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Pinner Memorial Park

Known as Bennets Park before World War Two, additional land was purchased and the park renamed after a public campaign for a memorial to those who had died during both world wars.

Deptford Market

Food, antiques and collectibles in one of Londons busiest markets.

Threehalfpenny Wood

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

Norman Leddy Memorial Gardens

Named after the Assistant Director of Parks for Hillingdon council, the garden has woodland, pond, a bog garden and several species of exotic trees.

Big Ben

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

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.

Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution

Museum about discoveries in science at the Royal Institution since 1799.

Ben Uri Gallery

This is a museum of primarily Jewish Art that has resided in this temporary location since 2002.


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

Woolwich Ferry

A free ferry service for cars and pedestrians.

Subway Gallery

The Subway Gallery in the West End is a collection of contemporary art, with permanent and temporary exhibitions, having included the graffiti artist 'Stik' and a photography exhibition by Bob Gruen.

Fulham Palace

Country home to the Bishops of London between the years of 700 and 1975.

City Hall

Home of the Mayor Of London, the London Assembly and the Greater London Authority.

Camden Lock Market

An area of small shops and market stalls selling vintage fashion, handmade jewellery and homewares.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Operated as a cemetery between 1841 and 1966, the area is now a public park and nature reserve.

Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.

Victoria and Albert Museum (V and A)

The Worlds greatest museum of art and design.

Darlands Lake Nature Reserve

The lake was built as an ornamental pond for the estate of Copped Hall.

Leadenhall Market

Extensively refurbished in the 1990's to restore its Victorian architecture and cobbled streets.

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.

Regents Park

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

St. James Park

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

Wandsworth Bridge

Opened in 1940 and painted blue to camouflage it against air raids.

Kensington Palace

This is one of the Royal Residences and a historical building originally purchased by William and Mary in 1689.

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.

Library and Museum of Freemasonry

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

Horsenden Hill

The largest open space in Ealing covering 250 acres of woodland, wetland, ponds and meadows.

Roundshaw Downs

The largest chalk grassland area in the Borough of Sutton.

Cafe Gallery

Small contemporary arts gallery in Southwark Park.

Petrie Museum

This museum contains approximately 80000 objects of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology.

British Museum

This museum is the place to go to find out about human history and culture from all over the world.

London Wall

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

St Katherine Dock

There has been a dock yard on this site for over 1000 years. It is now used by luxury yachts and historic barges.

Raphael Park

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


Arguably the worlds most famous department store with seven floors and over 300 departments of luxury shopping.

Buckingham Palace

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

Goldsmiths Hall

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

Carnaby Street

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

The Garden at 120

360 degree views over London from the 15th floor of Fen Court.

Twickenham Bridge

The first bridge in the UK to use permanent hinges as expansion joints and is listed as a grade II structure.

Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Crystal Palace park is famous for all sorts of reasons, one of which being the legendary dinosaurs! Sculpted by Benjamin Hawkins with help from Sir Richard Owen.

Imperial War Museum

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

Thornton Heath Recreation Ground

One of Croydons oldest parks opened in 1884.

Millennium Centre

Visitor centre for the Eastbrookend Country Park.

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.

Staples Inn

Once the wool staple then one of the Inns of the Chancery, this Tudor building looks very much like it would have done when built in the 16th century.

Queens House

This 17th century house that was originally home to Henrietta Maria, the queen of Charles I. It is now home to the fine art collection of the Royal Naval Museum.

Brittons Playing Field

Rainham Skatepark and Brittons Playing Field and childrens playground. Across the road from Bretons Rec which has formal sports pitches and open spaces with a large lake fed by the River Beam.

Charles Dickens Dog and Pot

A statue of a golden dog licking a pot erected in honour of Charles Dickens.

Franks Park

Largely wooded with oak, cedar, lime and lilac.
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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