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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

The 100 best shops in London
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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

Fashioned from Nature review
Museums

Fashioned from Nature review

This is the V&A doing what the V&A does best: staging world-class exhibitions of immaculately preserved and presented fashion. This new spring blockbuster covers the way clothing has been inspired by the beauty of nature, but has also exploited and damaged the natural world.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Illuminating India
Things to do

Illuminating India

India is heading to South Kensington for the Science Museum’s latest season, celebrating the global influence of India’s science, culture and thought. Joining ‘Illuminating India’ is Danny Boyle in a Q&A following a special screening of 'Slum Dog Millionaire', the 'Bluebird Tea Company' hosting tea blending workshops, renowned speaker Sadhguru – named one of India’s 50 most influential people.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
ABBA: Super Troupers
Things to do

ABBA: Super Troupers

Enter the world of the iconic Swedish foursome in this immersive exhibition charting ABBA's music, lyrics, creative process and influence. Part of the Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters season, the exhibition brings together objects from private archives and ABBA The Museum in Stockholm.

The Lost Words
Things to do

The Lost Words

‘The Lost Words’, a collaboration between nature writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris, is a lot less Middle-England finger-wagging than it sounds. 

Time Out says
3 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

Let the Sunshine In
Film

Let the Sunshine In

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
A Quiet Place
Film

A Quiet Place

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Never Steady, Never Still
Film

Never Steady, Never Still

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Custody
Film

Custody

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

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