What to do in London when it rains

? It’s raining, it’s pouring… ?

But it’s no reason to stay in! Even in the rain, London’s quite an exciting city !

(and it’s just as well as it’s not exactly famous for its gorgeous weather anyway…)

So put your (rain) boots on and take a look below for a few ideas of what to do in London when it rains!

1. Invest in a new umbrella

Not only is it a matter of survival (no way this £1 Primark one is not going to survive the wind gusts!), but it’s also the perfect excuse to step back in time and visit London (and the world)’s only store specialising in umbrella retail.

What to do in London when it rains | Buy an umbrella at James Smith & Sons

Founded in 1830, James Smith & Sons offers a wide range of outstanding umbrellas, as well as repair service for them.

What to do in London when it rains: buy an umbrella at James Smith & Sons

A rain-themed Aladdin’s cave of sorts!

2. Go to the pub

The ultimate British fix when something goes wrong.

Radicals & Victuallers London | Restaurant review | Cake + Whisky

Your government just made a terribly stupid decision? Go to the pub, that’ll cheer you up!

Your football team got out of a major tournament? Go to the pub.

The weather’s so awful you can’t even…? Go. To. The. Pub.

Radicals & Victuallers London | Restaurant review | Cake + Whisky

There’s pints and comfort food, and comfy chairs and you can just hide away from the world for as long as you’d like.

God save the pubs!

Radicals & Victuallers London | Restaurant review | Cake + Whisky

There are many great pubs to choose from, but if it’s not too much of a trek, give Radicals & Victuallers a go. They have live sports & board games & mac’n’cheese and are a perfect rain-escape plan!

3. Have afternoon tea

You know what makes everything better? Cake.

And tea, and a couple of hours in a plush chair catching up with your favourite people.

Little Nan's Cocktail Afternoon Tea at Sutton House | Cake + Whisky

Which is exactly why afternoon tea is perfect for rainy days.

Little Nan's Cocktail Afternoon Tea at Sutton House | Cake + Whisky

Go to Little Nan’s vintage & funky tea at Sutton House or treat yourself to Cake Boy extraordinaire Eric Lanlard’s version at Palmcourt at the Parklane Hotel, sit down aaaaand relax!

4. Visit the Kew Gardens

Grim weather is one of the most depressing things there is.

But nothing loads of flowers can’t fix.

Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

And there’s only one rain-prooved place for that: the Kew Gardens.

Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

A rainy day is the perfect time to visit, because you’ll have the place almost to yourself and can truly take your time to discover Mother Nature’s most incredible creations!

Flower power!

5. Play the time away at Draughts

Draughts is London’s first board game café and a haven for game lovers.

What to do in London when it rains: play board games at Draughts

With a huge library of games – 600 and counting! – as well as food and snacks, a range of local craft beers, ales, ciders, and wines, it’s a brilliant spot to stay dry and have fun!

What to do in London when it rains: play board games at Draughts

Check & mate, weather man!

6. Close your eyes and pretend like you’re actually on the French Riviera

This Summer, Le Méridien Piccadilly is bringing Nice to London!

Le Méridien Piccadilly Summer Soirée | Cake + Whisky

Their Terrace Bar & Grill, has been transformed into an idyllic coastal resort, complete with sun loungers, sun umbrellas, blossoming climbing plants, espadrilles, apéritif and even a pétanque field!

Le Méridien Piccadilly Summer Soirée | Cake + Whisky

Summer vibes regardless of the weather? Count me in! Read more

What’s your favourite thing to do in London when it rains? Any top tips? 

What to do in London when it rains

Along the Thames

When you live in London, it’s really far too easy to get trapped into the everyday life and forget how much of a wonderfully fascinating city it is.

As a Londoner, you almost never get the time to actually see the city at day-time (because work and commute and burgers). And you’d rather die (or you know, spend an hour queuing for brunch) rather than doing some sort of touristy thing.

And being a tourist in London is a rather wonderful thing I indulge in once in a while (basically whenever I have people over).

And you should too. You deserve it. If only to take advantage of the gorgeous weather we’ve been having lately.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

 

Whether it’s your first time in London or you’ve been living there for years, a walk along the Thames is one of the best things to do in London.

But then any day that starts with that view ought to be a winner!

Thames path walk | Cake + Whisky

Wrap up warm, leave Big Ben behind and march your way east, indulging in a bit of people watching and architecture-induced jaw dropping along the way…

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

From glorious residences to some of London’s most iconic buildings , walking the Thames banks is an architecture-nerd’s dream come true.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

And one of the best ways to cover some of the city’s most iconic sight-seeing venues, especially if you’re only in town for a few days.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Before you realise it The City and its multitude of strangely-shaped skyscrapers appear in front of your eyes.

The perfect mix of old and new, it’s one of my favourite parts of London to explore (and very well worth the time if you have half a day to spare).

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Walk a few more minutes and you’ll be greeted with some of the best views over St Paul’s cathedral.

And if you’re extra lucky, with a few soap bubbles as well.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

From then on, follow your heart and venture into the small streets…

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Before eventually making your way to the Borough Market for a (very much deserved) spot of lunch.

Wander among the stalls, pick up a bit of everything that looks good and settle in for an absolute feast of a picnic.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Ours included mountains of cheese in the form of toasties from Kappacassein.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Golden on the outside and so, so indulgent and cheesy, it’s basically a hug in sandwich form.

How anyone can resist getting one (or three) is simply beyond me.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

But if you insist, I’ll let you get away with getting one of Brindisa’s famous chorizo rolls…

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

And make sure you pick up a few croissants as well.

I wouldn’t want you to get hangry as you march your way to Tower Bridge!

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

From then on, you have two options. You could walk down on the other side of the River and making your way to St Paul’s (before collapsing in front of a well deserved cup of tea and biscuits).

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Or you could give in to your ‘love everything sparkly’ side and make a beeline for the Tower of London’s Crown Jewels exhibition.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Castle, fortress, prison, military GQ… The Tower has always played a predominant role in the history of London and the UK.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Walking up and down the cobbled streets feels like going back in time.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Each artefact will make you discover a new side of London’s rich (and sometimes tragic) history and make you loose track of time.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

But looking through the windows will bring you back to nowadays with some of the best views over the city.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

With just a few steps, you’ll go from long forgotten past to present, and everything inbetween.

A truly fascinating journey and one I highly recommend you take yourself.

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Best things to do in London: a walk along the Thames | Cake + Whisky

Having had our share of glistening diamonds (the Crown Jewels are my fave, unfortunately no pictures allowed, so you’ll have to go check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!), we waved the Tower’s metal menagerie goodbye and made our way home with the head full of real-life fairy tales.

Along the Thames