Although the weather may be pretty glorious at the moment in terms of British weather, it’s fair to say that UK weather can be slightly unpredictable. Therefore, we know that there’s no harm in securing a good rainy day back-up plan for those much needed days out as a family.
Luckily, the UK’s capital in particular has an abundance of amazing and exciting things to do for the whole family. We’ve selected a few of our favourites to show you some of the things that’s out there, with no umbrella required!
Sea Life London Aquarium
If it’s raining outside, take a step inside and see a selection of the world’s most incredible creatures that love water! Ideally located on the south bank of the River Thames, it is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life. There are a number of feeding, diving and touch pools throughout the aquarium to delight your little ones. Book online in advance for a discount on ticket prices.
A day out at London’s o2 Arena
One of the most iconic buildings in London is the o2 arena, and it’s now getting a great reputation for the amazing things inside, too. With family friendly attractions from an eleven screen cinema to a bowling alley like no other, to sky studios events, there’s literally something for all youngsters and adults. There’s a whole host of restaurants and bars too, so you can make a day of it. Find out more here – www.theo2.co.uk.
Filmmaking and screening programmes at the BFI
The British Film Institute has a whole host of programmes running for children who are interested in filmmaking, and learning about what goes on behind the scenes. During the school holidays, they hold free screenings of your favourite family films, and creative workshops at their Film Fundays, and even film clubs after school!
The Natural History Museum
This one is a must whatever the weather really, though a rainy day is of course a great excuse to give it a visit! One of the most popular (if not the most) museums in the UK is free to enter, with small charges applying for the occasional temporary exhibition. Before you go, check out the website to find out what’s on and what events are coming up so you can plan your trip, too.
Bramley’s Big Adventure Indoor Play Centre
A great option for the teeny ones, as Bramley’s Big Adventure is for children up to 11 years old. Facilities include 3 levels of play equipment, with separate under 2s’ and under 5s’ areas. There’s also a cafe where parents can get a coffee and something to eat as their little ones use up all their energy! It’s the most central indoor play centre, so it’s really easy to get to.
The London Dungeon
If you and the family are feeling brave, why not enter the depths of the London Dungeons? Highly regarded as one of London’s top attractions, they dub the experience as ‘the ultimate thrill-filled journey through London’s murky past, turning 1,000 years of history into 90 minutes of laughs, scares, theatre, shocks, rides, special effects, characters, jokes, mazes and storytelling.’