Top 10 Free Things To Do In London

Free things to do in London

Updated On: May 15, 2024 by   Ciaran ConnollyCiaran Connolly

Many people who come to London think about the city’s cost, from eating out to visiting tourist attractions. But there are many great free things to do in London. You don’t have to spend a lot to have a wonderful time in London, and we will share the top 10 free things to do in London. There is so much to see and do, so keep reading to find out.

Walk Across Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge - London
Tower Bridge – London

One of the free things to do in London is to check out one of the city’s most famous features: Tower Bridge. Take a lovely walk across Tower Bridge, whether during the day or at night. It’s pretty impressive to see. The Bridge was built over an incredible 120 years and has been considered an engineering marvel.  When people think of London, this is one of those iconic features always remembered.

If you want to do more than walk across it, visitors can explore inside the Tower Bridge and learn about its fascinating History. Visitors can also check out the glass floor and the fantastic panoramic view from the high-level walkways. Also, you’ll want to see the tremendous Victorian Engine Rooms.

Check out St. James Park

St. James Park - London
St. James Park – London

One of the free things to do in London is visit St. James Park, the oldest Royal Park in London. The park is surrounded by three iconic London Palaces: the Houses of Parliament, St James Palace and Famous Buckingham Palace. The park is full of beautiful trees and walkways, making it the perfect spot to escape the busy city life.

Check out the beautiful lake and fountain found here and see if you can see the local pelicans at feeding time. Or check out St. James Cafe and enjoy a cup of tea and some lunch while you enjoy the lovely views.

The park covers over 57 acres, so it is beautiful to discover while you are here. There are a variety of monuments, statues, and memorials in honour of many famous and royal people. We highly recommend checking out the Princess Diana Memorial Walk, which is seven miles long. Throughout this walk, 90 plaques about famous buildings and locations related to Princess Diana are found. St. James Park is great to explore and have some downtime.

Enjoy the Scenery at the Big Ben

Another iconic part of London is to visit Big Ben, which nearly every person coming to London will have heard of. It is recognised worldwide when people think of London – it’s definitely at the top of their thoughts. Big Ben is the name given to the bell inside the tower, which weighs more than 13 tons. It was initially called ‘The Great Bell’ before being renamed Big Ben. At night time, when it lights up, it looks the best.

Although it is undergoing renovations to re-glaze and repaint the clock, it isn’t expected to be completed until the 2020s. The bells will be silent until work is completed. But don’t let this put you off, as Big Ben has beautiful scenery, and you can still admire it.

Explore Parliament Square

Next on our list of the best free things to check out is Parliament Square, located near the Palace of Westminster in the heart of London. The square features a large open green area that contains twelve statues of statesmen and other famous people. Some famous people’s statues include those of Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela.

Parliament Square is a popular attraction in London. It is a popular and lively attraction worth checking out for its history alone, which spans centuries. Or just a great place to chill out on those sunny days.

Admire the Greenery at Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens in London – Places to Visit in London

A second royal park in London is the stunning Kensington Gardens, which offers visitors a mix of new and old park pastimes and lots of green space. Kensington Gardens is vast and covers an impressive 265 acres.

There are lots you can see here from the Princess Diana Memorial Playground, including a giant pirate ship inspired by her love of children. Children will love this playground where they can explore and play.  The playground was also inspired by the much-loved children’s book Peter Pan.

Then the Albert Memorial is dedicated to Prince Albert after he died in 1861. The memorial shows Prince Albert holding a catalogue of the ‘Great Exhibitions’ he actually inspired.

Kensington Gardens is a beautiful place to explore and walk around, taking in all the different attractions found here. Best of all, it is free. So make sure it’s on your list of places to visit in London.

Take a walk around Hyde Park

Hyde Park - London
Hyde Park – London

Again, this is another one of the eight Royal Parks of London and probably one of the most popular parks in the city. It covers 350 acres and features over 4,000 trees, a lake and a variety of flower gardens. It is lovely to walk around in autumn with all the leaves falling and the pretty colours. Also, it is perfect when you want to chill out under a shady tree in the summertime.

Hyde Park has a lot to offer different people, and you can enjoy activities such as swimming, boating, cycling and skating. There are also pitches for football games, tennis courts and tracks for horse riding.  Also located at Hyde Park are two lakeside restaurants where you can enjoy a nice drink and delicious food. The park also hosts various events throughout the year, from concerts to family days.

Visit Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace - London
Buckingham Palace – London

One might not expect a visit to Buckingham Palace to be one of the free things to do in London, but this has to be one of those attractions that must be on your list of places to visit while in the city. Buckingham Palace is an iconic part of London and a place that many would associate with the Royal family.

You might even witness the famous changing of the guards and get yourself a photo standing in front of the iconic gates as it is the tourist thing to do. Otherwise, how would anyone know you’ve been there? During the summer months, Buckingham Palace opens it for visitors to see how the other side lives. You’ll have the fantastic opportunity to explore the lavish staterooms and see tremendous royal treasures.

Explore the Supreme Court

This one differs from your typical London attractions but is still worth checking out.  The Supreme Court in London has a long and exciting history and has played a massive role in creating UK law. You can visit the court for free and watch different cases from the public gallery.

Or take guided tours to explore the history surrounding the Supreme Courts. You will see the courtrooms and visit the Justices Library, which is usually not open to the public. Tours are available Mondays to Fridays, and you can also check out the exhibition area and chill out in the cafe. It’s a great choice if you want free things to do in London.

Check out Art at The Tate Modern

Tate Modern - London
Tate Modern – London

This attraction calls for all art lovers who wish to check out some fantastic international modern and contemporary art. There is a variety of collections on display that are free to enjoy. The Tate Modern is located on the banks of the Thames and offers inspiring work from famous artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Dali. If you’re not sure who they are, we can tell you they are some of the best artists worldwide.

You could spend a few hours walking around the art museum and appreciating what’s available. The museum’s mission is to increase visitors’ enjoyment and awareness of British art from the 16th century to the modern day. A trip to London is not complete without visiting this place.

Walk Along the South Bank

South Bank is a place you should explore while you are in London, known as the city’s cultural and creative district. The area has a unique history and cultural architecture that you can see all over.

South Bank is also an area where you can find different national centres, such as the National Theatres and the South Bank Centre. The famous London Eye is also found here so if you want to see more of the city that is one way to do it.

There is a lot to see on South Bank, so you won’t be disappointed. You can even check out the attractions there—a must-visit in London.

South Bank - London
South Bank – London

London a Place You Must Visit

That was our list of the best free things to do in London, but of course, there are plenty more things you can see and do in London, free or not. The city is vast and has something that will attract different people. It is one of those places you must visit and take in all the great things it offers.

Have you visited any of the attractions we mentioned? Or the attractions we missed? Be sure to let us know if there are other free things to do in London that we may have missed!

Check out some related London blogs: Sky Gardens| British Film Institute| Green Park| Natural History Museum| Trafalgar Square| Royal Albert Hall| St. Paul’s Cathedral|

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