Things To Do In London When It Rains

London is notorious for its rainy weather, but that doesn't stop over 17 million people from visiting London every year.


London In The Rain

In a city as lively as London, it comes as no surprise that a little (or a lot of) rain doesn’t stop anyone from going out and taking it all in.

We know that getting caught in the rain without an umbrella is a daily struggle in this city, so whether you live here or are planning your next trip to The Big Smoke, we’re sure this list of things to do will help you make plans that’ll (mostly) keep your clothes dry!

We’re going to keep adding to this list, so make sure you save this page and check back now and again!

Oxygen Freejumping

Oxygen Freejumping is based in Acton, and it is essentially the adult-sized version of soft play. The trampoline park is filled with – you guessed it – trampolines and obstacle courses to fulfill all your childhood hopes and dreams.

Whether you’re travelling alone, with friends or with your family, Oxygen Freejumping has something for everyone. From freejumping, to fitness classes and children’s sessions, this is a perfect option for sheltering from the rain for a couple of hours, keeping your heart rate up and getting your little ones ready for nap time.

You can book your tickets ahead of schedule, or just turn up and join the next session!

Swingers Crazy Golf

Swingers is one of those phenomenal venues that you simply cannot miss out on in your trip to London. If you love a good cocktail, this place has you covered. With two different crazy gold courses to choose from, you can expect to be very entertained as you make your way through the obstacles, drink in one hand and mini golf club in the other. This is a perfect evening option for those of us looking for a little more than your average cocktail bar.

Swingers offers pre-booked tickets as well as walk-in tickets, perfect for those caught without an umbrella during random London showers.

The National Portrait Gallery

Every Londoner has been guilty of taking shelter in the National Portrait Gallery at least once. With free entry and over 1,400 incredible paintings to be mesmerised by, this gallery is sure to keep you and your artistic eye occupied until the clouds stop leaking (which honestly, could take a while).

The National Portrait Gallery overlooks Trafalgar Square and is a classic must-visit landmark that every visitor should make time for, even when it’s not raining.

God’s Own Junkyard

We’ve definitely mentioned God’s Own Junkyard before, but it’s just that good. It’s like nothing else on earth, and will certainly make you feel that you’ve left this planet.

This small cafe venue and neon light display is the perfect place to sit and relax for a while. The incredible selection of 80s and 90s tunes complements the quirky neon aesthetic, and you’ll be adding something unique and different to your collection of pictures from your trip to London!

For more out of the ordinary places to visit, check out our list of Hidden London Gems At The End Of The Tube Line!

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

If you’ve got an interest for how brands and packaging has changed over time, the Museum of Brands is the perfect afternoon plan for you. With dozens of displays to walk through, you are sure to spot your favourite brands and the development of their brand image and packaging.

It’s truly fascinating to be able to see some of the world’s most iconic products in person. The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is perfect for sparking nostalgia and curiosity in people of all ages.

You can’t book tickets online, but just buy them at the door when you’re caught in the rain in Ladbrooke Grove!

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

If you’re partial to a little feline company and cuddles, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is going to tick all of your boxes. Based in Shoreditch, this cat café was named after the pet cat in Alice in Wonderland, and was the first to open in London.

This cat café boasts an adorable tearoom style to the venue, with a variety of snacks and coffees on offer for guests as they enjoy relaxing with the cats. Each guest is given access for an hour and a half, after a short talk laying out the etiquette required.

Unsurprisingly, Lady Dinah’s is super popular, so we strongly recommend you book your tickets ahead of time if you can check the weather forecast!

For more cat café options, check out our other blog post!

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