26 things to do in London on a rainy day

Don’t let the rain stop you from enjoying all that London has to offer; there are countless things to do and see on a rainy day, with several free attractions that are an excellent way to get some culture while shielding from the shower.

Don’t let the rain stop you from enjoying all that London has to offer; there are countless things to do and see on a rainy day, with several free attractions that are an excellent way to get some culture while shielding from the shower. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities or would rather sit out the rain in London’s best bars, we’ve got it covered (literally).

See some art at Tate Modern

Get some culture at the Tate Modern, which has an impressive collection of international contemporary and modern art, and various special exhibitions to enchant art lovers, including a year-long exhibition on artist, teacher and curator Dóra Maurer. Better still, entry is free.

Go ice skating 

Whether you can pirouette like Michelle Kwan or slip around like Bambi, there’s a rink for everyone in London. Round up your mates and make a move. it’s time to get your skates on. There are many indoor ice-skating rinks inn London to choose from. Enjoy skating sessions for all ages and abilities, as well as public and disco sessions for fun at the newly refurbished Streatham Ice Rink.

Explore the British Museum

As one of London’s most famous attractions, the British Museum will be busy on a wet day, but don’t let that stop you. This museum always has special exhibits and shows that will captivate and educate guests, young and old.

Catch a movie

Cosy up and watch a film at one of London’s most unique cinemas. From classic musical sing-alongs at The Prince Charles Cinema to an immersive viewing of the latest blockbusters at the BFI Imax, you won’t be short of places ——–to go.

Experience some history at the Tower of London

Take a step back in time to explore the Tower of London, where you can discover about its history and see the Crown Jewels on display in the Jewel House – some of which are still used in royal functions today. Check it out at hrp.org.uk. Some prefer not to leave the comfort of their own home. Then curl up on the sofa and catch up on its history with Inside the Tower of London, which is on youtube.

Play some board games

Embrace your competitive side at board game café Draughts, where you can choose from over 800 board games, including classics such as 5 Second Rule and Battleship. Order some bites, grab a craft beer and challenge your mates or family to a game or three. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of good competition, and with such a collection of games to choose from, you unquestionably won’t get bored!

Shop until you drop

Get some retail therapy at one of London’s biggest shopping centres. Westfield has centres in both Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush, with hundreds of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants all under one roof.

Visit one of London’s covered markets

For a unique shopping experience, take refuge from the wet weather at one of London’s covered markets like Borough Market. You can taste delicious food or snap up ingredients to cook something at home. Alternatively, Leadenhall Market, open since 1881, is a stunning indoor shopping place offering retailers such as Barbour and Reiss, tasty lunches from stalls and breathtaking architecture. 

Visit the National Gallery

Art aficionados should go to Trafalgar Square, home to the National Gallery. Entry is free, and you’ll see thousands of works from famous artists including Van Gogh, Monet and Rembrandt. 

Go to see a show

You’re spoiled for choice of amazing shows in the West End, particularly if you’re in a musical mood. Whether you like watching Waitress the Musical, The Tina Turner Musical or 9 to 5 the Musical, the theatre is an excellent place to warm up your hands (and your vocal cords!)

Wander around the Natural History Museum

Dippy the Dinosaur, one of the Natural History Museum’s most popular attractions, maybe on tour. Still, in its place, you’ll see ‘Hope’ the blue whale skeleton, along with shows dedicated to everything from evolution and dinosaurs. Whether it’s taking a selfie with the clock from the CBeebies shows Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures, or examining the hands-on science centre, it’s a great place to stay dry on a family day out.

Go bowling

A fun rainy day activity to do with family, friends or a date, you can’t go wrong with bowling! There are so many bowling alleys across the city to pick from, including All-Star Lanes, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, and Rowans Bowl in Finsbury Park, which also has a pool, arcade games and karaoke for hours of entertainment.

Get inspired at the V&A Museum

Museums are a failsafe way to spend a few hours while it’s raining, and the V&A is a must for anyone with interest in art and design.

Enjoy a tipple (or two) at a pub

What better way to kill a few hours on a rainy day than catching up with mates in one of London’s pubs or bars? There are hidden gems across the city. You should check out one of these best pubs in London.

Go on the London Eye

Even if it’s raining, you can still see some of the city sights from the shelter of one of the pods on the Coca-Cola London Eye. Sure, visibility may not be as good as on a sunny day, but you’ll still get a good look at landmarks and monuments like the Houses of Parliament and down the River Thames.

Have a day out at the Science Museum

Exploring the Science Museum is the perfect wet weather activity with kids in particular. Still, visitors of all ages are sure to be in awe of the award-winning exhibitions and things on display, including many interactive and immersive activities.

