London lies in the south eastern part of the UK which has the sunniest weather in the whole of UK. All other places are more wet and cloudy throughout the year and rainfall in London is moderate and is uniformly distributed over the whole year. As such, except for some days in the summer season, there is continuous rainy weather. London has less than an inch and no month has over two inches. Although people complain that the intermittent rainfall in London creates unpleasant weather conditions the rain in other places to the west or north like Belfast or Edinburgh is much more continuous and greater in quantity. In winter most of the rainfall is in the form of snow but even then it is not as heavy as in most places of Central Europe like Berlin or Vienna. As such London is definitely better off than most places in the UK as far as the rain is concerned.
London in the rain has a charm of its own despite all its negative aspects. Although exploring a city is best done by taking a walking tour, it would be difficult to do so when the sky is overcast in London. However, staying outside despite the cold and rain can be an enjoyable experience as you can enjoy the splendour of the city when you are inside a taxi or bus. From your window, you can see drivels of water giving a glitter to the surface of the street and the edges of buildings, people, vehicles, street signs blurring into each other with the city appearing to be like one framed piece of art. One of the best ways to get away from the rain is to visit various interesting attractions in London. The following places of interest are all free to enter.
Sir John Soane’s museum
If you get caught up in the rain, just get into the nearest tube station and take a tube to Holborn and then walk down to Sir John Soane’s Museum which is one of the gems of London museums. The museum celebrates the life and interests of the 18th century architect, Sir John Soane and efforts have been made to keep the interiors as they were at the time of the architect’s death in 1837. His collection of objects due to his interests in sculpture, architecture and the collection of antiquities from across the world are the envy of any other museum. You can spend quite a few hours out of the rain exploring the unusual, piled-up methodology of display in the smaller spaces of the beautiful, intriguing house.
Old Spitalfields Market
The market which only opened on Sundays in the past is now open all days of the week with Friday evening being the most desirable day to visit since the spacious interior is taken over by independent designers displaying their Fashion and Art creations and offering their vintage and contemporary works for sale.
Going through this exhibition is an ideal way to avoid the rain and if you get hungry, there are plenty of gourmet cheeses and chocolate dipped bananas available. You can also go to some of the best restaurants of London located here such as St John Bread & Wine. Liverpool Street is the nearest tube station.
One of the main features of London’s skateboarding scene for over 40 years, the Southbank Skatepark is now under constant threat of closure although most skaters are vehemently opposed to the idea of closure. A constantly evolving display of street art is displayed on the ledges, banks and stairs set in the undercroft of the Southbank Skatepark. Waterloo is the nearest tube station.
Natural History Museum
If you are near South Kensington and wish to escape the rain, just get into the National History Museum for having a look at the Dinosaurs, if not for anything else. One look at Dippy, the 32m long Diplodocus skeleton in the central hall will bring back memories of Jurassic Park. However, it is not the only exhibit in this museum housed in a vast, beautiful, high-Victorian-styled colossus of a building as there are thousands of other incredible exhibits.
The other interesting exhibits include a model blue whale suspended along with its skeleton from the ceiling, a giant squid named Archie and the remains of the whale that swam up the Thames in 2006 among thousands of other exhibits. If you see even a fraction of them, you may be hauled for overstaying in the museum.
Tower of London
Used initially as a palace for the royalty and later as a prison and then as a place for executions or royal murders, the Tower of London is where you can see excited yeoman warders in dim hallways and spooky stairways providing titillating ghost stories that will keep you entertained. When you are trying to escape London in the rain, you will love the architecture of its buildings, the view of the Thames and of the bridge along with the ghost stories narrated by the warders. The insides of the buildings can be freezing cold. The funniest thing is the beefeater with the fur hat standing in front of his black hut. The Tower of London housed lions, bears, and until recently, flightless ravens.
Moving out in the rain in London may not be as scary as what you may feel if you hear the ghost stories that the warders narrate.