Brexit or not, London remains one of the most expensive cities in the world. It can even become quite frustrating as the city has so much to offer!
You can stop worrying about your wallet, we got you covered. Here is a list of 15 awesome activities that you can enjoy with your friends or family while giving your credit card a break.
- Tate Modern
Along the River Thames near the London Bridge is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world. Most of the exhibitions are free, and the last floor has a splendid cafe with an astonishing river view.
- Yoga Session
This outdoor or indoor activity is perfect way to relax, meet people, and strengthen your body. From the famous city parks to the rooftops of some of the highest buildings, London offers free yoga lessons nearly everywhere.
- Outdoor Cinema
Looking for a romantic night out? Forget about fancy restaurants; bring a nice bottle of wine and 2 glasses to an outdoor cinema and immerse yourself in London’s most iconic historic monuments.
- BFI Mediatheque
The British Film Institute, host of the annual BFI London Film Festival, holds within its walls the world-renowned BFI Mediatheque. This suite offers free access to thousands of archive TV shows, films, and documentaries, including plenty of material about London itself.
Every week, the venue also welcomes stars around the globe who usually spend a few hours interacting with fans and signing autographs.
- Ceremony of the Keys
This 600-year-old tradition takes place every night at exactly 9:53 PM at the Tower of London, where the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom are guarded. The only time this ceremony was interrupted was due to an air raid during the Second World War.
- Street Art in Shoreditch
London is known for its contrasts and open-mindedness. It is no surprise to encounter a skyscraper next to a 1,000-year-old gothic cathedral. With such a mix of cultures and mindsets comes great creativity, which is best illustrated by the numerous paintings that cover the walls of Shoreditch. Just walk around the neighbourhood and make sure to have Pokémon Go and Snapchat switched off.
- Speakers’ Corner
Public speakers use these areas to spark conversations and discuss current topics and society debates. Although the United Kingdom is a free country, the police keep a close eye on noted speakers as some of them were at the origin of massive riots in the past.
- Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station
Calling all Harry Potter fans here! The secret entrance of the wizarding world does exist. Do not tell your friends, but you should probably go between platform 9 and 10 of the King’s Cross Station in Central London, that is all we are allowed to say…
- Natural History Museum
If you’d like to know more about the origins of life on earth, you won’t be disappointed. The museum houses a human evolution gallery, along with over 22 million insect and plant specimens. You might also have the opportunity to see museum’s research scientists at work.
- Pelicans at St James’ Park
Now that you are a nature expert, it’s time for some practice. Be at the park any day at 2:30 PM and watch the pelicans being fed in their lovely environment.
- Abbey Road
Do the titles “Come Together” or “I Want You” sound familiar to you? If so, take an epic picture with your friends at the exact same zebra crossing on Abbey Road, name of the street and the famous Beatles’ album.
- Kensington Roof Gardens
With its 6.000 m2 (65.000 ft2), it is the second largest roof garden in Europe. Try to get there just before nightfall, as the lightning brings out all its magic.
- Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
This fountain was inaugurated by Queen Elisabeth II in 2004 as a tribute to Princess Diana’s love of children after she tragically passed in a car accident in 1997. It has become one of Londoners’ favourite spots for a Sunday afternoon picnic.
- Wellcome Collection
This museum is by far the most intriguing one in London. It is filled with weird and unusual objects, making it a perfect place for the curious minds!
- The Scoop
Although most museums in London are free, it’s quite another story when it comes to theatres. Fortunately, this interactive outdoor amphitheatre offers free performances that are definitely worth a visit!
The next time you visit London, make sure you add these free activities to your itinerary. After all, the best things in life are free! You can also check out our Top 20 Things to Do in London for more London guides.