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by nittanylion

My husband and I will be visiting London for a long weekend in July. What are the appropriate clothes for daytime sightseeing and casual or smart casual evenings? We will be visiting Westminster Abbey on Monday. Also, we are seeing an afternoon performance of a play on Sunday.

Re: attire

by leics

No-one, but no-one, will care what you wear.


This is such a common question I've even made photo travelogues to help reassure people. You'll find them at the bottom of my London page here:


Eve when you go to the theatre, no-one will mind if you wear jeans...you'll probably find that most of the audience is wearing them.

Remember than in London, as in all European cities, those whom you see smartly-dressed are either a) on their way to or from work or b) on their way to or from something special for which they dressed up.

Otherwise, we just wear what is comfortable and appropriate for the weather. As should you.

Clothes you can layer (just because it's July does not mean it will be warm), waterproof outerwear and comfortable walking shoes are essential.

'Smart casual' in the UK means clean, ironed and (often, not always) tucked-in, probably not jeans (although not necessarily), maybe a jacket for men.

But, as you will see if you look at the travelogues, there really are no rules. :-)

Re: attire

by leics

There is no requirement to cover one's head when entering UK churches, but it is respectful for men to remove headgear (although many do not, and no-one will comment). Obviously, exposing a huge amount of flesh is also disrespectful (not that we get the weather to do that very often) but even then it is unlikely that anyone would say anything.

Re: attire

by nittanylion

Thaks for all your great info!

Re: attire

by hawkhead

Re hats in churches - when we were visiting Westminster Abbey last year, there was a small group of young men, all wearing baseball caps, and they were asked to remove them by one of the vergers - which they did, but not very gracefully. Mind you, their overall behaviour wasn't very graceful.

Re: attire

by leics

I'm glad the verger actually asked them to do so though. Too many blind eyes are turned too often over too many matters in the UK, imo.

Re: attire

by christine.j

The only time a dress code is enforced is a formal afternoon tea in one of the expensive hotels, like the Ritz. At least I haven't heard of anything else. Apart from this, nobody will care what you wear.

Re: attire

by hawkhead

It's not truly a case of no-one will care - care is not the correct word.... should I say disappointed...... I always feel that if someone has paid £60 odd for a theatre seat then they should perhaps make the effort to put on something other than torn jeans and a grubby t-shirt. It's always a fillip to the soul when people make an effort to look nice.

Re: attire

by christine.j

Years ago, when I was living in England, this was one of the biggest surprises for me - what people were wearing when they went to the theatre. I was used to people dressing up and paying greater attention to what everyone else was wearing than to the play. In England I found it the exact opposite, nobody seemd to care what the others were wearing, everyone seemed to have come for the play.
But then I couldn't afford tickets for £60, that may have been the difference.

Travel Tips for London

Along the road more traveled

by penumbra

The Victoria Palace Theatre is off on its own, but can be worth the trip depending on what’s playing. I had one of my great travel learnings in London. It was the weekend and I wanted to find some entertainment but didn’t know where to go. I stopped in at a tourist office and got a couple of addresses to some clubs, but when I went looking for one of them it turned out to be closed. Disappointed, I was standing on the platform of the tube waiting to head back into London. A group of people came onto the platform and we all headed into town. More and more people boarded the train at each stop. Then at one particular stop most of the people got out, including the group that had got on at my station. Curious, I followed and found that there were even more people already converging from streets above ground. A special event? Nope… I’d discovered Leicester Square, the theatre and restaurant district. And there in lay the learning. If you’re looking for the main attractions in a city, follow the crowd. Once you’ve found those, you’re in a better position to explore off the beaten track.

The Gherkin

by scotlandscotour

London's new icon - the Swiss Re office block, better known by locals as the Gherkin - see pictures on websites.

This is winning architectural awards and certainly raises a smile as you view the London skyline from the Thames.

At long last - a building with curves!

From the great architect, Norman Foster, comes this amazing skyscraper - also known as the erotic gherkin, or 30 St Mary Axe

BBC.Co.Uk - Gherkin

Norman Foster

Buy The Big Issue

by luke850

When you are in London, please buy the Big Issue. This is a general interest magazine, sold by very poor, or homeless people. It is a good read, isn't expensive and the profits go to the person selling it. It is an excellent way of helping out poor people in London, who are trying to make an honest living, instead of begging.

The Sultans Elephant

by Mariajoy

Is there a day that goes by in London when something surreal and sublime doesn't happen? Whether it's on a small personal scale or on a HUGE public scale like The Sultan's Elephant, a four day, street theatre event organised by The Arts Council for England and The Mayor of London.

The Sultans Elephant is a 40 foot high, 42 tonne automaton and his companion is The Giant Girl. I think I probably have said this before, but it still holds true. Amongst the mundane, humdrum, and sometimes downright tiresome, it's always possible to find something in this city that is magical and mysterious... this massive puppet was unexpected and just beautiful!

We found the Elephant in Trafalgar Square, the roads in the area had been closed off for his procession on Saturday and he was having a rest outside the National Gallery. There were thousands of people waiting there for his arrival and taking photos, and a BIG WELL DONE to those guys in orange who do a great job of crowd control! Thanks :)

Please check the website for more info about the story of The Sultans Elephant

Afternoon Tea

by Sharon

Yes thats one of the most famose habbits in London and the UK, the 4:00 Oclock Tea.
If you like to try that you and you have no Local friends to Invite you then try one of the big and famous hotel like Savoy, ritz, Hilton, Dorchester,Claridge Or just at Harrods or Fortnam & Mason.
The price wont be cheap but then its another nice experience and after that you wont be hungry for at least a few more hours.
Dress code is still very strict at the Ritz and at the Savoy though at the Claridge smart casual is accepted until 6.30 pm.


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