100+ Free Things To Do in London, England

100+ Free Things to Do In London, England

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Discovering London: 100+ Free Things to Do In London, England

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London, a city steeped in history, culture, and art, is as vibrant and diverse as it is historic. It’s a place where centuries-old architecture stands alongside contemporary innovation, offering a unique blend of attractions for all who visit or call it home. Remarkably, many of London’s treasures are available for free, allowing you to explore its grandeur without spending a pound (except perhaps on transport).

Here’s a curated list of over 100 free things to do in London, ensuring your exploration of the British capital is as enriching as it is cost-effective.

**Note**: This guide aims to highlight the plethora of free activities London has to offer. However, it’s always wise to check the latest information regarding opening times, special events, and visitor guidelines by visiting official websites or contacting the attractions directly.

London From The Air

London From The Air

Getting Around London

Before diving into the endless free activities London has to offer, understanding the city’s transport network will help you navigate with ease. London boasts one of the world’s most extensive public transport systems, including buses, the Underground (Tube), bicycles, and river services. Plus, you can easily walk everywhere.

Buses

Website: Transport for London Buses

The iconic red double-decker buses cover the entire city and are a cost-effective way to see London’s streets and landmarks.

Tube (London Underground)

Website: Transport for London The Tube

The London Underground is the quickest way to get around, connecting major attractions through multiple lines and zones.

London Baker St. Underground Station

London Baker St. Underground Station

London Overground

Website: Transport for London, London Overground

Same as the London Underground, except that it runs, we.. overground :-).

Bicycles (Santander Cycles)

Website: Santander Cycles

The Santander Cycles hire scheme provides an affordable and fun way to explore the city, with docking stations throughout London.

River Services

Website: Transport for London River

Thames Clippers and other river buses offer a unique view of London from the Thames, although not free, they offer a scenic alternative to traditional transport.

Thames Clipper on the Thames

Thames Clipper on the Thames

Need A Place To Stay?

London has the full gamut of places to stay, from boutique hotels to very expensive ones, you can find something for your budget. Use this map to help you with that decision. I recommend you stay close to where you will be the most, but if you don’t they have public transportation to whisk you across town, but it may take a long time, so bear that in mind.

Three of my favorite brands for London are Hilton, Holiday Inn and Marriott. They are plentiful and in great parts of town. You can alway use https://www.passrider.com/hotels if you want to book directly, or use the map below:

 


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100+ Free Things to Do in London

1. Walk Across Tower Bridge

Address: Tower Bridge Rd, London, SE1 2UP
Tube: Tower Hill (District and Circle lines); London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines)
Website: Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, a defining symbol of London, provides pedestrians with stunning views of the River Thames, the Tower of London, and the London skyline. Its iconic bascules rise for river traffic, offering a unique spectacle. A walk across this bridge is a must-do for panoramic views and architectural admiration.

100+ Free Things To Do In London - People walking across Tower Bridge in London on a sunny day.

People walking across Tower Bridge in London on a sunny day.

2. Ride the Woolwich Ferry

Address: Woolwich Ferry, South Pier, Woolwich, London SE18 6DX
Tube/Train: Woolwich Arsenal (DLR, National Rail)
Website: Transport for London – Woolwich Ferry

The Woolwich Ferry provides a free river crossing for vehicles and pedestrians between Woolwich and North Woolwich, offering unique views of the River Thames, the Thames Barrier, and surrounding areas. It’s a practical and scenic way to cross the river, giving a glimpse into the everyday workings of the Thames and the communities along its banks.

Woolwich Ferry, United Kingdom

Woolwich Ferry, United Kingdom

3. Walk Through the Woolwich Foot Tunnel

Address: Woolwich Foot Tunnel, Woolwich, London
Tube/Train: DLR – Woolwich Arsenal/King George V; National Rail – Woolwich Arsenal
Website: Woolwich Foot Tunnel

The Woolwich Foot Tunnel crosses beneath the River Thames in East London, connecting Woolwich in the Royal Borough of Greenwich with North Woolwich in the London Borough of Newham. Opened in 1912, this pedestrian tunnel offers a unique way to cross the river on foot, surrounded by its historic tiled walls. It’s not only a functional route for commuters but also an intriguing walk for those interested in London’s infrastructure and history.

4. Walk the Greenwich Foot Tunnel at Cutty Sark

Address: Near Cutty Sark, Greenwich, London
DLR: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
Website: Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Another fascinating pedestrian river crossing is the Thames Foot Tunnel at Cutty Sark, connecting Greenwich on the south bank to the Isle of Dogs on the north bank. This historic tunnel, designed by civil engineer Sir Alexander Binnie, opened in 1902, allowing workers of the London docks to cross the river on foot. Today, it serves both commuters and pedestrians curious to experience one of London’s hidden treasures. Walking through this well-preserved tunnel offers a unique perspective of London’s maritime heritage and an intimate experience of the Thames.

