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


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Hackney Marshes

Well known as the spiritual home of Sunday League football, the area also has a variety of other amenities.
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Lloyd Park Croydon

Large open spaces with a childrens playground and outdoor gym.
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Dulwich Park

A green flag award winning park that was refurbished in 2006. The web site has a downloadable nature trail leaflet.
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British Academy

British institution supporting humanities and social sciences. The Academy host a range of public events including conferences, talks and discussions.
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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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Hollydale Recreation Ground

Created from the grounds of 18th century Hollydale House, which was demolished in the 1930s.
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Twickenham Bridge

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

Arts project space within Southwark Park.
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Norbury Park

Open spaces, a childrens playground and a community BMX track are all available in this 28 acre park.
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British Museum

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

Declared a local nature reserve in 1997 containing several types of habitat.
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Royal Courts of Justice

A gothic building containing the Court of Appeal and the High Court.
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Vestry House Museum

Local history museum containing its own police cell.
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Novelty Automation

A collection of home made automata and other amusing machines.
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Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve

Part of a 160 acre nature reserve bordered by the River Roding.
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Stables Market

The Stables Market is a huge maze of vintage clothing, gifts, antiques and food with hundreds of stalls.
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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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Pump House Gallery

Housed in a Grade II listed old pump house within Battersea Park.
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Royal London Hospital Museum

The Museum, housed in the crypt of a late 19th century church contains exhibits covering the history of the hospital from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
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Havering Country Park

Developed as a 165 acre country park in the 1970s and 1980s, it was formerly part of the estate of Havering Palace which was abandoned during the English Civil War.
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Fryent Country Park

Over 250 acres of traditional Middlesex countryside surrounded by suburbia.
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Valence House

Valence House is a partially moated manor house with parts dating back to the 1400s.
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Woolwich Foot Tunnel

Longer and deeper than the more well known foot tunnel at Grenwich.
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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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Longplayer

Longplayer is a piece of music that is 1,000 years long, and has been playing since January 1st 2000, and will restart on 31 December 2999. It is based on a computer algorithm which allows the music to be played without repetition for such a long time.
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Tate Britain

Major art gallery housing the largest collection of British art in the world in a grade II listed building.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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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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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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London Chatham And Dover Railway Sign

Brightly painted insignia of the London Chatham and Dover Railway dating from 1864.
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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.
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Londons First Drinking Fountain

No longer a working water fountain this dates from 1859.
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Buckingham Palace

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

Sixty four acres of parkland which was originally part of the estate of Oak Lodge.
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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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St Bartholomews Museum

Founded in 1123, St Bartholomews is one of the oldest hospitals in the world. Visit the museum to find out about its history.
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London Eye

Huge ferris wheel standing 135 meters tall on the South Bank of the Thames.
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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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Pitshanger Park

Bordering the River Brent to the North, this is largely open grassland surrounded by woodland.
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Newham City Farm

Cows, sheep, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses among others.
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South Norwood Country Park

A large nature reserve comprising lakes, meadow and wetlands.
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Woodcock Park

Adjoining Kenton Grange, separated by the Wealdstone Brook.
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Ravensbourne Open Space

A large open space with a variety of habitats.
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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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Wanstead Flats

A large expanse of open common land designated as a site of special scientific interest.
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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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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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Hill Garden and Pergola

Edwardian Pergola and landscaped garden within Hampstead Heath created by Lord Leverhulme.
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Petts Wood and Hawkwood

Maintained by the National Trust since it was acquired in 1957 from the Hawkwood estate.
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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