So we all know that the UK’s capital is often perceived as being on the pricey side as far as destinations go. Well staying at one of it’s many luxury hotels and shopping all day on Bond Street will certainly put a hole in your wallet, but did you know how many fantastic things there are in the city to do for free? Here’s a few to get you started…let us know if you want to suggest any more!
1) The British Museum – many of London’s top museums and galleries are free of charge. The famous British Museum is, in our opinion, one of the best.
2) Royal Parks – London is one of the world’s greenest big cities and has no less than eight Royal Parks. Even the ones in the very centre of the city such as Regent’s Park or Hyde Park can whisk you away from the hustle and bustle in moments.
3) National Maritime Museum – Gold winner of Best Tourism Experience at this year’s BT Visit London Awards and part of the World Heritage Site at Greenwich, after you’ve explored the museum you can take a stroll around beautiful Greenwich Park and check our the view across the Thames too!
4) Borough Market – there has been a market by London Bridge since Roman times, and these days Borough offers one of the city’s top gastronomic experiences with a huge array of fantastic foodie stalls, great photo opportunities and a fabulous atmosphere. Stocking your fridge won’t come for free of course but getting some supplies for a picnic is a good alternative to lunching at a restaurant and you can often taste before you buy!
5) Walk! London might seem like a big city but it’s surprisingly easy to walk around and many of its famous attractions are within walking distance of each other. A stroll along the South bank will take in Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster – you’ll be able to soak up some of London’s most beautiful architecture free of charge!
6) Camden Market – another of London’s famous markets which offers great atmosphere and kodak moments. You can hunt for treasures in the markets, stroll by the canal or revel in walking around the spiritual home of London’s music scene, past legendary venues that have been the launch pad for so many big names.
7) Festivals – keep an eye open for London’s many events, such as the Thames Festival in September, Regent Street Festival in July or Diwali in Trafalgar Square to name just a few. These provide all sorts of entertainment from parades and fireworks to street stalls and music. visitlondon.com or the GLA website both provide event listings.
8 Explore the Tate – both Tate Modern and Tate Britain offer some of the world’s greatest art collections in beautiful riverside galleries.
9) Free concerts – tap your toes to free music at the National Theatre “Djanogly Concert Pitch” on weekdays at 5.45pm and on saturdays at 1pm and 5.45pm. There are also free regular lunchtime concerts at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and
free concerts in the National Portrait Gallery almost every Friday at 6.30pm.
10) Being part of the live audience for TV recordings are a great way to enjoy a hilarious night out without spending a penny. Get free tickets for top shows on the BBC website.
More ideas and walking tours can be found on http://www.londonforfree.net