London is a top tourist destination, thanks to its multicultural population, historic castles and buildings, luscious parks and rivers and a vibrant nightlife. Regardless of your interest, you will always have something to do in London, and this is why it attracts millions of visitors every year. Due to its immense popularity as a tourist destination, every major airline operates daily flights to London.
Despite this popularity as a tourist hub, the cost can be a prohibitively high and this deters many people from enjoying all that London offers. To dispel those fears, we have compiled a list of things you can do in London for free.
Many museums in London do not have an entry fee, so you can explore them for free. Some choices of museums include the Natural History Museum, Bank of England Museum, Museum of London Docklands and the National Maritime Museum.
Most parks in London are open for public and are free. So, walk or jog through huge areas of natural beauty as you wind your way through parks like Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St. James Park and Wimbledon Common.
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Changing the Guard
A piece of history that you get to see daily is the "Changing of Guards" in front of Buckingham Palace. This ceremony is free and can be a mesmerising experience, as this practice is several centuries old.
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London is filled with walking trails that wind through scenic spots. Choose from the picturesque South Bank, Millennium Bridge, Brompton Cemetery and Epping Forest. You can even stroll through the beautiful riverside village of Richmond to experience a different side of London.
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There are plenty of free things to do for art-lovers too. You can see contemporary art at the White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey, gaze through the paintings of Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and other renowned artists at the National Gallery, admire sculptural masterpieces at Tate Modern or see modern art at the Saatchi Gallery.
We hope this list encourages more budget travellers to head to London to explore this fascinating city.