2014 has got off to a somewhat soggy start, and while we may have been spared the intense cold snap that we experienced last year, the weather gods have certainly not let us off lightly, with plenty of rain having fallen in the first week of the year and more forecast for the near future.
If you're unsure what to do with yourself then you might want to consider taking a trip to London and spending some time in its many fantastic pubs – something that is highly popular among locals on rainy days.
No matter where in the capital you happen to be, you'll never be far from a cosy and atmospheric watering hole, and you may even grow to love the rain as it gives you a great excuse to spend the whole day in one of these terrific public houses.
If you're travelling to the city by train and are arriving at Waterloo, for example, then make a beeline for the nearby Thirsty Bear, where you'll find beer pumps on all the tables, so customers can serve themselves rather than queuing up at the bar. There are also tablets scattered around which punters can use to design and order hamburgers, as well as other drinks and snacks.
Alternatively, you may want to head to the John Snow on Broadwick Street in the West End. Owned by the Sam Smith brewery, it sells a range of home brews at prices at that are much cheaper than you'll find at most London pubs, and because of this is always packed to the rafters with happy punters – whether it's raining outside or not.
The pub itself also stands on the spot where cholera was first discovered, so it fits in perfectly with London's grim history.
Of course, it would be impossible to list all of the best pubs in London, but you can rest assured that each time you get caught in a downpour you won't have far to go to find shelter and a cosy atmosphere.