The season of being jolly has arrived but so has the rain and the cold. The weather conditions can make it difficult to enjoy the city walking around so here is a bit more of an ‘off the beaten path’ guide to a few of my favourite things to do on a rainy day.
Not off the beaten path but the less famous neighbour to the Natural History Museum, is one of my favourite getaways on a rainy day. Who doesn’t love a bit of a science moment. The reason I love this museum is its interactivity. I wish physics and science looked this way when I was younger, I sure would not have slept through all of my science related classes. I discovered my love for physics so much later in life. My brain was too slow to get such new information in, however I am fascinated by it and I love an opportunity to interact with physics especially anything to do with space. Currently the Science museum has an exhibition called Our Star the Sun and it is full of fun facts, experiential artefacts and a cool video of the different states the sun goes through and how does it look under different lighting (OMG, I am excited just writing about it, what is wrong with me)
BBC Sounds podcasts
The BBC just launched their ’Sounds’ website which is full of podcasts, music and talkshows. They announced it with a beautiful takeover of the London Eye for all of London to see. You can always download a few of them and go and relax in a coffee shop with a latte and pastry, people watching and getting more knowledgeable by the minute. For coffee shop inspiration click here.
This my favourite place in Mayfair. A contemporary and welcoming auction house, you can just walk in and admire the art pieces. The collections that live there are contemporary and a little bit edgy. I have seen a few pieces which I loved just sitting and staring at for hours because they bring me joy. The name ’auction house’ may sound a bit high brow but the reality is, the guys over there are super friendly, nice and welcoming. Their security do not even wear ties. As Anna Chapman said to me ‘ at the end of the the day art is also meant to be admired by as many people as possible, it is not only for the people acquiring it’.
Perfume profiling at Penhaligons
You think you know what scents you like but you know nothing, before you have done a profiling exercise with Penhaligons. I had my profile done in the Burlington Arcade store. You are taken to a newly renovated area on the second floor, where you can sit surrounded by beauty for all your senses. You are asked a few questions by one of Penhaligons’ specialists and based on your answers you will get a few options to smell. Then you will have to narrow them down to your favourites. Once you have narrowed them down to 2, you will try them on your skin and choose the winner of your heart and nose. I absolutely loved the experience and got paired up with a perfume that I may have overlooked originally but has been my most successful choice ever – people compliment me literally every day.
I hope you enjoy the activities I have recommended, and if they are not your cup of tea, Buckingham palace is always there 🙂