London and coats


Feb 6th, 2015, 10:43 AM
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London and coats

We will be in london next week - the 11-15th. any idea what type of coat to wear? don't like to be cold.
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Feb 6th, 2015, 10:49 AM
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I went in March one year.. and it was cold.. colder and damper then I thought it would be.. and I live somewhere cold and damp!lol

I brought a thigh length wool peacoat. which I loved.. yes they are heavier then some, but wool insulates when its wet, ,and some other types of coat materials do not, plus it didn't look too "sporty" so I could wear it out to dinner with a dress or out walking around all day in jeans and walking shoes.. note,, jeans are not that great in wet weather , they wick moisture up, and they get wet and stay wet for a long time, consider another material ..

I did not bring gloves. I regretted that, and had to buy some as it actually sleeted one day .. I also had to buy a hat.. I brought a scarf though and that saved my day before I got the hat when I had to wrap it around my head in the sleet!!

Now.. all that said.. you may hit better weather then I did.. but throwing in some gloves and a hat is not going to take up a lot of space in suitcase.

My stepmother was with me that trip, she brought a long ( knee length) down coat.. and yes it was warm enough,, but it did get sodden..
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Feb 6th, 2015, 11:30 AM
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No, I haven't checked the weather forecast. Evidently, you haven't either. Try that.
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Feb 6th, 2015, 11:42 AM
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I've walked long-distance paths in England in all seasons and have settled on a reversible 2 layer raincoat with a light fleece jacket underneath. The raincoat is surprising warm because of the 2 layers and I can add or take away as the weather dictates. Since I have to carry what I bring as I walk I don't have the luxury of a lot of weight. So for normal traveling it translates to lightweight and compact without giving up anything, as far as I can see. Add scarf, gloves and knit hat (preferably cashmere for softness & lightness) and you'll be set. And an umbrella. Don't leave home without it!
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Feb 6th, 2015, 11:57 AM
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gloves. hat. scarf.
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Feb 6th, 2015, 12:01 PM
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Link to temperatures for London until the 21st Feb, just remember that these are PREDICTED temperatures, the reality may (and probably will) be different:
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Feb 6th, 2015, 01:05 PM
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In late February, I wore my peacoat, and took hat, gloves and a dressier wool scarf (instead of a wooly knit scarf).
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Feb 6th, 2015, 01:12 PM
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Right now it's freezing.
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Feb 6th, 2015, 01:13 PM
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Even can predict a few days in advance, I would just wear what you would usually wear for that type weather. It says upper 40s daytime, mid 30s nighttime, good chance of showers a couple days in there.

If you had a raincoat with a good zipout liner, that would be good (but a warm lining, many are not). Otherwise, a down coat of about hip length wouldn't be bad as they are lightweight and usually made of water repellent material, like nylon or poly (the shiny kind). If I were going, I'd take the latter as I don't have a raincoat with a heavy lining.
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Feb 6th, 2015, 01:16 PM
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I don't like cold.

Given the forecasts (which are, in fact remarkably reliable predictors there won't be snow or temperatures much over 10 C), I'll be walking round central London in a cardigan, with a lightweight anorak in my manbag. I'll wear a scarf when tramping my local hills, which are typically a thick woollie colder than London and when in open countryside at night. Unless you're bald, it beggars belief what you might do with a hat.

I'll be undoing my cardie when indoors, and removing it in museums and art galleries. I can't imagine the poster will be spending more time outdoors, or in colder places, than me.
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