What to do in London in the rain … and it will

Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By Erin Gallagher Maury on March 20, 2010 at 12:24 am

Spring has arrived in London and along with warmer weather, daffodils and hot cross buns comes the rain. Not enough to discourage a trip mind you, but pack your brolly when you come. Cast your worries aside, there are plenty of interesting places to duck into when a shower arrives:

-Easiest solution, museums. With nearly 250 museums in town, many with free admission, choosing just a few is the toughest decision. Biggies like the Tate Modern, National Gallery, Victoria and Albert and The British Museum offer space regardless of the number of visitors.

– Take in a show. Land last minute tickets to shows and plays, even the newer ones, in Leicester Square from the freestanding tkts booth. Hot tickets in town this spring:  the Phantom of the Opera sequel Love Never Dies at the Savoy Theatre, Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse and the English comedy Jerusalem.

-Tour the great historical buildings of London from Kensington Palace to St. Paul’s Cathedral or the lesser visited Apsley House.

Shop the covered markets in Covent Garden, Leadenhall, Spitalfields and Camden for vintage clothing, unique souvenirs and gifts.

-Have afternoon tea at a posh hotel. Put on a fancy frock to sip Darjeeling, nibble on scones with clotted cream and sinfully delicious cakes. Sample tea at The Berkley, The Ritz or The Connaught for a first class London experience.

-Head to a pub for a pint. Spend an afternoon planning the rest of your visit in the Lamb and Flag in Soho or Notting Hill’s Windsor Castle pub. And don’t forget the packet of crisps with that lager.

– Or do like the locals and carry on as usual. Rain, what rain?

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