6 free events and things to do in London

A trip to London doesn’t need to be expensive, in fact, there are loads of places to visit and activities to take part in at no cost whatsoever!

Amongst the iconic landmarks, you’ll find street festivals, museums and some skyscrapers where you can soak up the incredible views for free.

Pet the animals at Vauxhall City Farm

Goat farmA hidden treasure among the bustling streets of London, Vauxhall City Farm is one of the oldest and most central farms in the city. This is a great place to keep the whole family entertained. You can simply pet the animals that approach the fences or purchase food to feed them.

There is also an on-site cafe for the hungry humans! Vauxhall City Farm is open 10:30am – 4:00pm and entry to the farm is free, although donations are encouraged.

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The Butterfly Trail at Outernet

Get ready to embark on an enchanting adventure at Outernet London’s Butterfly Trail! This is not your ordinary experience, it’s a technical masterpiece that invites you to hold a digital butterfly in the palm of your hand. Step into the shoes of intrepid explorer Professor Peter Pelgrin as you journey through his Botanical Workshop and explore the magical Glass House, all while wielding the power of your smartphone. With a few taps on your screen, you can release magical AR butterflies and set off real-time animations that will leave you in awe.

So, head to The Now Building and immerse yourself in this captivating Butterfly Trail. Just be sure to check the Outernet App for viewing times – this is an experience you won’t want to miss!

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Admire the view from Sky Garden

Sky Garden London rooftop barAs London’s highest public garden, Sky Garden provides stunning views of the city skyline for you to take in, whilst surrounded by an incredible array of exotic plants. There is no entrance fee to the Sky Garden however you do need to book tickets in advance to guarantee your entry.

If you find your thirst for gardens in the sky hasn’t been quenched by the end of your visit, pop on over to The Garden at 120 to compare.

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Find the original Roman City Walls

Roman Statue in LondonThe walls which protected the original City of London were built by the Romans around 1800 years ago. While little remains of the original wall which stretched almost 3 miles long, parts of it can still be found across London at no cost. Glimpse the original ruins in the grounds of the Museum of London (which you can also enter for free), the Barbican Estate, a hotel courtyard on Coppers Row in St Alphege Gardens and just off Wood Street. Surprisingly, the most impressive location to explore the Roman ruins is Tower Hill Tube Station.

On the westbound platform, you can find a small cutting in the modern station wall, revealing a section of Roman wall beneath. Above ground, you’ll find a large chunk of the wall looms over the tube station entrance and in the garden, there’s an original Roman statue.

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Get the perfect picture at God’s Own Junkyard

God's Own Junkyard LondonGod’s Own Junkyard is home to Europe’s largest collection of vintage neon signs. Here you will find signs from a number of movies which have appeared next to some of Hollywood’s greatest stars. This is an ideal spot for those who want to get that perfect Instagram shot in a unique and quirky setting.

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Find hidden treasures at The British Library

The British Library in LondonAs the UK’s national library, The British Library has a collection of more than 170 million items, from all ages of written civilisation. Here you can find everything from Jane Austen’s notebooks and handwritten lyrics by the Beatles, to Leonardo da Vinci’s manuscripts and the Magna Carta. There is plenty to keep anyone entertained, whatever your interests.

Whilst in the area you can also visit Platform 9 ¾, where you can push a trolley into the magical world to board the Hogwarts Express!

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