20 FREE THINGS TO DO IN LONDON

There are so many free things to do in London and with the expensive hotels and restaurants around the city, it is worth taking advantage of those free gems. Here are some of our favourite picks that don’t cost a thing!

P.S. Don’t forget about the unusual things to do in London or the 10 Super Awesome London experiences here. 

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Visit Trafalgar Square

Take a selfie with Nelson’s Column, the iconic stone lions and the Fourth Plinth along with some pretty fountains whilst surrounding yourself with pigeons. Trafalgar Square should be top of many lists as an iconic stop in London.

Covent Gardens
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2

Watch Street Entertainment at Covent Gardens

Full of street performers and quirky shops, Covent Garden is a great place to spend some time having a wander around and some window browsing. It is also home to plenty of restaurants and food stalls, the Royal Opera House and the Transport of London Museum which offers free tickets for children.

Imperial War Museum
Imperial War Museum

3

Explore Museums

The great museums of London are all free; explore dinosaurs in the Natural History Museum, learn about British and world history at the British Museum and wander around the beautiful exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Science Museum is also a great choice for those with children. Some may prefer to explore the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich or the Imperial War Museum to admire the 400 exhibits of World War artefacts. Art lovers head to Tate Modern – an incredible building full of art displays and sculptures from around the world.

Harry Potter Film Locations

4

Visit Harry Potter Film Locations

As a fan of Harry Potter this is high up on my list. You can visit various film locations around London including platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station, Leadenhall Market; the film location for Diagon Alley and Australia House – where the interior shots of Gringotts were filmed.

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Tower Bridge

5

Cross an iconic Bridge of London

Perfect for photographers, London is home to a host of fascinating bridges that can be photographed and admired across the city. The Millennium Bridge and the Tower of London Bridge are popular choices for tourists visiting London.

Abbey Road
Photo Credit: Abbey Road (Album Cover)

6

Recreate the Abbey Road Beatles Photo

Fans of The Beatles may wish to head to Abbey Road and take a photo of themselves crossing the iconic Beatles Album walking on a Zebra crossing.

Buckingham Palace

7

Watch the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

A must whilst in London, head to Buckingham Palace and watch a daily changing of the guard; the ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and usually takes place at 11.30am.

Piccadilly Circus
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8

Visit Piccadilly Circus

As one of London’s busiest Squares, it is easy to rush straight through Piccadilly Circus. Take some time to admire the neon signs and the Statue of Eros. I like to grab a coffee in one of the many cafes and watch the world pass by through the window.

Columbia Road Flower Market
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9

Take a stroll around a Flower Market

For those who love some colour in their life, head to Columbia Road Flower Market just off Brick Lane or the Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park.

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
Hyde Park at Christmas

10

Take a Walk in a Park

Although busy and cramped, there are some beautiful parks to be found in London. A favourite of mine is the Kensington Gardens which holds the popular Peter Pan statue or Richmond Park which is home to free-roaming deer. Hyde Park is a famous choice for many; particular over the Christmas holidays when it is transformed into Winter Wonderland, a free attraction with the various gift and food markets along with fairground rides, ice skating rinks, a Christmas Circus and an Ice Kingdom.

Greenwich Park offers some stunning views across the River Thames. Regent’s Park provides a beautiful rose garden, open-air theatre, sporting areas and the London Zoo. There are some beautiful gardens to visit in the UK – take a picnic in the summer months and enjoy.

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11

Browse Street Markets

Enjoy wandering around and trying some delicious food at Borough Market, bring cash if you want more than just a taster sample. Head to Brick Lane Market on Sunday mornings which sells a bit of everything, whilst Camden market is a good choice when you’re looking for some unique fashion. Portobello Road and Market are home to antique stalls with a variety of galleries and arcades scattered amongst them.

British Library
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12

Read a book at the British Library

Those who enjoy a bit of history, you can head to the Library and view the Magna Carta and original Beatles lyrics.

