Want to visit London with the least amount of money? Then follow this Top 8 free tours, museums and activities to do that I’ve created for you to enjoy without breaking the bank.
Free art galleries and museums in London
It is possible to visit some art galleries and museums in London for free. The Tate Modern and Tate Britain museums house some of the world’s finest art. The Tate Modern focuses on contemporary art while the Tate Britain exhibits British art from the 16th century to the present.
Other great free art galleries in London include the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. We also recommend The Wallace Collection (a museum established in 1897 as a result of Lady Wallace’s gift), as it is located just off Oxford Street and is the perfect stop on your afternoon shopping trip.
And remember, many of London’s art galleries, exhibitions and museums stay open late at night, although admission is usually no longer free after a certain time (5pm on average).
Enjoy London’s great museums for free
Admission to all major museums in the city of London is free, but you may have to pay for special exhibitions and events. My favorite is definitely the Museum of London where you can learn all about the history of the city from Roman times to the present.
Also consider the Geffrye Museum, which displays the interiors of English homes and gives you an understanding of how the British lived in different eras.
The Horniman Museum in South London is another great place to go – don’t leave without checking out the “over-stuffedwalrus”, a rather amazing stuffed walrus!
Visit London’s parks and gardens for free
Many tourists particularly enjoy Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens but they are far from being the only green spaces in the English capital!
I recommend a visit to St. James’s Park, as you can admire Buckingham Palace in all its splendor. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (which are next to each other) are simply gigantic and home to the very popular Diana Memorial Playground and the Peter Pan statue.
Head to Greenwich Park for stunning views of the London skyline.
Stroll through Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is one of Britain’s biggest tourist attractions. The famous Westminster Square was designed by John Nash in the 1820s and built in the 1830s.
This iconic square has many must-see sights, including the Nelson Column and the National Gallery. It is both a tourist attraction and a meeting point for political events. Every December, Norway donates a huge Christmas tree to the city to thank Britain for liberating it from the Nazis.
What to do in London for free? Admire the street artists
Not sure what to do in London for free? Covent Garden Market’s West Piazza is teeming with street performers who are there to entertain you every afternoon. The best performances can draw huge crowds and the artists love to engage the audience. All performers are licensed and auditioned for the right to perform here.
On weekends, you’ll find more street performers along the South Bank, especially near the London Eye.
Stroll through the street markets
London is well known for its popular and lively street markets. The most popular are of course Camden Market and Portobello Market, followed closely by Greenwich Market. Don’t hesitate to visit these markets to stroll through their alleys rich in discoveries.
Visit Westminster Abbey for free
You can visit the interior of Westminster Abbey in London for free. The abbey never charges people who come to pray, but tourists who wish to visit it must pay an entrance fee to cover its operating costs.
The Evensong Choir does not perform at all services, so try to time your visit to the abbey to hear them. The choir members are trained at Westminster Abbey Choir School and are extremely talented.
To hear the Evensong Choir, come to services at 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Listen to a free concert in London
The Southbank Centre, a collection of concert halls along the River Thames, offers many free music events in London as does the National Theatre, also located on the south bank.
You can enjoy free Monday lunch time recitals at the Royal Opera House and regular free concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church.
To conclude this article, I can tell you that London is a city where there is a multitude of things to do, even for visitors with a very small budget who are looking for free activities and things to do. Feel free to leave me a comment if you have more and don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends if you liked it! Enjoy your stay in London!