15 Free Things to do in london

Explore The Vibrant City on a Budget

There are plenty of free things to do in London for visitors and locals alike. From world-class museums and galleries to beautiful parks, vibrant markets, and charming neighbourhoods, there is something for everyone to enjoy without spending a penny. With so much beauty and culture to explore, London's free offerings make it an unforgettable destination.

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Some of the things listed below are free to see, but not all can be done for free. There are tickets to participate in the attraction but they are free to see and take photos. The attractions are London Eye, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace.

Our underground station details are provided for your convenience, but it is always wise to check your itinerary to ensure you are going the right way.

1. the tower bridge in london

A visit to London would not be complete without a visit to the Tower Bridge. It is one of the city's most iconic landmarks, symbolizing the rich history and architectural achievements.

You can take a tour and learn about the bridge's construction, take in stunning views of the city from high-level walkways. See the old Victorian engine rooms.

Tower Bridge is also a popular location for events and celebrations, including New Year's Eve fireworks and the annual Boat Race.

Neighbourhood/District: Tower Bridge, Southwark

Closest underground station:

  • Tower Hill Metro Station on the South Bank 0.4 miles (0.64 kilometres) away served by the District Line (Green), Circle Line (Yellow).
  • London Bridge Station around 0.6 miles (0.96 kilometres) away, served by the Northern Line (Orange), and Jubilee Line (Grey).

2. the eye of london (London Eye)

The London Eye is important for visitors and tourists as it offers a remarkable and distinctive view of London's skyline. You will be able to view the city from a different perspective while still getting panoramic views that are not possible from the ground.

Since its debut in 2000, it has grown to be a well-liked tourist destination. Because the London Eye can be booked for special events like weddings, corporate gatherings, and even marriage proposals, visitors will have an unforgettable time aboard.

Neighbourhood/District: South Bank, Lambeth

The closest underground:

  • Waterloo Station on the South Bank 0.3 miles or (0.48 kilometres) away.
  • Westminster Station on the West Bank 0.3 miles away.

3. st paul's cathedral in london

St Paul's Cathedral London.St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral is a historic and iconic landmark in the heart of London. If you are one who loves architecture, then this is the place to be. You can explore the cathedral's interior and learn about the cathedral's role in London's history. It is an Anglican cathedral located in the heart of London.

The cathedral's dome is one of the largest in the world, and visitors can climb to the top for panoramic views of the city. The cathedral has had significant events through time just mentioning The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer which was held in 1981.

Neighbourhood/District: The City, City of London

Closest underground station:

  • St. Paul's Station Central Line (Blue) which is 0.2 miles away or (0.32 kilometres). 
  • Westminster Station on the West Bank served by the Central Line (Blue), District Line (Green) and the Jubilee Line (Grey), 0.3 miles / 0.48 kilometres  away.

4. Buckingham Palace & Changing of the Guards

There is no doubt that this is an epic location that you should visit every time you visit London. The Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British monarch, located in the City of Westminster. It has served as the London home of the monarch since 1837.

It is also possible to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, when the new guard replaces the old guard several times during the week and also if you wish during a walking tour.

When the palace is open to the public during the summer, visitors can see its opulent State Rooms.

Neighbourhood/District: Westminster, City of Westminster

Closest underground station: 

  • Green Park Metro Station served by the at the far end of Green Park Station at Piccadilly Street 0.4 miles or 0.64 kilometres, which is served by the Jubilee (Grey), Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue) and Victoria Line (Light Blue). Around 9 minutes walk.
  • St James’s Park Station being 0.4 miles away or an 8 minute walk away is served by the Circle Line (Yellow) and District Line (Green).
  • Victoria Station which is 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometres) or an 10 minute walk and is served by the Circle Line (Yellow) District Line (Green) and Victoria Line (Light Blue).
  • Hyde Park Corner Station is 0.6 miles (0.96 kilometres) away or a 12 minute walk served by the Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue).
  • Charing Cross Station is around 0.9 miles (1.44 kilometres) with a 20 minute walk which is the furthest distance from the palace. It is served by Bakerloo Line (Brown) and Northern Line (Black)

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5. Big Ben & houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben London.Houses of Parliament and Big Ben London

An example of Gothic Revival architecture are the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. They are an iconic symbol of British history and democracy. Big Ben is an essential part of London's skyline and a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the city.

Houses of Parliament tours are available in several formats. Some committee and debate proceedings are available for free in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Throughout the week, these events take place.

The clock tower, which houses Big Ben, was added in the mid-1800s and has since become one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.

Neighbourhood/District: Westminster, City of Westminster

Closest underground station: Westminster Station by the Circle Line (Yellow) and District Line (Green), Zone 1 (West bank) 0.3 miles (0.48 kilometres).

