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Free Attractions In London

Free events on this week include visiting the Degas & Miss La La exhibition at the National Gallery, enjoying a choral service inside Hampton Court's Chapel Royal, and listening to some speeches at Speakers' Corner

Bank of England Museum

Bank of England Museum - It’s not all about money in this museum, they also have a lot of interesting pictures showing how London looked in the past6

British Library

British Library - There’s a free exhibition of old manuscripts by the likes of Galileo, Shakespeare and Henry VIII, plus some beautiful old Bibles and maps as well4

★★British Museum

British Museum - One of the world’s great museums with a huge range of Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Asian artefacts. If you only see one museum, make it this one6

★★★Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace - Every tourist who visits London has this parade at the top of their itinerary. It’s totally free – but it’s also incredibly crowded!10

★★Changing the Guard at Horse Guards

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards - If you don’t fancy the big crowds at Buckingham Palace then try the Changing the Guard ceremony at Horse Guards instead4

★★★Guildhall

Common Council at the Guildhall - A monthly meeting of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen. It’s worth a visiting this event simply to see inside the medieval Guildhall6

★★★Covent Garden

Covent Garden street entertainers - Covent Garden is a great place to do some people watching, sitting in one of the cafes enjoying some street entertainment17

★★Dismounting Ceremony

Dismounting Ceremony (4 O'Clock Parade) - This short ceremony is a great alternative to Changing the Guard if your kids can’t handle the crowds at the palace7

★★★Downing Street

Downing Street - After you’ve looked at Parliament and Big Ben have a walk down Whitehall and peer through the black gate to see where the Prime Minister lives6

★★Greenwich Park

Greenwich Hill - If you’re looking for a cheap way to fill up an hour then how about climbing up Greenwich Hill to see its fantastic view of the London skyline?7

★★★Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Art Gallery - This art gallery has something surprising in the basement: the remains of Londinium’s Roman amphitheatre where the gladiators fought4

★★★Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards - A popular photo-spot for tourists as they stand by the mounted soldiers at the sentry boxes and snap a photo next to one of their giant military horses9

★★★House of Commons

House of Commons public gallery - One of the best free events in London. You can sit in the public gallery and listen to the MPs debating all afternoon4

★★Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum - You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to free museums, and the Imperial War Museum is popular with military enthusiasts10

★★★Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market - It’s just an under­cover shopping street really, but the beautifully ornate decorations make Leadenhall Market a great place to stop for lunch6

★★London Mithraeum

London Mithraeum - Explore the 2,000-year-old Temple of Mithras in the basement of the Bloomberg building, atmospherically lit with hologram-like effects5

★★Museum of London

Museum of London - Another of London’s free museums which tells the story of the city from pre-history all the way through medieval and Tudor times up to the present day4

★★Museum of London Docklands

Museum of London Docklands - An interesting museum that explores the history of the River Thames and the area around Canary Wharf and Docklands4

Museum of the Home

Museum of the Home - This interesting museum is housed inside an old almshouse, and shows how British living rooms and furnishings have changed over the centuries3

★★National Army Museum

National Army Museum - The National Army Museum tells the story of the British military from the days of Henry V and Agincourt all the way up to World War II and beyond4

★★★National Gallery

National Gallery - This is the best free gallery in London, where you’ll find masterpieces by the world’s greatest artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh4

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum - This museum is worth a visit just to see the bullet-pierced jacket that Admiral Nelson wore at the Battle of Trafalgar3

★★National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery - The National Portrait Gallery is round the corner from the National Gallery and is filled with famous faces from history5

★★★Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum - Combine the Natural History Museum with the Science Museum next-door for a great day out that won’t cost a penny4

★★★Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College - The Old Royal Naval College is one of Wren’s best pieces of architecture. Don’t miss the chapel and spectacular Painted Hall3

★★★St Paul’s Cathedral

One New Change - This is one of two views of the skyline that won’t cost you any money. Ride the lift to the roof terrace for a fantastic view of St. Paul’s Cathedral5

★★Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill - You’ll have to trek over Hampstead Heath to find it, but when you climb up Parliament Hill you’ll be rewarded with a great view of London’s skyline2

★★★Prime Minister

Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) - UK citizens can write to their local MP and request a ticket to see the Prime Minister’s Questions at the House of Commons4

★★Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill - If you fancy a bit of exercise then take a stroll up Primrose Hill and see how many London landmarks you can see with­out looking at the plaque3

★★RAF Museum

RAF Museum - This museum has more planes and helicopters than an airport. It is especially strong on World War II planes like the Spitfire and Lancaster6

★★Roman Bath

Roman Bath - This is actually a fake Roman bath but there are still a couple of interesting things to see on this little walk that I’ve put together on the way1

★★Royal Courts of Justice

Royal Courts of Justice - How about watching a case at the Royal Courts of Justice? The case might be dull, but it’s still worth a look simply to see the cathedral-like interior2

★★Royal Hospital

Royal Hospital - Wren’s Royal Hospital is home to the Chelsea Pensioners. You can walk around the grounds and see the chapel, Great Hall and museum4

Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery - If you’re a fan of contemporary art then check out the Saatchi Gallery. It’s full of up-and-coming artists that you’ve probably never heard of3

St John’s Gate

St. John’s Gate - A castle-like gatehouse that used to part of the medieval Clerkenwell Priory, with a museum about the Crusades and St. John’s Ambulance2

★★St Paul’s Cathedral Evensong

St. Paul’s Cathedral Evensong - If you want to visit St. Paul’s for free then try attending the Evensong service because that includes beautiful music5

★★★Science Museum

Science Museum - A good museum for families, especially if your kid is into space, with lots of early inventions like computers, planes and rockets6

★★★Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane’s Museum - Sir John Soane’s old house is one of the best museums in London and the decorations have to be seen to be believed1

★★★Sky Garden

Sky Garden - Imagine if they put the glass Palm House from Kew Gardens on top of a skyscraper. That’s exactly what they’ve done at the Sky Garden9

Speakers’ Corner

Speakers’ Corner - If you’re stuck for something to do at Sunday lunchtime then why not listen to some lively debate and heckling at Speakers’ Corner?5

★★Tate Britain

Tate Britain - Tate Britain is one of London’s most popular art galleries, with British art by the likes of Constable, Gainsborough, JMW Turner and Blake6

★★Tate Modern

Tate Modern - Tate Modern is housed inside an old power station and contains some of the biggest names in modern art like Warhol, Dali and Picasso8

★★★Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum - Don’t miss the Cast Room and artworks by Raphael. It’s also strong on Indian, Asian and Middle Eastern art7

★★Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection - An eclectic collection of arms, French furnishings, pieces of porcelain, jewellery, and paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian4

★★★Westminster Abbey Evensong

Westminster Abbey Evensong - A great way to see inside Westminster Abbey for free is to attend their Evensong service and enjoy the beautiful music9

Upcoming free events in London

Choral Evensong service at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Choral Evensong service at St. Paul’s Cathedral Attend a choral Evensong at St. Paul's Cathedral and see part of the Cathedral for free5

Dismounting Ceremony (4 O’Clock Parade) at Horse Guards

Dismounting Ceremony (4 O’Clock Parade) at Horse Guards A daily ceremony of Foot Guards and cavalry that takes place in the courtyard at Horse Guards7

Tower Bridge: Scheduled lift times for the drawbridge

Tower Bridge: Scheduled lift times for the drawbridge A list of the scheduled lift times for Tower Bridge so you can get a photo of the drawbridge opening