Things to do in a Rainy London
No need to fret gappers – it’s not all doom and gloom
So you’ve decided to visit London; but let’s face it, it’s bound to rain at some point! Here at Gap Year we can’t think of anything worse than exploring London with puddles in your shoes and soggy cucumber sandwiches. So that is why we have devised a list of the top things to do in a rainy London.
Musicals in London
London is well known for its array of magical musicals; if you hop-march to Covent Garden you will find the majority of London’s finest theatres nearby. I recently watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane and I have to say it’s one the best yet! Other highly recommended musicals include Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre) and Les Miserables (Queens Theatre).
My record is two in one day, Shrek and Wicked. The heavy rain was my excuse but honestly I just couldn’t decide between the two!
Museums in London
The museums never get boring in London; the activities and exhibits are constantly changing so you can always make a full day out of it. Luckily for you the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the V&A museum are all free and within 5 minutes walking distance of each other, so there is no need for that giant poncho and golf umbrella.
Galleries in London
If you are an art lover, London will suit you well as most galleries are free to ponder around, unless of course an exhibition takes your fancy. For traditional art work check out the National Gallery; it’s home to over two thousand works of art! For something more contemporary, galleries such as the Tate Modern are still worth a visit. You can spend your time trying to work out which pieces are actually art in the Modern Art section, have tea in the cafe, or make up silly meanings for all the symbolic art pieces.
Tea breaks in London
A visit to London wouldn’t be complete without a drop of tea. On a rainy day, rather than get a tea to go, you could make an afternoon of it. Get some friends on the phone and organise afternoon tea – oh how very British you will feel. Order a pot of tea and a few scones for good measure and your afternoon will fly by.
Comfort Food in London
So you’ve marvelled at art works and scrubbed up on your history knowledge, your tummy is rumbling and you still miss the sun. Here are some comfort food ideas that will make you feel better in no time.
You will never be far from a fish and chip shop; order a portion of chips with lashings of salt and vinegar and a battered cod and you should feel perfectly content. Still not satisfied? Then throw in a battered Mars Bar for good measure. Another option is to find a cosy pub and order some wholesome sausage and mash or a homemade hotpot: sorted. Who said the British can’t cook?