5. Enjoy the Views from Greenwich Park

Address: London, SE10 8QY
DLR: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
Website: Royal Parks – Greenwich Park

Offering one of the most iconic views over London, Greenwich Park overlooks the River Thames and offers a stunning panorama of the city, including the Isle of Dogs and the City of London. It’s also home to the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line, marking the reference for Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

6. Explore the National Maritime Museum

Address: Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
DLR: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
Website: National Maritime Museum

Dive into Britain’s seafaring history with exhibits on explorers, naval battles, and the importance of the sea to British history. The museum is part of the Royal Museums Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

7. Discover the Queen’s House in Greenwich

Address: Romney Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
DLR: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
Website: Royal Museums Greenwich – Queen’s House

Visit this architectural masterpiece by Inigo Jones, which is considered the first Classical building in England. The Queen’s House also houses an impressive art collection, including works by Gainsborough and Reynolds.

8. Explore the British Museum

Address: Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3DG
Tube: Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines); Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines)
Website: British Museum

The British Museum, one of the world’s foremost repositories of human history and culture, holds a vast collection of world art and artifacts, including the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. Entry is free, and the museum offers a comprehensive journey through human civilization.

British Museum in London

British Museum in London

9. Stroll through Hyde Park

Address: London, W2 2UH
Tube: Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line); Marble Arch (Central line)
Website: [Royal Parks – Hyde Park

Hyde Park, the largest of the four Royal Parks in central London, offers a peaceful retreat with its expansive greenery, the Serpentine Lake, and Speaker’s Corner. It’s a perfect spot for picnics, leisurely walks, and outdoor activities in the heart of London.

A leisurely walk through Hyde Park in London.

A leisurely walk through Hyde Park in London.

10. Discover the Natural History Museum

Address: Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 5BD
Tube: South Kensington (District, Circle, and Piccadilly lines)
Website: Natural History Museum

A favorite among families, the Natural History Museum showcases the wonders of the natural world. Highlights include the impressive dinosaur skeletons and the beautifully detailed Darwin Centre. It’s an educational visit that fascinates visitors of all ages.

11. Admire the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Address: Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA
Tube: Westminster (Jubilee, District, and Circle lines)
Website: Parliament UK

The stunning Gothic Revival architecture of the Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, stands as a symbol of British democracy. Although tours are ticketed, admiring the building from the outside and watching the iconic Big Ben (clock) is free.

Big Ben in London on a sunny day, with tourists taking photos and enjoying the scenery around

12. Visit the House of Commons and House of Lords

Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Tube: Westminster (Jubilee, District, and Circle Lines)
Website: Parliament UK Visiting

Discover the heart of UK democracy by visiting the public galleries of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Witness live debates and committee hearings when Parliament is in session. Entry is free, but security checks are in place.

13. Visit the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

Address: Parliament Square, London SW1P 3BD
Tube: Westminster (Jubilee, District, Circle Lines)
Website: The Supreme Court and Visit London Supreme Court Page

Learn about the UK’s legal system with a visit to the Supreme Court. You can sit and watch a case in the public galleries for free, and visit the building for free, however, guided tours are available at a price, Your visit will offer an insight into the court’s role and its stunning architecture.

14. Attend Mass at Westminster Cathedral

Address: 42 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QW
Tube: Victoria (Victoria, District, and Circle Lines)
Website: Westminster Cathedral

Experience the spiritual and architectural beauty of Westminster Cathedral, the mother church of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Attending mass is free and offers a chance to appreciate the cathedral’s stunning interior and Byzantine mosaics.

15. Attend Evensong at Westminster Abbey

Address: 20 Deans Yd, London, SW1P 3PA
Tube: Westminster (Jubilee, District, and Circle lines)
Websites: Westminster Abbey

Experience the beauty of choral music in an iconic setting by attending Evensong, a traditional evening prayer service, at Westminster Abbey. It’s a unique way to experience these historic churches for free while enjoying magnificent English choral music.

16. Attend Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Address: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD
Tube: St Paul’s (Central line)
Websites: St. Paul’s Cathedral

Experience the beauty of choral music in an iconic setting by attending Evensong, a traditional evening prayer service, at St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s a unique way to experience these historic churches for free while enjoying magnificent English choral music.

St. Paul's Cathedral Dome London, England

St. Paul’s Cathedral Dome London, England

17. Walk Across Millennium Bridge

Address: Thames Embankment, London
Tube: Mansion House (District and Circle Lines), Blackfriars (District and Circle Lines)
Website: Millennium Bridge Project

The Millennium Bridge offers pedestrians a direct link between St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tate Modern. It’s a great vantage point for views of the Thames, especially at sunset.

Millennium Bridge London, United Kingdom

Millennium Bridge London, United Kingdom

18. Visit the Tate Britain

Address: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Tube: Pimlico (Victoria Line)
Website: Tate Britain

While Tate Modern focuses on contemporary art, Tate Britain showcases British art from the 1500s to the present day. Admission is free, and the gallery holds the largest collection of British art in the world.

19. Take in the Art at Tate Britain Late

Address: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Tube: Pimlico (Victoria Line)
Website: Tate Britain

On select evenings, Tate Britain opens its doors late, offering free workshops, talks, and live performances. It’s an excellent opportunity to explore the museum’s extensive collection of British art after hours.

20. Visit the Tate Modern

Address: Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
Tube: Southwark (Jubilee line); Blackfriars (District and Circle lines)
Website: Tate Modern

Housed in a former power station on the South Bank, Tate Modern displays a vast collection of contemporary and modern art from around the world. It’s known for its dynamic exhibitions and stunning views of the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral from its terrace.

