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


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Roundwood Park

A formal victorian park with green flag status.
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Limehouse Seagull

Commissioned in 1994 by the London Docklands Development Corporation.
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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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Broomfield Park

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

Bordering the Yeading Brook, the meadows are a large expanse of grasslands.
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Golborne Road Market

Located near Portobello Road market off Ladbroke Grove.
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Bittacy Hill Park

A small park with views over London.
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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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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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Mudchute Skatepark

Concrete skatepark on the Isle Of Dogs opened in 2006.
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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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Westminster Bridge

Dating from 1862, Westminster Bridge is the oldest bridge across the River Thames in central London.
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Lambeth Bridge

Lambeth Bridge was built by Dorman Long and opened in 1932. Dorman Long also built the tyne Bridge in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
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Hill Garden and Pergola

Edwardian Pergola and landscaped garden within Hampstead Heath created by Lord Leverhulme.
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Buckingham Palace

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

Crossed by the Capital Ring long distance footpath, the park has two halves to the North and South of Tollgate Road.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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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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Park Wood

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

Running for over 150 years with stalls selling clothes, food and household goods.
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Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Museum and Library displaying and documenting an extensive range of items relating to Freemasonry.
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Raphael Park

Separated from Lodge Farm Park by the A118 together forming a popular recreational asset for the area.
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Central Park Havering

A large park with woodland and open grasslands.
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Threehalfpenny Wood

Meeting Spring Park to the East, this is the border with Kent.
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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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Clattern Bridge

One of the oldest bridges in Surrey with parts dating from the 12th century.
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Imperial War Museum Photo Archive

The photography archive of the Imperial War Museum is located on Austral Street SE11 and is accessible by appointment only.
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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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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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Alexandra Park Skate Park

Free pre-cast concrete skate park situated next to the ice rink in Alexandra Park.
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Sir John Soanes Museum

The museum was the house of the 19th century architect, Sir John Soanes who was responsible for the design of the building.
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Woolwich Foot Tunnel

Longer and deeper than the more well known foot tunnel at Grenwich.
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Pollards Hill Skatepark

Concrete skatepark in Pollards Hill that opened in 2010.
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Golden Hind

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

Free entry to study areas and to visiting the formal display put on at the BOA museum is by appointment only.
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Trumble Gardens

Opened as a public park after the second world war. This area was residential but was devastated by a V1 bomb in 1944.
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Shakespeares Globe Theatre

A modern reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre on the South bank of the River Thames.
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Valentines Park

Award winning park adjoining Valentines Mansion and Gardens.
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Inner Space

Inner space is a meditation and personal development centre located near to Covent Garden.
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Gutteridge Wood Nature Reserve

An ancient coppiced woodland, with a small meadow and river bank.
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Myddelton House Gardens

Eight acres of gardens, with a lake, conservatory, meadow and arboretum.
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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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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.
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Southbank Centre Roof Garden

The garden is for everyone to enjoy and is one of Southbank Centres free public spaces. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic.
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Burgh House and Hampstead Museum

This is a Grade I listed 18th century house, open to the public as a museum and gallery.
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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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Highgate Wood

Ancient woodland that was previously part of the Bishop Of Londons hunting estate. It was gifted to the City Of London in 1886.
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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 Pauls Cathedral Churchyard Gardens

A garden in the grounds of the cathedral established in 1878 containing the remains of an old cloister.
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Foxburrows Farm

A rare breeds farm and zoo with a range of animals including geese, pigs, lambs and meerkats.
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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