There are many free things to do in London, as most of the museums and parks are free of charge. Every visitor reads about the British Museum, Hyde Park and Camden market, so we have composed a list of lesser known free attractions for you to check out.
A great little museum not far from Euston Station, the Wellcome Collection is full of curiosities. Explore what it means to be human with the exhibitions about health, medicine and death. The displays include interactive information on genes, life and you; mind and body; science and art; and sickness and health. There is an excellent café downstairs.
Many visitors to London can’t miss the famous Beatles’ cover location, for their final album: Abbey Road. This popular street is where the Beatles ‘’Abbey Road’’ recording studio was, so you can also see this building. Recreating the scene of George, Paul, John and Ringo walking across the zebra crossing is a highlight for many a Beatles fan. The nearest underground station is St John’s Wood, walk down Grove End Road then make a right onto Abbey Road.
St Paul’s Church
No: not St Paul’s Cathedral (you must pay to go in there!) St Paul’s Church is near Convent Garden Square (also an excellent area to wander around for free). It is known as the ‘actor’s church’ and is famous for the first ever Punch and Judy show, which took place there in 1662. There are memorials inside to Charlie Chaplin and Vivien Liegh.
Kensington Gardens is in the middle of many free and famous attractions (namely Hyde Park, the Natural History Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum). Once a private royal garden, Hyde Park’s smaller cousin is a delight to wonder around. Kensington Gardens are home to the beautiful Peter Pan statue, and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground. The Italian gardens and avenues of trees bring the park to life.
Southbank Centre: Friday Lunch Music
Enjoy free lunchtime music at the Southbank Centre, London’s premier venue for performing arts. Every Friday a range of music genres from classical and jazz to folk and world music are performed free of charge. Head to the Central Bar at Royal Festival Hall and enjoy.
London’s most renowned food market has graced Southwark for one thousand years. Borough Market is for anyone who takes care over what they eat and where it comes from. The variety and quality of British and international food is unrivalled, and the people and the place create an extra special atmosphere.
Sunset on Waterloo Bridge
Waterloo Bridge is a very romantic place to watch a wonderful sunset over the River Thames. From here you can see the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament on one side, and St Paul’s Cathedral and the Gherkin on the other. Once the sun sets, the buildings all light up spectacularly. Check the weather! Take a stroll along the banks of the river and take in the atmosphere.