8 Free Things to do in London

July 14, 2010 · 16 comments

London is expensive, and everyone loves a freebie, so I have made this list of things you can do for free in the UKs Capital.

Buckingham Palace exterior

A nice place to have tea

1. Buckingham Palace

The house belonging to the head of the Kingdom. Gated off forecourt means you can’t quite pop in for a cup of tea with the Queen, but turn up at 11:30 every day (in summer, every other day in winter) and you can see the traditional changing of the guards.

2. Parks and Gardens

Next to Buckingham Palace you’ll find Green Park. In addition to this in London you can walk though Hyde Park, St James Park, Kensington Gardens including the Princess Diana memorial walk which is very well decorated and stretches into 4 of these parks.

Princess Diana memorial walk

Part of the Diana memorial Walk

3. Art Galleries

Art gallery and London in the same sentence is usually followed by Tate Modern or Tate Britain; but don’t forget to check out the National Art Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House, Wallace Collection, and the Serpentine Gallery. There are other paid for ones and a few other small places you might be able to find too.

Tate Modern piece

Art in the Tate Modern

4. Museums

London has a few good museums, all offering free sections. The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are especially good. Other ones include The British Museum, Bank of England Museum, Foundation of Chinese Arts and Imperial War Museum.

Inside of Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

5. Trafalgar Square

Many features including Nelsons Column, this 1830s square is a famous attraction and also center of political demonstrations if there is one happening.

6. Street Performers

You can find a large variety of these in South Bank and the West Piazza of Convent Garden Market.

Charlie Chapman!

Who's this dude?

7. South Bank

As well as the street performers, South Bank has a great view of the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern and other London landmarks.

8. Tower Bridge Lifting

Due to the requirement for ships to pass through, Tower Bridge raises the road after stopping traffic to let tall ships pass, check out the schedule here.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Anyone else have suggestions on freebies in London? Just walking around brings up many things I found.

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Alouise July 14, 2010 at 7:21 AM

I love the fact the so many things in London, like galleries and museums were free or by donation only. I think The British Museum might be the coolest museum I’ve ever visited, and I was only able to make through a couple sections.
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Aurora July 14, 2010 at 2:52 PM

London is an amazing city I think, and just like you say there are plenty of things you can do there that don’t cost any money. I love the fact that so many of the museums have free entries! I think more countries should adopt that! One museum that I rather like is the Victoria & Albert museum, they have LOTS to see!
Then something else I personally like to do in London is visit Harrods. Of course, Harrods is NOT cheap, but just going there is a really nice experience in itself I think! :D


Rebecca July 14, 2010 at 10:10 PM

There is this book that I bought before my summer in the city called “London in a Lunchtime” which I think is currently out of print, but I loved it! It was filled with quick and cheap things to do in the capital.
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AdventureRob July 15, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Alouise – I’ve not actually been to the British Museum, but a lot of people rate it, there is always next time I suppose!
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AdventureRob July 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Aurora – Ah yes, Harrods is great to shop around (especially around Christmas time) Hamlets the toy shop is good also. No need to put your hand in your pocket to enjoy them.


AdventureRob July 15, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Rebecca – I wouldn’t be surprised if that was a big book, there is more things here for free then people realise.


ciki July 16, 2010 at 1:45 PM

strolling in hyde park! (hi rob! how r ya.. u owe me a guestpost ! LOL)


AdventureRob July 18, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Hi Ciki, yes I know I’ll get on it this week hopefully, I’ve not forgotten!
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AdventureRob July 27, 2010 at 6:09 PM

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Amiee August 2, 2010 at 9:49 PM

I love free! Just checking in on your travels since I have been MIA too long on my own travels :)


AdventureRob August 2, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Hi Amiee, long time no see, new website too I see ;-)
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