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Winns Common

A combination of parkland, woodland and grassland containing a Bronze Age burial mound.

St. James Park

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

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.

Millennium Bridge

Footbridge over the river Thames giving great views of St Pauls Cathedral, the Tate Modern Art Gallery and Shakespeares Globe Theatre.

Jubilee Country Park

Chalk meadows and woodlands covering 60 acres.

Lambeth Bridge

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

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.

Buckingham Palace

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

London Wall

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

Norwood Park

One of the highest points in South London with views over the City, originally part of the Great North Wood hence the name Norwood.

Imperial War Museum

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

Diana Memorial Playground

Playground based around a huge wooden pirate ship. Opened in the year 2000 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Roosevelt Memorial

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

Cherry Tree Wood

Originally part of the medieval Finchley Wood.

Newham City Farm

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

The Monument

The Monument was built in 1671-77 to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Ragged School Museum

Museum of a Victorian school set up by Thomas Barnardo to educate children who were too poor to access education.

Regents Park

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

St Pauls Cathedral Churchyard Gardens

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

Big Ben

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


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

Inner Space

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

Oaks Park

Site of the house where the Earl Of Derby and colleagues created the famous horse races, The Oaks and The Derby.

Hogarths House

William Hogarth was a 17th century painter and social reformer. Now located in a busy part of London, this was his country house.


Statue of Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt in conversation on a bench outside Bonhams.

Royal Albert Hall

Opened in 1871 this Grade I listed building is a venue for concerts and exhibitions.

Whitings Hill Open Space

A large open space bordering the seven hectare Whitings Wood.

Hackney City Farm

An opportunity to experience farming right in Hackney. Animals include goats, sheep, chickens, donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Minet Country Park

Opened as a public park in 2003, the site was awarded green flag status in 2009.

Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court)

The current building was built in 1907 but there has been a court on the site since medieval times.

Oxleas Wood

Ancient oak woodland in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Finsbury Park

Finsbury is a large park with planted gardens, a childrens playground and a free outdoor gym.

Thornton Heath Recreation Ground

One of Croydons oldest parks opened in 1884.

Carnaby Street

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

Abney Park

Abney Park is a beautiful garden cemetry, woodland memorial park and nature reserve.

Richmond Bridge

The Borough of Richmond is split by the River Thames but joined by Richmond Bridge.

Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve

Londons first National Nature Reserve is the largest area of ancient woodland in Greater London.

Leinster Gardens

Leinster Gardens in Bayswater is certainly one of the stranger things to be found in London. The houses at numbers 23 and 24 are fake houses, built at the time of a steam powered underground railway in the 1860's.

Langthorne Park

Opened in 2000 on the site of Langthorne Hospital.

Islip Manor Park

A formal park with flower beds with the west of the site being managed for nature.

Ruskin Park

There are several old features remaining from the opening in 1907. The park is named after the writer John Ruskin who lived in the area.

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.

Bostall Heath and Woods

Ancient woodland whos name comes from the Anglo Saxon for "woody heath".

Chrisp Street Market

The oldest purpose built market in the country with redevelopment planned in the near future.

Charles Dickens Dog and Pot

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

Museum of the Order of St John

Museum telling the story of the Order of St. John from its origins in Jerusalem in the 11th century to the St John Ambulance Service of today.

Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre

Grade II listed building housing exhibitions about the history of Greenwich.

Queen Elizabeths Hunting Lodge

This hunting lodge was built in 1543 for King Henry VIII and was intended as a grandstand for guests viewing the royal hunt.

Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.

Littleheath Wood

Ponds, meadows and mature woodlands crossed by a network of paths.
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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