Come rain or shine, there's never a dull moment in the world's greatest city. While some activities – such as walking in the royal parks or boat journeys – are best left for the good weather, there are enough activities in the capital to keep you permanently occupied for a hundred rainy days! Here are a few ideas for the wintry weekends.
You'll never have enough time to fully explore all of London's museums and art galleries in a week, let alone one rainy day. So stay warm and dry all morning and afternoon by spending some time in a two or three museums, depending on how quickly you like to walk around.
In terms of aesthetics, few venues can rival the grandeur and beauty of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Close to the charming continental-themed restaurants and bars near South Kensington tube station, it is acclaimed for its Italian Renaissance exhibitions, ceramics and sculptures. It's also just minutes from the world-renowned Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, so this area is an ideal base for a long day indoors when the weather's gloomy.
No one could forget the British Museum, which is home to around eight million artefacts and is noted for its large domed ceiling and ancient collections. It's also within easy reach of the West End and is just a short walk from Russell Square tube station.
The National Gallery
Overlooking bustling Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is Britain's most famous art museum, featuring over 2,300 artworks representing more than 600 years of history. Established in 1824, it's now one of the world's most popular art venues, close to the vibrant bars and restaurants of Leicester Square, Soho and Covent Garden.
Head to the Theatre
Speaking of the West End, did you know that you can often bag big discounts on theatre tickets at the last minute? A good tip is to search online for last-minute deals on websites like lastminute.com or TimeOut, although you may also get special reduced rates at the Leicester Square ticket booth, TKTS. Many smaller theatres also organise well-known shows at a much lower price than the best-known venues.
Book a wine-tasting course at the London Wine Academy, where you can learn more about the art (or science) of wine and food pairing from qualified tutors ranging from sommeliers to Masters of Wine. Or, why not try something more casual and head to the Wine Tasting Shop at SW12, where you can sample delicious little-known wines carefully chosen by a passionate team.
Take a trip to the Sea Life London Aquarium
Surround yourself by more than two million litres of water without ever having to get wet! The Sea Life London Aquarium at the South Bank is home to hundreds of fascinating species and is the city's leading aquatic attraction. It's just minutes from Westminster tube station, and practically a stone's throw from the huge London Eye.
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