100 Free Things To Do in London

There are countless things to do in London that it would be impossible to get them all done during just one trip. However, you may be a little concerned about how much all of these activities are going to cost you. So, if you’re looking for something to do in London on a budget, check out our ultimate list of 100 free things you can do.

100 Free Things to do in London - Globehunters

  1. Take a look around the National Gallery
  2. Visit the British Museum
  3. Attend the Tate Modern
  4. Take a walk up to Greenwich Park
  5. Experience the magic of Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station
  6. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace
  7. Admire the portraits at the National Portrait Gallery
  8. Discover the city’s history at the Museum of London
  9. View artistic treasures at the Victoria & Albert Museum
  10. Have a laugh at the Angel Comedy Club
  11. Get involved in the Pride in London parade
  12. Get a taste of the Chocolate Museum
  13. Catch a lunchtime concert from the students of the Royal Academy of Music
  14. Take a stroll through Camden Market
  15. See the neon lights at Gods Own Junkyard
  16. Take a look inside Westminster Cathedral
  17. Get some great views from the Walkie Talkie’s Sky Garden
  18. Enjoy nature at Hyde Park
  19. Stop to smell the flowers at The Churchill Arms
  20. Attend a free lecture at Gresham College
  21. Explore the past at the Natural History Museum
  22. Head to Covent Garden to be entertained by the street performers
  23. View the modern art at the Saatchi Gallery
  24. Spend an afternoon surrounded by literary classics at The British Library
  25. Get exploringat Wimbledon Common
  26. Take a look around Covent Garden
  27. Be entertained at London’s outdoor amphitheatre, The Scoop
  28. Explore Soho on a hunt for the Seven Noses of Soho
  29. Track down the rare police box of Piccadilly Circus
  30. View the fabulous artwork at the Wallace Collection
  31. Exercise your free speech at Speakers’ Corner
  32. Experience the magic on a free Harry Potter tour
  33. Navigate the seven seas at the National Maritime Museum
  34. Spend your Friday evening listening to Cuban music at Ronnie Scott’s
  35. Dive into London culture at the Tower of London’s Ceremony of the Keys
  36. Take a moment of reflection at the Choral Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral
  37. Venture out to London’s only beach
  38. Take a walk along the South Bank and see some of the most popular sights
  39. Enjoy a comedy show at the Top Secret Comedy Club
  40. Delve into history at the Imperial War Museum
  41. Take a stroll through Columbia Road Flower Market
  42. Learn more about the grizzly story on a free Jack the Ripper tour
  43. Reflect at Hyde Park’s Diana Memorial Fountain
  44. View the treasures of the Rock n’ Roll world at The Vault
  45. Visit Southwark Cathedral and see if you can spot the Cathedral cat, Doorkins
  46. See the centre of the world’s time at the Prime Meridian Line in Greenwich
  47. Meet the farmyard animals at the Vauxhall City Farm
  48. Remember heroes who lost their lives trying to save others at Postman’s Park
  49. Get lost in the Barbican Centre
  50. Jump back in time at the Strand Lane Roman Baths
  51. Spend a Sunday afternoon at the bustling and colourful Brick Lane Market
  52. Soak in the art on London’s streets on a graffiti and street art tour
  53.  Visit the ‘Ain’t Nothin But…’ bar for free music from Sunday-Thursday
  54. Admire the beauty within Holland Park’s Kyoto Garden
  55. View the weird and wonderful natural treasures at the Grant Museum of Zoology
  56. Attend a free gig at The Social
  57. Experience a taste of Roman history at the London Wall
  58. Dance the night away at one of the free gigs at Hootananny Brixton
  59. Browse the eclectic stalls at Portobello Road Market
  60. Enter the world of William Morris at the William Morris Gallery
  61. Escape the city feel when you watch the deers in Richmond Park
  62. Visit the 17th century stately home, Kenwood House
  63. Head up to Parliament Hill for fantastic views over the city
  64. Share in the secret of the West End’s Phoenix Garden
  65. Learn a little at the Science Museum
  66. View the remains of the medieval Winchester Palace
  67. See behind the scenes at the National Theatre on the Sherling Backstage Walkway
  68. Enjoy a lunchtime concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields
  69. See a miniature version of the city at New London Architecture
  70. Explore the history of money at the Bank of England Museum
  71. Watch the opening of Tower Bridge from the South Bank
  72. Discover the hidden tropical oasis at the Barbican Conservatory
  73. Visit the oldest church in the City of London, All Hallows by the Tower
  74. Head to Abbey Road to recreate that famous Beatles album cover
  75. Look around Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, the Old Royal Naval College
  76. Take a Fire, Pestilence and Plague tour to see the disaster sites of London
  77. Visit Fulham Palace, the home of the Bishops of London for over 12 centuries
  78. Climb Primrose Hill and take a look at the London skyline
  79. Explore the wonderfully colourful streets of Neal’s Yard
  80. Experience luxury when you go window shopping at Harrods
  81. Escape to the country at the Brixton Windmill
  82. Be inspired by the garden that engulfs the ruins of St Dunstan in the East
  83. Take a walk along the canal in Little Venice
  84. Take in the inspiring art exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery
  85. Be wowed by the oldest dinosaur sculptures at Crystal Palace Park
  86. Get creative at the Design Museum
  87. Feel youthful when you visit the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens
  88. Learn the stories of the statues of London with Talking Statues London
  89. Step back in time at Sir John Soane’s Museum
  90. Visit St James’s Park and watch the pelicans being fed
  91. Take the kids to the Diana Memorial Playground, complete with pirate ship
  92. Take a photo with the stone lions in Trafalgar Square
  93. View the weird and wonderful items at the Wellcome Collection
  94. Spot the famous names such as Karl Marx and George Eliot at Highgate Cemetery
  95. Grab a free ticket for a lunchtime recital with the Royal Opera House
  96. Take a look around the exciting toy store, Hamleys
  97. Immerse yourself in the culture of Chinatown
  98. Find tranquility in the city at Paddington’s Floating Pocket Park
  99. Get to know Soho on a Soho walking tour
  100. Time your visit to coincide with a free London music festival

