Things to do in London with kids when it's raining and pouring
While here at London for Kidz we can guarantee tons of fun-packed things to do in London with kids, what we can't guarantee is the British weather. Thankfully there are plenty of options for family adventures even if it is raining and pouring...
Madame Tussauds London
Rub shoulders with the stars and hang out with the likes of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, take to the stage with Taylor Swift and then join the Royal Family for a photo opp. Oh, and don't forget the out-of-this-world Star Wars universe (pictured top)! With over 150 wax models and experiences, there's something - or someone - for the whole fam at Madam Tussauds.
Madame Tussauds London, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR
One thing London has in spades is top notch museums that the whole family will love. From dinos to mummies (the ancient type, kids, not us), fighter jets to teddy bear workshops, there are loads of expeditions to be had at our fave museums for kids in London. Hop into our guide for the lowdown on the 10 museums we love as a family.
Afternoon tea is a fab way to spend time with the kids on a rainy day. Probably best suited to older kids, we especially love the Children's Afternoon Tea at The Oxo Tower, the beautiful sci-fi themed Ampersand’s Science Afternoon Tea (video above) and the Children's Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason. Psst: we've also got a great guide to takeaway afternoon teas if you fancy a sweet treat at home instead.
An old London cold war nuclear shelter that's been turned into a paintball, airsoft and LaserTag arena, you say? So much 'hell, yeah!'. LaserTag is suitable for kiddos age 6 and up, paintball from age 8, and airsoft from age 12, so grab your team and head over to South London for some serious fun that the rain can't ruin.
Bunker 51, 3 Herringham Road, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE7 8NJ
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Okay, so it's a wee bit out of town, (it's 20 miles from central London) but this magical day out is well worth the journey. Booking in advance before you walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter is essential and even if it is raining in London it just doesn't matter as you'll be busy exploring the wonders of the wizarding world, checking out the sets and props, and having a thoroughly mystical day.
WB Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Watford WD25 7LR
SEA LIFE London Aquarium
There's so much to learn while having lots of aquatic fun at the London Aquarium, including getting involved with its conservation work, taking part in feeding time and hanging out with sharks, turtles and, of course, Nemo. Expect demands for a fish tank before you even get home!
SEA LIFE London, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Bishop's, London SE1 7PB
The kids will be jumping for joy when you tell them they're off to one of the four Flip Out trampoline parks dotted around London. If you have little ones under 5, then Mini Flippers is a great session for parents and kids to jump together, while many of the branches offer indoor caving, a laser maze and Ninja Warrior courses for older kids (as well, of course, as all those trampolines). Check your local Flip Out website to see what's on offer.
Flip Out, Brent Cross, Wandsworth, East Ham and West Thurrock locations.
We don't know about you, but we've had quite enough of this adulting lark lately, so we're ready to hand over the reigns to the kids. Well, for the day anyway. Little ones will have a blast living their dream careers trying out everything from fire fighting to cleaning, dentistry to photography. And let's not forget the adult-only Hut where you can hang out, kid-free, with a drink, a good book and no one to nag you for a few hours. Happy kids and happy parents. Win, win.
KidZania London, Westfield London Shopping Centre Ariel Way, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7GA
Discover Children's Story Centre
Discover Children's Story Centre is a magical world where children up to the age of 11 can find fantastical adventures on an indoor story trail. Kids' imaginations will go wild while they invent their own stories over two floors of magical Story Worlds, plus they'll have a blast in the Story Garden: immersive, exploratory play spaces where children can creep through caves, find hidden ships and perform in a puppet castle. We want to be kids again!
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, London E15 4QZ
Shrek's Adventure London
Once upon a time (well, in 2015 to be precise), in a land far, far away (on London’s South Bank, actually) a magical tourist attraction was created where characters from Shrek were brought to life. Yep, Shrek’s Adventure is a pretty cool kinda 'walk-and-ride' place where the famalam can meet Shrek, Fiona, Donkey et al while checking out hilarious shows, a 4D ride and a tour where kids have to crack a code to help Shrek get back to his swamp.
Shrek's Adventure London, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Bishop's, London SE1 7PB
Clip 'n Climb Chelsea
Test your courage and ramp up the fitness levels across 21 exhilarating climbing challenges at Clip 'n Climb Chelsea for a fun-packed Spidey-type adventure the whole fam will love!
Clip 'n Climb Chelsea, 19 Michael Road, London, SW6 2ER
West End Shows
With theatres slowly but surely getting back to some sort of normality, there are plenty of picks to keep you busy with on a rainy day in London including family faves such as these ones in our guide to London theatre for kids.
Clink Prison Museum
If it's a day out with a difference you're after when it comes to things to do in London with kids, then Clink Prison Museum is exactly the kinda gruesomely good adventure you're after. Read our review for the full gory lowdown and then get yourselves over there on the next rainy day.
Clink Prison Museum, 1 Clink Street, London SE1 9DG
Whether you plump for the Romford or Croydon Kidspace, either way your kids will have an epic time throwing them around this award-winning soft play adventure zone. From oceanariums to interactive sand boxes, imagination playgrounds to traditional soft play structures, there's something for every child at this rainy day winner.
Kidspace, The Brewery, Waterloo Road, Romford RM1 1AU and Kidspace, The Colonnades, 619 Purley Way, Croydon CR0 4RQ
God's Own Junkyard
If you like your activities big, bright and 'grammable then you need God’s Own Junkyard on your rainy day, neon radar. Expect a huge and eclectic collection (the largest in Europe in fact) of vintage neon signs to dazzle your eyeballs with and then pop into its onsite eatery, The Rolling Scones Café, for a dazzling array of snacks and drinks.
God's Own Junkyard, Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, London E17 9HQ
Located in the heart of London, Monopoly Lifesized is an immersive, on-your-feet version of the world’s favourite family game brand played on a 15m x 15m lifesized Monopoly board! Try the Junior Monopoly Board to find out who is going to be Monopoly Champ on this race against the clock to solve a mystery, crack some codes and, of course, buy some of London's most iconic buildings. No umbrellas required.
Monopoly Lifesized, 213-215 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7PS
For kids age 7 and older a rainy day in London doesn't get more thrilling than a whiz around an indoor go-karting arena. With 1050 metres of professionally designed race track waiting to be put to the test, Capital Karts boasts the UK’s longest indoor go karting track for unbeatable racing adventures.
Capital Karts, Capital Karts, Unit 1 Rippleside, London IG11 0RJ
Creative Biscuit Art Café
Creative Biscuit is more than just a family friendly restaurant in London, it's also a paint your own ceramics café! Located on the east of town in South Woodford the whole fam can get busy painting pottery and unleashing that inner creative genius whatever the weather.
Creative Biscuit Ceramics Café, 61 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1JJ
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