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


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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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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Victoria Park Skate Park

A concrete bowl created in 2011.
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Roosevelt Memorial

Memorial to American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was a close ally in World War 2.
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Queens Market

Reputed to be one of Londons cheapest markets.

It has hosted Jamie Olivers Ministry of Food tv show and had a visit from Radio 4s Food Programme.
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Museum of London

The Museum Of London tells the story of the capital and its people.
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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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Lesnes Abbey Ruin

Extensive remains of the 12th Century abbey along with information boards and associated art works.
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Downhills Park

Green flag winning park covering 30 acres divided between formal sports and managed gardens.
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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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Carnaby Street

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

The River Brent runs through this site of importance for nature conservation.
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Newham City Farm

Cows, sheep, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses among others.
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Canons Park

Canons Park covers 120 acres of formal gardens and open land that was developed as a public park after world war two.
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Paradise Fields

A nature conservation site a short walk from Greenford tube station.
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Finsbury Park Skate Park

A smallish skate park with a pair of concrete bowls.
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Bedfont Lakes Country Park

A 175 acre Local Nature Reserve created from a former landfill site.
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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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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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St Chads Park

Opened in 1830, St Chads is the oldest park in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
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Southwark Park

One of Londons oldest parks it was first opened to the public in 1869 and has recently been refurbished.
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Out Of Order Sculpture

A sculpture depicting a collection of 12 leaning red phone boxes created by David Mach.
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Thornton Heath Recreation Ground

One of Croydons oldest parks opened in 1884.
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Jeremy Bentham, UCL

Jeremy Bentham is one of England's best known philosophers, living between 1748 and 1832. Prior to his death, Bentham had wanted his auto-icon to use his real head, however complications with the mummification of his body did not allow this.
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Saatchi Gallery

Large contemporary art gallery. All shows are free to access including special exhibitions.
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Camley Street Natural Park

Wild open space on the banks of Regents Canal in the centre of London.
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Tower of London

The Bloody Tower is a World Heritage Site which was originally created by William the Conqueror in the early 1080s and was subsequently developed by successive monarchs over the centuries.
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Riverside Gallery

An art gallery situated in the old town hall with a full programme of exhibitions of paintings, prints and photographs.
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Garricks Lawn and Temple

Adjacent to the River Thames, the park holds playwright David Garricks Temple to Shakespeare and is overlooked by his former house.
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Kensal Green Cemetery

A 19th century cemetery containing some very interesting buildings, tombs and memorials.
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Camden Arts Centre

A place for contemporary arts exhibitions and events.
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Pitshanger Park

Bordering the River Brent to the North, this is largely open grassland surrounded by woodland.
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Kelmscott House

Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, on the banks of the River Thames was once home to artist, designer and writer William Morris between 1879 and 1896.
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Kensington Gardens

One of the Royal Parks, planted with avenues of trees and ornamental flower beds.
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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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Natural History Museum

Unmissable museum of the natural world for the young and old alike. There are millions of exhibits including the massive blue whale skeleton in the central hall.
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Scrattons Farm Eco-Park

The Eco Park opened in 2002 on land that was previously used as allotments.
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Hampstead Heath

One of Londons largest parks with excellent views of the London skyline.
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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.
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Ingrebourne Hill

Country park with dedicated mountain bike course.
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Buckingham Palace

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

The oldest street market in Hackney has been trading since 1687.
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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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High Elms Country Park

250 acres of woodland and meadow located on the North Downs at Farnborough near Orpington.
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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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Alexandra Park Skate Park

Free pre-cast concrete skate park situated next to the ice rink in Alexandra Park.
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Old Spitalfields Market

There is a market here everyday although the main days are Thursday - Sunday.
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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Created for the 2012 Olympic games the area is now being transformed. Check the web site before you visit as attractions are liable to change and subject to different opening times.
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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