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.

Lumiere London 2018 with us.

Lumiere has returned to the capital to bring some much-needed cheer to the end of January.

Lumiere London 2018 with us.

Lumiere has returned to the capital to bring some much-needed cheer to the end of January.

Lumiere is a festival of lights which first came to London in 2016, and has expanded to new locations due to its success. With over 50 installations to enjoy, which will be a mix of neon lights, sculptures and light projections, they organised an amazing event for everyone. The festival is produced by art production company and registered charity Artichoke. The first Lumiere produced by Artichoke took place in Durham in 2009.

The light show started on Thursday and ends on Sunday, with light shows running between 5:30 pm and 10:30 pm.

The lights were in King’s Cross, Fitzrovia, Mayfair, South Bank, Westminster and the West End. In the West End, the light shows were spread across Leicester Square, Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Picadilly Circus, Regent Street, St James’s and Carnaby Street.

The shows are obviously free (kind of hard to charge people for walking through London), but festival-goers are asked to donate their choosing to buy the official map of the works.

There is a free Lumiere London app which gives details on all of the artworks, how best to get around, and things to do nearby such as bars, restaurants and attractions.

What Is The Most British Thing Ever?

With the twentieth anniversary of the very first time, I came to the UK aproaching; I wanna share with you some of my favorites and most British things ever.

What Is The Most British Thing Ever?

With the twentieth anniversary of the very first time, I came to the UK aproaching; I wanna share with you some of my favorites and most British things ever. Those things that I would say are definately British.

Before I start, I would like to ask you to subscribe to the channel just clicking on the logo on the bottom right. It doesn’t cost anything, and it makes sure we stay in touch. Thank you for that…

Now here you have the most British thing ever for me …. Originally I had many more… however, finally my list came down to 15.

So, what is the most British thing ever for you?

What makes London so different?

You can live in London for years and years and still find something different each day.

What makes London so different?

1. The most diverse city on the planet or at least one of the

London etnic diversity graph

 

2. We speak over 300 different languages.

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London’s second languages map

3. A benefit of this diversity is that there is always something good to eat.

addome-streatham
Addome’ – Streatham Hill, London

4. The food is just ridiculously good. No matter what others say… from markets to restaurants.

Food in London 

5. The tube! We like to whine about it all the time, but it works just fine.

6. You’re never far from green. London has more park space than any other major city on earth. Park as ‘park’, not parking space. Don’t start!

Clapham Common

7. Other cities would kill to have a haven as beautiful as Dulwich village in the centre of London city.

Dulwich Village

8. We know how to throw a party.

Big Ben

9. (We just drink through the pain).

London Tube at the weekend

10. Seeing people do the ‘walk of shame’ on your way to work. (Or doing it b4 work)

Shame Walker lol

11. You actually can live in London for years and years and still find something different each day. There is simply so much going on everywhere that it is impossible to know it all, and this about London is what makes it truly mysteriously charming to me. You will never discover it all or know it all; The excitement never ends in the capital, and until I die, I will always be on the hunt for the next amazing discovery here.

Better safe Than sorry

12. And contrary to popular belief – they do talk to people, they are friendly, and they will welcome you with open arms.

London Pride

13. The Queen Nobody messes with Her Majesty. And if they do, we’ll ‘ave ’em. Or she will.

Queen Elizabeth II

14. The Underground Where would we be without the Underground? A bus stop, that’s where. And nobody wants that if not late at night.

London red bus

15. It’s a beautiful city of endless possibilities, and everyone is welcome.

London 2012

What would you add?

How did Halloween start?

How did Halloween start? Halloween 2017

Halloween is a holiday, celebrated each year on October 31, that has roots in age-old European traditions. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

Thirty-first of October. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church. Pope Gregory III later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1.

By the 9th century, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In 1000 A.D., the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead.

The All Saints Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, began to be called All-Hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing the Irish Potato Famine, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally.

Borrowing from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition.

Happy Halloween!!!