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

The Palace of Westminster in London
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Address
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. Do see: Free Things to Do in Westminster.

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Fitrovia & Bloomsbury

UK, London, The Great Court of the British Museum, interior
The Great Court of the British Museum. Michael Betts / Getty Images
Phone
+44 20 7563 9500

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

Elegant Georgian townhouse terraces in Mayfair London W1 England
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Address
Hyde Park, London W2 2EU, UK
Phone
+44 7722 523629

Areas north and south of Piccadilly.

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City of London

St Paul's Cathedral and London
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Address
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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Address
5 Strand Ln, 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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Address
136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA, UK
Phone
+44 20 7739 9893
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South London (including South Bank)

Early morning view of the Tate Modern art gallery from the Millenium Bridge in London, housing the national collection of international contemporary and modern artworks, the former Bankside power station on the south bank of the Thames River was built in t
Tate Modern Gallery. Eric Nathan / Getty Images
Address
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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Greenwich

View across Greenwich Park to the National Maritime Museum and Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, England.
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Address
2 Cutty Sark Gardens, Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9LW, UK
Phone
+44 20 8269 4799
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West London (including Kensington & Chelsea)

Kensington Gardens
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Address
London W2 2UH, UK
Phone
+44 300 061 2000
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North London (including King's Cross)

Autumnáleaves in Hampstead Heath.
Hampstead Heath. Oliver Strewe / Getty Images
Address
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG, UK