What attractions are free in London?
By Lee Emmett
For overseas workers who have recently relocated to the UK, there will probably be one location that’s at the top of your list of exciting places to visit: London.
There are a million and one reasons to love London; it’s a wonderfully vibrant and creative city, with remarkable architecture and is home to some of the best food in the world. Most of us are drawn to ‘The Big Smoke’ for these reasons, but we can’t deny that spending a weekend, or even just a day there as a visitor can be a pricey business.
If your bank account is feeling the pinch, never fear. We have put together a list of our top five favourite free attractions for you, and your family to enjoy:
This is a contemporary art gallery located in Bankside, London. It’s Britain’s national gallery of international modern art. Aside from its thought-provoking and extensive displays, it has a 360-degree viewing platform that offers a stunning view of the city. Although admission to Tate Modern, as well as Tate Britain, is free for everyone, there are charges for special exhibitions
This is London’s highest public garden; you can wander around the impressive glass dome that’s dedicated to three storeys of landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open-air terrace if you happen to visit on a warm day. This beautiful space is located on Fenchurch Street, and don’t forget you will need to book your visit in advance.
Museum of London
If you’re keen to find out more about the history of the city, the Museum of London is the place to visit. Here, you will discover the story of London from its first settlers to modern times through a range of engaging displays, enjoyable for all ages.
Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
For a striking display of British pageantry, you can go and watch the famous Changing of the Guard - when the New Guard takes over duty from the Old Guard – outside the royal home, Buckingham Palace. The ceremony, which is also called Guard Mounting, takes place from 10.45am each day and lasts around 45 minutes. It’s popular, so be sure to arrive early to secure a spot with a good view.
Regent’s Park with Primrose Hill
Regent’s Park is the largest grass area for sports in Central London and offers a wide variety of activities, an open-air theatre, ZSL London Zoo, gardens and much more. And then there’s Primrose Hill. This summit has a character all of its own, and at the top there are some spectacular views across London. Not a bad way to end your busy weekend, or day in London; perched on this grassy hill with a cool ice cream in-hand.
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