100 FREE things to do in London

Visiting London on the cheap? Don’t know where to start when you go? Check out this list of 100 FREE things that to do in London.

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100% Free Attractions

  1. Sky Garden – view the skyline of London at the top of the Walkie Talkie building, for free. Reservations in advance needed.
  2. Changing of the guards – 11:00 am everyday, except in winter every other day. Get there early!
  3. Platform 9 3/4 – Located in Kings Cross, free to take your own photos or you can opt to pay for the additional professional photos.
  4. Paddington Station – find the Paddington Bear bench and statue and take a photo, completely free!
  5. Picadilly 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! There are tons everywhere, if you’re lucky you can get a shot with Big Ben in the background.
  8. Tower of London Ceremony of Keys – every night about 50 visitors are allowed entry to the Tower to watch the locking of the tower. Must book in advance.
  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
  10. Prime Meridian Line – Visit Greenwich Park and stand on two parts of the globe at the same time, the easter and western sides! You can pay to view the “prime meridian line” but technically the line runs through the entire world so you can stand on it for free.
  11. Millenium Bridge – directly between Tate Modern and St. Paul’s Cathedral, it gives a great view of both attractions.
  12. London Bridge – everyone knows the rhyme, London Bridge is falling down. Did you really go to London without visiting London Bridge?
  13. The Rolling Bridge – if you stand and wait at noon on a Friday, you can view the rolling of the bridge.
  14. St. Martin’s in the Fields – donation is recommended
  15. Abbey Road – re-create the monumental album cover, but be careful of passing cars. Also don’t forget to sign your name on the wall!
  16. Notting Hill – stroll through the picturesque neighborhood, and find the bookstore from the movie!
  17. Little Venice – stroll through the Little Venice of London, getting lost walking by the canals.
  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 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. John Snow’s Waterpump – 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 – a lesser, well known palace that is definitely worth the time!
  26. Sit on a lecture from some of the greatest minds at the London School of Economics.
  27. Monument to Hodge the Cat
  28. The ruins of St. Dunstans in the East
  29. Traffic Light Tree



Attractions that are free to look at but a fee to enter

  1. London Eye – Book online in advance to get the cheapest fares.
  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, all slots for 2016 are already booked and the tower is set to undergo reparations in 2017
  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. Kensington Palace – you can stroll through the gardens for free
  9. Buckingham Palace
  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
  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


Free 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

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 – all foodies rejoice, the Borough Market has any and everything.
  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 – only shop with your eyes!



Free 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
  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.

Entertainment

  1. Angel Comedy Club – a free comedy night is run every week, be sure to get there early.
  2. The Scoop – free open air theatre, 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 thoughts on “100 FREE things to do in London

  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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