Rainy day London

Bit of drizzle? Torrential downpour? Use our guide to London’s best rainy day activities and play the grey days away

Dark clouds loom over Bermondsey.
Dark clouds loom over Bermondsey © Tatenda Nyamande

 

While the image of London being constantly grey and drizzly may be grossly exaggerated the world over, what really can’t be overstated is just how much there is to do in the capital in the (extremely unlikely) event that it does pour it down on your hard-earned day off. Or the whole weekend. Or the entire summer.

There’s all the usual eating and drinking activities, of course – London's seemingly limitless supply of world-class pubs, barsrestaurantsand cafés – but there’s more to rainy days in London city than caffeine and craft beer. From exhibitions and cinemas to weird and wonderful museums, here’s your guide to indoor London. Whether it’s raining, drizzling, pouring, or full-on chucking it down, we’ve got bad weather conditions covered. 

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Take shelter at the latest exhibitions

Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt review
Museums

Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt review

Hearing the title of this exhibition, you’re either going to think: What a great excuse to play eight hours of Journey, just to re-familiarise myself with the NPCs, or: What? Video games? Like Pac-Man? 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
I Object review
Museums

I Object review

Curated by Ian Hislop, this exhibition is the alternative version of Neil MacGregor’s 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' and it's about the age-old urge to fight the powers that be.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up review
Things to do

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up review

The V&A’s new exhibition of over 200 Frida-related items - many of which were only re-discovered in 2004 - explains the allure underpinning Frida fandom.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier review
Museums

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier review

Fashion has a hard time being taken seriously as art. But the works of certain designers are definitely worthy of a place on a museum pedestal. Azzedine Alaïa is one of those designers. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Get cosy in a café, bar or pub

Sip on a warm coffee
Restaurants

Sip on a warm coffee

Settle in the pub for the day
Bars and pubs

Settle in the pub for the day

Treat yourself to hot chocolate
Restaurants

Treat yourself to hot chocolate

Drown your sorrows in a bar
Bars and pubs

Drown your sorrows in a bar

See what's on at the cinema

The Little Stranger
Film

The Little Stranger

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
Film

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Faces Places
Film

Faces Places

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Climax
Film

Climax

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Keep the kids entertained

Enjoy a family-friendly show
Theatre

Enjoy a family-friendly show

Take a trip to the museum
Museums

Take a trip to the museum

Spend the day playing indoors
Kids

Spend the day playing indoors

Visit one of London's attractions
Attractions

Visit one of London's attractions

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lucy

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