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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 © Tatenda Nyamande

Grey and grim days aren’t exactly rare in London, so when the heavens open there’s always plenty to do. The capital is packed with hundreds of indoor activities: it’s home to some of the world’s very best museums, art galleries and shops, as well as plenty of great cafés, pubs and bars to drown your sorrows in. So whether it’s raining, drizzling, pouring, or full-on chucking it down, we’ve got bad weather conditions covered – but maybe bring your brolly, just in case.

Where to hide from the rain in London

15 perfect places to go when it rains in London
Things to do

15 perfect places to go when it rains in London

Make a grey day brighter by exploring the capital with no fear of a downpour

Top ten art exhibitions in London
Art

Top ten art exhibitions in London

Shortcut it straight to the good stuff and head to one of these shows on right now

14 weird but wonderful museums
Things to do

14 weird but wonderful museums

Don’t soak up the rain, soak up some culture at the capital’s weirdest museums

The 100 best shops in London
Shopping

The 100 best shops in London

Delve in and out of the very best boutiques, stores and fashion shops in London

Take shelter at the latest exhibitions

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave
Art

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

Most of us don’t get any better with age. After our twenties we just get uglier, fatter and more useless. But Katsushika Hokusai was like a seriously fine wine. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent
Art

Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent

Life stinks. And to prove that, the East Wing of Somerset House has been transformed into ten abstract looking chambers – each given over to a different pioneering fragrance –  for an interactive exhibition all about, you guessed it, perfume. 

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 2 out of 5 stars
Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction
Things to do

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction

Many people see science fiction as the preserve of crater-faced, four-eyed virgins. There’s something about the combination of aliens, spaceships, nerdy science and dorky storylines that’s, you know, alienating. But science fiction, for all its niche appeal, is also big business, and has been having a major impact on mainstream culture for years.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 3 out of 5 stars
People Power: Fighting for Peace
Things to do

People Power: Fighting for Peace

It’s tempting to open this review with something like ‘in these fractious times, a show about protest couldn’t be more timely, blah blah blah’. And yes: it does feel like dissent is hanging in the air more feverishly than ever right now. But if the IWM’s chronicle of anti-war activism in the UK makes anything clear, it’s that for all the current renewed interest in organised protest, it’s hardly ever lain dormant.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Find more great exhibitions in London

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 Beguiled
Film

The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola's riveting, insightful civil war drama stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 3 out of 5 stars
War for the Planet of the Apes
Film

War for the Planet of the Apes

Caesar and his tribe of noble simians face heavily-armed human soldiers in this superb action blockbuster

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Film

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Marvel's brand new Spider-Man gets his very own movie – a sweet slice of not-too-serious superhero fun

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
It Comes At Night:
Film

It Comes At Night:

This post-apocalyptic nightmare will be messing with your head for weeks

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Check out the latest film releases

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

Read our full guide for kids in the capital

Comments

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Peter Sauders
Peter Sauders

We always go shopping when it is raining. Ventured out further this last weekend to Trash or Treasure vintage shop in Maidstone. Great items and prices were defo better than London.

lucy
lucy

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