Visiting one of the world’s most expensive cities can definitely put a dent in your wallet. If you want to get out and spend a day exploring London without breaking the bank, be sure to check out these free sites and activities. Pro-tip: most of London’s museums are free!
Trafalgar Square is full of both quirky street performers and a rich British history; it was first created and named in celebration of the British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars in the early nineteenth century. It is geographically and culturally in the center of London life. Be sure to also visit The National Gallery and National Portrait Galleries, which are right near the square and are also free!
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN
London’s most beloved landmark. Interestingly, "Big Ben" is not the name of the tower that you see in pictures of this landmark, but is actually the name of the Great Bell housed inside the Elizabeth Tower in the Parliamentary center of the city. See, you didn’t even need to pay for that information!
Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Walk along the South Bank of the Thames
London’s version of a California boardwalk. Stroll along the great river that runs through the city and see the London Eye up close. There are tons of cute eateries and bars as well as a cool skate park here. Our favorite is Wahaca, a well-known favorite among Londoners for delicious Mexican food and drinks! This spot is great during the day or at night.
Southbank, London SE1
Although you might not see the Royals in the flesh, it is definitely still a quintessential London experience to see their home. Its like MTV Cribs, but in real life! Try to plan your visit around 11:30 a.m. so that you can see the famous changing of the guards.
London SW1A 1AA
Appropriately referred to as a “royal” park, Regents Park is fit for royalty. Take a stroll through Primrose Hill for a traditional park feel and venture into Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens, with the largest collection of roses in the world. This park was originally opened to the public in the 1930s at the request of Queen Mary. This is a perfect place to visit on one of those rare sunny days.
Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR