Top Free/Cheap Things To Do In London
Here Are My Favorite Top Free/CheapThings To Do While In London!
1. Big Ben
It is a well known fact that you haven't seen London until you see Big Ben! Every year the clock is adjusted using an old English penny. If the clock is running fast, a penny is added to the pendulum. If the clock is running slow, a penny is removed from the pendulum.
2. Tower Bridge
**Side note Tower Bridge and London Bridge are two completely different bridges. Tower Bridge however is the most beautiful of the two. Fun Fact: It took 8 years for the bridge to be completed. The bridge actually opens too! Check out their website to see the times the drawbridge opens, it is a remarkable sight!
3. Borough's Market
Grab lunch in Borough's Market for some amazing food! The market itself is over 1000 years old, which use to be an old trading market. Fun Fact: The market has actuallty been featured in a couple of films. The market appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, in which the Knight Bus drops Harry off at the Leaky Cauldron pub.
4. The Great Green Park
Check out the Green Park one of London's royal parks for a quick snooze, before you continue on your London Adventure. There are lounge chairs all through out the park, where may tourists stop and rest before crossing the street to see Buckingham Palace. Fun Fact:Most of the trees in Green Park are plane trees and lime trees, both fairly common, but the park is also home to black poplar trees, which are Britain's rarest native timber trees.
5. Buckingham Palace
Cross the Great Park and check out Buckingham Palace. The palace has 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms
6. The Natural History Museum of London
The Natural History Museum is particularly famed for its collection of dinosaur skeletons. The central hall is home to the famous 26-meter skeleton of a diplodocus. Entrance to the museum is completely FREE. Side note: The museum actually has a robotic dinosaur T-Rex so visitors can get a vivid interaction with the beast.
7. St Dunstan's Church
An English parish church located halfway between the Tower of London and the London Bridge. Hidden away on a secluded side street, it remains one of London’s secret gardens that holds all the secrets of the unfortunate event's it has suffered thru, including the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Blitz bomb in 1940.
8. Platform 9 and 3/4 at Kings Cross Station
If you're a Harry Potter fan, then you know about Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross station. Grab your photo as you "race off into the platform". For those who aren't Harry Potter Fans, this is where young wizards depart for Hogwarts on the Hogwart's Express Train.
9. Grant's Museum of Zoology
If you are a fan of science and oddities then this FREE Museum is for you! This museum is filled with full skeletons, mounted animals, preserved specimens and many endangered and extinct animals at the University of London (Aka Grant's Museum). Grant's Museum of Zoology is the ONLY remaining zoology museum in London and houses over 68,000 specimens.
10. Soho District
Grab a drink in the Soho District otherwise known as the entertainment district. Soho is known for it's nightlife and bar area. Back in the day Soho was known for it's sex industry ("red light district") and was filled with brothels promising tourists of "a good time", however none of that remains except the nightlife of it's clubs and bars. There are also many popular restaurants to grab dinner and drinks.
11. Avocado & Bean Toast
Now I know this isn't necessarily a place, however alot of the restaurants will carry London's famous Avocado and Bean Toast. It is a MUST try, so stop for breakfast and don't forget to order your toast!
12. Camden Lock Markets
Camden Markets, probably my second favorite markets in London. Grab some deliciously cheap Dutch Pancakes as you enter the markets. Camden Lock was one of London’s first crafts and antiques markets. The market is open 364 days a year. It only closes on one day of the year and that’s Christmas Day. Fun Fact: Famous Singer Amy Winehouse worked on a stall in Camden Lock Market when she was a teenager.
13. Yumchaa Tea House
Grab a cup of tea with over 40 different options and slice of cake and sit and people watch as you unwind after your long day of London Adventures. All their brews are whole leaf and served in cute china teapots (or in recyclable cups to go). P.S. (I like their Soho Location)
14. Hays Galleria
Hay’s Galleria is known today as an area for eating, drinking, working and shopping. You can pass through the covered shopping center on your way to Tower Bridge or HMS Belfast.
15. The Stables
The Stables is located right across the street from the Camden Lock Markets. In Victorian times the Stables use to be a horse hospital, however now it's catacombs and arches have become stalls and stalls of little shops that you can get lost in for hours. P.S. There are secret nightclubs inside if you can find them, that have played host to plenty of Rock'n'Roll royalty including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney, U2 and more!
Here are a couple more options I didn't get a chance to list: Westminister Abbey, London Bridge, Queens Walk, London Eye, Kings Cross, Picadilly Circus, Canary Wharf, and South Kensington.