With a perfect balance between history and modernity, London is a city in constant turmoil, the natural birthplace of all kind of artists and capable of making its visitors fall in love with it.
In this city the offer for tourists is very rich in quantity and quality, with the added advantage of not having to spend money to enjoy many of its attractions.
Here are 10 free activities you can do in London.
1- Visit some of the world’s most famous museums.
You will find in London a wide variety of museums with free admission all year round, except December 24 and 26, when they are closed. Be sure to visit the National Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Victoria & Albert and the British Museum, where you can learn more about England and the world history and culture.
2- Let Picadilly Circus surround you.
With huge bright outdoors and the famous Eros statue, Picadilly Circus is one of London’s most famous locations. From there you can rapidly reach several sights of the city like Mayfair, Soho, Leicester Square, Chinatown, Westminster and Regent Street.
3- Assist the changing of the Guard.
When you pass Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II’s official residence, watch the change of the Royal Guard, a moment much appreciated by tourists, which takes place every day at 10:45am.
4 – Visit the British Library.
This historical library features unique documents, including copies of the English Magna Carta, drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci, rare Beatles lyrics and the oldest book in the world.
5 – Cross Tower Bridge.
Built in 1894 over the River Thames, Tower Bridge is one of London’s ex-libris.
After crossing the bridge, take the time to walk south with the River Thames on your right, passing the London City Hall, Shakespeare Globe Theater, Tate Modern, The Shard, Millennium Bridge Borough Market and Southbank Center until you reach the London Eye, London’s panoramic ferris wheel.
6 – Take your time at Covent Garden.
Covent Garden is one of the most charismatic districts in London. Full of bars, restaurants and shops, it is always animated by various street performers surrounded by groups of people who admire their performances.
7 – Have a picnic in one of London’s parks.
London has several beautifully maintained parks that are the perfect setting for a picnic or a relaxing stroll. Among the best known are Hyde Park, St James’s Park, Kensington Palace Royal Gardens, Regent’s Park and Green Park. If you don’t have much time available, we suggest you visit Holland Park in the Kensington / Chelsea neighborhood. You will surely marvel at the Kyoto Garden, a stunning Japanese garden in the heart of London, built in 1992 to celebrate the Japan Festival.
8 – Let yourself be enchanted by Notting Hill.
The famous neighborhood, immortalized by the film with the same title, has more to offer besides its beautiful colorful houses. You find in Notting Hill an artistic and lively environment, many establishments with high quality food and drink and charming antique shops. Be sure to visit the Electric Cinema, a charming cinema over 100 years old, leather chairs and even a bar where you can buy champagne before the session starts.
9- Wander around Camden Town / Stroll through Camden Town.
London’s most alternative neighborhood, where Amy Winehouse lived, is an essential point in a visit to the city. Dare to enter a more “punk” environment and enjoy the original storefronts and their different products.
10 – Get to know the street markets.
The London street markets have been around since the Middle Ages and today you can find everything in these iconic markets, from second-hand furniture and clothing, to unique products from emerging artists and designers. Some of London’s most famous markets are: Portobello Market, where you find mostly clothes and antiques; Borough Market, where you can taste gourmet food and Columbia Road Flower Market, a weekly flower market that graces the entire street with flowers, plants and shrubs when it occurs.
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