I see London, I see France, I see lots of free things to do! London is one of the most popular places to visit in the world. It’s known for its rich history and plethora of things to do. You could walk around London all day and not spend a dime. There is seriously so much to do and see, all for free. Check out these free things to do in London.
71 Truly Free Things to do in London England
If you are looking to save one the top attractions while visiting London make sure to check out the London Pass, buy one pass and get into over 80 attractions (on top of these 71 free ones!)
Tate Modern – A fun little art gallery located in London that is worth checking out. There are tons of exhibits to indulge in while there. Tate Modern is a free attraction in London that you need to see.
East London Street Art – Whether you’re into street art or not, the East London Street Art is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. The street art is worth checking out all over London! If you would like a guided tour they offer those for under $20 a person.
Kensington Gardens – While only royalty used to be able to spend time in these gardens, they’re free and open to anyone. Kensington Gardens is now a part of
Convent Garden – A district in London that is worth checking out is the Convent Garden. This district is known for its food and for its fashion.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – This park is free every day of the week, so check it out. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is full of parklands, waterways, and cafes.
Museum of London – Want to see the best museum? Come to check out the Museum of London for free. There are tons of exhibits to see, including permanent galleries.
The Changing of the Guard – Visiting the Changing of the Guard is a historical ceremony that is a must while in London.
Victoria and Albert Museum – This museum in London is very popular. There is always something going on at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
St. Paul’s Church – Have you ever seen a historical cathedral church? If not, St. Paul’s Church of London is where it’s at and it puts any churches here in America to shame really.
Hampstead Heath – One of London’s most open and beautiful spaces. Hampstead Heath is a popular place to enjoy while visiting London.
Westminster Abbey – Yes it costs money to visit and tour but attending a service is free and open to everyone and a great way to see the church and really experience it.
Science Museum – Great for both adults and kids alike and featuring exhibits like the space toilet…
Queen Mary’s Rose Garden – This Garden has over 40,000 roses in the garden to take in. It’s just beautiful.
Natural History Museum – Mom of a boy obsessed with dinosaurs here places like this are always on my radar! This one has a massive TRex and 26 other exhibits.
Watch a Trail at Old Bailey – This is the Criminal Court of Justice of England and most trails are open to public viewing to anyone age 14 and up.
Highgate Cemetery – With over 50,000 graves sites many Matabele graves can be found here including Charles Dickens Wife and Karl Marx.
Tate Britain – Another art museum worth the stop. This one contains art British art from 1500 all the way to the present day.
Columbia Road Flower Market – For the same reason I love to visit farmers markets, this one makes the list. Take in the market and chat with the locals!
National Gallery – A huge art gallery with many famous artists including Van Gogh.
Free City Walking Tour – You can only see so much from a tour bus or your car, sometimes the best way to experience the city is on foot!
Camden Market – Also known as Camden Lock this is one of the more famous markets to visit with over 1,000 stalls.
National Portrait Gallery – The one boasts over 11,000 original works of art that cover Britain’s history. Plan on spending about 3 hours here to take it all in.
Trafalgar Square – This is the famous square in front of the National Gallery and has several fountains and makes a great picture opp!
Daunt Books – Any bookworm would love a visit here between the history and the set up is a must see for me!
Portobello Road Market – Another market to take in and get to know the locals.
Borough Market – Yes another market this one dates back to the 13th century and is always known for its food samples!
Piccadilly Circus – This is the Times Square of London.
Wallace Collection – An art collection featuring furniture and art from 18th century France.
St Martin in the Fields Lunch Time Concerts – Did you k ow there has been a Church on this location since medieval times? Yep. Now they offer free concerts and lunchtime.
Royal Opera House Free Recitals – Monday’s at 1 pm you can attend free recitals at the Royals Opera House. Tickets are available at the box office on Monday’s but are normally gone by 11 am.
Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross – Harry Potter fans will not want to miss this photo opp!
