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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.

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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

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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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14 weird but wonderful museums

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

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The 100 best shops in London

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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
People Power: Fighting for Peace
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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
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
Art

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

Snaking your way through the Barbican’s latest exhibition you will probably be met with an almost overwhelming desire to take off your shoes, so accurate is the 1:1 recreation of Ryue Nishizawa’s Moriyama House.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Robots
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Robots

An animatronic, wall-mounted baby greets you on entering the new Science Museum exhibition. Technically lifelike, it burbles, coos, wriggles its pudgy arms and – in a show of creepy-looking exhibits – manages to be pretty unnerving.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 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

Colossal
Film

Colossal

Anne Hathaway forms a psychic connection with a giant lizard in this razor-sharp black comedy

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Baywatch
Film

Baywatch

There's goofy fun in the sun with this self-mocking reboot of the TV classic

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
The Other Side Of Hope
Film

The Other Side Of Hope

Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki returns with another brilliant, bone-dry comedy

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
The Red Turtle
Film

The Red Turtle

Co-produced by Studio Ghibli, this is a visually gorgeous tale of a shipwrecked man and a turtle

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 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

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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