Free Things to do in London

London is home to some of the most famous designer brands in the world, and any tourist can spend a full month’s wages in a weekend checking out all the attractions the city has to offer; but away from all the glamour, busy London life, there’s loads of things to do for free, nothing, nada. Read on to find out more…

Why not start with Hyde Park, open from dawn to midnight, separated from Kensington Gardens by the Serpentine, a lake created by Queen Caroline’s damming up the Westbourne River and a great place for boating and swimming. Horseback riding is also enjoyed in Rotten Row, and Speakers’ Corner in the northeast is famous for its orators and crackpots, especially on Sundays.

Kensington Fountain in Hyde Park

Across the Serpentine is Kensington Gardens, which were the former grounds of Kensington Palace. The park hold many attractions for children, including the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, and the bronze statue of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Model boats can also be sailed on the Round Pond.
Also you shouldn’t miss beautiful Regent’s Park, whose southern edge is still bordered by elegant Georgian houses. The park has a zoo, a boating lake, open air theater, a glorious rose garden, cafés and the biggest mosque in London. The tourist can also stroll through nearby Bloomsbury, made famous by Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, a collection of famous and famously eccentric writers, painters, and deep thinkers. Bloomsbury is still the center of the book trade.

A Gorilla at Regents Park Zoo

If you get tired of the great outdoors, there are many indoor sites to visit, some of them quite sumptuous. The Geffrye Museum on Kingsland Road has rooms depicting domestic British life from the 17th century till the present day. The Museum of London near St. Paul’s Cathedral follows the prehistoric age till World War I. Humble but ancient artifacts share space with recreated streets and interiors, including a working model of London’s 1666 Great Fire, found in the London’s Burning section. There are also the new Galleries of Modem London, which opened in 2010 and recount the history of the city from 1666 till the present day. A good number of the exhibits are interactive.
The National Maritime Museum is housed in a wedding cake of a building and has exhibits celebrating all manner of seafaring, from primitive canoes to the golden barge of Prince Frederick to Elizabethan galleons to modern ships. Nearby are the Queen’s House, designed by Inigo Jones and the Royal Naval College, a stately edifice that was split in two parts so Queen Henrietta Maria could still have her view of the river.

London's Maritime Museum

Tourists may be surprised that the National Gallery is also free. Found in Trafalgar Square, it houses over 2,300 paintings by such masters as Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Cezanne as well as British favorites like Gainsborough, Turner and Constable. The museum has been an attraction since 1824 when the House of Commons bought 38 major paintings. Must sees for the tourist are the Arnolfini Portrait by Jan Van Eyck, The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein and The Annunciation by Fra Filippo Lippi.
The British Museum is also a place to visit for free, even though it’s the oldest public museum in the world. It was established in 1753 as a home for the collection of Sir Hans Sloane. Now its collection spans the centuries, from the famous Sutton Hoo helmet to sculptures from the Parthenon to the skin of the Lindow Man, whose 2,000 year old tegument was preserved by the acid in a Cheshire peat bog.
Certainly London, with so many free attractions, is one of the most welcoming cities on earth! As you can see, you don’t have to be spending all your money on Vivienne Westwood handbags or dresses to have a good time in England’s capital city.

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