City breaks can be wonderful and a truly revitalising way to spend time off work and away from home, whether you’re with friends, family or that someone special.
The most popular destinations for these mini breaks tend to be New York, Paris and, of course, London. Millions of people visit the Big Smoke every year from all over the world and it’s no wonder, thanks to the amount of things there are to see and do in the city.
However, there is no denying that British winter can be chilly at best and damp at worst and it can be difficult to deal with if you’re a visitor from warmer climates. Having said that, the weather is no reason for your trip to take a metaphorical dampening; as long as you pack sufficiently for the weather then you’re going to have an amazing time, no matter what.
At M by Montcalm, we’ve drawn up a few tidbits and pieces of advice for you to follow to make sure you have everything you need to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.
It all starts with packing
When preparing for a winter trip, the first place that people usually begin is by picking up some new clothes – for example, boots, thick coats, jumpers and so on.
However, the reality is that you need to make sure you have room in your suitcase for all of the extra things you’ll need. Summer is much easier in terms of packing because the clothes aren’t as thick and the shoes are smaller and less chunky.
If you don’t have a suitcase that can fit comfortable and bulky shoes and a couple of thick coats or jumpers, we would advise that you pick one up.
Don’t forget though, there’s a strong chance that you’ll need to take your luggage on the Tube, so you don’t want to carry something that’s too big or bulky to get you from A to B.
Choose your luggage sensibly and it should follow suit that you’ll pack in the same way.
Despite what people might think, it’s actually very easy to look fashionable during winter, particularly in a fashion capital like London. To make sure you’re hitting the chic spot, we advise that you style yourself from your outer layers of clothes and work inwards.
Pick yourself up a pair of leather boots or shoes that are not only comfortable but will also keep your feet dry. There’s nothing worse than enjoying a walking tour on a crisp day, only to have it ruined by stepping in a puddle and getting a wet foot!
Make sure you add to this a cosy coat, something that will look good with everything that you plan to wear. Bringing just one all-rounder coat will make sure that you’ve got more space in your luggage too. As with the boots, it’s a good idea to make sure that your coat has some form of waterproofing – failing this, bring a big golf umbrella. Add a pair of gloves, a scarf and a hat or earmuffs and you’ve got your look sorted.
When it comes to clothes underneath your coat and winter accessories, we say that layers are definitely your friend. Shirts with jumpers, skirts and dresses with tights, or a good pair of jeans will take you far.
Must haves and nice-to-haves
If you’re having trouble squeezing everything in, remember that London is a great place to pick up new clothes, whether you want to hit the designer labels on Regent Street, head to the high street in Oxford Circus or pick up a vintage bargain on Brick Lane.
For this reason, we recommend that you be stringent with yourself and make an old-fashioned list of everything you want to bring, and separate it in to two lists, ‘must-haves’ and ‘nice-to-haves’. Anything that makes that second list is something that you can leave behind!
Our last helpful tip is to make sure that you have a decent bag with you for carrying around London while you’re sightseeing and enjoying yourself. It’s likely you’ll be picking up a lot of stuff during your trip, from leaflets and guidebooks to on-the-go snacks and smaller purchases. Having a decent bag with you that can carry a lot of stuff and is winter weather-resistant will make your life a lot easier.
If you forget anything, we can’t recommend Oxford Street enough – you’ll find it just 12 minutes from M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel. To get to this main high street of the city, take the Northern line from Old Street Station towards Edgware to King’s Cross St. Pancras London Station. From there, swap to the Victoria line and ride it to Oxford Circus Station.