London Phone Box

13

Enter a Red Phone Box

Although not used as much nowadays, I still can’t resist a photo inside a red phone booth. These are dotted around London whilst a blue Police Phone Box can be found outside Earl’s Court Tube Station – used in the famous BBC series, Doctor Who.

Leicester Square
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14

Visit Leicester Square

A bustling square which always reminds me of a British Times Square. Here you can explore the expansive M&M store and various souvenir stores. It also hosts many movie premieres and an array of eateries.

The Scoop
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15

Catch a Performance at The Scoop

Enjoy free music and performances at The Scoop; the outdoor amphitheatre near city hall.

Sky Garden

16

Get A Great View of London at the Sky Garden

Book your free tickets for The Sky Garden in advance from the official website. The Sky garden offers sweeping views of London along with some bustling greenery high up in the sky. Read more about the Sky Gardens here

Somerset House
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17

Visit Somerset House

Famous for its courtyard and expansive Georgian architecture, Somerset House is a great way to spend a hot summer day in London. Enjoy the dancing courtyard fountains during the summer which then turn into an ice rink during the winter.

Westminster Abbey
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18

Visit Westminster Abbey

The Abbey never charge people who want to worship, head to the church for an Evensong service of beautiful choir singing – this is held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 5pm and at 3pm on both weekend days.

Oxford Street
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19

Window Shop at Oxford Street

Browse the stores of famous Oxford Street; which is particularly magical during the winter months when the Christmas lights make the street sparkle.

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20

Take a Photo of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

A favourite London landmark, Big Ben and its surrounding areas is a top choice for tourists in London. Across the river from Big Ben is the famous London Eye and the surrounding streets offer some great London pubs where you may even bump into an MP on their lunch break.

Honourable mention: London’s Street Photography locations are great places to visit for those looking for the perfect shot!

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Showing 24 comments
  • cris
    Reply

    The Westminster Abbey info would have been useful when I visited back in 2011. I couldn’t find anything about any free entrance so I skipped it (way too expensive!)
    I def have to go back!

    • Katie
      Reply

      Yeah the place is so expensive otherwise!

  • Angie (FeetDoTravel)
    Reply

    This is a great guide for anyone who wants to visit London and believes that everything is expensive! I love how you have packed it with advice and information! I visited Abbey Road recently and ticked that off my bucket list and I guess we all forget how many fabulous museums are free. Thank you for taking the time to put this together!

    • Katie
      Reply

      Thanks do much Angie! Yeah London can be pricey but its great that there are so many free things!

  • Cynthia
    Reply

    I would love to go in December one year and see the lights/decorations – they look gorgeous!

  • Anisa
    Reply

    I love the fact that many museums are free in England. I wish that was the case in the US. I would definitely visit more museums then!

  • Paul and Carole
    Reply

    We are visiting London in April so these tips are great! Have pinned it for future reference.

  • Lisa
    Reply

    Thank you for this post, free things can be fabulous and worth seeking out. We love the markets and old bookstores. Pinning this for later, thanks for sharing.

  • Jess
    Reply

    Wow! There are so many 🙂 I’m always looking for new ways to get the most out of my vacation without going broke. Thanks for this new resource!

  • Kelly (Trippin' Turpins)
    Reply

    I love a freebie! Who doesn’t? You need to save pennies where you can if you want to spend all your time travelling! Great list of things to do! Thanks

  • Sagar Kole
    Reply

    Great list! I loved Christmas lights & wish to experience that with amazing sparkling streets. I hope will get a chance to visit next year. This year we will be visiting Dubai. Thanks for sharing.

  • Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler)
    Reply

    Wow some great free things to do in London. I need to go back and see some of these. Especially people watching at Covent Gardens. Also some great spots to hit at night. I pinned this for later use. Thanks for Sharing!

  • Gypsy soul
    Reply

    Great list! Will definitely try some of these on my next visit.

  • AlicevstheWorld
    Reply

    The free museums in London are fantastic! We’re so lucky to have them and I’d highly recommend the Natural History Museum in particular!

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