10 Free Things to Do in London

London has a reputation for being one of the world’s more expensive cities that doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t enjoy a cheap trip to London – it really is possible. Here you’ll find ten of the UK capital’s best free things to do, so you have no excuse not to visit!

British Museum

Not only is this museum free, but this is one of the city’s top attractions. There is something on display here from just about every civilisation that ever walked on Planet Earth and you could easily spend an afternoon here. With many interactive features, the kids will be fascinated too!

Hyde Park

The grassy parks of Hyde Park are the best place to be on a warm summer’s day. Stroll the beautiful park for free and even prepare a picnic to take with you. It’s really incredible how such a large green space has not yet been turned into houses and car parks, so make sure you make the most of it.

Changing of the Guard

You simply have to see this military tradition during your London stay. Just behind the gates of BuckinghamPalace you will see the Queen’s Guard change every day at 11.30pm during the summer (and every second day during winter). Start your day off by heading over to the Palace to take in the spectacle.

Changing of the Guard


London is home to several top markets, all of which are worth a visit to soak up the atmosphere. At the top of most people’s lists you’ll find Camden Market, with Greenwich and Portobello markets also rated highly by locals and tourists alike.

Science Museum

The ScienceMuseum will appeal to everyone, with kids entertained by the colourful and interesting exhibitions and talks, while adults will appreciate the rarity of some of the artefacts on show. Adults can even enjoy a night at the museum without children every last Wednesday of the month, where special talks are given just for adults.

Platform 9 ¾

Any Harry Potter fan will know of the famous platform from the movies and you can actually check it out for yourself at Kings Cross station. Well, the spot where it would be is marked by a sign – it’s up to you whether or not you want to find out if you can really go through to it!

Natural History Museum

Nothing says London like a diplodocus dinosaur! Well, maybe not. But this museum is packed full of interesting creatures that would be worth a visit in any city in the world. The dinosaur skeletons at the entrance are phenomenal and the history you’ll learn further in make this a great and interesting day out.

Natural History Museum

Photo at Abbey Road

Getting your picture taken at the zebra crossing on Abbey Road with three friends is one of those free things in London that every fan of The Beatles has to do. You can recreate the iconic album cover yourself and get that photo that you’ll almost certainly put straight on Facebook.

Stadium crawl

For fans of football, London is one place where you can check out several magnificent stadiums in one day! While you’d have to pay to get inside and see a match (sometime’s at ridiculous prices…) you can still see the outside of the stadiums and even set yourself the challenge of getting around the city to see the stadiums of the six London Premier League clubs as well as Wembley, Twickenham and the Olympic Stadium.

Street performers

No matter where you go in London you’ll find street performers out in force. From jugglers to guitarists to people swallowing fire, London is ready to entertain you. Try Covent Garden for a spot full of performers or even any tube station with more than one line. This is another free thing to do in the city, although it’s always nice to give a little change if you’re left impressed!

Free things to do in London

So there you have it, there are plenty of free things to do in London and these 10 are just the tip of the iceberg – you’ll come across much more during your time in the city. And if looking to save money on your accommodation, then book yourself into one of the cheap London hotels available in the city.

How to find a hotel in London

If you’re planning a trip to London anytime soon chances are you’re on the hunt for some top quality accommodation, at a great price.

There are a few things you need to take into account though, before you commit to booking anything to ensure you find the best hotel in London for your needs.

Finding Hotels in London

What does ‘best’ mean to you?

For me it’s being as cheap as possible, with my own bathroom (now that I’m getting old) and close to where I want to be. You need to define what ‘best’ means to your requirements before we go any further. Have your list and be prepared to compromise.

Set yourself a budget, and question it

Work out what you can afford, and then how much time you’ll spend there. If you’re in the Big Smoke to party there’s no need to fork loads of money out on a swish hotel. If you want somewhere lush to relax after sightseeing it might be worth splashing a little extra cash for a room with a view that you can enjoy. Don’t look too far above your budget as you’ll only set yourself up for a fall, but take a look a bit cheaper, you never know what diamonds in the rough you’ll come across on Hotel Direct.

Open your mind

Do you really need to stay in a plush hotel right next to the attractions or will a cheapie one do just outside the central location you want? Buses are only £1.30 a trip with an Oyster and once you’re actually on the London Underground all trips are priced by zone with a few pence difference.

You can also save money by sharing facilities. Sharing things like bathrooms and self catering facilities in hotels can save you money on your hotel costs, and your food.

Check the location

Why are you coming to London? If you’re here for the bright lights of Oxford Street and Leicester Square you’ll want to be near the centre. Anyone wanting the crazy and unique Camden markets will want a fun pad near Chalk Farm, and if you’re here for some gig at Wembley or the O2 you’ll be needing some nearby accommodation. Get it wrong with those two and you’re looking at a 10 mile trip cross the city. Expensive, and not fun.

It may sound obvious, but London is a big place. If you’re only here for the weekend it could be worth paying that little bit extra to be near your number one destination, but for a long trip it could be worth staying away from the most popular areas. You never know what you’ll find further out.

Do your research, but not too much

There are lots of websites and companies offering the cheapest hotels in London but it really comes down to luck and research. Knowledge is power when it comes to finding the best hotel prices. Having said that, don’t spend too much time on it. Another idiom for you is that time is money. If you spend five hours looking for a great price you’ve actually just added to the cost. That’s five hours you could have spent enjoying yourself – unless you’re like me of course – I genuinely love looking at hotel prices. True story.

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