Top 5 Things to do in Rainy London
Sailing is the best option when it's rainig ... Alright, no it isn't
London does have a lot to see and do, but it does also rain quite a lot around here. Rain of course is part of the “London experience”; well that’s what we keep telling anybody who comes here, so that they don’t get too depressed when that mist really turns into rain.
And as much as it is part of the experience, it also is a pain when it comes to sightseeing.
However, there is no need to despair and jump off from the Tower Bridge; London does offer plenty to see and do even when it does rain.
Unfortunately this is what you sometimes see when you look out of your window in London
Here are my top suggestions
1. Museums and art galleries
Two of my favourite art galleries in London are the Tate Modern and the Saatchi gallery. But if modern art isn’t your cup of tea, there are other options. British Museum is a must-go for anybody interested in History; Natural History Museum is great if biology and such is more your thing, and V&A Art and Design museum should be your choice if you like pretty things.
And the great thing is, all of them are free!
2. Comedy clubs
Maybe you’ve just been to a museum or an art gallery, and what you need some lighter entertainment. For that, there are plenty of comedy clubs in London. If you happen to be in central London, you have The 99 Comedy Club and Soho Comedy Club, both in Soho.
London and New York probably are the two best cities in the world for Musicals. There is no shortage of Musicals in London and you can usually get pretty good offers on last minute deals for them. There are plenty of places selling discount tickets around Leicester square, so if it is raining cats and dogs, head over there, or just do it online (which actually is probably even better choice if the weather is not being your friend).
My favourite ones are definitely Les Miserables and Blood Brothers, both of which besides music also have great plots. But of course there are much lighter options available. The Lion King is impressive even if the plot isn’t earth shattering.
And unless you’ve been to a musical in London, you really haven’t been to London yet.
4. London Borough market
While markets are usually problematic in the rain, the London Borough Market is covered so you can stay dry while shopping. The London Borough Market is located next to the London Bridge tube station, so head there for some street food and shop for some cheese maybe.
They do have plenty of tastings available. And if you can’t find something you’d want to eat, well, I don’t honestly know what to recommend to you.
Just keep in mind that the London Borough Market is open only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The London Borough Market is fully covered, so rain won't bother you there
You can pick up a fresh smoothie if you want
5. Go for a pint in a pub
I know it is a bit obvious, but come on, it has to be on any list that gives you things you can do in London. Pub culture is one of the great things about UK, and London especially. And where-ever you are, there will be plenty of pubs to choose from. Of course some of the are better than others, so hold that thought, as I am writing about my favourite pubs soon!
Best thing to is get a pint in a pub... Yes, I know it's not a pint, and not even English, but Chimay is damn good on a rainy day
So if you have a rainy day, maybe start with Tate Modern and then head to the nearby London Borough Market for some late lunch. This will still give you time for a few pints before going for a musical to finish the day.
What are your favourite things to do in rainy London?