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 24th February 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another of the best for games in London is the 1920's Bar in Clerkenwell. Boasting a number of slick-looking 8ft pool tables, bring a group of mates down and embark on a fiercely competitive tournament. Also, the venue's selection of sumptuous cocktails mean that players remain sufficiently hydrated at all times.
With a diverse food and drink menu, and simply decorated in serene tones, Over Easy offers a great spot for guests to unwind in on those days on none-stop rain. Alongside the delectable brunch menu, the bar is stocked full of American IPA beers, fine wines and carefully crafted cocktails that are sure to satisfy whatever mood you might find yourself in.
Famed for its table-football tournaments, head to the Bar Kick when the rain comes down for a few spirited games with your mates. There's also a popular speed-dating night, where you can complain about the weather with your potential future boy/girlfriend. Whilst you're there, you might as well stay for the happy hour from 4pm to 7pm, where bottles of house beer are reduced to £2 and cocktails to £4.85.
The lack of windows from which to watch the rain come hurtling down makes this charismatic basement bar an ideal rainy day locale. The subtle background jazz music and intimate candle-lit feel to the place creates a comfortable buzz from which to enjoy one of their tropical cocktails.
The Dove's snug interior make this East London hangout an ideal rainy day pub. Head over to Broadway Market whilst the storm clouds begin to amass and sample the exceptional food and drink on offer, you won't regret it.