Monday, 04, November 2019
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The top 10 things to do in London when it rains
From cosy cafes to immersive activities, London has something for everyone during umbrella season
With Autumn in full swing, it’s time to wave goodbye to al fresco dining and embrace the very best of the capital’s indoor spaces. Read on for our round up of the 10 best places to retreat from the rain this season.
1. Cosy in for an afternoon at Dalloway Terrace
Stylish and full of character, Dalloway Terrace is the perfect hideaway on a wet day in London. Just a 2-minute walk from Tottenham Court Road station, the restaurants new autumn installation is an enchanting spot for dinner and a drink amongst the foliage adorned walls, elegantly created by London florist, Wild at Heart.
Visiting in the afternoon? Don’t miss the seasonal afternoon tea, featuring autumnal delights such as the Bay & Orange ‘Nogroni’ Trifle and the delicious ‘PineCone’, made with 70% dark chocolate and pine mousse.
2. Pottery Class
Looking for a unique way to get your creative juices flowing when the rain starts to pour? Head to Bermondsey and learn how to throw a wheel of clay like a professional. Creative workshop Token London is hosting regular BYOB Pottery Workshop’s for beginners, providing even the most nervous of artists with the tools to create something special. From rolling the clay to painting the finished product, it’s a charming way to spend an evening indoors – made even better alongside a glass of wine or a beer!
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3. Watch a film at Electric Cinema
There’s nothing like watching a film in the cosy confines of your sofa – relaxed and at ease with a blanket and popcorn in tow. At Notting Hill’s Electric Cinema, visitors can recreate this very scene, with plush red sofa beds, draped leather and side-table lamps creating a very luxurious space for your movie night.
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4. London Transport Museum: Hidden London exhibition
Visit the abandoned underworld of London’s Underground and be transported back in time through this immersive journey of the city’s secret spaces. Everyone knows the importance of public transport in order to get from A to B in the capital with ease, but the history behind this is lesser known.
These forgotten parts of the tube network reveal the past times of wartime Britain, as you discover stories about where Churchill took shelter from the Blitz among archived photos and stories. Visit the exhibition at the London Transport Museum until January 2021.
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5. Komnata Escape Rooms
Multiple escape rooms are waiting to be explored as you enter Komnata, with each space specially designed to challenge different parts of your brain.
Choose from 7 different games, such as ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Sherlocked’ and ‘Murder Mystery’ as you and your assembled team go through multiple levels of puzzles in the hope of winning the final prize. Tickets and age requirements vary depending on each game, but the average age is 18 or over and games last around 45-minutes to an hour.
Book your game and challenge yourself with this quirky indoor activity.
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6. Head out for some Jazz at Ronnie Scott’s
When opening the doors to this basement bar over 50 years ago, saxophonist Ronnie Scott’s only intention was to create a space where local musicians could jam to feel-good sounds. The perfect evening spot to cure your rainy blues, the sound of live performing bands will transport you to the swinging sixties, alongside an impressive list of classic cocktails and liquors.
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7. Spa day at The Marylebone
Shelter from London’s showers with a relaxing and rejuvenating spa day at The Marylebone hotel. Tranquillity and calm await as you arrive at the chic Third Space Spa. With an extensive offering of treatments available using recognised skincare brand Elemis, allow your therapist to help you choose the best treatment to replenish and treat your concerns.
Prices start at £45 for treatments.
8. Culture fix at the Science Museum
Head to London’s Science Museum for an afternoon of interesting facts and scientific discoveries. Just a short stroll from The Kensington, visitors can enjoy exhibitions such as ‘The Art Of Innovation: From Enlightenment To Dark Matter’ which explores the interaction between scientific progress and social change, uncovering how machinery has influenced the human body and tools which can go beyond human senses to capture the unseen.
The exhibition contains artworks by contemporary artists such as Hepworth, Hockney, Lowry and Constable, bringing together rarely displayed objects which explore our relationships with society, our bodies and the environment.
Showing until 26th January 2020, tickets are free and available to book online.
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Swingers London is home to one of the best crazy golf courses in the city and situated just a short journey from both The Bloomsbury and The Marylebone. With two courses to choose from, a variety of popular food vendors available and a well-stocked bar in the space, it’s the perfect escape from the rainy weather.
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10. Go green at the Barbican Conservatory
Embrace the calming powers of green with a leisurely afternoon spent at the Barbican Conservatory. Home to the second largest Conservatory in London, the lush space is a hidden oasis of exotic birds, fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees.
For an insight into the history of the Barbican Conservatory, visitors can experience a guided tour led by the Conservatory’s gardeners, who will talk you through the fascinating foliage within this unique space.
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