There is loads to do in London, even when you are on a budget.
Give your credit card a rest with these fabulous London freebies.

  1. The following museums are free: Natural History Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Museum of London, the Bank of England Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of London Docklands, the William Morris Gallery, the Queen’s House and the National Maritime Museum.
  2. Have a walk in the beautiful parks: Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park, Park Vista, Bushy Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park.
  3. Houses of Parliament. The Palace of Westminster, home of ‘Big Ben’ (or Clock Tower), is a neo-Gothic wonder from the mid-19th century. And it’s full of houses: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Reserve ahead to watch antics during Parliament sessions.
  4. St Paul’s Church. Not to be confused with St Paul’s Cathedral (a big attraction that comes with a ticket price), this church on the western flank of Covent Garden Piazza is known as the ‘actor’s church’. The first Punch and Judy show took place in 1662, and there are memorials for Charlie Chaplin and Vivien Leigh, the most famous faux British Confederate of all time.
  5. Temple Church. For Da Vinci Code fans this church – with origins dating to the 12th century – is a must-see in London, for its role in a key scene. It’s a distinctive place, built by crusading monks, with a traffic-free oasis of green spaces amidst the buildings in the City.
  6. Visit must-to-see places in London: the daily Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, the footsteps of The Beatles, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, the Tower of London.
  7. These musical places are for you: the Royal College of Music, Hootananny Brixton, St. James’s Piccadilly, the Hope and Anchor pub, the Southbank Centre, blues bar Ain’t Nothing But, St Martin-in-the-Fields church, the Forge holds.

Who cares if London’s hotels and restaurants tend to be on the expensive side?

No city in the world has more free stuff to do. In addition to world-class museums without a ticket admission, you get the parks, canal walks and maybe some royal-spotting, and you can fill a life.

London, thank you!

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