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


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Richmond Museum

Local history museum of the Richmond, Ham, Petersham and Kew areas.
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Ravensbourne Open Space

A large open space with a variety of habitats.
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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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Southwark Cathedral

St Saviours church became Southwark Cathedral in 1905. It holds 5 services each day and one of its bells weighing at 48cwt is in the top ten heaviest change ringing bells in existance.
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Greenwich Meridian Line

Bradleys Meridian is the reference point for Longitude today and has been since 1750.
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Tooting Bec Common

A large common covering 220 acres with play equipment, a lake, a pond and woodlands.
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Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is one of Londons most dominant landmarks located in docklands on the Isle Of Dogs
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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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The Tarn

A green flag park dating from the 1930s with a wildlife rich lake that gives the park its name.
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Castle Green

A large open space adjacent to the A13.
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Wandsworth Park

Grade II listed park on the South bank of the River Thames.
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National Army Museum

Museum containing exhibits and displays about the British Army from its inception as Cromwells New Model Army to the present day.
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Avery Hill Park

Large open parkland and a Victorian conservatory (The Winter Garden)
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Royal Hospital Chelsea

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Royal Hospital was built by King Charles in 1692 to care for soldiers. Parts of the buildings were heavily damaged in the First World War and by a V2 rocket in 1945.
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Camley Street Natural Park

Wild open space on the banks of Regents Canal in the centre of London.
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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Museum of anthropology and natural history that is set in a 15 acre garden.
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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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OXO Tower Wharf

Oxo Tower Wharf is a redeveloped 1930s wharf building now housing shops, galleries, exhibitions and events.
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Woolwich Ferry

A free ferry service for cars and pedestrians.
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Hill Garden and Pergola

Edwardian Pergola and landscaped garden within Hampstead Heath created by Lord Leverhulme.
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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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Wandle Park Colliers Wood

Believed to have been visited by Admiral Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, this was once the gardens of Wandlebank House.
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Brick Lane Market

Brick lane Market is open on Sundays and is a traditional flea market.
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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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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Museum of Croydon

Local history museum based at the Croydon clocktower presenting the story of Croydon from 1800 onwards.
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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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Bedfords Park

Designated as a local nature reserve, the park is home to a herd of red deer.
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Markfield Beam Engine and Museum

Museum containing a beam engine dating from 1888 when it was used to pump waste water from Tottenham and Wood Green.
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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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Clapham Common Skatepark

A mixture of concrete ramps on tarmac that was renewed in 2012.
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Buckingham Palace

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

A bronze statue in memory of firefighters who gave their lives during world war 2.
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Spitalfields City Farm

A city Farm with range of animals and vegetable growing to be seen as well as plenty of green space dedicated to wild flowers and herbs.
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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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Old Blackfriars Railway Bridge Pillars

The old Blackfriars railway bridge was largely demolished in 1985.
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Broadway Market

A Saturday market with over 100 stalls located in the East End between London Fields and the Regents Canal.
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Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court)

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

One of the largest parks in Havering with a boating lake and sports facilities.
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Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Art Gallery hosts a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions, meaning there's always something new to see. The gallery features work of artists from all over the world, as well as from London. The gallery is free to enter!
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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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Royal Mail Archive

The archive is part of the Mount Pleasant Sorting Office complex and is freely open to all but you must register with the user card system.
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Wimbledon Common

A large common with woodland walks, ponds, heathland and a windmill.
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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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London Wall

A section of the Roman London Wall built around AD200 adjoining the Tower of London.
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V and A Museum of Childhood

This is the Victoria and Albert museums collection of childhood related items and is located in Bethnal Green.
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Diana Memorial Playground

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