London for Free

London for free! What to see in this cool capital without spending a penny.

London Eye

London Eye and County Hall

Walking Tour of London

Get your map out and take yourself for a walkabout to see the sites. Watch the street performers and mime artists in Covent Garden, catch the red carpet premieres in Leicester Square, or wander by Soho for cool bars and lively gay scene and the iconic restaurants of Chinatown. See the modern ‘City’ architecture surrounding the Tower of London, and South Bank is the best!

Chinatown London

Gerrard Street in Chinatown, London

London’s Best Markets

Free to look at – buying is up to you! Visit famous Covent Garden Market and alternative Camden Lock, Sundays head east early to the flower-filled streets of Columbia Road then nearby Brick Lane Market for food from around the world, music and fashion with London’s hipsters. Saturdays head west to world famous Portobello Market for vintage clothes and antiques.

Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge and South Bank

London’s South Bank

The river Thames’ South Bank has the best views of London and there is always something happening, from outdoor festivals to Christmas markets. Walk from Tower Bridge (opposite the Tower of London) past Southwark Cathedral, neighbouring foodie heaven Borough Market (sample food here for free!), past Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern art gallery. From Gabriel’s Wharf’s to the National Theatre (free music and art performances in summer), the Southbank Centre and Hayward Gallery and see the view that inspired the song ‘Waterloo Sunset’ with Big Ben and parliament opposite.

Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake

Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake

Visit London’s Parks

From free concerts at famous Hyde Park to feeding pelicans at St James’s Park with a view of Buckingham Palace, there’s over 5,000 acres of parkland to see, including former 2012 Olympic Games site is now the Queen Elizabeth Park featuring waterside picnic spots.

"National Gallery London 2013 March" by Morio - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:National_Gallery_London_2013_March.jpg#/media/File:National_Gallery_London_2013_March.jpgFree Museums & Galleries

London’s many museums and galleries stage world-class exhibitions. Luckily for you – most are free! See Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ at the National Gallery, or the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square. World famous Tate Britain and Tate Modern on the riverbanks are also free, and the British Museum or fascinating Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A). See dinosaurs at the National History Museum or explore space at the Science Museum.

Book your bed at Equity Point in London, by trendy Notting Hill and Hyde Park. With great facilities including a guest cafe, there’s a choice of private en-suite or dormitory rooms. Book Now!

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Kofola”

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At Equity Point Prague we’ve got a room dedicated to Kofola and not to Coca cola. So, what’s the connection?

Originated in the Czechoslovak pharmaceutical company Galena, (located in Opava) in 1959 during research targeted at finding a possible use for surplus caffeine produced in the process of coffee roasting. The resulting dark-coloured, sweet-and-sour syrup Kofo became the main ingredient of a new soft drink named Kofola introduced in 1960.

During the 1960s and 1970s Kofola became exceedingly popular in Czechoslovakia because it substituted for Western cola-based drinks like Coca-Cola or Pepsi, which were not generally available. Continue reading

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Kladrubský”

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The Kladruber (Czech Kladrubský kun) is the oldest Czech horse breed and one of the world’s oldest and it’s considered very rare. We have a room at Equity Point Prague to commemorate it.

The main breeding center is in National stud farm Kladruby nad Labem in the Czech Republic where Kladrubers have been bred for more than 400 years. Kladrubers have always been bred to be a galakarosier – a heavy type of carriage horse for the court of the House of Habsburg.

Bred in Kladruby nad Labem national stud, the Kladruber breed is almost 400 years old, yet is remarkably rare (492 mares as of January, 2011). Kladruby stud was founded in 1579 by Rudolf II as an Imperial stud, at the Perlstein stables.

The breed was based on imported Spanish (such as the Andalusian) and Italian horses, crossed with Neapolitan, Danish, Holstein, Irish, and Oldenburg blood, in addition to the heavy Czech breeds. The animal was first developed to be a galakarosier; a heavy type of carriage horse used to pull the imperial coach, usually in a four- or six-in-hand, at ceremonies and funerals.

It originally came in a variety of colors, including palomino and appaloosa, although today the breed is strictly gray or black, due to a breeding program requiring 18 “white” (i.e. fully mature grays) and 18 black stallions for various ceremonies of the court.

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Barrandov Studios”

Barrandov Studios

Hollywood and Czech Republic: What’s the connection?

