Top 5 rainy days activities in London

According to weather data, even in the height of summer there’s a chance of a shower in London every three days. But don’t let that put you off going out and enjoying what this amazing city has to offer! There are plenty of indoor activities to make the most of the city even when it’s a bit wet outside.

Here is our top 5 for this autumn:

1.See some art at London’s galleries and museums

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Many of London’s art galleries and museums are free, including the magnificent British Museum. If you get caught in a downpour in Trafalgar Square, then the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and Somerset House are all within a couple of minutes walk of each other. Or, if you’re caught in the rain in South Kensington, you’ll find the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A all within a short walk of each other.

2.Visit a traditional covered market

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London markets are ideal shopping destinations, selling everything from clothes to flowers, food, modern art to antiques.

Greenwich Market is a fine example of a Victorian covered market, and Leadenhall Market or Covent Garden Market also have similar traditional structures. Borough Market isn’t a bad place to get caught in the rain either – especially if you’re hungry. This dazzling market is considered by foodies “heaven on earth”, as it offers a vast array of artisan food and difficult-to-find ingredients.

Feel free to ask our concierge for directions.

3.Play a live escape game

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If there’s a group of you, head to Kings Cross and try clueQuest. It’s a live escape game, which sees you and your friends use logic to free yourselves from a locked room within an hour.

Click here for more info and to book.

Prices from £24 per person;

Nearest underground station: King’s Cross (Piccadilly, Victoria, Metropolitan, Northern, Circle, Hammersmith & City lines).

From the Danubius Hotel Regents Park, take the 274 bus towards Angel and get off at Caledonian Road Copenhagen Street (30 minutes bus journey).

4.Play indoor golf

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How about playing golf indoor? Choose between Soho Golf & Country Club or Royal Smithfield venues for Urban Golf. After playing on one of their state-of-the-art simulators, treat yourself to the traditional 19th hole drink in the cocktail bars and lounge.
City Golf & Sports Bar also has six simulators, featuring more than 50 of the world’s best golf courses. Most of the venues have cheaper “tee times” during the day.

For the Soho venue, the nearest underground station is Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines).

From the Danubius Hotel Regents Park, take the 113 bus towards Oxford Circus (20 minutes bus journey and a 10 minute walk). Feel free to ask our Concierge for directions.

5.Private karaoke in the heart of Mayfair

Image credit: Karaoke Box Mayfair.

Experience the best karaoke in London!

Karaoke Box has three venues in Mayfair, Smithfield and Soho, where you can hire rooms for between 5 – 12 people by the hour.

The nearest venue to the Danubius Hotel Regents Park, Karaoke Box Mayfair, has seven rooms available for hire, including the ‘Lady Gaga Padded Cell’ and the Elvis-inspired ‘Gold Room’. Accommodating between four and 12 people, the rooms have English, Japanese and Arabic karaoke systems and offer room service from the cocktail bar. Prices vary depending on the time of each hour-long session; cheaper sessions are available in the afternoon and early evening and booking is essential.

For more info, visit the official website.

Nearest underground station: Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines).

From the Danubius Hotel Regents Park, take the 113 bus towards Oxford Circus (20 minutes bus journey).

Fun fact

They say Londoners rarely venture out without two things: their Oyster Card and an umbrella…

If you have ever lost your umbrella on the tube on a rainy day, then you should know that Transport For London’s Lost Property Office at Baker Street has collected around 12,000 umbrellas over the years. Any umbrellas handed in are logged and stored, so if you have a distinctive one, you should contact them as it might have been handed in.



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