Give your credit card a rest with these 101 fabulous London freebies.
1. Come face-to-face with a roaring T-Rex and experience the earthquake simulator at the
Natural History Museum
3. Explore the fascinating history of England's capital at the
Museum of London
11. Be wowed by the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies at the
12. Be dazzled by the 400 exhibits - including a Spitfire and a Harrier fighter jet - on display at the
Imperial War Museum
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
, this quirky attraction charts the history of anaesthesia from 1846 to the present day.
17. See pickled creatures in jars and deformed skeletons at the
18. Visit the
to see a bunch of marvellously weird objects, including an ancient mummy, Napoleon's toothbrush and Darwin's walking stick.
19. Relax on
where you'll find ponds, a nature trail and a windmill.
21. See the Prime Meridian line for free at
22. Bliss-out in
, home to 320 free-roaming deer.
23. Burn off some calories by jogging around
, which covers 350 acres (142 hectares).
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
30. Watch the skateboarders performing death-defying tricks under
31. Go mudlarking - the city equivalent of beachcombing - outside
or on the City of London side of the
, where you can check the surface for old clay smoking pipes and bits of pottery. Check the
35. See amazing exhibits, including the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket, at the
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
38. Follow in the footsteps of The Beatles by crossing the famous
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
Observe a case at the Supreme Court, the UK’s final court of appeal.
Fantastic views of London
45. Soak up sweeping views across the river Thames and central London from
46. For some of the best views of the capital from the heady heights of 155m, head up to
47. Celeb-spot while looking out across the capital from
49. Stroll to the top of Hampstead Heath's
for marvellous vistas across London.
Best London walks
51. Follow the towpath through tranquil
to discover a slew of waterfront cafes and pubs.
52. Join one of the fascinating free London walking tours run by
53. Stroll through the lush riverside village of
; 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
, including one of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.
Free gardens in London
59. Take a look at the Watts Victorian memorial in
, where acts of heroism are marked.
60. Be dazzled by the wildflowers at the secret
in London's West End.
Unusual cultural activities
63. See prop-makers and theatre designers working behind the scenes at the National Theatre by walking along its
Sherling High-Level Walkway
65. Visit neon wonderland
God's Own Junkyard
, home to Europe's largest collection of vintage neon signs.
67. Feast your eyes on literary treasures, including the Magna Carta and lyrics by The Beatles, at the
Free art galleries
70. Notice how The Laughing Cavalier's eyes appear to follow you around the room in the famous Frans Hals painting at the
72. Discover art by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh at the
73. Admire masterpieces by Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois at
Cost-free comedy clubs
76. Enjoy a giggle at
Angel Comedy Club
, offering free comedy shows every night of the week.
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
, which offers loads of free gigs.
holds regular free musical performances in the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.
85. Party the night away with live Cuban music every Friday at
. Get in free before 7pm.
86. Check out the mysterious London Stone, temporarily moved to
Museum of London
from its home at 111 Cannon Street. Legend says the stone was part of an altar in a temple built by Brutus of Troy.
, a stunning stately home designed by
18th-century Scottish architect Robert Adam on the edge of Hampstead Heath.
90. View the
, the remnant of the Roman wall which was built in AD 200 and once formed part of the eastern defences of Roman Londinium.
91. See what London's streets looked like in days gone by with Museum of London's app
. Available on iPhone.
Chinese New Year
in London's Chinatown, the biggest celebrations outside Asia.
95. Join the party at the colourful
Pride in London
parade, celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual community.
96. Be dazzled by the stunning illuminations and installations at the UK's biggest light festival,
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