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See below for 50 random free places to visit in London.


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Hackney Downs

One of Londons oldest public parks which was opened to the public in 1884 and currently holds green flag status.
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Horse Guards Parade

The Changing of the Guard happens here everyday in the summer at 11am (10am on Sundays) - on alternate days in the winter.
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Bromley Palace Park

The park is what remains of the gardens of the residence of the Bishop of Rochester.
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Pump House Gallery

Housed in a Grade II listed old pump house within Battersea Park.
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Colliers Wood Recreation Ground

Green Flag winning park with a variety of facilities.
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Imperial War Museum

Museum with exhibits about conflict, particularly those involving Britain and the Commonwealth from World War 1 to the present.
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Friary Park Skatepark

Refurbished in 2015.
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Center for Wildlife Gardening

A wildlife garden with wildflower nursery and visitor centre.
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Chiswick Bridge

Opened in 1933 it is the approximate finish line of the Oxford and Cambridge boat race.
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Valentines Mansion

Recently resored grade II listed mansion.
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Sir John Soanes Museum

The museum was the house of the 19th century architect, Sir John Soanes who was responsible for the design of the building.
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Admiralty Arch

Built in 1912 the arch was commissioned by King Edward VII in Memory of Queen Victoria and is a Grade 1 listed building.
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Covent Garden

Market and shopping district famous for street entertainers where you can enjoy shopping, theatre, restaurants and bars in a historical setting.
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Getty Images Gallery

One of the largest photographic galleries in London holding images dating from the 1850s to the present day.
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Hamleys

The biggest toy shop in the world, Hamleys has seven floors of toys and games to browse through.
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Crane Park

A nature reserve where it is possible to find kingfishers and water voles - if you are lucky. Running either side of the River Crane, the North part is in Richmond and the South is in Hounslow.
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Deen City Farm

An urban farm in South West London with goats, horses, chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs.
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London Wall

A section of the Roman London Wall built around AD200 adjoining the Tower of London.
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King Georges Fields

A 28 hectare open space that is listed as a site of importance for nature conservation.
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Temple Church

The Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar during the 12th Century, during the reign of King John. The building contains stone effigies from the 13th and 14th centuries, and survived heavy bomb damage in World War II.
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Carnaby Street

World famous for boutique fashion shops and the centre of the swinging London of the 1960s.
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Mudchute Skatepark

Concrete skatepark on the Isle Of Dogs opened in 2006.
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Hadley Green

A ten hectare site of importance for nature conservation.
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Abney Park

Abney Park is a beautiful garden cemetry, woodland memorial park and nature reserve.
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Clapham Common Skatepark

A mixture of concrete ramps on tarmac that was renewed in 2012.
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Broadway Market

A Saturday market with over 100 stalls located in the East End between London Fields and the Regents Canal.
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Westminster Bridge

Dating from 1862, Westminster Bridge is the oldest bridge across the River Thames in central London.
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Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre is an arts centre including the Royal Festival Hall, it is located on the South bank of the River Thames beside Waterloo Bridge.
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Clockhouse Gardens

This small park is on the site of the former gardens of New Place which dated from 1775.
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Corams Fields

A seven acre playground and park for children. No adult can enter without a child.
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Homerton Grove Adventure Playground

Adventure playground for ages up to 15 years old.
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Havering Country Park

Developed as a 165 acre country park in the 1970s and 1980s, it was formerly part of the estate of Havering Palace which was abandoned during the English Civil War.
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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Museum of anthropology and natural history that is set in a 15 acre garden.
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Castle Green

A large open space adjacent to the A13.
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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Big Ben

Big Ben is the popular name of the Elizabeth Tower that houses the Great Bell which has the nickname of Big Ben.
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Valence House

Valence House is a partially moated manor house with parts dating back to the 1400s.
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St Pauls Cray Hill Country Park

Formerly a landfill site, now a country park covering fourty hectares.
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Terrace Gardens

