Top 10 Free Things To Do In London
13 June 2019 - Omega
There’s no doubt that this vibrant capital city is full of exciting things to do, but if you’re new to London, it can seem a little daunting – especially when you’re confronted with the maze of a Tube map! So we’ve come up with a list of things to do this summer to point you in the right direction. The best part? They’re all FREE!
1. The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
If you’re looking for an iconic British experience, then don’t miss the Changing of the Guard which takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. Starting at approximately 10:45am every day in summer and lasting about 45 minutes, it is free to watch!
Did you know?
The Guardsmen are all experienced soldiers who have fought in conflicts across the world. They volunteer for this guard duty as it is considered an honour and a privilege to serve the Monarch so personally.
2. Museums and Art Galleries
London has no shortage of fascinating museums, including the Science, the Natural History, the British Maritime and the Imperial War Museum. This along with an exciting array of art galleries from the Tate Modern to the National Gallery where you can admire the work of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet and Picasso to name a few. Perfect in the unlikely (we hope) event of a rainy summer’s day!
3. Monopoly Marathon
Got your walking shoes on? Then this Monopoly challenge may be up your street! Your challenge is to walk the Monopoly Board of famous place names starting from the Old Kent Road through Euston Road, Fleet Street onward to Piccadilly and finally to Park Lane and Mayfair, without it costing you all your little green houses. The location of the ‘Go’ square remains a mystery, although in 2010 Ordnance Survey claimed that it was at Lambeth North Tube Station.
Hats on Sale at Camden Market
There’s no shortage of markets in London: Camden, Brixton, Petticoat Lane & Portobello. Not only are markets great places to do a bit of shopping, they are also the ideal spot to grab a bite to eat in the sun and soak up the atmosphere.
Did you know?
The blue door that belongs to Hugh Grant’s house in Notting Hill can be found just off Portobello Road. The original blue door was sold at auction and later owners painted the new door black as people kept writing on it. However, the current owners, (perhaps fans of the film!), repainted it to blue.
5. Parks and Gardens
What could be better than soaking up the glorious summer sun in the beautiful parks and gardens of London? Enjoy an ice cream beside the Serpentine in Hyde Park, admire the beautiful flower beds of St James’s Park, or view the contemporary art and architecture of the Kensington Gardens.
6. Shop Till You Drop
Oxford Street is one of the most famous shopping areas in London, with nearly every high-street brand you can think of and then some. Don’t forget to pop into iconic department stores too, like Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Liberty and Fortnum & Mason, for some traditional favourites and luxuries. These famous stores are worth a visit for their window displays alone!
7. British Library
Visit the British Library and learn something new! A copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland is sent to the British Library, resulting in a collection of more than 150 million items. From books, manuscripts and newspapers to prints and drawings, there is plenty to discover.
Did you know?
All the storage rooms at the British Library are kept under strict controlled environmental conditions. The bulk of it all is shared across four very cold double-tier basement levels going down as far as 24.5m below ground.
The View from Primrose Hill
8. Primrose Hill
The short stroll up to the summit of this grassy hill is well worth it for the stunning views across London. On a sunny day, you can take in landmarks like The London Eye and The Shard. It’s also a nice place to sit, relax and maybe even enjoy a picnic!
9. Covent Garden Street Performers
The West Piazza of Covent Garden Market has street performers to entertain you every afternoon. Good acts can draw huge crowds and the performers love to get audience members to help them with their act. All performers are licensed and have passed an audition to entertain here too.
10. The Scoop
From June to August, make the most of free events that take place at The Scoop, a fantastic outdoor amphitheatre. As part of the London Bridge City Summer Festival, you can enjoy a host of activities from sports screenings to films, music and theatre. It’s also a great spot to have some food and drink by the river!
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