5 free things to do in London

Changing of the guard in London - photo by .kol tregaskesSummer in London is full of activities. Most expensive, but plenty for the perfect price of free which you can do. Today, we're presenting 5 great ones.

Visit the free museums

Many of London's museums are free. But we're not talking any old museums... we're talking the city's top museums! This includes the British Museum on Great Russell St. (which is London's most visited attraction), the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, the National Portrait Gallery around the corner on St Martin's Place, the Tate Modern and Tate Britain on the River Thames, and the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum, all in South Kensington.

Catch the changing of the guard

Taking place every day at 11.30am during the summer (and every second day during the winter), the Changing of the Guard in front of Buckingham Palace is one of the most popular things to witness in London. Make sure to get down early to get a good viewing point.

Take in a bird's eye view of London

You can save yourself the price of a 'flight' on the London Eye by climbing to the top of Primrose Hill in North London. Here you will be treated to breathtaking views of the British capital for absolutely nothing.

Rock out to the latest up and coming bands

Located in one of London's most famous suburbs, Notting Hill Arts Club (21 Notting Hill Gate), has been showcasing London's up and coming acts for 11 years now. Its small stage makes it that more intimate, while the old sofas are still perfect for enjoying the tunes.

Go on a free walking tour


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What's the catch I hear you ask? The thing is, there is none! Sandeman's New London Tours operate two free walking tours in London, and both set off twice a day. The first of these is the 'Old City of London Free Tour' which leaves opposite Tower Hill tube station daily at 10am and 4pm, while the other is 'Royal London Free Tour' which leaves by Wellington Arch at 11am and 3pm every day. Both tours take in many of the city's top sights.

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Last updated by Jack on 26 February, 2010 in Travel.

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Comments

London by night

One of my favourite things to do in London is to walk along the Thames path after dark. Seeing everything lit up on the South bank is quite a spectacle. I'd recommend walking along the north bank from Tower Bridge to Westminster to get the best views.

Dan on 23 July, 2009

Comedy and Nightlife

If it's a cheap or free nightclub/night out you're after then there is loads of free comedy eg The comedy cafe on a Wednesday. There is also Cargo on a Friday night which is free to get in and an iconic club. My favourite is the 50's bowling disco (shake rattle and bowl) at the Bloomsbury bowling lanes which is fairly cheap and a great night out!

Big Smoke Boredom on 11 August, 2009

The great thing about London is even though it is one of the most expensive cities in the world, which is full of rip off tourist traps, there are still plenty of free things to do and places to visit.

I also like to walk along the River Thames at night and I would recommend walking the south bank on the Houses of Parliament side of the Westminster Bridge.

William Wallace on 25 October, 2009

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