10 Free Things to do in London

As much as we love life in the capital, one of the questions were most often asked is how to save money on a trip to London. After all, prices can be high, whether you are looking for a great day out or a night on the town. However, even if you come here on a tight budget, when it comes to completely free visitor attractions, London has a great deal to offer. Here are our ten favourite free places to visit in the big city, from family days out to art collections:

1. Natural History Museum

A must for all lovers of plants, animals and prehistoric monsters! Great for all ages, with so much to enjoy in the various collections that are over 75 million items strong! Special exhibits sometimes cost extra, but basic admission is always free www.nhm.ac.uk

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2. The Science Museum

Annual visitor numbers of 3.3 million easily make this one of the most popular visitor attractions in London. From steam locomotives to space travel- there are lively exhibits and countless artefacts for all ages to enjoy here. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

3. The Victoria and Albert Museum

Featuring finely crafted treasures from all around the globe, this is amazing collection of art and design has everything from Viking weapons to Victorian fashion. There are plenty of museums around the world who would charge a high price to view such treasures- but London visitors needn’t pay a penny! https://www.vam.ac.uk 

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4. Speakers Corner, Hyde Park

For anyone inspired by free thought, politics, public speaking and debate, this legendary location is where you will find assorted orators, campaigners and the odd crank. Always stimulating, sometimes eye-opening and the cost is like democratic speech itself: free! www.speakerscorner.net

5. The National Portrait Gallery

Get a different perspective on London’s most famous and infamous characters through the ages, from playwrights to pop stars. The website has further details, including a search function to see if your hero or heroine is on show: http://www.npg.org.uk/

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Meet heroes and icons at the National Portrait Gallery (Image credit: National Portrait Gallery Facebook)


6. The British Museum

Packed with fascinating collections, exhibitions and lively events, there is seldom a bad time to visit this most remarkable of free to enter London attractions. An astonishing collection, it houses millions of items, displaying treasures from ancient Egypt to contemporary art exhibitions. http://www.britishmuseum.org

7. Houses of Parliament

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The iconic Big Ben and Houses of Parliament are world famous and a must for anyone visiting London for the first time. However, a lesser known attraction is that visitors can also book with the Houses of Parliament to actually go into the house and to take a tour or to watch politics in action! See http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/

8. Tate Modern London

For those who prefer their art modern, challenging and visceral, this collection of contemporary works is among London’s must-visit places. An ever changing lineup of special collections and guest exhibits ensure there is something new every visit: http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

9. The Photographer’s Gallery

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Among the many other free museums and art galleries in London, this has to be one of the most interesting and unsung. With a nice mixture of historic and present day works, it’s sure to get any keen photographer inspired. It’s free before noon every day too, or just a mere £3 in the afternoon. See thephotographersgallery.org.uk

10. The Sky Garden

For a breathtaking perspective on London without any admission price, the viewing decks at 20 Fenchurch Street offer some of the best views in the city. Do note that you may need to book to get your place. See https://skygarden.london


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