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What to Pack for London in August

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Late summer in the city; whether you’re visiting New York, Paris, or London, you can expect one thing to likely be true: it’s gonna be hot – and probably muggy. August is also a great time to visit London, as there are loads of things to do, and the city is a bit less crowded since many Londoners take their own holiday (vacation) during this month.

That said, it can be tricky to know what to pack for London in August. Most places will have air conditioning (be sure to double-check that your hotel is one of them), but stepping outside or riding on an un-air-conditioned Tube line can leave you miserable if you aren’t dressed appropriately.

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If you’re still working on what to pack for London for your August trip, this post will help. Below you’ll find some guidance; first, I’ll lay out how longer days and improving weather factor into your packing decisions. Then I’ll share my recommendations for an August London packing list to help you put together what you need. Grab your suitcase and let’s get it packed!

August Sunrise & Sunset Times in London

Knowing how long days are during August will be helpful when planning your itinerary, mainly because you’ll get a better sense of how many activities you can allocate in one day. 

August is the last month of summer in the U.K. You won’t experience as long days as in earlier months during this season, but you still get an average of about 14-15 hours of daylight per day during the month.

Here’s a quick chart of sunrise and sunset times in London in August: 

1st15th31st
Sunrise5:24am5:45am6:11am
Sunset8:48pm8:23pm7:49pm
Daylight Hours~15.25 hours~14.5 hours~13.75 hours

While the days aren’t quite as long as during June or July, they are still lengthy; this gives you plenty of time to explore the city. (This info is also helpful if seeing a sunrise or sunset during your London visit sounds like an activity you’d like to include in your itinerary!)

London August Weather & Temperature

Despite August being the UK’s last summer month, the weather remains pleasant, with temperatures hovering around 75°F (24°C) early in the month. If you’re lucky (and like it hot), afternoon temperatures can rise to 80°F (27°C). The only downside is that the sky is mostly cloudy for about 45% of the month, so it might be hot, muggy, and not sunny if the conditions align.

Also, as you might expect since late August signals the impending autumn, temps tend to drop off as the month goes on.

What to Pack for London in August

Given that London in August can be anywhere from hot and muggy to rainy and cooler by month’s end, you need to be prepared for anything within the summer weather spectrum. Here are my suggestions for what to pack if you’re visiting London in the eighth month of the year; I’ve based it on the assumption you’re staying about a week.

  • Pack two or three natural fiber shirts; I love Unbound Merino’s tops (they also have long-sleeve options) which are warm but also breathable and odor-reducing so you won’t need to worry about washing them during your trip. They also look nice enough to wear every day when exploring London, which generally has a nicer dress code than many North American urban destinations.
  • Bring a sweater and a hoodie or light jacket, for laying up if there are any cool days. You probably won’t need a raincoat in August…
  • …but you don’t want the rain to stop you from getting to know the marvelous city that London is, if it is damp during your visit. So, bring an umbrella and your rain boots to stay dry.
  • Even if the forecast calls for rain, sunglasses are small enough to pack for sunny days. Various buildings in London can be surprisingly bright on sunny days!
  • Pack three pairs of pants (the American term, not the British one!); I tend to bring all non-denim as it’s less commonly worn, but you can certainly bring and wear a pair of jeans if you choose.
  • If the forecast is looking really warm during your trip, Unbound Merino also has a fantastic pair of linen-merino shorts that I love on hot weather days.
  • 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.
  • 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. I love Wool&‘s merino dresses for travel.

I’ve got a list of essentials many people forget to pack for London; be sure to give that a peek to make sure there’s nothing else you might forget.

Have any other questions about what to pack for London in August, or any items I didn’t mention that you might need? 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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