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    Sep 22, 2015

    17 Rainy Day Outings To Take In London

    Foul-weather friends.

    1. Make a play date at Draught's board game café.

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    Weather out the day beating your friends at Scrabble or Catan. This cosy spot in Hackney has a library of over 500 games to choose from and a well-stocked food and drinks menu to keep you playing on.

    2. Or take it to the next level at Four Quarters.

    If a controller is more your style than a pair of dice, head for the Four Quarters in Peckham. The bar is decked out with video games from all eras and has a pretty delicious menu to boot.

    3. Get creative at Drink, Shop & Do.

    This charming café by day, bar by night hosts activities ranging from crafts to dance nights to Lego robot wars, so you're bound to find something great to do during the drizzle.

    4. Catch a film.

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    Nothing says movie night like a rainy day. London has a treasure trove of independent cinemas, each with their own personality and often running special screenings and marathons in addition to the latest blockbusters. Check out some of the best screens in the city here.

    5. Take a boozy tour.

    6. Browse your heart out at BooksForFree.

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    This fantastic charity rescues unwanted books and keeps them safe at their nationwide centres, as well as distributing them at festivals. You can drop by locations in Stratford and Shepherd's Bush with your own cast-off reading material and search for new friends to take home.

    7. Spend some time at Ziferblat.

    8. Try out brass rubbing at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

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    Descend into the crypt at St Martin-in-the-Fields to visit its lovely and unique café, and for the chance to try your hand at the historical art of brass rubbing. For £4.50 you can learn the trade and take your work home with you.

    9. Escape the room on a HintHunt.

    10. Check out a backstage theatre tour.

    The Royal Opera and the National Theatre offer stunning glimpses into the backstage world behind their performances. Tickets range from £9-12, and if you really want to stay out of the rain all day, book in to see a show at the venue after your tour.

    11. Admire clearer skies at the Greenwich Planetarium.

    12. Have a ball at a bowling lane.

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    Spare yourself the rain and head to to one of London's many bowling lanes to show your mates who's boss! All Star Lanes charges by the game and runs deals during off-peak hours, while Bloomsbury Bowl offers hourly rates as well as karaoke rooms.

    13. Curl up at the British Library.

    14. Get crafty at the Pottery Café.

    Let the rain inspire you to get creative with a day out to the Pottery Cafés in Fulham and Battersea. This fun-for-all-ages treat is a great way to make personalised gifts for an upcoming birthday, or just to populate your own home with unique works of art and good memories.

    15. Take cover at a market.

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    London's got just as many covered markets as it does open-air ones, with Old Spitalfields and Covent Garden being some of the best places to shop away the hours. Check out more here.

    16. Go full-on frozen at an indoor ice rink.

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    Pretend that it's snow falling outside instead of rain and really get into the winter spirit! Alexandra Palace hosts a lovely indoor rink, and Queens Ice and Bowl in Queensway offers bowling and karaoke in addition to a surprisingly big rink.

    17. Drown your rainy day sorrows in bottomless brunch.

    When all else fails, indulge in some comfort food until the rain goes away for another day. These bottomless boozy brunches will keep you full and out of the rain for as long as you want – not to mention getting you properly tipsy!

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