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Living in London

How to stay warm through London's winter

By Halls 04 Feb 2024

Navigating the chill of London's winter can be a challenge, especially if you're not used to British weather. Between managing a student budget and adapting to the cold, it’s essential to find practical and affordable ways to stay warm. This guide offers simple, effective strategies for keeping cosy both inside your accommodation and while out and about in the city.

Indoors: Creating a Snug Environment

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Layer Up

  • Thermal Underwear: Invest in quality thermal wear. It’s thin, comfortable, and provides an excellent base layer that can go under any clothing you normally wear.
  • Dressing Gown/Wearable Blanket: Great to just throw on when you really feel the chills and instantly feel better.
  • Socks and Slippers: Never underestimate the power of warm feet. Woolly socks and slippers can be a game-changer.

Smart Heating

  • Timed Heating: Use your heating system efficiently. Set it to warm up the room before you wake up or return home. Please check with your reception team for advice.

Cosy Additions

  • Blankets and Throws: Keep a few around your sitting and sleeping areas for extra warmth.
  • Hot Water Bottles: A classic and inexpensive way to stay warm in bed or while studying. A true British classic that still does the job.

Outdoors: Braving the London Cold

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Layer Up (again)

  • Base Layer: Start with a moisture-wicking layer to stay dry.
  • Insulating Layer: Add a fleece or wool sweater for insulation.
  • Outer Layer: A waterproof and windproof coat is crucial for London’s unpredictable weather.

Accessorise Smartly

  • Hats, Scarves, and Gloves: These are essential for retaining body heat. Look for wind-resistant materials.
  • Thermal Socks and Waterproof Boots: Keep your feet warm and dry, a must when walking around the city. Wet socks are the worst!

Staying Active

  • Keep Moving: Maintain a brisk pace when walking. This helps in generating body heat.
  • Indoor Breaks: Take short breaks in cafes or libraries to warm up before continuing your journey. Pit stops can make all the difference.

Food and Drink: Fueling the Warmth

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Warm Meals and Beverages

  • Soups and Stews: Easy to make and great for warming up. Make the most of your kitchen or communal cooking space and cook up big batches with your flatmates.
  • Hot Drinks: Regularly sipping on tea, coffee, or hot chocolate can provide a quick warm-up and you can drink them on the go.

Stay snug and enjoy your winter in London!