Free places to visit in Britain’s capital city
The city of London has much to offer. From historical places to ultra-modern architecture, astonishing parks and lovely venues, all of them will make your visit an amazing experience that you’ll never forget.
Who said that everything is expensive in London? They clearly haven’t read this article yet. You can feel and experience the British vibe without spending a dime. How can you do that? Well, we have for you some of the best places to visit in London for free. Pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy your lecture.
For the love of Museums
The world’s greatest painters, such as van Gogh, Renoir, da Vinci, Michelangelo, have their masterpieces on display in this emblematic museum. So if you want to see some of the most famous paintings that the Universe has ever had for free, you should definitely take a free tour to the National Gallery. Every year, over six million visitors from all around the world visit these impressive art collections.
Tip: if you want to avoid a crowded visit, better go during the weekdays
Natural History Museum
Another free of charge museum in London would be the Natural History Museum. You can find there 36 free galleries and admire the great fossil of a T.Rex. From March to November, the museum has a wildlife garden open to the public and in the main hall you can find an enormous skeleton of a blue whale.
Tip: the museum is open every day from 10 am to 5.30 pm
Victoria & Albert Museum
Considered the world’s best decorative arts museum, Victoria & Albert Museum is a must on your list of visits in London. It has been open for over 150 years and displays 4.5 million items, all to be seen for free. Visiting V&A is like stepping into a treasure trove with thousands of years of decorative art and design history. Even the building hosting the galleries is a great example of Victorian architectural design.
Tip: you cannot leave the building without seeing Cecil Beaton’s collection of Royal Portraits, “Trees at Hampstead” by Constable, “Tipoo’s Tiger” or Unicorn Tapestries
In an old and no-longer-functional Bankside Power Station on the south bank of the Thames, you can find one of the most adored attractions of the city, the Tate Modern. Paintings such as “Flatford Mill” by Constable and Ophelia 1851-2” by Sir John Everett Millais are just two of the masterworks you can enjoy on your visit. The permanent collections which include works by Pollock, Matisse, Warhol, and Picasso are going to make your experience at Tate Modern unique and unforgettable.
Tip: you can find an amazing view at the coffee shop at one of the top floors and enjoy your coffee/tea time at the glass wall for the best view
Lovely parks for some British fresh air
Greenwich Park is famous for the hill in the center of the park that gives the tourists the opportunity to have an astonishing view over the city. Go to the top of the hill and enjoy your moments of contemplation over a city that never ceases to amaze. In your image from up there you’ll have the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, the 17th-century Queen’s House, and the beautiful Thames with its sinuous course.
Tip: it’s an ideal spot for a picnic on a sunny day
Another royal park of London would be the charming Kensington Gardens. Take a walk in the history of London and remember its memorable personalities. Here you will find the Albert Memorial, the statue of Peter Pan, the Serpentine Gallery, the Round Pound, and the Diana Memorial Playground, all free of charge. Walk the tree-lined paths of the park and admire its beauty and its perfect British lawns.
Tip: for a delightful tour of London’s parks continue your visit from Kensington Gardens to some other free-entry lovely parks nearby, such as: Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, Green Park or St. James’s Park
Changing the Guard (Buckingham Palace)
An iconic ceremony that reminds you that you’re visiting the land of the Queen is the Changing of Guard, also known as “Guar Mounting”. It is actually a spectacular moment, which you cannot miss if you really want to feel a royal vibe and see how well organized and trained the British regiment is. Wearing bearskin hats and red tunics, the guardians of the Queen march from Wellington Barracks to Buckingham Palace with musical accompaniment.
Tip: the ceremony takes place on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10.30 am
Almost touch the sky for free, at Sky Garden
If you enjoy wonderful views over the city, you need to plan a tour at the Sky Garden in London. It has a spectacular view over Britain’s capital and you can spot the most iconic buildings of the city. Capture the best photos of the view, regardless the weather.
You can find this famous enlarged glass dome, in the heart of London, in a building known to locals as the “walkie talkie”. There you can also have your dream dinner with a view. And what a view, you’ll have!
Tip: visits are free to public, but you need to book your entry ticket in advance on their website
Feel free to enjoy them all!
Besides their tea time, Londoners are big fans of markets. You can find lots of free markets to visit and enjoy a Saturday morning in, while searching for some bargains. If you want to combine a visit to Notting Hill with a vintage market to look for some antiques, you should choose Portobello Road Market.
Another great market for a Sunday treat would be Columbia Road Flower Market. Located on a street in East London, with a Victorian atmosphere, you can enjoy a blooming market with all kinds of flowers and plants.
In 2014 it reached its 1000th anniversary and it’s still an emblematic market for food lovers. The Borough Market offers everything you need or crave for a memorable grab-and-go breakfast or lunch. This gourmet food market could also be a perfect spot for some Instagram shots or a lovely walk.
Tip: check the official websites for each market to find the exact location and see what else can you visit nearby
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