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19 Free Things to do in London

London is a fascinating city, with so much going on and the anonymity of it all but it can also be a very expensive city to visit and live, and sometimes you just want to do something without having to break the bank. Here is a list of 19 free things to do in London.

Chinatown

Chinatown began to form in the 1950s and by the 70s it became a hub for Chinese culture with an array of restaurants, bakery’s and shops and is based in the heart of London’s west end just off Rupert Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, and is a stone’s throw away from leister square.

Sky Garden

The Sky Garden is London’s highest public garden with 360 panoramic views of London, I would recommend booking in advance but it’s completely free!

To find out more about Sky Garden London, check out my post on things you should know before visiting.

19 Free Things to do in London

National Portrait Gallery

The national portrait gallery is in the centre Trafalgar Square, the entry is free!

The gallery holds over 215,000 pieces of art.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is an amazing place to visit whether you’re by yourself, friends or children, there is something for everyone. Admission is free, except for some of the exhibitions and whilst in there you can go visit all the 5 collections which include, botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology.

It’s one of my favourite places to visit in London, it never gets boring!

 

Science Museum

The Science Museum has over 15,000 items on display and is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe!

If you love all geeky things such as the moon landing, then you will love it and you can spend as little or as long as you want in there.

 

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of the largest royal parks in London. The park is decided into two by serpentine lake and its home for many festivals and also winter wonderland.

If it’s a nice day, taking a stroll or renting a bike is lovely!

South Bank

If you take a walk along South Bank during any season there will always be something happening. During the winter there will be Christmas markets, street food and the infamous Jimmys Lodge pop up igloos. In the summer, there are pop up street food festivals, roof top bars, festivals and so much more. If you need to refuel, there are so many restaurants and bars around, you’ll be stuck for choice.

 

19 Free Things to do in London

Covent Garden

You can get completely lost in Covent Garden, and in a good way! Home to the Royal Opera House, London Transport Museum and St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden is full of restaurants

19 Free Things to do in London

19 Free Things to do in London

Brick Lane Market

I love brick lane! It’s quirky and fun and there’s always something happening. You can wander around the markets and take in the sites.

Brick lane is home to the famous Beigel King, they even have an app for local delivery!

Camden Market

Camden is infamous for the markets which is also known as Camden Lock, the high street is lined with shops, restaurants and bars including one of my favourite gig venues, The Underworld. Within the market there are lots of stalls where you can buy all sorts of things from lampshades for vintage clothing. As you enter the market you’ll be hit by the smell of the delicious stalls and if includes one of my favourite burger places Burger & Beyond!

19 Free Things to do in London

19 Free Things to do in London

Street Art Walking Tour

Brick lane is the perfect place to go for street art, but the whole city is covered is works of art from artists all over the world.

Leake Street is one of the most famous street for street art in London. There are a lot of walking tours you are able to take but if you do a bit of research, you can do it yourself and spend nothing!

19 Free Things to do in London

Westminster Abbey

Whenever I see or hear Westminster Abbey, I immediately think of friends when he says Westminster crabby. No? Just me?

Westminster abbey is based in the centre of London in Westminster and is open most days for services which are free of charge and is the location for most of the royal weddings, including William and Kate.

Platform 9 3/4s kings cross

Calling all HP fans, Kings Cross station has a trolley embedded into the wall and you can have photos with the scarf house colour of your choice! (Which you can purchase!)

The photographer will be there from 9am to 9pm daily.

There is also a Harry Potter shop close by.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham palace is one of those buildings that you have to see when in London.

At 11:30am every morning in the summer you will be able to see the changing of the guard and in winter every second morning.

Trafalgar Square

A stone’s throw away from leister square in Westminster, Trafalgar Square is surrounded by museums, galleries and statues.

Many political rallies and demonstration happen on weekends.

Abbey Road

The Beatles were and still are huge and had a massive influence on music as it it today. I’m sure we have all seen the album cover for the Beatles album Abbey Road and it really is a place you have to visit in London and while you’re there also take a look at Abbey Road studios, you can go in as it’s not open to the public but it gets around half a millions visitors per year.

To get to Abbey Road, jump on the jubilee line to St Johns Wood Station, cross over the main road outside the station (Finchley Rd) and then walk down Grove End Rd and at the end take a right and you will see the crossing.

Neal’s Yard

Neal’s yard is a secret part of London which you can only get to via an alley way which leads into a courtyard, it’s is full of restaurants, cafes, shops and bars. Every business here is completely sustainable and ethical.

Neal’s yard is home to the best pizza place in London, Home Slice!

Regent Street

In the heart of the West End, Region Street is famous for its designer shops and celeb spotting.

If you’re like me and love window shopping, this is a must visit! If you are there during the Christmas period, they have the prettiest lights!

Seven Dials

Seven dials got its name because 7 streets converge into one single point where there is a sundial monument. It’s a secret trendy area of London tucked away behind convent garden. The streets are lined with independent shops, restaurants and bars and also the Seven Dials Market! (I haven’t been too yet, but it’s on my list for June!)!

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply Kanupriyaa Choudhary-Legha

    I keep discovering new things every time I go to London, cant wait to go back this time and try some of these new things!

    March 4, 2020 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Julie Ruhl

    This is such a great list! We are always traveling on a budget and love finding awesome free things to do!

    March 5, 2020 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Jenny Bhatia

    Oh gosh, this makes me want to go back. We discovered so many of these places you list but missed a few, including the Sky Garden and China Town. Not enough time to do it all. My favorite daily thing we did was hit up the Hot Whiskey Truck in Southbank. I live in Florida, so Hot Whiskey really isn’t a thing here. I LOVED IT and loved London.

    March 26, 2020 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Coni

    London is always seen as an expensive destination, but there’s so much to do for free! Between museums and markets, you can keep yourself busy for weeks. Really nice list!

    March 26, 2020 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Caroline Muller

    I love London, was supposed to go before Corona hit…but alas! Will have to check these things out after everything turns back to normal

    March 27, 2020 at 8:05 am
  • Reply Chelsea

    Okay so my BF went late last year and seeing all of his photos at these places made me super jealous! I am dying to see the changing of the guards!!

    It’s so great that all of these spots are free!

    April 9, 2020 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Merryl

    This is such a great list! I cannot wait to visit London

    April 9, 2020 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Great Post! So many cool suggestions. For a city like London, you need to find free things to do!

    April 11, 2020 at 4:56 am
  • Reply Rebecca

    I remember visiting Hyde park! Such a great list.

    April 11, 2020 at 10:29 am
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