This post includes affliate links, read here how these work.
How come it alway rains in the school holidays?
It’s pouring down.
And we’ve all got a bad case of cabin fever.
And just need to get out.
But don’t fancy standing nose-to-bum with every other family in London to see the dinosaurs in the Natural History Museum or the Mummies in the British Museum.
Or go to soft play – aaaarrrgggh! – again.
So what on earth are we meant to do on a rainy day in London with kids?
Well first off, there is loads of fun stuff to do at home on rainy days to ward off cabin fever.
But when it does strike there is a load of cool stuff to do in London that is perfect for rainy days.
And these are some of our faves.
Rainy Day London With Kids
1. The Museum Of London
The big museums are brilliant. But on a rainy day, they’re rammed.
One wet bank holiday we had to queue in the rain to get into the Imperial War Museum.
So our go to now when it’s raining, is the Museum of London.
It’s free. It’s full of hands on history from the Romans to the Rolling Stones.
They run fab activities for kids. But it’s never jam packed full.
What’s not to like?
2. Big London Houses
Another handy option for rainy days are London’s big houses.
You probably know your local.
And a few famous ones.
But there are actually over 30 grand houses you can visit in London. Wow!
And they’re perfect for rainy days.
At places like Hampton Court and Ham House, there’s loads to do inside whilst it’s chucking it down, but plenty of space to run around outside if the sun comes out.
3. Underground Places
When it’s pouring with rain outside what better than to head underground.
And London’s actually got some pretty cool underground offerings.
There are 22 miles worth of – very spooky – underground caves down in Chiselhurst …
And the Post Office museum with it’s very own underground railway has just reopened …
4. London’s Small Museums
You’d think London’s small museums wouldn’t really work with kids when it’s raining.
And that you’d be in and out too quick and needing somewhere else to shelter.
But a few of them like the Vestry and the Ragged School really do work on rainy days.
The fact they’re so small seems to help kids imagination run wild.
You can read more about some of our favourite small London museums here.
Now, I love London’s museums – big and small – but when it’s been raining for days on end and we are all desperate to burn off some serious energy, a museum just ain’t gonna cut it.
Obviously, you could all go to … shhh … sxxft plxy.
But if you feel like you’ve done that every rainy day since the kids were born. And you might just slash your wrists if you have to go again the next time it rains, never fear!
There are a bunch of cool high energy alternatives in London, for everyone from toddlers to teens.
5. London Ice Skating
There are permanent London ice rinks at:
But for something really cool try ice karting at Queens Ice & Bowl in Queensway …
6. London Rock Climbing
There are climbing walls in leisure centres across London.
But for something a bit more challenging – for 5 and ups – try Clip N Climb in Chelsea.
It was the first big climbing wall we went to and a great place to start.
On these walls you do have to do an introductory session the first time you go.
If it’s really grotty outside, trampolining is a great way to burn off serious energy.
There’s a big Flip Out trampoline park in Wandsworth, you can read one kid’s review here …
Unfortunately, skating, climbing and trampolining don’t come cheap.
And we certainly don’t have the budget to go every day it rains in London.
So what else can you do which will burn off energy without burning a hole in your pocket?
I reckon the best answer is to hit the woods.
8. Hit The Woods
Now obviously you can’t do this if it’s teaming it down.
And if you’re not a fan of mess probably best stop reading now.
But on an average soggy day in London, our stunning woods are brilliant fun.
But under foot it’s gorgeously squelchily muddy.
Which when you’re two make them the best place ever to splash in muddy puddles.
And when you’re ten make them the best place ever to swing from trees or ride your bike, splattering mud everywhere.
Yes everyone gets filthy. But it’s the stuff that memories are made of.
Right here in London. In the rain.
So there you go, a whole bunch of ideas for rainy days in London with kids.
I do hope they help.
For loads more ideas for fun days out in London follow Family Fun London on Facebook …
Or if you’re not a Facebook type of person sign up for my Family Fun London newsletter …