The weather: it’s what we Brits talk about most. We all know how unpredictable British weather can be, even in summer, and there’s nothing worse than a brilliant day out being spoiled by torrential rain. Fortunately, we’ve collected some of the best rain-proof local family activities, so you’re guaranteed a good day whatever the weather!
Clip n’ Climb Chelsea
This new, colourful climbing centre welcomes everyone aged four and up – no experience is necessary! Tackle 21 different challenges, from scaling the heights of The Skyscraper, hanging like a monkey in the Jungle Gym, or testing your courage with the Leap of Faith or Vertical Drop Slide. With challenges catering for every skill level, and experts on hand at all times, everyone will be able to reach new heights!
Just next door to Clip n’ Climb is sister company, Chel-ski – the skiing holiday without the travel! Here at London’s largest indoor ski centre, everyone is welcome, from first time riders to accomplished Olympians. One expert instructor works with a maximum of three people, ensuring you get top quality, personalised tuition; and the innovative hi-tech slopes are adjusted to match your ability, so even the most novice rider is guaranteed a good time. Afterwards, have some well-earned refreshment in the Alpine Bar.
Chelsea’s National Army Museum
Newly reopened in 2018, after a three-year, £24 million refurbishment, this light, airy museum is full of fascinating exhibitions and plenty of family activities. Climb aboard a Second World War tank; stand to attention with some army-style training; try on a camouflage uniform and disappear amongst the trees, or dress up as one of the Queen’s guards with red coat and bearskin hat; tackle the assault course; make your own army badge; and listen to 300 years of songs inspired by the Army – from The Beatles to Bowie! With five new galleries and over 2,500 objects on display – many for the first time – this epic, interactive museum has something for all.
Bramley’s Big Adventure: Soft Play
Tucked away in north Kensington lies one of the best soft play centres in London. Dart around the giant, three-level play frame and find slides, ball pools, swings and hidden dens; and under-fives and babies can enjoy a separate area, away from any overly-rambunctious older children. With over a million people through its doors since it opened in 1996, this family-run soft play centre also offers free Wi-Fi, and the café serves organic and fairtrade food – so parents can catch up on some emails, too!
With so much on our doorstep, London really is the place to visit! Treat your family to a city break and enjoy the many wonders our capital has to offer.