My assumption is that the majority of individuals would not choose January as their preferred travel date to London if you asked them.
Even the phrase “January” may cause a chill for those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere because it’s a season marked by short days, chilly temperatures, and the potential for snow for many.
So, is traveling to London in January a bad idea? In actuality, no! There are a ton of fantastic things to do in London in January, and there are lots of ways to remain warm even when out seeing the city’s must-see attractions and monuments, aside from discounts on flights and accommodations because it’s a less popular time to visit.
This guide will enable you to make the most of your visit to London in January, no matter what brings you there.
What to look out for, weather information, packing suggestions, and what not to pack, can all be found below. So get your passport, bundle up, and head out to take advantage of all that London has to offer in January.
What To Look Out For Before Going To London In January?
If you are not well-prepared, your visit to London in January may be miserable due to the city’s frequent harsh weather. In January, London experiences a number of wet and snowy days that could force an unanticipated change in plans.
Given that January in London is characterized by shorter days, you will have less time to start and end your sightseeing. Your schedule may change if certain London sites are closed in January due to bad weather.
What Are The Weather And Temperatures In London In January?
In most years, January is the coldest month. But don’t be concerned. It’s not as if the temperature and weather won’t let you enjoy and tour the city.
In January, the average high and low temperatures in London range from 47°F (8°C) to 37°F (3°C). The wind, on the other hand, can be unpleasant if you don’t pack enough clothing. You should layer up to be warm because January is both the coldest and windiest month.
Last but not least, snowfall in January is not unheard of. But don’t freak out. Throughout the month, there are only around 2-3 days when it snows, and it rarely accumulates more than 1-2 inches on a single day. Additionally, London is quite magical in the snow!
What To Pack For A January Trip To London?
Yes, January in London is chilly, windy, and covered in snow. But it’s nothing you can’t handle if you’re dressed properly. To guarantee you can comfortably explore the city and save money on warm clothing, it’s important to know what to dress in London in January.
Here is a list of things you will need to pack for London in January:
- As base layers, bring two sets of long-sleeved shirts made of natural fibers. I recommend Unbound Merino tops because they are incredibly warm and odor-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about washing them while you’re traveling.
- Also pack a raincoat, a jumper, and a sweatshirt for extra warmth and protection from the rain.
- For protection from the wind and to keep your head warm, don’t forget to pack a scarf and beanie.
- Two pairs of jeans and a pair of pants should be packed.
- Bring rain boots to keep your feet dry; if it’s supposed to rain a lot, you might also want an umbrella.
- Pack a pair of relaxed shoes. You’ll spend a lot of time walking around London because it is a walkable city.
- Prepare formal attire for London if you intend to go to a restaurant or for afternoon tea.
What Not To Pack For London In January?
Due to the chilly weather in January, there are a few things that shouldn’t be packed:
- Heels and Flats:
Even though flats can be comfortable for walking but in the chilly weather, your feet will be all cold. You’ll want to cover them up.
Heels on the other hand are never a good choice when it comes to touring a city and walking a lot.
- A Dress:
Women love packing at least one good dress. But in January, it will be so chilly that you will want to wear something underneath or layer your dress up. It might not look flattering on your dress.
- Workout Gear
Even though some guides suggest you pack workout gear, there are not many tourists who’d like to spend their time at the gym rather than exploring places while on the trip.
Plus, wearing yoga pants out and about is not a thing over there.