10 Free Things To Do In London, England

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Are you looking for a new city to visit and on a tight budget?

London is a city filled with such rich history and tons of free things to do, which makes this city a must-see for any budget. I visited London this year and it was SO amazing. Visiting London is a must!

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Here are ten things to do in London. 

1. Greenwich Park

Address: King George St

Hours: 6 AM- 6 PM winter, to 8 PM spring & autumn, to 9 PM summer

This 180-acre park is one of the largest parks in London and one of eight Royal Parks.

Greenwich Park dates back to Roman times and is also known for its statues, as well as having a herd of deer pass through.

The park has amazing views of the city and is a must for anyone visiting London.

The park is also home to the Royal Observatory, Meridian Line, and Maritime Museum.

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2. Changing of the Guard

Address: Buckingham Palace Rd

Hours: Around 11:30 AM April – July & alternating days for the rest of the year (weather permitting)

Built in 1703, the Buckingham Palace is the residence of the reigning Monarch in London.

During the hours I listed above, you can witness the Changing of the Guard, which is a popular ceremony among the locals and tourists.

It lasts around 30 minutes and can get quite crowded.

3. Trafalgar Square

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK

Hours: Any

Also known as the heart of the city, Trafalgar Square is filled with tons of monuments and buildings to admire and take photos of.

You must check out the Landseer Lion, Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square Fountain, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields (one of London’s most famous churches).

This is quite picturesque at night, so get ready to wander around past sunset.

4. British Museum

Address: Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, UK

Hours: Monday – Sunday 10AM–5:30PM

The British Museum is well-known in London, and one of the most popular places tourists go to visit.

It’s free to visit and is filled with fascinating artifacts from countries all around the world.

The museum is filled with an array of different pieces, from the Rosetta Stone to Egyptian mummies.

There are several different special exhibitions and events going on, depending on when you go.

5. Free Classical Concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Address: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ

Hours: 1 PM (days vary)

St. Martins-in-the-Field hosts free lunchtime concerts. You can get full details here. The shows are known for being excellent. Concerts are free, and donations are welcomed. 

6. Take a Stroll Along Thames River

Take a walk around the Thames River during the day and evening (evening is my favorite time to visit).

The city lights up so beautifully that it didn’t even feel real.

Take photos of the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, London Eye, Tower of London, and the London Bridge.

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7. Platform 3/4

Address: 1, King’s Cross, Kings Cross Station, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9AL, UK

Hours: 8 AM – 10 PM

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, this is a must-see!

There’s also a Harry Potter shop close by so you can stock up on Harry Potter gear and pretend you’re enrolling in Hogwarts. 🙂

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8. Science Museum

Address: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Hours: 10.00–18.00 (last entry 17.15) Robots open until 22.00 every Friday

Free to the public, the Science Museum has seven floors filled with interactive exhibits that are perfect for any age.

There are special exhibits at the Science Museum depending on when you visit. There’s also an IMAX theater, where I highly recommend seeing a film at least once.

9. Get a Birds Eye View from Sky Garden

Address: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch St, EC3M 8AF

Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm Weekends 11am – 9pm

The Sky Garden  Book your Sky Garden visit here to ensure you get a free visit. It’s free to get up to the Sky Graden and is beautiful both day and night.

10. Take a photo near a red telephone booth

….but don’t dare step foot in one. They smell horrendous!

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. London is on my list of places to visit this year. I haven’t even heard of some of these attractions. I will keep them in mind.

    1. Awesome, Jason!

  2. Thanks so much for this list! We’ve only flown through London, but never actually visited the city. We are planning to make the trip this summer, and this list is so helpful! We love museums, so it sounds like they have plenty!

    1. Awesome, Kalen! Yes, London is amazing as far as museums go, as well as everything else! 🙂

  3. Never visited London, and don’t plan too in the near future. I think London is more for people who are into arts, culture history, manmade architecture, etc.
    I’m more of a country guy. I like national parks, nature etc. And plus London rains all the time! It’s been raining here in Sydney for the past weeks, and already I can’t stand it.

    1. Haha, it probably wouldn’t be good for you then! I feel you on the being more of a national park kind of person.

  4. I’ve hit a handful of these activities but I will definitely need to check out the rest when I return with my wife in the next year or two. London is a great city — although I’m still more preferential to Sydney and San Francisco (although I’ve been to Austin a few times recently and love that city as well).

    Fantastic list and keep up the great blogging!

    1. That’s awesome!

  5. Loved reading your list! Learned about a lot of new things! My family and I will be in London for about 4 days next month. So excited!! I was caught off guard though by the taxes you said you had to pay to leave London. I have never heard of that before.. Why did you have to pay taxes to leave? And does everybody? We live in the US and will be flying to Canada from London on our way home. I hope this isnt something we have to also do. Thanks 🙂

    1. I think everyone has to pay taxes, but I could be wrong. There are ways you can get around it, I believe. Say you went to Dublin after London, I don’t think you have to pay the taxes.

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