Everybody loves a freebie and there’s no reason to visit London and spend a fortune. London is blessed with a number of free places to visit and here are our Top Ten Free Things to do in London.
10 – Visit the Sky Garden
Located at the top of the iconic “Walkie-Talkie” skyscraper. The sky garden is well worth a visit, wander around the gorgeous gardens whilst getting some excellent views of the City of London. Bookings need to be made in advance but are easy to do so via the companies website. https://skygarden.london/
9 – Tate Modern
The first of the art galleries to make the list. Tate Modern is one of the largest collections of modern art in the world, it features art dating from 1900 to the present day. The main collection in the gallery features 8 seperate areas. Each of which has a named theme. Noteworthy artists who are featured in the gallery include Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Located near Southwark station on the Tube, it is easy to get too and well worth a visit.
8 – Houses of Parliament
Home to the world famous Big Ben and located in the Palace of Westminster. The Houses of Parliament are visited by most tourists who arrive in London. But did you know you can visit the public gallery free of charge to watch ongoing debates and discussions? The galleries are open to the public from Monday-Thursday. Tickets can be booked ahead of time but if there is space in the gallery you can enter without a ticket. A fascinating experience and something different than the usual tourist activities.
7 – Camden Market
One of London’s most famous markets. Camden is very diverse and vibrant. It’s a great place to just walk around and explore because of the people you meet here. Mohawk wearing punks, black-clad goths, hipsters, mods, aging hippies; people from all walks of life can be found visiting the unique shops and stores available in Camden.
6 – Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts. There are 145 galleries featuring art spanning 5000 years. Examples of artwork are represented from all across the world. From the Middle East to the UK. There is a wide range of different types of artwork on display. Sculptures, portraits, ceramics, glass and more are spread across the museums galleries.
Of particular interest is the museums Asian collection which contains over 160,000 pieces. The religious sculptures are especially worth seeing. The British collection makes up 15 galleries covering 1500 to 1900. If you have even the smallest interest in art, the V&A is a must-see.
5 – Hackney City Farm
A lovely little farm in the center of London. The farm is an important community center which features a vegetable box collection scheme for locals as well as running a number of different classes and events. Children will love seeing the cute little critters living at the farm. This includes two Tamworth pigs,a pair of friendly donkeys, some cheeky goats and a whole gang of mischievous chickens. The farm offers volunteering opportunities for kids to get up close with the animals and is a great way for kids to learn about different animals. This is also free of charge.
The friendly staff and even friendlier animals will be delighted to welcome you to their farm. Make sure to stop by the farm shop for the honey from Hackney City Farm’s very own hive. This fabulous place is a lesser-known gem in London and is a must visit to see the vital role the farm plays in the local community. More information can be found at their website: http://hackneycityfarm.co.uk/
4 – Temple Church
This 12th century church is famous for it’s association with the Knights Templar. The church itself was built by the Knights Templar and served as their headquarters in England. It differs from usual churches seen across Britain as it is a “round church”. A design common for Knights Templar churches. One of the most interesting aspects are the ten effigies of various knights which can be found inside. History buffs won’t want to miss this.
3 – The National Gallery
Art lovers rejoice, one of the finest art galleries in the world is free for you to enter. The National Gallery is located in Trafalgar Square and houses over 2,300 paintings. Highlights of the collection include The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci and Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh. Other noteworthy artists whose work can be found here includes Michelangelo, George Stubbs, Canaletto and Monet. These legends of the art world are reason enough alone to pay a visit to The National Gallery.
2 – Natural History Museum
This museum features 80 million items within five main fields. These are botany, entomology, mineralogy and zoology. Many of the collections inside have great scientific value. The museums excellent dinosaur exhibit is a must see and children especially will love it. The dinosaurs on display include Triceratops and Stegosaurus skeletons as well as a life size, moving T-Rex.
The other sections of the museum all feature both skeletons of living and extinct animals as well as stuffed and mounted examples so that you can get up close and personal with some of the wonderful animals on our planet.
1 – British Museum
The British Museum is one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. It is dedicated to human history and culture. Within it’s cavernous halls are over a number of artifacts from all across the globe. The 80,000+ artifacts on display at one time make up just 1% of the museums total collection. The collection includes examples from Rome, Ancient Egypt, the Middle East and Asia. Visit the Egyptian section and see a real mummy, coffins, statues and the world famous Rosetta Stone.
In the Greek and Rome sections, treasures on display include the Elgin Marbles, materials and statues from a variety of famous tombs, and the Jennings Dog which dates from the 2nd century. The Middle Eastern section contains over 300,000 works and contains the largest Mesopotamian collection outside of Iraq.
You can spend hours roaming the British Museum and still not see it all. Not only is it the number 1, must see Free Attraction in London but is also one of the must see attractions in the city overall. A trip to London isn’t complete without a visit.