We all know that London is one of the best cities in the world, but the weather can be variable at the best of times. This summer there were pockets of gloriously warm weather – even if the Underground turned into a sweaty nightmare during those times! – but from now on, we can expect a lot of grey skies, plenty of wind and rain, and maybe, towards the end of the year, a little snow. When you look out of your bedroom window in the morning and it’s grey outside, what do you do next? First, grind up those freshly roasted coffee beans for a morning hit of caffeine, and then try out these ideas…

Walk Along The South Bank

Although you may think that taking a walk outside isn’t what you want to do when it’s grey outside, the truth is that the South Bank is great no matter what the weather is like. There’s something deeply romantic about the grey waves of the Thames under a sleet-coloured sky, and there are plenty of cultural places you can check out. The National Theatre is a classic example of Brutalist architecture, the Royal Festival Hall holds countless incredible events, and Shakespeare’s Globe has a fascinating history. You could also check out the Southbank Centre book market – not only are there a lot of great titles to choose from, but it’s under a bridge so you won’t get rained on. Finally, if the sun comes out, there are plenty of places for a picnic.

Take In An Art Gallery

In London there are plenty of art galleries that you can wander around – and even better, most of them are absolutely free (although it’s polite to give a donation!). If you’re around Trafalgar Square, the National Portrait Gallery is worth a look. It’s a fascinating mixture of older portraits combined with newer ones – you can see artworks from Elizabethan times plus more recent portraits. Even Ed Sheeran’s picture is up there! The National Gallery is just next door and boasts a huge variety of works by artists including Vermeer, Cézanne, Monet, Rembrant and Van Gogh. If you love modern art, why not try the Tate Modern? It’s across the Thames and is in one of the most spectacular buildings in the city. The Turbine Gallery will take your breath away.

What About A Matinee?

In London, one of the best ways to spend an afternoon is at the theatre. The West End is, along with Broadway in New York, one of the most legendary theatre districts in the world, and you’ll find that area jam-packed with interesting shows that you can see. There are a lot of long-running musicals like Wicked, The Book of Mormon and The Lion King, and you could also check out newer hits like Hamilton, which made a big splash on Broadway too. If you’d like to go to a smaller show, why not try the Soho Theatre? There are a lot of great comedians on there, along with plenty of up and coming plays that may just be the next big thing. 

London is full of fascinating things to do, no matter what the weather is like outside.

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