Make the most of London by visiting it's free attractions. From wonderful spacious parks, to world-class museums, historic landscapes and exquisite art galleries. London offers amazing free experiences. Only in London can you experience world war blasts in a supermarket, walk through roman cobbled streets and meet dinosaurs for free!
Take a look at some of our favourite free London attractions.
The Museum of London takes you on a memorable journey through the capital's intense past, allowing you to discover prehistoric London. See the passage from the Romans and Saxons, medieval times through to the Civil War, The Great Plague and The Great Fire of London. The Galleries of Modern London walks you through Victorian streets and recreated pleasure gardens, leaving you to admire the magnificent Lord Mayor's Coach.
'The Museum of London inspires a passion for London and learning'. Starting in October 2013, the museum will open a key exhibition exploring the secrets of the Cheapside Hoard. Discover priceless treasures of the 16th century and early 17th century jewels and gemstones.
The Museum of London Opens daily 10:00 - 18:00 Free entry
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
Changing the Guard - is one of the oldest and most familiar ceremonies associated with Buckingham Palace and London. In this process a New Guard exchanges duty with the Old Guard and both Guards are drawn from one of the regiments of Foot Guards. The handover is accompanied by a Guards band. The music plays ranges from traditional military marches to songs from musical shows and even familiar pop songs. This takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, which is immediately adjacent to St James’s Park and Green Park.
The Queen's Guard usually consists of Foot Guards in full-dress uniform of red tunics and bearskins.
Daily (in spring and summer) at 11.30am and lasts about 45 minutes. In autumn and winter this takes place on alternate days and not at all on very wet days.
Horse Guards Arch – changing of the guard is daily at 11am and lasts 30 minutes, by Whitehall towards Trafalgar Square.
British Museum - Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Visitors can enjoy unique treasures of world cultures under one roof, centred around the magnificent Great Court. World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies can be seen. There is also a programme of special exhibitions and daily gallery tours, talks and guided tours.
British Museum Opens daily 10:00 - 17:30. Open late on Fridays until 20:30.
Hyde Park - London's Hyde Park is one of the greatest city parks in the world. Covering 350 and housing over 400 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens, there’s a good chance you’ll forget you are right in the centre of buzzing city life. London Hyde Park has something for everyone, from cycling, boating, swimming and skating facilities to cafes and playgrounds. There are also pitches for team games, tennis courts and tracks for horse riding.
Ice skating is also be available from November to January (specific dates yet to be confirmed)
Open: Daily from 05.00 - midnight all year round.
Kensington Gardens – This park is planted with formal avenues of magnificent trees and ornamental flower beds and covers 275 acres. It is home to Kensington Palace, the peaceful Italian Gardens, Peter Pan statue, the stunning Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Gallery, as well as many types of wildlife. There are two playgrounds, including the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground near Black Lion Gate. The Broadwalk Café is open daily, with Refreshment kiosks throughout most of the in summer.
Open: Daily from 06.00-midnight all year round.
Greenwich Park is the oldest enclosed Royal Park consisting of over 180 acres and homes a small herd of deer. Visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the River Thames and central London from top of the hill. It is part of the Greenwich World Heritage and host to the old Royal Observatory and Prime Meridian Line.
There are three cafés including The Tea Pavilion with beautiful gardens and grounds for cricket and tennis.
Open dawn to dusk all year round
Bushy Park is the second largest Royal Park, with an area covering over 1000 acres, located to the north of Hampton Court Palace. It homes more than 300 free-roaming deer, historic parkland, ancient trees, woodlands, streams, ponds and many species of birds and wildlife. There is also a children’s playground and mini café offering a wide range of hot and cold snacks, beverages and ice creams.
Open daily for pedestrians, for vehicles 06.30-dusk (19.00 in winter).
Bushy Park Teddington Middlesex TW11 0EQ Telephone: +44 (0)20 8979 1586
Regents Park was designed in 1811 by renowned architect John Nash and includes stunning rose gardens. Regents Park has the largest outdoor sports area in London catering for football, softball and rugby, charity sporting events and a cricket pitch.
The Park hosts London Zoo, the Open Air Theatre (performances end May to early September), and a boating lake. There are public toilets with disabled access and baby changing rooms. Cafés include The Garden Café, The Honest Sausage, The Boathouse Café, and the Tennis Centre Café.
The view from the top of nearby Primrose Hill is one of London’s best, affording a fantastic panorama across the city.
National Gallery displays over 2000 Western European paintings from the middle ages to the 20th century. Discover inspiring art by iconic artists such as Van Gogh, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Gainsborough, Rembrandt, Turner and Renoir. The pictures in the collection belong to the public and admission to see them is free. There are special exhibitions, lectures, video and audio-visual programmes, guided tours and holiday events for children and adults throughout the year.
Opens daily 10:00 – 18:00. Open late on Fridays until 21:00.
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN Telephone: +44 (0)20 7747 2885
Natural History Museum is one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings set in the surroundings of South Kensington. Highlights of the museum include the ever popular Dinosaurs gallery, the spectacular Central Hall which homes the iconic Diplodocus skeleton and Mammals with its memorable model blue whale. On a self-guided tour you can look into laboratories with scientists at work and see hundreds of interesting specimens.
On the 31st of October the Museum will open the annual ice rink which can be found in our London Events, Christmas.
Natural History Museum Opens daily 10:00 – 17.30 and open late on the last Friday on every month
Science Museum- with over 15,000 objects on display the Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. You can see and explore up close the Apollo 13 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket. Fascinating interactive galleries bring to life first scientific principles, the museum also features 4D simulators and a huge IMAX 3D cinema.
For under 5’s there is the Garden with features to explore with water-play, sounds, soft play, dressing up and over-sized lego for building.
Science Museum daily 10:00 – 18.30
Science Museum, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD Telephone: +44 (0)20 7942 4000
V&A Museum - the world’s greatest museum of art and design, representing over 3000 years of human creativity from world interiors, fashion through the decades to portrait galleries and jewellery exhibitions. In addition to its outstanding free permanent collection, which includes the history of Britain through the nation’s art and design, the V&A offers temporary exhibitions and an extensive events programme. In the past these have included British Ballgowns, exhibiting past royal wardrobes and various collaborations with well-known and iconic designers.
V&A Museum daily 10:00 – 17.45 and opens until 22.00 on Fridays Free entry
V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL