Skint? Saving? Or just really stingy? We've compiled the best free things to do in London for those of you who want to explore the capital for nothing. Yes, London is expensive. Yes, a burger will set you back a pretty penny, but there's also a lot of fun to be had in London for absolutely nothing. You can check out some world-famous institutions, the wonders of London museums or some of this week's best new art all for absolutely nada. There's also a wide range of free London nightlife and penny-saving entertainment going on with no admission fee, it's all here and it's all completely free. So leave your cash in the attic and go get exploring the best free things to do in London. The only thing you'll be short of is free time.
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Bar Boulud is located in the basement of the majestic Mandarin Oriental and attracts a diverse mix of families, hotel guests, business people and romancing couples. Overseen by renowned chef Daniel Boulud, the restaurant has an eye-catching view of the open-plan kitchen where chefs work in zen-like calm. Charcuterie from Gilles Verot is a big draw, as are the elegant French brasserie options and finger-licking American staples. We’ve had burgers here and loved every bite – perhaps a beef patty topped with pulled pork and green chilli mayonnaise or a French-US collaboration of beefy burger piled high with pork confit and morbier cheese. On our latest visit, we enjoyed such culinary gems as a robust french onion soup, resplendent with caramelised onions and topped with molten gruyère. A veritable mountain of steamed plump mussels cloaked in garlicky red chilli tomato sauce was another winner – every last saucy drop mopped up with chargrilled bread. The only downer was a lacklustre chocolate sponge layered with chilled coffee buttercream, although its accompanying scoop of coffee ice-cream saved the day. A class performance topped off by seamless service. The cheapest way in here is the 'Bouchon Menu' served daily from noon–7pm: 2 courses for £19 or 3 courses for £21 including coffee.
Venue says: “We have just launched our new menu at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, based around dishes from Provence.”