Top 5 Things To Do For Free in London and How to have a frugal vacation in an expensive city
By Lisa Logan
London – one of the most expensive cities in the world right? Well it doesn’t have to be that way. With some insider secrets under your hat you can enjoy a fabulous break in Britain’s capital city for a lot less than you think.
By House Sitting in London you can cut out one of the biggest expenses - hotel accommodation. Not only will you save money, but you’ll get an authentic experience of the real London at the same time by staying for free in a Londoner’s home and getting a taste of what it’s like to be a local.
With the money you have saved you can splash out on all the usual tourist attractions – Buckingham Palace, London Zoo the London Eye – or stick with the frugal theme and visit some of the fantastic free attractions the city has to offer.
Just to get you started here are our Top 5 Free Things To Do in London:
1. London has some of the best museums and art galleries in the world – Fact! And the majority are free to visit. A trip to London isn’t complete without a visit to the world famous British Museum and the Natural History Museum. But why stop there – you could also while away a morning/day/weekend at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum or Imperial War Museum. A visit to the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square is also a must. If you only have an hour or two the National Portrait Gallery around the corner is an excellent way to learn about the history of Britain through the personalities and faces that made it Great.
2. With over 3,000 parks and open spaces London is one of the greenest capitals in the world. Hyde park is huge and perfect for a stroll or if you are feeling more energetic a great place for skating or cycling. St James Park is also centrally located and surrounded by three royal palaces. Further out to the South West of the city is the beautiful Richmond Park, which is home to over 650 free roaming deer and large flocks of parrots – yes, really!
3. London is also famous for its street markets and even if you’re not there to spend they are a great place to soak up the atmosphere of the city. Borough Market is a foodies heaven while Portobello Road is the place to head for antiques but arguably the most beautiful is the Columbia Road Flower Market – East End London at its best. The Sunday market has a carnival feel and it is also worth squeezing between the stalls to take a look at the art and design boutiques that line the street. The East End of London has an electric feel to it at the moment with the Olympics just around the corner and is well worth a visit.
4. Why not discover a hidden gem right in the centre of the city. Kensington Roof Gardens is an oasis of calm above Kensington High Street and a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and find some peace. There are 3 themed gardens, fruit trees, a flowing stream with fish and even 4 resident flamingos!
Photo: Kensignton Home
5. A London institution since 1872 Speakers Corner is a platform for everyone and anyone to spread their beliefs and set the world to rights every Sunday. Past speakers have included Marx and Lenin and if you fancy a rant you can tell the assembled crowds your views – but expect plenty of heckling.
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