London is the perfect all-weather holiday destination. Not only does Britain’s capital offer lots to see and do while the sun is shining – if it starts to rain, there’s lots of fantastic spots to hide out at without interrupting your trip. Whether you’re in the mood for a museum, looking to indulge in some retail therapy, or simply want to try something new in the city, London has you covered.
If you’re on the lookout for a few ways to beat the rain during your own visit to London, take a look at our top picks…
Londoners love a good market, and this historic choice is a great option for staying out of the rain. The stunning vaulted roof was created by Horace Jones and installed in 1881, providing visitors with a glimpse at a remarkable piece of Victorian architecture while staying at 5 star hotels in Chelsea. In addition, there has been a marketplace in this spot since the 14th century, and the venue has been used in numerous films due to its striking appearance and great atmosphere.
If you’re on the lookout for a shopping spot close to the City of London, this is also a great place to stock up on a few gifts or authentic mementos of your trip.
The Barbican is one of the foremost spots for indulging your love of the arts in London. The venue has its own stunning conservatory, filled with over 2,000 species of tree alongside exotic fish and birds. Thanks to the large roof, the area is completely covered – providing protection against the elements while you stay at the San Domenico Hotel London.
Notting Hill’s Electric Cinema is a fantastic place to get out of the rain and watch a film in comfort. The cinema offers an upgraded experience, with comfy velvet-lined chairs and individual armchairs complete with lamps, ensuring a sumptuous way to see both classic movies and new releases. If you’re taking advantage of romantic hotel deals in London, this is also a great all-weather date idea which will never fail to impress!
The British Museum
This impressive museum is one of London’s oldest and most notable buildings, as well as being home to millions of artefacts from around the world. If the weather lets you down, there’s no need to resign yourself to a day simply escaping the rain. At the British Museum, there’s lots to keep visitors of all ages and interests entertained, and the departments are categorised by genre for easy navigation.
Peter Harrison Planetarium
A Greenwich mainstay sure to take your mind off the bad weather, this London planetarium can be easily reached while staying at the San Domenico House Hotel, and helps visitors get to grips with the major sights of the solar system. In addition, you’ll learn plenty about the galaxies far, far away – all while guided by a skilled astronomer.