Visiting a country can be fun, but it also can be expensive. If you are traveling on a budget, you should check out the list below. These are things to do in London for Free.
National History Museum
The Natural history museum is perfect for a rainy day or one in which you have an entire day to spare. This museum is large and you will be able to wander halls lined with fossils or admire the Renaissance canvases in the gallery which are huge. The collection houses over 80 million items, though not all are always on display. The Museum covers five different collections including Botany, mineralogy, entomology, paleontology, and zoology. The museum has a wide collection of specimens from different eras and even some collected by Charles Darwin on his expeditions.
The Globe Theater
The Globe Theater means Shakespeare though other artists and playwrights presented their works there. While the current Globe Theater is a reconstruction of the original (it burned down) a visit to this playhouse will allow you to see an authentic performance of some of Shakespeare’s best plays including Hamlet and As You Like it. The performances are done as they would have been during Shakespeare’s time. They are complete without enhancements. There are no microphones, lights or background soundtracks. The music is performed by a chamber orchestra and since the top of the theater is open to the sky, you might even get rained on.
Changing of the Guard
One of the best free things to do for free around London is watching the changing of the guard. They are always outside of Buckingham Palace. They never move, talk or sneeze and the change places with each other every 45 minutes. The changing of the guard is very formal and has been done the same way for ages. You can watch the very elaborate ceremony take place accompanied by music. The ceremony occurs at 11:00 A.M. Four days a week, though during the summer, and the height of the tourist season, it will be done daily
Hyde Park is one of the best-known parks. It is also one of the things to do for free in London. It has over 4,000 trees and place to bicycle around the outside of it. There is also a lake to enjoy a picnic by. You can marvel at Buckingham palace from a distance and watch the pelicans get fed. This is the largest park in Brittan and was established in 1536 Henry VIII to use as a hunting ground. He took it from Westminster Abbey for his own personal use. It did not open up to the general public until 1637.
Going to a cemetery sounds morbid, but it is one of the things you can do in London for free. Highgate Cemetary is loaded with old tombstones that belonged to the common inhabitant of London though some of the greatest philosophers and literary minds are buried here. You can find the novelist George Eliot and the poet Christine Rossetti. The most notable occupant is the sociologist turned communist Karl Marx. You can also explore further into the cemetery to locate his original resting place. This plot is smaller and less ornate than the new tomb where he was reburied in 1954.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the things to do for free in London. It has a permanent collection of art and decorative objects that is over 2.27 million pieces. The museum was founded in 1852 and has 145 galleries. The collection covers 5,000 years of art and is one of the most comprehensive collections in the world. The collection has everything from books, ceramics, and glass to metalwork, jewelry, and fashion. The collection has pieces from all over the world and tells the story of more than one culture through their art.
The Museum of London
The museum of London is one of the things to do in London for Free. It overlooks the remains of the Roman City Wall and is part of old London. The museum houses many pieces of the history of the average citizen of London. It has the largest, most complete collection of historical artifices in the world. It has bits of the history of London from the prehistory to the present history of London. Their collections are arranged by time period such as their Roman period which covers AD 50-410.
Peter Pan Statue
In Kensington Gardens is worth a visit for the park itself, but the main draw is the statue made by Sir George Frampton. The statue is made of bronze and is of Peter Pan. Peter Pan was J.M. Barrie’s most popular play and the statute is a symbol of the times, but also the freedom to believe in something. The statute is about 14 feet tall and has a young boy standing in the middle. Squirrels, mice, rabbits, and fairies surround the boy. The rest of the park is worth a visit while you are there, but just don’t miss the statute.
Platform 9 ¾
If you love the Harry Potter books that you will love a trip to the King’s Cross Station. They have added a sign for Platform 9 ¾ just between platforms 9 and 10. It is easy to find through the platform is a busy tourist destination though so be prepared to be surrounded by Harry Potter fans taking pictures of the sign. There is a small gift shop with Harry Potter memorabilia you can buy so be prepared to spend a bit of money for any souvenirs.
Covent Garden is one of the things to do in London for free. It is a fruit and vegetable market that has other types of things to see and look at. This street is full of small vendors plying their wears and people doing street performances. You don’t need to spend any money here, but you can enjoy and a number of restaurants or bars that line the street and offer some of the best food in the area. It became popular as a small place to buy products back in 1654.