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What to Do In Rainy London

Even though it doesn’t rain in London quite as much as you might think, it does rain at least 30% of the year, so during your visit to the capital there is a good chance you’re going to need an umbrella.

A rainy London day doesn’t need to be a wasted day. Our rainy day plan will keep you out of the rain while still enjoying some of London’s best attractions.

Getting Around

Go underground. London’s underground network is fast and efficient – even if a little busy during peak hours. However it’s one of the best ways to get around the city and stay dry. Pick up a tube map or use a map app on your phone to check tube times and head to your nearest station.

What to Do

Morning: Museums

The obvious choice for what to do in London when it rains, but London has some of the best museums in the world, and many of them are free.

Our pick: British Museum (Great Russell Street). It only opens at 10, so take a leisurely breakfast in your hotel and then head out. The British Museum features world class exhibitions and permanent exhibits. Make sure you take a moment under the stunning glass roof of the Great Court. 

Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square, Goodge Street

After lunch: Galleries

Art lovers are spoiled for choice in London. Whether you prefer baroque or post modern, pop-art or surrealism, there is a gallery for you.

Our pick: Tate Modern. Sat on the bank of the Thames, the national museum of contemporary and modern art is worth visiting even if just to spend some time in the awe-inspiring Turbine Hall. Head upstairs and treat yourself to a delicious lunch with stunning views in the Restaurant.

Nearest Tube: Southwark or Blackfriars

Afternoon: Shopping

There is no shortage of shopping in London. However, rather than getting wet in-between the shops, head to an indoor shopping centre or under-cover market.

Our pick: Westfield London. One of the biggest shopping centres in Europe, Westfield London has everything including a choice of 50+ eateries for when you get peckish.

Nearest Tube: Wood Lane, White City or Shepherd's Bush

Evening Time: Theatre

Head to London’s Theatreland in the West End and be immersed in a whole other world. Sing-along to Mamma Mia, shed a tear in Les Miserables, or be thrilled by Thriller Live.

Our pick: Lion King (at the Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street) is a favourite for all ages. The rainy weather will be the furthest thing from your mind as you find yourself transported to the African savannah.

Nearest Tube: Embankment, Holborn or Temple