Tate Modern in London

21. Explore Camden Lock Market and Camden Stables Market

Address: Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF
Tube: Camden Town (Northern line)
Website: Camden Market

Camden Market comprises a series of retail markets, offering everything from vintage clothing and handmade crafts to a diverse range of food stalls. The vibrant atmosphere, live music, and canal-side location make it a popular destination for both Londoners and tourists.

This list is just a starting point to explore London’s rich tapestry of free attractions, blending historical landmarks with natural beauty and cultural institutions. Let’s look at some more…

22. Visit the Sky Garden

Address: 20 Fenchurch St, London, EC3M 8AF
Tube: Monument (Circle and District lines), Bank (Central, Northern, and Waterloo & City lines)
Website: Sky Garden

Known as London’s highest public garden, the Sky Garden offers sweeping views of the city from the top of the “Walkie Talkie” building. While entry is free, booking in advance is essential to secure a spot. Enjoy the lush indoor gardens, open-air terrace, and the unparalleled 360-degree view of London’s skyline.

23. Explore the Victoria and Albert Museum

Address: Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL
Tube: South Kensington (Circle, District, and Piccadilly lines)
Website: Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) houses a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The museum covers the fields of fashion, design, sculpture, photography, and more, making it an essential visit for art and design enthusiasts.

24. Walk Along the South Bank

Address: Along the Thames between Lambeth Bridge and Tower Bridge
Tube: Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, and Bakerloo lines), Southwark (Jubilee line)
Website: N/A

The South Bank is a vibrant area along the Thames, featuring street performers, food stalls, and free events. Highlights include the National Theatre, the BFI Southbank, and the Southbank Centre. Walking along the river, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the London Eye, the Shard, and other iconic landmarks.

25. Experience the Changing of the Guard

Address: Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
Tube: Victoria (Victoria, Circle, and District lines), Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly, and Victoria lines)
Website: Changing of the Guard

Witness the famous ceremony of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a display of British pageantry that includes the exchange of duties between the Old Guard and the New Guard, accompanied by music. Check the schedule online as it can vary.

26. Watch the Changing of the Horse Guards

Address: Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX
Tube: Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo Lines), Westminster (Jubilee, District, and Circle Lines), 
Website: Horse Guards Parade

While most are familiar with the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace above, the Changing of the Horse Guards at Whitehall is another impressive ceremony that takes place daily. It’s a spectacle of British military tradition.

Horse Guards Parade is a historic sporting ground in the heart of London, just behind Whitehall and Downing Street. It’s the site of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which celebrates the Queen’s official birthday annually in June with much pageantry. Aside from this grand event, visitors can watch the daily Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard, a spectacular display of British military tradition, free of charge.

The parade ground is also a stone’s throw from St. James’s Park, offering a pleasant continuation of any visit to this iconic area of London.

Do not try to touch the horses nor the Guards.

27. Stroll through St. James’s Park

Address: St. James’s Park, London SW1A 2BJ
Tube: St. James’s Park (District and Circle Lines), Westminster (Jubilee, District, and Circle Lines)
Website: Royal Parks – St. James’s Park

This is one of my favorite things to do in London.

St. James’s Park, the oldest of the Royal Parks in London, offers a peaceful respite from the bustling city. It’s surrounded by landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Horse Guards Parade.

The park features a beautiful lake with two islands, West Island and Duck Island, which is a sanctuary for wildlife, including ducks, geese, and pelicans.

The Blue Bridge across the lake provides one of the most stunning views of the London skyline, perfectly framing the London Eye, Westminster, and Buckingham Palace.

Visitors can enjoy the flourishing flower beds, meandering paths, and the tranquil setting any time of the year.

St. James's Park in London

28. Discover Street Art in Shoreditch

Address: Shoreditch, East London
Tube: Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines), Shoreditch High Street (Overground)
Website: Hoxton and Shoreditch

Shoreditch is renowned for its vibrant street art, featuring works by internationally acclaimed artists as well as local talents. Take a walk through its streets to discover ever-changing murals, graffiti, and installations. It’s an open-air gallery experience that encapsulates the creative spirit of East London.

Vibrant street art scene in Shoreditch, London

29. Visit the Science Museum

Address: Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD
Tube: South Kensington (Circle, District, and Piccadilly lines)
Website: Science Museum

The Science Museum makes science accessible to everyone with interactive exhibits and historical collections that span the fields of technology, medicine, and engineering. Highlights include the Apollo 10 command capsule and the history of computing. It’s a fascinating journey for curious minds of all ages.

30. Explore the Museum of London

Address: 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
Tube: Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines), St Paul’s (Central line)
Website: Museum of London

The Museum of London documents the history of the British capital from prehistoric times to the present day. It’s an immersive way to understand the city’s development through interactive displays, archaeological finds, and reconstructed historical scenes.

31. Stroll Through Kensington Gardens

Address: Kensington Gardens, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Queensway (Central line), Lancaster Gate (Central line)
Website: Royal Parks – Kensington Gardens

Once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, this is one of the Royal Parks of London, offering beautiful landscapes, the Serpentine Gallery, and the Albert Memorial. It’s an ideal spot for a peaceful walk or a picnic.

32. Admire the Street Performers at Covent Garden

Address: Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RF
Tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines)
Website: Covent Garden London

Covent Garden is not just a shopping and dining destination; it’s also famous for its street performers who entertain crowds with music, magic, and acrobatics. The 17th-century piazza is a lively spot that captures the essence of London’s entertainment scene.

