London, despite its reputation of being an extremely expensive tourist destination, has a surprising plethora of delights and wonderful experiences that won’t cost you a penny.
From iconic landmarks to its hilarious comedy shows and artsy galleries, this energetic and multicultural metropolis is bursting with fabulous freebies that promise to give you a blissful and unforgettable European getaway. In fact, most of the London’s top sights and most prized attractions can be enjoyed by its visitors without spending a dime.
Planning on visiting London, and don’t have a lot of cash to burn? Give your wallet and credit card a break with these 10 awesome free things to do in London, which is to me one of the world’s most amazing cities.
Visit London’s charming art galleries
Tate Britain and Tate Modern are, as far as I’m concerned, outstanding national galleries that house some of the world’s finest and most exquisite artworks. Tate Modern will wow you with its magnificent pieces of contemporary art, while Tate Britain boasts a collection of British art displays from the 16th century to the modern day. In addition to these two charming galleries, there are a few other free galleries that I think are worth stopping by in London, including The Wallace Collection, National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.
Tour the city’s museums
London has a diverse medley of museums that you can visit for free, including the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House, William Morris gallery, Museum of London, Museum of London Docklands Bank of England Museum, and a whole lot more. My personal favorite, though, is the Natural History Museum, where you can come face-to-face or take a selfie with a roaring T-Rex.
Get a free walking tour
Want to get some interesting facts about UK’s capital? I suggest that you reach out to Sandemans New Europe, and get a free walking tour in London. With a free London walking tour, not only will you get to learn more about the city’s fascinating history and culture, but it will also let you take in beautiful sights, such as the Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament and the Buckingham Palace.
Take a selfie with Big Ben
Head off to Westminster, and take a photograph of yourself with the globally renowned Big Ben above you. Often revered as the most famous clock tower in the world, Big Ben is truly a majestic sight that never fails to impress its spectators.
Enjoy a lovely bird’s eye view of London
Don’t get me wrong – the views from London Eye are nothing short of amazing, but the price for a flight in this large observation wheel can be a bit expensive for frugal travelers like me. Thankfully, though, you can get an equally breathtaking bird’s eye view of the British capital for everybody’s favorite price of zero pounds/dollars.
Watch the Changing of the Guard
No London escapade is complete is without seeing the Changing of the Guard in front of Buckingham Palace. Taking place every day at 11:30 in the morning during summer (every second day during winter, this military tradition is a spectacle and a must-see attraction in London. As a spectator of this tradition, you’ll get to see the Queen’s guards all decked out in ceremonial uniform perform the switch in perfect sync. A word of advice, make sure to get to Buckingham Palace early, to a get a good vantage point.
Go to a recording of a television show
Want to get a close up look of some of London’s most popular celebrities for free? Just like in New York, you can be a part of an audience of a game show, sitcom or television show in London for free. All you have to do is to visit the websites of BBC Shows and TV.recordings.com, and see what is available.
Watch a free comedy show
Laughter literally costs nothing in London. There are a few comedy clubs within the city where you can giggle and have a blast without shelling out a nickel, like the Angel Comedy Club (free every night of the week) and The Millers (free admission every Wednesday).
Relax in a park or garden
When the city’s electrifying energy gets a little overwhelming, make your way to a lush and scenic oasis in London, and unwind for a couple hours or more. In my book, the best green spaces to relax in London are the Queen Mary’s Rose garden, Hyde Park, Saint James’s Park, and Kensington Gardens.
See the city’s most famous sights
Of course, you can’t leave London without seeing its most beloved and celebrated landmarks. Tourist favorites like the Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and Piccadily Circus as well as eye-catching suburbs like Notting Hill and Camden Town are all free for you to visit.
Guest Post by Jason Biondo
Jason Biondo Jason Biondo is a travel junkie who loves to share insightful tips to his fellow travellers and backpackers. He is also a User Interface Developer Consultant and the founder of Trekeffect.
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