Free London

The best things in life are free. Honestly. Here's our guide to enjoying the world of free London

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While the idea of doing anything for free in London often seems borderline impossible, the truth is there’s actually plenty for the tight-fisted and cash-light among us to enjoy without breaking the bank or pinching pennies. And, for those of you who do want to enjoy everything the city has to offer without offering up the contents of their wallet, we’ve created the ultimate guide to London’s most vital freebies.

With everything from the cultural clout of some of the world’s best new art for whiling away the day to some of its most famous clubs and venues to take care of the night, it doesn’t matter if your pockets are filled with money or mothballs, there’s more to London than constant shock at the price of a coffee. Don’t just do the city right, do it free. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Free things to do in London this week

Free things to do this week
Things to do

Free things to do this week

A week until pay day? Don’t spend the next seven days sat at home

Free things to do this weekend
Things to do

Free things to do this weekend

Plan a jam-packed weekend without splashing your cash

The best free days out in London

Free museums in London
Museums

Free museums in London

See mummies without spending monies

Free things to do with the kids
Kids

Free things to do with the kids

Because children are expensive enough

Free art in London
Art

Free art in London

Arty surprises that won’t cost you a penny

Free exhibitions in London
Things to do

Free exhibitions in London

Save your pounds for the gift shop

Free places to go in London

Portobello Road Market
Shopping

Portobello Road Market

Best for antiques and collectibles

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Hampstead Heath
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Hampstead Heath

A wild, grassy sprawl with views 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Borough Market
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Borough Market

The food hound’s favourite market

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Hackney City Farm
Attractions

Hackney City Farm

An ever-popular community hub

Users say
4 out of 5 stars

More totally free things to do in London

London’s best free fitness classes
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London’s best free fitness classes

You don't have to splash out on a pricey gym membership to get in shape

Hidden gardens and green spaces in London
Things to do

Hidden gardens and green spaces in London

Parks and gardens you won’t find growing in the guidebooks

Where to see incredible London skyline views for free
Things to do

Where to see incredible London skyline views for free

Don’t shell out for a fancy cocktail in a rooftop bar (unless you want to)

Eight ace bike rides in and around London
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Eight ace bike rides in and around London

Take your trusty road bike out for a spin on one of these scenic routes 

Our favourite free venues in London

Science Museum
Museums

Science Museum

Seven floors of educational exhibits

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
V&A

V&A

One of the world’s most magnificent museums

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Southbank Centre
Art

Southbank Centre

A riverside titan of arts and entertainment

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

A research institution and a fabulous museum

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Oil paintings to caricatures

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Book online
Tate Modern

Tate Modern

A powerhouse of modern art 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Buy tickets
Museum of London

Museum of London

An entire history of London

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Book online
God's Own Junkyard
Art

God's Own Junkyard

Neon art in a salvage yard 

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5 out of 5 stars
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Comments

31 comments

If you like taking photos and need inspiration, you have until 3rd September to see the amazing Travel Photographer of The Year exhibition at University of Greenwich which is free. It is not far from the great Cutty Sark and Greenwich makes a great day out as well!

Jilly R

I went all the way over to Greenwich yesterday because of the article Free London on p.22 of your printed edition dated 13 - 19 September. 


There were 2 events I went for, firstly the Tall Ships Festival stated as Wed 14-Sun18, which it transpires doesn't begin until today. When it didn't happen I put a brave face on it and made the daunting journey up to the Royal Observatory; I have mobility problems, for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition. When I got there I was informed it was closed for 2 weeks.


Whether misprint or lack of research on your part it was a tiring and time consuming wasted afternoon and most importantly a real disappointment. 

Dee G

It is worth £299 and includes afternoon tea as well! Select the venue though as there are 3 or 4 of them. :)


Irina C

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Delia B

FREE music taster lessons at Yamaha Music London, Wardour Street this weekend 12-13 March. Perfect for absolute beginners of any age! Reserve your session now to avoid disappointment. 

MatureLinda tastemaker

OK - here's a strike for the "olds" (yes, we read Time Out too!)  Age Uk Enfield run a series of free walks on  (suggested donation £1) in North London parks.- Trent, Bloomfield and Pymmes.  Leisurely walk led by experienced guide and an opportunity to make new friends.  Run on Wednesday or Friday mornings.  Website: www.ageuk.org.uk/enfield/local-directory

Julian F

You can play football for free as a keeper if you sign up on www.flexifootball.co.uk - It's a good way of meeting people, having fun and keeping fit!

