By James Swift
October 7, 2014
1)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Enjoy any of the many free museums in London.
London is an excellent city for museums. ¬†Not only are there modern art museums, cultural museums, scientific museums, etc. but the best part is that most of them are free!!¬† We don‚Äôt want to be walking around a drafty museum when the sun is shining, but when it‚Äôs raining these all of a sudden become the best way to while away a few hours ‚Äď while getting a bit of culture too.¬† So instead of lamenting the cold and wet, why not use it as an excuse to finally visit the V&A or the Natural History Museum?¬† Free entry guaranteed for all, and good times come as standard!
2)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Go shopping!!
While not necessarily an activity enjoyed by all, London does have some of the best shopping available anywhere in the world.¬† As it‚Äôs all indoors it‚Äôs sure to excite as well as comfort so why not?¬† Whether it‚Äôs the standard Westfield in Shepherd‚Äôs Bush or Stratford, or the Whiteley‚Äôs in Bayswater there‚Äôs plenty to see and do on a day out comparing prices.¬† Little known Canary Wharf has some of the best shopping around, minus the crowds, and of course Harrod‚Äôs will always impress with their ever-changing displays and high-class experiences on offer.
3)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Time to get stuffed!!¬† With food, that is‚Ä¶
London has some of the most eclectic and interesting cuisine available anywhere in the world.¬† No longer a thing of snide comments, British cuisine has improved by leaps and bounds over the years to now be regarded as high (or higher) than our continental contemporaries.¬† Moreover, the diverse and multicultural makeup of London means that there is literally any type of food available in most places all over the capital!!¬† So while its raining, why not pop into that experimental modern restaurant you‚Äôve heard about, or that local Turkish restaurant that a friend mentioned?¬† There‚Äôs never been a better time to feel good about being indoors enjoying some excellent food than when London‚Äôs raining so let‚Äôs make the best of it!!
4)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Pubs.¬† Gotta love ‚Äėem and when it‚Äôs raining is when they can be at their absolute best!!
The British cultural identity cannot be discussed without mentioning the famous pubs that define this great land.¬† There‚Äôs one in every town, more in every city, and London is full of some truly wondrous places to lounge away a rainy day.¬† A staple of a good pub will be its food menu, beer selection, livingroom-like feel, some good leather couches, a nice fireplace, and friendly staff.¬† When it‚Äôs raining in London there are plenty of places just like this that you can stumble into (or out of!) and pass a few comfortable hours with a nice pint or glass of wine.¬† With a food menu that will rival most restaurants while maintaining a decidedly British focus there‚Äôs almost no reason to ever leave!!¬† So why not grab a local paper, pop into a warm and welcoming pub and spend some hours out of the wet while wetting your lips and appetite!
Well, I‚Äôm sure that there‚Äôs plenty more to do when London is wet and rainy, but these are some of our absolute favourites!!¬† We hope that as this season progresses you may look at our list and add some of your own favourites.¬† London is a great city to live in year-round, especially when it rains!