London for free

London can be an expensive place to visit (accommodation, transport...) but there is so much you can see and do for free. Check below our "Top 10+ free things to do in London". Save on sightseeing bus tour and visit one of the famous free London museums or galleries. Then relax, again for free, in beautiful London parks and enjoy refreshing pint of beer in historic London pubs.

All major London museums and art galleries are for free London museums and art galleries
Visit Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Gallery, The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Imperial War Museum, The Natural History Museum, Science Museum and more for free. You will only pay for temporary specialized exhibitions. Check our London galleries and museums guide so you can plan you visit.
Tip: Somerset House - The Courtauld Gallery - admission is normally £6 but it is free on Mondays from 10am until 2pm (excluding public holidays).

Westminster Abbey
Visit Westminster Abbey for free. The Abbey never charges people who want to worship. We recommend the Evensong as it is the most beautiful of services in the Abbey. It is at 5pm from Monday to Friday (except Wednesday) and at 3pm on Saturdays plus Sundays.

St Paul's Cathedral St Paul's Cathedral
Everyone is welcome to join St Paul's Cathedral daily services. For more info click here: daily services

London parks and gardens
Relax in Hyde Park, St James's Park, Green Park, Regent's Park or Greenwich Park for free. See more info about the park here: London parks guide

London markets
Antiques, fashion, vintage, hand-made arts and crafts. See it all and for free. Visit Camden Lock Market, Petticoat Lane, Brixton Market, Portobello Road, Covent Garden Market, London Borought Market or Brick Lane Market. See more info here: London markets guide

Walking tour of the South Bank area
See "Weekend in London" and download your free guide and map ( click here). You will see Tower, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Globe theatre, Tate gallery, Southbank centre, London Eye, Big Ben, Parliament, St James Park and Buckingham palace in one day.

Changing of the Guard
The guard change at Buckingham Palace has an official start time of 11.30am, however the guards start arriving with music at 11.15am. The official timing of the ceremony is 30 minutes finishing at 12 noon. During the summer you should arrive much earlier if you want to get close to the railings.

Street art and performers
The Covent Garden Market is a good place to see the best London performers.

Save on sightseeing bus tour


Free music
St Martin in the Fields church ( - free lunch concerts
Southbank Centre ( Free events - click here.

Trial at the Old Bailey
The Old Bailey is probably the most famous criminal court in the world. You can watch the proceedings from the public galleries from 10am, Monday to Friday.

Speakers' corner
Come and discuss what is important to you. A Speakers' Corner is an area where open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are allowed. The original and most noted is in the north-east corner of Hyde Park in London. Contrary to popular belief, there is no immunity from the law, but in practice the police tend to be more tolerant.

Abbey Road
Crossing the Abbey Road like Beatles:

Film Premieres at Leicester Square
See the film stars in London at Leicester Square. Check what film premieres are planned on the Westminster City Council site.

London with kinds for free
Here are some tips:
Useful links: free London guide and maps. Download it here

Updated on 05/2012.

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