Wondering what to wear in London in March? March is technically the first month of Spring. However it can be a challenge to pack for given the changeable weather. In ithis guide will guide you through everything you need to pack for March in February for the weather, special events, dress codes and more.
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Weather in London in March
London in March has notoriously changeable weather but what can you expect of the weather in this month.
How cold is London in March?
March is definitely warmer than London in February, however the temperatures still requires you to pack lots of layer.
Generally speaking the average daily temperatures hover between highs of 12°C/53.6F and lows of 6°C/42F. You will find that the earlier in the month you travel the cooler the temperatures will be. However the locals definitely have started to transition from their Winter capsule wardrobe into their Spring ones.
Note: we always recommend checking the forecast at your destination(s) 7 days out from travel to make sure there are no expected weather fronts i.e. heatwaves or cold snaps.
Is it rainy in London in March?
Although the temperatures have started to warm up in March, you will find that March is just as rainy as February in London. And on average there is 9 days of rain across the month. Therefore having some waterproof shoes, a waterproof jacket and a compact umbrella is a great idea for London in March.
Does it Snow in London in March?
Snow in London is not all that common occurance whatever the month, but the chances of seeing snow in London in March are slim to none. o
Note: if you want more specific guidance on specific winter weather in London check out our monthly posts:
- What to wear in London in April
What do locals wear in London in March?
Locals are definitely moving into their Spring wardrobes in March, but it is a good idea to have lots of light layers with you for March as the weather is unpredictable.
For more information on how to pack a capsule wardrobe for London check out these posts:
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What to wear in London in March
What to wear in London in March for women
As we have said, March in London is pretty rainy. Therefore you will need a good waterproof jacket for your stay. At the start of the month you may want a thicker coat, while by the end of the month a waterproof trench would be good.
Jeans are a staple of my London wardrobe whatever the month but they are especially great for March. Most Londoners will wear jeans to work, restaurants (unless a dress code prohibits) and even in the theater so be sure to add these to your London packing list.
And as with any item of clothing in London you will see all style on the streets so pack the pair that you feel most comfortable in.
On top of trousers, we recommend packing another pair of heavier weight trousers such as a cord or wool pant. But you can never go wrong with a travel black pant (at the moment are we love the Athleta Brooklyn ankle pant).
Layers are definitely an essential for London in March and for a week in the city I would normally pack:
- a cardigan,
- a hoodie (for daytime sightseeing around the city and in places such as museums and parks), and
- a smart sweater.
T shirts are great whatever month you are visiting London and won’t be too casual in most places. For March l tend to pack a mix of long and short sleeve t shirts.
Dresses are great for daytime sightseeing, restaurants and theatres in London. For March I would usually will pair a dress with a thick pair of tights.
A pashmina or thicker wrap is always on my London packing list even in Springtime.
It can act as a scarf to dress or a a more casual outfit but is a useful extra layer on cooler nights and days.
Blouses / Shirts
Blouses are good for day and night time in London and are an easy item to layer. They are a versatile layering item and can be dressed up or down depending on where you are going. For March something with a 3/4 length or long length sleeve is perfect.
Underwear and Nightwear
Goes without saying.
What to Wear in London in March for Men
Generally speaking the men’s packing list for London in Spring is similar pieces to the ladies capsule wardrobe. Therefore we recommend packing:
Coat / Jacket
Again something with a bit of waterproofing is a good idea.
As with the women’s packing list, jeans are a great pick for men. But alongside jeans I would also suggest packing chinos or dockers for evenings out.
T Shirts and Shirts
A mix of long and short t shirts are perfect for men during the day as both base layers and top layers on warmer days.
However if you plan on eating out I recommend packing some long sleeve button down shirts too.
Underwear, Socks and Pjs
Goes without saying.
Best Shoes for London in March
For Spring, boots are a great pick. We recommend ankle boots instead of longer length boots just because they are easier to pack. Just be sure to pick a pair with a good sole and some waterproofing.
And we always recommend avoiding thin heels. These are a danger on the cobbled stone streets of London and even on the escalators on the London Underground.
Also even in the rain you won’t need wellies in London. These usually are reserved for more outdoor and rural areas such as The Cotswolds.
And no matter what time of year you are traveling sneakers are the perfect shoe for London. London is a city best seen on foot and given the combination of cobbled stones and uneven surfaces as well as the step count you will rack up, sneakers are undoubtedly the best shoe choice.
My favorite brand of sneakers for walking are Hoka and AllBirds, however you also can’t go wrong with a plain white sneaker as they go with everything. One of my favorite pairs of white sneakers is the Adidas Cloud Foam shoes. But Ecco is a great shoe for those looking for something with some waterproofing.
What to pack for London In March (non Clothing)
Now you know what to wear in London in March, we will turn our attention to other non clothing essentials to pack to ensure you have an enjoyable stay.
Universal Travel Adaptor
If you are traveling to the UK from the US then please not the plug sockets are not the same. Be sure you pack a travel adaptor with you
Theft Proof Bag
As with any tourist city around the world there are pickpockets in London. Now I have lived in London for well over a decade and have never experienced pickpocketing but it is always a good idea to remain vigilant and guard your belongings around the large tourist attraction
The best way to do this is with a cross body bag with lots of zip s that can help deter thieves.
Medical Supplies and Toiletries
London is full of pharmacies. Big high street chains are Boots, Superdrug and Lloyds and you will be able to pick up over the counter supplies easily here. But be sure to remember to pack any medicines, especially prescription medication with you along with the associated documentation.
For our essential toiletries packing list click here.
Great for storing all of your day trip essentials.
Compact Travel Umbrella
London in March is pretty rainy. Be sure to have a compact travel umbrella with you that you can store in your bag.
Our favorite travel umbrella is the Repel umbrella as it is compact but also very sturdy with good wind proofing too.
London is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, be sure to have a good camera with you.
You will be taking a lot of photos on vacation in London a power pack is an essential.
FAQS about What to wear in London in March
Hopefully the above has given you a good overview of what to wear and pack for London in March. However if you still have questions drop us a comment below and we will add our answers in our FAQ section below.
Do I need coat in London in March?
Yes you will 100% need a coat for London in March. A thicker jacket like a puffer is great for the start of the month, but by the end of the month something like a trench is a good idea.
What clothes to pack for London at night in March
Nights out in London are not usually that formal. We recommend packing similar items as to what you would wear in the day but maybe with a smarter top layer and paired with boots while if you are going to some high end restaurants a smart casual outfit is a great idea.
Have you visited London in March? Leave us a comment below telling us about what you wore in London.