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Top 10 Things to do in London on a Rainy Day

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by Danielle Falknor (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in South West London, but i'm frequently travelling. Stay tuned! I pop up in the strangest places.
Published July 30th 2012
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Okay, okay, I know its supposed to be summer, but someone forgot to tell the weather that. After a very soggy July, it looks like we'll be in for a wet August as well, so for many of us the traditional music festivals, and outdoor picnics seems to be off the table. Never fear though! There are many things to do in London in the rain, even some very random things, so you're guaranteed to be vastly entertained.

1) Thankfully, there are many brilliant movies coming out this summer such as 'The Amazing Spider-man', 'Ice Age 4' and 'Magic Mike' - it will guarantee to leave you blushing and slavering for more!

2) There's nothing more relaxing than putting your feet up, listening to the rain and getting stuck into a really good book. The 'Twilight Series', 'The Hunger Games', and 'Fifty Shades of Grey' might just be up your alley. It's another trilogy anyway, and I'm warning you, they are seriously addictive.

3) If a rainy day is boring for you, then I'm sure it will be boring for others too. So what better way to spend the day than to invite your friends around to play board games like Monopoly, Twister or Pictionary.

4) Get wrapped up and go to a museum. There are many fantastic exhibitions British Museum, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert, Sherlock Holmes, Madame Tussauds. There are also a long list of galleries, such as the National Gallery, Tate Museum and the Tate Modern always worth the look.

5) There are a wealth of matinee and evening shows during the summer which will leave you spoiled for choice. The Globe Theatre with its famous Shakespeare plays, sell standing tickets for £5 each. The Summer Proms, in the Royal Albert Hall also offer standing spaces for £5 each. The Royal Opera house also has discount tickets for matinee performances, so you'll be able to experience the best in performance that London has to offer without breaking the bank.

6) If you're like me and you enjoy a good laugh, there are loads of comedy shows on in and around the London area. Top rated of which are Eddie Izzard, at the Soho Theatre and the much awaited "Olympians of Comedy" at 'The Miller'.

7) There's a bunch of unusual bars dotted around London. Although travelling to them might be a little obstructed due to the Olympics, they are well worth the journey. The Troubadour Pub on Brompton Road and Dans le Noir Restaurant in Farringdon, are just a couple of them.

8) Anyone taking a walk down Portobello Road, through Camden Town or Soho wouldn't be able to take one step before stumbling on one of the multitude of funky cafés and restaurants that line the streets. Each unique in its make up and quirky in character, you are guaranteed to meet some very strange and wonderful people in these places, not to mention drinking some fabulous coffee, and eating some delicious, if bonkers food.

9) There's nothing like getting out of your own house to go and snoop around someone else's, and who better than the Queen. Hampton Court offers a myriad of different styled palace, ranging from the 15th century to the 18th, is a feast for the eyes in royal luxury and priceless works of art.

10) A little bit of seductive charm goes a long way to beat the rain blues. If you're looking for an active afternoon/ night out with friends, these clubs will guarantee to make you hot with a new dance step. The most notable classes are in Wessex House in Clapham Junction, which offers Salsa on Thursday at 7pm and Tango on Sundays at 11am. Perfect.
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