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10 Things To Do Indoors In London – Updated 2022

London’s full of some amazing sights – the London Eye, Hyde Park and even Oxford Street, but not all of those are designed to be done in the wet weather. London is full of some hidden gems, all under cover. From royal palaces to museums, afternoon teas to champagne, there’s bound to be something out there that’ll take your fancy! Whether you want a relaxing afternoon or a spooky evening, check out our 10 favourite London activities for a rainy day.

1. Meet your favourite celebrity! (from USD 37.0)

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Everyone wants to meet their favourite celebrity, and Maddam Tussauds is the place to spot them all! By purchasing tickets here rather than turning up on the day means you get to skip all the queues and see your favourite celebs even quicker! London’s Madame Tussauds is home to Leonardo DiCaprio, the Royal Family and even the Kardashians – it’s a game of spotting who you don’t know, more than who you do! At the moment, there are two special exhibitions as well – Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes – you’re going to want to go before they’re gone!

Madame Tussauds London Skip The Line with Star Wars Exhibition

Duration: 2 to 3 hours

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2. Shakespearean dreams (from USD 20.0)

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There’s no doubting Shakespeare’s impact on us all today – how many of us haven’t studied one of his books at school? Enjoy a guided tour of the Globe, where most of Shakespeare’s plays have been performed. Learn how the shows were played out, and enjoy all-day access to return and imagine some more. You’re even lucky enough to see some of the costumes that were worn during performances at the Globe! You also have the option to upgrade your ticket and enjoy an A Midsummers Night’s Dream-themed afternoon tea afterwards as well!

Shakespeare’s Globe and Exhibition with Afternoon Tea Upgrade

Duration: 50 minutes

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3. St. Paul’s Cathedral (from USD 22.0)

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Saint Paul’s Cathedral is one of London’s most famous landmarks – it’s recognisable worldwide. Enjoy this visit – with tickets helping you skip the queues on entry – and explore this landmark. View many of the different galleries, including the Whispering Gallery, the Stone Gallery and the Gold Gallery, with the latter giving amazing views over the city of London. If it’s your sort of thing, you can also take a trip down to the cathedral’s crypt. You have the choice of exploring the cathedral on your own, or joining onto one of the (free) organised tours – don’t worry, you have as much time as you’d like to explore the cathedral!

What To Do In London When It Rains?

This post covers things to do in the rain in London, mostly indoor activities, including a top 10 list, as well as free, kid-friendly, and nighttime things to do.

  • Top 10
  • Free Things To Do
  • Kid Friendly Activities
  • At Night
  • How Much Rain Each Month
  • London in Any Weather


This section is all about indoor activities in London to avoid rainy weather.

Many of our top 10 options below and free or budget-friendly and all of them are great for kids, too!

1. Visit a Museum or Gallery

London is full of museums that are fun for the whole family! Educational, entertaining, and dry, you’ve got a plethora to choose from.

Keep in mind though that the more popular museums will be more crowded, so a less popular museum or gallery might be a great choice when it rain.

We have a few posts to help you decide on a museum to visit.

  • Free London Museums
  • London’s Medical Museums
  • London Military Museums

2. Look into a Tourist Discount Pass

There are a variety of things to do in London indoors, such as the museums above, but some of them have admission costs.

These passes can save you up to 55% off retail prices by bundling together dozens of attractions and tours into one discounted price.

They can also save you time by allowing you to skip the ticket queue at many locations.

There are many pass options and our post will help narrow down the option to what works best for you.

3. Go to Platform 9 ¾

For Harry Potter fans from all over the world, Kings Cross Station is a must-visit destination.

Platform 9 ¾ is available for witches and wizards to visit, as well as a great photo opportunity and fabulous gift shop. And it’s all indoors.

Read our blog on more Harry Potter locations in London or if you’re a true Potterhead, learn more about visiting the Harry Potter Studios.

If you don’t mind a little rainy mist, our Harry Potter walking tour runs rain or shine.

4. Visit the Tower of London

The Tower of London is a mix of indoor and outdoor exhibitions but the doom and gloom of a rainy London day sets the perfect atmosphere for the historic, gruesome and fascinating Tower experience.

Check out our guide to visiting The Tower of London.

5. Go Shopping

If you want to hit the major shopping district of Oxford Street, or you want to stroll through the glamorous halls of Harrod’s, London has plenty of shopping options for when the weather turns bad!

