100 FREE things to do in London

100 FREE things to do in London

100 Free Things to do In London

I absolutely love London, on a weekend trip we found so many free things to do! With that in mind I’ve compiled a list of free things to do in London!

 

Free Things to do in London – 100% Free Attractions

  1. Sky Garden – View the skyline of London at the top of the Walkie Talkie building. Reservations in advance needed (click here to book).
  2. Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace – 11:00 am everyday, except in winter where it performed every other day. Get there early to get a good spot to watch.
  3. Platform 9 3/4 – Located in Kings Cross, free to take your own photos or you can pay for the professional photos.
  4. Paddington Station – Find the Paddington Bear bench and/or statue and take a photo.
  5. Piccadilly Circus – The “Times Square” of London.
  6. Leicester Square – Stroll through the famous square, and glimpse a celebrity on their way to a premiere.
  7. Red Phone Booth – Take a photo with an iconic phone booth.
  8. Tower of London Ceremony of Keys – every night 50 visitors are allowed entry to the Tower to watch the locking of the tower. Must book in advance (click here to book).
  9. Tower Bridge – Cross over the Thames river, taking in the beauties of the Tower Bridge. *You can climb up into the Tower Bridge for a fee – book online for a discounted fee (click here to book).
  10. Prime Meridian Line – Visit Greenwich Park and stand on two parts of the globe at the same time, the eastern and western sides! You can pay to view the “prime meridian line” or you can stand on it for free in the park. If you’d like to see the drawn, memorialized line click here to book.
  11. Millennium Bridge – Directly between Tate Modern and St. Paul’s Cathedral, it gives a great view of both attractions. P.S. it’s a Harry Potter film site!
  12. London Bridge – Did you really go to London without visiting London Bridge?
  13. The Rolling Bridge – Fridays at noon you can see the rolling of the Bridge from Paddington Basin.
  14. St. Martin’s in the Fields – Donation is recommended, located in Trafalgar Square.
  15. Abbey Road – Re-create the monumental album cover, but be careful of passing cars (P.S.  cars actually stop and allow pedestrians to cross – so don’t just hover at the side of the street waiting for cars to go by to get that iconic shot! They will stop and wait for you and it causes traffic). Don’t forget to sign your name on Abbey Wall!
  16. Notting Hill – Stroll through the picturesque neighborhood, and find the bookstore from the movie.
  17. Little Venice – Get lost in the Canals of London.
  18. Marble Arch – Located in the corner of Hyde Park, this arch is a replica to the Arc de Triomphe.
  19. London Wall – Find ruins of the original London Wall scattered throughout London.
  20. Trafalgar Square – grab a photo with the lions and look out for Britain’s smallest police station!
  21. Find the 7 noses of SOHO.
  22. And the hidden ears of Covent Garden.
  23. Find John Snow’s Waterpump and the history of the cholera epidemic – located in SOHO.
  24. Number 10 Adam Street-  The exact replica of 10 Downing Street, except this one is free to see!
  25. Fullham Palace – Visit this lesser known Palace that is definitely worth a visit.
  26. Sit in on a lecture from some of the greatest minds at the London School of Economics for free.
  27. Why not check out the famed Monument to Hodge the Cat?
  28. The ruins of St. Dunstans in the East are a must see – creepy yet picturesque.
  29. Don’t forget the ever interesting Traffic Light Tree.

 

A weekend in London Little Venice

 

 

Free Things to do in London – Free to look at but a fee to enter

  1. London Eye – Book online in advance to get the cheapest fares, typically weekdays are cheaper than weekends (click here to book).
  2. Palace of Westminster/Big Ben – free to see, U.K. residents can climb the Elizabeth Tower and visit the Palace for free by contacting local MP’s. Book in advance, the tower is set to undergo reparations in 2018/2019 therefore it may not be available.
  3. Westminster Abbey – Free to enter if you participate in a service/evensong.
  4. The Shard.
  5. Monument of Fire – A small fee to climb the tower commemorating the Great Fire of London.
  6. Tower of London – Free to enter with Ceremony of Keys (see above list).
  7. St. Paul’s Cathedral – Free to enter if you participate in a service/evensong.
  8. The Mall – Stroll down the famous road connecting Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.
  9. Buckingham Palace – Take in the site from the outside after viewing the Changing of the Guards.
  10. Aldwych / Strand tube station – Looking for an eerie side of London? Check out this abandoned station.
  11. Churchill War Rooms.
  12. Shakespeare’s Globe – Why not grab a photo of this iconic theater?
  13. HMS Belfast – View this historic ship turned museum from the South Bank near London Bridge.
  14. The Royal Albert Hall.
  15. Royal Opera House.
  16. 221B Baker Street – The location of the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

A weekend in London House of Parliament

 

Free things to do in London – Museums/Galleries/Historical Homes

*Most museums in London are free, with a recommended donation. It’s up to you to decide how much you’d like to donate, or not donate.

