The idea of a visit to London may seem overwhelming when you calculate the costs of travelling, eating out and other things to spend on, not to mention the ticket prices for attractions. It all adds up to quite a decent sum of money, especially when travelling with a family. However, a fun day out in the Capital doesn't have to cost all that much. There are plenty of fun and free things to do in this incredible city. A few great ideas include:
London is famous for its iconic buildings and bridges. You can cross Tower Bridge, the Millennium Bridge and the Jubilee Bridge for a great view across the River Thames or observe the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham palace, or take a look around inside Westminster Abbey, one the oldest Gothic buildings in England. Also don’t forget to keep your camera handy and get a photo of the Shard, the London Eye, the Gherkin tower, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
You can also see London’s major tourist attractions for free by following any of the twelve free self-guided walking tours recommended by LondonForFree.
London has some stunning parks and gardens including eight Royal parks which are all free to visit. It is great to soak up the sun during the summertime as well as the peaceful atmosphere, in contrast to the bustling city streets beyond the park gates. Some of London’s best parks include Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, Bushy Park near Hampton Court Palace, Richmond Park and St. James Park, all good places to relax after all that walking in the city. The Queen Mary’s rose gardens in Regents Park are definitely worth a look at. Weather permitting, why not take a picnic in Green Park, which works out cheaper than eating in a restaurant.
Harrods in Knightsbridge is the most exciting department store in London and merely having a walk around its seven floors and browsing through the lavish displays of exquisite luxury merchandise is a treat in itself. Harrods started out as a grocer and tea merchant back in 1834 but it now attracts customers from all around the globe.
London's main museums are free to enter and it would take more than a day just to get around them alone. The British Museum, the Science Museum, the Museum of London and the Victoria & Albert Museum are all free to enter and a great idea for a memorable, yet affordable day out in London.
Like the museums, the main art galleries are also free to enter and the National Gallery at the top of the Trafalgar Square piazza is a great place to start, there you can observe works by some of the famous artists of all time including Van Gogh and Da Vinci as well as many others. Other free galleries in London include the Tate Britain, the Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery, the Serpentine Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Wallace Collections and the Wellcome Collection, which are all well worth a visit.