Rain in England is nothing new but grey skies can often put a damper on things when it comes to days out and leaves you scrambling for something to do indoors.
Thankfully there are plenty of different activities in the capital that will keep you warm and dry while you enjoy a new activity or spend a couple of hours indulging in some retail therapy.
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Have a Game of Golf…
Indoor golf, that is. Reigning kings of crazy golf in London, Junkyard Golf Club, have moved to a new venue that promises to be bigger, better and weirded – what better excuse to go check it out? This indoor venue’s bright neon lights and loud décor will be sure to take your mind off the rainy weather.
Featuring themed courses, this is mini-golf, unlike anything you’ve experienced before. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Junkyard Golf Club offers themed crazy golf courses each with their own unique identity and bad puns to accompany the nine holes you’ll putt your way through.
Now in its permanent London home, return visitors will also enjoy the new location thanks to the addition of a brand new acid house-themed course.
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See Some World-Famous Art
With no shortage of museums and art galleries, there’s plenty of beauty to be found indoors in London, even when the weather outside is less than picturesque. The National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery are both located a stone’s throw away from Trafalgar Square, and between the two you can easily spend a whole day wandering about taking in works by world-famous artists.
Near Westminster, you’ll find Tate Britain which is home to a stunning permanent collection from both historic and contemporary artists, along with some unmissable temporary exhibitions.
Grab a Bite to Eat
What better way to escape the rain than by grabbing a bite to eat in London’s oldest food market? Having been around in one form or another for a whopping 1,000 years, Borough Market’s heritage is as impressive as its food offering. Filled with a range of independent stallholders who are often the ones who produce the food they sell, you’ll find a myriad of different cuisines and flavours to choose from nestled amongst the artisan producers.
Indulge in Some Retail Therapy
With some iconic department stores and plenty of shopping areas to choose from, the capital is perfect for some retail therapy on a gloomy day. With over 300 shops, Oxford Street is an unmissable spot for any shopaholics and will offer you plenty of opportunities to get out of the rain. If the weather is particularly bad, then you’ll want to head to an indoor shopping complex to save you running from store to store to escape the drizzle. Westfield London is your best bet in this case as the American-style shopping centre has plenty of different stores to choose from along with a food court and cinema to help you pass the time.
Take a Peek Backstage
Theatre lovers can shelter from the grim weather by taking a tour of the Royal Opera House to learn all about how it operates and some of its backstage secrets. You can choose from a range of different tours with the “Backstage Tour” option taking you deep into the heart of one of the famous opera houses of the world.
This peeks behind the curtain includes a look at the ins and outs of the current production, along with an introduction to building’s rich history and the re-developments that have been undertaken over the decades. As much of this tour incorporates the current plays and ballets on at the theatre, each tour is a unique experience.