Here’s 10 Free Things to do in London
Yes, you read that right – although London is known as one of the most expensive cities in the world, there are so many free things to do in London you can enjoy, can have an amazing trip, truly experience the city at its best, and not spend much money.
Whether you live in London or are here on business, studying English, studying at a university or just visiting for fun, make sure you add these 10 free things to do in London to your must-see list!
Museums and art galleries
London has some of the top museums and art galleries in the world and best of all, most of them are completely free to visit! The British Museum, London’s most visited attraction, is one that you can’t miss and it’s just a 3-minute walk from Bloomsbury International! Other free museums and galleries include Tate Modern and Take Britain, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wellcome Collection, the Wallace Collection, the Geffrye Museum and many many more!
Visit London’s top landmarks
It’s impossible to visit London without planning a trip to see the most famous sights of the city. Go for a walk along the River Thames to see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. You can also visit Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus for free, as well as famous areas of London such as Notting Hill or Camden.
Changing the Guard
When you watch the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, you really feel like you’re in England! This military tradition involves the Queen’s Guard wearing special uniforms and switching in perfect synchronisation. It takes place at 11.30am every day in the summer and every other day in the winter, but make sure you arrive early to get a good spot at the front of the gates!
London parks and Speakers’ Corner
Included in our list of free things to do in London are the beautiful parks. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of busy London for a while, head down to one of the city’s beautiful parks. Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and St. James’ Park are the most popular ones but you could also visit Primrose Hill or Greenwich Park for amazing views of London. You should also check out Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park (near Marble Arch) where anyone can stand up and start talking about any subject at all! This interesting and entertaining event takes place every Sunday.
Free comedy nights
Famous comedians often charge a lot to watch their shows but there are many free comedy nights in London where up-and-coming comedians perform. This is also a great way to practise your English listening skills and get a taste of British humour! Visit this website for a list of free comedy events: http://www.timeout.com/london/comedy/the-best-free-comedy-in-london
Free music gigs
Music is a huge part of British culture and although you can pay a lot to see your favourite bands, you can have a great night out supporting new acts for free. Visit this website for a list of upcoming free gigs in London: http://www.timeout.com/london/music/free-music-in-london
From clothes markets to antique markets, food markets to flower markets, London has them all! Some of the most popular are Camden Market, Portobello Market, Greenwich Market, Spitalfields Market, Borough Market and Columbia Flower Market. Whichever market you choose to visit, you’re sure to see some very interesting things for sale, while taking in the amazing market atmosphere!
The Old Bailey
Visit the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales (also known as the Old Bailey) to watch actual trials taking place. If you’ve never seen a live trial, this is a highly recommended activity and you can even improve your legal English vocabulary at the same time! The public galleries are open Monday to Friday, admission from 9.55am to 12.40pm and 1.55pm to 3.40pm. Please note that you cannot take bags or electronic devices into the building and there is nowhere that you can leave them inside so it’s a good idea to leave everything at home.
The best place to see street performers in London is in Covent Garden Market (10-minute walk from Bloomsbury International). Every afternoon, very talented performers entertain big crowds and often get audience members involved too. You will always see good acts here as they have to pass an audition to be able to perform. Most entertainers ask for a small donation at the end of their act as this is usually how they make their living.
It usually costs quite a lot to see the inside of Westminster Abbey; however, there is no charge if you go when the services are taking place. ‘Evensong’ takes place at 5pm every day (3pm on Sundays) and is a beautiful service to go to as you will hear the Abbey choir singing.
You can see many of these sights and events by joining the Bloomsbury International social programme (as you can see from the photos above!). A great way to see London, make friends and practise your English.
And there you have it! 10 Free things to do in London – enjoy!
Have fun with English
London Landmarks word scramble
Can you unscramble these words to find 6 London landmarks?
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2. ousrsgdhare ardpea
3. erctlisee eqarsu
4. rotew ergidb
5. seosnnl noucml
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