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The Best Places To Hide From The Rain While In London.

As the song suggests, the rain in Spain may fall predictably on the plain, but when you’re in London and the seasonal showers start to fall, they fall pretty much everywhere. On a soggy day in London town, it’s hard to dodge the downpours, and you’ll probably want an umbrella with you. If you find yourself in London without one, you’re going to want to know where you can hide, safe and dry, until the storm passes.

Consider a backstage tour of the Royal Opera House for a start. No rain in here, and you can get a memorable backstage look at this prestigious venue while sheltering from the showers. It might even give you a reason to come back and enjoy a concert sometime.

Fancy a bit of retail therapy? Leadenhall Market is covered, so it's a definite option for a bit of wet weather refuge while you browse the stalls and enjoy the pubs and cafes, or even sit down for a meal while you wait for the clouds to clear.

Notting Hill boasts one of the oldest cinemas, Electric Cinema. It's perfect if you like to watch a movie while sitting in luxury because they have armchairs and even velvet beds for some truly decadent viewing, whatever the forecast.

Another market option is the one at Camden. Stables Market is an evocative way to spend a few wet hours in town. Fans of retro furniture, or anyone on the lookout for that unique old-style accessory for your home, will love Stables Market. It has a very London feel about it, and it's a good place to stay dry!

London Aquarium is an option for those who prefer their water behind glass rather than showering over their heads. You can see some exotic marine life here as you stroll around, and it’s an educational treat if you have little ones with you. Jellyfish and turtles are definite favourites to watch out for.

Or how about the Peter Harrison Planetarium. Stare into the sky without any rain falling on your face, and you’ll also be finding out about the universe in a beautifully designed environment. Everyone should spend at least one afternoon learning about the stars above, and when better, than during heavy rainfall.

And failing all that, if you can't be bothered and you’re just looking for the best hot chocolate in London to while away the bad weather, head for the imaginatively named cafe, Choccywoccydoodah. The grey clouds will be far from your mind as you sample the amazingly designed hot chocolate special, and you can choose whether you want it white, milk or dark. This, to be honest, is probably where you'll find us hanging out on a rainy day in London if we forget our umbrella.

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