Rainy day London

Bit of drizzle? Torrential downpour? Use our guide to London’s best rainy day activities for when indoor activities are the only option

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, what really can’t be overstated is just how much there is to do in the capital in the event that it does pour it down with rain on your hard-earned day off. Or the whole weekend. Or the entire summer.

The streets of the city may be iconic, but there are also untold amounts of things to do if you want to hide away from the rain. We’ve got you covered for indoor activities, whether you’re lost for where to shop, or want to get lost in London’s most interesting museums and exhibitions.

There are also the more random rainy day ventures, like if you’ve been caught in a random downpour and want to sample a few classy brollies in a Covent Garden umbrella store, or if you want to hole up in a board game café or a reading room for an entire stormy day. Here’s your guide the best indoor activities in London.

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Top ten art exhibitions in London

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

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Shopping

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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

76 Days
Film

76 Days

A harrowing, access-all-areas journey into the heart of pandemic-stricken Wuhan

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Dear Comrades!
Film

Dear Comrades!

This gripping historical drama rages against the Soviet machine with bitter laughs and icy fury

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
MLK/FBI
Film

MLK/FBI

This captivating and enraging doc charts the FBI’s secret war on Martin Luther King

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
Film

The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

Frank Marshall’s heartfelt doc follows the fortunes of a talented trio who got stuck in a groove

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

Read our full guide for kids in the capital