Justin H

Woodford RFC hosts the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour Midday until Midnight on Saturday the 5th of September with the trophy at Woodford between 17.00 and 20.00. Come to Woodford Rugby Club where Sir Winston Churchill watched his Rugby, we will be celebrating our hosting of the cup with matches between Woodford 1st XV and upper Clapton 1st XV, Woodford U14s and Davenant year 9s. There will be a kids zone with bouncy castles, inflatable jousting, inflatable obstacle course, kids assault course..... Also BBQ and pulled pork stall, two licensed bars, longest drop goal, most balls passed through a hoop, space hopper racing and tug of war competitions. You will be able to try out Rugby supervised by qualified coaches and we will be holding training sessions you are welcome to join in with. We pride ourselves on our mini and youth Rugby and there will be a training session and some demonstration matches. Ans of course the Rugby World Cup, come and have your picture taken
Midday to Midnight

Woodford RFC Highams High Road Woodford Green Essex IG8 9LB Sat 5 Sep
Peter E

Looking for a free walk next weekend?  Try a walk with a difference!  John Cooper Quizwalks are organising a circular 3 mile walk with 25 cryptic clues to solve about things that you see along the route.  Walk at your own pace or join a team to walk with.  A warm welcome awaits you whatever you decide.  Lovely view of the whole of London towards the end.
 Meet on Sunday 5th July for a 2.15pm prompt walkoff.   The Surprise Inn, 107 Upper Shirley Road, Croydon, CRO 5HF. 
See www.quizwalks.com  for further details.

Lynda M

Wallace House, in Manchester Square. Free.. you can spend hours there, fascinating history, Love it!

Just 2 blocks behind Selfridges, well worth a visit & I take all my o/s visitors there, its amazing.


Also the Isabella Plantation In Richmond Park in a stunner in spring.

Bunty N

Ever had one of those Sundays when you are bored with your local area. And you’ve done Lloyd Park and ‘Shoreditch Yah’ to death well consider heading for Chelsea (the earlier the better).

Get the Gospel Oak line to Imperial Wharf, exit, walk down the funky winding staircase and have a cappuccino at Harris & Hoole ‘(I know it’s owned by Tesco’s but they do it so well and their boutique loo is worth a visit!)

Be dazzled by the massive redevelopment that has transformed a former coal depot and gas works into cutting edge luxury flats with a vibe and presence that would even affect a socialist.  Walking along the tranquil riverside it’s possible to doubt you’re in London. Helicopters hover overhead, and watching them land and take off stirred the train spotter in me, the only distraction was a cormorant diving and re-diving to secure a large fish.

Continued walking for approx. 2 miles and caught bus 22 to Putney Common and had a well-earned lunch at ‘The Spencer’ the seasonal menu ranged from vegan to carnivore and hurrah; they serve sweet potato chips!

Finally we headed home by Bus 22 to Green Park station and Victoria line to the Stow. Check it out…..

Dora M

Please, come to UCL 25-28th March - great astronomy and physics festival, talks, interactive exibitions. The festival is called Your Universe.

armida t

Great list. Thanks for sharing this free things to do in London. Its really helpful for those who want to Plan a London trip in budget or want to save the money while traveling .

Lisa W

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Lorna

Free London/London on the cheap. Is it possible? Why yes, yes it is! I have always had to be thrifty, being a single mother of two, and a mum who wanted to give her children memories and new experiences. You can find cheap tickets for all the shows in Theatreland without breaking the bank (choose restricted view seats, use sites like this, that offer discounts on tickets or sign up directly to Theatre sites that offer discounts on multiple purchases. Throughout the year there are free events at The Scoop, Tate Modern, Southbank, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square. The museums are free (my favourites are the Natural History, National Gallery and the Museum of London at the Barbican). There are plenty of places to eat; not forgetting the wonderful cafes in Marks and Spencer, Food Halls in Debenhams and Boots and you cannot beat just walking the streets of London and finding all it's hidden history. London has many, many secrets, so always remember to stop and look up, or look down; and don't be afraid to walk down a hidden alley or parade, you never know what you might find.

Shalom

Very informative, useful to know the best places in our city.

emma

doesn't help at all

Nicole

I enjoy the format very easy to use! This definitely helps me plan my next trip to London. I go once every year, and my boyfriend and I always are looking for new, fun, and cheap things to do. This site really helps us plan our future memories! :)

Lucas

Hi there, thanks for the informative article. I just wanted to add that there are also many online communities where you can find free things to do in London. Meetup.com or www.uolala.com/uk just to name a couple...

Bob

This is not clearly laid out for viewers and tourists. Have some common sense.

londontripfinder

Excellent! I can visit places with out paying a single penny!! Although it would be better if there was free children places!

jillhayter

not finding the website easy to navigate at the moment-actually its quite frustrating- liked the old layout ooh

Jammy

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