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