England’s famous capital is bursting with historic attractions, fascinating museums and beautiful parks, all available to enjoy for free – so it’s easy to make your stay a Travelodgical one.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in London that won’t cost you a penny…
1. Discover the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum
A true London icon, the Natural History Museum is home to an enormous collection of fossils and specimens from the natural world, with some pieces dating back millions of years.
The museum’s main attraction has to be its fascinating dinosaur exhibition, complete with an impressive, lifelike and very loud animatronic T-Rex.
Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD. Open 10am – 5.50pm every day.
2. Take in the views at the ‘Ally Pally’
You can see London from a different angle at Alexandra Palace. Once you’ve climbed the hill to this magnificent Grade II listed building you’ll be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views over the city, from North, Central and East London.
Once you’ve marvelled at the landscape there are 196 acres of parkland to explore, featuring a boating lake and a regular Farmers Market.
Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY.
3. Meet Peter Pan at Kensington Gardens
From Hyde Park to Hampstead Heath, London is full of beautiful gardens and green spaces – but if you can only visit one, it has to be Kensington Gardens.
Once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, you’ll still feel the regal atmosphere as you stroll along formal avenues of magnificent trees and ornamental flower beds towards the magical Peter Pan Statue and the popular Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
Kensington, London W2 2UH. Opening times here
4. Unleash your inner child at the V&A Museum of Childhood
Try something a little different at the V&A Museum of Childhood. This unique museum houses the UK’s national collection of childhood objects, with toys ranging from the 1600s to the present day.
You’ll be able to reminisce as you see the toys of your youth, dig in to the museum’s fancy-dress box and see how children have played throughout the ages. Perfect for big kids and little kids alike!
Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA. Open 10am – 5.45pm every day.
5. Take a relaxing walk through Little Venice
While the Thames is undoubtedly London’s most iconic river, it can also be its busiest. Escape the hustle and bustle of central London and enjoy a riverside walk at an entirely different pace at Little Venice.
This picturesque pool of water where the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals meet is full of pretty waterside cafes, and a walk along the winding river gives you the chance to see London from a unique and peaceful point of view.
The canal paths are a great place to start a walk downstream where you will pass Maida Vale and go onto Camden and Regents Park. Or if you want, you can get to Camden Lock at a glacial pace with a trip on a narrowboat. The trip takes 45 minutes and is a great start to a shopping trip around the cultural Camden markets where you can explore and buy some of the quirky goods on offer.
Blomfield Road, Pool of Little Venice, London W9 2PF
6. Get wild with the animals at Hackney City Farm
A great day out for kids, Hackney City Farm is the perfect place to discover a bit of the countryside in the heart of the city.
The farm is thriving with friendly farmyard animals including sheep, chickens, goats and donkeys, and you’ll even be able to take part in a pottery class and sample fresh vegetables at the farm’s Frizzante restaurant.
1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA. Open 10am – 4.30pm every day.
7. Feel inspired at the Tate Modern
London has always been known as an inspiring hub for creativity, and you can see some of the world’s most exciting and forward-thinking pieces of art at the Tate Modern.
The museum features work from famous creative minds including Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois, as well as amazing pieces from newer artists. The gallery is home to many diverse and interesting events and exhibits that change throughout the year, some of which are free to visitors so if you’re after a budget day out, the Tate is definitely a place worth considering.
Bankside, London SE1 9TG. Open 10am – 6pm Sunday – Thursday and 10am – 10pm Thursday – Friday.
8. Have a giggle at Angel Comedy Club
Who says you have to pay a fortune for good entertainment? The Angel Comedy Club offers free comedy shows almost every night, with acts varying from up-and-coming comedians to big names such as Dara O’Briain, Russell Howard and Tim Vine. Make sure you get in early though, as it can get busy very quickly.
2 Islington High St, London N1 8DY. Open 7pm – 10.30pm every day.
9. Discover film history at the BFI Mediatheque
The BFI is the home of British film, and you can enjoy some TV and film classics for absolutely free at the BFI Mediatheque.
You’ll be able to choose from over 2,500 highlights from their archives, including British TV favourites, famous films and rare home footage which offer an intimate glimpse into the past.
BFI South Bank, South Block, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. Open 12 – 8pm Tuesday – Sunday.
10. See the city skyline at the Sky Garden
If you like the high life then how about booking an evening at the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street for free.
See spectacular panoramic views across London with elaborately landscaped gardens and a cafe onlooking the open air terrace looking out across the Capital. Be sure to book far in advance to get the best availability as spaces go fast!
20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF