Rainy Day Activities for Families in London

Rainy and windy outdoors? Don't worry! London has plenty of exciting and fun indoor activities for kids and the whole family that are completely weather-proof.

Whether it's meeting a dinosaur, star-gazing or watching a family show, you can be sure of a fun day out, whatever the weather, with the following indoor things to do.

SEA LIFE London

SEA LIFE London

The SEA LIFE London aquarium is home to 500 species of aquatic life, from sharks and piranhas to Nemo-style clownfish. Don't miss the daily feeds and talks, where you see sharks and species usually found in coral reefs and rainforests enjoying their lunch. A much nicer way to surround yourself with water than being soaked outdoors!

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London Dungeon

Escape the rain by heading underground into the huge London Dungeon beneath County Hall on the South Bank. Take a thrilling 90-minute tour of London's grisly history which includes live shows, underground rides and terrifying special effects. Screams guaranteed!

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

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Have a magical day out with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. See first-hand the sets, costumes, and props used in all the Harry Potter films, and step inside some of the films' locations including the Great Hall, Dumbledore's office and Hagrid's hut.

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Top London Shows for Kids

London hosts lots of family-friendly theatre shows, from lively musicals to wonderful puppet shows. The capital is also home to an array of special children's theatres, which put on amazing productions just for kids.

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Horniman Museum

Free

Horniman Museum in South East London is packed full of exhibitions and activities about the cultural and natural world. Hear musical instruments from around the globe, gaze at a Fijian reef in the aquarium or follow a special gallery trail. The Horniman also holds special events, such as storytelling, puppet workshops, and arts and crafts.

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Top 10 Toyshops in London

Whether you're after retro toys, or film merchandise, London's top toyshops offer it all. Budding scientists will love the gadgets and kits available at the Science Museum shop, while Harry Potter fans won't want to leave the Harry Potter Shop. Don't miss old favourite Hamleys, or newer options such as the LEGO Store in Leicester Square.

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Natural History Museum

Free

Meet a life-sized blue whale or a roaring T-Rex dinosaur! At the Natural History Museum kids can delve into the Darwin Centre, get hands-on at the Investigate science lab or shaken up in the earthquake machine. Some charges apply.

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Royal Observatory

Part of the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory is home to Greenwich Mean Time, the Meridian line and London's planetarium. There's plenty to do after you've jumped between the eastern and the western hemispheres! Enjoy a planetarium show, see London's only public camera obscura, or visit the time galleries.

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Science Museum IMAX

Snuggle down into your seat and wait for your eyes to boggle at the Science Museum's amazing 3D IMAX screen. Experience a rocket launch in Space Station, float with jellyfish in Deep Sea, or meet orphaned orangutans in Born To Be Wild! Caught in a sudden rain shower on the Southbank? Head to the BFI IMAX instead.

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Discover

Do something different at Discover, a children's story-making centre in Stratford. You can dress up, explore a secret cave, and even visit a pirate ship! Aimed at families with children aged 0 to 11, it makes for a fantastic day indoors. And if the weather does pick up, you can head outdoors and explore the Story Garden.

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V&A Museum of Childhood

Free

Escape the showers at the V&A Museum of Childhood. The collection includes rag dolls, teddy bears, board games, dolls' houses and more; some dating back to the 16th century. Parents can reminisce, while kids learn about the days before computers and battery-powered toys! There are free activities and tours every day.

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A Map of Great Places for Rainy Days in London

SEA LIFE LondonSEA LIFE London
Get a taste of the deep blue sea at the SEA LIFE London aquarium, where you'll find some 400 species of aquatic life
Discover
Let your imagination run wild at Discover, a fantastic story-making centre for young children in London's Stratford
Hamleys
Experience the magic of Hamleys and explore seven floors of toys, from board games to teddy bears. Time will fly by!
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Discover the magic of Harry Potter with a behind-the-scenes walking tour at Warner Bros. Studio London
Horniman Museum
Discover fascinating exhibitions, events and activities about the cultural and natural world at London's Horniman Museum
Royal Observatory
Explore the skies and learn about time at the Royal Observatory, home of London's only public planetarium
Science Museum IMAX
Visit the IMAX 3D Cinema and lose yourself in an underwater sea world, see orangutans or visit space!
V&A Museum of Childhood
The V&A Museum of Chidlhood is devoted entirely to toys! See dolls, games, puppets and toys from past to present
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
You'll find a world of weird and wonderful things at Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in Central London
Skull at Natural History Museum. Image: Natural History MuseumNatural History Museum
Meet a life-sized blue whale, a T-Rex and a gigantic crocodile; the Natural History Museum has something entertain everyone
London Dungeon
Dive into London's gruesome past at the London Dungeon, where actors, special effects and scary rides bring the past to life