As we all know the British weather is totally unpredictable, so one minute the sun is out and the next minute it will be pouring with rain and you end up soaking wet. Not to worry, though, as there is still plenty to do in London despite the rainy days! And, after all, it wouldn’t be a real British experience for you guys staying in London without a bit of rain.
First things first, take shelter. Shopping centres are always a great place to be when the weather is a bit miserable, and what better way to lighten up your mood than with a bit of retail therapy. Westfield Stratford City is often a first choice for shoppers with over 70 restaurants, bars and cafes plus a long list of high street favourites like Forever21, New Look, Topshop and Zara. Brent Cross Shopping Centre is another popular place for shopping, with large department stores like Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Fenwick along with high street favourites like H&M, Kiehl’s and Pandora.
Museums are often a popular choice, especially since London is home to many famous museums, each exhibiting incredible collections from researchers, scientists and artists. The British Museum offers free entry and often has temporary exhibitions from both the UK and around the world. The current ongoing exhibition is Ancient Lives New Discoveries, which presents the bodies of 8 people from Egypt and Sudan whose bodies have been preserved either naturally or by embalming and the use of new technology helps reveal the lives they lived. The Design Museum near Tower Bridge is the place to go to discover contemporary fashion designs, architecture and digital design, and also hosts a variety of talks and activities.
Last but not least, the London Sea Life Aquarium near South Bank is home to thousands of sea creatures, including Clownfish, Green Sea Turtles, Gentoo Penguins and Hammerhead Sharks. You also get the opportunity to challenge yourself to the Shark walk and get as close as possible to the animals during public feeding events, I dare you to try the Snorkelling with Sharks Experience, and there are also diving pools and touch pools. The aquarium often has special offers going, for example 20% off Sea Life Gift shop, golden package tickets and combination tickets.
Hopefully, this article has given you some inspiration as to what you can do during rainy days in London instead of getting stuck at home. Here is a final idea – explore some indoor markets like Spitalfields, Covent Garden and Greenwich Market; these places are highly recommended for food lovers!