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by Sarah Bassett (subscribe)
I'm a student studying journalism, living between Bathurst and Sydney. Articles are from different cities in Australia and the world. Follow me on twitter, @SarahBassett3
Published January 4th 2014
Holidays are generally very expensive expeditions. Flights, accommodation and meals are just basic costs. Once these are covered, one must find activities to fill their days and some can cost a fortune.

If you are anything like me, you might like doing activities and experiencing sites that are kind on the budget. In big, and rather expensive cities such as London, some of the best sights and best photos are completely free (if you have read my articles before, you will know this is my favourite price of all).

I compiled this list on my recent trip to London, so if you are looking for some free sites and activities to fill your days while in London, read on.

1. Prince Albert Memorial


Location: The monument is located in Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall on Albert Memorial Road (that's a lot of Alberts).

History: Finished in 1872, the memorial was build in memory of Queen Victoria's husband, Albert, who died of Typhoid. The statue depicts Albert holding a catalogue of the Great Exhibition, which he inspired, which was held in Hyde Park in 1851.

Marble figures from exotic places of the world stand at each corner
Marble figures from exotic places of the world stand at each corner


2. Hyde Park

Cafe by The Serpentine
Cafe by The Serpentine


Location: Hyde Park is located in Westminster, West London. It features The Serpentine Lake, Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and The Speaker's Corner.

History: One of London's most famous landscapes spans over 350 acres. The park was acquired by King Henry VIII from monks of Westminster Abbey in 1556 according to The Royal Parks.

A friend I found in the Lake
A friend I found in the Lake


3. The Imperial War Museum

The Museum from the front
The Museum from the front


Location: Located in Lambeth, the easiest mode of transport would be The Tube, exiting at Lambeth Station. It is about a 5 minute walk to Museum on Lambeth Road.

History: According to iwm.org.uk, the museum is part of a family of five Imperial War Museums. It was founded in 1917 when the War Cabinet approved the proposal of Sir Alfred Mond MP of a museum to record the events that were still occurring in the First World War and to commemorate and remember the sacrifices made to the war effort.

Inside the museum
Inside the museum


4. Big Ben

The icon itself
The icon itself

Location: Probably the most iconic site in London, Big Ben is located in the City of Westminster. Again The Tube is probably the easiest way to access it by getting off at the stop of Westminster.

History: After the Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire in 1834, it was decided that the new Houses of Parliament would feature a clock tower. After a few set backs, the first Big Ben bell rang across Westminster May 31st, 1859 according to visitlondon.com

At the foot of the Tower
At the foot of the Tower


5. Piccadilly Circus

The Circus
The Circus


Location: A more modern London icon made famous from movies and other various forms of pop culture, Piccadilly Circus is also best accessed by its Tube stop of the same name.

History: Piccadilly Circus was built in 1819 with the aim of connecting Regent Street and Piccadilly Street. When Shaftesbury Avenue was built in 1886, Piccadilly Circus lost its iconic circular shape, but not its established name according to england.org.za. Fun fact: Circus is Latin for circle so that is where the interesting title comes from.

So if you are planning a holiday to London but are worried about the extravagant prices of the endless activities, remember there are many experiences that are only a Tube ticket away.
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That's s a nice shot of Big Ben you have there; it really gives you the sense of its height.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12107) 1808 days ago
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