Top 15 absolutely free things to do in London

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I tell people all the time – traveling to Britain isn’t an impossible dream. Through careful planning of air miles and not spending all my money on chocolate Buttons, every year I visit to England for a month and enjoy the delights of the country. True, I’m able to stay with family, but there are plenty of ways to stay in hostels and cheap B&Bs across the country without breaking the bank. A guide to this is currently being drawn up by the minions here.

So once you’re in England and landed in London (which is pretty much always the cheapest route) – what things can you enjoy for free? Here’s a list of Blimey’s Top 15 things to do in London for nothing. Not a penny nor a dime required.

The first one on the list is my absolute favourite place in London and is totally free to enter – The British Museum (picture taken by myself above. Click for the bigger version.) It’s stuffed full of the most beautiful and incredible delights for anyone with even the smallest interest in history. And to think it’s totally free to enter is simply amazing. Donations are accepted and well worth it.

  1. British Museum (pictured)

    Untold amount of treasures will mean you’ll need a whole day to explore – ideally two! Includes the magnificent Rosetta Stone and priceless artefacts from around the world. 100% must see visit!

  2. Houses of Parliament

    Every visit to London needs a visit here. From the bridge you’ll be able to capture your trip of this magnificent building. Entry is not free if you want to go inside, but taking pictures outside is where you’ll want to be.

  3. The Painted Hall

    Beautifully painted walls at the Old Royal Navy College in Greenwich. Seen in many films. Will take your breath away, well worth the walk if coming via the London underground.

  4. Tate Modern

    Modern art at it’s finest. Stretch your mind by viewing art that is anything but traditional

  5. The National Gallery

    Wonderful art gallery situated right in the centre of London, near Trafalgar Square. The strict ban on photography means you can enjoy the priceless works of art for free… with no interruptions. There are “special” exhibits that do charge, but there is plenty to see without spending any money.

  6. Tower of London – Ceremony of the Keys

    This a short but very interesting tour for free. You have to apply well in advance (2-3 months in the summer) – but it’s a good way to see some of the Tower and learn some history without paying the entrance fee.

  7. Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

    A daily spectacle you can witness from outside for free at 11:30 in the morning during the summer months.

  8. Victoria and Albert Museum

    Love fashion and design? This is a great museum to view some classic outfits and designs that have inspired millions

  9. Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station

    For any Harry Potter fan this is a must-see! The link above is to the shop at Kings Cross.

  10. Portobello Market

    Always love visiting this place, one of the most famous markets in the world. Great atmosphere and people.

  11. Ten Downing Street

    Peek down the road to see Number Ten.. It’s heavily guarded but it’s still worth a view!

  12. Covent Garden

    Vibrant and exciting area with live performances that will keep you entertained for hours

  13. Trafalgar Square

    The classic – see Nelson’s Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base and take some incredible pictures for your memories.

  14. St Martin in the Fields

    As you’re already in Trafalgar Square – pop over to this church. Very often they have people practicing their music during the day with free performances later too.

  15. Tower Bridge

    Finally, the wonderful and famous Tower Bridge. Cross over the bridge and see great views for free.

Blimey! is your daily dose of British news and features for anglophiles everywhere. This article was carefully written by Tim Holt, a British actor and author based in North Carolina. He misses England very much indeed, but also loves America too. Forever torn between two magnificent slices of sod.