From historical landmarks and lush parks to dynamic cultural venues and vibrant street art. These experiences offer insight into the city’s rich heritage, innovative spirit, and contemporary creativity, making London an endlessly fascinating place to explore without breaking the bank.

33. Explore the Royal Air Force Museum

Address: Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL
Tube: Colindale (Northern line)
Website: Royal Air Force Museum

Dedicated to the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force, this museum houses over a hundred aircraft from around the world, including rare and historically significant models. Interactive exhibits and themed areas, such as the Battle of Britain and the First World War, provide an educational experience for all ages.

34. Visit the Horniman Museum and Gardens

Address: 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ
Train: Forest Hill (National Rail)
Website: Horniman Museum and Gardens

This eclectic museum offers collections that span natural history, anthropology, and musical instruments, set within 16 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The museum’s aquarium and the interactive displays are perfect for families.

35. Stroll around Hampstead Heath

Address: Hampstead Heath, London NW5 1QR
Tube: Hampstead (Northern line), Gospel Oak (Overground)
Website: Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is one of London’s most popular open spaces, offering some of the best views of the city from Parliament Hill. It’s a popular spot for kite-flying, picnics, and simply soaking in the vast cityscape. Hampstead Heath has sprawling meadows, woodlands, and ponds provide a perfect setting for walking, swimming, and enjoying nature within the city.

36. Visit Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath

Address: Hampstead Ln, London NW3 7JR
Tube: Golders Green (Northern Line), then bus 210
Website: English Heritage – Kenwood

Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath, Kenwood House is a beautiful historic property with a world-class art collection, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Turner. The house and its stunning landscaped gardens are open to the public for free.

37. Visit Keats House

Address: 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR
Tube: Hampstead Heath (Overground)
Website: Keats House

Discover the home of the Romantic poet John Keats, exploring his life, works, and the Regency-era house itself. The museum hosts several free events throughout the year, though there is an entry fee. But you can gaze at the house for free when you visit the Hampstead Heath area.

38. Watch the Deer in Richmond Park

Address: Richmond Park, London, TW10 5HS
Train: Richmond (National Rail)
Website: Royal Parks – Richmond Park

As the largest of London’s Royal Parks, Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, famous for its herds of Red and Fallow deer. The park’s landscapes, gardens, and ancient trees make it a haven for wildlife and nature lovers.

39. Visit the Wallace Collection

Address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN
Tube: Bond Street (Central and Jubilee lines)
Website: Wallace Collection

This national museum in an historic London townhouse houses an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries, including paintings, furniture, arms, and armour. It’s renowned for its French 18th-century paintings, Sèvres porcelain, and Renaissance works.

40. Experience the Wellcome Collection

Address: 183 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2BE
Tube: Euston (Northern and Victoria lines)
Website: Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library exploring health, life, and our place in the world. It combines medical artifacts with contemporary art and historical exhibitions, making it a fascinating destination for those interested in science, medicine, and art.

41. Walk the Thames Path National Path

Address: Along the River Thames, London
Tube: Various, depending on starting point
Website: Thames Path

The Thames Path is a National Trail stretching along the River Thames. In London, it offers a peaceful walkway by the river, passing historical sites, modern attractions, and providing picturesque views of the city. It’s perfect for leisurely walks, runs, and cycle rides.

I’ve done parts of this walk and its quite amazing. I’ve walked from Woolwich to I believe the O2 Arena before.

The Thames Barrier, United Kingdom

The Thames Barrier, United Kingdom

42. Explore the Geffrye Museum of the Home

Address: 136 Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8EA
Overground: Hoxton
Website: Museum of the Home

This museum explores home and domestic life from 1600 to the present day, with a series of period rooms and gardens depicting how homes and home life have evolved over the centuries. It offers a unique insight into the changing style and function of domestic spaces.

43. Attend a Free Lecture at Gresham College

Address: Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, London, EC1N 2HH
Tube: Chancery Lane (Central line)
Website: Gresham College

Gresham College has provided free public lectures for over 400 years, covering topics ranging from science to the arts. Attending a lecture offers a unique opportunity to engage with contemporary academic and intellectual thought.

44. Visit the Bank of England Museum

Address: Bartholomew Lane, London, EC2R 8AH
Tube: Bank (Central, Northern, and Waterloo & City lines)
Website: Bank of England Museum

This museum inside the Bank of England offers insights into the bank’s history, its role in the UK economy, and how money and banking have evolved. Interactive exhibits and historical artifacts, like gold bars and ancient coins, make it an intriguing visit.

45. Admire the Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre

Address: Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AE
Tube: Bank (Central, Northern, and Waterloo & City lines), St Paul’s (Central line)
Website: Guildhall Art Gallery

The Guildhall Art Gallery houses the City of London Corporation’s art collection, with works dating from the 17th century to the present day. Below the gallery, visitors can explore the remains of London’s Roman Amphitheatre, discovered in 1988.

 


I hope this list offers a glimpse into the wealth of free experiences available in London, showcasing the city’s vast historical, cultural, and natural attractions.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time resident, London’s free offerings provide endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.


46. Explore the Serpentine Galleries

Address: Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA
Tube: Lancaster Gate (Central Line), Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line)
Website: Serpentine Galleries

Located within the beautiful Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Galleries are among London’s most popular venues for contemporary and modern art. They host free exhibitions and installations from internationally renowned artists, architects, and designers.

