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Best Free Things to Do in London

Posted by Maria Inês Pinto on 11/08/2014

The vibrant city of London has plenty to offer to its visitors. Whether you are stopping by for a quick weekend or taking your time in getting to know this lively city, you are bound to want to visit some major local attractions like the London Eye, the Big Ben, and many others. But if you’re travelling on a budget, it’s always nice to know that there is plenty you can do around London to both enjoy yourself and get to know more about this great cosmopolitan hub. We’ve put together a list of the 5 main things you can do around London that won’t cost you a dime to inspire you when you plan your next getaway to this city.


1.  Walking Tour of London


Sandeman provides free walking tours of London every day. Voted as one of the world’s best walking tours and trusted by over 5 million tourists so far, Sandeman’s walking tours will truly offer you a unique experience. Discover London on foot for almost 3 hours and stroll through its charming streets passing by Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St. James Park and many other local attractions with an enthusiastic tour guide ready to share London’s interesting history with you!


 2.  Art Galleries


London’s art galleries are endless and there are plenty that actually don’t require an entrance fee! These include the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Modern, the Tate Britain, and Guildhall Art Gallery, just to name a few! Discover incredible pieces of artwork ranging from ancient sculptures, to contemporary art, to historic pieces, impressionist works, and much more – all at no cost to you!


 3.  Changing of the Guard


A visit to London is not complete without witnessing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace that occurs daily in the summer and every other day in the winter at 11:30 am. This military tradition involves the foot guards at the palace and lasts approximately 45 minutes, featuring a band playing classical music.


 4.  Museums


Similarly to the art galleries, many museums in London are actually free of entry as well. Some of these museums that you can visit without paying an entrance fee include London’s most visited attraction: the British Museum on Great Russell Street which features great archaeological exhibitions about human history and culture. Other free museums include the Museum of London, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, and many more.


 5.  Parks and Gardens


London’s parks and gardens are, of course, free of charge to enter and perfect for an afternoon rest or a free day of fun with your kids. Stroll through the immense Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens where you’ll be able to find a Diana Memorial Playground and a Peter Pan statue. Or take a walk through St. James Park to get stunning views of the Buckingham Palace. Regent’s Park is also the perfect spot to get away from the city noise and put your feet up as you enjoy a soothing afternoon.


Of course, there is plenty more you can discover in London for free including its iconic neighbourhoods, Trafalgar Square, South Bank, and its lively street markets. With so many incredible (free) options, how you choose to spend your time and to save your money is really up to you!