Free things to do in London

Make the most of your time in our Capital city by finding free things to do in London. There are lots of attractions and activities that you can visit for free so we’ve rounded up the best that you shouldn’t miss.

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is the official ceremony where the Old Guard hands over the responsibility of protecting Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace to the New Guard. It takes place on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace every day during the summer months at 11.30 sharp with musical support from a regimental band. It can be very busy, so to get a good view be at Buckingham Palace by 10.30. Catch the underground from Temple Station next to Apex Temple Court Hotel or take a relaxing walk towards the Palace.

Harrods

Harrods is one of the world’s most famous department stores, with seven floors dedicated to the finest products in food, fashion, and homeware, there’s something for everyone. If you’re near Kensington or Hyde Park, make sure to stop in for a visit. There are lots of restaurants to try if you’re hungry, but remember to pick up a store guide so you don’t get lost on your way around!

Hyde Park

Parks provide the perfect place to go if you’re looking for free things to do in London. Covering 350 acres, containing over 4,000 trees, a lake, meadow and flower gardens, Hyde Park is a slice of country life located in the heart of London. There are pitches for team games, tennis courts, horse riding trails and a large children’s playground. There’s plenty for the whole family to watch and enjoy, why not take a picnic and enjoy the view.

Diana Memorial Playground

Inspired by Peter Pan, the playground, located next to Kensington Palace, was opened in 2000 in memory of the late Princess Diana. The centrepiece of the park is a huge wooden pirate ship. It is surrounded by a beach, sensory trail, teepees and various toys and sculptures. The park operates a queue management system and only adults supervising children are allowed in. Get there early in the summer months to avoid the queue.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions. Built in 1830 this iconic square has lots to see including Nelsons Column and the National Gallery which are also free. The square is a must see at Christmas when Norway donate an amazing Christmas Tree to Britain.

South Bank

It’s amazing how many London landmarks you can see along this stretch of the Thames, with the London Eye and Tate Modern included. Start next to the London Eye and take a lovely stroll or if you want more structure to your day there are walking tours you can download for free to your phone. You’ll pass many cafes on your way but if you’re looking for a relaxing lunch whilst resting your feet, pop into The Lampery just next to Tower of London.

The Museum of London

The museum of London tells the story of London from prehistoric times to the present day. It uses reconstructed interiors, street scenes and displays of original artefacts found during the museum’s archaeological digs. It’s worth checking out the website if you’re visiting with children as they run a variety children’s events.

The Bank of England Museum

End your day with a visit to The Bank of England Museum. It gives an insight into the changing nature of the banks role in society from 1694 to present day. Displays include its own collection of books, documents, and banknotes. It also has a dazzling display of gold bars that children will love to get hands on with.