6. Covent Garden in london

Covent Garden in London.Covent Garden London

London's West End is home to the famous Covent Garden. A variety of attractions and experiences can be found in this vibrant and historic district. In addition to its famous market building, the area is home to street performers, upscale shops, and a variety of restaurants and bars.

Also, it is famous for its heritage of performing arts and the Covent Garden Theatre. Visitors can shop for unique souvenirs, attend live performances, or stroll around the picturesque Piazza. Shopping, dining, and entertainment are all available in Covent Garden.

All of Covent Garden is totally free to explore!

Neighbourhood/District: Covent Garden, Camden

Closest underground station:

  • Leicester Square Station served by the Piccadilly Line (Blue) and Northern Line (Black), which is a short walk of 0.3 miles (0.48 kilometres).
  • Holborn Station with Central Line (Blue) is only 10 minutes walk away.
  • Embankment Station with Circle Line (Yellow), District Line (Green), Bakerloo Line (Brown) and Northern Line (Black) is a ten minute walk.

7. Westminster Abbey london

Westminster Abbey is the most prominent religious structure in London and in the United Kingdom. Located besides the Palace of Westminster, here have been numerous royal coronations, weddings and funerals of notable figures held here. Its architecture and art are also impressive, with Gothic vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, and intricate carvings.

Among the many chapels you find memorials dedicated to famous writers, scientists, and politicians. If you are interested in British history, art, and architecture, making it a point to visit. The abbey is open to the public for prayer, or else an entrance fee is charged.

Neighbourhood/District: Westminster, City of Westminster

Closest underground station:

  • Westminster Station by the Circle Line (yellow) and District Line (green), Zone 1 (West bank) a distance of 0.3 miles (0.48 kilometres).
  • St James’s Park Station being 0.4 miles away or an 8 minute walk away is served by the Circle Line (Yellow) and District Line (Green).

8. london Piccadilly Circus

London Piccadilly Circus.London Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly is an important destination to visit with its unique combination of luxury shopping, nightlife, and historic landmarks. London's West End Theatre district and Royal Academy of Arts are located in this bustling area.

The elegant Regent Street offers a wealth of high-end shops, stylish bars, and restaurants for visitors to explore. London's entertainment district also draws visitors who want to experience the buzzing energy of Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.

Neighbourhood/District: West End, City of Westminster

Closest underground station: Piccadilly Circus Station is served by the Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue) exactly beneath Piccadilly Circus with entrance at every corner.

9. Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge London.Millennium Bridge London

The Millennium Bridge is the only pedestrian bridge that connects the City and St. Paul's Cathedral to the north with the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern on Bankside which spans the River Thames.

The bridge also provides easy access to the South Bank and the financial district on either side of the river. For those interested in architecture, engineering, or simply looking for a unique way to experience the city, the Millennium Bridge is a must-visit attraction in London.

Neighbourhood/District: South Bank, City of London

Closest underground station:

  • Blackfriars Station by the District Line (Green) and Circle Line (Yellow) which is 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometres) away, a 4 minutes walk.
  • Southwark Station with the Jubilee Line (Grey) with a distance of 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometres) around 10 to 15 minutes walk. 
  • St. Paul's Station served by the Central Line (Blue) (8 minutes) and Cannon Street (8 minutes walk).

10. Camden Town - Free Things To Do In London

Camden Town London.Camden Town London

Camden Town is a vibrant and diverse area of London that is known for its alternative and creative scene. The neighbourhood is home to a lively street market, a range of independent shops and boutiques, and a diverse array of restaurants and bars.

Visitors can explore the eclectic fashion, live music venues, and art scene that is unique to Camden, or take a stroll along the picturesque Regent's Canal. It a hub of creativity and expression. For those looking for something different and off the beaten path, Camden Town is a must-visit destination in London.

Neighbourhood/District: Camden, London Borough of Camden

Closest underground station:

  • Camden Town Station with Northern Line (Black) a 3 minutes walk, 0.3 miles (0.5 kilometres).
  • Camden High Street with Northern Line (Black) a 8 minutes walk, 0.7 miles (1.1 kilometres) away.
  • Mornington Crescent Station with Northern Line (Black) with 0.4 miles (0.6 kilometres) away.

11. Trafalgar square in london

Trafalgar Square London.Trafalgar Square London

Trafalgar Square is such an iconic destination. Among its historical landmarks are the National Gallery and St Martin-in-the-Fields church, as well as Nelson's Column. Enjoy the bustling energy of the square and take in stunning views of the surrounding landmarks.

