Rainy Day Bars in London
The weatherman speaks of battening down the hatches, as sheets of rain cascade down and videos of people canoeing down your local high street in make shift boats circulate the internet. But if you thought a bit of rain meant there was no option but to stay in, then think again. London is packed full of bars and restaurants that are ideally suited to keeping you warm, cosy and entertained in adverse conditions. So grab your umbrella and head out to explore one of our recommended rainy day bars in London.
Last updated on 3rd July 2017
Head to Bounce in Holborn for a truly unique experience at a devoted ping-pong restaurant and bar. Whether you're a former Olympic champion or a complete rookie trying to figure out which end of the bat to hold, anyone is welcome to come and enjoy a game whilst sampling a great choice of food and drink. One of the best bars with indoor games the city has to offer.
Enjoy a selection of great drinks, food, music and dancing to take your mind off the impending monsoon. Drink Shop & Do serves everything from crumpets, afternoon tea, pork pies and scotch eggs to help you keep it quintessentially British whilst the rain comes down.
One of our favourites for a rainy day in Clapham, The Four Thieves not only keep you busy with a covered beer garden, delicious pub bites and some of the best in craft beer, they've even got an escape room and a games room upstairs with consoles and arcades aplenty.
The White Bear may have the perfect summer garden, but they also know what's up when it comes to a rainy day in the city. Join this Kennington favourite for heart-warming pub classics and beer that will make you forget about the weather outside.
Simmons has an array of board games to keep you occupied during a storm. But perhaps more significantly, happy hour lasts from 4pm until 9pm at this quirky cocktail bar in Camden, giving you a whole five hour window to drink to the extent that you completely forget it was raining anyway.
It's looking pretty damn crap out there, but that doesn't mean your day out should suffer. Not only does the restaurant at The Exhibit churn out interesting sharing plates and cocktails, they have an on-site cinema that you can leave the rainy day behind in.
From pizzas to pool tables, if there's anyone that can help you on a rainy London day, it's most likely Heist Bank. Casual and calm on weekends, head on down for beer and pizza slices alongside a little game on the pool table for those sticking around.
There's always something fun going down at the SINK - Paul Street. Both ping-pong and beer-pong tables are available to hire throughout the week, Wednesday sees dance lessons run by a selection of professionals, and poetry nights are on Saturday. Also there's free wifi, so you can keep tabs on the weather forecast from the comfort of the bar.
Looking for something to do on a rainy day in London? Looking to escape the hordes of umbrellas and puddles? Then hot foot it to Shoreditch where Flight Club welcomes you in with interactive darts, cocktails and plenty of pizza.
The overground have protected you from the battering rain, and you've only got to walk 5 minutes to find this Peckham favourite. From arcade games and vintage consoles to Americana meals and affordable cocktails, a rainy day in London is no match for the Four Quarters.