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Free events in London

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is the must-see parade, but the one at Horse Guards is a lot less crowded. The Sky Garden, Evensong at Westminster Abbey and PMQ’s are definitely worth doing. Check out our list of the Top 10 things to do for free and the itinerary ideas we’ve come up with for cheap days out in London.

June 2024Foe To Friend The British Army In Germany Since 1945

Foe to Friend - The British Army in Germany since 1945 The National Army Museum will explore the lives of soldiers serving in Germany after WWII

Antelope

Samson Kambalu sculpture - Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth The fourth plinth art project currently houses a statue of Baptist preacher John Chilembwe

Scenes In The Square

Scenes In The Square - Cinema statues in Leicester Square Walk around an interactive trail of bronze statues and try and find all the film stars hiding in Leicester Square

Shakespeare and War

Shakespeare and War at the National Army Museum Discover how Shakespeares words have inspired soldiers and rallied the nation

Free Tea Fridays

Free Tea Fridays at the Museum of the Home A chance to meet people in the local community and try the museums creative activities

House of Commons

Visit the House of Commons Public Gallery at the Houses of Parliament Visit Parliament and watch MPs debating from the House of Commons public gallery4

Common Council

Guildhall Common Council with the Lord Mayor of London Attend a meeting inside the medieval Guildhall and see the Lord Mayor and Aldermen6

Prime Minister's Questions

Watch Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons Watch the British PM getting grilled by MPs in Parliament at PMQs4

The Last Caravaggio

The Last Caravaggio at the National Gallery A display about Caravaggios final painting - The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula

St Paul's Cathedral Evensong

Choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral Attend a choral Evensong at St Pauls Cathedral and see part of the Cathedral for free5

Westminster Abbey Evensong

Choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey Sit by Westminster Abbeys 1000-year-old altar and listen to a beautiful choral Evensong service9

Dismounting Ceremony at Horse Guards

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

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards

Changing the Guard ceremony at Horse Guards Parade Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to Buckingham Palace but a lot less crowded4

Tower Bridge lift times

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

Chapel Royal Sunday service

Choral Matin at the Tower of Londons Chapel Royal Attend a Sunday service at the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London2

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace Changing the Guard at the palace is one of Londons must-see sights10

Speakers' Corner

Speakers Corner – Sunday speeches in Hyde Park Visit Speakers Corner at Sunday lunchtime and hear the public giving political speeches on a soapbox5

Chapel Royal Sunday service

Choral service in Hampton Court Palaces Chapel Royal Enjoy a choral Sunday service in Henry VIIIs Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace4

Discover Degas & Miss La La

Discover Degas & Miss La La at the National Gallery The story behind Degass Impressionist painting Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando

Royal gun salutes

Gun salutes in the Royal Parks & Tower of London Listen to a deafening gun salute to mark the monarchs birthday or accession to the throne3

Pride in London

Pride London – LGBT+ March & Entertainment Stages A rainbow-filled march through London with speeches and entertainment in Trafalgar Square

July 2024State Opening of Parliament

State Opening of Parliament – Kings Speech & Parade The State Opening is a chance to see the Kings carriage accompanied by the Household Cavalry2

Cart marking

Historic cart marking ceremony in Guildhall Yard See the Sheriffs dressed in traditional robes marking vehicles with a red-hot iron

Festival of Chariots

Rathayatra Parade – Hare Krishnas Festival of Chariots Watch three huge wooden chariots being pulled from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square

August 2024Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival - Europes biggest street party More than a million people attend Europes biggest street festival over Bank Holiday weekend

September 2024Back to Hogwarts

Harry Potter – Back to Hogwarts Day at Kings Cross Celebrate the start of a new school year at Hogwarts school for wizards

Costermongers Harvest Festival

Costermongers Harvest Festival in Guildhall Yard A Pearly Kings & Queens Festival with Morris dancers and May Pole dancing

October 2024Discover Constable & The Hay Wain

Discover Constables The Hay Wain at the National Gallery Explore the making of Constables famous English countryside landscape

Diwali

Diwali in Trafalgar Square – The Festival of Lights Trafalgar Square will be putting up a stage and stalls to celebrate the beautiful Festival of Lights

November 2024London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run from Hyde Park Get up early and catch the start of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run from Hyde Park

The Lord Mayor's Show

Lord Mayors Show - Gold coach parade through London Two-mile procession through the City of London to mark the election of the Lord Mayor

Remembrance Sunday Parade

Remembrance Sunday Parade at the Cenotaph Whitehall Thousands of war veterans parade past the Cenotaph to remember the nations war dead30

December 2024Christmas Services at St Paul's & Westminster Abbey

Christmas services at St Pauls & Westminster Abbey Attend an atmospheric candlelit service and hear Christmas carols sung by the choir

Peter Pan Swimming Cup

Peter Pan Cup – Serpentine swimming race on Christmas Day The Serpentine swimming race has been taking place every Christmas morning since 1864

January 2025New Year's Day Parade

New Years Day Parade 2025 Celebrate the start of 2025 with a parade of acrobats cheerleaders and marching bands

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year celebration in Trafalgar Square Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Snake with a parade through Chinatown to Trafalgar Square

King's Army Parade

Kings Army Parade to Banqueting House for Charles I The English Civil War Society will march from St Jamess Palace to Banqueting House in full dress

March 2025St Patrick's Day Festival

St Patricks Day Parade & Festival in Trafalgar Square Watch the lively parade and enjoy all the Irish food and music in Trafalgar Square

April 2025The Gemini Boat Race

Oxford v Cambridge - Gemini University Boat Race 2025 Cambridge won the men and womens double last year but can Oxford claim them back?

The Passion of Jesus

The Passion of Jesus – Easter Story in Trafalgar Square Celebrate Easter by re-enacting the Biblical story and Jesuss final days in Trafalgar Square

Vaisakhi on the Square

Vaisakhi – Sikh and Hindu Festival in Trafalgar Square Celebrate the start of the Sikh New Year and explore some of their culture and traditions

St George's Day

Celebrate St Georges Day in Trafalgar Square Celebrate our nations patron saint with live entertainment and food and drink stalls

TCS London Marathon

TCS London Marathon 2025 The worlds premier long-distance event from Greenwich to Buckingham Palace

May 2025Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival

Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival Watch a Punch & Judy show and brass band procession around Covent Garden