Zipcar in rainy London
Zipcar in rainy London

Things To Do On a Rainy Day in London 

 

It’s that time of year again. The weather’s turning and the days of BBQs and picnics in the park are behind us. That said, the colder months can be glorious, with some seriously cosy activities on offer. If you’re looking for things to do during rainier days this Autumn, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of 15 top indoor activities London to take advantage of.

 

Food & Drink

Cosy Up in the Pub with a Pint

Cosy Up in the Pub with a Pint

Cosy Up in the Pub with a Pint

In the heart of Hampstead you’ll find The Holly Bush, a centuries old pub in a Grade II listed building. The pub has plenty of comfy spots and a real fire to cosy up next to. The menu serves up some fantastic comfort food dishes made with seasonal ingredients. If you’re not in the mood for food, you can relax with a pint or a glass of wine from the pub’s hand-picked selections. 

 

Where? 22 Hollymount, Hampstead, London, NW3 6SG

Opening times: Mon - Sat: 12pm - 11pm & Sun: 12pm - 10:30pm

Cuddle Some Cats in a Café

Cuddle Some Cats in a Café

Cuddle Some Cats in a Café

Escape the bad weather with some furry friends who probably hate the rain too, at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium - London’s first ever cat café. Cuddle up with a group of adorable cats, including Legolas, the ‘biggest cuddlebug the café has ever seen’ and Daz, ‘a very friendly, chatty, and flirty lad’. 90-minute slots are available for £20 per person, with 1-hour slots offered for £13.50 per person from 4pm-5pm.

 

Where? 152-154, Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6DG

Opening times: 11am - 5pm everyday

Relax with a Cocktail and Live Music

Relax with a Cocktail and Live Music

Relax with a Cocktail and Live Music

For fans of the sophisticated gentleman’s club vibe, Scarfes Bar is the perfect place to relax and escape London in the rain. The bar’s vintage decor provides a perfect cosy setting, accompanied by a roaring fire and bookshelves packed with more than 1,000 antique books. Sink into velvet armchairs and enjoy complimentary live music. The bar also offers a creative cocktail list and hearty bar snacks.

 

Where? 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

Opening times: Mon - Sat: 4pm - ‘till late’

Explore Borough Market

 Explore Borough Market

Explore Borough Market

Nestled near London Bridge station, Borough Market is an iconic space, with a history spanning around 1000 years. While partly exposed to the rain, there are plenty of covered areas around the market to seek refuge, whether it’s under the roof that covers much of the market, or underneath the railway tracks that run above it. The market is famous for its wide selection of stalls, offering a range of speciality food and drink from around the world. Whatever you’re after, the market is bound to have something to satisfy your cravings.

 

Where? 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL

Opening times: Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm, Sat: 8am - 5pm & Sun: 10am - 3pm

Have a Cappuccino in a Church

Have a Cappuccino in a Church

Have a Cappuccino in a Church

Arguably one of the most unique cafés in London, the Host Café operates out of the St Mary Aldermary church. The church has a beautiful, gothic style, rebuilt in the late 17th Century after damage from the Great Fire of London. As well as hot drinks and tasty snacks, the space is still a functioning church, with prayers and group meditations organised across the week.

 

Where? Watling Street London, EC4M 9BW

Opening times: Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 4pm

Films, Theatre & Entertainment

Catch a Film at the Picturehouse

Catch a Film at the Picturehouse

Catch a Film at the Picturehouse

Tucked away in neighbourhoods across London, Picturehouse cinemas screen a wide range of films. From mainstream to indie, documentaries and family films, there’s something to be found for everyone. While each space is distinct, Picturehouse’s signature style is present in each of its cinemas. There are also cafés, restaurants and bars in the spaces that, like the selection of films, cater to a range of different tastes and preferences.

 

Where? Multiple locations around London

Opening times: Varies depending on film times

Dive into Books from the Wellcome Collection Reading Room

 Dive into Books from the Wellcome Collection Reading Room

Dive into Books from the Wellcome Collection Reading Room

The Wellcome Collection’s Reading Room offers a calm and quiet space for bookworms and museum enthusiasts alike. Explore a selection of objects and books themed around topics like travel, food, and more. Its shelves hold more than 1000 books from all different genres, including fiction, graphic novels, memoirs, and even pop-up books. The space also provides sofas and beanbags to sit back and relax on - perfect for anyone wanting to dive into a book from the collection.