  1. Bank of England Museum
  2. Imperial War Museum
  3. Victoria and Albert Museum
  4. Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood
  5. British Museum
  6. Science Museum
  7. Royal Air Force Museum London
  8. Bank of England Museum
  9. Museum of London
  10. Natural History Museum
  11. National Maritime Museum
  12. Tate Britain
  13. Tate Modern
  14. Tate Liverpool
  15. National Gallery
  16. National Portrait Gallery
  17. Saatchi Gallery
  18. Serpentine Galleries
  19. Wallace Collection
  20. Welcome Collection
  21. Guildhall Art Gallery & Roman Amphitheater
  22. Kenwood House
  23. Queen’s House Greenwich
  24. Goldsmiths Hall – only open to tours certain days a year.
  25. Old Royal Naval College

A weekend in London View of London Skyline

 

Free Things to do in London – Markets/*Shopping

*Free to walk around and window shop, opt to shop at your discretion

  1. Covent Garden
  2. Neal’s Yard – With the brightly colored shops, and the free samples what’s not to love?
  3. Borough Market – Borough Market has any and everything to eat.
  4. Brick Lane Market – This Sunday Market is filled with vintage, secondhand goods.
  5. LeadenHall Market – This Victorian market is the film site for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films.
  6. Portobello Street Market – Head to Alice’s at this market for a unique souvenir!
  7. Camden Market.
  8. Stables Market.
  9. Maltby Street Market – Want a more local scene? Check out this market on Saturdays.
  10. Window Shop on Oxford Street.
  11. Window shopping at Harrods is a must when in London!

A weekend in London Neal's Yard

 

Free things to do in London – Walks and Parks

  1. South Bank Walk
  2. Walk along the Thames
  3. *Free Walking Tours – money is made by tipping tour guides and always at your discretion, you can choose to tip, or not.
  4. Hyde Park – Stroll through the park, feed the birds and pets the dogs.
  5. St James Park – Keep an eye out for the massive pelicans in this Royal Park!
  6. Greenwich Park – Stand on the Meridian Line.
  7. Bushy Park – Keep an eye out for the deer!
  8. Kensington Gardens – Get lost in the maze of gardens.
  9. Regents Park – A must visit for the lovely rose garden in the Royal Park.
  10. Primrose Hill – Enjoy a picnic overlooking London
  11. Richmond Park – London’s largest park, home to various wildlife.

A weekend in London Kensington Palace Gardens

Free things to do in London – Entertainment

  1. Angel Comedy Club –  Free comedy night is run every week, be sure to get there early.
  2. The Scoop – Free open air theater, get there early as seats are first come first serve.
  3. Cellardoor – Adults only for this burlesque themed cocktail bar, free entry but fills up quickly.
  4. Brick Lane – Keep an eye out for the street art.
  5. St Martin in the Fields – Lunchtime concerts available.
  6. Hunt for Banksy pieces across London.
  7. Speakers Corner – Hyde Park, get political and voice your opinions.
  8. Do a Monopoly Pub Crawl, with all the real life monopoly locations. Map pictured below.

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19 Comments

  1. November 30, 2016 / 10:41 AM

    I wish I had this list earlier this year. I went to London and did a 2 day self-guided tour and took a few paid tours as well. It’s amazing how much you can see in a few days. I hope to get my video of London out in a few weeks.

    • November 30, 2016 / 11:27 AM

      It really is! The city is filled with so many things to do and see and even the walking tours are quite informative xx

  2. November 30, 2016 / 10:51 AM

    FANTASTIC post! I lived in London for 3 months and it is one of my absolute favorite cities! I recently wrote an eBook on it actually. Love the post, love your blog! xo

    • November 30, 2016 / 11:26 AM

      Thanks so much! I’m studying abroad here in the U.K. And love visiting London xx

  3. November 30, 2016 / 11:46 AM

    Holy hell – I bet this post took forever to come up with. Great job. Super useful info.

    • November 30, 2016 / 11:56 AM

      Thank you! I actually did intensive research before I took my trip there since I’m a broke college student and wanted to make sure I could see as much possible for little cost haha xx

  4. November 30, 2016 / 11:49 AM

    Have lived in London for 2 years. Yet to do number 21 and 26 in the 100% free attractions 🙂

  5. November 30, 2016 / 12:44 PM

    This post is sooo useful! Especially for a city that’s known for being a bit costly. I wish I would have seen this post when I was in London! Although I did kind of sneak into the Globe Theater for free…

    • November 30, 2016 / 12:46 PM

      It really is quite costly! Just trying to share the knowledge to help others! I would have loved to gone into the Globe though xx

  6. November 30, 2016 / 12:49 PM

    Hey, what a fantastic list, you have so much covered and as someone that has spent a lot of time in London, free doesn’t come around very often! Extra points for mapping it out as well, great work, I’m going to share a link on my website soon.

    • November 30, 2016 / 12:53 PM

      Thanks Matt! Glad the knowledge helped someone I know I’m always looking for a cheaper way to see a city! Thanks for share I appreciate it xx

  7. December 1, 2016 / 4:15 AM

    Thanks for this I will be using it next week when I hit London. the map is brilliant.

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  9. February 5, 2017 / 4:59 PM

    I have a weekend trip to London planned for mid-March! I have bookmarked this and will use it to map out my itinerary for my weekend! Thank you!

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