Sure, London can be expensive, but you’d be surprised at the amount of free things to do in the UK capital. No matter if you’re on a tight budget or always looking for a bargain, then there’s loads to be found in and around the city each week. For further detail on whats happening this week in the city I use Time Out London. You can also download their free smart phone app so you can find free things to do wherever you go! Here’s an overview of the most popular Things To Do In London For Free.
Things To Do In London For Free – Museums And Galleries
Virtually all museums and galleries in London are free – yes that’s right, you can check out priceless art, dinosaur exhibitions and famous portraits and you won’t pay a cent! My personal favorites include the Tate Modern, The National Portrait Gallery and The Natural History Museum.
Things To Do In London For Free – Walks
One things London’s not short of is walking tracks, from organised tours to self-led expeditions, there’s a walk for everyone. Most notable walks include the free Alternative London tour showcasing the impressive street art of the East End, and the Capital Ring walk – a 78 mile long circular path encompassing the whole of London just inside the M25 motorway. There are also so many other walking routes to wander on a sunny day – I love waling along Southbank from Tower Hill to Westminster – you’ll see pretty much every London icon on your way!
Things To Do In London For Free – Park Picnics
Thanks to the many luscious parks in London you are never away from an open green space – perfect for a picnic and some Frisbee playing on a Sunday afternoon! Grab your friends and a supply of food and drinks and head down with your picnic blanket. For a true London picnic experience head to Hampstead Heath for a stunning view over the city, or Hyde Park to watch all the rollerbladers attempt crazy tricks and have a paddle on the Serpentine lake.
Things To Do In London For Free – Boris Bikes
In 2010 London’s Mayor Boris Johnson introduced a cycle hire scheme in London, with over 30,000 bikes at 400 docking stations across the city. If you want to use the bikes on a casual basis you pay a 24 hour £1 access fee, then any use of the bike for up to 30 minutes is free! This is one of my favorite things to do on a sunny Saturday, and it’s great considering all you pay is £1 to access the bike. A must do around the Thames and Hyde Park.
Things To Do In London For Free – Free Festivals
There are hundreds of free festivals on in London each year, including music, food, theatre and comedy. Most festivals run over the summer, with highlights including Exhibition Rd Music Festival and More London Fringe Festival both in June, and Ealing Jazz Festival in July. BBC Proms is a long festival running from July to September and includes some paid and some free events.
Things To Do In London For Free – Markets
If you’re low on funds then a great thing to do on the weekends is to browse through some of London’s markets. There’s always lots of people watching to be done, and you never know who you might spot! For more information on markets in the city, check out my London Shopping section.
Things To Do In London For Free – Open House London
In September each year some of London’s most spectacular buildings open their doors to the public for one weekend to show off some of the capitals most impressive architecture. Buildings include the iconic ‘Gherkin’, the Lloyds TSB building and other award winning properties throughout the city. It’s completely free, but you’ll need to book a tour as they sell out fast.
Things To Do In London For Free – Accommodation
While it might be difficult to wangle yourself a free hotel stay in the capital, you can always try a friends couch, or the ever popular Couchsurfing phenomenon. If that doesn’t suit however, then you might be in the market for a cheap London hotel from HostelBookers.