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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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National Firefighters Memorial

A bronze statue in memory of firefighters who gave their lives during world war 2.
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Wimbledon Windmill Museum

Built in 1817, operational until 1864 and opened as a museum in 1976.
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Addington Park

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

Along with the adjacent Chalk Wood, this is a site of ancient woodland extending over 350 acres.
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Northala Fields

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

The Borough of Richmond is split by the River Thames but joined by Richmond Bridge.
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Brixton Market

Lots of shops and stalls with a real street vibe. Most of the time there are about 80 street traders.
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Goldsmiths Hall

The Goldsmiths Hall was opened in 1835 and is now open to the public when exhibitions are running.
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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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Rushgrove Park

An open space alongside the Silk Stream which flows to the Brent resevoir.
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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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Manor Farm

Dating back to medieval times, this is Hillingdons main heritage site.
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St Bartholomews Museum

Founded in 1123, St Bartholomews is one of the oldest hospitals in the world. Visit the museum to find out about its history.
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Chiswick House Gardens

The gardens of the 18th century Chiswick House are inspired by classical Roman design and were created by landscape architect William Kent.
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Mad Bess Wood

Mad Bess Wood is part of the Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
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Italian Gardens

150 year old ornamental water garden with many statues and a fountain located on the North side of Kensington Gardens.
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Kennington Park

A Victorian Grade II listed park that celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2004.
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London Chatham And Dover Railway Sign

Brightly painted insignia of the London Chatham and Dover Railway dating from 1864.
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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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Ruislip Lido

The Lido is a 60 acre lake with a sandy beach and a narrow gauge railway.
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Alexandra Park Skate Park

Free pre-cast concrete skate park situated next to the ice rink in Alexandra Park.
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Lordship Recreation Ground

Opened as a park in 1936, it had the original idea of hosting a Model Traffic Area including minature traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and roundabouts to be used for road safety training.
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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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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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Chrisp Street Market

The oldest purpose built market in the country with redevelopment planned in the near future.
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Newham City Farm

Cows, sheep, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses among others.
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Victoria and Albert Museum (V and A)

The Worlds greatest museum of art and design.
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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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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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Woodcock Park

Adjoining Kenton Grange, separated by the Wealdstone Brook.
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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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Islip Manor Park

A formal park with flower beds with the west of the site being managed for nature.
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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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Cranford Park

Many features of its previous life as the gardens of Cranford House which was demolished in 1945.
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Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

Trafalgar Square hosts annual Christmas carol evenings under a massive Christmas Tree in the center of the square. Thousands of people head there to get involved in the Christmas spirit, in one of London's biggest festive get togethers.
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Whitewebbs Park

This public park was purchased from the Whitewebbs estate by the local council in 1931.
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Sutcliffe Park

Opened as a park in 1937 the area was susceptible to flooding until re-landscaping and flood protection helped out in 2004.
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Crystal Palace Museum

Museum recording the history of the The Crystal Palace originally located in Hyde Park then moved to Sydenham.
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Cuming Museum

Collection of artefacts from around the world collected by the Cuming family as well as being the museum of Southwarks history.
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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.
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Buckingham Palace

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

Built in 1934 and refurbished by the council in 2018, the conservatory is run by volunteers.
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Wimbledon Common

A large common with woodland walks, ponds, heathland and a windmill.
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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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Vestry House Museum

Local history museum containing its own police cell.
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Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

The museum collection covers all aspects of British pharmacy history.
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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