Rainy day London: things to do when the heavens open

So, you’ve checked-in to your delightful, oh-so comfortable hotel, right in the heart of London, but you’ve discovered that for a day or two of your time in the capital, the weather probably isn’t, well, going to be what you’d hoped.

Rainy day London things to do when the heavens open

There’s no need to cry over spilt milk – let alone cry in the rain, outside your spa hotel London. Because, when it comes to things to do in London when it’s teeming down with rain, you won’t be at all in short supply. Here are just a few ideas to get you started… 

Museum of London

(150 London Wall, EC2/ Open: 10am-6pm daily)

Museum of London

This place is a must for anyone and curious about how London became the mega-metropolis it is today. Blending exhibits, showcases and other features that entertain and educate all visitors, the Museum of London is one of, well, the best museums of London – even if it does seem to get a bit overshadowed by Bloomsbury’s British Museum and South Kensington’s Science, Natural History and Victoria & Albert Museums.

Highlights you must check out here, then, are Oliver Cromwell’s death mask, a mammoth’s jaw, the remains of ancient settlements, delightful jewellery and, yes, a Victorian street mock-up (a sight that may even rival Cumberland Place, the street on which you’ll find our very own Marble Arch By Montcalm!). 

Camden Market

(Open: 10am-6pm)

Something of an alternative destination, this one, many might think; that may be true but, really, the experience for the eyes, ears and nose offered by Camden Market is so unique that, really, all visitors ought to at least consider giving it a go (wherever they’re staying – including the likes of luxury hotel rooms). Boasting eclectic stalls that vend everything from elegant furniture and vintage home décor to alluring fashion items and cheap graphic tees and garish footwear to truly scrumptious bites, it’s a retail therapy haven for young ones in all of us. In actual fact, it’s not one market but multiple markets blended into one, which really is the reason for this venue is such a feast for all the senses. 

London Bar Bus

(Catch it at Charles II Street or Westminster Pier at 2pm, 4pm, 6.30pm or 8.30pm daily)

How fun does touring Central London in a private London double-decker bus with all your mates sound, as you careen about the city and see all the sights, while you sup on whatever beverages you like? *A lot* of fun, right? Ideal for a night out with friends, family or even that special loved one, it’s a totally different and, let’s face it, very Instagrammable way to enjoy some top-quality cocktails with great company. 

West End theatre

West End theatre

Finally, there are few better ways than this one – still decades and decades after the West End became a *thing* for all and sundry (not just the wealthy but all Londoners and all visitors to the city, too) – to get out of the rain and forget whatever the weather may be doing by throwing yourself into a completely different indoor world.

As Broadway is to NYC, ‘Theatreland’ is to London. It’s where dozens of theatres are to be found and so where classical theatre productions, award-winning musicals, thought-provoking plays and laugh-out-loud stage comedies are to be seen every evening – after supping in fantastic restaurants near the Arch. With a roster including The Lion King, Les Misérables, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! and Shakespeare’s finest plays, you just can’t go wrong with the West End’s ‘Theatreland’.

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