47. Stroll Through Leake Street Arches

Address: Leake St, London SE1 7NN
Tube: Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, and Waterloo & City Lines)
Website: Leake Street Arches

Also known as the “Banksy Tunnel,” this urban canvas beneath Waterloo Station showcases ever-changing street art. It’s a must-visit for fans of graffiti and urban culture, highlighting works from both famous and emerging street artists.

48. Learn at the Imperial War Museum

Address: Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ
Tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo Line), Elephant & Castle (Northern and Bakerloo Lines)
Website: Imperial War Museum London

Explore the impact of modern conflict on people and society. The museum covers conflicts involving Britain from the First World War through to the present day, with powerful exhibits, personal stories, and historical artifacts.

49. Enjoy the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Address: London E20 2ST
Tube: Stratford (Central and Jubilee Lines), Hackney Wick (London Overground)
Website: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games now serves as a public park, offering a wide range of sporting, cultural, and leisure activities. It’s a great place for walks, bike rides, and enjoying the playgrounds and waterways.

50. Visit The Line – London’s First Dedicated Modern and Contemporary Art Walk

Address: Starts at North Greenwich, London
Tube: North Greenwich (Jubilee Line)
Website: The Line

The Line is London’s first dedicated art walk, featuring outdoor sculptures and installations by both renowned and emerging artists. The route runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2, following the Meridian Line.

These activities offer diverse and enriching experiences for all types of visitors to London, emphasizing the city’s commitment to culture, history, art, and the great outdoors, all accessible for free.

51. Visit Harrods Department Store

Address: 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Tube: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line)
Website: Harrods

Harrods is not just a shopping destination; it’s an iconic landmark and a must-visit experience in London. Known for its luxurious goods, exquisite food hall, and stunning Egyptian Escalator, the store spans over seven floors and 330 departments dedicated to the finest products in food, fashion, homeware, technology, and more.

While purchasing might be on the pricier side, browsing through the lavishly decorated halls and window displays, especially during Christmas, is an experience in itself and is free. The store also features memorials to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, making it a place of interest beyond its retail offerings.

Harrods, Knightsbridge United Kingdom

52. Visit the Design Museum

Address: 224-238 Kensington High St, London W8 6AG
Tube: High Street Kensington (Circle and District Lines)
Website: Design Museum

The Design Museum offers free entry to its permanent display, “Designer Maker User”, which explores contemporary design. The museum’s exhibitions focus on architecture, fashion, furniture, product, and graphic design.

53. Explore Postman’s Park

Address: King Edward St, London EC1A 7BT
Tube: St. Paul’s (Central Line)
Website: Postman’s Park

This small and peaceful park is home to the Watts Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, which commemorates individuals who died while saving others. It’s a touching tribute and a quiet spot away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

54. Take a Walk in the Barbican Conservatory

Address: Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
Tube: Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan Lines)
Website: Barbican Conservatory

Located within the Barbican Centre, the Conservatory is the second biggest conservatory in London, housing tropical plants, trees, and fish. It’s an urban oasis that’s open to the public on select Sundays and Bank Holidays. The public spaces offer free things to do.

55. Browse the Southbank Centre Book Market

Address: Under Waterloo Bridge, 337-338 Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Tube: Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, and Waterloo & City Lines)
Website: Southbank Centre Market

Nestled under Waterloo Bridge, the Southbank Centre Book Market is open daily, rain or shine. It’s one of London’s best-kept secrets, offering a range of second-hand and antique books across various genres.

These activities showcase London’s diverse cultural, historical, and natural attractions, providing enriching experiences for all visitors without the need for admission fees.

56. Admire Art at the Whitechapel Gallery

Address: 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX
Tube: Aldgate East (Hammersmith & City and District Lines)
Website: Whitechapel Gallery

A pioneering contemporary art venue since 1901, Whitechapel Gallery has hosted iconic exhibitions by artists like Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Frida Kahlo. It remains at the forefront of contemporary art, with free entry to its galgalleries . There are charges for select exhibitions.

57. Discover the Museum of London Docklands

Address: No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
DLR: West India Quay
Website: Museum of London Docklands

Explore the long history of London as a port, from the arrival of the Romans to the rise of Canary Wharf. Housed in a historic warehouse, the museum delves into the city’s fascinating maritime history with interactive displays and rare objects.

58. Stroll Through Brompton Cemetery

Address: Fulham Rd, London SW10 9UG
Tube: West Brompton (District Line)
Website: Royal Parks – Brompton Cemetery

One of London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries, Brompton Cemetery offers a tranquil place for contemplation amid historical monuments and graves, including many notable figures. It’s a haven for wildlife and a picturesque spot for a leisurely walk. Also cemeteries tells you a lot about the places you visit.

59. Explore the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Address: Thicket Rd, London SE19 2GA
Train: Crystal Palace
Website: Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Venture back in time with a visit to the world’s first dinosaur sculptures in Crystal Palace Park. Created in the 1850s, these historically significant models offer a glimpse into the Victorian fascination with paleontology, set within a beautiful parkland.

60. Attend a Free Recital at the Royal Opera House

Address: Bow St, London WC2E 9DD
Tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line)
Website: Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House offers free lunchtime recitals in the stunning Paul Hamlyn Hall. Enjoy performances from members of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, featuring opera and music recitals. Spaces are limited, so booking ahead is recommended, if its available.