Check out our list of the best places to shop in town.

6. Take Afternoon Tea

A great way to while away a rainy afternoon is the classic British afternoon tea.

Treat yourself to some silver service at places like Fortnum & Mason and take afternoon tea the traditional way – hours of luxurious eating, drinking, and chatting all while the rain pours down outside.

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See our post about afternoon tea in London or why not check out the Twinings Tea Shop in the City of London.

7. Join a Free Walking Tour

Our name your own price tours run rain or shine and on wet days, you may have more of the streets and neighborhoods to yourself.

Nevertheless, we do offer tours of the British Museum and the National Gallery of Art that will keep you out of the rain.

Find out more about our walking tours of London to see what tours we offer.

London Eye Frostival8. Go up on the London Eye or to an Observation Deck

You may be wondering why you’d want to do this on a rainy day since part of the joy is the view. If the weather isn’t too foggy, you’ll see get a great view and Foggy Londontown photos are classic.

But more importantly, you’ll likely find a lot fewer people in line before you.

Keep in mind, you can get in free with many tourist passes.

9. Rub Some Brass

Hidden away below St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church by Trafalgar Square sits the London Brass Rubbing Centre.

With nearly 100 different brasses available to choose from, both kids and adults can rub images of medieval knights and ladies, fanciful creatures, religious figures, and even Shakespearean characters.

Prices for brass rubbings depend on the size of your chosen piece but in general runs between £4.50 to £15.00 which means it’s a relatively inexpensive London experience.

Get more info at their website: St. Martin-In-The-Fields.

10. Do What You Were Going to Do Anyway!

Bad weather means visitors will be following advice like the list we have set out above which means rainy days can be crowded museums, shops and pubs, and empty attractions.

So if you’ve got your waterproof jacket and some warm shoes, just stick with your original plan!

Chances are you may enjoy the benefit of fewer people and shorter queues wherever you go.


Many of our top 10 above have no cost upfront, like visiting some of the national museums, the Sky Garden or visiting a Harry Potter filming location.

For all our top free things to do in London in any weather, visit our blog post for more.

Visit the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament (located inside the Palace of Westminster) is the legislative body for the United Kingdom.

Any time the House of Lords or the House of Commons is at work inside the Palace, the public may enter the building and sit in the public galleries to watch the political debates as they take place!

A particularly popular time to visit is at noon on Wednesdays when the Prime Minister takes questions.

Another idea is to take an audio tour of Parliament, but this isn’t free. Read our guide on how to visit Parliament.

Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral for Free

St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey have a hefty price-tag for entry, but both churches hold services on weekday evenings and throughout the day on Sundays that are free for the public to attend.

Guests at the services are not allowed to wander throughout the building. Read our post to learn more.

You could also access Westminster Abbey for free as a tourist with any of the tourist discount passes, which we detail below.

Some more suggestions for free indoor activities in London:

  • Join us on a tour of the British Museum
  • . or National Gallery of Art
  • Visit the Sky Garden Observation Deck


Most of the things we’ve listed above are kid-friendly, especially the Harry Potter Studios, but here are some more suggestions for London in the Rain.

For all the best things to do in London with kids, regardless of the weather, read our London with kids article.

This is the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide. It was originally intended to be a piece of art, but in 2016 the slide was added which takes guests from the observation tower at the top, 12 circles throughout the curves on the structure, and all the way to the bottom in a 40-second trip!

  • Location:The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • Tickets: £16.50 for Adults / £10.50 for Children / £13.50 for Concessions / £52.00 for a Family of 2 adults and 2 children
  • Note: Riders MUST BE AT LEAST 1.3m tall and above the age of 8. Only children above the age of 14 can ride unaccompanied by an adult.
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See a Show

There are several theatres throughout London that have excellent programs for kids, such as the Little Angel Theatre and Half Moon Young People’s Theatre.

Both theatres have kid-themed shows running often and at times host interactive workshops.

Tour Buckingham Palace

Open to the public, you can explore certain sections of the palace, home to the royal family.

Family activity bags are available free of charge, so be sure to ask for one when picking up your tickets. At the State Rooms, there is a drawing and coloring room.


Some of our free and top 10 things can be done at any time of day, including the evening. We offer a variety of evening walking tours that run even in the rain.

Read our post all about London at Night for advice in any weather.