Dine at one of London’s many cafés or restaurants

Take shelter from the rain at one of London’s eateries. There are thousands to pick from providing to all tastes, whether you favour a quick bite to eat, want to spoil yourself with a Michelin star meal or want to sample food from around the world. The only tricky part will be narrowing it down to just one.

Explore Westminster Abbey

Alternatively, you could visit the Westminster Abbey, a famous landmark that dates back to 960AD and has played host to historical events such as the Queen’s coronation and the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate in 2011.

Relax in the Barbican Conservatory

Looking to get away from the concrete jungle and relax in the countryside? You don’t need to go far. The green spaces of the Barbican Conservatory offer thousands of plant species to walk through to clear your mind, and those with a sweet tooth can indulge in an afternoon tea!

Head to the National Portrait Gallery

For a free day out taking in several thousands of portraits, head to the National Portrait Gallery. Special exhibitions are held at the gallery frequently.

Play indoor golf

Why shouldn’t you have a game of mini-golf at one of the increasing number of venues popping up across the city? Swingers now have two places in the capital, while Junkyard Golf also has four 9-hole crazy golf courses on offer at its base in East London. One of the newest to open is Puttshack, East London, which uses cutting-edge technology to provide mini-golf with a modern update.

Try an escape room

Gather your friends and test your skills in an escape room. There are scores of themed escape room games across London, including The Game is Now: Sherlock Escape Room, a fantastic team challenge that puts you in the shoes of the detective.

 Go to a spa

Treat yourself to some relaxation at one of London’s city, spas. You’ll find ridiculous spas within the city’s top hotels or could go to your local one for a bit of pampering.

Head to the Royal Observatory

Take a tour through space and time in Greenwich, home to the Royal Observatory. In the planetarium, visitants can experience the wonders of space with expert explication from real astronomers, while you can also stand on the Prime Meridian Line at the home of Greenwich Mean Time. See more at rmg.co.uk.

Visit an indoor play area with the kids

Got little ones to please? You’ll want to head to one of London’s indoor play spaces for a fun rainy day activity. KidZania London at Westfield London is an indoor city run by kids, where they can try 60 real-life events while mum and dad unwind with a drink in the Grown-Ups Garden Shed.

Christmas lights 2019: Best displays and where when to see them

These are the best Christmas lights to see across London this year – and the date they’ll be switched on.

With Halloween out of the way, it’s beginning to look a bit) like Christmas, and London ç

These are the best Christmas lights to see across London this year – and the date they’ll be switched on.

Carnaby Street – November 7

Traditionally the first lights to go on the show, Carnaby Street is set to turn on its new, ocean-themed display at 6 pm on November 7. Following last year’s spectacular Bohemian Rhapsody-themed lights, this year they’re focussed on sustainability – organisers teaming up with ocean conservation charity Project 0 to create the display using over 1,500 recycled plastic bottles.

Carnaby St, Soho, W1F 7QS, carnaby.co.uk

Savile Row – November 7

The first-ever Savile Row lights are being launched in early November – and guests can expect a suitably stylish switching-on. David Gandy will be on hand to light the display from 7 pm, while there will also be music from the Weaver Brothers into the night.

Savile Row, W1S, eventbrite.com

South Bank – November 8

Southbank christmas lights

The switching-on of the South Bank lights coincides with the launch of the wintertime market, which welcomes visitors from November 8. There’ll be lights on display all along the waterfront, while the London Eye is also lit up – all in all, it’s one of the snuggest places to spend winter nights in the city.

South Bank, SE1, southbankcentre.co.uk

Covent Garden – November 12

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Covent Garden is always one of the most picturesque places to spend a winter’s evening, and the festival lights are back from November 12 this year. The enormous Christmas tree, reindeer installation and mistletoe chandeliers are back, with over 115,000 lights lighting the main square.

Covent Garden, WC2E 8RD, coventgarden.london

Marylebone Village – November 13

One of the most unusual places to see Christmas lights is Marylebone, with some of the most elegant displays in central London. The switching on celebrations lasts all day on November 13.

Marylebone High Street, W1U, marylebonevillage.com

Regent Street – November 14

The West End is spoiled for option when it comes to festive displays, and Regent Street is right up there with the best of them. The street will be fully pedestrianised when the Christmas lights go on display, ensuring guests can take in the sights without worrying about dodging taxis and Deliveroo drivers. The Christmas angels are already up, but the official switch-on is on November 14.

Regent Street London, W1B, regentstreetonline.com

Seven Dials – November 14

Once you’ve checked out the Covent Garden lights, the Seven Dials Christmas display is turned on two days later, on November 14 from 5 pm.