61. Walk Through Little Venice

Address: Along the Regent’s Canal, near Paddington
Tube: Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo Line)
Website: Little Venice

Little Venice, with its beautiful canals and waterways, offers a picturesque setting reminiscent of Venice, Italy. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the canal to see the charming houseboats, waterside cafes, and puppet shows at the Puppet Theatre Barge.

Little Venice, London United Kingdom canal

Little Venice, London United Kingdom canal

62. Walk Along Regent’s Canal

Address: Various starting points from Little Venice to Docklands
Tube: Warwick Avenue for Little Venice (Bakerloo Line), Limehouse for Docklands (DLR)
Website: Regents Walk from A Lady In London Blog

Enjoy a peaceful walk along Regent’s Canal, passing by historical landmarks, contemporary architecture, and through vibrant neighborhoods. It’s a beautiful way to see a different side of London.

63. Visit the Grant Museum of Zoology

Address: Rockefeller Building, 21 University St, London WC1E 6DE
Tube: Euston Square (Metropolitan, Circle, and Hammersmith & City Lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria Lines)
Website: Grant Museum of Zoology

The Grant Museum of Zoology is one of the oldest natural history collections in the UK, featuring a wide array of specimens, including rare dodo bones and a quagga skeleton. It’s a fascinating exploration of the animal kingdom.

64. Take in the Views from Primrose Hill

Address: Primrose Hill, London
Tube: Chalk Farm (Northern Line)
Website: Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill, located just north of Regent’s Park, provides some of the most breathtaking views of London’s skyline. It’s a popular spot for picnics, kite flying, and watching the sunset over the city.

65. Discover the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Address: Malet Pl, London WC1E 6BT
Tube: Euston Square (Metropolitan, Circle, and Hammersmith & City Lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria Lines)
Website: Petrie Museum

Home to one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world, the Petrie Museum displays an array of artifacts, including pottery, mummies, and textiles, offering a deep dive into ancient Egyptian culture.

 


These additional activities continue to showcase the wealth of experiences London has to offer without spending a penny, highlighting the city’s rich cultural, historical, and natural beauty.


66. Walk Around Canary Wharf

Address: Canary Wharf, London E14
Tube: Canary Wharf (Jubilee Line, DLR)
Website: Canary Wharf

The Canary Wharf estate is not just a business district but also a hub for art and culture. Discover modern sculptures, visit the Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival, or enjoy the parks and waterways.

67. Stroll Through the Walthamstow Wetlands

Address: 2 Forest Rd, Walthamstow, London N17 9NH
Tube: Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line)
Website: Walthamstow Wetlands

Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve offers a sanctuary for both wildlife and people. It’s an ideal spot for birdwatching, walking, and enjoying a unique natural landscape within the city.

68. Walk Through Soho’s Music History

Address: Soho, London
Tube: Oxford Circus (Central, Victoria, and Bakerloo Lines)
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Soho has played a significant role in London’s music scene, with numerous sites related to famous bands and artists. Walk around to discover historic music venues, record shops, and locations associated with the likes of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and David Bowie.

69. Learn at the British Library’s Exhibitions

Address: 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Tube: King’s Cross St. Pancras (Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan Lines)
Website: British Library

The British Library isn’t just for research; it also hosts free exhibitions and displays. Its treasures gallery displays iconic items like the Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s First Folio, and the Beatles’ lyrics.

70. Take a Self-guided Street Art Tour in Brick Lane

Address: Brick Lane, London
Tube: Aldgate East (Hammersmith & City and District Lines)
Website: Brick Lane

Brick Lane and the surrounding area of Shoreditch are famous for an ever-changing collection of street art. Spot works by famous artists like Banksy, D*Face, and ROA on your own walking tour, capturing the vibrant urban culture.

71. Visit the Royal Academy of Arts During Free Display Hours

Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
Tube: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines)
Website: Royal Academy of Arts

While special exhibitions usually require a ticket, the Royal Academy of Arts offers free access to parts of its collection and selected displays. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see works by leading artists and architects.

72. Attend a Workshop at the Apple Store on Regent Street

Address: 235 Regent Street, London, W1B 2EL
Tube: Oxford Circus (Central, Victoria, and Bakerloo Lines)
Website: Apple Regent Street

Apple’s flagship store offers free workshops and events on photography, video, music, coding, art, and design using Apple products. It’s a great way to learn new skills in a modern learning environment.

73. Participate in Workshops at the Apple Covent Garden

Address: No. 1-7 The Piazza, London WC2E 8HB
Tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line)
Website: Apple Covent Garden

Similar to its Regent Street counterpart, Apple Covent Garden offers a variety of free workshops focusing on creativity and technology. It’s a great spot for those looking to enhance their digital skills in photography, video editing, music production, and more.

74. Walk the Jubilee Greenway

Address: Various starting points in London
Tube: Various, depending on starting point
Website: Jubilee Greenway

Marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Jubilee Greenway is a 60km walking and cycling route connecting many of London’s parks, waterways, and royal landmarks. It’s signposted throughout and offers a scenic way to explore the city’s heritage and natural beauty.

