Things You’ll Actually Want To Do On An Unexpectedly Miserable Day In London


Don’t let the rain dampen your mood or your desire to go out and explore our wonderful city.

We shouldn’t have to write this post in summer but alas, here we are Londoners. Thanks British weather! Well, let’s stop moaning about it and make the most of our beautiful capital, with this roundup of things you can do around London to beat those grey skies.

1. Brighten your day with a trip to Walala x NOW Gallery

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The new art installation that’s been clogging up your Instagram feeds, no doubt. If you’re having a bleak day, this maze is sure to inject a healthy dose of colour.

The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, near North Greenwich station, SE10 0SQ.

2. Or brighten up your bleak living room with some flowers

[Scarlet & Violet]

We’d say Columbia Road flower market is the haven for all things floral but of course, if the weather isn’t nice then you’re not going to want to stroll around outside over dilapidated daisies, are you? Why not pick up a bouquet from Scarlet & Violet or if you’re looking for other options, check out our pretty London florist roundup.

3. Take cover in a book shop

There’s something about book shops that leave us all warm inside, so why not hide from the elements alongside the smell of leather-bound ledgers? We recommend a gander around the rather impressive Daunt or hide out in Books for Cooks and even get a top-notch meal in the process.

4. Or visit one of London’s best free museums/galleries

[Loz Wilkes]
London is riddled with amazing free things to do and buildings to visit, so why not try something new? The Science Museum is currently running an experiment on human behaviour and is calling for volunteers to take part in this How Do You Behave in a Crowd? study. It’s running until August 24th in the Who Am I? gallery from Tuesday-Thursday every week between 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.

5. Or a cute café for those #rainyday selfies

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Who said a little rain and a few grey clouds had to make your Instagram feed suffer? Seek out one of the most picture-worthy places in London, order something delicious and get your flat lay on. (Pictured: Palm Vaults in Hackney.)

6. Warm yourself up with a cup of the good stuff

We love tea and we sure love a cup of coffee but hot chocolate doesn’t get any of our London lovin’. It’s the ultimate comfort drink – if you’re looking for something silky and smooth, try out Rococo Chocolates or make your way to Said in Soho for a traditional Italian chocolate shot.

7. Or how about something a bit stronger?

We love a good quirky bar and London is full of them. We recommend checking out Cocktail Trading Company for expertly crafted cocktails, dimly lit surroundings, live music and an all-round great evening away from the outside chill.

68 Bethnal Green Rd, near Shoreditch High Street station, E1 6GQ.

8. Don’t let the bad weather destroy your after-work plans

Spice up your life a little with an after-work drink with a difference. Just because the weather seems rubbish, it doesn’t mean your evening has to be, so try out some ping-pong with your pint. Check out one of Bounce‘s venues across London or Stratford’s The Bat and Ball for beer roulette and buckets of hot wings.

9. Take cover in a railway arch …

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… And we don’t mean just to hide from the unexpected downpour! London’s railway arches are the new place to be. Check out Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross for a dinner at Dishoom or stroll round record shops, an art gallery, or snag some tapas at The Institute of Light.

10. Kick back and snuggle up at a luxury cinema

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Cinemas come with sofas now, didn’t you know? Grab some popcorn and catch a quick flick wrapped in a cashmere blanket, whilst laid out on a velvet armchair. Sounds like a dream? Check out the real deal in our luxury cinema roundup.

11. Indulge in a little comfort food because, you know, it’s cold outside and we need all the cheese

It’s been banged on about but The Cheese Bar really is wonderful – we recommend the Young Buck Raclette for a cheese and salt beef experience that’ll warm your soul. And it’s basically a crime to go and not get some of their Mozzarella Sticks and marinara sauce. Just saying.

Unit 93-94 Camden Stables, near Camden Road station, NW1 8AP.

Feature Image: Alexey Shikov.

Or, if you’d rather stay in, we reckon you’re having one of these 41 ‘Down-In-The-Damps’ Thoughts Every Londoner Has On A Rainy Day Off.

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