Step Two: walk through the rain and don’t get wet

5 Oct


Londoners are very much used to the rain. Most people hate it (like the spitting or drizzling that doesn’t quite justify an umbrella), some people love it (I think they’re really thinking of exotic tropical storms when they say this), but overall the city has its fair share of downpour.

But what if you could walk through the rain and not get wet?

The latest art installation at the Barbican Centre, Rain Room, lets you experience this utter control and satisfaction.

You walk through a 100 sq m field of falling water, and as you move, you repel the rain. Magic. It might sound a little dull – walk through the rain, like we don’t do that every day in London – but this time you control the weather. No more, *why does it always rain on me* moments.

And the best thing is you’re not rushing through a throng of people. The ushers are very strict (walk, don’t run!), and only allow 5 people on the field at a time. So you get to enjoy this temporary, new-found power in peace.

Obviously as it’s a quirky thing to do in London and just opened yesterday, we queued for 45 minutes but it was well worth it. Aim to go during the weekday when it’s less busy. And after head to the Food Hall for some delicious cakes and brownies.


The deets:

Free admission.

Open daily from 11am to 8pm, until 10pm Thursday.

Closed 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January.

The Curve, Barbican Centre. Tube: Barbican.

Around until 3rd March 2013.


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