Indoors, undercover and dry: the top 10 rainy day in London list
Let’s be real: London is rainy. Umbrellas and wellington boots are almost as synonymous with our capital as our red phone boxes and double decker buses.
Luckily, London is a city designed around rainy day fun. Your holiday (or weekend) needn’t be ruined by grey skies – use them as an opportunity to discover some of the best underground, indoor or hidden secrets London has to offer.
Get arty – but go beyond the National Gallery. Camden Arts Centre (don’t be fooled by the name, it’s actually in Hampstead) is a great contemporary choice (good for kids and also has a café), or check out Guildhall Art Gallery – the collection actually owned by The City of London.
Do the quintessential rainy-day activity – head to the cinema. London has plenty of arthouse choices (so you can avoid having popcorn thrown at your head by teenagers) – The Prince Charles Cinema is tucked away in Leicester Square, and regularly hosts sing-a-longs, vintage screenings, all-nighter marathons and dress-up parties. RichMix is an indy cinema and arts center in the East, or Electric Cinema in Notting Hill is a lush retro gem, one of the oldest working cinemas in London.
A London classic is Borough Market – and because of its strategic position under the railway lines at London Bridge, it’s mostly undercover: perfect for strolling around on those soggy mornings & grazing all the yummy food samples!
Go to a matinee theatre show. They’re often cheaper, and better seats are sometimes available. Hit up matineetickets.co.uk to see what’s on in the afternoons.
If you didn’t bring an umbrella on your trip to London… never fear! You can shop for one at James Smith & Sons on New Oxford St – a specialty umbrella store (est 1830)! (Failing that, pop into the Globe Apartments offices and borrow one of ours!)
Have a special celebratory lunch at Bob Bob Ricard where each booth is equipped with a ‘Press For Champagne’ button.
Explore a rare part of subterranean London history – Hidden London tours run by the London Transport Museum take you through abandoned tube stations and disused bomb shelters.