Free Attractions to Visit in London
Thinking of finding free attractions in London? Well, you’ve come to the right place. When we think of London, we think about how expensive it is to come here. There are a lot of free attractions in London you’ve never imagined visiting, especially if you’re on a budget. It’s just as beautiful as the places that are charged.
Even if you don’t want to pay to go inside the paid attractions, then it’s worth taking photos outside. The best thing about London is that most free attractions are next to each other, if not, walking distances from one another. When you click on the photos, there are tips on the attractions and recommendations on how long to visit each attraction.
How can I have fun in London with no money?
There are so many things you can do to have fun with no money. For those of you who have never visited London, then you’ve not delved deeper into what the city offers. You can visit top historical places and take photos outside Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and so many more. You can alk along the Southbank by the River Thames, and enjoy sitting in Jubilee Park, eat and sit by the rows of cafes and restaurants and take photos of a hidden attraction, The Golden Hinde Ship.
You can also visit the 8 Free Museums, window shopping in major high streets such as Oxford Street and Regent Street, famous markets around London as well as relaxing in Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and the 8 Royal Parks.
What can you do in London for cheap?
Although they’re not free, there are so many cheap things to do in London. £10 – £20 is considered a reasonable price to visit attractions and go inside. Many attractions are around £8 – £20 for entry such as the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, The Shakespeare Globe Theatre where you’ll learn about the theatre itself and Shakespeare’s work and many others. If you’re travelling on a budget, it’s worth going inside one or two paid attractions.
Click here for free things to do in London in December.
For more free things to do in London, visit my favourite website Lonely Planet for more ideas.
Piccadilly Circus is just a small square where everybody likes to hang out. Although it’s famous for its billboards and the Shaftesbury Memorial Statue, people just glance at them for 3 minutes, take selfies and be on their way to other attractions. However, it’s popular because it’s in the heart of the West End. The streets linking to and from Piccadilly Circus are what you need to focus on. Shaftesbury Avenue are the West End Theatre District, Coventry Street leads to Leicester Square (again, Leicester Square is just a square for people to hang out, eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Regent Street links to Oxford Street for shopping in luxury high street stores e.g. Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and high street fashion stores e.g. Zara, H&M, and many others. Piccadilly (street) serves more high street stores e.g. Waterstones bookstores for book lovers, flagship sportswear Lillywhites for sports lovers, St. James’ Church (a small intimate church to get away from the busy city life), The Ritz Hotel and restaurant and The Green Park (which links to Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Palace). Buckingham Palace also links to Admiralty Arch and Trafalgar Square. Click on the photo to read more about attractions around Piccadilly Circus.
Like Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden is a place to hang out and go shopping. In Covent Garden, there are many boutique stores ranging from fashion, beauty, toys, and restaurants. They are in the high-end brands but if you can find a bargain, hey go for it. Even the Apple Market, I never see people buying anything from the stalls, they’ll browse but a lot of Brits don’t really buy anything from there.
The busiest stores are generally the high street fashion stores and the Apple Store. People do love high street stores. There are a few street performers people love to crowd around. I’ve seen magicians, living statues where people throw a coin and they’ll change their pose and so many more. It’s different every day.
Other attractions include the Jubilee Market, The Royal Opera House, and the London Transport Museum (the history of British transport throughout the years). Great for kids.
The environment is always busy and there’s always something for everyone.
Aside from admiring the four lions protecting the Nelson Column and the fountains (that’s what people like to do when they arrive), Trafalgar Square is not only a square with nothing in it, it’s an icon.
Like Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, and Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square is a place to hang out. Whether you want to have a rest from the hustle and bustle of city life, hardcore shopping or people watching, Trafalgar Square is a good place.
Whenever I finish a stressful day in London, I often go to Trafalgar Square to relax. London can be stressful but thank goodness for relaxing places to chill out. After 20 minutes in Trafalgar Square, I often spend half an hour visiting the National Gallery next to it. There, I take in the British architecture and paintings going back to the 19th Century.
There are many national events happen in Trafalgar Square. Click for my post on Events in Trafalgar Square.
Like Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, and Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square is a place to relax and hang out. There are various food outlets serving world dishes. From Italian to Mexican to fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s and KFC. Leicester Square is linked to Chinatown, Shaftesbury Avenue and Piccadilly Circus.
As you can see from the picture, there is a Shakespeare Memorial Statue surrounded by fountains. In summer, children love splashing themselves.
Leicester Square is also home to movie premieres such as Star Wars, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the Harry Potter movies, and many more.
Like Piccadilly Circus, you can buy 50% off theatre tickets if you buy them on the day. There are usually theatre booths around this area, check which ones are reasonable.
Go up to the 9th Floor of Indigo Hotel where you’ll see a great view of London. London can be industrial, so don’t expect to see anything fancy like Dubai or Chinese skyscrapers, but looking down, you’ll see a bird’s eye view of Leicester Square with people walking like ants below.
See if you can find Bugs Bunny, characters from Singing in the Rain and Paddington Bear statues.
Click for Christmas Market Leicester Square.
FREE MUSEUMS IN LONDON
Which museum is free in London?
There are many free museums in London. The first top 5 are The British Museum, The Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Museum of London.
From learning about ancient mummies, discovering different types of dinosaur fossils, exploring contemporary art and finding out about London’s history. You’re sure to learn something while in London.
Click on the photo to find 3 more in London. There will also be more information on each museums and galleries.
8 ROYAL PARKS IN LONDON
What I love about London are the parks scattered around the area. Even outside the Central, there are parks provided for locals. However, the 8 major parks tourists visit are Hyde Park, The Green Park, Kensington Gardens, Bushey Park, Greenwich Park, Richmond Park, St. James’ Park, and Regent’s Park. They all have different things to do and see. The best part is they’re all free.
Click on the photo to find out more on our 8 Royal Parks.