Five ideas for free things to do in London
The U.S. Dollar might not buy as many pounds as it used to, making things expensive for Americans visiting Britain right now, but that doesn't mean that you need to break the bank to have a good time.
Here are some ideas for saving a few pounds with out too much sacrifice.
Art Galleries and Museums.
Many of London’s Museums are free (although a voluntary donation is always welcome). These include The Science Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum and the Museum of London.
If your looking for Royal Pageantry at it’s best this free spectacle is worth arriving early for. It really is what it says it is. The changing of the Queens Guards. Usually it takes place daily in the summer and every other day in the winter at 11.30am. Double check the date before you get to the gates.
Street theatre and entertainers of all kinds can be found around the Plaza on just about every day. From there it’s a short walk to Trafalgar Square and then on down Whitehall (use the bus if you don’t want to walk), the home of the British Government to The Palace of Westminster or if you prefer the Houses of Parliament and the famous clock tower known as Big Ben. Big Ben is actually the name of the bell inside the tower.
If you do find yourself at the houses of Parliament then you can visit Westminster Abbey.
Admission is not free for visitors but they don’t charge people who want to worship. Evensong is the best service to attend with the choir of the Westminster Abbey Choir School. More free concerts can be found at the Royal Opera House and St Martin’s in the Fields Both have free Lunchtime concerts.
OK, again admission isn't free but it is worth a visit, even if you don’t pay to go inside. Your bound to be able to stop a “Beefeater” and take your picture with him. Then take a walk along the Thames path and across London Bridge to Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market.
There are always lots of free events happening and many more ways to spend time without breaking the bank. The FREE magazine “Time Out” is a weekly guide that’s worth checking. and The Evening Standard, London’s FREE evening newspaper is worth checking as well.
Finally, here’s a bonus suggestion.
There is no such thing as a free lunch, but it needn't be expensive.
Lunch in the Park
Amazingly 62% of London is green space, of which 38% is open green space. There are five Royal Parks in London, that make great picnic spots on a warm, sunny day.
The trick is to get your lunch at a bargain price. My tip here.. try one of the chain supermarkets or pharmacy’s such as Tesco Express or Boots. There are plenty of them around the centre of London and they usually offer a meal deal including a sandwich, Snack and drink for around £3.