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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.

Bishops Park

On the North bank of the River Thames, next to Fulham FC.

Buckingham Palace

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

Wandle Industrial Museum

Not quite free, but with entry at 50p for adults and 20p for children we thought we should include it anyway.

Golders Hill Park

Landscaped park with themed gardens, childrens play area, a deer enclosure and a butterfly house.

London Wall

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

Oak Hill Park

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


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

Coldfall Wood

A 35 acre site of ancient woodland that is managed by coppicing to encourage a diversity of wildlife.

Ravenscourt Park

Thirty two acres of parkland with a central lake that was part of the moat of Paddenswick Manor.

Finsbury Park Skate Park

A smallish skate park with a pair of concrete bowls.

National Portrait Gallery

Gallery housing a huge collection of portraits from the late middle ages to the present day.

St. James Park

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

Barnet Gate Wood

An ancient woodland with access to the larger Moat Mount woodland.

Bridge House Gardens

Part of a series of gardens along the River Thames in Richmond. All gardens are accessed from the Thames Path, the other gardens are Mears Walk, Midhurst Site and Riverdale Gardens.

Battersea Bridge

Opened in 1890 by Lord Rosebery who was to become Prime Minister in 1894.

Fryent Country Park

Over 250 acres of traditional Middlesex countryside surrounded by suburbia.

Carnaby Street

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

The Photographers Gallery

The largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography.

Grovelands Park

A mixed wood and grassland park with a lake and childrens playground.

Sanderstead Recreation Ground

Originally used as a cricket pitch but expanded to other sports after the first world war.

Big Ben

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

Well Hall Pleasaunce

Historic gardens surrounding a 16th century barn. Pleasaunce is an obsolete form of the word pleasance.

Glebelands Wood Nature Reserve

Local nature reserve with a variety of habitats.

King Georges Park

This 55 acre park has formal gardens, a riverside walk, a childrens playground and a skatepark.

South Park Gardens

Formal Victorian park refurbished in 2009 and 2015, located close to Wimbledon town centre retaining original features such as a water fountain and water trough.

Nelsons Column

Erected in 1840-3 as a memorial to Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson who died at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805

Addington Park

Twenty five acres of parkland laid out by Capability Brown in the 18th century.

Priory Gardens

Ornamental gardens with historic buildings, a lake and childrens playground.

Imperial War Museum

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

Bushey Park

Bushey Park and the area around it has been inhabited for the last 4,000 years. Henry VIII took over Hampton Court Palace in 1529 and with it gained ownership of Bushy Park, which was established for deer hunting purposes.

Victoria Park Skate Park

A concrete bowl created in 2011.

Hutchinsons Bank and Chapel Bank

An area of ancient wood and chalk grassland.

Northala Fields

Developed in 2008 from wasteland used for the rubble from the original Wembley Stadium.

Bittacy Hill Park

A small park with views over London.

Beddington Park

Formerly part of a deer park owned by Carew Manor, this is a large park with diverse areas for wildlife and play.

Cannizaro Park

Grade 2 listed garden with one of the countries premier collections of azalias and rhododendrons.

Golden Hind

Full size replica of Sir Francis Drakes ship which circumnavigated the earth in the 16th century..

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.

Marble Arch

Huge arch made of Italian marble built in 1827.

Jubilee Country Park

Chalk meadows and woodlands covering 60 acres.

John Innes Park

Named after John Innes, a local philanthropist who left the park to the people of Merton when he died in 1904.

Science Museum

World renowned museum of science and technology with historic collections and awe inspiring galleries. There are lots of interactive areas for you to explore.

Childs Hill Park

Childs Hill is named after a 14th century landowner. The park land was donated to the council in 1891.

Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.

Chiswick Bridge

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

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Royal Hospital was built by King Charles in 1692 to care for soldiers. Parts of the buildings were heavily damaged in the First World War and by a V2 rocket in 1945.

Edgewarebury Park

Park with formal and informal gardens, childrens playgrounds and free tennis courts.

Little Venice

The poet Robert Browning coined the name Little Venice. Today it is a great place to see canal boats and other craft in a peaceful setting.

Abbey Road Crossing

This is the pedestrian crossing where the iconic photo of the Beatles was taken for their Abbey Road album cover in 1969.
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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