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What to Pack for London in April

When it comes to London, it’s more like “March showers and April flowers.” Despite what you may have heard, the weather in London is actually quite dynamic; after a typically rainy, cold winter, April is a transition month, as London shakes off her wet winter weather and embraces increasing sunshine – and there are plenty of flowers to prove it.

April is one of my favorite months to visit London because you can enjoy some truly beautiful spring days during an April London trip – but won’t face the summer crowds that begin to descend in May. However, that dynamic weather can cause some problems, specifically in knowing what to pack for London in April.

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To help, I’ve written this post based on my own time exploring London in April and visiting after I moved back home. In addition to packing tips, I’ve also included a few other important details that will help you understand why I recommend certain items: the sunrise and sunset times to help you understand the rapidly lengthening days and a brief overview of London weather in April and how it improves as the month goes on.

By the end of reading, you’ll hopefully feel much better equipped to pack for your April London trip, and will arrive in the city with everything you need to have a great time. Let’s jump right in!

April Sunrise & Sunset Times in London

London in April - Sunset

It may not seem relevant to know how many hours of daylight London will have in the month you’re planning to visit, but this info will help you better organize your itinerary and see how many activities you can fit in a day – and give you a sense of how much changes depending on whether you’re visiting London in early April or later in the month.

April is officially spring in London, and this means one thing for daylight: increasingly longer days. April days in London get substantially longer as the month goes on, giving you plenty of time to explore and see the city from early in the morning until late in the evening. I’ve always loved this fact as my birthday is in late April, and the days are delightfully long by that time of the year – almost 15 hours of daylight to play! (Though there are plenty of fun things to do in London at night, if you’re visiting earlier in the month.)

Here’s a chart of sunrise and sunset times in London throughout April to show the lengthening days:

1st15th31st
Sunrise6:36am6:05am5:34am
Sunset7:33am7:56pm8:21pm
Daylight Hours~13 hours~14 hours~15 hours

As you can see, there are almost two more hours of daylight at the end of the month versus the beginning. If you have the flexibility to choose when in April to visit, I highly recommend later rather than earlier on the calendar.

As an aside, if seeing a sunrise or sunset during your London visit sounds like an activity you’d like to include in your itinerary, be sure to check my guides on the best places to see the sunrise and the best places to view the sunset.

London April Weather & Temperature

London in spring is a lovely time to visit: days are increasingly warm, nights lose their chill, and if you’re lucky to have a day (or several) of sunshine, you’ll see why it’s a great time to visit London… though you may (and probably will) experience some rain too.

On average, the London temperature in April fluctuates between average highs around 58°F (14°C) and average lows around 42°F (6°C) – but that doesn’t really tell the full story. As you might expect for a northern hemisphere destination in the spring, the weather gets warmer as the month passes. In early April, the average temperature tends to be about 40°F (4°C) and slowly increases to around 60°F (15°C) by the end of the month. 

Yes, April looks like a dream month to visit London. But – there’s always a but when it comes to the weather in London – April tends to be quite rainy, relative to some other months (especially in the summer, which is why so many people visit in the coming months!). Most days in April have a chance of some form of rain: showers, drizzle, or sprinkles. Be ready to pack an umbrella – or as the Brits call it, a “brolly!”

What to Pack for London in April

Speaking of what to pack… London’s changeable weather often leaves travelers wondering about what they should bring on their trip. That’s why I’ve included a section on what clothes to wear in London in April.

As a general rule, when planning what to pack for London in April, always think of  “layers.” This way, you’ll be able to play around with clothes and successfully navigate through the city’s ever-changing weather.

  • Pack two sets of long-sleeve, natural fiber shirts as base layers; I love Unbound Merino’s tops which are super warm and also odor-reducing so you won’t need to worry about washing them during your trip.
  • Bring a sweater and a light jacket, as well as a light raincoat to serve as your outer layers depending on the day. I love this Pendleton slicker which is totally waterproof; it’s a bit bulky, but it will keep you dry in the event the forecast accurately predicts lots of rain.
  • If you’re visiting earlier in the month, you might want to throw a beanie and/or a scarf into your bag to ensure you don’t lose too much heat on chillier days.
  • Pack a pair of trousers and two pairs of jeans, for every 5-7 days of your trip.
  • As already mentioned, an umbrella is worth the space in your suitcase (or you can buy a cool one as a souvenir!) for your April trip.
  • Similarly, rain boots are essential this month; nothing is worse than wet feet!
  • Bring a pair of comfortable shoes. While you’ll be relying a lot on public transportation during your trip, you’ll spend lots of time walking around. It’s also nice to have a pair of dry non-boot shoes to wear around your hotel or accommodation or on dry days.
  • Pack a fancy outfit; some venues and restaurants in London are fashionable and you’ll have to dress up if you want to visit them.
  • Don’t forget your sunglasses. While rainy days are the norm in April in London, sunny days make an appearance in the forecast, and if they follow the rain, it can be quite bright.

You can always check my list of London essentials too, so you don’t forget anything else you might need (no matter when you’re visiting).

Have any other questions about what to pack for London in April, or any items I didn’t mention that you aren’t sure whether to pack? Let me know in the comments below!

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Valerie fell in love with London on her first trip to the city way back in 2011. Since then, she spent a year living in London and visits as often as she can (you can find her recent trip recaps here!). She launched LOMM in 2021 to help other travelers fall in love with her favorite city on earth.

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