The British weather is world-famous for rain and London is no exception. As the weather can be so changeable, it’s vital to have a rainy day plan when you come to London. Luckily, the city has so many things to do when the heavens open!
1. A Day at the Museums
London is absolutely filled with museums, many of which are free! It’s a really fun way to spend a rainy day and you’ll learn a lot too. Kids will love the Natural History Museum and there are plenty of interactive exhibits at the Science Museum that children will love. Fashionistas will love the V&A, modern art lovers should head for the Tate Modern, anthropologists should try The British Museum and for more traditional art works, visit Tate Britain or The National Gallery.
If you’re looking for something a bit more alternative, why not visit The Cinema Museum, The Magic Circle Museum – or perhaps you’re interested in secrecy and mystery and want to visit The Library and Museum of Freemasonry.
2. Stay Dry at an Attraction
The rain doesn’t have to stop you from continuing with your sightseeing. Some of the best London attractions are inside, so when the rain starts to pour, it might be a good day to visit Madame Tussauds, the SEAlife Aquarium, the London Dungeons, Warner Bros Studios or even the excellent Shrek Adventure on Southbank.
3. Pop to the Shops
When rain starts to fall it’s the perfect time to hit the shops. There are several great shopping areas in London, including several that are completely indoors, meaning you can avoid the weather altogether. If you’re with the kids, Hamleys on Regent Street is an incredible toy shop with seven floors, brimming with all sorts of cool toys. It’s plenty of fun for kids, even if you don’t want to buy anything.
4. Let London Entertain You
For a rainy evening, we suggest heading to the west end for some world-class London theatre. There are around 40 theatres in the west end alone, with plenty more throughout the rest of the city. The longest running show in the world is in London’s west end. The Mousetrap, an Agatha Christie play that Ms Christie herself predicted would run for ‘about eight months’, has been running continuously since 1952.
If you don’t fancy theatre, the city offers comedy, dance, live music and so many more things that can be enjoyed when the rain is pouring.
5. Have a High-Class Afternoon
Make a rainy afternoon into something indulgent and experience a true British tradition from the comfort of a hotel, museum even a boat on the Thames! A spread of finger sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, dainty cakes and, of course, a pot of tea is a great way to stay warm and dry while the rain does its thing.
What’s your favourite thing to do when it rains?