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.

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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!

Easter special events in London

I remember that as a kid I loved Easter because of the tones of chocolate I was allowed to eat. Of course I had to work really hard to get it, painting and hunting hard boiled eggs which, I had to admit, was funny too.

Nowadays, if you want to bring back the memories of old Easter days or live new experiences with your kids, in London –where we have the awesome Equity Point London hotel- there are plenty of activities such as: an egg hunt with prizes at Covent Garden; another egg hunt with craft stalls and Bunny Dance at the Horniman Museum; The Christathon, a pub crawl whose participants must go dressed as Christ; a boat race at Putney Bridge; a goat race –with real goats-; or the classical performance of The Passion of Jesus at Trafalgar Square.

You know you shouldn’t lose it!

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Spotting Tom Cruise at the airport

Marta, our Area Manager-Controller, is always travelling around the world from an Equity Point hostel to another. She’s used to the inconveniences of constant flying, but today I’ve received an email telling me that she has fallen in love in an airport with Tom Cruise!

She and Clara, our Area Manager-Expansion, spotted him on the airport and they say Tom is even more handsome in person. Now half of the office staff is green with envy. Continue reading

Celebrating the Olympic Games at Hyde Park

During the Olympic Games, Hyde Park is being the perfect spot to watch the Games with your friends. There are several big screens showing most of the sports and there are also other activities such as concerts, performances and a kid’s zone.

There will be a special Closing Ceremony Concert on Sunday August 12th with converts of Blur, New Order, The Specials and Bombay Bicycle Club. There will also be several Olympic athletes celebrating their success.

And remember, Equity Point London is 10 minutes walking distance from Hyde Park. But if you prefer to watch all the events at the hotel, every Equity Point is broadcasting the Olympic Games at the TV’s of the common areas so you can share the Olympic experience with people from all nationalities.

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London Olympic Games 2012

Tonight the whole world will be watching the Inauguration of the London Olympic Games on the TV, and only some fortunate ones will be able to watch it live on the London Stadium. If you’re willing to go and live the amazing atmosphere of this unique event, remember Equity Point London is perfectly located near Paddington Station.

At London Olympic Games there will be 10.500 athletes competing for a medal in 26 different sports. Over 11 million of people will attend to the Games as public. And several millions more will watch all the different sports on TV.

Which are your favorite sports?

Equity Point London wins Best Accommodation in the United Kingdom

We are proud to announce that Equity Point London has just won the Best Accommodation Award given by the British Educational Travel Association (BETA) on its British Youth Travel Awards (BYTA).

Equity Point London was finalist at the Best Accommodation category with Clink78 and Smart City Hostels in Edinburgh, both tough competitors. The judges: Sarah McDonald from Google, Graham McKenzie from TravelMole, Julie Jones from BMI, Fiona Jeffery from World Travel Market & Just a Drop and Robert Savage from Beds & Bars Group, decided that Equity Point London was the best among all the submitted accommodations in a category that received a record number of applications.

All the people working at Equity Point London Hotel will work hard to improve the quality standards that lead us to gain the best Accommodation Award. We hope you all will be able to visit us at Equity Point London and enjoy our hotel as much as we do.

We are really proud to be considered the best accommodation in the United Kingdom the year previous to the London Olympic Games. It’s an honor.

The best English Breakfast at Paddington

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Each country has some unique characteristics that define the spirit of the nation, and you must understand them all to be able to be a traveler instead of a tourist. One way to approach to any culture is through its meals and in England there’s nothing as traditional as English breakfast, or what they call a full breakfast.

The perfect English breakfast doesn’t exist, but you can get pretty close if you are able to choose the correct place to have it, so we’ve decided to help you. We have a secret. We know where to eat a great English breakfast in London and the best of it all is that it’s close to Equity Point London –near Paddington-.
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Notting Hill Carnival 2011

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This weekend will take place the famous Notting Hill Carnival. It will start on Sunday 21 until Monday 22. The Notting Hill Carnival is a unique celebration on Europe that resembles the Caribbean Carnivals with colorful costumes, music, and hundreds of Caribbean food stalls.

If you want to attend to the Carnival you’ll find that Equity Point London Hotel is the best place to stay. We’re at walking distance of the main carnival street, and that makes a big difference when it’s attended by over a million people and it’s hard to get there if it’s not on foot. Continue reading

London’s Soho, the best night out

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Almost every major city has a district that congregates the Red Light District, the Gay neighborhood with some of the most amazing Pubs and Clubs in town. In London this place is Soho, a district to look for trendy restaurants, clubs, pubs, Live Music, theatres, and even burlesque shows.

London’s Soho was the first district to create this unique bohemian atmosphere that has spread to cities all over the world such as New York, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. Continue reading