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The best free things to do in London

The best things in life are free (or cheap). Honestly. Here’s our guide to enjoying London on an extremely tight budget

Written by
Sarah Cohen
&
Rosie Hewitson
Contributor
Ellie Muir
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Everyone knows London is one of the most expensive cities on the planet, right? Well, it depends how in-the-know you are. 

Sure, the rent isn’t cheap, and our pints are laughably expensive, but there’s plenty to do in the capital that won’t have you reaching for your wallet too often. In fact, there are so many free and cheap things to do in the city that whether you’re a lifelong Londoner or just got here yesterday, there’s always something new and exciting to discover even when you’re skint.

London’s biggest museums and galleries are bastions of free enjoyment in the capital. Most of the major institutions here don’t charge an entrance fee. Plus there are the city’s numerous parks filled with all sorts of natural and manmade wonders that you can saunter around without paying at the gate. Not to mention there are still plenty of bargains to be had in terms of eating and drinking (if you know where to look).

Forget the haters, whether you’re skint or just tight-fisted there are plenty of extremely affordable things to do in London. Here’s our guide to the best of them.

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