Visiting London? The city has so many popular tourist attractions and you can explore some of them without breaking your wallet. From a trip to museums to beautiful parks, you have plenty of places to visit in London for free. Here we have highlighted six free things to do in London including the great museums and outdoor spaces for you to enjoy the best of London on a budget.
The National Gallery
The National Gallery is one of the few free art galleries in London. The National Gallery is in Central London at the infamous Trafalgar Square, and it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 190. Entry into the gallery is free so you can feast on British arts and paintings & explore breath-taking European pieces by famous artists such as Van Gogh, Da Vinci, and many others.
This popular London attraction is open daily from 10 am–6 pm and is open on Fridays until 9 pm.
Natural History Museum
This free museum in London is one of the most amazing museums in the UK. The Victorian-style Museum is suitable for families, elderly couples, and groups looking to be captivated by the wonder of history. Housed in beautiful Victorian architecture with a romantic atmosphere, it hosts an immense collection dedicated to the fascinating natural world and its sciences. Giant dinosaur skeletons, unique specimens of flora, fauna, rocks, and fossils beautifully decorate the rooms. All this makes the Natural History Museum a jewel of the British capital.
Admission is free except for some specific events, activities, or exhibitions.
St James Park
This 57-acre park is located in central London between the splendid Buckingham Palace and the beautiful Westminster Abbey. It was a former royal hunting ground and is the oldest Park in London and one of the most beloved. St. James’s Park provides some serenity with spacious lawns, lovely trees, a beautiful small lake, aquatic birds, and many colourful flower beds.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum is a large institution that houses one of the most extensive decorative and applied arts collections in the world. The museum’s collections span over 5,000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium, housed in one of the finest groups of Victorian and modern buildings in Britain. A perfect space to get lost among the spectacular displays of objects and design.
Entrance to the museum is free, only some particular events or exhibitions are paid for. Visitors are expected to book a free timed-entry ticket. There are also free activities for family visits tailored towards the little ones.
Kensington Gardens is among the Royal Parks of London and was once the private gardens of Kensington Palace. Covering an area of 107 hectares, the gardens offer a mix of old and new park pastimes and green space and are shared by the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Kensington Gardens is one of the best parks in London, it overlooks Hyde Park and stretches into the Long Water Lake which turns into the Serpentine midway through and is such a delight to watch. Entry to the gardens is free.
Hyde Park is one of the most famous parks in London. Henry VIII established the park in 1536 and it is the largest of the four Royal Parks in central London. Covering 350 acres with over 4,000 trees, Hyde Park is the perfect place to explore nature in the city. Here, you can relax and admire nature’s finest, the sun-kissed lake, the golden rays of the sun, the humming of the birds, and the beautiful serenity of the park.
Entry to the park is free and the park is open every day from 05:00-00:00 hours. You can visit the winter wonderland amusement park installed inside Hyde Park, enjoy a coffee in one of the bars at the park, or just have a picnic with your friends and family. Overall, the park is a beautiful place to hang out, connect with nature, people watch and get some outdoor exercise.
Located in Northwest London, The Crown London Hotel is the ideal location to enjoy these six free things to do in London. We have car parking available for our guests so you can leave your car with us while you use London’s public transport. With Kilburn and Willesden Green tube stations less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel, you can access these free things to do easily. After a busy day of exploring, come back to relax in the comfort of our hotel and enjoy a fine culinary experience in our restaurant.
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