Free things to do in London

We live in a world where you don’t get much for free, and the things that we pay for are unfortunately getting more and more expensive. This means that after you’ve paid the rent for your London accommodation, bills, commuting and bought your food shop, your wallet or purse might be feeling a little pinched by the end of the month.

This guide is compiled of a list of some of the best things you can do in London that won’t cost you a penny!


One of the great things about London is that there is a wealth of fascinating museums that are completely free to enter, there are museums on just about anything so there is sure to be one that interests you! Some of the key free museums in London include:

  • The British Museum – explore the history of mankind with a number of artefacts from all corners of the world
  • Natural History Museum – Probably one of the most famous museums in London, you will see incredible exhibits involving dinosaur skeletons
  • Science Museum – with over 15,000 fascinating objects you can experience a number of interactive science displays
  • Tate Modern – Formally a powerstation the Tate Modern is now a jaw dropping centre for modern and contemporary arts with showstopping paintings, photographs and performance art

Public Viewing Gallery at the OXO Tower

Although not quite the same view from the 72nd view of the Shard, the public viewing gallery on the 8th floor of the OXO Tower does just the job if you want to save yourself £30 a ticket. The OXO Tower gives you a great view of the River Thames and you can watch boats float by whilst you relax feeling smug that you’ve saved yourself some pennies.

Sky Garden

If OXO Tower’s view wasn’t enough for you, then the 3 floored atrium at the top of the Walkie Talkie building might be more your style. You can get ticketed slots for an hour walk around to take in the beautiful views. If you want to miss the queues then you can risk trying the earlier walk in slots or going for an early breakfast to beat the crowds entirely.

God’s Own Junkyard

A used-to-be secret spot in Walthamstow, God’s Own Junkyard is a warehouse full of Chris Bracey’s life work, chokablok with lights and neon signs it is a popular place to take pictures for social media. Some of Chris Bracey’s work was even designed for Tim Burton so there are some incredibly interesting signs.

Even though London might not be instantly recognised as the cheapest place to live in the UK, there are lots and lots of places that you can visit for free regardless of your interests. If you take a packed lunch and walk to these places if you are able then then you can help to save even more money.

Krissy Georgiadis

Written by Krissy Georgiadis

Law graduate and wanderlust sufferer. I like rum and beaches.