 

Where? 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Opening times: Tues - Sun, (excluding Thurs): 10am - 6pm & Thurs: 10am - 8pm

Enjoy a Performance at the Royal Festival Hall

Enjoy a Performance at the Royal Festival Hall

Enjoy a Performance at the Royal Festival Hall

Situated just along the river Thames, the Royal Festival Hall is a hub of culture and creativity - and an ideal place for rainy day London activities. The venue hosts exhibitions, gigs, workshops, author talks, and more. Free events are frequently run across the year, perfect for wandering in during the weekends. There are also family concerts and storytelling activities to keep the little ones entertained. 

 

Where? Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX

Opening times: Mon - Tues: 10am - 6pm & Wed - Sun: 10am - 11pm. The hall remains open until the end of events on event days.

Browse a Daunt Bookstore

Browse a Daunt Bookstore

Browse a Daunt Bookstore

Daunt Books have locations around London. Their shop in Marylebone is the ideal place to retreat from London in the rain. The bookshop dates back to the Edwardian era, its dark wooden shelves, beautiful skylight and wide selection of literature making it a go-to spot for book-lovers. The shop also hosts regular talks with authors. Keep an eye on their website here for upcoming events.  

 

Where? 83-84 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW

Opening times: Mon - Sat: 9am - 7:30pm & Sun: 11am - 6pm

Get Competitive at the Draughts Board Game Café

Draughts Board Game Café

Get Competitive at the Draughts Board Game Café

Sit back with a warm drink and unlimited games at the Draughts Board Game Café. For just £7 per person, you’ll be able to play as many games as you like from Draughts’ huge collection. The café staff can help recommend games and teach you the rules if needed. Whether you’re going with the family, a group of friends or even a date, Draughts is one of our top rainy day London activities.

 

Where? Arch 16, Leake St, London SE1 7NN

Opening times:  Mon: 12pm - 12am, Tues - Thurs: 11am - 12pm, Fri: 11am - 1am, Sat: 10am - 1am & Sun: 10am - 12pm

Museums & Galleries

Explore the Science Museum

Explore the Science Museum

Explore the Science Museum

London’s Science Museum hosts exhibitions, galleries, and events available for various age ranges - including children under five. Explore award-winning exhibitions and learn the stories of groundbreaking scientific achievements. This Autumn, you can catch an exhibition on Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope and a multi-sensory interactive Pattern Pod (for children under eight). Entry is free for the museum, but you’ll have to pre-book a visiting slot beforehand. 

 

Where? Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Opening times: 10am - 6pm everyday

Look at Art in the Tate Modern

Look at Art in the Tate Modern

Look at Art in the Tate Modern

Situated in an old converted power station along the river, the Tate Modern is a hub of modern and contemporary art. It’s also one of the best free things to do on a rainy day in London. Visitors can enjoy works from all over the world. Current exhibitions include the iconic Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms, and the Materials and Objects collection - exploring new and inventive ways to use materials for artistic expression. While the gallery is free to enter, you’ll have to pay for certain exhibitions.

Where? Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Opening times: 10am - 6pm everyday

Indulge in The Chocolate Museum

The Chocolate Museum

Indulge in The Chocolate Museum

Brixton’s Chocolate Museum is an independent museum on a mission to get people passionate about good-quality chocolate. During a visit, you can learn about chocolate while making some treats yourself! Workshops are available for both adults and children. The museum’s Bean-To-Bar collection showcases the fascinating journey of how chocolate is made - from cacao beans to tasty choco.

 

Where? 187 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8BA

Opening times: Sun: 11am - 6pm

Celebrate the Arts at the Barbican

Celebrate the Arts at the Barbican

Celebrate the Arts at the Barbican

Last - but certainly not least - on our list of great rainy day London activities, The Barbican is world-renowned as a hub for the arts. It hosts regular art and design. The Barbican also features a cinema, music events, a theatre, and more. The building itself is a stunning Brutalist design, and one of the UK’s architectural gems. From symphony orchestras to musical masterclasses, must-see films and art exhibitions, there’s something here for every kind of art-lover.

 

Where? Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Opening times: 9:30am - 11pm everyday. 12pm - 11pm on bank holidays.

 

With events coming and going across the year, we can’t guarantee all the exhibitions and shows currently going on in these locations will still be going when you’re reading this. It’s best to check what’s on in these spaces before visiting.


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