90 things you can do for free in London in 2016


You want to keep saving money, right? Of course you do! That’s why we have created this list of 90 things you can do for free in London. Yes, that’s right—without spending a single pound! The different activities are separated into sections so you can go straight to the ones that suit your taste: museums, parks, culture, music… Enjoy 2016 without spending anything! If you still want more, you can check out our map of free things to do in London.

Free museums


1. Meet the dinosaurs of the Museum of Natural History.
2. Explore the fascinating history of England’s capital at the Museum of London.
3. Hold some gold at the Museum of the Bank of England.
4. Contemplate beautiful objects at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
5. Learn the history of the River Thames at the Museum of London Docklands.
6. Discover the life and work of one of the most inspiring designers from Britain in the William Morris Gallery.
7. Go to Greenwich to see the Queen’s House and the National Maritime Museum.

Are you attracted to strange things?


8. Visit the Museum of Zoology.
9. Enjoy the oddities of the Horniman Museum.
10. Be captivated by the Rosetta Stone and the Egyptian mummies of the British Museum. You can also do this from home now if you want! Read our article ‘Visit the British Museum of London from home, thanks to Google Maps’.
11. See over 400 objects (including a Spitfire and a Harrier Jet) at the Imperial War Museum.
12. Meet the life-size dinosaurs of Crystal Palace Park.
13. Learn about the life of the poor in London’s East End during the 1800s at the Ragged School Museum.
14. Visit the Museum of Anaesthesia, which traces the history of anaesthesia from 1846 until today.
15. Enjoy the old sewing machines of the Sewing Machine Museum.
16. Discover fascinating creatures in jars and deformed skeletons in the Hunterian Museum.
17. Go to the Wellcome Collection to see a lot of strange objects, such as an ancient mummy, Napoleon’s toothbrush or Darwin’s walking stick.

Enjoy nature


18. Relax on Wimbledon Common, where you will find pools, a nature trail and a windmill.
19. Walk to Richmond Park.
20. Walk through Vista Park.
21. Don’t miss Bushy Park, home to 320 freely roaming deer.
22. Go running in Hyde Park, which covers 142 hectares.
23. See the statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.
24. Discover the pelicans, which are fed every day at 2.30pm in St James’s Park. You can also find waterfowl, owls, woodpeckers and bats, or feed the squirrels that live there. Read our article to know ‘Where you can find squirrels in London‘.

Be a child


25. Take the singing lift (JCB Glass) at the Royal Festival Hall.
26. Do not miss the Vauxhall City Farm.
27. Enjoy the farm animals of Mudchute Farm and Park.
28. Harry Potter fans can drive a car and go to a magical world at the Platform 9 ¾ wall in King’s Cross.
29. Watch the skaters perform death-defying stunts at the Southbank Centre.
30. Watch the street performers of Covent Garden.
31. Children can be pirates for a day on Captain Hook’s big wooden pirate ship at Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
32. Get wet in the fountains at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
33. Enjoy incredible displays (like the Apollo 10 command capsule) at the Science Museum.
34. Explore the V & A Museum of Childhood, which houses the UK’s national collection of children’s objects from the 1600s.

Our favourites


35. Behold the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
36. Follow in the footsteps of the Beatles across the famous zebra crossing in Abbey Road that appears on the album of the same name.
37. Behold Tower Bridge. If you want to know more about this huge structure, you can read our article about the bridge’s 120th anniversary. We also recommend you see this beautiful bridge time-lapse.
38. Meet the stone lions of Trafalgar Square.
39. Explore Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with its magnificent waterways and surprising places.
40. Take selfie in front of the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus.
41. Listen to the chimes of Big Ben.
42. Watch the closing ritual called the Ceremony of the Keys, at the Tower of London.

Beautiful views


43. Experience the wonderful views of River Thames and Central London from Greenwich Park.
44. Enjoy stunning views of London from Alexandra Palace.
45. See the capital from Primrose Hill.
46. ​​Walk around the top of Hampstead Heath’s Parliament Hill for stunning views of London.

Great walks

47. Take a walk along the South Bank.
48. Follow the path to Little Venice to find lots of cafes and pubs.
49. Walk through Millennium Bridge from St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe.
50. Walk through the village of Richmond.
51. Take a walk through the 35,000 monuments of Brompton Cemetery.
52. Escape the city through the ancient forest of Highgate Wood.
53. Investigate rare plants and insects in Epping Forest.

Nice gardens


54. Visit the Barbican Conservatory, which houses tropical plants, trees and fish.
55. Stroll through the Japanese Garden of Holland Park.
56. Check out the Postman’s Park memorial, which appears in the movie ‘Closer’.
57. Be dazzled by the wild flowers of Phoenix Garden in London’s West End.
58. Fans can enjoy the colours and smells of the flowers at Columbia Road Flower Market.
59. Children under 16 years can enjoy a cheap entry to Kew Gardens, the most famous gardens in the world.

For those who love culture

60. Enjoy a movie, a play or a band for free during the More London Free Festival at The Scoop.
61. See the public and street art in London, which includes works by renowned artists such as Banksy and King Robbo, who we discussed in one of our latest articles.
62. Enjoy reading literary treasures as the Magna Carta and the original Beatles lyrics in the British Library.

We like art


63. Contemplate contemporary art at the White Cube Gallery.
64. See a Rosetti in the Guildhall.
65. Enjoy the Wallace Collection.
66. See kings and queens, musicians and movie stars in the National Portrait Gallery.
67. Discover the art of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh at the National Gallery.
68. Admire the masterpieces of Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dali, Pollock and Warhol at the Tate Modern.
69. Contemplate modern art at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.

Laughing is priceless

70. Enjoy some laughs at Angel Comedy Club, which offers free comedy every night of the week.

We love music

71. Dance ska, reggae and folk rhythms at Hootananny Brixton, which offers plenty of free concerts.
72. Enjoy the church choir music for free at St James Piccadilly.
73. Attend free open mic sessions every Sunday at the Hope and Anchor pub.
74. The Southbank Centre regularly hosts free musical performances at the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.
75. Enjoy free admission to blues bar Ain’t Nothing But… from Sunday to Thursday night.
76. See free concerts at noon in St Martin-in-the-Fields church.

A world of rich people

77. Admire luxury yachts in St Katharine Docks.
78. Inspect the architecture of Regent Street.
79. See the silver armchairs of London Silver Vaults.

The historic London

80. Check out the mysterious London Stone at 111 Cannon Street. Legend tells that the stone was part of an altar of a temple that was built by Brutus of Troy.
81. Note the remains of a Roman amphitheatre in the basement of London’s Guildhall Art Gallery.
82. Visit the Southwark Cathedral, the oldest in London.
83. Notice how the living rooms of England have changed since 1600 in the Geffrye Museum.
84. Look at the London Wall, the remnant of the Roman wall built in the year 200.
85. See how the streets of London were years ago thanks to the Museum of London’s Streetmuseum application.

Famous festivals

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86. Welcome the Chinese New Year in London’s Chinatown, which hosts the largest celebration outside Asia.
87. Take part in London’s biggest street party, Notting Hill Carnival. In 2014, the festival celebrated its 50th anniversary, as we mentioned in this article.
88. Register for the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race down the Thames River between Putney and Mortlake.

In summer…

89. Skate for two hours in London with London Skate.
90. Have a picnic in the beautiful courtyard of Somerset House, from the eighteenth century.

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