10 Free Things To Do In London
Whether you’re living, studying or just taking a short break in London, exploring the capital doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are ten of the best activities that you can enjoy for free in this lively city.
1. Discover amazing museumsSome of London’s best-known free museums include the Science Museum, the British Museum and the Natural History Museum, but you can also escape the crowds and visit gems like the Hunterian Museum and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.
2. Enjoy free comedy performances
Laugh the night away at one of London’s free comedy shows. Try ‘Set up…Punchline Comedy’ at the Archangel on Kensington High Street, Weirdos Comedy at the Lion in King’s Cross, or apply for free tickets to watch top TV and radio comedy shows being recorded.
3. Listen to live musicLondon is packed with free music venues. Head to Camden’s pubs and clubs for the latest indie and rock sounds, or enjoy a classical performance at lunchtime in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church. The annual London Jazz Festival features some superb free events in its programme too.
4. Attend fascinating lecturesLondon’s long been known as a centre for education and you can learn about a range of subjects for free at a number of venues. Discover more about science at a lecture at the Royal Society or the Dana Centre, or head to Gresham College for talks on many fascinating topics.
5. Visit outstanding art galleriesLondon is the ideal destination for art lovers, thanks to its superb galleries and free exhibitions. Spend a day exploring the Tate, the Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery or the Serpentine Gallery – you’ll see some priceless works of art and it won’t cost you a penny.
6. Unwind in beautiful parksLondon’s parks are great places to go for some time out – and you can explore them for free. Enjoy a picnic in Regent’s Park, see the Peter Pan Statue in Kensington Gardens or head to Crystal Palace Park in Sydenham, with its huge Victorian model dinosaurs.
7. Discover historic attractionsWhile many of London’s most famous historic attractions charge entrance fees, there are still some amazing places that history buffs can visit for free. Explore St. Bride’s Church in Fleet Street or take a tour of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, both of which were designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
8. Watch free film screeningsGoing to the cinema can be costly but you could get to see some films for free during your stay in London. The Scoop, an outdoor amphitheatre near City Hall, holds regular free screenings, and the capital often plays host to film festivals which include free events.
9. Celebrate at London festivalsLondon’s free festivals are legendary and you’ll find something going on in the capital, whatever time of year it is. You can welcome in the New Year watching fireworks on the banks of the Thames, watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade or spend your August Bank Holiday dancing in the streets at the Notting Hill Carnival.
10. Walk, cycle, skate or workoutYou don’t need to spend money on gym fees to keep fit when you’re in London – it’s easy to stay in shape for free. Follow a self-guided walking tour, cycle along the river, rollerblade in Hyde Park or participate in a free outdoor workout session in one of the city’s many green spaces.
With so many free attractions and events, London is the ideal place to go, even if you’re on a tight budget. Check to see what’s going on while you’re there and you could enjoy a great day out or an evening’s entertainment without needing to delve into your wallet.This post was provided by Katie, an undergraduate student at one of the top London Universities, Brunel. She enjoys eating out and going to gigs in London.