4 free things to do in London

I bloody love London but man, it gets expensive! By the time you've paid to get there, plus food, drink and TFL tickets, you've pretty much spent half your wages. With that in mind, I've written a guide to five of the best free things to do in London. Best bit? They're not all the usual touristy gimmicks! The list is based on places that I have visited- Just click on the links to read my posts about each attraction.

Free attractions in London
MUSEUMS
Most museums are free in London. Of course this includes the biggies like the British Museum, Natural History Museum and V&A but they're always rammed with tourists. Instead, head to smaller museums like the the Museum of Childhood, or the Hunterian Museum , which is stuffed full of interesting specimens (The last photo in that post is a sneaky snap taken from the museum).

ART GALLERIES
Likewise, galleries like the Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery are always going to be popular (although much less so than the museums), but lesser-known galleries such as Dairy Art Centre, Gagosian or Victoria Miro host interesting exhibitions. If you're more interested in street art, you can legally graffiti the Banksy Tunnel. 

FARMS
Oh yes, there are farms in London... and they're free! I've been to the Surrey Docks Farm which is open every single day and it is the home of fluffy pigs! Other free farms in London can be found in Hackney, Vauxhall and Spitalfields. 

TV RECORDINGS
There are TV studios all over London and it's completely free to attend, although you do need to book tickets in advance. Applause Store handles some of the biggest shows on TV, such as X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and Celebrity Juice, whereas the BBC deals with their audiences in-house. Just make sure you get there early as tickets are there are normally more tickets than seats and if you're at the back of the line, you're unlikely to get in. 

With just a little bit of forward planning, you could have an entire day out in London for just the price of transport and meals. Who would have thought?

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8 comments:

  1. Oh London is great. I wish to go back there some day. With loads of time and money. And To wisit some museus would be nice, and eat all the food in camden./love Ida

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  2. I love living here as there's SO much to do for free/cheap! My top tip for getting free or inexpensive London fun is following SkintLondon on Twitter - they're always sharing great things to do that won't break the bank! I really want to go to the Museum of Childhood, it's quite near where I work so really should get there soon!

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  3. I love visiting London and there is so much to do that is free! I love just looking at Big Ben, London Eye, Buckingham Palace etc. I love the science and history museums! x

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  4. I was only in London for 3 days, and I noticed that you don't need to spend a fortune to have a good time! The British Museum was actually one of my favorite attractions

    -Nicole
    Meet Me in Midtown

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  5. Museum are just my favourite and the ones in London are no exception! I love being able to walk around for hours.

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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  6. Another great free museum is The Grant Museum of Zoology near Euston station. It's a little known hidden treasure and it's a good hour. Being from London myself, I find wandering round South Bank and Shoreditch are exciting too :) Great post xx

    Sophie Elizabeth
    www.popcornandglitter.co.uk

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  7. I love the parks! I recently took a trip to St. Dunstan's in the East, an old church that was bombed out during wartime and consequently turned into a public space complete with palm trees and natural beauty.

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  8. I'm moving to London in a few weeks and as a student I'm going to need all the freebies I can get! I'm excited that Tate Britain is right next to my university. I'm really wanting to visit a city farm too, I heard there's a good one close to Canary Wharf!

    Sophie | Dreams and Colour Schemes
    Sophie | Dreams and Colour Schemes

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