Five ideas for rainy days in London

London West End
London West End

It’s official: this January has been the wettest on record, and with no sign of the rain abating, here are our top tips for spending rainy days in London. 

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Visit a museum

London is teeming with magnificent museums and galleries, from historic buildings such as The Natural History Museum, to the contemporary collections of the Tate Modern. When it’s raining outside why not retreat to the Norman Foster designed Great Courtyard of the British Museum, where its spectacular glass roof creates the largest covered public square in Europe, perfect for listening to the pitter-patter of rain outside.

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Find a London bolthole

Whether you want sheer indulgence – think oysters at the bar – with luxury touches such as freestanding baths and gorgeous fabrics, or warm interiors and period charm, London’s boutique hotels offer a level of understated (and not so understated in some cases) decadence that will soon leave you thinking ‘Rain, what rain?’

The Lamb and Flag pub, London
One of London’s oldest pubs, the Lamb and Flag was frequented by Charles Dickens

Hide away in a cosy pub

There’s no better excuse to cut yourself off from the outside world and enter the confines of a cosy pub than the British weather, and London’s pubs and bars offer everything you need to thaw out, from log fires, to heartwarming grub and hot toddies.

London West End
London West End

Go to the theatre

London’s West End is the largest theatre district in the world, with historic buildings, each with a story to tell, and a constant run of critically acclaimed plays and shows. Book yourself a matinee performance, spend an afternoon in a pub near to your chosen theatre and just shuffle over come evening.

K West Hotel & Spa – Front Entrance
K West Hotel & Spa – Front Entrance

Book a spa treatment

Winter skin needs pampering, fact. With this in mind, use the rain as a reason to give yourself a day of indulging and try to inject some life back into your weather-worn body. It’s what this time of year is for.

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