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


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Cherry Tree Wood

Originally part of the medieval Finchley Wood.
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Alexandra Palace Park

This 150 year old park has a range of facilities and great views looking South over London.
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Hampstead Heath

One of Londons largest parks with excellent views of the London skyline.
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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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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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Kensington Palace

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

A green flag park in central Upminster.
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Beddington Park

Formerly part of a deer park owned by Carew Manor, this is a large park with diverse areas for wildlife and play.
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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The Little Black Gallery

A boutique gallery specialising in contemporary photography from around the world.
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Oak Hill Park

One of Barnets premier parks that includes 5 acres of woodland.
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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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Avery Hill Park

Large open parkland and a Victorian conservatory (The Winter Garden)
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Keston Common

Fifty five hectares of heathland that is a site of special scientific interest.
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High Beach Visitor Centre

Visitor centre with details of walks, leaflets and guidance about visiting Epping Forest.
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Unicorn at Camden - Free Music

Many London pubs have free live music nights, including the Unicorn in Camden, which has free music most nights of the week. If you like your music loud and heavy, the Unicorn is the place to go.
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Millwall Park

Home ground of Millwall F.C. between 1897 and 1910 and also the site of a rope manufacturing facility.
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Riverside Gallery

An art gallery situated in the old town hall with a full programme of exhibitions of paintings, prints and photographs.
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Mudchute Park and Farm

A 32 acre park with a city farm to visit, located on the Isle Of Dogs.
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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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Little Britain Lake

Named due to its shape being vaguely similar to the British Isles, formed by extraction of gravel in the 1930s.
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Darlands Lake Nature Reserve

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

The Royal Institute of Philosophy hold free talks and lectures throughout the year that are open to the public.
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Tower Bridge Walk Of Fame

A series of decorative plaques highlighting the people who have worked on the bridge.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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London Mithraeum

Roman Temple of Mithras discovered during excavation of a World War II bomb site.
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Southwark Park Tennis Courts

Free tennis courts in this green flag award winning park.
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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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Pump House Gallery

Housed in a Grade II listed old pump house within Battersea Park.
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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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St. Pauls Cathedral

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, St Pauls Cathedral is one of the best know buildings in London. It was built after the great fire of London and is at least the fourth Cathedral to stand on this site.
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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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Markfield Park

Eighteen acres of grassland, formal gardens, playground and skatepark.
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Brixton Market

Lots of shops and stalls with a real street vibe. Most of the time there are about 80 street traders.
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Crystal Palace Park

Listed at Grade II by English Heritage, this historic park is the site of The Crystal Palace that was destroyed by fire in 1936.
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Royal College Of Music Museum

This is the Royal College of Musics collection of over 800 instruments and accessories from the 15th century to the present day.
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Kenwood House

A 17th Century house with beautiful grounds.
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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.
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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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Bishops Park

On the North bank of the River Thames, next to Fulham FC.
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Wandle Industrial Museum

Not quite free, but with entry at 50p for adults and 20p for children we thought we should include it anyway.
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Leicester Square

This is where the majority of London film premieres are held. There are 4 major cinemas in the square.
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Cuming Museum

Collection of artefacts from around the world collected by the Cuming family as well as being the museum of Southwarks history.
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Queen Victoria Memorial

A grand statue and memorial garden commemorating the death of Queen Victoria located in front of Buckingham Palace.
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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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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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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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Totteridge Fields Nature Reserve

Dollis Brook runs through this site of over 30 hedgerowed fields.
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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.
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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