Things to do in London

London days out for free: Enjoy the capital on the cheap

17:24 08 May 2012

Looking up at the British Museum. Photo by Hannah Jeeves via iwitness24

Looking up at the British Museum. Photo by Hannah Jeeves via iwitness24

(c) copyright citizenside.com

The best things in life are free, goes the saying, and that applies to London as much as anywhere else.

Here London24 provides some ideas for how to spend a day out in the capital without having to smash the piggy bank open.

Museums

London boasts some of the best museums in the world, and the best thing is many are free to visitors.

There is the British Museum for ancient treasures, the Victoria and Albert for art and design, and the Natural History and Science to inspire young minds.

Go to the excellent Museum of London to learn the story of how our city grew into what it is today.

Galleries

London is home to various world-renowned galleries which house some of the most historical and famous artworks.

Tate Britain displays UK art from 1500 to the present day and Tate Modern is for leading modern art. Then there are the splendid National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.

There are also many smaller but interesting galleries. Plus, of course, there is street art to be admired simply by walking around London.

Green spaces

Yes, London is an urban jungle, but it's also got some wonderful parks.

From St James's Park in the heart of the city with its majestic views of Buckingham Palace to the wildlife of Richmond Park located on the outskirts of the capital, you're never too far from a beautiful spot for relaxing and enjoying a picnic with friends... when the weather allows.

Markets

A visit to one of London's various popular and bustling street markets is the perfect antidote if you're tired of high streets and chain stores.

Among them is Borough Market in Southwark, the oldest fruit and veg market in the capital, and a haven for food lovers.

Top sights

Tourists flock to London from far and wide to see those picture postcard scenes such as Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square.

For Londoners, all of these magnificent views are found right on our doorstep and don't cost a thing to see.

It's easy to take them for granted, but just as easy get out and see them for yourself.

Want to see more FREE things to do in London? Search the Apple iTunes App Store for 'London24' and then download our great new iPhone app for FREE. See more details at www.London24.com/app

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Things to do in London

Friday, May 22, 2015
Believe it or not, beer is only one of the things on our list [Photograph by Tommaso Tagliaferri]

It’s the last bank holiday for a while, so you better make the most of it! Luckily we have a round-up of some of the best things to eat, drink and do in London.

Monday, April 27, 2015
The London Coffee Festival is the place to go for excellent espresso [Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images]

London’s coffee maniacs are about to emerge from their polished wood, exposed brick caverns and assemble in one bean-scented place for the London Coffee Festival 2015.

Friday, April 24, 2015
[Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images]

London will celebrate St George’s Day 2015 on Saturday 25th April with a feast and festivities in Trafalgar Square. Here’s our complete guide.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Runners in last year's marathon (Pic by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

The London Marathon is coming up on Sunday April 26, and as it’s one of the largest mass participation events in the world, there’s going to be a fair bit of travel disruption - but don’t worry, we’re here to guide you through the road closures.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Canary Wharf is one of the best places for spectators to watch the maraton [Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images]

The London Marathon takes place this Sunday (April 26). Here, we round up the best places and pubs for atmosphere and comfort.

Friday, April 10, 2015
Hopefully he had a car nearby and didn't have to get the bus with that lot

It was only a pretend heist, but one avid gamer still managed to walk away with £10,000.

Don't Miss...

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more

What is this?

Near You Now