As expensive as London is, there is plenty of FREE entertainment to take advantage of too! For more detailed information on some of these happenings, check out my blog post on some of my favorite fall activities in London.
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Time Out London is a top “Things to do in London” guide offering advice on the best restaurants, attractions, nightlife, and events around the city. Free-Pricy suggestions.
Free London Events – Find out what free events are going on in London daily, weekly, and monthly!
All in London -Free or practically free events. Good resource for free nightlife suggestions.
- All are free to admire, but taking a closer look will cost ya.
- Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Check times and dates prior to attending…and GET THERE EARLY for a good spot!
- Ceremony of the Keys is the locking up of the Tower of London. It is an exciting and FREE event, but you must reserve your tickets ahead of time.
- All Parks (great picnic spots!)–Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill both have amazing views of London from the top of the hill, Regents Park, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park, St. James Park, Greenwich
- St. Paul’s Cathedral–standing in the entrance is free, but exploring the cathedral, crypt, and climbing the dome is £16.50 (14.50 for students). You can also attend mass.
- Take a walk over the Thames along the famous Tower Bridge, London Bridge, or Millennium Bridge (as seen in Harry Potter).
- The London Pass will allow you to see over 55 pricy London attractions for FREE along with other benefits. However, it is £49.00 for ONE day, £68.00 for TWO days, and so on. To add unlimited transport to the pass is about £10-20 extra. Definitely worth it if you want to get the most out of the attractions and you are capable of seeing many hot spots in a day.
Museums: Free entry but costs for exhibitions will vary
- National Portrait Gallery
- National Gallery
- Somerset House — Along with exhibitions, Somerset House is also the site for many events including ice skating under the Tiffany’s Christmas tree in the winter time, fashion week, and beer and cider fests!
- Natural History Museum
- Victoria and Albert
- Imperial War Museum
- Museum of London
- National Maritime Museum (in Greenwich)
- Tate Modern
- At Southbank Center, concerts, dancing (ballroom, salsa, etc.), festivals, markets, and more happen regularly at this hotspot located along the Thames and just next door to the London Eye.
- Trafalgar Square hosts many free events throughout the year including Chinese New Year, West End Live where live performances from popular West End/Broadway shows take over the square, and even the world’s biggest pillow fight! Check out the events page to see what’s happening during your stay!
- Genesis Cinema offers a free Poetry Slam that takes place every first Thursday of the month.
- Angel Comedy Club at Camden Head is a free nightly comedy club featuring new and established comedians in London.
- Movie Premiers at Piccadilly Circus
- Street Performers
- People watching in Camden Town
- Borough Market sells fresh delicacies from all over the world by under London Bridge!
- Columbia Road offers a small street of great shops and a flower market open on Sundays from 8-3
- Spittalfields Market located near Brick Lane offers a very East London vibe with vintage items and a hipster atmosphere. Food markets are outstanding in this area as well! The weekend is the most popular time to visit
- Portobello Market located in Notting Hill sells gorgeous but expensive items and holds an antique market every Saturday. The regular market is open Monday-Saturday from 9am.
- Greenwich Market is just a stones throw away from London and very worth the trip! While you are there, visit the Greenwich Meridian and enjoy a great view of London!
- Camden Market is located in Camden Town. This is a great place to go touristy and less expensive gifts and also provides some awesome people watching!
- Christmas Markets (from mid-November-early January) are my absolute favorite! If you are in London during Christmas time you must check them out! Southbank is my favorite as it offers an amazing view of London from the Thames.
- Southbank Center- Enjoy free WiFi at this arts center as you gaze out the window at the striking view of the Thames with Big Ben and the London Eye staring right back at you.
- Any cafe…just purchase a cafe or tea and voila!
- Londonist – A Listing of free WiFi found throughout London
- Pubs and wine bars are typically free entry.
- Most clubs will have a cover charge from £5+, but if you arrive before a certain time (and you’re a lady) you will probably be able to get in for free!
- Design my Night provides information on all the great venues in London. You can design you perfect night by searching by location for anything from happy hour to a girl’s night out for some drinks and dancing.
- All in London provides information about the type of nightlife in London, upcoming events, and free fun!