So, you want to experience London on a budget but aren’t quite sure where to start? Worry not! Although the city is usually considered quite expensive, there are actually loads of free things to do, and we’ve put together a list of some of the best free things to do in London.
1. Admire the classics
London is littered with architectural wonders- both modern and historic. It doesn’t cost a penny to gaze at gems such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall, or Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square. The city’s skyline is constantly evolving with modern masterpieces intertwining with iconic landmarks. The London Eye gazes upon Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament while the Tower of London and London Bridge are in the shadow of the Shard. The way to see both? A nice long stroll along the Thames.
2. Get lost
London is a great city to wander by foot, with each neighborhood feeling like a walking photoshoot. The city’s streets are a patchwork of architectural gems that hide stylish boutiques, quaint cafes and delicious restaurants. Every area has its own distinct charm. The East End bursts with trendy bars and delicious street food, the affluent West boasts grand architecture and great shopping, while the hip district of Camden is a haven for creative minds and concert-goers.
3. Explore the markets
London is awash with a diverse array of markets. Venturing through the renowned food, flower and antique markets allows you to experience the city’s international heartbeat. Wander among the vivid smells and colors of Borough Market, London’s premier food market, view unique products at Portobello Road’s vibrant antique stalls or roam along Brick Lane’s bustling and eclectic Sunday market for fun, cheap days out.
4. Visit museums
The UK’s capital is home to a number of world-class museums and galleries. And the best thing? The finest are totally free. Strolling among the dinosaur skeletons of the National History Museum won’t cost you a penny, nor will getting up close and personal with the works of da Vinci and Monet at the National Gallery. Marveling at the ancient treasures at the British Museum, the modern art at the Tate Modern or the classics at Tate Britain is also free.
5. Hit up the Royal Parks
London’s pristine Royal Parks make a welcome break from the capital’s hectic pace. They’re perfect for chilling out, enjoying a picnic and snapping some great pictures of London’s stunning skyline. Feed the pelicans of St James’s Park, which lies between Downing Street and Buckingham Palace, head to the zoo in Regent’s Park or take a journey through time at Greenwich Park’s Royal Observatory.
6. Spot some royalty
No trip to London is complete without indulging in some royalty-spotting. Take a stroll along The Mall to Buckingham Palace and witness the pomp and ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. Hop on a Boris Bike (London’s bike-sharing system) and explore the charming Kensington Gardens where you’ll find Kensington Palace- the London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George.