Barrandov Studios is a famous set of film studios in Prague, Czech Republic. It is the largest film studio in the country and one of the largest in Europe. Several of the movies filmed there won Oscars.

Czech film history is closely connected with that of Prague’s entrepreneurial Havel family, and especially with the activities of the brothers Miloš Havel (1899–1968) and Václav Havel (1897–1979) (Václav was the father of the Czech President of the same name).

In 1921 Miloš Havel created the A-B Joint Stock Company by merging his American Film distribution company with the Biografia film distributors.

At present the studios are often called the “European Hollywood” or “Hollywood of the East” and many films have been filmed there, such as Mission Impossible, The Bourne Identity, Casino Royale, Prince Caspian, and many others.

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Lodní Šroub’s propellers”

Ship's propellers Room 203

Do you like sailing? If so, you may know that Josef Ludvík František Ressel (29 June 1793 – 9 October 1857) was an Austrian-Czech forester and inventor who designed one of the first working ship’s propellers, and at Equity Point Prague we have a room designed to commemorate it.

He worked in Landstrass (Kostanjevica on the Krka river in Carniola in Slovenia), where he tested his ship propellers for the first time.

In 1821 he was transferred to Trieste (Italy), the biggest port of the Austrian Empire, where his tests were successful. He was awarded a propeller patent in 1827. Continue reading

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Carps”

Fried carp room 307

It is too early to think about our Christmas’s menu but this tradition but we’ve got a room at Equity Point Prague devoted to the Christmas menu. A traditional Christmas meal in the Czech Republic is fried carp and potato salad. It’ a sort of ”Carp tradition”.

Several days before the 24th Carp sellers pop up around the country. The Carp sellers or stalls consist of several large vats filled with live Carp and water. There is a large table where the carp is killed and prepared if you want to.

But the tradition is that families buy their Carp fresh a day, or so, before and cook it fresh on the 24th. Those who buy the Carp alive will fill the bathtub up with water and have a family pet for a couple of days.

Won’t you try the traditional Christmas Czech Carp?

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Klementinum”

Klementinum printing

Klementinum is about a “must see” in Prague: one of its most spectacular places to visit. You will be fascinated by the majestic and the historical atmosphere of the Klementinum.

The Klementinum is a historic complex of buildings in Prague. It is currently in use as the National Library of the Czech Republic. In 2005, the Czech National Library received the UNESCO Jikji prize (Memory of the World). Continue reading

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Pilsner Urquell”

PILSNER URQUELL

In this long itinerary through the history of the decorations of Equity Point Prague’s Hostel, we are going to present you the most refreshing subject: BEER!

Plze?ský Prazdroj, known better by its German name Pilsner Urquell, is a bottom-fermented beer produced since 1842 in Pilsen, part of today’s Czech Republic. Pilsner Urquell was the first Pilsner beer in the world. Continue reading

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Good soldier Švejk”

ŠVEJK ROOM 402

The Good Soldier Švejk, also spelled Schweik or Schwejk, is the abbreviated title of an unfinished satirical/dark comedy novel by Jaroslav Hašek. And it has inspired the painting at Equity Point Prague’s room 402.

It was originally illustrated by Josef Lada. The original Czech title of the work is Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za sv?tové války, literally The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk During the World War. He has become the Czech national personification.

A number of literary critics consider The Good Soldier Švejk to be one of the first anti-war novels, preceding Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front. Even Joseph Heller said that if he had not read The Good Soldier Švejk, he would never have written his novel Catch-22. Continue reading

Ja tenim els guanyadors del sorteig de les entrades de Manel a Barcelona!

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Ja s’ha acabat el període de participació pel sorteig d’entrades de pista pel concert de Manel a Barcelona, que tindrà lloc aquest mateix divendres.

Els guanyadors han estat Eduard Pimàs al concurs de Facebook i Naara a Twitter. Cadascun d’ells s’emporta dues entrades. Enhorabona a tots dos!

Les entrades es poden recollir a partir de demà, divendres 14 de març, al Equity Point Céntric (Passeig de Gràcia 33, Barcelona), i estaran disponibles per ser recollides fins a les 20h, que es una hora abans de que comenci el concert.

Moltes gràcies a tots per participar i estigueu atents ja que ben aviat hi hauran més concursos!