Free Things to Do in London


Observe the Changing of the Guard
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This is perhaps the most famous of central London’s free attractions, but it does require some planning. Don’t become confused: there is an accompanying walking tour that costs £15 ($24 USD), but the event itself is free to observe.

Because it’s both free and unique, people turn out in large numbers to have the experience. For that reason, it pays to know the schedules and arrive as early as is possible for observing the event.

Note that there are some days in which no guard change occurs, and others when it is cancelled due to military or security needs.

Nearest tube station: Victoria, Green Park, St. James’s Park or Hyde Park Corner.

Browse the British Museum
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A basic budget travel tenet for London: public museums do not charge admission.

That pleasant principle opens a host of great London museums to you, not the least of which is the British Museum.

Forget about seeing everything here — there are seven million items. But among the highlights are the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone and Royal Tombs of Ur.

There are special exhibits here that might require a small admission fee. If you’re able, there is a suggested contribution of £3 ($5 USD).

Nearest tube station: Russell Square.

Visit Maritime Sites in Greenwich
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Maritime Greenwich is a World Heritage Site immediately southeast of central London. You’ll need a train ticket on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to the Cutty Sark station in Greenwich.

Until about half a century ago, this area represented one of the world’s most important seaports. For centuries, many great expeditions were launched from here, and the National Maritime Museum helps visitors understand all that history.

Visit Greater London’s Street Markets
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If you need to make some small detours to visit one of the London street markets, it’s worth the effort.

Each market offers a variety of goods, but some are known for specialties. The Portobello Road Market is known for antiques, while Camden Markets appeal to clothing shoppers.

Note the times and locations for these markets, and avoid the times when they’re busiest.

While I can’t vouch for the quality or value you’ll find in these stalls, the experience itself is free.

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