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Top Attractions In London For Free

London is filled with a multitude of interesting sights that cater to all kinds of traveller. Travellers who are trying to save money will be glad to find so many cheap things to do in London. In fact, by simply exploring the city streets, you’ll already be entertained by the number of activities and street performances that you’ll come across with.

Like most major cities in the world, London is not cheap to visit. Thankfully, there are plenty of free things to do in London. If you are a history buff and would like to learn about the history and culture of the city, there are free museums in London that you can visit. Of course, there are also lots of free attractions in London, such as the Houses of Parliament, The Big Ben, the Changing of the Guards, Trafalgar Square, and more! The best thing about London is that there are so many entertaining activities for both local and tourists regardless of the season. For instance, one of the free things to do in London this summer is to watch outdoor concerts and live bands at some of the city’s most beautiful parks.

For families traveling with kids, one of the free things to do in London with kids is to visit the many parks and gardens. The city is home to beautiful gardens and parks where you can enjoy a pleasant stroll or have picnic with the family! With the many free things to do in London, you will surely have a great time in the city without braking the bank.

So if you are in the process of planning a trip to London and you do not want to spend beyond your travel budget, here are the free things to do in London that you must include in your itinerary.

Free Attractions in London

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Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament consist of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, which meet in the Palace of Westminster. The building you see today was built between 1840 and 1870, after a fire destroyed the Old Palace in 1834. There are many options for visiting the Palace and seeing decisions being made that affect the UK and wider world.

To see debates for free, you can turn up on the day and queue outside St Stephen’s entrance,...

London Electric bike tour / E-bike tour

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  • This is a special bike or e-bike (depending on your preferences and needs) tour around London where you will be visiting some of the most popular attractions that simply cannot be missed during your stay in London.
  • These places include...
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British Museum

It’s hard to know where to start with the British Museum. With 8,000,000 objects in its collection, of which 80,000 are on display at any one time, it would take at least a couple of visits to take everything in. Your best bet is to do a bit of forward planning and home in on the areas you have the most interest in. Top of many people’s lists would be the Rosetta Stone, dating from 196 BC and on display at the Museum since 1802; it holds...

Night Bike Tour of London

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  • This amazing evening -bike tour around London gives you the opportunity to indulge yourselves in London's gorgeous cityscape and architecture as you pedal around for some beautiful sights and sceneries.
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Big Ben

You can’t get much more of an iconic symbol of London than Big Ben. Since its construction in 1858, it has become universally recognisable and has been used in countless films to establish location. The name “Big Ben” actually refers to its enormous bell which weighs over 13 tons, while the tower itself, previously known as the Clock Tower, was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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London Evening Bike Tour with Beer Tasting

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • Sign up for this amazing evening bike tour around London where you be indulging in London's beautiful landscape and architecture during the amazing sunset.
  • What you will be seeing includes the Big Ben, the London Eye, Houses of...
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Changing of the Guard

This is one of the most famous ceremonies in the world and certainly makes for an impressive sight. If you haven’t got time to do a tour of Buckingham Palace, you can still go and see Her Majesty’s Guard changing over for absolutely nothing.

You will see the Old Guard and New Guard lining up at each end of Horse Guards Parade. The exchange of duty is accompanied by a Guards band, who don’t just play traditional military marches -...

London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • This is a very lively bike tour in the city of London where you and your cosy group will be roaming and exploring London's best sightseeing attractions that you cannot miss during your stay here.
  • The places that you will be visiting are...
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Museums and Art Galleries

London has a wealth of wonderful museums and galleries, with something to interest everyone. And the great news is that the majority are free. Head to Kensington just outside the centre and you can take in the Science Museum, with its interactive exhibits and fascinating range of artefacts such as Stephenson’s Rocket, one of the earliest steam engines; and the Natural History Museum, a great place for the kids with its...

Small-Group River Thames Bike Tour

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  • This is a guided bike tour around attractions i the city of London and along the famed River Thames that you simply cannot miss!
  • These attractions include the Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Borough Market and Shakespeare's...
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South Bank

The South Bank is known as a cultural hotspot of London, featuring such famous venues as the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the National Theatre. There is always a diverse range of productions going on, but if theatre isn’t your thing, there are all sorts of other attractions in the area, from the London Eye to the Sealife Aquarium and the London Dungeon. This makes the South Bank an ideal location to spend the day...

3-Hour Royal Parks and Palaces London Bike Tour with Standard or Electric Bike

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  • This is a guided bike or e-bike (depending on your preference and needs) tour around the city of London where you will be visiting some of the most popular and iconic royal parks that London has to offer.
  • The attractions that you will...
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Street Performers

London has an amazing wealth of talented street performers plying their trade for the delight of onlookers every day of the year. You can find them on the South Bank and in Trafalgar Square (links here for these articles), but let’s home in on the area with the highest concentration of entertainers, Covent Garden.

The tradition of performance here has a long history: Samuel Pepys noted the first known Punch and Judy show in Britain in...

3-Hour Bike Tour of London Landmarks with Standard or Electric Bike

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  • This is a bike tour around the city of London where you will be visiting many of London's most popular attractions and taking a whole slew of pictures.
  • The places your tour guide will bring you to are the London Eye, Houses of...
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Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is home to the famous Nelson’s Column and provides access to the National Gallery, also free. Following a recent redevelopment, it can now be entered via a wide set of steps from the Square and disabled access is provided. It houses famous works by van Gogh, Monet and da Vinci among its collection.

There are four plinths in the Square, three topped by George IV and a pair of generals, but it is the Fourth Plinth that...

London Landmarks & Secret Gems. Historic Pub and British Bikes with Local Guides

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  • This is a vintage bike tour in London where you will be cycling along London on vintage bikes and exploring its popular landmarks and secret, lesser-known attractions.
  • The attractions that you will be headed to are the Thames River, Big...
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Parks and Gardens

London is filled with beautiful parks and gardens, ideal for a pleasant stroll or just a peaceful break in the middle of a hectic day of sightseeing. Hyde Park is one of the largest and probably the most famous. The area also includes Kensington Gardens (which runs on directly from Hyde Park), Green Park and St James’s Park.

Let’s focus on the 350-acre Hyde Park, which includes such notable features as Speaker’s Corner, where...

London Highlights Bike Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours 30 m
  • This is a compact but comprehensive sightseeing tour of central London.
  • An opportunity to come face to face with some of London's most famous buildings and attractions.
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Street Markets London

London is well known for its vibrant, colourful street markets where you can buy almost anything, often at bargain prices. From vintage clothes to fresh fruit and vegetables, to fabrics, art and antiques. There are many markets dotted all around the city, but let’s focus on arguably the most famous, Camden Market.

There are actually several different markets contained in the area: from Camden Stables Market, with its alternative...

Warner Bros. Tour with Transfer : Harry Potter

clock Duration: 7 hours
  • A visit to the Warner Bros Studios and the world of Harry Potter.
  • An opportunity to tour iconic places and locations from the popular film series.
  • Have the chance to see costumes and props and magical tricks from the wizarding...
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in London

There are many things you can do for free in London like booking free entry into some London museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.