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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The team behind South Place Hotel – D&D London – understand their City clientele. Smooth service is always required, as is a reliable and consistent dining experience. As such, their fine dining restaurant on the sixth floor (they also have a more affordable brasserie, South Place, on the ground floor) is never going to be the most daring restaurant in London, but it makes up for this in technical excellence and professionalism. The bevy of greeters may direct you past the wine wall to one of the understatedly monochrome tables, or in good weather, the slim outdoor terrace (no bookings are taken for this, it’s first-come). The à la carte is for expense-account diners, and there’s no shortage of these here. By comparison, the set menu at £27.50/£32.50 for two/three courses, seems good value. Ingredient quality and cooking skill was impeccable in everything we tried, from a creamy ‘potted salmon’ layered under a cucumber and apple jelly, to a succulent piece of cod with brown butter, tiny capers and a copper pot of buttery mash. Our only criticism is that the presentation of some of the dishes takes 'deconstruction' a step too far. Their expression of a waldorf salad – delicious though it was – had so many ingredients strewn across the plate it looked more like a Jackson Pollock canvas than a starter; even a simple risotto was garnished with a crash–landed fried courgette flower, candied orange and strips of both sweet pepper and courgette. But the texture of the rice was f
Venue says: “Try our special 'taste of summer' menu with four courses and a glass of Champagne for £48.”