Nathan Howard. I'm a second year student living in London. I like to share my experiences with other's to inform them on London and what it has to offer!
Published July 1st 2017
You may find it shocking that London, one of the most expensive cities in the world, has a range of fun things to do at absolutely no cost at all! Join me as I count down London's top 10 things to do for free!
Top London museums/exhibitions You name it... Saatchi, Tate, Natural History Museum, National Portrait Gallery and many more all come with free standard entry! Whether soaking up some of the world's newest contemporary art, or going back in time with some pre-historic tour through the Natural History Museum, you can guarantee one of these places will take your fancy. For some of these shows, entry to certain exhibitions (including both Tates) have restricted access, but visitors can explore the all year round exhibits for no cost at all. It's no surprise these places get rather busy during weekends, so if you're wanting more time and space to enjoy these incredible works I'd recommend visiting Mon-Thurs.
The National Portrait Gallery, London
Borough Market Located just by London Bridge, Borough Market is the ultimate tasting and sensory experience with fresh quality and locally sourced produce for guests to smell and taste. This lively and cultural hub of London brings people together with its food, offering samples of all kinds of foods including cheeses, pastries, beef jerky and more. With Borough Market located by the Thames, a few samples of fine food and a walk along the Thames seems like a perfect way to end this fabulous (and cost free) day!
Sky Garden Located just off Fenchurch St on the 35th floor is Sky Garden, a beautiful space occupied with wild plants and greenery towering over the city with magnificent views. Free tickets to this place can be booked online. If visiting at night, you can even be lucky enough to catch a live band performance for an added ambience. With plenty of seating and a large balcony, you can enjoy panoramic views whilst exploring the garden. For a small £2.50, you could even enjoy a coffee whilst exploring the gardens.
Regent's Park, London
Notting Hill Carnival
You'll be needing to dig out your old carnival costumes for this event. Notting Hill Carnival is a Brazilian street parade you really need to plan for, as it's only hosted once annually on the streets of Notting Hill every August. Expect bright colours, loud music and extravagant party costumes to dance in. A celebration of culture and dance, this place attracts over a million people annually. This carnival is great for families, kids often join in and enjoy getting dressed up for this event.
London's Parks Sometimes simple is better. Why not make the most of this summer and visit one of London's many parks. With the likes of St James' and Hyde Park- There's plenty to choose from. A picnic in the park is a great way to take a break from site seeing this summer and comes at no expense spared. With parks such as St James' looking over Buckingham Palace, you can enjoy stunning views at these green spots throughout the city.