Garden overlooking the Thames close to Richmond town centre.
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Shakespeares Globe Theatre

A modern reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre on the South bank of the River Thames.
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London School of Economics (LSE)

Free public events and talks on a range of topics including social sciences and literature.
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Hogarths House

William Hogarth was a 17th century painter and social reformer. Now located in a busy part of London, this was his country house.
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Lamorbey Park

Grade II listed due to the landscape being laid out in the 18th century.
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St. James Park

St James Park is the oldest of the royal parks. It contains both The Mall and Horse Guards Parade.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Regents Park

Regents Park covers 395 acres and includes Queen Marys Gardens where you can see more than 30,000 roses.
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Friary Park

Formal gardens with open spaces that are the grounds for Friary House.
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Dowding Park

Named after Sir Hugh Dowding, the commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle Of Britain. The park is on the site of RAF Uxbridge, which was the headquarters of RAF 11 Group which was responsible for the defence of London and the South East in the Battle Of Britain.
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Kingston Bridge

Kingston Bridge was the only bridge crossing the Thames between Staines and London Bridge until Putney Bridge was opened in 1729.
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Thames Barrier

Opened in 1982, the Thames Barrier provides flood defences for the city of London. Costing £16,000 to close the flood barrier each time, it has been closed 175 times up to April 2015.
We have over 1000 ideas for FREE things to do and places to go for anyone visiting, or living in London.

If you are looking for ideas about having a day out then browse through our lists of sightseeing ideas for inspiration - whatever the weather London has in store there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities listed.

The majority of London attractions listed are free to visit and include museums, art galleries, childrens farms, childrens playgrounds, gardens, historic sites, markets, nature, parks, skateparks, sports, leisure, landmarks and London events.

Many of the most famous art galleries the city has to offer are featured on the site including Tate Modern, The National Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery. Details can also be found of much smaller and less well known sites including the Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park and the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park.

Children are well catered for in the city with many parks having playgrounds ranging from swings and slides to the pirate ship in the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens.

There are several childrens farms spread across London - one of our favourite ones is in Crystal Palace Park where you can also take the children to check out the Victorian dinosaur statues that reside in and around the lake.

For a slightly older age group are many skateparks and you can also find free to use tennis courts and outdoor gym equipment in some of the parks.

We will soon have an events page that lists out the well known annual events including Notting Hill Carnival, The Lord Mayors Show, Trooping The Colour and The Boat Race. Several institutions such as the LSE and The Royal Society offer free lectures and you can also be entertained at places like The Scoop next to City Hall or watch the street performers at Covent Garden.

London is a surprisingly green city with the large Royal Parks in the centre of town and Battersea Park just a short distance away on the South side of the River Thames. Greenwich Park is partly a deer park and also houses historical sites such as the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum which are both free to visit.

Further out there are many woodlands, the largest being Epping Forest which covers 6000 acres of North London stretching from Chingford to Epping. Large areas of the forest are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conversation and there are 4 visitor centres.

Historic sites and London landmarks frequently go hand in hand, for example both Tower Bridge and The Tower Of London are known around the world but with interesting historical backgrounds - and don't forget The Monument to the Great Fire of London, located in Pudding Lane just a short walk across the river from London Bridge Station.

Then of course there are more modern landmarks such as the Gherkin and the Shard which are both spectacular buildings, but the areas around can also reveal other places of interest like the public artworks in the streets surrounding the Gherkin (including rusty metal dinosaurs and a large globe made from stainless steel nuts and bolts).

Marble Arch hosts two large public artworks in the form of a giant horses head and Ghengis Khan mounted on his horse. Henry Moore sculptures can be found by the Thames at Millbank and at College Gardens near the Houses of Parliament. Please note that not all of the landmarks and historic sites are free to enter but we have included them if good views can be had of them from the surrounding streets.

So there is plenty to see and do for a daytrip, an extended visit or a full holiday in London and it need not be expensive.

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