London may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but if you’re visiting and on a budget theres still loads of free things to do in the city.
Most of London’s major museums are free entry at any time of the day, they work on a donations basis so you can give money if you like but they are still a free attraction. From style at the V&A to dinosaurs at the natural history museum you’ll find it hard to be bored. You could easily spend an entire day in one of London’s museums or you could spend one day of your time here fitting in as many free museums as possible!
One of the best views of the city can be seen without any money changing hands, the sky garden is relatively new to London but boasts some of the best views of the city you can get, all for free. You can spend up to one hour here taking in the sights but you do have to book in advance. Visit the sky garden’s website here!
If you happen to be free on a Saturday in London make sure to visit one of London’s markets, my favourite is Portobello Road which has been around for nearly 300 years. The markets are free to experience but i won’t judge you if you want to make a purchase or three. Other markets include Camden and Borough market amongst so many others. If you’re in London during the festive season then in addition to normal markets there are a lot of christmas markets as well, make sure to give those a visit to get yourself in the christmas spirit!
One of my favourite things to do as a Londoner is to chose a random street and walk down it, its the best way to find new places and things do to. London is so old so the architecture changes with every new road you walk down, i love aimlessly walking through back streets of houses and photographing everything i see along the way. One of my favourite hidden London streets is St. Christopher’s place, the entrance is so small you’d easily walk straight past it; seeing people come in and out of saint Christopher’s place is like a scene out of harry potter, it looks like the exit of Diagon Alley.
You can’t go to a city without doing some sight seeing and technically doing that in London can be done for free! Visiting the grounds of the Tower of London, crossing Tower Bridge (and posing for a picture of course), walking down oxford street with a trip into Selfridges, taking several snaps of big ben and the guards at Buckingham palace can all be done free of charge. Going inside the attractions will cost you of course; but if you’re on a strict budget and seeing them in real life is enough for you then theres nothing stopping you putting on a comfortable pair of shoes and walking from each attraction to the next. It helps that most of London’s major attractions are a pretty realistic walking distance from each other.
London is big on green spaces that won’t cost you a penny to get into, okay some of them do have some pretty confusing gates but they are all free. Obviously Hyde park springs to mind but don’t miss out on many of London’s squares with benches, fountains and statues. Holland park is one of my favourites.
Have you got any suggestions on what to do in London for free? – Maria x
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