As the capital city of England, London is often regarded as somewhere which is expensive and not the best place to visit when you are on a budget. However, this is not necessarily the case.
In fact, London is home to a wide range of attractions which you can enjoy for free, with the optional choice to pay for any add-ons. If you are visiting London on a budget, it doesn’t have to be boring – here are 5 amazing things you can do there for free.
- Visit the Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum in South Kensington is home to one of the UK’s most complete dinosaurs, a rock as old as the Solar System itself and a 25-metre blue whale named Hope.
Standard entry into the museum is free and open daily between 10am and 5.50pm, with last admission at 5.30pm. You can also pre-book in advance and purchase (for a reasonable fee) entry into exclusive special events and exhibitions.
- Recreate the iconic Abbey Road album cover
For any music lovers out there, this might need no explanation! Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, in North West London is home to one of the most famous recording studios in the world, as well as the zebra crossing featured on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover.
Recreate the cover photo by walking across the Abbey Road zebra crossing with three friends. However, watch out for the motorists, as the road is still in operation.
- View the iconic skyline from Jin Bo Law Skybar
Though you might have to purchase a drink, you can take in the breathtaking views of London’s skyline for free from the Jin Bo Law skybar situated on the 14th floor of Dorsett Hotel, City.
You will be able to see the historical St Botolph without Aldgate church, which was consecrated in 1739 and is the burial place of two Tudor rebels. There is also the sight of the iconic and contemporary 30 St Mary Axe, nicknamed The Gherkin. You will never get bored!
- Take in contemporary art at the Tate Modern
A short walk from the Dorsett Hotel, City and its skybar is the Tate Modern, housed in the former Bankside Power Station. Browse world-famous contemporary artworks from artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois.
Entry to the main gallery is free, with a charge only for special events and exhibitions. The opening hours are 10:00 to 18:00 from Sunday to Thursday and 10:00 to 22:00 on Friday and Saturday.
- Explore Camden Market
Open since 1974, Camden Market has over one thousand unique shops, stalls, bars and cafes for you to explore. This market is a diverse community of creative sellers, street food traders and independent stores in central London.
Support independent businesses by indulging in some fantastic street food or treat yourself to a reclaimed vintage jacket. Alternatively, you can simply explore for free, taking in the diverse sights, smells and sounds of Camden Market.
Now that you have been familiarised with numerous activities you can enjoy at your leisure in and around London for free, the only thing left to do is start exploring.