite in January and February so don’t forget to pack your gloves or mittens when you’re planning for your trip. Gloves are a must if you’re planning on spending a lot of time outside exploring the city’s parks.


Although there seems to be a Starbucks on every corner in London, carrying a thermos will mean that you can keep your tea, coffee or chocolate warmer for longer. This is a perfect addition to your travel pack if you plan on taking walks and exploring the beautiful parks of London. Having a thermos to hold on to is also a great way to keep your hands warm.

Waterproof suitcase

If you’re travelling through the city by foot, be sure to pack your stuff into a waterproof suitcase to makes sure that it is protected from the elements. The last thing you need is to arrive at your room and find that your clothes have been soaked.