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London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and it is a real melting pot of cultures and fashion trends.

This can lead to a bit of a fashion dilemma for some visitors to London who don’t want to look like a tourist in a foreign land but also don’t fancy the idea of making a sartorial faux-pas.

The first thing to point out about London and the UK in general, is that the weather is a big deal and a constant topic of conversation because it is so unpredictable. You can see more sunshine in the Spring than in the Summer and the rain has its own idea of when it is going to turn up and have you running for cover.

This makes it a bit of a challenge to know what to wear so that you can cope with the climatic idiosynchrasies and still blend in with the locals.


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When it rains

If you have ever watched the Wimbledon tennis tournament, you will have an idea that rain appears unexpectedly and can disappear just as rapidly. What you wear in preparation for this scenario will set you out as a tourist if you are not careful.

The trick is to consider what not to wear rather than the other way around. You want to avoid making a fashion statement that screams tourist, and nothing does that more than wearing one of those hideous bright yellow waterproof sheets.

Many Londoners will carry a discreet compact umbrella in preparation for the rain, which they just pop up at a moment’s notice and carry on with their day. They don’t reach for the waterproof sheet, and neither should you if you want to blend in.

Spot the nationality

Locals might not instantly admit it, but they do like to play a friendly game of spot the nationality, as they witness tourists existing from their London hotels, for a day out in the capital city.

It is quite an easy game to play as you can often easily distinguish an American or Japanese tourist from an American or Japanese person who actually lives in London.

The camera around the neck is an obvious giveaway but there is more to it than that. It is what they are wearing.

A cosmopolitan city like London embraces a mixture of cultures and there is a sense of anything goes when it comes to what to wear on the street. The situation changes when you are heading out to somewhere like a club or restaurant, or for a night at the theatre.

Even a night at the theatre is less formal than it used to be and smart casual is normally ok. What that means is the usual mix of jeans, jumper or shirt, trousers and jacket, but not a tie unless you are going somewhere formal.

What smart casual doesn’t mean is wearing shorts. Nothing screams tourist more than a pair of shorts for your night out. Footwear like walking shoes and trainers should be fine, but you should avoid slipping on those jogging shoes.

Ladies can follow a similar set of rules with an acceptable combination of jeans, trousers or skirt, and a suitable dress, blouse or top.

Formal attire

Part of the attraction of a city like London, is that it still enjoys a lot of formality in its modern culture and residents do like to dress smartly for special social occasions and events.

Wearing shorts to one of these special events will probably have the resident Londoner’s calling for you to be sent to the Tower of London for a crime against fashion, in true British humor.

Men should consider dress pants and a button-down shirt and ladies can cut the mustard in a nice dress and heels.

You will find the people of London are actually a lot more forgiving than the residents of Paris or Milan when it comes to what you are wearing, unless you wear that waterproof sheet and shorts combo for the true tourist look.

Stella Natale is a traveling nurse. She loves to write about her experiences online. Her articles appear mostly on travel and wellness websites.


Gun salutes took place in London on Monday, May 4th to mark the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second child, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Soldiers from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode out in a procession from Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace, to sound 41 shots in Hyde Park.Princess Charlotte gun salute

At the same time, the Honourable Artillery Company left their Armoury House barracks in the City of London to fire a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.

The fourth in line to the throne will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

Princess Charlotte was born on Saturday, May 2nd, in the Lindo Wing of London’s St Mary’s Hospital weighing 8lbs 3oz.

Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals were told of the baby’s name before the announcement was made public.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said on May 3rd: “The duke and duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world. It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.”


From the toilet in The Shard you can marvel at landmarks including the Tower of London and HMS Belfast as you gaze across the River Thames.

The toilet is on the 68th floor of the £2 billion ($3 billion) development, 800 ft up the 1,016 ft high skyscraper, western Europe’s tallest, which opens to visitors next month

Most people, however, will be enjoying the spectacular 40-mile views from the official viewing areas.

The opening day for the attraction, known as The View from the Shard, February 1 is sold out as is the second day, despite tickets costing up to £24.95 ($39) for adults and £18.95 ($30) for children.

In the viewing areas visitors will be able to look through special telescopes known as Tell: scopes. These are particularly useful if visibility is poor as they show not only a live “as it is” image but, at the push of a button, what a clear-day view would be as well as a sunset view and a night view.

Those using the telescopes will, by focusing on a particular landmark, receive audible information about it.

From the toilet in The Shard you can marvel at landmarks including the Tower of London and HMS Belfast as you gaze across the River Thames

From the toilet in The Shard you can marvel at landmarks including the Tower of London and HMS Belfast as you gaze across the River Thames

The View from the Shard chief executive Andy Nyberg said: “This is the only place you can see the whole of London at once and, as such, is a natural starting point for exploring the UK’s capital.”

Comment from spokesman about the “loo with a view”: “The main toilets for The View from The Shard are located on level 1 of the attraction.

“A limited number of these <<loos with a view>> are available on Level 68 for those that need them, however they are not normally open for general use.”

Organizers say there should not be queues, but to amuse those waiting to go through security, special, cheeky, murals have been created.

Showing 140 famous Londoners in playful juxtapositions, the murals depict the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a Pearly King and Queen, London Mayor Boris Johnson shining the shoes of a top-hatted former mayor Ken Livingstone and the Queen – with corgi – riding on a scooter.

The Shard is part of redevelopment of the London Bridge area. The glassy, triangular-shaped Shard has 600,000sq ft of offices, three floors of restaurants and a 200-room Shangri-La hotel which is due to open this summer.

There are also 10 luxury apartments which are expected to go for as much as £50 million ($80 million) each and which are expected to be let out.

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