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Don't be put off by the weather, there's plenty to see and do in the City of London on a rainy day

If you prefer to stay warm and dry on a rainy day in London, the City has loads of attractions, museums and galleries to keep you entertained.

Here’s our suggestion for a rainy day out.

Explore the Barbican Estate


  • Visit the Museum of London; a fantastic free museum that tells the story of the capital from prehistoric times to the present day. There are activities for children and an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions.
  • Grab a coffee and a slice of cake in one of the cafés before moving on.
  • Follow the signs to the Barbican Art Gallery. From acclaimed architects to Turner prize-winning artists, the Barbican presents major exhibitions by leading international figures. The Curve gallery is home to a series of new commissions created especially by contemporary artists. See what’s on during your visit.


  • Enjoy cakes, coffee and hot dishes from the Barbican's Foodhall or delicious sharing dishes in the Lounge.


  • Watch the latest blockbuster or an old classic at the Barbican Cinemas. Find out what’s on and catch a concert or show. The Barbican welcomes the world’s top soloists and musicians in both classical and contemporary music, and also a fresh and vibrant programme of theatre and dance.

Other places in the City to shelter from the rain

If you still want to explore the City and see the sights, buy a London bus tour ticket from the City Information Centre. Alternatively, hop on a route 11 bus, which takes you from Liverpool Street to Fulham Broadway past the skyscrapers in the east of the City, the Bank of England, Mansion House, St Paul’s Cathedral, Temple Church and the Royal Courts of Justice.

Need ideas? Visit the City Information Centre for help planning your perfect day in the City of London and beyond.

13 November 2013
Last Modified:
07 November 2019