Free Things to Do in London - Top 10 Great Options

There are many free things to do in London and you can indeed have plenty of fun even if your pockets are not too deep. Here are 10 free things to do in London chosen from among hundreds of activities. This proves that you can indeed have fun on a shoestring budget anywhere in the world - all you need to do is research a little.

London As A Tourist Destination

The capital of the United Kingdom and the largest urban region in the European Union, London is situated on the banks of the River Thames. As an ancient city whose historical mention dates back to 43 AD at the beginning of the Roman Empire, it reflects a rich cultural heritage that is a delight to the international tourist. There is an estimated 14 million international visitors annually, which makes London the most visited city in the world[1]

Make the best of your visit - free things to do in London

London is an expensive city that offers a very wide range of entertainment and attractions for its tourists. However, this does not mean you cannot have fun in London for free. Here are the top 10 free options for you:

  1. Kensington Gardens – this is a breathtaking park with Italian style gardens. The main attractions here are the Princess Diana Memorial Playground - The Peter Pan -, and the superb Albert Memorial.
  2. Geffrye Museum – this museum is known as the friendliest history museums in London. You will see here the development of home interior décor from 1600 AD to the present year. 
  3. National Gallery – this is among the best free things to do in London. Whether you are a connoisseur of art or not, you have to visit the National Gallery to see the world famous masterpieces painted by Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and so on. This will make your soul soar with pleasure. 
  4. Crystal Palace Park  – this is a children-special outing in South London. It delights children with life-size dinosaurs, huge playground  and outdoor concert stage. 
  5. Deen City Farm and Riding School – another lovely place to take your children for some free fun is the Deen City Farm. Here you get to show your children various domestic animals live such as pigs, cows, goats, horses, chicken and others. 
  6. Changing of the Royal Guard – you have not been to London until you experience the famous military tradition of changing guard in front of the Buckingham Palace. This takes place at 11.30 AM every day. Very thrilling to watch.
  7. Trafalgar Square – this one should be on the top of your priorities' list of free things to do in London.  Built in 1830, Trafalgar Square today has become an iconic place for tourists’ visits as well as a popular platform for political representations. If you are lucky to be there in December, you will be delighted to witness an age-old beautiful tradition:– every year at Christmas time Norway gifts a HUGE CHRISTMAS TREE in token of gratitude for the help they received from the British for repelling  the Nazis. 
  8. Street markets – as a tourist, you should have this pastime high up on the list of free things to do in London. Check out the stunning array of wonderful things sold on the street markets of London. The most popular among all street markets are -  Portobello Market, Greenwich Market and Camden Market. 
  9. Southbank Center – the young and old alike can always enjoy the wonderful opportunity to hear some good and free music at the Southbank Center. You can also see the free foyer-concerts hosted by the National Theatre. Great pastime; for free.
  10. Old Bailey, the Criminal Court - this is exactly what it says it is, i.e. a criminal court. For those interested, this could be one of the most interesting free things to do in London.  Watch the court proceedings of various cases every week day from 10 AM onwards.

[1] EuroMonitor International – Euromonitor International’s Top 100 City Destinations Ranking, 10 January 2012 -


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