101 Free Things To Do In London

There is loads to do in London, even when you are on a budget.

Give your credit card a rest with these 101 fabulous London freebies. 

Free museums

1. Come face-to-face with a roaring T-Rex and experience the earthquake simulator at the Natural History Museum.
2. Enjoy a candlelit tour of the atmospheric Sir John Soane's Museum.
3. Explore the fascinating history of England's capital at the Museum of London.
4. Hold a genuine bar of gold at the Bank of England Museum.
5. Be inspired by the beautiful objects on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
6. Learn about the history of the river Thames at Museum of London Docklands.
7. Discover the life and works of one of Britain’s most inspiring designers at the William Morris Gallery.
8. Head to Greenwich to swing by the Queen's House and the National Maritime Museum

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Quirky attractions

9. Marvel at the Jar of Moles at the Grant Museum of Zoology.
10. See the gigantic overstuffed walrus at the Horniman Museum.
11. Be wowed by the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies at the British Museum.
12. Be dazzled by the 400 exhibits - including a Spitfire and a Harrier fighter jet - on display at the Imperial War Museum.
13. See the world's oldest dinosaur sculptures at Crystal Palace Park.
14. See what life was like for the poor and destitute of London's East End during the late 1800s in the Ragged School Museum.
15. Take your pain away with a visit to The Anaesthesia Museum, which charts the history of anaesthesia from 1846 to the present day.
16. Browse old sewing machines at the London Sewing Machine Museum.
17. See pickled creatures in jars and deformed skeletons at the Hunterian Museum.  
18. Visit the Wellcome Collection to see a bunch of marvellously weird objects, including an ancient mummy, Napoleon's toothbrush and Darwin's walking stick.

Park life

19. Relax on Wimbledon Common where you'll find ponds, a nature trail and a windmill.
20. Go deer-spotting in bucolic Richmond Park.
21. See the Prime Meridian line for free at Park Vista.
22. Bliss-out in Bushy Park, home to 320 free-roaming deer.
23. Burn off some calories by jogging around Hyde Park, which covers 350 acres (142 hectares).
24. See the Peter Pan statue at Kensington Gardens.
25. Watch the pelicans being fed every day at 2:30pm at St James's Park. Also look out for water birds, owls, woodpeckers and bats.

Free things to do with kids

26. Take the singing elevator (JCB Glass lift) in the Royal Festival Hall.
27. Meet ferrets, bunnies, alpacas and more at Vauxhall City Farm.
28. See farm animals at Mudchute Farm and Park.
29. Harry Potter fans can push a trolley through to a magical world at the wall marked Platform 9 ¾ at King's Cross.
30. Watch the skateboarders performing death-defying tricks under Southbank Centre.
31. Go mudlarking - the city equivalent of beachcombing - outside Gabriel's Wharf or on the City of London side of the Millennium Bridge, where you can check the surface for old clay smoking pipes and bits of pottery. Check the tide tables in advance.
32. Watch the street entertainers in Covent Garden.
33. Little ones can be pirates for the day on Captain Hook's huge wooden pirate ship at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
34. Splash about in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's fountains.  
35. See amazing exhibits, including the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket, at the Science Museum.
36. Explore the V&A Museum of Childhood, where you'll find dolls' houses, games and construction toys dating back to the 1600s.

Free London attractions

37. Watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.
38. Follow in the footsteps of The Beatles by crossing the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing that's featured on the eponymous album cover.  
39. Watch Tower Bridge open. See continuous images of the 19th-century landmark on our live video feed.
40. Meet the stone lions at Trafalgar Square.
41. Explore Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with its gorgeous parklands, waterways and striking venues.
42. Take a selfie in front of the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus.
43. Listen to the famous chimes of Big Ben.
44. Watch the gate-closing ritual, the Ceremony of the Keys, at the Tower of London.

Dramatic vistas

45. Soak up sweeping views across the river Thames and Central London from Greenwich Park.
46. For some of the best views of the capital from the heady heights of 155m, head up to Sky Garden.
47. Celeb-spot while looking out across the capital from Primrose Hill.
48. Get snapping with our guide to London's top photo opportunities.
49. Stroll to the top of Hampstead Heath's Parliament Hill for marvellous views across London.

