Visiting London definitely isn’t cheap, but if you’re a bit clever you won’t have to get rid of your prized organs just yet! As it turns out there’s a lot of free stuff to do in this world-famous city. If you combine that with a cheap hotel room and cheap street food your trip doesn’t have to be expensive at all. Here are my tips for 13 free things in London!
Free walking tours
One of my favorite tips for every city: free walking tours. It’s still expected that you tip the guide with a few pounds, but even then it’s an extremely cheap tour. You’ve got tours with all sorts of themes, in all sorts of neighborhoods and by all sorts of organisations. In East London you even have a free art tour which I would love to try out.
Want a view of London’s skyline? For free? Yes, please! I wrote a whole post (in Dutch) about it, but Sky Garden is where it’s happening. Be sure to make your reservations though!
London is packed with museums, and the best news? Almost all of them are for free! The free ones include the Museum of London (highly recommended!), Victoria & Albert (a great museum focused on art and design), the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the Natural History Museum, Horniman and the Geffrye Museum. Enough to keep you going for weeks!
Performances in Covent Garden
Sometimes nothing beats getting lost while wandering through an unknown city, peeking at the windows of shops you don’t know, and suddenly hearing the sounds of a classical concert softly in the distance. Classical music ensembles regularly perform in Covent Garden. Only classical instruments are allowed in this building, which makes the whole thing even more romantic.
Have a picnic in one of the parks
London has tons of parks, and nothing beats grabbing some picnic food on a sunny day and settle in with the rest of the locals (see below). Some of the many parks you can choose from are Hyde Park, Regents Park, Battersea Park, St James Park or Hampstead Heath. There’s also some smaller parks in Soho and close to Angel.
Another thing you can find all over London (I’m not complaining) is markets – especially food markets. Borough Market is probably the most famous one, but I personally recommend Maltby Street Market. I also love the hustle and bustle of the food markets on Brick Lane during the weekends.
Comic Monday at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Columbia Road Flower Market
Vintage at Bermondsey Square
Portobello Road Market
Walking through Londen
Movies at The Scoop
This might be my favorite street in all of London. This creative hotspot is packed with the cutest shops and cafes (especially in the northern part) and has a lot of popup shops and cafes over the weekends. In the little alleys you’ll find awesome graffiti – and make sure to walk along to Shoredith for even more street art and cool concepts!