Visit a Pub

Whether it’s for an evening pint or Sunday Roast, some of the best pubs have leather armchairs and fireplaces – perfect for a rainy day in London.

Whether you’re looking for the Best Riverside Pub or the Best Historic Pubs in London, we have suggestions on where to spend a dreary day in London.

Lock Yourself In…Then Try to Get Out!

One of the biggest activities to take London by storm over the last year has been locked-room escape games.

Fun for visitors and Londoners alike, these companies will lock you and your friends into a room filled with clues, red herrings, puzzles, and games and leave you to try to figure how to get out!

See a Film

At the Prince Charles Cinema, guests can watch classics such as The Sound of Music or the Lion King while the entire audience sings along.

At the IMAX, some of the largest cinema screens in the world display current hit films as well as 3D experiences aimed at both adults and children.

West End de Londres

A few more suggestions for evening indoor activities in London:

  • The Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
  • Museums with Late Night Openings
  • Sky Garden Observation Deck.
  • Watch a West End Musical
  • Dinner Cruise on the Thames
  • Pub and Club Crawls


We have also created guides based on the time of year. Click on the links below for the corresponding time that you plan on being in London. These also include monthly weather expectations to help you plan how to dress.

Not all ideas are good for when it’s raining, but many are.

Another effective way to plan your trip is to discover London by neighborhood. This has the advantage of cutting down on time spent traveling from one area to the next.

Again, not all of these ideas are intended for rainy days, but many are.

London contains many distinct neighbourhoods and districts. You can explore on your own and we’ve created over a dozen self-guided tours.

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Many of which also provide tips on things to do, restaurants and places to stay, as well as a growing list of self-guided GPS-enabled audio tours.

Of course, you can join us for one of our many pay-what-you-wish walking tours for deeper insight into the neighborhoods shared by one of our knowledgeable and personable guides.

Below is a list of 13 top areas.

  • Westminster
  • Old City of London
  • Soho
  • St. James and Piccadilly
  • Hyde Park and Kensington
  • Covent Garden (+ Covent Garden Food Tour)
  • Chinatown
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Leicester Square
  • Camden Town
  • Borough Market
  • Southbank
  • Greenwich

Be sure to look into the top things to do in London in any weather, including our name your own price walking tours. We also have reviewed the best bus tours in London, as well as boat tours on the Thames.

The Best Time to Visit London – An Insider’s Guide

The Best Time to Visit London – An Insider’s Guide

Whether you’re looking for sunshine, festivals or just to explore the city’s museums in peace, there are pros and cons of visiting London at different times of year. Wondering when the best time to visit London is? Don’t miss this step by step guide.

Like any trip, planning your travels to London starts with a series of questions: when should you go, where should you stay, what do you want to do.

After all, tackling one of the world’s busiest tourist destinations takes some thought.

Working out when to visit London is a tough one – much as I love my hometown, the weather is unpredictable and prices can be sky high depending on when you visit.

That’s why I’ve created this handy guide – I’m a big believer in the saying “forewarned is forearmed” – so here are the things you need to consider when planning your London trip.

When’s the Best Time to Visit London?: At A Glance

The best time to visit London overall is in spring, when the temperatures have warmed up, the sun has started to shine and London’s gardens and parks are looking their best. You’ll get better value hotel and Airbnb rooms at this time of year too.

However, the reality is that the best time to travel to London depends a lot on what you’re looking for.

If you’re all about taking a peek inside Queen Liz’s palace, you’d better make it in summer, while if you’re hoping to spend plenty of time exploring the galleries then winter is a good shout.

The Best Time to Visit London

London Eye

What is the Best Month to Travel to London?

May is the best month to travel to London but, as one of the world’s great cities, London is pretty dazzling all year-round.

Having experienced every season in the capital (many times), I can assure there’s plenty to do all through the year.

The best month to visit London depends a lot on your interests, and especially whether there are any special events you’d like to attend.

July and August see some of the warmest weather and many events. May also has nice weather and fun events including the Chelsea Flower Show.

Read on for more information about the best time to visit London, depending on what you’re looking for.

When’s High Season in London?

St Pauls from the Millennium Bridge

As summer brings a couple of glorious months of (intermittent) sunshine in the capital, visitors arrive in droves.

If you’re planning to visit between late spring (May) and summer (to August), then I’d be prepared for the great British past-time of queuing.

Central London is particularly packed with both domestic and international visitors checking out the sights. As a result, you can expect to pay a premium for accommodation and the like.