Great London walks

50. Take a stroll along the picture-pretty South Bank.
51. Follow the towpath through tranquil Little Venice to discover a slew of waterfront cafes and pubs.
52. Walk across Millennium Bridge from St Paul's Cathedral to Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe.
53. Stroll through the lush riverside village of Richmond; start at the White Cross pub and continue past the rural idyll of Petersham Meadows, until you reach Ham House.
54. Take a shady walk among the 35,000 monuments of Brompton Cemetery, including one of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.
55. Escape the city in the ancient woodland of Highgate Wood.
56. Spot rare plants and insects in Epping Forest.

Flowers and gardens

57. Chill out in the Barbican Conservatory, alive with tropical plants, trees and fish.
58. Achieve Zen in Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park.
59. Take a look at the Watts Victorian memorial in Postman's Park, where acts of heroism are marked.
60. Be dazzled by the wildflowers at the Phoenix Garden in London's West End.
61. Flower fans can soak up the floral colours and aromas of Columbia Road Flower Market.
62. Explore the hidden pathways and dazzling flower displays of Chiswick House's restored 18th-century gardens.

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For culture vultures 

63. See prop-makers and theatre designers working behind-the-scenes at the National Theatre by walking along its Sherling High-Level Walkway.
64. Admire historic and contemporary photography at The Photographers' Gallery. Free entry before 12pm every day.
65. Visit neon wonderland God's Own Junkyard, home to Europe's largest collection of vintage neon signs.
66. Take a peek at London's public and street art, including works by guerrilla artist Banksy.
67. Feast your eyes on literary treasures, including the Magna Carta and lyrics by the Beatles, at the British Library.

Free art galleries 

68. See contemporary art at White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey.
69. See a Rosetti at the Guildhall.  
70. Notice how The Laughing Cavalier's eyes appear to follow you around the room in the famous Frans Hals painting at the Wallace Collection.
71. Get an eyeful of kings and queens, musicians and film stars at the National Portrait Gallery.
72. Discover art by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh at the National Gallery.
73. Admire masterpieces by Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois at Tate Modern.
74. See modern art at Chelsea's palatial Saatchi Gallery.
75. The Curve at the Barbican Centre hosts a string of free temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists.

Comedy clubs

76. Enjoy a giggle at Angel Comedy Club, offering free comedy shows every night of the week.
77. Pay nothing to see an energetic improv comedy show every Tuesday night at the Top Secret Comedy Club.

Free live music

78. Hear talented musicians studying at the Royal College of Music performing free lunchtime and rush-hour concerts across London.
79. Dance along to ska, roots, reggae and folk rhythms at Hootananny Brixton, which offers loads of free gigs.
80. See accomplished musicians performing on Tuesday afternoons at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music.
81. Spend a lazy Saturday afternoon with music, tea and cake at Daylight Music at the Union Chapel.
82. Southbank Centre holds regular free musical performances in the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.
83. Enjoy free entry to blues bar Ain't Nothing But... from Sunday to Thursday nights.
84. Discover free lunchtime concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields church.
85. Party the night away with salsa dancing and live Cuban music every Friday night at The Forge. Get in free before 8pm.

Free speech 

86. Hear London's most vocal orators share their opinions with the world at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park.

See London's riches for free 

87. Admire luxury yachts in St Katharine Docks.
88. Look up at the architecture in Regent Street.   

Historic London

89. Check out the mysterious London Stone at 111 Cannon Street. Legend says the stone was part of an altar in a temple built by Brutus of Troy.
90. See the remains of London's Roman amphitheatre in the basement of the Guildhall Art Gallery.
91. Visit Southwark Cathedral, the oldest cathedral church building in London.
92. Marvel at how living rooms in England have changed since 1600 at the Geffrye Museum.
93. View the London Wall, the remnant of the Roman wall which was built in AD 200 and once formed part of the eastern defences of Roman Londinium.
94. See what London's streets looked like in days gone by with Museum of London's app Streetmuseum. Available on iPhone.

Free festivals

95. Celebrate Chinese New Year in London's Chinatown, the biggest celebrations outside Asia.
96. Join revellers at London's biggest street party, the Notting Hill Carnival.
97. Soak up the action at the month-long Totally Thames festival.
98. Join the party at the colourful Pride in London parade, celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual community.

Summer fun

99. Glide around London on rollerskates on a two-hour tour with London Skate.
100. Cool off under the fountains by The Scoop.
101. Bring a picnic to feast on in Somerset House's gorgeous 18th-century courtyard.