What to do on a rainy day in London
It always seems to rain in London doesn’t it. But did you know that it rains more in Barcelona, Rome and Istanbul than it does in London? There’s nothing worse than getting prepared to take a trip to see the sights of the English capital, for the heavens to open up and the quick scramble to find something to do with the kids indoors begins. Your umbrella may have you covered from the rain but we’ll have you covered for fun things to do inside waiting for those pesky rain clouds to move on.
Using the Royal Mail’s underground train line is, technically, the quickest way to get across the capital. Taking only 14 minutes to cross 10 kilometers you would easily beat anything else on the ground. The Mail Rail experience is great fun for kids of all ages. You’ll travel deep underground below the Mount Pleasant sorting office to see the unchanged platforms, hear from the people who used to work on it and discover interactive exhibits that bring this fascinating piece of history to life. Oh yes, you’ll also get to ride the train. Can’t believe we almost forgot to tell you that.
A short 30-minute train ride from London Waterloo you’ll come across Hampton Court Palace. Famous for being the home of Henry VIII, building first began by Cardinal Wolsey in 1515 but soon after Henry VIII took quite an interest in the palace. The palace has changed a lot of the years, most notably by Sir Christopher Wren who built a brand-new palace here in the 17th century. Fantastic free audio guides accompany you as you wander around this magnificent palace. If it’s not too wet, then the grounds are must see - it's got a maze! There are a number of ghosts at the palace, but none more famous than Jane Seymour who died at the palace whilst giving birth to Prince Edward. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to spot her…
The British Library hosts a number of family friendly exhibitions throughout the year but what we really want to tell you about is their Family Trail. A magical trail lies ahead of your little ones as they explore the library through this activity packed guide. Weave your way to the printing press room, through the King’s Library and into the atlas room where you’ll find over 4 million atlases.
If your children are obsessed with space, then you have to visit the Royal Observatory at Greenwich. Marvel at some of the oldest telescopes in the world, stand across the meridian line and catch a show at the planetarium. London’s only Camera Obscura can be found here, which you can of course look through. With loads of activities aimed at kids of all ages, the Royal Observatory is a great place to spend a rainy day.
Deisgned for children aged 4 to 14, KidZania is a scaled city replica where kids can role play a whole host of different jobs. They’ll be able to try their hands at being a firefighter, a tv presenter or even a pilot. When you book a 4 hour slot, your kids will be able to experience around 6 activities during this time – plenty of time for them to stuck in. To make the experience just like the real world, your kids will earn a salary for every job they do in the form of kidZos which they can spend in the airport store!