Once upon a time I looked at the weather forecast and it said: a sunny Saturday in London. Great!, I thought, and without further ado bought a train ticket. When I woke up on the day and looked outside my window, two thoughts came to my mind:
a. never ever again trust a weather forecast
b. can I gat a refund and just stay in bed the whole day?
Shook both of them straight away (or rather just the second one as I still don’t trust bloody weather forecasts when planning any trip ;P). After all, it’s not what is on the outside but what’s inside that counts. I applied this rule to London and decided to use that visit to see some interiors. These are a few places I discovered on a rainy day:
- Natural History Museum
Is, has been and will always be my favourite museum in London. As I had a bit of geology on my studies, I absolutely adore all Earth exhibitions there – all of the types of volcanoes, stones and minerals, earthquake simulation… Masterpiece. If you ever have a spare afternoon in London, no matter if it’s rainy or not – go there. All of the exhibitions have a hands-in experience to them – you can touch, play, smell even lick – as you please! Plus it’s got Hogwarts-like looking interiors, so you can’t blame me for making it my number one London museum!
- Madame Tussauds
Always wanted to have a picture with a celebrity? Madame Tussauds will give you hundreds to choose from. I went there to get one with one of my favourite actors and men to walk planet Earth, Tom Hardy. I swear I must have had more than 20 shots taken only to choose one and still think it’s not good enough. A typical woman! Some parts of the displays change frequently, so planning your visit have a look at who you’re going to see there.
- London Aquarium
I’ve never been to an aquarium before so I’ve decided: why not give it a try. Quite an interesting experience, especially when you’ve got a family with small children. All of the ones I saw were in 7th heaven. You can see not only fish there – some insects, turtles and penguins have their displays as well! Surprisingly for me, one of the two creatures I hate the most in the world, jellyfish, was the greatest to watch. The colourful lights made me stand like an idiot for good 20 minutes and watch how mesmerising these animals are. For the record, my second least favourite creatures are spiders, which also had an exhibition there and I did not spend there more than 5 seconds.
- Sherlock Holmes Museum
With this one, make sure you buy your ticket online, if not, first go to the little shop next door and buy it there. Otherwise, you might end up wasting your time waiting in the queue to the entrance just to find out that you need to buy the ticket and start over (luckily, it was not my case, but just an observation)! Lovely little museum, I’d call it. That’s why there is a long queue as not many people can fit in at once. Whilst waiting you can check out the Beatles shop window, which is next door. The museum is not overly expensive (15 pounds) but at the same time there is not much to do inside. Rather for die-hard fans of Sherlock Holmes series (me!). The interiors really do look like in the series! A little tip – best to visit both, Madame Tussauds & Sherlock Holmes Museum on the same day (they are situated literary 2 minutes away from each other).
- M&Ms World Store
The biggest M&M’s Store in the world. I must admit, I am not the biggest fan of these little candies (don’t lynch!) but it still made an impression on me. Not all of the M&M’s items there but the M&M’s wall. It really is huge and colourful! Apart from that, you can find literary everything there – mugs, cups, magnets, keyrings, hats, T-shirts, toys etc. Of course, all with M&M’s on it. And a few candies I bought were a tasty little touch to my journey.
- Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
This is your number one destination on a rainy day. It’s not strictly London, so to speak, but it’s really close to (Leavesden). Devote 3 – 5 hours or literally the whole day to this (if you’re a freak like me). Prepare quite a lot of money, especially if you’re going with the little ones. Ticket itself for an adult is around 40 pounds but that’s not a biggy. ‘The worst’ are the shops you visit during your stay there – you literally are going to buy everything. I’m not even joking. My weekly wage? Puff! Gone like that! It was well worth it though! But I’ll tell you what is not – a butter beer. Apart from the white foamy topping, which is quite tasty, there is nothing to it! And, didn’t you get an impression while reading the books that it’s supposed to be hot? Or is it just me? You know, Hogsmeade during winter and all that. Well, it’s not. Apart from that, all is lit!
I don’t expect any rainy days in London any time soon (Spring is here!) but, just in case, do you know any other interesting places for a gloomy weekend? Let me know :)!