What to do on a rainy day in London

What to do on a rainy day in London

It is true that London is known for rain and grey skies, but since then its inhabitants have developed various activities to avoid staying locked in their homes on rainy days as it would be too depressing. So you have a wide choice according to your desires of the moment, eating, drinking, sports, culture and many others...


Situated under the Waterloo Bridge on Queen's Walk is one of the only open-air second-hand book and antique markets in the south of England.

Classics, contemporary titles, comics, maps and prints - the options are endless whether you are looking for paperbacks or hardcovers. The good news is that it's open every day, rain or shine or windy, until 7pm. So you can spend an afternoon breathing in the smell of old books and maybe find a treasure among them. To visit click on the link here https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/visit/shopping/markets/southbank-centre-book-market


You have the choice between the most famous, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery or the less known to visit the city at the same time with an umbrella of course. You can visit for example, Estorick collection which contains works of modern Italian art, Dulwich Picture Gallery for impressive collections signed by Rembrandt or Canaletto, also Camden art centre for contemporary art you can find all the information here



If you want to see a movie you can always go to the well known Odeon or you can choose an independent cinema like the Rio cinema in Dalston where they show world movies in a very art deco design, you also have The Lexi in Kensal Rise for all the Blockbusters or the Prince Charles cinema in Leicester Square where you can enjoy cult movies, The electric cinema in Notting Hill or Shoreditch are the only ones with double beds in the front row to watch the film and chairs and sofas for those who arrived a little too late to enjoy the classics comfortably seated after sipping a Martini at the bar. You can check prices and book your session here https://www.electriccinema.co.uk/cinemas/portobello/booking-info/ .


For board game lovers you can enjoy a burger while trying one of the 500 different games offered by the Draughts café. We guarantee you won't regret the rain for long. You can check out the different games here https://www.draughtslondon.com/board-games/


Greenwich Market, Covent Garden Market, Borough Market and many more... What makes London so charming are the small covered markets that make us want to get lost for hours and buy all the stalls. Camden Lock market is also to be discovered, do not miss Portobello road which is more ancient but you can also find food, Brick Lane market where you will find flowers, jewellery, food in short everything.


If you love a challenge and are looking for an adventure with family or friends to escape the London rain then this is the activity for you. You'll see if you're as close-knit as you think you are. You have different choices available, with themes or classics you can find all kinds of different escape rooms. Handmade mysteries is a pub that offers escape rooms on different themes and is located near Clapham Junction so you can console or congratulate yourself after your efforts by drinking a beer at the bar, here is the link for more info https://www.handmademysteries.com/lady-chastitys-reserve


If you prefer culture then here's another solution, the theatre is a good alternative to the rain you can enjoy seeing a famous classic play or go on an adventure and see something you don't know. You have the choice right now between Mary Poppins, The Prince of Egypt, Magic Mike, The West End Sensation a version of The Wizard of Oz etc... You also have musicals like The Lion King, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Pretty Woman. You can consult the different choices available to you here https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/tickets/all-shows


At the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre you can take advantage of the 4 indoor tennis courts for a game with family or friends. They are open every day of the week and you can buy balls and rackets on site. Of course the prices are higher for the indoor courts than for the outdoor courts. Here is the website for more information about the prices https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/en/content/cms/london2012/lee-valley-hockey-tennis/lvtennis/book-a-court/


For fans of mini golf you can find a course in Camden for about 30 minutes of play with friends, the course is pleasant and the person in charge of the rental is very considerate you can have the opportunity to make one or more games according to your desire, here is the link https://www.plonkgolf.co.uk/venue/camden/

For a more serious game and a more elaborate course you also have Swingers who also does catering to enjoy a well deserved dinner after a hard game, here is the link here https://swingers.club/uk/book-now?gclid=CjwKCAiAhc7yBRAdEiwAplGxXzbVlw38MDO1IzhzLMScLP_dM_3CTnpc_FjjSYuWQR6bedaK49-2iRoC3GEQAvD_BwE


You can choose between All Star Lanes or Bloomsbury Lanes where you can enjoy a unique experience at QUEENS in Notting Hill where you can find a bowling alley but also an indoor skating rink, beer pong or the MeatLiquor burger restaurant to eat after all these activities. As a bonus you can enjoy a very rock'n'roll design but you won't have a network because you have to go down stairs to get to Queens which makes you feel like being in the subway.

Here is the official website for more information and reservations https://swingers.club/uk/book-now?gclid=CjwKCAiAhc7yBRAdEiwAplGxXzbVlw38MDO1IzhzLMScLP_dM_3CTnpc_FjjSYuWQR6bedaK49-2iRoC3GEQAvD_BwE


If you are looking for a shopping centre you can go to Westfield whether it is Shepherd's Bush or Stratford you will find all the shops you want.

Designer boutiques, famous shops such as Abercrombie & Fitch and All Saints, restaurants and also a cinema if you feel like combining shopping and movies or a bowling alley and a casino for a day of total challenge. Here is the link to all the shops in the shopping center https://uk.westfield.com/london?gclid=CjwKCAiAhc7yBRAdEiwAplGxX0ZZcGwPui2u-J3loZKgfd8spzz3bK0BlI6ZUBIrSy_n94Sik8Li2BoCAO4QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


Going to the Imperial War Museum, Natural History Museum, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace or many others, the possibilities of museums to visit are endless and most of the museums in London are free. You can read our article on free museums in London to get an itinerary.

If you would like to talk to real Londoners about how they cope with the rain, visit our Studenz site on the language exchange page.

Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff Writer


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