The best free things to do in London

The best things in life are free. Honestly. Here’s our guide to enjoying London without spending a penny

God's Own Junkyard
Photograph: God's Own Junkyard

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, right? Well, yes and no. It’s true that you can easily blow a load of cash on eating out and going to the theatre if you want to, but there are also many, many things you can do in the capital without spending a single copper coin.

Most of London’s magnificent museums and galleries don’t charge an entrance fee, you can wander into the city’s numerous gorgeous parks without paying at the gate and there are cultural venues, like the Southbank Centre, where you can hang out for hours without even buying a cup of tea.

It doesn’t matter if your pockets are filled with money or mothballs, whether you’re skint or just tight-fisted, there’s plenty for you to do for free in London.

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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

Hidden green spaces in London
Things to do

Hidden green spaces in London

Parks and gardens you didn’t know existed

Free places to go in London

Portobello Road Market
Shopping

Portobello Road Market

Best for antiques and collectibles

Hampstead Heath
Things to do Buy tickets

Hampstead Heath

A wild, grassy sprawl with views 

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Borough Market
Things to do Book online

Borough Market

The food hound’s favourite market

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Hackney City Farm
Attractions

Hackney City Farm

An ever-popular community hub

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More totally free things to do in London

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
Things to do

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

Southbank Centre
Things to do

Southbank Centre

A riverside titan of arts and entertainment

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

A powerhouse of modern art 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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God's Own Junkyard
Art

God's Own Junkyard

Neon art in a salvage yard 

V&A
Museums

V&A

One of the world’s most magnificent museums

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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Science Museum
Museums

Science Museum

Seven floors of educational exhibits

Time Out says
5 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
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Museum of London
Museums

Museum of London

An entire history of London

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
British Library
Attractions Buy tickets

British Library

Paradise for all book-lovers

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