London Wall – This Wall was built by the Romans around the city and parts are still standing.
The Ceremony of Keys at the Tower of London – Every night at 9:30 pm every door in the tower is locked. They make a decent ceremony of it and allow 40-50 People in to watch each night.
National Maritime Museum – The collection here has over 2 million artifacts showcasing the maritime history of the country.
Abbey Road – Get your picture of your family recreating the famous Beatles Cover.
Saatchi Gallery – This art museum features contemporary art from lesser known artists but is still worth a stop.
St James Park – From here can see many of the cities landmarks and while the park is smaller the views alone make it worth a stop.
British Film Institutes Mediatheque – They offer free family films.
Harrods – This famous London store is a must visit even just to window show at!
The British Library – Based on the number of cataloged items this is the largest library in the world. There is a single room dedicated to the Magna Carta. There are also many original manuscripts here from authors like Charles Dicken and to famous books such as Jane Eyre.
Imperial War Museum – The History here starts at the first Works War and goes up to pressing day.
Hyde Park – One of the city’s largest parks with lots of history dating back as far as King Henry VIII (maybe even earlier)
Parliament Hill – This is a great place to sit on a bench and take in the cityscape.
Angel Comedy Club – Saturday’s at 8 pm they offer a free show.
Wimbledon Common – This green space has been featured in several shows so it might look familiar.
Prime Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory – This one is pretty darn cool and has this homeschool mom geeking out! The prime meridian which is the zero degrees longitude ‘line’, runs through the courtyard of the Royal Observatory!
Tower Bridge – You have to walk or drive across the famous tower bridge while in the city. But at teh very least you can take a great photo opp with it.
Houses of Parliament – Located with Big Ben you and reserve a spot ahead of time and watch them in action.
Free Harry Potter Tour – You do have to make a reservation but the tour is free. See all the Harry Potter themed sites in the city!
Sir John Soane Museum – The home of Sir John Soane, he was the eccentric architect of the Bank of England and his home is full of color and his house is pretty interesting.
Hamleys Toy Store – This famous toy store has been around since 1760 and is a sight to be seen! They have had full-size lego figures of the royal family, Harry Potter character appearances, crafts, and more.
William Morris Gallery – This was his family’s house and is now set up with work and his life.
Grant Museum of Zoology – This is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. You can take in over 67,000 specimens, from every corner of the animal kingdom.
Ragged School Museum – Learn about the history of education in the area.
Big Ben – Get your photo op and take in the time of the hour with this famous clock.
London Sewing Machine Museum – Yes a museum of sewing machines, some of the old ones are a work of art, worth a stop for sure.
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground – With a 7-mile walkway that passes by buildings that were important in her life and several information signs. There is also a playground for kids with a ship!
Top Secret Comedy Club – They offer one free event a week normally Monday night but check the schedule.
Take in the Thames River – Take a walk along this famous river.
The Chocolate Museum – Chocolate. Museum. Enough said. They also offer courses (for a fee).
Design Museum – Design history from technology, innovation and more.
Sherling High-Level Walkway – Watch the National Theaters sets being made.
Browse Alice’s Shop – A famous antique store you never know what treasures you might.
Bank of England Museum – Here you can hold a real bar of gold. That makes it worth a stop in my book!
Gods Own Junkyard – A museum of old neon signs and some newest ones.
Regents Canal – Take in the canal and the amazing scenery by crossing one of the many bridges going across the canal.
Sky Garden – Amazing views of the city from the top! Make sure to book your tickets online, but it is free.
Princess Diana Memorial Fountain – Cool off in the oval wading fountain.
Guildhall Great Hall – Center of the city government since the middle ages.
Gresham College – Attend one of the many free lectures they off.
Nothing Hill Streets – Take a stroll down the famous and colorful Notting Hill streets.
Churchill Arms – A famous pub because it’s covered in flowers. Take a picture out front or plan to have a drink here.
What are some of your favorite free things to do in London England? Let us know in the comments below.
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