This post lists the many things to do in February in London, updated for 2019, including a top ten list, free events, family-friendly activities, and things to do at night. If you are here at the start or end of this month, check out our guides to January and March.
If you are considering visiting many top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount card or a bus tour combo ticket. These tickets and bundles could save you some serious money, but it depends on several factors.
This post is a summary of the January weather in London, with tips on what to wear as well as things to do. If you will be in London at the start or end of the month, then check out the weather in December and February.
January in London is cool and wet but somewhat milder than many other northern European cities. Daily high temperatures tend to average in the upper 8 C – 9 C (45 F) with a few of the warmer days reaching afternoon temperatures around 12 C – 13 C (mid-50s F). Read more »
Every year, London plays host to some of the best ice skating rinks in the country – and 2018 is no exception! Check out our list of the best places for ice skating in London. Also check our full guide Christmas in London, as well as our other posts on the holidays in London:
This post is a summary of the December weather in London, with tips on what to wear as well as things to do. If you will be in London at the start or the end of the month, then check out our weather guides for November and January.
This post will help you navigate through the myriad of discounts, specials and Black Friday deals for 2018 so you can continue to explore!
Keep in mind that ourname your own price walking toursare always budget friendly in any of our cities and we have special blog posts to cover visiting on a budget or how to enter certain attractions for free with a tourist discount pass!
In addition to great savings on Black Friday, we’ll offer some Small Business Saturday savings to support local vendors we love, and keep an eye out through until next week for what some people are calling Travel Deal Tuesdays!
Before getting into the pros and cons, here is our general recommendation. It’s not a one size fits all solution, rather a guideline to making a wise choice. We explain our suggestion in more detail in the sections below.
This post lists the many things to do in January in London, updated for 2019, including family-friendly, free and night activities and attractions. Be sure to check out our extensive list of things to do in London.
This massive museum has over 8 million items and its labyrinth-like layout can mean you’ll miss some of the most famous pieces if you don’t know where to look. Join our tour of the British Museum to an entirely indoor tour and escape the weather.
There are a variety of things to do in London indoors, such as the museums above, but some of them have admission costs and if you’re looking to spend the whole day inside doing more than one attraction, it can get costly.
There are many pass options and our post will help narrow down the option to what works best for you.
3. Go to Platform 9 ¾
For Harry Potter fans from all over the world, Kings Cross Station is a must-visit destination. Platform 9 ¾ is available for witches and wizards to visit, as well as a great photo opportunity and fabulous gift shop. And it’s all indoors.
5. Go Shopping – If you want to hit the major shopping district of Oxford Street, or you want to stroll through the glamorous halls of Harrod’s, London has plenty of shopping options for when the weather turns bad!
Check out our list of the best places to shop in town.
6. Take Afternoon Tea
A great way to while away a rainy afternoon is the classic British afternoon tea. Treat yourself to some silver service at places like Fortnum & Mason and take afternoon tea the traditional way – hours of luxurious eating, drinking, and chatting all while the rain pours down outside.
Our name your own price tours run rain or shine and on wet days, you may have more of the streets and neighborhoods to yourself. Nevertheless, we do offer tours of the British Museum and the National Gallery of Art that will keep you out of the rain.
8. Go up on the London Eye or to an Observation Deck
You may be wondering why you’d want to do this on a rainy day since part of the joy is the view. If the weather isn’t too foggy, you’ll see get a great view and Foggy Londontown photos are classic. But more importantly, you’ll likely find a lot fewer people in line before you.
Hidden away below St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church by Trafalgar Square sits the London Brass Rubbing Centre. With nearly 100 different brasses available to choose from, both kids and adults can rub images of medieval knights and ladies, fanciful creatures, religious figures, and even Shakespearian characters.
Prices for brass rubbings depend on the size of your chosen piece but in general runs between £4.50 to £15.00 which means it’s a relatively inexpensive London experience.
Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral for Free
St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey have a hefty price-tag for entry, but for those who are traveling on a budget, it is worth noting that both churches hold services on weekday evenings and throughout the day on Sundays that are free for the public to attend.
Guests at the services are not allowed to wander throughout the building. This means no audio tours or taking in the museums and memorials throughout both churches.
However, worshipers are invited to come inside and sit in the main body of the buildings and partake in a church service being held in some of the most breathtaking religious sites in the country.
You could also access Westminster Abbey for free as a tourist with any of the tourist discount passes, which we detail below.
Get a Tourist Discount Pass
A tourist discount pass affords you discounted entry into most of London’s most popular tours and attractions. While the passes themselves certainly aren’t free, if you plan your itineraries well, you will end up getting one or two attractions for free each day.
There are several different types of London tourist discount passes, so be sure to read our comparison post to learn about how you can save more of your hard earned money while in London.
Some more suggestions for free indoor activities in London:
This is the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide. It was originally intended to be a piece of art, but in 2016 the slide was added which takes guests from the observation tower at the top, 12 circles throughout the curves on the structure, and all the way to the bottom in a 40-second trip!
Open to the public, you can explore certain sections of the palace, home to the royal family. Family activity bags are available free of charge, so be sure to ask for one when picking up your tickets. At the State Rooms, there is a drawing and coloring room.
One of the biggest activities to take London by storm over the last year has been locked-room escape games. Fun for visitors and Londoners alike, these companies will lock you and your friends into a room filled with clues, red herrings, puzzles, and games and leave you to try to figure how to get out!
At the Prince Charles Cinema, guests can watch classics such as The Sound of Music or the Lion King while the entire audience sings along. At the IMAX, some of the largest cinema screens in the world display current hit films as well as 3D experiences aimed at both adults and children.
We have also created guides based on the time of year. Click on the links below for the corresponding time that you plan on being in London. These also include monthly weather expectations to help you plan how to dress.
Not all ideas are good for when it’s raining, but many are.
Another effective way to plan your trip is to discover London by neighborhood. This has the advantage of cutting down on time spent traveling from one area to the next. Again, not all of these ideas are intended for rainy days, but many are.
London contains many distinct neighbourhoods and districts. You can explore on your own and we’ve created over a dozen self-guided tours, many of which also provide tips on things to do, restaurants and places to stay, as well as growing list of self-guided GPS-enabled audio tours.
Of course, you can join us for one of our many pay-what-you-wish walking tours for deeper insight into the neighborhoods shared by one of our knowledgeable and personable guides.