75. Explore the City Farms Around London

Various Locations: Hackney City Farm (1a Goldsmiths Row London E2 8QA) , Mudchute Park and Farm (Pier Street, Isle of Dogs London E14 3HP), Spitalfields City Farm (Buxton Street, London E1 5AR), etc.
Tube: Check farm locations for the appropriate information
Websites: List of Select City Farms (13)

London’s city farms offer a slice of country life in the urban environment. Meet farm animals, learn about gardening, and enjoy the open spaces. They’re great for families and anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle.

76. Participate in a Parkrun in London’s Parks

Various Locations: Finsbury Park, Richmond Park, Burgess Park, etc.
Tube: Check farm locations for the appropriate information
Website: parkrun UK

parkrun organizes free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and people of every ability are encouraged to participate.

77. Explore the South Bank and Southbank Centre

Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX
Tube: Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, and Waterloo & City Lines)
Website: Southbank Centre

The South Bank is a vibrant area along the River Thames, offering stunning views of the city, street performers, and a range of free events hosted by the Southbank Centre, Europe’s largest center for the arts.

78. Discover the Dinosaurs at Crystal Palace Park

Address: Thicket Rd, London SE19 2GA
Train: Crystal Palace Rail Station (London Overground)
Website: Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Besides the famous Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, the park offers a variety of sculptures, a maze, and vast landscapes to explore. It’s a historic site that provides fun and education for all ages.

79. Attend Free Events at the British Film Institute (BFI)

Address: Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
Tube: Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, and Waterloo & City Lines)
Website: BFI Southbank

The BFI Southbank hosts a range of free film-related events, including Q&As with directors and actors, early career filmmaker events, and exhibitions in the BFI Reuben Library.

80. Visit the Geffrye Museum’s Restored Almshouse

Address: 136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA
Overground: Hoxton
Website: Museum of the Home

Discover what homes have looked like over the past 400 years in England. While the main museum is fascinating, the restored almshouse offers a rare glimpse into the lives of London’s poor and elderly in the 18th and 19th centuries.

81. Attend a Free Lecture at the London School of Economics (LSE)

Address: Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE
Tube: Holborn (Central and Piccadilly Lines)
Website: LSE Public Lectures and Events

The LSE hosts many free public lectures and events featuring prominent public figures, scholars, and politicians from around the world, covering a range of timely and important topics.

82. Explore London’s Roman Wall

Address: Various locations around the City of London
Tube: Tower Hill (Circle and District Lines)
Website: Self-Guided PDF Map 

Pieces of the ancient Roman Wall that once encircled Londinium can still be seen in various parts of the City of London. It’s a fascinating historical treasure hunt to find these remnants of Roman Britain. 

83. Visit the RAF Chapel at Biggin Hill

Address: Main Road, Biggin Hill, Westerham TN16 3EJ
Train: Biggin Hill (Then a bus or taxi to the chapel)
Website: Biggin Hill Memorial Museum

The chapel and the museum honor the pilots and crew who served at RAF Biggin Hill during WWII. It’s a poignant reminder of the Battle of Britain and the importance of this airfield in the UK’s defense. They have several free events including weekly church services. There is a charge to visit the museum.

84. Stroll Through the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

Address: Holland Park, Ilchester Pl, London W8 6LU
Tube: Holland Park (Central Line)
Website: Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

Experience a slice of Japan in London with a visit to the tranquil Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. The garden features traditional Japanese elements, including koi carp and a waterfall.

85. Attend Events at The Scoop

Address: More London Riverside, London SE1 2DB
Tube: London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern Lines)
Website: The Scoop Amphitheater

The Scoop is an outdoor amphitheater next to City Hall that offers a range of free events during the warmer months, including live music, theatre productions, and film screenings.

86. Walk Through the City of London

Address: City of London
Tube: Various, depending on starting point
Website: N/A

Discover the historic heart of London with a walk through the City, or “Square Mile.” It’s home to the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral, the Bank of England, and the ancient Guildhall, as well as modern architectural wonders like the Gherkin. So, just start walking, its free :-).

87. Visit the Museum of Freemasonry

Address: Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ
Tube: Holborn (Central and Piccadilly Lines)
Website: Museum of Freemasonry

Explore the fascinating world of Freemasonry with a visit to its museum in the art deco Freemasons’ Hall. The museum’s exhibits cover the history of Freemasonry in England as well as its cultural and social impact.


 

These additional activities further illustrate the diversity and richness of London’s cultural, historical, and artistic offerings, all available for free. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, London provides countless opportunities to explore and enjoy without breaking the bank.

Let’s continue with more enriching free activities and explorations across London.


88. Relax at St. Dunstan in the East Church Garden

Address: St Dunstan’s Hill, London EC3R 5DD
Tube: Monument (Circle, District Lines)
Website: St. Dunstan in the East Church Gardens

This public garden, set within the ruins of a church destroyed during World War II, offers a peaceful oasis in the heart of the City of London. It’s a picturesque spot for lunch breaks and leisurely strolls.

89. Explore the V&A Museum of Childhood

Address: Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA
Tube: Bethnal Green (Central Line)
Website: V&A Museum of Childhood

This museum, part of the Victoria and Albert Museum, offers a nostalgic look at childhood through the ages. Its collections include toys, games, and childhood ephemera from the 1600s to the present day.

90. Explore Mile End Park

Address: Grove Road, London E3 5TW
Tube: Mile End (Central, District, and Hammersmith & City Lines)
Website: Mile End Park

Mile End Park is a place to learn about local wildlife and ecology through various interactive displays and information boards.