50 Things to do in London for Under $10 

  1. Visit the Brunel Museum and see the oldest section of the London Underground. (£6/$8)
  2. Pick up any and every piece of M&M’s memorabilia that you can imagine at M&M’s World.
  3. Check out the street performers at Covent Garden. (leave a tip of at least £1/$1.50)
  4. Check out a stand up comedy show at one of the city’s many clubs.
  5. Hop on a ‘Boris Bike’ and explore the city on two wheels. (from £2/$2.50)
  6. Find a cocktail bar with a two-for-one happy hour!
  7. Visit the home of Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin. (£8/$10)
  8. Grab a bite from a street food truck.
  9. Visit Red House, the Arts & Crafts former home of designer William Morris. (£8/$10)
  10. Head to one of the many independent coffee shops.
  11. See adverts, cartoons and more at the House of Illustration. (£7.50/$10)
  12. Climb to the top of the Monument to the Great Fire of London for great views of the city. (£4.50/$6)
  13. Try to catch a local gig. Ones at smaller venues can often cost less than $10.
  14. Visit Sutton House, a Grade II* listed Tudor manor house. (£6.30/$8.50)
  15. Find a pub by the river and enjoy a cold pint.
  16. Visit the world’s oldest surviving music hall, Wilton’s. (£6/$8)
  17. Try to grab some bargain last minute tickets for a West End show (try TKTS London).
  18. Buy a bouquet for your significant other at New Covent Garden Market.
  19. Jump on a bus and take your own sightseeing tour of London.
  20. Experience the royal splendour of Banqueting House. (£5.50/$7.50)
  21. Get a glimpse into the surgical practices of the past at the Old Operating Theatre. (£6.50/$8.50)
  22. See the world’s biggest collection of fans at the Fan Museum. (£5/$6.50)
  23. Take a ride over the Thames on the Emirates Air Line (£4.50/$6 - less with Oyster or contactless)
  24. Take a trip down the Thames on the Thames Clipper service. (£6.50/$8.50 - price with Oyster or contactless)
  25. Look around Highgate Cemetery, where Karl Marx is buried. (£4/$5.50)
  26. Get up close and personal with farmyard animals at Belmont Children’s Farm. (£7/$9)
  27. See some of the old belongings of John Keats at Keats House. (£6.50/$8.50)
  28. Find out more about the city’s canal network at the London Canal Museum. (£5/$6.50)
  29. See Shakespeare as it was meant to be seen at the Globe Theatre. (Standing tickets from £5/$6.50)
  30. Rent a deckchair and take in some rays at Hyde Park. (£1.60/$2 per hour)
  31. Visit the collection at the Courtauld Gallery. (£7/$9)
  32. Take a spin on one of the city’s ice rinks (winter time only, of course).
  33. Try the UK’s national dish, fish and chips.
  34. Have a cup of tea amongst some feline friends at This is a Coffee Shop (formerly London Cat Village).
  35. Pick up a bargain at one of the city’s street markets.
  36. Visit Dr Johnson’s 300-year-old townhouse. (£7/$9.50)
  37. Find out about the sometimes brutal history of prisons at the Clink Prison Museum. (£7.50/$10)
  38. See a show at the Royal Opera House (standing tickets for as little as £3/$4)
  39. Take a swim in the ponds on Hampstead Heath (£2/$2.50 per day)
  40. Visit the Dulwich Picture Gallery. (£8/$10)
  41. Grab a mulled wine from the Christmas markets (Christmas time only).
  42. Grab a cheap meal in Chinatown.
  43. Have a game of table football (foosball) at Cafe Kick. (£1/$1.50)
  44. Read a book with your cup of coffee at the London Review Cake Shop.
  45. Visit one of the city’s famous bookshops such as Foyles.
  46. Take trip through the history of some of the UK’s favourite comics at the Cartoon Museum. (£7/$9.50)
  47. If you’re in town, try to get tickets for the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. (start at £6/$8)
  48. Take a dance class at the famous Pineapple Dance Studios. (from £6/$8)
  49. Take a ride in a famous London black cab.
  50. Have a drink at the Sky Garden. (free entry, so just pay for your drink)

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