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

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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