“London is one of the most fascinating, historic, amazing cities in the world!”
London may be one of the most expensive cities in the world but there are plenty of free things to do or visit and stay on budget. Check our favourite spots and have fun:
The majority of London’s Museums are entrance free. Our favourite ones are:
Natural History Museum
With its Gothic fairy-tale architecture, this science museum offers you various galleries such as Dinosaurs, Mammals, Animals, Volcanos and Earthquakes (it has an earthquake simulator witch re-creates de 1995 Kobe earthquake), an Earth’s Treasury, and many others.
The Hints Hall was dominated by the diplodocus skeleton named Dippy, since 1905. This year, it will be replaced by the real skeleton of a blue whale (mid 2017).
📍 Cromwell Rd, SW7
🚇 South Kensington
🕗 Open everyday 10am-5.50pm
The British Museum holds several exhibits devoted to ancient civilisations, from Egypt to Western Asia, the Middle East, the Romans and Greeks, India, Africa, as well as prehistoric, Roman Britain and Medieval antiquities.
📍 Great Russel St, WC1
🚇 Russel Sq, Tottenham Court Rd
🕗 Open everyday 10am-5.30pm
Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A Museum hosts a collection of 2.75 million of decorative art and design objects from Britain and all around the world (from Middle East to Asia).
📍 Cromwell Rd, SW7
🚇 South Kensington
🕗 Open everyday 10am-5.45pm
2. Enjoy the Nature
If the weather allows, go for a walk and discover the natural side of London. There are numerous parks all over the city, but we recommend you our two favourites:
📍 Kensington Rd, Bayswater Rd
🚇 Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Queensway
🕗 Open everyday 5am-midnight
📍 Queen Mary’s Gardens, NW1
🚇 Baker, Regent’s Park
🕗 Open everyday 5am-9:30pm
3. Walk along the Thames
One of the best walks to do in London is along the Thames River. Here you can contemplate many touristic spots. You can divide your walk in three important zones:
- Westminster Walk (See Elizabeth Tower/Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge);
- South Back Walk (See London Eye, Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shard Building and Shakespeare’s Globe)
🚇 Waterloo, St Paul’s, London Bridge
- City of London Walk (Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Leadenhall Market and Financial District)
🚇 Tower Hill, Bank, Monument
4. Piccadilly Circus
This buzzing square is one of the most iconic places in London and it’s well worth a stop. Piccadilly circus crosses Regent Street, famous for its shops and Christmas lights displays in Winter.
🚇 Piccadilly Circus
5. Covent Garden Market
Covent Garden started as a place to sell fresh produce and then turned into a tourist attraction due to its many pubs, cafés and small specialty shops. There’s also a craft market called Apple Market.
🚇 Covent Garden Station
6. Notting Hill and Portobello Street Market
If you’re looking for Will Thacker’s blue door, this is where you should go. It is where you’ll find the typical colourful houses from Notting Hill.
Portobello Market is Notting Hill’s busiest hot spot for shopping on Saturdays. There’s also a wide variety of pubs and restaurants.
📍 Portobello Road, W11
🚇 Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove
7. Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station
Harry Potter fans galore! Although platform 9 3/4 isn’t real as you might have guessed, you may find a place to take a picture of yourself going against the wall in order to reach where you would board the Hogwarts-bound train. Right next to this you may find an official Harry Potter merchandise shop with lots of memorabilia and even some seasonal items (mind you, they aren’t cheap though!).
📍 King’s Cross Station, N1
🚇 King’s Cross St. Pancras
🕗 Open everyday 8am-10pm
8. Changing of Guard Buckingham Palace
If you want to see this, go early! Crowds can form quite quickly and you might not have much of a view otherwise! Our suggestion would be to take the chance and grab a traditional Full English Breakfast at one of the pubs nearby.
📍 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1
🚇 St. James’s Park, Victoria
🕗 Starts at 11pm. Check the days here.
9. Have fun in Leicester Square
Here you can find the famous M&M’s World store and the recently inaugurated Lego Store. Both offer official merchandise and plenty of great gifts for friends!
📍Leister Square, W1D
🚇 Leister Square, Piccadilly Circus
🕗 Monday to Friday, 10am-midnight (M&M’s World), 10am-10pm (Lego Store). Also open on weekends
10. Camden Lock and Stables Market
Camden Town has its own personality and, as such, you may find that same personality in its markets – you can purchase Asian artefacts, antiques, rugs, retro furniture and clothing, as well as grab something to eat from its many food stands, with dishes sourced a bit from all over the world.
🚇 Camden Town
🕗 Open everyday 10am-6pm