At first glance, London seems like an expensive place to visit… However, it doesn’t have to be. Looking for a way to see the city without breaking the bank? This insider’s guide will show you amazing and completely free things to do in London.
Free London Exploration… First and foremost, is it even doable? Second, what are your options?
Yes that is correct. And we know how to do it.
We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of free things to do in London, including great places to visit and things to do that won’t cost you a dime.
Here are our top picks
Changing of the guard
At least once, everyone should witness the pomp and drama of the Changing of the Guard ritual.
Whether you’re a local or just traveling for a few days, this is one of London’s top free tourist attractions for a reason.
When the Queen’s Guard completes their guard duty and gives way to the new Guard, the Changing of the Guard is a ceremony.
Instead of a quick “goodbye” as most of us rush out the door at 5 p.m., there’s a full-fledged ceremony with marching bands, marches, and lots of tradition.
London has a long and winding past that includes a plethora of weird and fantastic stories. It’s no surprise, however, that you can sometimes find strange but interesting places to explore in the city.
One of these places is the Mithraeum. A Roman temple dedicated to Mithras, the enigmatic figure whose cult-like followers were shrouded in secrecy? It seems too strange to be true…
This is where you are wrong. Not only does the Temple of Mithras exist, but you can get there and visit it for free.
In the City of London, the immersive experience is buried under the Bloomberg skyscrapers.
Street art in Shoreditch
While other cities rejected graffiti as art, Londoners embraced it with open arms.
If creative artists want to use the city as a canvas to add color to our lives, we’ll be there to see it.
You can’t turn a corner without seeing a piece (or five) from one of the world’s most famous street artists.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market is a unique market in London.
Columbia Road comes alive every Sunday with a long-established flower market that is very beautiful.
Of course, buying something in the market isn’t free, preferably while dreaming how much easier life would be if you lived around the corner and could buy armfuls of flowers to decorate your roomy but fashionable throw pillow.
Okay, that last part is obviously a personal fantasy, but we’re sure you’ll do it when you visit.
Public Viewing Gallery at Oxo Tower
It can be difficult to acquire a good view of the skyline in a city with such a stunning skyline without spending a lot of money.
Sure, it’s wonderful to get a birds-eye view of London from places like A View from the Shard, but if you don’t have £30 to spare, that’s a bit of a shame.
This is where the Oxo tower comes into play. Is there a cool free place to visit in London that no one knows about? We are not joking.
We’re not going to pretend it’s on the same level – after all you’re on the 8th floor, not the 72nd – but before you get comfortable it’s right next to the river and has views really fantastic.
Just take the elevator to the 8th floor and enjoy the beauty of our beautiful city.
The key ceremony at the Tower of London
One of London’s must-see attractions is the Tower of London… If you want to get inside, you’ll need to open your wallet.
Unless you purchased a Key Ceremony ticket.
The event, which has been going on for hundreds of years, commemorates when the Tower of London is closed for the night, with all its riches (including the crown jewels) safely inside.
Isn’t everything fantastic?
The bad news is that being one of London’s most popular free activities, buying a ticket is notoriously difficult.
Since the development of online booking, London has been dubbed the “spontaneity killer”.
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