In England, there are 3 types of weather:
- It’s raining
- It’s going to rain
- It just finished raining
The expression “getting your feet wet” takes on a whole new meaning here, as your feet will, indeed, be wet at least 30% of the time.
Regardless of when you’re visiting (January, May, August, October) – expect some internationally acclaimed London drizzle at some point during your trip.
Don’t forget to pack an umbrella (or else you will have to buy a cheap “I❤ London” brolly in Leicester Square – major fashion faux pas) and consider bringing rainboots depending on the month you’re in town.
If you forget your rain boots, there’s no need to suffer from wet sockitis; you can find them in most shoe stores in London all year round (my top picks for shoe shops are The Office and the footwear department of the big TopShop in Oxford Circus). Be sure to ask for wellies or wellingtons, the colloquialism for rainboots in the UK.
FUN FACT: I always thought that Wellingtons were the original brand of rain boots, but the expression actually comes from Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington, who wore and popularized the shoe in the early 19th century. Who knew?
Luckily, wellies are more fashionable than ever. Polka dotted, heeled, or studded – puddle jumping has never looked so chic! Here are some of my favs.