On a budget? Why not take advantage of some of London's most exciting cultural offerings without having to spend any money? The capital is home to incredible art, parks, museums and much more. Here are some of our top picks for free things to do in London:
1. Visit a Gallery
We recommend The National Gallery for more classical pieces, or the Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the Saatchi Gallery for a more modern take. And the best bit? All are free to go to.
Top tip: Go see Van Gogh’s Sunflowers at the National Gallery.
2. Visit a Museum
Like art galleries, a lot of museums in London are totally free. The largest and most popular include the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum – they both host pretty much what their respective titles suggest. For more classical artefacts visit the British Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum. And for something totally out there, why not try the Vagina Museum in Camden Market?
3. See the London Skyline
Did you know you can go see beautiful views of London for free? The Sky Garden, located near Bank Tube Station, does just that! Book your free ticket online to be taken to the very top of one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers: the Walkie Talkie! Not only that, but the whole level is a beautiful indoor garden that you can chill in while you enjoy the breath taking views!
4. Go On a Street Art Tour
Shoreditch has a vibrant street art scene that is as beautiful as it is constantly evolving. Use this street map to guide you through the top twenty art spots in the area!
Top tip: In the area is also the famous Brick Lane Market with lots of pre-loved items including books, records, clothes and more – so be sure to check it out!
5. Visit the Markets
We just mentioned the eccentric market at Brick Lane, but London is home to many, many more wonderful markets! From the popular Borough Market (food) to Portobello Road (antiques and clothing), and the Columbia Road Flower Market, you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy!
6. Visit the Parks
London is full of green spaces to escape to when you’ve had enough of the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and the tube at rush hour! Some parks are popular for a reason: Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Holland Park and Battersea Park are all located centrally and offer lots of different things to do. You can take a Pedalo ride on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, visit the Zoo in Regent’s Park, see the Japanese gardens at Holland Park, and even a mini farm in Battersea Park.
A little further out you can enjoy the beautiful deer in Richmond Park. The possibilities are endless!