That said, this is one of the most exciting times to be in the capital. It’s not popular without reason.

The Cheapest Time to Visit London

Winter in London

Winter in London

If you’re looking to score some bargains for your trip to London, then the post-Christmas period (January and February) are a good bet.

The cold and (sometimes) drizzly weather scares off some of the crowds, as does the fact that many people have spent all their money on the festive season and are having a quieter time of it at home.

All of this translates to more hotel availability and some excellent value deals to be found.

Honestly, London is never really a budget paradise – however, you will certainly score some savings by travelling in the off-peak period.

Best Time to Visit London’s Museums and Galleries

January and February are also the best times to check out London’s dazzling selection of museums and galleries.

Forget shuffling from exhibit to exhibit in a crowd – during January and February, you’ll have way more time and space to really enjoy the exhibits.

Think less jostling with visitors and their cameras, and more time taking in the amazing works of art and pieces of history in London’s galleries.

Of course, the big names like the British Museum aren’t totally abandoned – but things are noticeably quieter post-Christmas.

To See London’s Attractions and Landmarks

The Shard

To see London’s attractions and landmarks at the best, I recommend a visit in late spring or early summer (May to June).

This is London, so the weather is grumpy and rather unpredictable (aren’t we all!) – but you’ve got a good chance of striking gold with some sun in these months.

This time of year is also less humid, which means that a long walk, taking in the sights is totally doable.

Plus, if you plan on dropping by any attractions like Buckingham Palace or Hampton Court, I reckon the gardens are at their most gorgeous in spring.

To See London’s Royal Connections

Buckingham Palace

Have you been gripped by Royal Fever? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. If you want the best chance of catching a glimpse of a Windsor, then I recommend visiting London in summer.

There are a few factors that make summer a uniquely fabulous time to check out the royal sites. You’ll be able to see the Changing of the Guard in the summer colours, which is a great time to observe the pomp and pageantry.

If you can’t get enough of it, you might even be able to score tickets to the Trooping of the Colour. This is one of the best chances to spot the royals in person, as they appear on the palace balcony to wave at their subjects.

Not long after the Trooping of the Colour, they head off for a break from their tough lives at Balmoral.

However, the good news is that the Palace then becomes open to the public. So, if you want to peek inside Buckingham Palace, you’ll want to visit London between July and October.

Best Time for a Shopping Trip to London

Got some pounds that you’re looking to swap for some of London’s coolest threads?

Well, the shopping is pretty great all year, but if you want to make your money stretch then match your visit to the sales. There are plenty of bargains to be had.

The best sales are held after Christmas, with Boxing Day being particularly hectic. Just be warned – it’s every person for themselves, and all is fair in love and sales.

If you can’t make it to the Christmas sales, there are also pretty good ones at the end of every season including at the end of summer.

Is there a Rainy Season in London?

Yes. And it lasts from January to December. LMAO.

Okay, so I’m half joking here. Honestly, London isn’t known for its endless summer – nope, drey and grizzly is kind of our thing. It would be plain weird if it went more than a month without raining in London.

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Personally, I recommend making like a real Londoner and enjoying the capital no matter the weather.

If you are trying to maximise sun and minimise drizzle, then May, June, July and August are your best bet. However, some people would argue this is the worst time to visit London, due to the crowds. It’s really up to you.

On the other hand, February is peak grumbly London weather. Grey skies and chilly temperatures abound, with a few dashes of rain for good measure. We don’t let that stop us, though, and you shouldn’t either.

In short: whenever you visit London, bring a brolly (umbrella).

Best Time to Visit London – by Season

Spring in London

Spring is one of the best times of year to visit London. As the season shifts and the weather begins to warm up, the capital gets a great buzz about it.

I’m a particular fan of spring as it’s the ‘shoulder season – arguably the best time of the year to go to London. While it can still be very chilly in early spring, by May the weather is usually pretty good but the crowds haven’t quite ballooned yet.

Key Events and Things to Do in London in Spring

    – if you’re one of those ultra-sporty types that make the rest of us feel bad (just kidding), there’s the famous London Marathon in April every year. – the coffee craze has swept through London, and it’s not just brick-and-mortar cafes serving it up. Find out about the latest and greatest news and tastes in the coffee world at this festival in April. – to see just how mad Britain is about flowers and gardens, you can visit the spectacle that is the Chelsea Flower Show in May. Queen Elizabeth II never misses it – so if it’s good enough for the queen…

Pros to Travelling to London in Spring

  • The weather is generally pretty moderate, and the lower humidity of late Spring means it can be nicer than the height of summer.
  • Generally it’s a good compromise between nice weather without the enormous crowds of the summer months.
  • The flowers are really freaking beautiful, and add so much amazing colour to the gardens like Hampton Court, St James’ Park and Buckingham Palace gardens.

