As much as we’ve done our best to maximise the sunshine, it’s now definitely time to accept defeat and make inside-based plans.
British summer is hit and miss at best, and British winter takes no prisoners when it comes to drizzling rain, blustering winds and dark, cold nights. Can you tell I’m a summer person yet? The days of warm weather are well and truly over for most of us (although I’ll only be tackling them for another two months before I move to Bali!!!) so now it’s time to switch up sunny picnics for thick blankets and indoors-based plans.
But not to worry, because London is choc-a-block full of excellent activities that are all based comfortingly inside. And whether you’re in the mood to splash out the latest trends or would prefer to get your daily exercise in without cringing at the thought of a five-mile jog in the rain – we’ve got you covered. Similarly, if you want nothing more than a relaxing few hours or a spot of culture, here’s a great option.
Relax back with a film at Electric Cinema
Not only does the Electric Cinema in Portobello offer a huge range of the latest films, but you can watch them all reclining in a comfy armchair, sat on a plush sofa or, better yet, on a full-size bed. Now that’s ultimate comfort. Sixty-five leather armchairs with footstools and side tables offer unparalleled comfort compared to your usual cinema experience and it’s not quite as frowned upon to fall asleep. Head to the bar before your film of choice starts and grab a drink, some snacks, and spend a comfortable few hours in the warmth. 191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED
Bounce around at Oxygen Free-jumping
Acton might be a slightly further stretch out of central London but Oxygen is well worth a visit. Inside, you’ll find a huge stretch of blue and yellow trampolines and different zones to get you bouncing, climbing and somersaulting, depending on how brave/skilled you are. In fact, there are more than 100 trampolines as well as dodgeball courts, giant airbags, basketballs and more. If you loved trampolining as a kid (and, ahem, maybe still now) then it’s a definitely a trip to squeeze in this autumn. Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park, 15 Vision Industrial Park, Kendal Avenue, London W3 0AF
Delve into history at Kensington Palace
Set in the huge grounds of Kensington Gardens, you’ll find plenty of places to wander around if the weather’s nice. But if it’s not (and, it being autumn in London, we’re assuming it’s not) then don’t fret, because there’s enough going on inside to keep you entertained for hours. Inside, discover Queen Caroline’s Cabinet of Curiosities – a collection of objects from around the world, and Queen Mary’s State apartments, which have been preserved over time. If you visit before the end of October, you’ll also see the colourful exotic flowers in the Sunken Garden. Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX
Reach for the stars at Westway Climbing
If you want to get high in west London then Westway Climbing is our top recommendation. There are more than 350 climbing routes on 110 ropes and you can scale the heights of up to 13.5 metres (just over the height of three London buses). So if you’re heading to the top, don’t look down. And not only is climbing an alternate way to spend a few hours, it’s also exercise and therefore good for you. Which means you need no excuse to head home afterwards and spend another few hours watching Netflix. Result. 1 Crowthorne Rd, London, W10 6RP
Watch a new play at the Bush Theatre
The Bush Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush is somewhere we should thank for showing us all of the best up and coming plays. It might not be as centrally located as the West End, but you’ll find new talent, interesting acts and significantly cheaper prices. If you want to show off to your friends about a new show that you’ve seen then the Bush Theatre should definitely be your first place to go. As it aims to bring in new artists and already established ones, there’s no telling who you could expect to show up onstage next. Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 8LJ