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How to Spend a Rainy Day in London

How to Spend a Rainy Day in London

While London’s reputation for wet weather is not entirely earned, there is the chance that your outdoor plans for city exploration may be washed out on occasion. Here's how to stay dry and make the most of rainy days during your London vacation.

  • Explore treasures and artifacts from around the world—from Egyptian mummies to the Rosetta Stone—at the British Museum.
  • Travel back in time to Elizabethan London on a guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
  • Spend a day in the life of the royals with a visit to Buckingham Palace.
  • Catch a hit musical or play in one of the West End ’s historic theaters.
  • Follow in the footsteps of England’s kings, queens, statesmen, and poets by exploring Westminster Abbey.
  • Learn about how Winston Churchill led the UK to victory in the Second World War at the Churchill War Rooms.
  • Admire the Gothic grandeur of the Houses of Parliament and peek into the House of Commons and Lords Chamber.
  • Savor a quintessentially English afternoon tea in a posh hotel.
  • Keep warm and dry with a pint in hand on a pub tour of the West End.
  • Journey through London’s darkest days at the London Dungeon (choose a fast pass or skip-the-line access to get out of the rain more quickly).
  • Dive into the wonderful world of marine life (without getting wet) at Sea Life London Aquarium.
  • Immerse yourself in glamour at Madame Tussauds and spend some quality time with remarkable wax replicas of celebrities such as Her Majesty the Queen, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Donald Trump.
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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London

Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London

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Get acquainted with two iconic London monuments on a half-day tour of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. While gaining fascinating insight into the royal history of Great Britain, absorb the Gothic grandeur of Westminster Abbey’s interior and head inside the Houses of Parliament—home to the renowned Big Ben—to see highlights like the House of Commons and Lord’s Chamber. From your guide, learn about the United Kingdom’s political system and major historic events while touring the prominent landmarks.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Madame Tussauds London Standard Ticket

Madame Tussauds London Standard Ticket

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Immerse yourself in glamour and spectacle at Madame Tussauds in London. Head to the world-famous venue and join the dedicated queue for pre-purchased entrance tickets and experience shorter queues than walk-up guests. Spend some quality time with remarkable wax replicas of Her Majesty the Queen, Eddie Redmayne, or take a selfie with a pouty-faced Kim Kardashian. Enjoy access to the Marvel Super Heroes 4D Exhibition (additional charge), Spirit of London taxi ride, and then meet classic Star Wars heroes like Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Shakespearean Afternoon Tea

Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours with Optional Shakespearean Afternoon Tea

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Travel through time to Elizabethan London on a guided tour of the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Visit the reconstructed theater on the city’s Bankside and enjoy lively commentary about staging and performance in Shakespeare’s day. Make your experience even more memorable by upgrading to include a sumptuous 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'–themed afternoon tea
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.04
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Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho
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Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho

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Experience London’s vibrant nightlife and rich history on a pub tour of the West End. With a guide, head to traditional pubs and sample locally brewed beer in each one. Stroll through districts like Soho and Seven Dials, see iconic monuments like Nelson’s Column at Trafalgar Square, and pass through the alleys of Covent Garden. Gain fascinating insight into the history of beer and public houses in England, and enjoy an intimate atmosphere, limited to 15 people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.55
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The London Dungeon Standard Ticket

The London Dungeon Standard Ticket

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Journey through London’s darkest days with an entrance ticket to the London Dungeon. This chilling sensory experience includes elaborate staging, interactive attractions, and engaging performances. Witness gruesome scenes including the horrors of London’s notorious killers, the putrescence of the Great Plague, and the Great Fire of 1666. The stout of heart may choose to step into the shoes of a victim on the gallows on 'Drop Dead: Drop Ride!'
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  • 1 hour 50 minutes
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Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
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Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum

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The British Museum in London houses around eight million artifacts, making it difficult to sift out the must-sees on a first-time or short visit. This small-group tour does the work for you, with a guide to show you around some carefully curated highlights. View important pieces such as the Mummy of Katebet, Lewis Chessmen, and more, as you uncover their significance and history. Entrance to the British Museum is free.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.41
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SEA LIFE London Aquarium Admission Ticket
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SEA LIFE London Aquarium Admission Ticket

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Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of marine life right in the middle of London. Head to Sea Life London Aquarium. Explore the 50 colorful displays, home to over 400 species of sea creatures including sharks, eels, clownfish, octopus, and penguins. Catch an exciting live feeding, and see the new Rainforest Adventure exhibit which showcases one of the Amazon's most impressive carnivorous fish, the piranha.
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  • 2 hours
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Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace with Optional Champagne upgrade

Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace with Optional Champagne upgrade

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Enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea at London’s The Rubens at the Palace Hotel, overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Visit the elegant 4-star hotel and linger over a gorgeous traditional English tea, complete with dainty finger sandwiches and selections of delicate cakes and other treats. Feast on delights including freshly baked scones served with fresh clotted cream, and creations such as mouth-wateringly moist carrot cupcakes. Pair them with your choice from a range of delicious classic loose teas; the perfect, time-honored accompaniment.
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  • 2 hours
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Les Miserables Theater Show

Les Miserables Theater Show

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Experience the world’s longest-running West End musical with tickets to the London 'Les Misérables' at the Queen’s Theatre. Based on the incredible novel by Victor Hugo, this award-laden musical tells the tale of Jean Valjean, a fugitive in 19th-century France. A story of passion, courage, redemption, and the indomitability of the human spirit, the show enthralls and uplifts you with songs such as ‘I Dreamed a Dream,’ and others. Opt for standard or top-price seats, and upgrade to enjoy a 3-course pre-show dinner at a charming theater-district restaurant.
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  • 3 hours
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