London has a reputation for being foggy, however it should really have a reputation for being rainy. I, like a lot of people, thought that the British going on about the weather all the time was an unfair stereotype that probably wasn’t true. It was only until I went there that I realized I was talking about the weather the majority of the time. Luckily, London is just as interesting in the rain as it is the sun. So what if you can’t lounge around in Hyde Park all day. There is so much more do in London, in rain or shine.
Natural History Museum
Found near the Victoria and Albert art museum (another great rainy day visit), this place is brilliant if you have kids. Now, it’s similar to the one in New York, but with different exhibits, obviously. It’s really fun, plus you and your kids will learn a tonne. The place covers everything from dinosaurs to the Great Barrier Reef, and from a butterfly collection with thousands of specimens to exhibits on life in space. It has got a bit of everything.
London’s West End (their Broadway) is the classiest theater district in the world and has the best shows. Our ones are bigger, but cheesier. The British know how to keep things classy, whether it’s their version of the Lion King which is absolutely fantastic or the recent addition of Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots. You could entertain yourself for weeks with the shows on offer.
You can visit the original Madame Tussauds in London, filled to the rafters with scarily accurate waxworks that you genuinely do expect to spring alive at any moment. Anyone who is anyone has been sculpted into wax and is ready to be posed with for photos. I never understood the appeal of wax museums, but this place made me realise that they can be great fun and kids really love being able to see their favourite celebrities (or to them, Harry Potter and Gandalf) ‘in person’.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking: ‘I can watch TV at home’, but sometimes, even on vacation, it’s nice to just sit back and chillax with the TV on and a ‘cuppa’ (that’s a cup of tea to us). Also, British TV is so good, that you won’t feel too guilty for missing out on seeing Buckingham Palace because you were too busy watching countless reruns of Doctor Who. What they also have over there is Sky TV which is just like HBO and ABC, but British. It’s where they watch Game of Thrones, but anyway if your apartment (or flat in the UK) has it, then you should definitely waste a few hours with it, just find their number here, contacttelephonenumbers.com and give them a call to see if your ‘flat’ or hotel has access.
So, if you are vacationing in London, don’t expect to get a tan, but then again, I doubt anyone goes to London for the weather, but goes to soak in one of the most amazing and interesting cities on the planet.