Staying indoors definitely isn’t boring in the bucolic surroundings of Hampstead’s famous neoclassical villa. Many an hour can be spent ogling its legendary art collection – which contains masterpieces by Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Gainsborough, among others – or marvelling at its interior, painted in baby blues and pastel pinks, making even the gloomiest of days a little brighter. Entry is free, but you need to book in advance.
London on a rainy day needn’t be a washout! Sure, our fair city is glorious in the sunshine and dramatic in the snow, but if the rain is pelting down, use it as an opportunity to take shelter in one of the capital’s many indoor attractions. A wondrous planetarium, say. Or an old-school bowling alley. Or a tropical conservatory. London has all these and many more places where you can stay warm and dry while the elements batter the city.
Next time it’s raining, try exploring our city’s amazing free museums, chilling out in a dreamy day spa, drinking next to a pub fire or curling up and reading in one of London’s loveliest libraries. And if you need more ideas, browse the below list of great places to hide from the rain in London. You’ll be willing it to pour more often.
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