London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but it’s amazing how many touristy things you can do there for free. Now keep in mind that transportation is not free in London, but Central London is a small area with many touristy sights, so it’s easy to walk around.
The city's underground trains make traveling relatively simple, but if you haven't planned your vacation wisely, the expense of accommodation, tickets, and restaurant bills can burn a huge hole in your wallet.
However, exploring the city on a budget is definitely possible since there are several places that you can visit for free! A few examples include the fact that the majority of London's largest museums and galleries don't charge an entrance fee, you can go into any of the city's many beautiful parks without having to pay, and there are cultural centers like the BFI and the Southbank Centre where you may spend hours without even purchasing a cup of tea.
Whether your interest lies in museums, nature, or the unbridled thrill of getting into London’s top landmarks for free, we’ve found something to suit every taste here. So, give the debit/credit card a break and dive into the best free things to do in London!
Get lost at the British Museum
The British Museum is one of London's top attractions, and it's absolutely free. The locale is bursting at the seams with enthralling - and occasionally controversial - artifacts from all over the world, from Egyptian mummies to samurai armor and Anglo-Saxon burial treasures to the Rosetta Stone. Remarkably, the 80,000 objects on display at any one time only make up 1% of the eight million objects in the museum’s possession.
Marvel at street performers in Covent Garden
Covent Garden has never missed an opportunity to stage a show since the 1660s. The first mention of Covent Garden street entertainment can be found in Samuel Pepys' journal, which records that a marionette performance starring Punch took place on the Piazza in 1662. Today, the custom is still in practice.
Covent Garden has been the target of cultural vultures for ages. They clearly enjoyed the area's eclectic, constantly-evolving combination of opera, ballet, musical theatre, and drama, which caters to all interests and arouses all kinds of emotions. More than twenty successful theatres and two magnificent opera houses are features that can not be found in any other urban district in the globe.
Discover the hidden Hampstead Hill Garden and Pergola
London is one of the greenest cities in the world. Apart from the local parks, there are iconic huge open areas from Hampstead Heath to Greenwich Park and beyond. However, the capital is also full of secret nooks and hidden crannies of green spaces that are lesser-trodden, and so, usually pretty peaceful.
Thousands wander across Hampstead Heath's wild and undulating parkland every year, but very few discover this eerie and elegant pocket of faded grandeur on the West Heath. Built by Lord Leverhulme at the start of the twentieth century as a setting for his extravagant parties, it includes impressive gardens and a dramatically elevated walkway, where overhanging plants create a lush canopy and tangled roots twist around smooth stone columns. A little window into the world of the Edwardian super-rich.