Seven Dials, WC2H 9HD, sevendials.co.uk

Kingston market – November 14

The switching-on ceremony at this grand old market in Kingston on November 14 is set to be one of the most family-friendly in town. Expect children’s craft sessions and storytelling, before the lights themselves are switched on at 6 pm.

Market Place, KT1 1JT, inkingston.co.uk

Wembley Park – November 20

One of the most unusual – and Insta-friendly – displays are back at Wembley Park this year. Head into the technicolour Sonic Runway, see London’s biggest LED Christmas tree and embrace yourself in the light displays from November 20.

Market Square, HA9 0TG, wembleypark.com

Kew Gardens – November 20

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Kew Gardens is gearing up for another spectacular series of Christmas light displays this year, running from November 20. Guests can walk a trail around the gardens, encountering enchanting arches and a festive lights show on the water. Twinkling pea-lights are being used to create a festive atmosphere, while thousands of lasers will light up the side of the conservatory.

Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3AB, kew.org

Oxford Street – November 21

oxford st christmas lights 2019

It’s the most popular spot in London come Christmas time – and not just with last-minute shoppers frantically looking for presents on Christmas Eve. A brand new scheme is headed to Oxford Street this year, replacing the orb-based lights that have been a fixture for several years. The new design is made up of 27 LED light curtains, which are 90% more energy-efficient than traditional lighting. The switching-on ceremony on November 27 will see organisers team up with Capital XTRA to host live performances from homegrown musical talent.

Oxford Street, W1D 1BS, oxfordstreet.co.uk

Eccleston Yards – November 28

This charming Belgravia spot is promising a display with a difference inside its courtyard in late November. The wellness-themed ‘Wave’ installation from artist Squidsoup – the creative behind Four Tet’s spectacular Alexandra Palace shows – is made up of 500 individual orbs, with the various colours designed to energise the body, stimulate happiness and calm heart rates. It could be the most feel-good display in the whole city.

Off Eccleston Place, SW1W 9AZ, mayfairandbelgravia.com

Trafalgar Square – December 5

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Norway has gifted London a Christmas tree every year since 1947, and this year they will do again – long may the tradition continue. A freshly cut Norwegian Spruce will sit proudly in Trafalgar Square, decorated with Christmas lights, while the square’s fountains also get a festive makeover. It’s one of the final primary light displays to be switched on in London, taking place on December 5.

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DX, london.gov.uk

Eltham Palace – December 5

Eltham Palace will become an enchanted woodland from December 5, with the gardens of the English Heritage site transforming for three weekends across the month. Step through arches of twinkling lights, watch fountains dance to music and marvel as the walls of the palace are illuminated with rainbow projections.

Court Yard, SE9 5QE, english-heritage.org.uk

Streatham Food Festival 2018

The festival features the well-known Streatham Food Tour with more restaurants than ever before.

Streatham Food Festival 2018

Streatham Food Festival is brought to you by InStreatham BID. InStreatham is a not-for-profit organisation created by local businesses to help improve the local area, established in 2013. The Streatham Food Festival is a fantastic event that gives Streatham BID the chance to do exactly that.

With A four-day celebration of the amazing food on offer in Streatham, the festival is designed to put Streatham restaurants, cafes and bars right at the heart of the community and encourage residents and visitors to venture onto this historic high street and try new places.

The festival features the well-known Streatham Food Tour with more restaurants than ever before. Each restaurant, café or bar taking part will offer a selection of dishes all costing between £2 – £5.

The Toddler Tour is also back for a third year, running on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd June offering younger Streatham residents the chance to tickle their taste buds with tasty treats from 20 eateries. to plan your route around Streatham and see what is on offer, download the map, and you will find a link

HERE: https://www.streathamfoodfestival.com…

for the Toddler Tour: https://www.streathamfoodfestival.com…

The Unfolding of Windrush Scandal Documentary

Doubt on hopes that Amber Rudd’s resignation would draw a line under the fiasco, as twice as many people hold Theresa May responsible for the policies than blame the former home secretary.

The Unfolding of Windrush Scandal Documentary

Doubt on hopes that Amber Rudd’s resignation would draw a line under the fiasco, as twice as many people hold Theresa May responsible for the policies than blame the former home secretary. It comes after protesters descended on Downing Street to call for Ms May to resign, where shadow home secretary Diane Abbott told activists: “When it comes to the Windrush scandal, all roads lead back to Theresa May.”

The row began when it emerged that some Windrush immigrants – who moved to the UK between 1940s to 1970s – had lost their jobs, been refused medical care or been threatened with deportation as they did not have the right documentation.

Hundreds of British citizens appear to have been caught up in the row, which also overshadowed the recent Commonwealth summit in London and forced the prime minister to make a grovelling apology to Caribbean leaders. Ms May’s time at the Home Office has also come under scrutiny, where she introduced the hardline “hostile environment” policies blamed for the aggressive targeting of Windrush citizens, many of whom travelled to the UK as children and never received passports.

