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5 Ways to Enjoy a Rainy Day in London

London continues to be one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. However, as many of our readers know all too well, it is also renowned for being rainy all year-round. True enough, Climates to Travel notes that this is especially true during the autumn and winter months, and it still rains quite frequently even during the summer.

However, just because it rains a lot, doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. In fact, there are plenty of exciting activities visitors to London can enjoy despite the drizzle — you just have to know where to go.

Here are five ways to enjoy a rainy day in London.

Walk around an art gallery

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Rainy days are the perfect excuse for some indoor fun, and one thing that should be on every traveller’s bucket list is a visit a local art gallery. There are plenty of high profile galleries in London (with free entrance too), such as the National Portrait Gallery and Somerset House. From Gothic paintings to romantic art, the UK has a deep and diverse history that’s worth exploring through its paintings.

Listen to live music

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London’s live music scene is one of the most exciting in the world. There’s always something happening around the city, whether it’s gigs in the Roundhouse in Camden or local bands performing around pubs in the West End. The Half Moon along Richmond Road even has a special event every new moon where they invite emerging talent to perform.

Spend some time at a casino

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Interestingly enough, London (or the UK more broadly) has really become better known for online casinos than in-person ones. Numerous heavily populated digital poker sites are active throughout the country, as are slot arcades with massive varieties of games. Of late these same platforms have even managed to resurrect bingo as a popular offering –– and the Gala Bingo platform has gone even further in facilitating interactive gaming, cultivating a sort of virtual game show section enjoyed by huge player bases. Given all of this, if it’s a really rainy day, you do have some entertainment options online at home in your hotel room or Airbnb. With all of that said however, a rainy day is also a perfect excuse to spend a few hours in one of London’s remaining (and frankly spectacular) casinos. Venues like the Palm Beach, the Hippodrome, and Grosvenor still have all the games the online sites boast and then some –– as well as excellent drinks and bars and that infectious buzz of excitement you only find at a high-end casino.

Try an escape room

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If you prefer a different kind of game, an escape room is also well worth your time. Here too you actually have online options these days, with all sorts of apps and online games having sprung up in imitations of real-world escape experiences. But nothing tops the real thing, particularly if you need an indoor activity. London’s unique culture and history has produced some of the most interesting escape rooms around the city, so they’re definitely worth a visit. You can unleash your inner detective at the Sherlock Holmes-themed escape room at Shepherd’s Bush, or role-play as a wizard in Enigma Quests at Liverpool Street. There’s even a WWII London-themed escape room called Mission Breakout in Kentish Town if you’re into more realistic settings.

Go shopping

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For most tourists, shopping is usually a part of their itinerary, but it’s best to save it for those particularly dreary hours. No trip to London is complete without a visit to Oxford Street, where all the most popular retailers can be found—from Topshop and Uniqlo, to Gap and many more. You can also let the rain pass exploring one or two of its huge department stores, including Selfridges, John Lewis, and Marks & Spencer. If you’re looking for designer goods, you can find them at discounted prices at local outlets in Bicester Village.

We hope this has given you a few good ideas to keep in mind if you, like so many before you, visit London only to find that the forecast is grim. Thank you for reading, and please come to My Celebrity Life again for any additional content on London, travel, or a range of lifestyle topics!

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