Indoors, undercover and dry: the top 10 rainy day in London list

things to do in london in the rain


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. 

Head behind the scenes with a backstage tour of Royal Albert Hall or Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (though yes, some of that one is open-air!) 

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!)

Put on your Sunday best and have a High Tea (for the more traditional, the Ritz or for something a little different, sketch.) 

 

Have a special celebratory lunch at Bob Bob Ricard where each booth is equipped with a ‘Press For Champagne’ button. 

 

Escape the rainy day entirely and hole up at a Day spa (the Dorchester if you’re feeling extra fancy) or just grab a quick massage while you shop, at Relax in Covent Garden. 

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.

 

 

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