Besides enjoying the vibrant atmosphere, visitors can also admire the public art installations and street performers. Trafalgar Square is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, art, or simply looking for a central meeting place in London.

Neighbourhood/District: West End, City of Westminster

Closest underground station:

  • Charing Cross Station with Bakerloo Line (Brown) and Northern Line (Black).
  • Leicester Square Station Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue) and Northern line (Black).
  • Embankment Station with the Circle Line (Yellow), District Line (Green), and Bakerloo Line (Brown).

12. Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road Market.Portobello Road Market

Notting Hill is home to the vibrant Portobello Road Market, an eclectic and vibrant street market. As a result of its unique character and diversity, it is an important destination for visitors to London.

Featuring over 1,000 dealers, the market is one of the world's largest antique markets, offering antiques, vintage clothing, handmade crafts, jewellery, souvenirs, and retro items. There is also a range of street food and international cuisine available at the market, making it a popular destination for foodies.

Neighbourhood/District: Notting Hill, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Closest underground station:

  • Ladbroke Grove Station, which is on the Hammersmith & City Line (Pink) is the closest. Distance of 0.4 miles (0.6 kilometres) around 7 to 8 minutes walk.
  • Notting Hill Gate Station with Central Line (Blue), District Line (Green), and Circle lines (Yellow) around 13 to 15 minutes walk. A distance of 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometres) away.
  • Westbourne Park Station with Hammersmith & City Line (Pink) 0.7 miles (1.12 kilometres) away.

13. Hyde Park in london

Hyde Park in London.Hyde Park London

A peaceful refuge from the bustling city streets, Hyde Park is one of London's largest and most famous parks. In addition to its lush green spaces, the park also features many lakes, fountains, and gardens.

A variety of outdoor activities and events are also hosted in the park, including concerts, festivals, and sporting events. History buffs will enjoy the Serpentine Galleries and Diana Memorial Fountain in the park. It is a must-visit destination for both locals and visitors alike.

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Neighbourhood/District: Bayswater, City of Westminster

Closest underground station:

  • Lancaster Gate Station with Central Line (Blue), 0.3 miles away (0.5 kilometres).
  • Marble Arch Station also with the Central Line (Blue), 0.4 miles away (0.6 kilometres).
  • Hyde Park Corner Station with Piccadilly Line (Dark blue), 0.4 miles away (0.6 kilometres).
  • Knightsbridge Station also with Piccadilly Line (Dark blue), 0.5 miles away (0.8 kilometres).

14. london's Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum.Natural History Museum

Don't miss the Natural History Museum when you visit London. The museum's collections, architecture, and educational exhibits are world-renowned. Visitors can learn about a variety of scientific fields at the museum, including geology, botany, and zoology, which houses over 80 million specimens.

Various temporary exhibitions, interactive displays, and educational events are also held at the museum for visitors of all ages and interests. For anyone interested in science and the natural world, the Natural History Museum is a must-see.

There are plenty of other free museums in London you can check out here.

Neighbourhood/District: South Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Closest underground station:

  • South Kensington Station is the closest served by the Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue), District Line (Green) and Circle Line (Yellow) a 5 minutes walk.
  • Gloucester Road Station served by the Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue), District Line (Green) and Circle Line (Yellow), 0.3 miles or 0.5 kilometres away.

15. Little Venice

Little Venice London.Little Venice London

A hidden gem in the heart of London, Little Venice offers picturesque canals, colourful houseboats, charming cafes and pubs, and an atmosphere that is romantic and serene. A variety of cultural attractions are located here, including the Puppet Theatre Barge, Canal Cafe Theatre, and Waterside Cafe. Visitors can experience London's cultural scene in an exclusive and intimate manner.

It is located where the Grand Union Canal meets the Regent's Canal. Canal boat rides provide visitors with an exclusive perspective on the city's attractions and landmarks. London visitors must visit Little Venice for its unique character and tranquil atmosphere.

Neighbourhood/District: Maida Vale, City of Westminster

Closest underground station:

  • Warwick Avenue Station, which is served by the Bakerloo line (Brown). Distance of 0.2 miles (0.3 kilometres).
  • Paddington Station served by the Bakerloo Line (Brown), Circle Line (Yellow), District Line (Green), and Hammersmith & City Lines (Pink). Distance of 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometres).

So this is the end of our guide of free things to do in London. We hope you have gained a bit more knowledge of what to do, and we hope that this guide has given you more excitement on your next visit to London.

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Photo sources & resources

  • St. Paul's Cathedral - Image by Mike Clegg from Pixabay
  • Millenium Bridge - Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash
  • Portobello Road Market - Photo by Bruno Martins on Unsplash
  • Little Venice - Photo by Matthew Waring on Unsplash

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