London is one of the friendliest cities for solo travellers, come rain or shine. Whilst we can’t predict the British weather, we can recommend these seven fun ways to make the most of your trip during rainy days. With something to suit every taste, you’re sure to find the perfect way to pass the time…
Visit Leadenhall Market
If it starts to rain, at least you can take shelter in one of the city’s enclosed markets. London itself is well known for plentiful marketplaces, but when the weather turns cold and grey, choosing one with a roof is a sensible option. Leadenhall Market is a stunning space, with cobbled streets and a high vaulted roof. Built in 1881, it’s a remarkable example of fine Victorian architecture and also home to lots of spots, pubs and cafes where you can seek refuge from the elements. There’s been a market in this space since the 1400s, so you’ll be right in the midst of an intriguing piece of British history.
Check out Electric Cinema
Notting Hill’s Electric Cinema is one of the city’s oldest cinemas, and the proprietors have ensured that customers have the same luxurious experience as they did when it was first launched. With plush leather chairs, velvet finishes and individual tables, this is a fabulous way to spend a few hours away from the rain during your trip to the Montcalm Royal London House.
Explore Sea Life Aquarium
Aquariums can be magical places, and the one which occupies pride of place along London’s South Bank certainly belongs in this category. Walking through the recreated seascapes housed in Sea Life Aquarium, you’ll have a chance to browse an underwater world like no other while escaping the rain.
See Barbican Conservatory
With over 2000 species of tropical plants and trees all under one roof, this conservatory recreates a tropical landscape in the heart of London. There’s everything from exotic birds to fish here, all close to the City of London.
Discover Peter Harrison Planetarium
An unusual way to avoid grey skies, but nonetheless effective! This planetarium will give you a glimpse of far-away galaxies while you stay warm and dry indoors. With an experienced astronomer guiding the experience, this is the perfect way to learn something new on chillier days.
Head to the West End
If you love the theatre and there’s a show you’ve always wanted to see, then why not indulge in a solo viewing? After grabbing a meal from the London breakfast buffet, you can take in a matinee performance while staying out of the rain.
Browse a London Museum
There are many museums in London, each offering new discoveries. The British Museum is vast, and contains thousands of artefacts from around the world. If design is more your cup of tea, then the V&A contains the most impressive collection of its kind in the world. Alternatively, you can head to the Science Museum to discover more about the scientific discoveries that made the societies we live in today.