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The best free things to do in London

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

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London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, right? 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
Things to do Buy tickets

Hampstead Heath

A wild, grassy sprawl with views 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Buy
Borough Market
Things to do Book online

Borough Market

The food hound’s favourite market

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Book online
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
Shopping

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
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

British Library
Attractions Buy tickets

British Library

Paradise for all book-lovers

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Buy
Photographers' Gallery
Art

Photographers' Gallery

Airy photography galleries

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
V&A Museum of Childhood
Museums

V&A Museum of Childhood

The finest collection of children’s toys

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Horniman Museum
Things to do

Horniman Museum

An ace anthropological museum

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Geffrye Museum
Museums

Geffrye Museum

A vivid history of English interiors

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Wellcome Collection
Museums

Wellcome Collection

Shelves of medical curios 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Hunterian Museum
Museums

Hunterian Museum

Fossils, skeletons and specimens 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Hampstead Heath
Things to do Buy tickets

Hampstead Heath

A rural wild in the city

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Buy