Free Things to Do in London

London is on everyone’s bucket list but it’s also notorious for being especially expensive. Travelers spend a lot of time budgeting their trip to this incredibly vibrant city to make sure they can get the most out of their hard-earned money. But we’ve got some good news for you: there are plenty of things you can do in London that are completely free! From tour guides to museums and art galleries, this European capital is a surprisingly kind city to budget-travelers and offers up plenty of opportunities for you to explore without going bankrupt. Here are just some of the things you can expect to do for free in London:

Walking Tour of London

Yes, you can get a full tour (guide included) through some of London’s most iconic boroughs at absolutely no cost to you. Sandeman provides free walking tours every day in London starting on the corner of Covent Garden Piazza and going through Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St. James Park and more. Just make sure to bring a comfortable pair of shoes because the almost 3-hour walk will be sure to test your endurance!


You might be surprised to learn this, but many of London’s museums are actually free. The British Museum, for example, which is one of the world’s oldest museums and features exhibitions of ancient mummies and the infamous Rosetta Stone, doesn’t have an entrance fee. Neither does the Science Museum with its seven floors of educational and fun exhibits. The list goes on, so make sure to read up on just how many of London’s museums are actually free.

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Parks and Gardens

Of course, parks and gardens are typically considered public property and London isn’t short of them. Many of the city’s most iconic images are indeed its green spaces so you will be spoilt for choice when choosing where to spend your quiet afternoon. May we suggest Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St. James Park and Regent’s Park: all of them have plenty of room for you to enjoy a good book in peace, have a nice picnic, go for a bike ride or play with your kids. And, best of all? They’re completely free.

Art Galleries

Did you know there are plenty of art galleries around London that don’t require an entrance fee? Look it up: places such as the National Gallery, the Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Britain (to name only a few) offer a free entrance so art lovers can appreciate a wide range of artwork without spending a dime.

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