CITY GUIDE LONDON: Top 10 Completely Free Things to Do in London

10 Free Things to Do in London

It’s no secret that London is one of the world’s most expensive cities, and it’s shockingly easy to spend a full paycheck in just a few days. Here are a few of the best free things to do in London. 

Go to a museum

The permanent collections in most of London’s museums are actually free. There are dozens to choose from, but just a few of our favourites are the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Tate, and the National Gallery.

Feed the swans in one of London’s parks

The parks of London are the property of Her Majesty the Queen, as are all the swans in England. Take a picnic and a loaf of bread for the swans and spend the day in one of London’s amazing green spaces.

Window-shopping – Harrods, Daunt Books, etc.

Shopping in London isn’t cheap, but window-shopping is free! Dress up in your glitziest and take a stroll through the marble mazes of Harrods, or sink into an armchair at Daunt Books in Marylebone.

Go to a free concert

There is lots of free music to be found around London: St. Martin-in-the-Fields offer free lunchtime classical concerts, the Union Chapel host free gigs on Saturday afternoons, and there are always great buskers making music for tips around the city.

Hunt for street art

London is full of great street art – and it’s not all Banksy’s. Go for a wander around Shoreditch and you’re sure to find some hidden gems.

Go to a comedy night

There are dozens of different comedy nights going on all around London on any given night – some charge, but many, like Angel Comedy or Camden Head, are free. Get ready for a round of drinks and many rounds of laughs.

Visit the greats at Highgate Cemetery

It may sound a little morbid, but Highgate Cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country, and the place where many a famous figure is buried. Don’t miss Karl Marx, George Eliot, and the quirky memorial of Patrick Caulfield.

Cross the Prime Meridian Line

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The Prime Meridian Line is to East-West what the equator is to North-South, and the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Enjoy the view at the Sky Garden

Like the idea of the View from the Shard but not the price tag? Yeah, us too. The good news is that you can take the elevator up to the 35th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the Walkie Talkie for its unique shape. Make sure you book ahead as entry is restricted!

Barbican Conservatory

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The second largest conservatory in London is free to visit: relax amongst the tropical plants in this giant greenhouse ecosystem.

Phew! You can treat yourself to a nice dinner now with all that money you’ve just saved. What are your favourite free things to do in London? Tell us in the comments. 

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