Top Things To Do In A Rainy London

Written by: Zoe Blogg

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!

Wicked

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.

Galleries in a Rain London

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?

Fish and chips in a Rainy London

 

 

Check out these top UK experiences

Search

Oktoberfest Party Train from London

from £450

3 days

Germany, United Kingdom

Spend time downing steins of beer, singing on table tops and befriending old German men!  Stoke's Oktoberfest Party Train will...

Adventures in London, Paris & Italy

from £21000

7 - 84 days

France, Italy, United Kingdom

Join us for this great European adventure; 2 weeks in London, 1 week in Paris, 1 week in South of...

In-Class TEFL Course in London

from £1425

20 days

United Kingdom

Join our 4-week TEFL in-class course in London and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

City Slickers Plus 2 Week Interrail Package

from £1125

14 days

Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlan...

This Interrailing Roundtrip from London takes in lots of European highlights including Amsterdam, Rome, Budapest & Lake Bled whilst staying...

Venice Pre-University Course

from £9980

49 - 63 days

Italy, United Kingdom

This is a 2 month arts based gap year course in London, Venice, Florence and Rome which opens eyes, ears...

Professional Internships in London

from £600

28 - 168 days

United Kingdom

Find a professional internship in London that you will love and gain valuable work experience in a field that you...

Combined TEFL Course London

from £1283

8 days

United Kingdom

Join our 8-day combined TEFL course in London and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

New Years Hogmanay Party Express

from £190

1 days

United Kingdom

Hogmanay is Scottish word for the last day of the year, and we’re here to celebrate on Stoke’s 24/hr New...

London NGO Internship

from £1499

28 days

United Kingdom

Experience life living and working in this world famous city, whilst furthering your own career through our varied and in-depth...

Search

Local Living Iceland—Northern Lights & Reykjavík

It’s one thing to look at photos of the majestic Northern Lights – it’s definitely another to see them for...

The Lapland Express

from £679

Two words = Bucket list. Not only are you ticking off the Arctic Circle on the next four days of...

Iberian Coast

from £1151

Come with us and explore the beautiful and the intriguing as we tour Spain and Portugal's enticing Iberian Coast as...

Lapland Active Adventure

Nothing prepares you for the icy wilderness of Sweden's far north. This incredible trip takes you right inside the Arctic...

European Getaway

from £1663

Glide through Venetian canals, whizz down the Swiss Alps, peek over the other side of the Berlin Wall and practice...

Cote D’Azur Sailing Adventure – Nice to Marseille

from £813

This unique sailing adventure takes you to a side of France few get to see. Explore the exciting portside cities...

Budapest to London on a Shoestring

from £1279

Ever wanted to see both sides of Europe in one fell swoop? This combo trip is hearing your wishes and...

Eastern Europe in Depth

from £2765

From the beautiful Baroque churches of Budapest to the remote lands of Bessarabia, this 22-day journey across the haunted heart...

Iran – Discover Persia

from £1818

Follow in pilgrims' footsteps and explore the history of old Persia and the spirit of the new Iran. Discover magnificent...

Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak

from £1335

When entering this region of Italy, things can seem a little surreal. The houses are painted in vivid multi-coloured shades,...

Find more UK travel inspiration

Search
[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]