London is renowned the world over as one of the best capital cities to spend a few days in. And whilst some top tourist attractions can be quite costly, there are plenty of free things to do. So, whether you’re catching the train from Brighton to London Bridge, flying from JFK to London Stanstead, or perhaps you’re making your way from the motorway, here are our top free things to do in London.
London has no shortage of museums, and the best bit, a lot of them are free!
Founded in 1753, the British Museum houses artefacts that span over two million years of human history. And showcases world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, and Egyptian mummies.
One of the most well loved museums in London, is the Natural History Museum. Located in the iconic, red brick building in South Kensington, the Natural History Museum exhibits more than 80 million specimens. The spectacular Hintze Hall is home to a 25 metre blue whale that hangs from the ceiling.
Although slightly more sombre, the Imperial War Museum in the old Bedlam asylum, invites visitors to discover how war has shaped us. With fighter planes and reimagined trenches, it’s both educational and entertaining. Founded during the First World War, and displayed across six floors, this award-winning gallery will move anybody.
Sometimes a spot of window shopping is like an outing in itself, and nowhere is that truer than in London. Home to some of the most iconic shops, and shopping streets in the world, browsing the aisles is one of the best free things to do in London.
Let the green and gold of Harrods lead the way. Explore the exotic food hall, over top perfumery, or the outlandish toy store. There are eight floors for you to explore and admire.
The famous Liberty prints can be seen in stately homes throughout the country, and the mock Tudor frontage of Liberty London looks like an old stately home too. The interiors are just as grand, with large atriums and creaking wooden floors throughout.
One of the oldest corner-shops can be in found in London, which is of course Fortnum and Mason. Feeding royalty since 1705, you can spend hours exploring the food halls – and sampling the goodies of course. Take a picture with the liveried doormen, or drool over the patisserie.
And if the great British weather holds out, there’s no shortage of parks to explore too. From Regent’s Park with its royal connections, to Greenwich Park with its spectacular city skyline views. Richmond Park and its wild deer, to Hyde Park and its sprawling greenery.