Cons to Travelling to London in Spring

  • Early spring can still be cold and rainy, while as the weather warms up, the crowds arrive.

Summer in London

Churchill Arms

Summer arrives to great celebration in London. Tourists and locals alike grab their beers and head out to the closest beer garden, while any outside space is prime picnic and walking space.

Since its considered the best time to visit London weather-wise, you certainly will not be lonely in the capital in summer. This is one of the world’s most popular tourist cities, and it really shows.

That said, there are always ways to escape the crowds.

Key Events and Things to Do in London in Summer

    – the world’s most famous tennis tournament arrives in London each summer, bringing both literal and tennis royalty to south-east London. It’s one of the best times to go to London, not least because of your chances of bumping into Queen Serena.
  • Ashes – The Australia/England rivalry reaches a fever pitch in summer when the two cricket teams fight over an urn containing literal ashes (of cricket stumps). Cricket knowledge is not mandatory, good-natured patriotic banter, however, is.
  • Buckingham Palace State Rooms – Once the Royals have departed for their ultra-cool digs in Balmoral, they let us commoners have a peek into the Palace. No matter your thoughts on the royal family, it’s a pretty cool experience. – celebrate the iconic British event that is the Proms, a series of classical concerts held throughout summer. They’ve been a thing since 1895, and only seem to grow in popularity every year. – We all know summer = music festivals, and there are a few great ones in the capital. British Summer Time is held over two weekends in summer, and attracts some big names like Florence and the Machine. / Lovebox / All Points East – For more chances to experience some fab live music in London, check enduring favourites Field Day and Lovebox. A newer addition to the calendar is All Points East, organised by the same team as Coachella. – one of the best events in London sees Notting Hill explode with bright costumes, loud music and an overall joyous atmosphere. This is the fabulous Notting Hill Carnival, and it’s a banger.

Pros to Travelling to London in Summer

  • Let’s be honest, it will probably still rain. But it will rain less than it would have at any other time of the year. And it’s warm.
  • There are plenty of great events and festivals on during the summer months.
  • The days are l-o-o-o-ong giving you 15+ hours of daylight to explore.

Cons to Travelling to London in Summer

  • Crowds. Crowds everywhere.
  • Don’t be fooled by London’s relatively low average temperatures – it’s the humidity that gets you. The height of summer in London can be pretty sticky and uncomfortable.

Autumn / Fall in London

September and October

Richmond Park

An underappreciated time to visit London is during autumn or fall. The weather can start to get chilly this time of year, but it’s nothing a good coat and a positive attitude can’t fix. Plus, things aren’t quite as frosty as winter.

Plus, while London in autumn is far from deserted, the crowds have thinned a little – meaning more time to really explore the city.

Key Events and Things to Do in London in Fall

    – London has long been at the forefront of art and design, so the city’s design festival is pretty epic. If you have any interest in art, fashion or pop culture, this is a great event to explore. – Celebrate London’s most iconic river with a month-long festival. There is food, live music, art exhibitions, and general London pride in buckets. – during autumn/fall, many of London’s most iconic museums run fabulous late night events. From lectures to cocktail parties, there is plenty to give involved with.

Pros to Travelling to London in Fall

  • In early fall, temperatures remain moderate and the days are pretty long. This makes it a great time to visit London and see the attractions.
  • The crowds are thinner, meaning costs are down and you’ll have more time to enjoy the attraction.

Cons to Travelling to London in Fall

  • The days start to get pretty short in fall/autumn, especially towards the end of the season.

Winter in London

November to February

Christmas in London

Winter sees the fewest tourists in London – apparently most people are scared off by a little (okay, a lot of) rain.

November to February sees things get pretty chilly in London, with average maximum temperatures around 9°C. Things get particularly frosty in January, where the average is 5°C. Brrr.

That said, it’s nothing a woolly scarf and jacket can’t fix, and an umbrella will keep the rain at bay. Plus, Christmas manages to keep the capital’s spirits high.




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