Things to do on a rainy day in London for families

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.

When visiting London, you can expect to see safety measures in place. Just make sure to check the venues are open before heading out to avoid disappointment. Remember to follow the latest government guidelines, social distance when out and about, and cycle or walk to the events and attractions where possible.

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

Have a magical day out with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London The Making of Harry Potter. 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. It's the ultimate Harry Potter experience!

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Madame Tussauds

Walk down the red carpet and strike a pose with more than 250 celebrity wax figures at Madame Tussauds London. Spot the royal family, join sports celebrities and step on stage with music icons, from Madonna to Ed Sheeran, before immersing yourself in the Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie and meeting heroes and villains from Star Wars movies. Read More

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! Take in a planetarium show, see London's only public camera obscura, or visit the time galleries.

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KidZania London

Embark on an adventure of exciting real-life activities at KidZania in Shepherd’s Bush. Combining learning with fun, children will have the chance to explore different careers and life skills in an indoor city with immersive play areas. Once inside, they can independently experience being doctors, police officers, pilots and journalists. Who said work couldn't be fun? Read More
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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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Tower Bridge

Uncover the stories of the unsung heroes of Tower Bridge in the City of London and discover one of London's most secret spots: the magnificent Victorian Engine Rooms. Download the free Family Trail App to transforms your mobile into a working wrench to tighten the bolts of a shaky engine and into a shovel to throw coal in the boiler to power the bridge!

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Barbican Centre

The Barbican is Europe's largest arts centre all under one roof, including three cinemas, two art galleries, a library, foyers and shops. On offer are accessible, fun and inspiring activities for the whole family to enjoy. Rain? No problem! Read More

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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Museum of London Free

Children look at cases in World City at the Museum of London. Image courtesy of the Museum of London.
Take the whole family on an unforgettable journey at the Museum of London. Discover the capital's turbulent past, from prehistoric London to how the city changed under Romans and Saxons and what the city looked like at medieval London. Walk the streets of Victorian London through The Galleries of Modern London before you can marvel at the magnificent Lord Mayor's Coach. Read More

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. Read More

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 the 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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More London museums for kids

Royal Academy of Arts' exhibition. Image courtesy of the RA.
Find plenty of family events in some of the best museums in London. View modern and contemporary art and design installations at Tate Modern and the Design Museum. While the National Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts are great for learning about painting and art history, the British Museum offers visitors two million years of human history and culture to explore. Most museums also offer free entry – a good excuse to spend an entire day wandering galleries! Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

Find more free things to do with kids, including some of the best attractions in London for the whole family and packed-fun activities for an adrenaline rush.

Find out what’s open and when in London, or download the Visit London app for more inspiration while out and about.