Streatham Gyms and Fitness Activities

We have four large chains (Fitness First, Virgin Active, the Better Ice and Leisure Centre and the Gym Group) as well as the independent Squats Gym, yoga classes and outdoors boot camp on Streatham common.

 

Streatham Gyms and Fitness Activities

Streatham is a neighbourhood in South London which thanks to its cinemas, theatres and ballroom was once known as the West End of South London. Unfortunately the 80s and part of the 90s saw a decline of the area. This was for many reasons.

However, the Huge efforts made to reverse the reputation Streatham attracted in the 80s, brought this area back to life.

The multi-million-pound regeneration scheme encouraged many private investments in the area. With the growing number of people moving in the area many new trendy restaurants, cafes and bars are now open also new hi-tech gyms, and sports halls opened in Streatham. And in this video, I am going to talk about all the options available.

Streatham Gyms offer a flexible way to keep fit and enables you to choose the one that suits you the most. The variety of gyms and sports centres now available in Streatham makes it easy for you to find places to work out and get fit no matter how busy you are with work, family or travel, wherein Streatham you live and budgets. Streatham is well serviced for Gyms.

We have four large chains (Fitness First, Virgin Active, the Better Ice and Leisure Centre and the Gym Group) as well as the independent Squats Gym, yoga classes and outdoors boot camp on Streatham common.

Let me know if I have missed anything in the comments below.

Thank you so muck for watching and stay fit. See ya. 😉

 

Are The Black Areas in London safe?

London is home to one of the most diverse communities in the world. Nearly 1/3 of Londoners were born abroad, and over 200 languages are spoken here.

Are The Black Areas in London safe?

 

London is home to one of the most diverse communities in the world. Nearly 1/3 of Londoners were born abroad, and over 200 languages are spoken here.

This wide range of cultures and languages is celebrated in London in many different ways – mainly with fantastic food and lively festivals.

The city of London is a safe place for people of all ethnicity and faiths to be.

With a whole host of diverse cultures comes a lot of delicious food!

Restaurants and street stalls around London allow you to try out some new foods as well as treating yourself to some of your chosen dishes.

The heart and soul of London are owed to its multicultural population – without these great people, London just wouldn’t be the same!

Thank you!

Anna Soubry says ‘Hard Brexiteer Will Destroy The Party’ Brexit News

Brexit nightmare – Anna Soubry says ‘Hard Brexiteer Will Destroy The Party’

Anna Soubry says ‘Hard Brexiteer Will Destroy The Party’ Brexit News

Conservative MP Anna Soubry has launched a blunt attack on “hard Brexiteers” on the Tory backbenches who she said would “not hesitate to destroy this party” to get what they wanted.

In an impassioned speech in the Commons on Wednesday, Soubry said Theresa May to “get a grip” to avoid a “Brexit nightmare”. The Broxtowe MP said she had come to the view that the people should be given a “meaningful vote” on what kind of Brexit deal they wanted.

Soubry said a “consensus” needed to be reached and pushed for the UK to at least join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and remain a member of the customs union after Brexit. “Their inability to grasp Brexit and do the right thing honestly is now at a point where, it has got to stop, and we have got to start to do what is right, and the right thing is to get this Brexit sorted. “Form a consensus in this place and within the country and deliver not just on the referendum result but deliver on the hopes and aspirations of our people.”

Soubry slammed May for not having presented a clear vision to the country or to the EU of what outcome she wanted from Brexit – 19 months on from the referendum result. “If this government doesn’t get a grip at the top of the situation we will indeed walk into a Brexit nightmare,” she says. “I have now come round to the pretty firm view it’s not just in this place we have to have a meaningful vote but the people of this country, they too, are entitled to a meaningful vote,” she says.

“It is not for us. We cannot undo this EU referendum decision. It has to be the people, and it has to be led by the people.” Soubry told May to stop trying to “manage” the most eurosceptic wing of the Tory party. “Even if you gave them what they wanted today they would complain you hadn’t done it yesterday,” she says.

“It’s a battle to the death as far as for as many are concerned, and they will not hesitate to destroy this party, to destroy our prime minister, to get what they want.” Adding: “The government needs to wake up to that reality. Soubry also praised the EU having “put up with so much nonsense” from the UK during the negotiations. “They’ve already made it clear, if we want to remain in the EU, that is an option,” she told MPs. “If we want to continue as a member of the single market and the customs union that too is available.”

Soubry’s speech came as the Tory Minister who said the government’s Brexit policy should be driven by “evidence not dogma” has been disciplined by the party – but will stay in his job.