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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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Carnaby Street

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

On a clear day there are great views over Croydon to the North Downs and West to Windsor Castle.
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Old Dagenham Park

A 32 acre park offering free tennis courts and a BMX track.
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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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Streatham Common

A large open space overlooking the Wandle Valley and bordering the formal gardens of The Rookery.
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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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Hayward Gallery

The Hayward Gallery in the Southbank Centre often has free exhibitions - check the website for details.
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Gresham College

Gresham College has provided free lectures in the city of London for over 400 years. Since it's formation in 1597, public speakers have offered free lectures to the population on a variety of topics.
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Church House Gardens

Ornamental gardens with a lake which originally were the grounds of Church House, which was destroyed in World War Two.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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The Royal Society

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

Formal gardens with open spaces that are the grounds for Friary House.
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Queen Marys Gardens

Rose garden within Regents Park named after the wife of King George V.
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Kelsey Park

A large park containing lakes, a waterfall and flower beds.
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Marble Arch

Huge arch made of Italian marble built in 1827.
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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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Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill rises to 78 metres on the Northern end of Regents 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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Southall Park

A green flag park located a short distance from Southall Broadway
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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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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.
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Ben Uri Gallery

This is a museum of primarily Jewish Art that has resided in this temporary location since 2002.
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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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Neasden Temple (Shri Swaminarayan Mandir)

When finished in 1995 this was the largest Hindu temple outside India.
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Harefield Village Green

Registered as common land since 1813, the village green covers over four acres.
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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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Yeading Meadows

Bordering the Yeading Brook, the meadows are a large expanse of grasslands.
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Inner Space

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

Named after the ex Prime Minister William Gladstone who died in 1898. The park was opened in 1901.
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Japanese Peace Pagoda

The Peace Pagoda is located in Battersea Park on the South bank of the River Thames. It was completed in 1985.
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Harrow School Old Speech Room Gallery

The Old Speech Room is located in the old school building and was built in 1819-21.
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Hornchurch Country Park

On the site of the RAF Hornchurch airfield which housed Spitfires during the Battle Of Britain.
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Jubilee Park Edmonton

Opened in 1939 to celebrate the silver jubilee of King George V.
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Petticoat Lane

Petticoat Lane is one of Londons oldest markets and has been running since the 1750s.
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Farthing Downs

Chalk grasslands forming the most extensive area of chalk grasslands in Greater London.
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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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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 Pauls Cray Hill Country Park

Formerly a landfill site, now a country park covering fourty hectares.
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Fryent Country Park

Over 250 acres of traditional Middlesex countryside surrounded by suburbia.
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William Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow was opened by then Prime Minister Clement Atlee in 1950. The building itself was once known as Water House. Morris and his family lived there from 1848 to 1856.
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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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Buckingham Palace

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

A 10m high clock tower, similar in design to Queen Elizabeths Tower (Big Ben) and located just outside Victoria railway station.
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George Inn

The George Inn on Borough High Street in London is the only surviving galleried coaching inn in London.
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Clarefield Park

A nature conservation site developed from wasteland.
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Hadley Green

A ten hectare site of importance for nature conservation.
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British Library

You can access the British Library for researching over 150 million items or to visit one of the free events or exhibitions.
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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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Ingrebourne Hill

Country park with dedicated mountain bike course.
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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