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9 Great activities you can do in London when it rains

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9 Great things to do in London on a rainy day!

Although I was lucky enough to always have dry weather during my travels to London, it’s still possible that you’ll have the misfortune of hitting a rainy day during your visit. You probably have a lot of things planned to do and see outside. Hikes, visiting markets or a tour on one of the open hop-on hop-off doubleeckers. It’s time to change your plans, but what can you do in London on a rainy day.

Here are 9 great things to do in London on a rainy day.

Visit a museum

London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum Covent Garden

London has a lot of museums to visit, most of them are free.

Some fun and interesting museums to book are:

Go to a covered market

Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market

Instead of going to one of the many street markets, there are also a number of indoor markets where you can spend your time on a rainy day.

Visit one of the following covered markets:

Go poking around a department store


Shop at one of London’s famous department stores.

The best department stores in London are:

Go to the theatre

Theatre Royal Stratford

There are many shows, musicals and plays with a matinee performance in one of the many London theatres that keep you out of the rain for a few hours.

Check out the available shows here.

Join a boat tour

London Waterbus Company
Narrowboat from the London Waterbus Company.

Also recommended on days with nice weather is a river cruise on the Thames with City Cruises. See all the major sights along the Thames with commentary from an expert guide.

Alternatively, take a narrowboat ride from the London Waterbus Company from Little Venice to Camden Lock on the Regent’s Canal. After the trip, visit Camden Market, where the trip ends.

Go watch a movie in a luxury cinema

Electric Cinema Portobello
Electric Cinema Portobello.

Enjoy a movie at one of London’s luxury cinemas. With comfortable sofas and armchairs, food and drink this is truly an experience.

Visit one of these luxury cinemas:

Shop until you drop

Westfield London Shopping Centre
Westfield London Shopping Centre.

Go shopping in one of London’s huge shopping malls.

Here’s a selection of shopping malls in London:

Enjoy an afternoon tea

Afternoon tea at The Langham Hotel
Afternoon tea at The Langham Hotel.

Afternoon tea is a British tradition that has become very popular all over the world. But if it’s a rainy day, it’s time to try the original.

Places to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea:

Go buy an umbrella

James Smith and Sons Umbrella Shop
James Smith & Sons Umbrella Shop.

Or you can just buy an umbrella, which the locals call a “brolly”, in one of the department stores above and just go outside.

Or if you want to spend a little more money on your “brolly”, go to James Smith & Sons, who specializes in all kinds of quality umbrellas.

But beware, there’s a brolly etiquette. See this article on Londonist.


Even when it rains, London has a lot to offer, so this shouldn’t prevent you from having a great time.

So have fun, even when it rains!

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