London, which is home to the gorgeous Regents Park, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, has an intriguing history and is a city that should definitely take priority on your list of places you want to visit.
Budget travelers can easily explore all of the best that the city has to offer since many of the attractions and landmarks in London are free! We have compiled all of the necessary information that you need here with our list of 8 top things to do for free in London.
1. Visit London’s free museums
Most of the museums in London are free. And we don’t just mean old novelty museums. No they include the top famous museums, including the British Museum located on Great Russell Street (the most visited attraction in London), the Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum and Natural History Museum, all located in South Kensington, the Tate Britain and Tate Modern on the River Thames, the National Portrait Gallery on St. Martin’s Place and National Gallery located in Trafalgar Square. You definitely can’t have any complaints about lack of free culture here.
2. Enjoy the cinema
Roxy Bar & Screen, located near Borough Tube station (part of the Northern Line) on Borough High Street, is a bar that offers you something different. In the back they show free movies that you can watch while enjoying a cold pint. Anything and everything is shown, from kung-fu to Paul Newman classics, running Sunday through Wednesday.
3. Enjoy a nice walk along the Thames to view the top attractions of the city
Walk the River Thames starting at Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge to tour the top attractions in London without having to spend anything. Many of the cheap hostels in London will leave you close by some of these top attractions. Take in sights such as the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Gherkin, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben absolutely free.
4. Witness the changing of the guard
During the summer it takes place each day at Buckingham Palace at 11:30 a.m. (and during the winter every second day), the Changing of the Guard is among the most popular of all attractions in London to watch. See the Queen’s guards, decked out in their ceremonial uniforms, make the switch in perfect synchronicity. To get a good place to view, be sure to get there early.
5. Visit National Theatre and take in a free concert
If you love all different kinds of music and are close to the National Theatre near Waterloo Bridge on Southbank, then you must catch one of their free concerts. On Monday through Saturday they take place at 5:45 p.m. and on Saturday afternoons at 1:45 p.m. Among the kinds of acts they feature are folk and jazz.
6. Go watch a TV show being recorded
Just liked in the United States, if you would like to be a part of a television show’s audience, whether it is a game show, sitcom or other kind of program, tickets can be obtained for free! To find out what is available just go to BBC Shows or TVrecordings.com.
7. Get an overhead view of London
To save having to pay for a London Eye flight, you can just to North London’s Primrose Hill and climb to the top. You will be rewarded with stunning views of London absolutely free.
8. Enjoy the East End’s free DJs
If you don’t want to have to pay to get into one of the fancy London clubs to experience a top DJ, no problem. You will still be able to take them in at various East End bars. They include the Big Chill Bar right off Brick Lane on Dray Walk and Hoxton Pony in Shoreditch at 104-108 Curtain Road.