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


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Bank of England

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street was founded in 1694 to act as the governments banker.
3

Smallest Police Station

Originally installed to allow police to keep an eye on protests, the southeast corner of Trafalgar Square houses what many call the worlds smallest police station.
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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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Maryon Wilson Park

Landscaped park containing an animal park.
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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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London School of Economics (LSE)

Free public events and talks on a range of topics including social sciences and literature.
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Mudchute Skatepark

Concrete skatepark on the Isle Of Dogs opened in 2006.
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London Bridge

London Bridge - not all that interesting in itself but you get fantastic views of the Shard, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and other great landmarks from here.
4

Danson House

A grade I listed house dating from 1766, currently used as the local registry office.
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Bentley Priory Nature Reserve

Sixty six hectares of meadows, woodlands and ponds adjoining the site of the former RAF Bentley Priory, the operations centre during the Battle Of Britain.
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Royal Albert Hall

Opened in 1871 this Grade I listed building is a venue for concerts and exhibitions.
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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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Park Wood

Park Wood is part of the Ruislip National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
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St Pauls Cathedral Churchyard Gardens

A garden in the grounds of the cathedral established in 1878 containing the remains of an old cloister.
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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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Oxleas Wood

Ancient oak woodland in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
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Woodcock Park

Adjoining Kenton Grange, separated by the Wealdstone Brook.
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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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Beckenham Place Mansion

The 18th century mansion is home to artists studios and has a visitor centre run by the friends of the park which displays information on the history and natural history of the park.
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Hounslow Heath

A local nature reserve covering 200 acres previously used as an airfield before the expansion of Heathrow.
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Haling Grove

Formerly part of the grounds of Haling Grove House, which was demolished in 1936.
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Oak Hill Park

One of Barnets premier parks that includes 5 acres of woodland.
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Honeywood Museum

Grade II listed building housing a museum of local history.
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Abney Park

Abney Park is a beautiful garden cemetry, woodland memorial park and nature reserve.
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Unicorn at Camden - Free Music

Many London pubs have free live music nights, including the Unicorn in Camden, which has free music most nights of the week. If you like your music loud and heavy, the Unicorn is the place to go.
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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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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.
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Pondfield Park

Reede Road divides the park into 2 halves. The Southern part used to be known as Pondfield Recreation Ground.
3

Royal Oak Skatepark

A mixture of old and new under cover of the A40 flyover. It is also known as the Meanwhile 2 skatepark.
4

Eastbrookend Discovery Centre

Visitor centre for the Eastbrookend Country Park, previously named the Millenium Centre.
2

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.
3

Richmond Park

Famous for it's deer, Richmond Park was once in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Opened during the reign of Charles I, Richmond Park is the second largest park in London.
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The Cordwainer

Statue of The Cordwainer (A shoemaker) celebrating the ward of Cordwainer.
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Petts Wood and Hawkwood

Maintained by the National Trust since it was acquired in 1957 from the Hawkwood estate.
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Old Blackfriars Railway Bridge Pillars

The old Blackfriars railway bridge was largely demolished in 1985.
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Woolwich Foot Tunnel

Longer and deeper than the more well known foot tunnel at Grenwich.
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Hyde Park

One of the Royal Parks, Hyde Park has much to be explored including the 7 July Memorial, Princess Diana Fountain, 2 childrens playgrounds and Speakers Corner at the North East corner.
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Queen's Wood Local Nature Reserve

Fifty two acres of ancient woodland mainly comprised of oak and hornbeam.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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St Katherine Dock

There has been a dock yard on this site for over 1000 years. It is now used by luxury yachts and historic barges.
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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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Serpentine Galleries

Two galleries of modern and contemporary art sited on either side of the Serpentine in Kensington Gardens.
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Charterhouse

Historic buildings that were previously used as a priory and school dating from the 14th, 16th and 17th centuries.
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West Ham Park

In 1871 Upton Park F.C. played football here. They conceded the first ever goal in the F.A.Cup, scored by Jarvis Kenrick in a 3-0 win for Clapham Rovers.
4

Geffrye Museum

A museum showing the history of the home and gardens over the past 400 years.
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Fassnidge Park

A formal Edwardian park covering 4 acres near the centre of Uxbridge.
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City of London Information Centre

Free advice about what to see and do in London located in an angular building just over the road from St Pauls Cathedral.
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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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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
3

Boat Race Start Line

Marker post on the North Bank of the River Thames locating the start line of the annual Oxford V Cambridge boat race.
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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