Best Activities for a Rainy Day in London

THE 10 BEST Indoor Things to Do in London on a Rainy Day

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in London

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  • Robert M
    Austin, TX510 contributions
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    Get tickets to the Life in the Roman Army exhibit!! I wrote a term paper on the Roman Army over 40 years ago (feels like it was closer to when they were actually around!). In the decades since, I've been a closet fan. This was the first time I got to see this exquisite of a collection of authentic equipment. The exhibits were well thought thru and highly recommended. By the time we got finished and went into the museum proper, we were shocked by the transformation from well managed flow to insane crowds. After less than an hour of finishing the show, we were gone. Couldn't handle the hordes. If you have the time, and the patience, this is a phenomenal museum full of priceless art & artifacts.
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • Stacey G
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    I liked the museum, but after so many of the same scenes, the paintings just blended into one another. It wasn’t what I was expecting. I guess I’m not really into that kind of art.

    On the flip side, I was in awe while looking at one of the original Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Monet’s Water Lillies. I enjoyed the more modern art and while there were only a few of these pieces compared to the classical art, these paintings made the trip worth it.

    The museum is beautiful and Trafalgar Square is a great place to watch people.
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,489 contributions
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    My favourite museum in the world.

    My wife and I spent three hours in here doing our own thing given we have different areas of interest. We could probably spend another three hours there to get complete coverage.

    Something for everyone. Lots of photo ops.

    And it's all free.

    Highly recommended for those who like decorative arts, and history.
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • Cathas
    Earls Colne, UK35 contributions
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    We had a good time at the museum but my one big bit of advice is don’t take children that are too young or just take them to the dinosaur bit and don’t expect them to go to the rest of it. This time ours are aged 12 and 9 and even then they lose interest after a few hours.

    I would also suggest taking your own food in and heading to the picnic area as the food we got in one of the restaurants was awful! The kids rolls were hard with hardly any butter the quiche was cold and tasteless and the wedges were cold too and it set us back £40.
    Written 14 April 2024
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  • Marie
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    We enjoyed our time greatly at the Churchill war rooms. The audio guide was a little confusing to figure out when we got into the museum part, but once we got back into the bunkers it worked great. Lots of interesting history about this time period and Churchill himself. I would recommend reading the book “The Splendid and the Vile” before going as it gives a lot of background to this place.
    Written 14 April 2024
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  • Marie
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    Definitely a must visit while in London. All the stone tombs made it seem a little chilling, but then seeing the tombs of kings you only read about in history books was kind of cool. It didn’t have the worshipful ambience of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and I can’t imagine actually going to church there, but it was wonderful to tour. Don’t miss the coronation chair at the very end like we did! We obviously weren’t paying attention to our map. We did the queen’s galleries and it was nice but nothing spectacular. If you use their gallery guide it’s more interesting. The audio guide worked great for us.
    Written 14 April 2024
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  • fork_handles
    Luton, UK1,920 contributions
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    I've travelled across the railway lines above Borough Market hundreds of times and spent a lot of time in London, but this was one place that had always escaped me until now. We visited on a weekday afternoon and had a pleasant wander round the market looking at all the different stalls. There is a wide variety of food available but sadly it is very busy and in some ways spoilt by tourism now - in it's heyday it must have been an amazing place. However, it's bustling and gives a great taste of both British and international cuisine.

    Certainly worth a visit, but can be expensive and busy.
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • AntheaJG
    Edinburgh, UK210 contributions
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    We booked directly with UK Parliament English Guided tour which was very reasonable at 33.00 each compared to some of the websites advertising walking tours of the Houses of Parliament. We were warmly welcomed into Westminster hall and our tour guide was excellent. She had the right balance between information and humour and the 1.5 hours went very quickly. We learned a lot of things about Parliament which we didn't know before. Highly recommend
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Braindamagedbaron
    Newark-on-Trent, UK426 contributions
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    Covent Garden is a gem in the centre of London. A lovely market full of interesting shops and stalls that manages to merge the traditional with contemporary and not be at all tacky. We stopped at Covent Garden by chance really, we had no plans to go there but were extremely pleased that we did. An excellent couple of hours, a nice bit of lunch made the visit very enjoyable.
    Recommended.
    Written 7 April 2024
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  • Jessica V
    13 contributions
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    The brunch was great with the view and the nice staff!
    For sure a good one to take people there.
    Its necessary to book in advance.
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Kate P
    104 contributions
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    This cathedral was absolutely beautiful! We had the London Pass and decided to go in while passing and we were not disappointed. The hundreds of stairs to get to the top was not a feat for the faint hearted, but it was so worth it.
    Audio guides provided give you an insight into the surroundings.
    Written 3 April 2024
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  • James C
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Have been twice recently to see 10cc and Ellie Goulding. Simply amazing venue which of course is world famous .
    The facilities throughout are first class
    Written 14 April 2024
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  • Julie F
    1 contribution
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    Absolutely amazing tour was excellent. Ron or as he calls himself Ronaldo was brilliant what an amazing tour guide. He made the experience amazing it was my grandson's birthday he made it special singing happy birthday to him and made him captain and lead us through the tunnel to the pitch 💙
    Written 5 April 2024
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  • shazbatzannie
    Bakewell, UK562 contributions
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    We spent a whopping 6 hours in here with my 17 yr old son. Thankfully there are plenty of benches and places to sit & watch videos etc and a cafe (very busy & rather expensive).
    The exhibitions are split up into eras & spread over 5 floors and all are presented very well. A mixture of reading, objects and interactive displays.
    Even if you aren’t a huge war history fan it is still worth a visit as it is free entry and you will learn something!
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • Rigel_800
    Stafford, UK52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took our grandchildren here as a Christmas treat and they thoroughly enjoyed it. They loved being photographed with some of their favourite characters, especially in the Marvel and Star Wats zones. At the beginning of the walk through we found it difficult because the displays didn’t seem to have names and we aren’t into ‘celebrity’ but as you walk through there are clear plaques and information boards. We avoided the horror section as two of our group were quite young but they did enjoy the black cab ride through history. Overall, it’s great attraction for kids.
    Written 7 January 2024
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