In collaboration with Aquascutum.
‘Oh, you live in London. Does it really rain all the time?’
You can’t imagine how often I’m asked this or a similar version of this question. Especially from Germans. And I also grew up thinking that the only weather available in the UK is rain. Even my great granny once told me (when I was around 6 years old and met an 8 year old British boy on a family holiday):
‘Nadine, you don’t want to live in England, it always rains.’
So I guess that, at least in Germany, it’s common knowledge that it rains in the UK. All. The. Time.
But how bad is the weather in the UK, really? And more specifically, in London?
Well, for the last few weeks it has been hot. And I mean really hot. It has been so hot actually that I can’t sleep in the bedroom under the roof without setting the ventilator on full speed. This still means though that I can’t sleep as the sound is much too loud to have a peaceful night.
And even outside of the usual 2 weeks of summer that we get in London (ok, recently it has been getting better..), it does not really rain all the time. In fact, it rather drizzles. And yes, it drizzles relatively frequently. But a good thunderstorm with heavy rain.. no, this is something that doesn’t happen too often in London. Unfortunately (I LOVE thunderstorms).
I’m so happy that we finally have a garden. For the 10 years that I have been living in London, I mostly stayed in places without a garden. But since last summer I have had the pleasure to set up my little workspace in the patio – that is as long as it’s warm enough. A couple of months ago I enjoyed this year’s first day of summer in the garden. And it’s still nice and warm.
Thank you, London – 2018 has been great so far!
But sometimes you might have gone swimming on a Saturday, relaxed in the park on a Sunday and then a few days later .. BAM! .. back to cooler temperatures and the umbrella will become your new best friend again. In fact, or maybe this is just my biased opinion, a hot summer of more than 28 degrees is the exception. If you travel to London in summer you will have a high chance of encountering temperatures from 18 degrees to 25. So, the below photo is a more ‘typical’ photo of what I generally wore in London in summer.
Jeans, t-shirt… and don’t you forget your cardigan.
This way you are very well prepared for most of what London will show you weather-wise :) And no worries, the outfit below you can leave hidden in your wardrobe until October… just take the umbrella with you :)
I collaborated with Aquascutum for this post. Aquascutum is a British brand that was established in Mayfair more than 150 years ago when it was one of the first to create waterproof textiles. Nowadays, they still create stunning fashion that protects you from the rain. Check out Aquascutum’s fancy rainwear for men!
Ok ladies, the link for the men’s section was meant to prevent you from checking out Aquascutum’s outlet section… Do not click over there. Don’t. Fashion on sale will do funny things to your brain..