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, August 21, 2015
Formerly homeless guide, Henri leads a fascinated group (Picture: Unseen Tours)

Grab the chance to help people rebuild their lives and see a hidden side to London by taking a walking tour with homeless guides.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Plymouth Aerial View

A weekend in Plymouth is a chance to reconnect with the sea and a perfect antidote to the rat race of London life. Dating back to the Bronze Age, it is the site where the Pilgrim Fathers departed from in 1620 and boasts a strong naval history, which means there is also plenty to see and learn.

Friday, August 14, 2015
People in fancy dress play dodgeball in aid of Mencap

‘If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball’ - prove yourself (as well as your film buff knowledge) at the UK’s largest fancy dress dodgeball tournament and make a difference to the lives of disabled people at the same time. Win win.

Friday, August 7, 2015
The hotel is in the small town of San Giuliano Terme, just outside of Pisa

It’s clear to see why the Grand Duke of Tuscany chose to summer at Bagni Di Pisa in the 18th century. This is a palace fit for nobility.

Thursday, August 6, 2015
You can see Gywneth Paltrow's Emma on the big screen

If you love Regency romance, you need to head down to Brunswick Square this September, where a Jane Austen mini-festival is being held to celebrate 200 years since Emma was published.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Impossible is on until August 29, visit impossiblelive.com to book tickets

A magic show is a tough sell in this day and age, what with cinemas pumping out fantastic concepts exponentially year on year.

Don't Miss...

What is this?

Near You Now

Competitions

Happy viewing!

MyOffers are giving you that chance to win an amazing Samsung 55” Curve HD TV.

Read more
Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more