Sunday, 3 August 2008

Hiding From The London Weather

If you have been in London over the last week or so you will probably be fed up with the weather! It has either been too hot to do anything or too wet to go anywhere! I have given you a few ideas for outdoor events when the weather is fine, but what about when the clouds appear and the rain comes down? Well, London has plenty of options for wet weather activities so don’t be put off by the lack of sunshine.

London’s major museums are world famous but there are a few hidden gems dotted around the capital that you may find equally as fascinating. The centrally located Cartoon Museum in Little Russell Street opened just two years ago and is home to an incredible collection of British cartoons, comic art and caricatures from the 18th century to modern day. At the moment there is a special exhibition celebrating 70 years of the Beano and Dandy comics. Throughout August the Cartoon Museum are holding comic master classes and workshops which are free to children. Adults visiting the museum can also join in for free and, with the London Pass, that means free entrance and free fun for all!
Tues-Sat 10.30am-5.30pm Sun 12pm-5pm
Always closed Monday
Adults: £4.00 or free with London Pass

Down the river in Greenwich there are a couple of places worth visiting even though the famous Cutty Sark is still being repaired and renovated. Take a City Cruises* boat from either Westminster or Tower Piers and visit the famous National Maritime Museum (above left). The world’s largest maritime museum is home to over 2 million seafaring objects and also a fabulous ship simulator. Nearby are the Royal Observatory and the Greenwich Meridian Line where you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere!
Open 7 days a week 10am-5pm.
London Pass holders receive a free souvenir guide.

While you are in Greenwich, you can also visit the unique Fan Museum which is housed in a Grade II listed early 18th Century building. Not only can you view more than 4000 intricate hand fans, discover their purpose and function throughout history but you can also take a walk around the Japanese Garden of tranquillity afterwards.
Tues-Sat 11am – 5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays.
London Pass holders receive a free souvenir visitor’s guide.

Greenwich is a good place to spend the day while the weather is so changeable. With a mix of indoor and outdoor attractions and places of interest, this historically Royal area is well worth a visit. The birthplace of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, Greenwich has been a World Heritage Site since 1997.
* City Cruises run regular boat services between Westminster Pier and Tower Pier to Greenwich. London Pass holders are entitled to a free River Red Rover ticket (worth £10.50), enabling unlimited travel throughout the day. Hop on and off where and when you like along the River Thames route.

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