The Best Free Things to Do in London

London, England
London, England. Photo by Giammarco Boscaro on Unsplash

You could spend weeks traveling in London and still not experience all it has to offer, but did you know that many of the city’s best attractions are actually free? If you’re planning a trip to London on a limited budget, you may be relieved to discover that there are dozens of museums, galleries, and more that visitors can enjoy without spending a dime (or ten pence, if we’re being accurate). Here are a few of our favorite no-cost activities to check out in The Big Smoke.

Visit the Museums

The British capital is home to dozens of world-class museums that offer free entry to their permanent collections. Travelers interested in ancient history should be sure to stop by The British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone and the Egyptian wing, while art lovers are guaranteed to find something they’ll enjoy at The National Gallery. Note that while tickets are available at no cost, they should be ordered in advance to reserve a time slot.

Explore the Royal Parks

As much as we love London, there’s no denying that between the weather and architecture, the city is rather grey. The Royal Parks offer a taste of fresh air and greenery that can serve as a welcome break from the gloom and a picturesque backdrop for picnics and people-watching. Head to Hyde Park for a stroll around Serpentine Lake, or visit Regent’s Park to see the stunning Queen Mary’s Rose Garden. Some parks even offer free yoga and meditation events when the weather allows. 

Check Out the South Bank

The South Bank of the River Thames is a dynamic cultural hub offering a variety of opportunities for sight-seeing and free entertainment. Walk along the River Thames, where you’re likely to come across plenty of street performers, and browse through the South Bank website here for information on upcoming free events in the area.