Britain isn’t exactly known for its exotic climate, and chances are, unless you’re visiting London during a rare heatwave, you’ll likely need an umbrella and some wellies to tackle the infamous wet weather. London is a vast city, and it may seem like you need to stay outdoors to do most things (like look at Buckingham Palace or wander around Kew Gardens), but there are plenty of indoor activities you can indulge in, too!
So, if you’re staying in one of the many hotel rooms in Central London and want to know what’s on offer should the heavens open and ruin your outdoorsy plans, here are five great ideas for a rainy day in the Big Smoke!
If you’re in the South Bank area of London and want to learn more about London’s gruesome history in a fun and vibrant way, a visit to the London Dungeon is in order! The talented live actors bring London’s history to life, though do be warned, it can be jumpy and macabre in parts – it’s not for the faint-hearted!
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is a must-see on any London trip due to the fascinating collection of worldly specimens on display, but it’s a premier choice if it’s raining and you have children to keep occupied. From dinosaur skeletons and polar bears to plants and birds, there’s much to marvel at here. What’s more, there are several restaurants and cafes on site, so you don’t need to worry about getting wet whilst searching for lunch.
Block out the pitter-patter of the rain and replace it with the serenity afforded by the National Gallery. With more than 2,300 paintings spanning multiple centuries and art styles, there’s more than enough to keep you occupied in the National Gallery until the rain wears off, and then some!
What better way to escape the damp and dull British weather than by stepping inside the vibrant London West End? With several theatres and a vast array of shows on offer, this is by far one of the best things to do on a wet London afternoon/evening. What’s more, all the West End theatres are easily accessible from the Park Avenue J Hotel London, so you don’t need to worry about getting back to your room if you attend a later viewing.
Borough Market has roots that go back to the 12th century, making it one of the oldest food markets in London. It’s also one of the biggest markets and is conveniently under a shelter. There are an endless number of artisan food creators producing high quality, sustainably sourced, ethical food. From meat and fish to vegetables and baked goods, there’s something to suit every taste at Borough Market.
Who knows, maybe the meal you enjoy at your Park Hotel restaurant has some products sourced from Borough Market through its greengrocer network?
Whether you’re looking to stay close to your room at Park Avenue Hyde Park, or if you’re prepared to venture a little further in the rain, hopefully, these ideas will keep you occupied and ensure the weather doesn’t ruin your fun!