No other capital city in the world offers as many free attractions and things to do as London. As well as offering a plethora of world-class museums – almost all of which offer free admission – the city also boasts a selection of beautiful parks, captivating churches and bustling markets, as well as a number of phenomenal viewpoints. Here we’re looking at just a handful of the top free attractions you can experience in Britain’s capital.
Located on the south bank of the River Thames, the Tate Modern is housed in a disused Bankside Power Station and is now one of the city’s most beloved attractions. You can easily combine this with a stroll along the south bank and enjoy their permanent collection, which includes works by Matisse, Pollock, Picasso, Warhol – all for free! If you’re feeling a little peckish, then the upstairs café also offers a wonderful view of the Thames (and the food is pretty good as well!)
The National Gallery is home to one of the most impressive art collections in the world and handles over six million visitors – every single year! With masterpieces by all the greats including Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Da Vinci and Renoir, there is bound to be something to please any art lover. One of our top tips is to visit on a weekday morning or late on a Friday evening to avoid the crowds! Plus, whatever time you choose to visit, the permanent collections are always free!
Located under a maze of Victorian railway arches, Borough market is one of London’s most established (and popular) haunts. From Monday to Saturday, you will find this space stuffed with culinary delights! This makes it the perfect spot for any food lovers and features cuisines from all across the globe. It certainly offers everything you need for the perfect ‘grab-and-go breakfast’, and is also a great place if you’re looking for a simple wander – and free samples…
The Changing of the Guard
One of the most quintessentially British ceremonies in the city is the Changing of the Guard. This takes place on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and a Sunday every week. The ceremony takes place outside of Buckingham Palace at 10:30am. If you’re unfamiliar with this tradition, the Queen’s Guard are in full-dress, including red tunics and bearskin hats and showcase a display of unforgettable pageantry, as responsibilities are switched and a new set of guards take over.
Natural History Museum
If you’re a fan of all things nature, then you will definitely want to visit the Natural History Museum. In fact, the Natural History Museum owns an enormous collection…around 80 million items! The main hall is dominated by the famous blue whale skeleton and visitors can enjoy the wildlife garden from March to November every year.
Hampstead Heath is a beautiful ancient parkland and one of the best places to escape the hustle and bustle of city living, without having to leave the city. Parliament Hill offers one of the most impressive vistas of the city, so if you’re looking for a great picture spot, this is a must-visit for you! Elsewhere in the park, you will also be able to visit swimming ponds and a zoo. There are also plenty of quiet spots to enjoy a picnic in the park in the summer months.
Sticking with the theme of green spaces, why not head to the top of the big hill in Greenwich Park for a spectacular (and free) view of the city? Get ready to see the vast skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, along with the Queen’s House and the Thames River snaking its way into the heart of the city.
Best accommodation options in London
One of the best areas to stay in London is the South Kensington area. This central location offers easy travel access all the hotspots in London and also boasts an unbeatable range of free activities, as well as brilliant open spaces. A great option is to look into available serviced apartments in Queens Gate. Serviced apartments are a great idea if you are travelling as a family, as they offer added comfort and luxury.