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Clapham Common

Large open common with 2 childrens play areas, a paddling pool in the summer, flower gardens and the oldest bandstand in greater London.

Tower Bridge Walk Of Fame

A series of decorative plaques highlighting the people who have worked on the bridge.

Imperial War Museum

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

Inner Space

Inner space is a meditation and personal development centre located near to Covent Garden.

Hadley Green

A ten hectare site of importance for nature conservation.

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.

Hounslow Heath

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

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.

Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre

The history of Merton told through a programme of events and exhibitions.

Kenwood House

A 17th Century house with beautiful grounds.


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

Sutcliffe Park

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

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

The museum collection covers all aspects of British pharmacy history.

Park Wood

Park Wood is part of the Ruislip National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Buckingham Palace

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

Freightliners Farm

A taste of country life in Islington, this is a working city farm with cows, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens etc.

St. James Park

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

Mertyl Avenue

For any planespotter, the park at the end of Mertyl Avenue is the place to go. Directly under the landing flightpath at Heathrow Airport, spotters can find themselves up close with giant airliners coming into London.

Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.

Islington Museum

Local history museum housed in the basement of Finsbury Library.

Camden Arts Centre

A place for contemporary arts exhibitions and events.

Broomfield Park

When Broomfiled Park was opened in 1903 it was the first public park in Southgate.

Ruislip Lido

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

The Royal Society

The Royal Society is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Colindale Park

A small triangular park near to Colindale tube station.

Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Art Gallery hosts a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions, meaning there's always something new to see. The gallery features work of artists from all over the world, as well as from London. The gallery is free to enter!

Regents Park

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

Queens Park

This Victorian local park has a bandstand and childrens playground. It was opened in 1887 and covers 30 acres.

Beckenham Place Park

Lewishams largest public green space housing 5 listed buildings including the mansion which dates from the 18th century.

Childs Hill Park

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

Queen Victoria Memorial

A grand statue and memorial garden commemorating the death of Queen Victoria located in front of Buckingham Palace.

Ravenscourt Park

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

Thames Barrier Park

The park is located on the North bank of the river and has great views of the Thames Barrier.

London Wall

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

South Norwood Skatepark

Concrete skatepark refurbished in 2009 located in South Norwood Recreation Ground near the tennis courts.

Big Ben

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

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.

Hall Place Gardens

Gardens of the historic Hall Place which frequently holds free events.

Millennium Centre

Visitor centre for the Eastbrookend Country Park.

Wanstead Flats

A large expanse of open common land designated as a site of special scientific interest.

Building Centre

The Building Centre is an independent forum dedicated to provide information and inspiration to all sectors of the built environment.

Winns Common

A combination of parkland, woodland and grassland containing a Bronze Age burial mound.

Selsdon Wood Nature Reserve

Once part of the Selsdon Park estate, the woods were opened to the public in 1936.

South Norwood Country Park

A large nature reserve comprising lakes, meadow and wetlands.

Watling Park

Taking its name from the nearby A5 which started life as an ancient trackway named Watling Street, this park was opened in 1931.

Coronation Stone

The Kings Stone or Coronation Stone is an ancient stone block used in ancient times as the site of coronation for Anglo-Saxon kings. Kings said to be coronated here are Aethelstan in 925, Eadred in 946, Aethelred the Unready in 979.

The Cordwainer

Statue of The Cordwainer (A shoemaker) celebrating the ward of Cordwainer.

Carnaby Street

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

Bunhill Fields

Bunhill Fields is a former burial ground in the Borough of Islington and is now a public garden.

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.
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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