100+ Free Things to Do in London

London for Free

Family on Tower bridge
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Don't let people put you off with tales of how expensive London is. There's an incredible array of things to do throughout the city without spending a penny. 

London doesn't split into neighborhoods as neatly as US cities do but I have tried to organize this list by area. Every free thing listed has a link for more information.

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Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA, UK

Westminster covers a huge area of central London and even though this is where you will find most of the high-priced attractions there is still plenty on offer at no cost at all.

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Fitrovia & Bloomsbury

The British Museum

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Fitzrovia is the area north of Oxford Street and Bloombury is east of Tottenham Court Road.

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Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly

Busy street in the neighborhood Mayfair

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Hyde Park, London W2 2EU, UK
Phone +44 7722 523629

Areas north and south of Piccadilly.

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City of London

Museum of London

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150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN, UK
Phone +44 20 7001 9844

The City of London is actually only a small area known as the Square Mile. Also see Free Things to Do in the City of London.

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City Borders

Renovation Work Is Completed At The Sir John Soanes Museum
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5 Strand Lane, Aldwych, London WC2R 1AP, UK
Phone +44 20 7641 5264

City Borders is not an official area but I've tried to group places near to the City of London.

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East London

Museum of London Docklands.
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136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA, UK
Phone +44 20 7739 9893
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South London (including South Bank)

Tate Britian

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Tate Modern, London SE1, UK

The South Bank itself is a magnificent free area in London. It's a wonderful place to walk next to the River Thames with iconic views. The summer brings the Watch This Space free entertainment outside the National Theatre and the Appearing Rooms Fountains outside the Southbank Centre.

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View across Greenwich Park to the National Maritime Museum and Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, England.
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Visitor Centre at the Old Royal Naval College, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, London SE10 9LW, UK
Phone +44 20 8305 5235
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West London (including Kensington & Chelsea)

V&A Museum

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London, UK
Phone +44 300 061 2000
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North London (including King's Cross)

Kenwood House

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Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG, UK
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