Things to do in East London when it rains

Our handpicked selection of exciting indoor activities in East London, to make the most of your day, whatever the weather!

Things to do in East London when it rains

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God's Own Junk Yard

The original ‘Neon Wonderland’ displays new & old neon artworks and props. The story of God's Own Junkyard goes back to the late owner Chris Bracey, the 'Neon Man', who got his start by making signs for Soho's strip clubs and brothels before Hollywood discovered his talents and he began creating props for directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Tim Burton, and Christopher Nolan. 

The Rolling Scones Cafe/Bar is open for food and drinks all weekend so you can extend your experience, at whatever time of day you visit.

Address: Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, London, E17 9HQ

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Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre

Explore the Feel Good Centre with its 25m indoor swimming pool with 3m diving boards and 170 station state-of-the-art gym. There’s a host of fun activities including a trampoline park, soft play and clip ‘n climb. If you’re looking for a relaxing experience there’s also a thermal spa, massage and body treatments at their spa.

Address: 170 Chingford Road, Walthamstow, London E17 5AA

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Leytonstone Leisure Centre

Enjoy a range of activities at affordable prices, from swimming in the 25m indoor swimming pool and teaching pool to fitness workouts in a state-of-the-art gym across two floors. Also a variety of fitness classes, a large sports hall and an indoor soft play area for under 6s.

Address: Cathall Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 4LA

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Leyton Leisure Centre and Gym

Take advantage of the large gym that is laid out over two floors, with swimming pools with a water flume, an aqua play area, a teaching pool for swimming lessons, fitness class and group cycle studios, and sauna and steam rooms.

Address: 763 High Road, Leyton, London, E10 5AB 

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Discover Children’s Story Centre

The Children's Story Centre is a great place for families to have fun together. It's an interactive space where kids can learn, play, and create their own stories. The UK’s first Story Centre Discover specialise in helping children aged 0-11 develop a love for language, literature, and storytelling.

Address: 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ

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CRATE St James Street

This established business community has brought together creatives, retailers, food outlets and service businesses. Check out their Instagram for current updates on events and pop-ups.

Address: SJS, CRATE, 35 St James Street, London E17 7FY

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CRATE Walthamstow 

From the team at CRATE St James Street, this newly opened hospitality and leisure destination at 17 & Central brings together street food operators, leading local brewers, mini golf, music, art, culture and so much more.

Address: CRATE Walthamstow, 45 Selborne Walk, London, E17 7JR

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Vestry House Museum

Vestry House Museum is the local history museum for Waltham Forest. The Museum holds an extensive collection of photographs, artworks and objects that tell the story of Waltham Forest. This award-winning volunteer-run museum and garden are free to visit all year round.

Address: Vestry Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 9NH

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William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the designer, craftsman and radical socialist William Morris. It features the largest collection of Morris' work in the world, along with contemporary exhibitions and a learning and events programme in the Grade II* listed building that was once Morris’ family home.

Address: William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, London, E17 4PP

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Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum

This small volunteer-run museum is housed in a Victorian sewage-pumping station. The displays relate to the history of transport and industry in Walthamstow and the surrounding area, and to the history of the Pumphouse site. 

Address: 10 South Access Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 8AX 

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Unity Cafe

Unity Cafe is an independent café serving a delicious selection of fresh pastries and cakes including pistachio matcha croissants and Pastéis de Natas. They also have a choice of sandwiches, served hot or cold, and coffee from Perky Blenders. While you’re there you can also stock up on a range of delicious pantry staples including jams, pasta, sauces and nibbles!

Address: 8 Richmond Road, Leytonstone,  London E11 4BA

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Froth and Rind

At Froth & Rind, you can enjoy a locally roasted coffee with a wide range of local cakes, pastries and other treats and the increasingly famous mega cookies from Bakes by Olivia. They also have a range of cheese toasties for you to enjoy plus some exciting weekly specials on the menu.

Address: 37 Orford Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9NL

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Scottish-themed street food and cafe Deeney’s are an East London favourite. Famous for their toasties, especially their haggis offering, you’ll find a menu packed with brunch options, smoothies, teas and coffee.

Address: 60 High Road, Leyton, London, E10 6QE

Address: William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, London, E17 4PP

Address: Broadway Market, Hackney, London, E8 4QJ

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Back to Ours

Open 7 days a week, Back to Ours is an independent coffee shop. Using carefully selected speciality coffee from Origin Coffee Roasters their skilled baristas create each cup with passion, ensuring an exceptional and unforgettable experience. Delicious fresh pastries and sourdough bread are delivered daily, from The Snapery East plus beautiful cakes from East London Baker.

Address: The Good Shepherd Building, 15a Davies Lane, Bushwood, London E11 3DR

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Hopefully, this will give you some inspiration to brighten your rainy days! We’d love to add to this list so if you’ve got any favourites or think we’ve missed somewhere please let us know! Email

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