No matter how nice hotels in London might be, the likelihood is you probably don’t want to spend a whole day in your room when the rain catches you out – and, since you’re in England, the probability of it raining on your trip is unfortunately high…
The good news is that some miserable weather won’t be enough to put a dampener on your trip! Here are eight fun things you can do in London when it’s raining.
- Visit one (or more!) of the many museums…
London has lots of museums to choose from, so take your pick and learn something new. Museums to consider include the Natural History, Science, Victoria & Albert, London Transport, National Maritime, Design, Charle Dickens and Cartoon Museums, as well as the Museum of London, where you can discover the secrets of the city you’re visiting. How’s that for choice?
- … or art galleries
There’s plenty of art galleries, too, including the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, as well as the Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and Wellcome Collection.
- Get last-minute tickets to a show
Tickets to West End shows can be expensive, but you’ll be surprised by some of the last-minute deals you can secure for shows on the same day. Choose from comedy, drama, opera, ballet, and even immersive theatrical experiences.
- Enjoy a spot of afternoon tea
As well as the quintessential, British afternoon tea, you can also try an afternoon tea experience with a twist. The Park Grand Kensington Indian afternoon tea is a perfect example.
- Take cover in a traditional pub
London is home to hundreds of pubs, all with their own character and charm. If you get caught in a shower, find the pub nearest to you and duck in for a warming tipple and a hearty meal.
- Treat yourself to a spa day
There are quite a few spas tucked away in central London, as well as the more rural ones on the outskirts. Take a day to relax and book yourself in for a treatment and a chance to really unwind – something you don’t get to do often on a city break!
- Visit a covered market
Not all of London’s markets are in the open air, so if you think the rain has ruined your plans to visit, you’re wrong. Greenwich, Borough, Covent Garden, Camden, Brixton Village and Old Spitalfields Markets are all or partially indoors, so don’t let the bad weather put you off.
- Lose yourself in a department store
From Harrods (Europe’s largest), to Liberty or Fortnum and Mason, London has several luxury department stores, perfect for a spot of window shopping on a rainy day.
If you’re looking for the perfect accommodation in London, you might want to consider the Park Grand Paddington Court – comfortable and cosy, the hotel is located close to many of the things in this list, making it the perfect base for your trip to the city.