England’s capital city, London is not renowned for its fair weather. Days of glorious sunshine may be, and often are, followed by periods of unsettled weather. It is recommended to make a plan B for this eventuality. So what are some great ideas for getting you out of your apartment when the weather is not being kind?
We’ve gathered a bunch of indoor activities throughout the city to make sure you still can still enjoy London to the fullest, rain or shine!
London’s Free Museums
- The one museum you absolutely cannot miss when visiting London is the British Museum. Housing one of the largest permanent collections in the world, the museum features works from many different time periods and cultures. The Egyptian antiquities collection is particularly famous, and includes the Rosetta Stone. Other departments include the Department of Ancient Greece and Rome, the Department of the Middle East, the Department of Prehistory and Europe, the Department of Asia and the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Take our word for it that you’ll need more than a day to admire everything the museum has to offer. It’s best to focus on one or two departments that interest the most so you’ll have the time to really explore the collections. Also don’t forget to check out the impressive glass Queen Elizabeth II Great Court and the British Museum Reading Room.
- If modern art is more to your liking, the Tate Modern will definitely keep you entertained on a rainy day. The Tate Modern is a modern art gallery that features both a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The galleries of the museum are housed in a former power station, which itself has an interesting design.
- The National Gallery is another museum well worth a visit. Located on bustling Trafalgar Square, the Gallery is an oasis of calm in the city center of London. The collection of the National Gallery features paintings from the 13th Century up until 1900. Almost all the major traditions of Western European painting are represented at the Gallery, which contains famous works such as Da Vinci’s The Virgin on the Rocks, Raphael’s Madonna of the Pinks and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
- There are also many places where to bring your children on a rainy day in London! Indeed, London offers many options for families traveling with kids, and some of the best museums include the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. The Natural History Museum will keep kids entertained and will offer them the opportunity to meet life-sized whales, a roaring T-Rex or giant crocodiles. The Science Museum is also very family-friendly with its themed galleries and activities for kids as little as five years old.
A new London landmark that boasts an even more impressive view is The Shard: London’s newest skyscraper and Europe’s tallest. The Shard’s brand-new observation deck is called The View From the Shard, and will be open to visitors starting February 2013, with tickets already available.
If heights aren’t really your thing, there’s a famous attraction in London that actually runs beneath the city streets: the London Dungeon. This tourist attraction certainly isn’t for the faint of heart, as it depicts many gruesome historical events from London’s history in a rather gory yet comedic manner. Among other things, the London Dungeon features a labyrinth, a reenactment of the Great Fire, a torture chamber and a boat ride to hell.
London’s Pubs and West End Musicals
When evening falls and it’s still raining, you can always take shelter in one of London’s countless pubs. Have a pint with the locals and give the traditional pub grub a try. Many pubs in London serve the traditional dish fish & chips. Check out our top 5 fish & chips spots for the best locations in London.
However, if you’ve been walking around in rainy London all day long, there’s often nothing nicer than to head home to your cozy apartment and snuggle up on the couch with a nice hot cup of cocoa. Most of our London vacation rental apartments come with great amenities such as a well-equipped kitchen to cook in, a warm living room where you can watch TV and a bathroom with a tub where you can have a nice hot bath after a rainy day. There’s also nothing wrong with staying in for a day and simply enjoying your holiday in a home away from home. After all, there’s always time to explore London the next day!
What London attraction would you most like to visit?