Best Things To Do On a Rainy Day In London

Most locals in London always step out with their umbrellas. The latter is a must because even in the middle of the summer season there always is a chance of a shower or two, every few days. If you are in London in the monsoon do not despair as there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you engaged all during your trip.

Choice of accommodation is the key to enjoy a pleasurable holiday in the city. Thankfully, there is a slew of London budget hotels to choose from so you will not fall short of options.

If you are looking for a hotel to stay in central London at an affordable price with premium facilities the Grand Royale London Hyde Park is just the place.  Some of the things to keep you occupied when it is wet outdoors are:

Visit one of the biggest shopping centres: If you are in the mood to shop why not head out to one of the biggest shopping spots in London. You need to take a trip to Shepherd’s Bush where you will find the Westfield Shopping Centre that is a haven for shopaholics. They also have a branch at Stratford if that is nearer. With some of the biggest fashion labels, massive food courts, designer outlets, a casino, bowling alley and digital cinema it is great place to spend the day.

Visit a book market: If you are an avid reader then just the place to head to on a rainy day is the Southbank Centre, Its book market is extremely popular with bibliophiles and it is a sheltered spot thanks to its location under Waterloo Bridge. It is one of the best places to find second books in the city at any part of the year.

Try your hand at a board game: If you enjoy playing board games then head out to Draughts the board game cafe at Haggerston that offers more than 500 hundred kinds of board games.  They have a terrific drinks and food menu to keep you sustained while you exercise your brain playing any of the games.

Enjoy a movie: For those who enjoy going to the cinema one of the best ways to spend a rainy afternoon is to watch a movie. From the Electric Cinema to the Odeon there are plenty of fabulous movie theatres and independent cinemas about London to visit. Some of them also have great bars and cafes within.

Explore the city’s numerous art galleries: London is home to some of the best art galleries in the world. What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than to explore the numerous art galleries of Central London. Some of the top galleries that are within close proximity of each other include Somerset House, The National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery.

Catch a peek behind the scenes of a theatre venue:   Have you ever felt curious as to what goes on behind the scenes at a theatre. You can satisfy your curiosity by taking a behind the scenes tour of a stage venue. From seeing the actors prepare backstage to see them don makeup and the various props and equipment used in a play. While there you could also get to know more about the venue and stories about the artists who have performed there. Some of the best places to take a theatre tour backstage are Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall and the National Theatre. All of them offer backstage tours on a regular basis.

Go shopping: London plays host to some of the best street markets in Europe with plenty of them sheltered from the elements. Some of the best places to shop at on a rainy day include Borough Market, Covent Garden Market and Leadenhall Market. If you plan to shop for vintage stuff particularly antiques Alfies Market at Marylebone is a good bet. With four floors of antiques and collectibles you could spend an entire afternoon browsing through the exhaustive collection. If you feel like grabbing a bite they also have an indoor cafe.

Try the Escape Room: A very popular concept that has caught on with Londoners is a visit to the Escape Room. If you are with a few friends and want to kill time, hop along to Kings Cross where you will find Clue Quest. It is thrilling live escape game which requires logic and quick thinking to get out of a locked room within 60 minutes.

If you do not fancy being an escape artist there always is the option to watch a theatre performance in the afternoon. From musicals to the classics there is an eclectic genre of shows to choose. As a norm most begin between 2:30-3pm and finish about 5-6 pm, which is great way to beat the gloomy weather outside.

Fancy a game of pool: Try your hand at some old school pool when the weather is wet and gloomy. Some of the best places to test your pool skills in London are the No 1 Sports Bar situated near London Bridge. There are quite many pool tables and later when dusk falls the place transforms into a club.  Another great place to hang out in the Clerkenwell area is the 1920, which has American styled pool tables and a terrific bar with fabulous cocktails. For something more traditional there is Riley’s in Haymarket as well as Victoria that also have large screens with the latest live sports’ events.

Play a game of tennis: You could always limber up and catch a game of tennis i.e. indoors. There are quite a few places in London where you could play indoor tennis. One of the best spots to play at is the Lee Valley Tennis Centre that is located at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Centre. It also served as the Paralympic Venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games. They open all days of the week and with four indoor tennis courts you could catch a game or two. They also hire tennis balls and racquets.

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