London for Free – Free Things to Do in London

in City Guides, Sightseeing

A visit to Regent's Park is one of the many free things to do in London

A visit to Regent's Park is one of the many free things to do in London

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, is there? Actually, I like the saying “the best things in life are for free” much better. There are a lot of things out there that you can enjoy without having to spend a single cent. And in London, the saying can be quite appropriate if you know where to look. Staying in this city may not be that cheap considering accommodations and other expenses, but rest assured that there are free things to do in London.

Feast your eyes and souls in the countless art galleries that can be found all over the city. Go visit the Tate Modern (for contemporary art) and Tate Britain (for a more British flavour), which are known all over the world for hosting some of the best collections. You can also visit galleries such as the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and The Wallace Collection.

For an even more relaxing time, visit one (or two!) of the numerous parks scattered around London. If you host a popularity contest as to which park is most loved by visitors, I think that Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens will win hands down. It is located within Regent’s Park. You can also visit St. James’s Park, which offers a grand view of Buckingham Palace. Of course, Hyde Park should also be in your list.

Westminster Abbey is another great destination which will not cost you anything. The thing is that while they do not charge entrance fees, a donation is always welcome. I suggest visiting at 5pm on weekdays and 3pm on weekends – this is when the Evensong is held, which is perhaps one of the most inspiring services you can attend.

Don’t forget other london sightseeing activities such as the changing of the guard inside Buckingham Palace, watching street performers at the West Piazza of the Covent Garden Market, Trafalgar Square, and the vast array of street markets.

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