91. Join a Free Walking Tour

Various Locations: City of London, Westminster, etc.
Website: Various, e.g., Free Tours by Foot

A variety of organizations offer free walking tours around London, covering themes from historical landmarks to literary haunts and even ghost stories. While the tours are free, tipping your guide is encouraged.

92. Visit the Museum of Methodism and John Wesley’s House

Address: 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU
Tube: Old Street (Northern Line)
Website: Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Mission

Explore the history of Methodism and the life of its founder, John Wesley, in his preserved 18th-century home next to Wesley’s Chapel. The museum and house offer insights into his work and the movement he started.

93. Attend a Service at Southwark Cathedral

Address: London Bridge, London SE1 9DA
Tube: London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern Lines)
Website: Southwark Cathedral

Experience the spiritual ambiance and historical beauty of Southwark Cathedral through its regular services or simply by exploring its interior, which is rich in history and artistry.

94. Discover the Hidden Gems of Neal’s Yard

Address: Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line)
Website: Neal’s Yard

A colorful corner of Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is a small alley known for its vibrant buildings, boutique shops, and organic cafés. It’s a picturesque spot for photographers and those looking for a quiet escape from the bustling city.

95. Visit Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Address: Crossrail Place, London E14
DLR: Canary Wharf
Website: Crossrail Place Roof Garden

This roof garden atop Canary Wharf’s Crossrail station is an urban oasis with an array of plants, trees, and seating areas. It’s a perfect spot for relaxation amidst the architectural marvels of Canary Wharf.

96. Peruse the Photographers’ Gallery

Address: 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW
Tube: Oxford Circus (Central, Victoria, Bakerloo Lines)
Website: The Photographers’ Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. It’s a fantastic place to see contemporary photography exhibitions. Admission is free after 5:00 pm on Fridays.

97. Discover Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Address: Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3TL
Tube: Holborn (Central, Piccadilly Lines)
Website: Lincoln’s Inn Fields

The largest public square in London, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is surrounded by historic buildings and is a peaceful place to relax. Nearby, you can also explore the Sir John Soane’s Museum, which offers free entry to its collections of art, architecture, and antiquities.

98. Visit Sir John Soane’s Museum

Address: 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP
Tube: Holborn (Central and Piccadilly Lines)
Website: Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane’s Museum, once the home of the renowned architect Sir John Soane, is now a fascinating museum in the heart of London. This unique museum houses Soane’s remarkable collection of art, sculptures, furniture, and architectural models in a series of intricately designed interiors.

Soane designed his home as a living museum, with ingenious use of space and light. Highlights include the Picture Room, with its panels of Hogarth paintings, and the atmospheric crypt that houses the sarcophagus of Seti I.

Admission is free, offering visitors a glimpse into the creative mind of one of Britain’s most influential architects.

99. Attend Free Recitals at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ
Tube: Charing Cross (Bakerloo, Northern Lines)
Website: St. Martin-in-the-Fields

This historic church offers free lunchtime concerts featuring talented musicians from around the world. It’s a beautiful setting for classical music enthusiasts.

100. Explore Trafalgar Square

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Tube: Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern Lines)
Website: Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is not only a public square in the heart of London but also a cultural landmark known worldwide. It commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars.

The square is dominated by Nelson’s Column, guarded by four lion statues at its base, and surrounded by historic buildings, including the National Gallery and St Martin-in-the-Fields church. It’s a popular spot for social gatherings, public demonstrations, and cultural celebrations.

The square also features several plinths displaying contemporary art installations. Visiting Trafalgar Square offers a unique blend of historical significance, architectural beauty, and vibrant city life, making it a must-see destination in London.

101. Explore the Parkland Walk

Start: Finsbury Park, End: Alexandra Palace
Tube: Finsbury Park (Victoria, Piccadilly Lines)
Website: Parkland Walk

The Parkland Walk follows the course of a disused railway line and is London’s longest nature reserve. It offers a serene, green pathway through north London, perfect for walking or jogging.

102. Attend the Mayor’s Thames Festival

Location: Various along the River Thames
Tube: Various, depending on event location
Website: Totally Thames

This annual celebration of the River Thames runs throughout September and features a range of free events, including art installations, guided walks, and river races.

103. Visit the RAF Museum

Address: Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL
Tube: Colindale (Northern Line)
Website: RAF Museum

Delve into the history of the Royal Air Force at this comprehensive museum. With a collection that spans the entirety of the RAF’s history, visitors can see iconic aircraft up close and learn about the experiences of RAF personnel.

104. Explore East London’s Victoria Park

Address: Grove Road, Bow, London E3 5TB
Tube: Mile End (Central, District, Hammersmith & City Lines)
Website: London’s Victoria Park

Known as the “People’s Park,” Victoria Park is one of London’s oldest public parks. It offers a large, open space perfect for leisure activities, sports, and hosts several free events throughout the year.

Summary

I hope these 100+ free things to do in London provide even more ways to enjoy London’s rich cultural tapestry, historical depth, and vibrant modern life, all without spending any money on the attractions.

Whether you’re a local discovering new facets of your city or a visitor soaking in as much as possible, London’s array of free offerings ensures there’s always something new and exciting around the corner.

I hope you enjoy my most visited city worldwide.